Staying cool in Kansas and re-purposing old things around the farm.
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Last summer when we were at the farmhouse working on the land in 90+ degree weather with sweat dripping down our faces, I made the comment to my husband, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a pool to jump in right now?” He thought about it for a moment and then said, “That’s it! We’re getting a pool!” Timing is everything, ladies.
I wish I could say I planned those words for just the right moment, but I didn’t. Kansas feels like a desert from May to September, so a pool is a great option for summer relief. So our last big project has been started. Let the digging begin. . .
Our Saturdays are usually spent out at the farmhouse doing some kind of work. We were planning to put corrugated tin behind our wood burning stoves, and I was just getting ready to spray paint it to look old when I heard my son Alex yell my name from the barn. He discovered a supply of old tin in the barn which Dave is washing off below. This type of old rusted tin sells for $6 a sq. foot and I was thrilled that he found it.
I have been working on sanding and white-washing old shiplap boards that were saved from the kitchen demo to be used for a range hood over my cooktop. The left board (below) shows what I started with and the right is the final look.
I’ve realized that part of the reason I love this old house and didn’t want to tear it down and start over is because I love history. Even re-using these old boards instead of throwing them in a burn pile gives me satisfaction. I love the color and texture and history they hold. Here is a picture of the look I’m going for on the range hood.
I found out from our contractor that a neighbor stopped by to look at the work on our farmhouse and told him that two brothers bought a house and split it in two and 1/2 of that house was added onto our original 1897 farmhouse. The other half is about two miles away attached to another house. So our house move to redo the foundation was not the first time this property had a house moved on it.
Other work going on includes dry wall getting mudded and taped in the loft and garage.
Built in shelves have been made for the living area and the closets in the loft, trying to maximize every space we can.
If the beach is my happy place, the farm is our yellow lab, Latte’s favorite place. He loves being a country dog.