A post all about our farm house living room! Beneath that old blue carpet were several layers of linoleum that wonderfully protected the hardwood for many many decades. This is not a big room nor was it an easy room to plan. First the staircase had to double in length (because the old one was so steep it was like climbing a mountain!) and, because of the staircase covering up its entryway, then the bathroom had to move and the living room absorbed that problem too by giving up even more space.
On top of all of that this has never been a room with a lot of light except, maybe, when the house was first built and that stained glass window was actually on the outside of the house facing the south. In fact, that stained glass window and that etched glass door used to be the front of the house when it was built in 1915. In 1924 they added on the wrap around porch covering two whole sides of the house and totally eliminated the “front” door and then they started coming in what they called the “back porch” (now our main entrance and dining room) Well, now there is no “porch” left, everything has been enclosed and where that stained glass window used to look at the road and then a screened in porch it now looks into My Office. I call it my procrastination window because I can see the tv perfectly from my desk chair 😉
My Grandparents had a big picture window on the east wall and we replaced it with that 72 inch french door for even more light. We have three all glass exterior french doors in the house now, think I’m a bit obsessed? I like sunlight and this house is still so tree covered that even with all of that glass, we really don’t get a lot of light but I did the best I could. The corner cabinet sat in my Grandparents’ kitchen for years and years after they built it. We put a couple of coats of white paint on it before adding it here. It now houses all of my old game consoles, I even have the first Nintendo still 🙂
Putting the main floor bathroom in a corner of the living room was probably the worst decision I had to make in the whole house. The big defining factor was that there was NO WAY I was going to leave the bathroom in the kitchen. And there was no way I was going to run the plumbing for an entire bathroom out where the pipes could freeze just because my living room was going to get a bit smaller. (It also wasn’t in my pay grade to run plumbing in a two foot crawl space either nor did I feel that kind of work worth it for the worry of frozen pipes every winter.) So, the bathroom was put right in a corner of the living room, on top of the basement, and, dammit, I stand by that decision as there just was no other decision to make. Besides, when we have people over the last thing we want to do is sit in front of the tv so our living room is plenty big just for Joe and I.
(Of course that decision ended up kind of moot because we sprayed foamed the entire peer and beam foundation throughout so I’m sure the plumbing pipes would not have been in danger of freezing. However, I’m not upset I didn’t have to plumb in an entire bathroom with only two feet of crawl space, on my belly, in the dirt.)
The renovation of this room included a whole lot of change, we covered the ceilings with bead board, added all new electrical, lights and sheet rock. Aren’t those floors pretty? I know, I bring it up in every post but I’m totally ecstatic that they were under there, just waiting for us all those years. The drapes I had and I wanted something sheer, if I hadn’t already owned them I might not have ever added drapes. Some people think I’m nuts but we really don’t have very close neighbors so drapes are not a big deal. The couch and chair we picked up at our local Salvage Depot for $80 all together and I absolutely love them! The old rocking chair came from my cousin and, of course, it came to her from our grandma. She no longer had a place for it so she knew who to call. (At some point I plan on painting it or reupholstering it or something.)
Don’t we have the most ridiculous entertainment center? It’s actually a buffet and you’ve seen in my Before & After of Eleonora’s buffet/our entertainment center. It even has a velvet lined drawer for silver that we use for our remote controls. No, we actually did not buy the enormous tv – it was a gift from family. The coffee table I made from an old gate that I found out in the barn, I gave it legs and added a shelf, besides a good cleaning, a quick sanding and a couple of coats of poly acrylic. One of the lamps was a gift from a friend who loves to make lamps and the other came with Joe from his bachelor days. The two tone side tables I picked up for $10 at an estate sale and they got their own country makeover too 🙂
So, why did it take over 2 years to finally tell you about my living room? Television cords. Yup, that’s it. Those awful eye sores of cords sitting behind an enormous, very heavy tv that is just hanging there from the wall. Once we finally got the beast up there it took me 2 years to come up with some kind of solution that didn’t, in fact, look like I was “hiding cords” and I think my little mantel/floating shelf worked out just fine! Click here to see how I built it. I also built us a sofa table charging station for behind our sofa that you all saw here just a couple of weeks ago.
Since my grandparents bought this old farm house and moved in nearly 70 years ago this living room has seen a lot of dancing and smiling, laughing and living. Those old photos are just a couple we have of those many years! To me it still feels like my grandparents’ living room just a little upgraded.