The Farm House gets an Update

Sad, isn’t it? This little 800 square foot gem was Superman’s grandparent’s home. They’ve been gone for over 25 years and others have rented it, but since Harry and Rebecca passed away, it just needed some TLC.Poor thing was moldy, chipped and sighing with sadness. Did you notice that there wasn’t a front door? Well, we think that here on the left hand side of the house was the original door. (Notice the ghost of one to the right of the window.)There was a pretty awful chair and sofa resting under the carport.Walking into the kitchen from the carport, you were transported into time with red Formica countertops, stained tiled ceiling and grungy appliances. From the kitchen, we walk into a long living room with old stained green carpet, and dusty, dirty fabric shades.Lets hang a right into the next room. Now, Harry And Becky used this as their T.V. Room. I remember coming to visit them back when Superman and I were courtin’ and early in our marriage on Saturday mornings. Harry and Becky would have the room all closed up, folding doors pulled shut, blinds closed and the the two of them ready for wraslin’. You know! WWF…Wahoo McDaniel, Nature Boy Rick Flair, Andre the Giant and Killer Kowalski! By the time I had met Harry, he had had a stroke so his speech was hindered, but his spirit was still in full force! He’d be waving his hands and shouting “UhHuh! UhHuh!” at the tv. Then as Superman and I would be saying our good byes, Grandma Becky would go to the book case, pull out a book, find a few bills where she was hiding them and slip Superman some money. We’d go back to college and treat ourselves to dinner at Quincey’s, a southern steak house with a buffet, yeast rolls and sweet iced tea. (That was fine dining to us.)The bathroom was a strange shade of green, grody tile, a toilet that had seen better days and the world’s smallest sink.It is itty bitty.Lastly, we have the bedroom. It is just big enough for a full size bed and a small dressing table. The closet was ….let’s just say, scary. The floors are original, beautiful hardwood. I love them! I had my fingers crossed that when we pulled up the ugly green carpet that more beautiful hardwood would be there.

The plan for this little house is to turn it into a farm get-away. Farming can get hot…and I mean fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk HOT. After bush hogging and doing a bit of bee work, an air conditioned refuge will be wonderful. There’s also the idea that we could actually spend the night out there every once in a while, but first we have to make it less scary.

In comes Shane of Renew Painting of the Carolinas. Shane was given a very small budget to transform the scary bungalow into a comfy cottage.TA-DAAA!! Khaki paint with white trim and added black shutters. Every wall and ceiling was painted eggshell white. Painting the walls, trim and ceiling the same color and finish saved us lots of money because Shane didn’t have to cut in for different colors. New appliances, light fixtures and faux wood plank flooring installed throughout brought the house into the 21st century. The big ol’ island was taken out, giving the kitchen so much more room. When Shane pulled up the ugly carpet in the living room, there was some floor rot in places, so it made the most economical sense to just have the same flooring throughout the house.Amazing what new paint can do! No more ugly green!! Yay!! And check out that new toilet. A clean, new toilet is something that can just make you feel good. Don’t you think?

Superman and I have spent a few nights here and have loved waking up to the neighbor’s roosters crowing and cows mooing. I can’t wait to share more of this little transformation with you.

A Barn Quilt for Superman

One day he says to me, “I’m going to buy me a barn quilt. Do you know what they are?” Yes, I do! I love them! But don’t buy it, I’ll make us one! “But I don’t know how to make it. It’s way too difficult.” Pshaw. Honey, I can do it. In fact, I’ll make one for your birthday!Do you know what we’re talking about? They are paintings on the side of barns that look like quilts.We saw many of them as we drove through the Northeast.Here is a link to Barn Quilt Tours all over the United States. As you can see they can be simple or very intricate. After scrolling through hundreds of photos, I decided on this pattern. Simple, yet enough pattern and color to make it look interesting.I gathered my materials and started priming the wood.Grabbed my circular saw to cut the plywood down to size and my sander to smooth it out the best I could.With a pencil and ruler, I drew out the design. Being a fabric quilter, I love seeing the patterns intersect and weave together. I put a bit of blue tape on the areas I did not want to paint yellow.After letting it dry, (which let me say is probably the hardest part), I pulled the painters tape off to reveal a beautiful crisp line. Woo Hoo!Ok. Yellow is done. Now I need to mark off where the green color will go.Remember what I said about me not having the patience to wait for the paint to dry? Ugh.

I moved the production indoors, due to it being around 40* outside. Paint just won’t dry at that temperature. Crickeys!! I’ve really got to pay attention!After several days of painting, waiting and painting some more, it was all done. Wellll….is it really all done? Superman wanted our initial in the middle. What about some bees? I used my Cricut machine to cut a bee motif out of black paper so I could move them around.Bees in the corners? Or do they look better in the white area? In the end, I decided to just keep it simple by painting our initial. Thank goodness for strong men to put this bad boy up! Of course, Elizabeth and I were a huge “help” holding ladders and giving unsolicited advice.😁

Seriously though, I had no idea how heavy this thing would be after we put the 2×4 braces on the back. Originally, I had it measured out to be a 6×6 foot quilt. Then Superman came home and said he thought a 5×5 would be better. Thank goodness I cut made it a 5×5 footer! There is no way a larger size would fit. Bobby, our friend who lives next door to the farm, asked if maybe next time I make one of these to make sure he was out of town on installation day. (Aww, he’s such a kidder. He loves being on a 20 foot ladder holding onto a 100 lb. wood piece!)Dang! That looks awesome!Here it is five months later. It’s showing some wear and weather abuse. I’m ok with that. I think it still looks pretty cool.I wonder when Superman is going to learn that he should never say it can’t be done. I’m always willing to give it a good creative try!

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