Renovating the Farmhouse Bedroom – Before Pictures

by Merissa on August 19, 2014

in Farmhouse Renovation

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Make sure to catch up on the full Farmhouse Renovation series!

Slowly but surely we are getting the rest of our interior renovation done. The pressure is on as the leaves are just starting to turn yellow here and we have so much to do outside on the farmhouse yet before we are ready for winter!

The bedroom in the farmhouse is the main room upstairs. It's the same size as the living room so it's a very large room. When we first looked at the house we knew that the bedroom needed some serious renovation (before we even knew about all the other issues the house would have). It's a half story, attic style room and was still covered in the original plaster which was extremely cracked and flaking off the ceiling and walls. It all had to go. It's hard to see the cracks in the before pictures, the room actually looks fairly nice.


This room had a newer window so luckily we did not have to replace it.Β There was no closet upstairs at all of course since the house was so old. The previous owners had simply put up a rod along the entire side of one wall which I wasn't a fan of and simply don't have near that many pieces of clothing!


I was thinking this room could use a few less antlers....just my personal opinion, not something I care to have decorating my bedroom. πŸ™‚ he carpet was very stained and covering a huge hole in the floor that went down into the living room. Originally this hole was either a fireplace chimmney or just a large vent to help the heat from the downstairs get upstairs. Β You can't see the hole in this picture but the chest is covering it up.


The plaster was the first to go. Messy messy plaster. Hubby created a chute from the upstairs to get the plaster out. You can see picture of it in the Landing Renovation post.


Then it was time for the lath to come off the walls and make room for insulation, new electricity, and sheetrock. There were many elements in this room that I wanted to reuse such as the door and the trim but when we started working in the room we found that it was too old and brittle and just broke into pieces. We did try and replicate all original trim.


We found these post cards tucked away behind the floor trim. They are from 1908 and 1910 and still have fun little notes written on them. At some point, the occupants of the house must have been from Wisconsin. πŸ™‚


Here's the new closet going in! It was hard to create a closet that followed the slope of the walls but I've decided after this project that my hubby is pretty much a genius and building anything! Here you can also see the new wiring for electric. Even the closet has a light bulb!


Brand new insulation went in the walls next. There was no insulation in the house at all when we purchased it. We are hoping that this winter we will be nice and cozy!


Under the carpet you can see the big hole that was in the floor.


It went right into the living room as you can see from my hubby's feet hanging through the ceiling!



Hubby simply took some floorboards out of the kitchen (if you read the Kitchen Reno post you will remember that we had to replace that floor because of sloping) and filled in the hole. You can't even tell that it was there!

Head back here to Little House Living on Thursday and I will have the After pictures ready for you!


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1 Tracy Smith August 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

I love seeing the remodeling pictures…and hear your descriptions of them! We are currently undergoing a remodeling/updating in our home….and yes, it is a practice in patience! My husband is laying hardwood flooring in the dining room, living room and our master bedroom. He has already painted the dining room and living room….still to come our master bedroom painting and flooring. I am glad I can survive in chaos….cause we really have it!


2 Lana August 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

Now I feel really bad for whining about the wallpaper in our master bedroom! πŸ™‚


3 Michelle S August 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

I love your posts, but the house reno ones are my favorite.


4 Lisa August 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Love the pictures. When we moved into our house it was the beginning of November and I was 7 months pregnant. We had no insulation, no heat, no kitchen, no flooring you get the idea. My husband did miracles getting things going. Our oldest was 12 at the time and all the kids pitched in. We had to sweep up bugs, and hornets every morning as they would get into the house and die from the cold till we got the wood stove in. One morning there was a bird. My aunt sent us hornet traps when she heard and we had them hanging from the rafters in the great room. It is amazing what you can do when you need to. It was good memories for our older children.


5 Donna August 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I’m thrilled to see more of your renovation work. I thought you were done with those posts. I can’t get enough of them! lol I’m excited to see the after pics. πŸ™‚


6 Tejas Prairie Hen August 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Love the Sweetheart postcard. Maybe you can put incorporate that into shadowbox or something else for a little Christmas decor. Does it have a message and a postmark year on it?


7 Merissa August 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Yes, we plan on making a shadow box with all the little things we found in the house πŸ™‚


8 Tejas Prairie Hen August 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Well, now I see where you included the date. Guess I was just so excited to see it, because I collect old postcards and have fun switching them out in seasonal decor. But the fact that it was in your house shows that it should have a special honor of being seen now and then.


9 Tracy August 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Love reading these renovation posts. At first I didn’t realize that the pictures with the antlers were the before. haha. Not exactly how I pictured you decorating your bedroom.

A house WITH insulation should be much nicer in the winter. πŸ™‚


10 Merissa August 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Haha yeah, definitely before! Not really my style πŸ™‚


11 Sheri August 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Wow! Can’t wait to see the finish!


12 Connie Miller August 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

I love the Renovation updates also. I always look forward to those I think it is amazing story about you buying this old farmhouse. It is a story I wish I was telling. I would love to do that. Thank You very much for your posts.


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