Restoring Old Floors - Averie Lane Farmhouse

Hey Everyone!

I thought I would pop in for a short update about the farmhouse before starting on another big painting session...(oh hey, we will be in Kansas Ciry, MO for Vintage Whites Market THIS WEEKEND! yay!)

If you have been following on Instagram you might've seen that we decided to tackle the floors before moving into the farmhouse. We had a couple weeks before we needed to be out of the other house so it seemed like good timing.

I have to laugh now, because not so much! We severely underestimated what removing old flooring and restoring hardwood floors would entail! Justin got all the carpet out easy peasy, but under the tile we found another layer of tile and some other goodies like a LIVE plug in (gah!!) So. not. fun.

(btw...we assumed the black layer and tile contained 
asbestos so we took precautions to contain it safely.)

Luckily the second layer of tile was only under one 10x10 ft section of floor, but it set us back several days in our floor overhaul. You can see in the picture below that under the tile was also a patched in section of floor.

Once all the tile was safely removed, we rented all the sanding equipment from our local Home Depot. Our floors had been primed over by the previous owners so we needed to sand off the primer and level the floors. Again, we underestimated how long this would take us. We spent a day and half sanding and only accomplished the first round of sanding. We didn't even touch the corners of the rooms that will all need sanded and scraped by hand. We both knew there was no way these floors would get done before our looming moving deadline so we aborted the mission and decided we could live on them unfinished for awhile.

A fun time-lapse of Justin using the edger (which holy moly is a beast to run!)

Hey, look pretty floors!

I kinda love how the fir and oak meet up with each other. It was very common to put the fancy wood in the main living area and the less expensive wood in the private areas.

Vintage Floors - oak and fir - restoring old floors

I'm so glad we decided to stop the sanding process and move in. Sure the floors are a bit rough and there is still dust everywhere (SO MUCH DUST!), but its actually turning out to be a smart move. The floor finish I really want to do would not have happened in our time frame so we were planning on using a poly finish (which is NOT what I wanted at all) instead. I just received some samples of lye and oil to play with and will be tackling each room on its own whenever we have a break between shows. I think the combination will help marry the two types of flooring together and also keep things light and bright in the house.

Here's a short video I shot for Instagram stories that shows how the floors look and the lay of the land before we moved our crap in.

What do you think? What would you do if these were your floors?

Also, if you happen to be in Kansas City this weekend, I would love to meet you at the market. My girl crush Ree Drummond will be there Friday night too!! So fun!!

Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour)

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour)

My husband and I have been talking for years about how we want to live and raise our children. It always has included talks of living in the country and either building or fixing up a house. For years and years its just been a dream and quite honestly, I couldn't figure out how we would be able to make that dream a reality any time soon. We always pictured ourselves trying to get back to North Idaho, but without a job to go to or an affordable housing market, it wasn't really a viable option right now. Our current house is awesome, big enough, almost done being remodeled and really just a good place to be, except for one major thing: lack of work space for our growing business...think studio & wood shop. Our 2 car garage and the kitchen table weren't really cutting it anymore.

Then, one lazy evening I was flipping through the local real estate listing on my phone (because that's something that I just love doing. Call me cray-cray! Haha) when a little house in the next town over popped up. Most of the time, the houses in this area are super cute, but either way too small for our family or too big of a project for us to even consider, but this one was something special. Sitting on just over an acre surrounded by farmland, the house looked well maintained, but not completely remodeled so we could make it our own. Plus it had outbuildings! Just what we needed! This is when my mind started churning so I showed it to Justin and he liked it. It wasn't our dream property in North Idaho and it would mean that we would be staying in Southern Idaho for several more years, but we couldn't stop talking about it. We decided it was time to make our dreams reality. There is more to the story, that I will share in due time, but all I have to say right now, is this where we are suppose to be and even though its a bit scary, we are so ready!!!

Fast forward to today and the house is all ours....tiny bedrooms and all! The farmhouse is actually the same size as our current house, but is laid out completely differently. We're talking a single teeney tiny bathroom for all 6 of us...what are we thinking?! Thank goodness we aren't afraid to get our hands dirty because we have some grand plans to make it the perfect house for us and I'm hoping you will follow our journey!!

Enough chit chat, I know you are all eager to see what our little farmhouse looks like! I'll explain the different areas as we go so you can get an idea of what we have planned for in each space. 


Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) Front

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) front porch

I love the exterior of this house! It will need new siding at some point, but for now I will just clean it up a bit and maybe give the trim a coat of paint. The stairs up to the front door should probably be updated at some point as well, but for now its a charming entrance,...I mean, come on...that door!!!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) front door

Before we head inside, I did a quick mock up of the floor plan so you have a better idea where each room is and how it relates to the next. I didn't manage to get closets on here or the basement, because ...learning curve, you'll get the idea tho!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) floor plan
From the front door you walk right into the living room. Not much a true entry (I'm going to miss my current one!) but honestly, we won't use this door much. The back door is just more practical.

