When we bought the farm, the guest room was painted white and was in need of a fresh coat of paint. Its redo was inspired by my love for the beach. I painted the walls and the trim a bright white and the accent wall was painted “Blue Marina.” We added a new wall sconce to replace the older one and matched it to the one we installed in the master bedroom. The decor all reflects the beach theme and is reminiscent of a vacation cottage on the beach. Here in Ohio, hundreds of miles from the nearest beach, it gives the room a serene vacation vibe. This is truly my favorite room of the house!
When we removed the old wallpaper from the dining room, we discovered there was wood paneling underneath. Instead of removing that as well, we decided to paint over the paneling. We chose an orange color called Colorado Dawn. We also installed a new french door between the dining room and the new library, which was a room that used to be the front porch before it was enclosed. The tired old chandelier was hanging by its wires, so we replaced it with an oil rubbed bronze light fixture with off-white glass shades. We decided to keep the dark woodwork as it was in this room to help give the room a cozier feel for intimate dining. The decor is Tuscan style with earth tones and has several roosters.
The walls in the master bedroom had been covered in a floral patterned wallpaper that was just a bit dated and torn in a few spots. We spent several days steaming and scraping the walls to reveal the probable reason the former owners decided to paper the room in the first place. Under the wallpaper were several large well spackled cracks in the plastered walls and several others that the had probably formed since the paper had been hung. We then spent another couple of days spackling and sanding to prepare for the new paint. We chose Glidden Duo Paint and Primer from Home Depot in Cafe’ Latte (lighter color) and Aged Teak (darker color).
Right away we installed Insola white honeycomb cordless window shades from Bed Bath & Beyond. I knew that eventually I wanted to incorporate some animal prints in the decor and set my sights on either the window dressing or the bed for my pallet. I found a beautiful leopard print window scarf on Amazon. Then began my search for window panels to go with it. I thought that I would go with brown curtains as a complimentary color but at the last minute chose to go with black panels instead. The leopard print has both black and blown tones, but as I saw it, the benefit of going with black panels was the ability to change from leopard print to zebra stripe to tiger stripe to giraffe print, etc. As you can tell, I love all of the animal prints.
For the bed I went with white sheets and a white quilt and brown accent pillows and a brown quilt for the foot of the bed. I think the look is very cohesive and gives it an upscale hotel vibe. In keeping with the animal print theme, we have a few safari animals scattered about the room. See if you can spot them.
We also installed a new ceiling fan and wall sconce as well.
There is a room upstairs that is approximately 5’x7′. It used to be an open air balcony that the previous owner had enclosed. The room is too small for a bedroom and has too many windows to make it a closet. It is a small space with a lot of natural light, just perfect for a small home office.
The floor was a flat roofing material that was very flexible, so first we needed to lay some plywood to give the floor rigidity. Next we gave the walls and trim a fresh coat of paint. As you can see from the pictures, the walls are covered with the same aluminum siding that is on the rest of the outside of the house. When the painting was finished, we installed peel and stick tiles for the floor and a baseboard around the perimeter. Then we added a new overhead lamp since there was no lighting in this room, and we installed white window blinds to help control the morning and afternoon sun. Finally we finished off the room with a small desk painted a crisp white, a bookshelf also painted a crisp white, and an accent chair that can be pulled over to the desk for use.
This was the first Christmas that we were able to celebrate at the farm. Last year we had just closed on the property and were busy painting and making ready for our move right after Christmas. Many wonderful people blessed our home with their presence on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and for a late holiday party. We hope that this is just the beginning of many wonderful holiday gatherings of friends and family to the old farm.
As we settle into autumn with its shortening of daylight hours, we needed a little brightening up around the farmhouse. The mantel seemed like the perfect place to start. I like to choose fall decor that works for both Halloween and Thanksgiving to get the most bang for the buck. Choosing pumpkins and fall colored leaves and accessories easily does the trick!
We spent most of last weekend sprucing up the barn for the arrival of Milly the Mule. We gave her stall a thorough cleaning and installed her new water bucket. My favorite addition to the barn is the little seating area across from her stall where we can sit and chat with Milly over a cup of coffee.
While we were working in the barn, Mittens de’ Cute Barncat came down from the loft to take her afternoon siesta in the wall hay feeder. She’s adorable!
Note: This post is a little past due. The chicks have been in there new home for a little while now.
The chicks were quickly out growing their brooder box and needed to be moved to their permanent home. The only problem was that it was not ready for them. Stage 1 of our restoration project on the chicken barn is now complete. That included escape proofing it from the chicks and varmint proofing it from would-be predators.
There are two rooms in the old chicken/goat barn. One that is approximately 1/3 of the building (10X16) and another that is approximately 2/3. It was full of holes and wide open windows. Stage 1 of restoration focused on the smaller of the two rooms. We laid plywood on the floor, covered holes in the walls, covered the windows with 1/2 inch wire netting and screens, installed a new chicken door, made a new roost, hung the brooder light and fan, installed an old screen door reinforced with 1/2 inch wire netting, installed a wall hanging feeder for grit, hung a 30 lb poultry feeder, and set up a new 5 gallon galvanized waterer on top of a concrete stepping stone.
Tip: One thing I learned and will do differently next time is when transferring the chicks to their new home, do not take away their old box too quickly if at all possible. If the brooder is a portable cardboard box, place it in the chicken house with access in and out of it so they get used to their new space and feel safe at the same time. I pretty much shooed them out of the box and snatched it right away. I felt bad the rest of the day. They seemed to bounce back by day two, however, and are all over the chicken house now.
Stage 2 of the restoration will either include fixing up the exterior of the barn with foundation work and new siding or dividing the larger room into two for other poultry needs. Update to follow.
Some may find the name of our farm kind of quirky, and that’s ok. We are kind of quirky people. Some may guess the meaning quickly and others may not catch the play on words. Here is the story of how it got its name…
We were looking for a new home, and after months of searching we found this one nestled in the little town of Clarksville, OH. Our previous home was only 30 minutes away but we had never heard of it before and certainly no clue where it was. We met our realtor at the farm and walked through the house and a little bit of the land. The house had historic charm and the land was rolling bordered by a large creek and woods. The house had a lot of potential though it needed some repair and the outbuildings were in need of care as well.
We went home and discussed the property. Dreaming of what we could do with a farm. One of those original dreams was to start a vineyard. Just walk down the wine isle at the grocery store and you will see hundreds, if not thousands, of different labels on the shelves. Those that jump-out to me are the ones with catchy names. There are some really good ones; take a look! While we talked about having a vineyard and the fact that we had never heard of Clarksville, OH; the song “Last Train to Clarksville” by the Monkees played in our heads. And Voilà! Last Train Vineyard was conceived!
After we bought the farm and had a real chance to survey the work it needed, we decided to call it Last Train Farm and Vineyard. The main reason for this was the fact that we would not be able to start our vineyard until Spring 2014. The soil needs amending in preparation for a new vineyard and that is best done in the fall. Since our closing was around Christmas 2012, that gives us the opportunity to work on other more pressing matters for our first year here on the farm.
In the future, don’t be surprised if you see a Last Train Vineyard wine jump right off the grocery store shelf and follow you home! 🙂 It’s quirky that way!
Click here for a cute video of the song that inspired our farm. You gotta love Micky Dolenz and the Monkees!