They say that New York is a place where dreams come true. I know this is really a reference to the city, but I believe the same can be said for upstate.
After living in the Hudson River Valley for nearly a year and a half, Hubby and I have officially put roots down by purchasing an 1875 farmhouse on the river. Owning a home is something we could only fantasize about when we were living in Orlando and Toronto, but after a few years of incredibly hard work and some difficult decision-making, we managed to make our dream a reality in New York.
We closed on the house two weeks ago and have been making weekend trips out there to put a little sweat equity into it before our contractor and his crew take over for a full kitchen renovation remodel.
This weekend, we exposed a brick wall in the dining room. We rented a power chisel from Home Depot for the day and were able to pry drywall off the brick to show off what we thought was too cool a feature to hide.
This was the wall when we began:
And after we removed the drywall:
Our next step is to whitewash the brick to look something like this:
While Hubby spearheaded the work in the dining room, I was upstairs removing wallpaper from what will be our joint office. There was a thin border on two of the walls, and although I appreciate globes and magnifying glasses as much as the next girl, I decided that the wallpaper didn't quite fit in this modern farmhouse.
The office is a tight 10 x 11 with two small windows and no closet. We'll need to fit both of our desks in there (much as I love Hubby, sharing workspace is not an option) so I mapped them out using measurements I took of the desks and their chairs earlier in the day.
I've been waiting my entire adult life for a chance to paint a wall black, so I'm using this small room as an opportunity to go for it. I sampled two colors from Glidden - Grey Metal (left) and Deep Onyx (right) - and am debating just how dark I want to go with this accent wall (I'm leaning toward Deep Onyx).
The next step in the office is to repair the cracked walls and paint. I'd like to do my black accent wall but keep the other walls a simple, antique white.
I've had my eye on this constellation map from Etsy seller Robert's Maps and think that this would be the perfect space to buy it for:
The lease on our rental house ends November 30 so we have plenty of time to continue working on these smaller projects with feeling rushed. We're also afforded the opportunity to load the Jeep with boxes and move ourselves little by little each time we swing by the farmhouse to work on something.
I'm excited to continue renovating the farmhouse and live our little dream in New York.
Welcome! I'm a pie-baking, dog-loving, antique-hunting patriot. I'm a fan of rustic home cooking, the Yankees and scenic drives through the mountains.