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) Entry

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) entry

Living Room:
The living room has big windows that let in tons of light. It looks darker in these photos only because I took them in the later part of the day. I love the fireplace and shelves, but the paint, ceiling tiles and the flooring have to go. We've already started on some of it that you can see if you follow me on Instagram ( @averielaneblog ) We *hope* to eventually open the ceiling in here to the attic space, but we need to get some advice from a contractor before we move forward. Its something we think we can do ourselves to save on costs. 

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) living room

Looking back towards the front door...

Office (aka, the we have no idea what it is room):
Any thought on what this room is!? I think it might have been an old entry or something, but who knows! The previous owners used it as a computer area. I've already removed the doors since my kids thought they were the best thing to slam open and shut and I could foresee lots of pinched fingers in my future. No bueno!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) office

Dining Room:
The only reason this gets called the dining room is because of the tile, which has already been demolished (praise be!). The lighting is awkward and those built-ins look better in photos than they do in real life. I do have some ideas about how to help them not look quite so janky. I love that window tho!!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) dining room

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) dining room

Haha! I have to laugh because this is barely a kitchen. Sure there are all the kitchen things, but its basically a glorified hallway. I will do a phase one makeover on it, but this thing will not cut it for very long. We have talked about adding on to the house and after we get through the kitchen you will see why!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) kitchen

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour)

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) kitchen

There are technically 3 bedrooms, but Lord help me they are postage stamp size! We decided who got which room purely based on the beds that needed to go in each. A master bedroom does not exist in this house. Thank goodness I love small cozy spaces!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bedroom

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bedroom

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bedroom

Does this bathroom look small to you? Well, it is...maybe even smaller! How we are going to make this work with all 6 of us, I'm not sure. One thing I am sure about....there is a window hiding behind the shower and I'm determined to expose it!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) bathroom

Just so you can see how close everything is to everything! Haha...hold me!

The door off the kitchen leads into the laundry area. Its a later addition to the house and basically a hot mess. The washer and dryer can't even sit close to each other and the stairs leading to the stairs are a bit scary to say the least. We are hoping to rip this addition off and do a bigger better one, but until we can do that I will probably need to bump this room up on the priority list purely for saftery reasons. The basement itself is good sized at around 800 sqft, but its a bit awkward. We have plans for it too eventually!

This chimney vents the water heater and a few other things and I am 99.9% sure it runs up next to the stove area in the kitchen. You know what I'm thinking don't you!!??!!

Introdcuing: Averie Lane Farmhouse (empty house tour) basement

Well, that ends the inside of the house tour! I will do a tour of the out buildings next week, because those areas are just as important and 100% why we committed ourselves to years worth of projects! 

What do you think? I can't wait to inject our personalities into the space! SO. MANY. IDEAS!!!

You might be wondering what our plans are for our other house? We will actually be renting it out which means we have just a couple weeks to make the new house livable before we have to be out of the old one. I do plan on doing an "After" tour of it before we are out, so look for that next week along with updates on Farmhouse progress!

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene

Last week I shared Little Edee's birth story, so if you missed it you can read it HERE!

Even though I have no plans of doing monthly photo shoots like I did with Everett, I did want to make sure I got her newborn photos done. I have always taken these myself instead of hiring them out, because its fun for me to do. This time around I took advantage of the older kids being entertained by grandma and a stole away to our bedroom for a mini photo session. Since I was by myself, I stuck with a simple set bed, a few blankets and one outfit. My lighting wasn't perfect and a few shots are a bit blurry, but I'm giving myself lots of grace because at least I took them, right?!

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene

I love these extra large swaddles I made using my fabric designs printed on the Modern Jersey fabric from Spoonflower. The fabric has a nice stretch to it which makes a great swaddle blanket and they were super easy to sew. I literally cut a small part of the length off of one yard of fabric (4 inches or so) and then ran the edges through my serger. That's it! 

If you don't own a serger, you can do a rolled hem on the edge or even just a zig zag stitch! If you want to make them no-sew, just pull the edges a bit until they roll. (For a more in depth instructions try this tutorial from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood , it's awesome!) My version creates more of a rectangle shaped blanket instead of square one, but I like that better for bigger babies! Plus, you can use the scrap from the end to make a cute turban style headband! How cute!!

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric
Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric

Newborn Photos - Edith Charlene + newborn swaddle blankets made from Spoonflower fabric
(blurry, but couldn't you just die over her cute smile!)

One of my favorite backdrops is our headboard. The minty green is so cute with the pink and white outfit!

Newborn Photos with vintage door background

Newborn Photos with vintage door background
Newborn Photos with vintage door background

Newborn Photos with vintage door background

Newborn Photos with vintage door background

I also love this pink arrow fabric from my fabric collection. It comes in lots of other colors as well!

Newborn Photos with Spoonflower Fabric - Pink Arrows

Newborn Photos with Spoonflower Fabric - Pink Arrows
baby yawn!

Before the baby woke up, I grabbed this beautiful crocheted blanket made by sister in law. She looks so cute against purple and I love using something so special for photos!

Newborn photos taken at home

I hope you enjoyed getting to see my sweet little baby! As you can see, taking newborn photos doesn't have to complicated! If you'd like to see more of my fabric designs feel free to check out my my shop on Spoonflower!

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