Happy Friday! First off, if you’ve subscribed to the newsletter and have been getting multiple emails, I’m working on getting it fixed. It’s just one of the many lovely glitches that comes with a new website and domain, but I hope it will be resolved shortly. Thank you all for your patience while I work away at improving things. These days I’m working on the house in the daylight hours and then switch right to the blog at night. Renovating a house and a website at the same time is hard work, but worth it!
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Last weekend we had a crazy storm roll through. It was a twister that sounded like an engine going by. My dad heard it in town and called us for a heads up. Within seconds it was going by the farmhouse. The sky turned an eery green, trees were swaying back and forth and the lights flickered like crazy. Within five minutes it was all gone and thankfully the only damage we had was a couple of small branches that had fallen down.
All the rain kept us inside – which was a perfect excuse to put together our new IKEA couch. We are seriously loving it. So big and comfy. The dogs are in heaven and I’m just glad the fabric has a tight enough weave that their little claws can’t poke through. Now it’s become glaringly apparent that we desperately need a new coffee table to fit the couch (I’m thinking something rustic?) and to stain the couch legs to match. Our pillows from the old couch look fine here, but I’d love to make a few new covers for fall soon. I felt that old familiar cool fall breeze this morning and as much as I’ll miss all the warm weather, it will be nice to work on the inside to and start to pull all the rooms together. It feels a little neglected inside when we’ve just been using it for relaxing after a long day of painting.
One of the other pieces we got from IKEA that I was really excited about was this cabinet for our dining room. We’re using it to store our barware and dishes above and our liquor and large serving platters below. We picked up a second bookcase version with just cupboard doors on the bottom for behind the dining room door, to act as storage for my home office in this room (which I still need to setup). I love how the colour and finish goes so well with our kitchen cupboards too.
The last big pieces we got was this metal shelving unit and wine rack for the basement. It’s pretty dark and dank down there, so we’re not planning to store much down there, but we figured that this shelf would work for some of our paint cans and supplies, as well as for my growing glass jar collection.
We used to have all our wine upright in the old bar, but I’ve read that it’s better to have it on it’s side in a cold dark place. This was the perfect solution to free up some cupboard space upstairs and take care of our growing collection.
With clear skies the rest of the week, we got back outside to continue the last few paint touch-ups on the house and working on our next project – the shutters. Any guesses as to what colour we picked? (they’re just primed right now). I am itching to spill all the beans on what we’ve been doing with the restoration outside, but you’ll have to wait for the grand reveal later this month. It’ll be a good one!
Whenever we’re working outside, we let the chickens run around in their big pen. All that fresh air much be doing them good because they’re growing so fast. It feels like they were just little baby chicks yesterday! Won’t be long before we starting seeing eggs!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and get out to enjoy the summer weather while you can!!