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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Some Amazing Discoveries,Then Some Cake

So, blog-worthy things happen around here pretty much ten times a day, but time to actually document and share them... not so much. Anyway, here's one thing!

Oh yes. That's original hardwood there.

Isn't that kinda the dream? You buy the big old country house in need of love, pull back some of the ugly and find tons of original beauty waiting for you to unleash it!

But how to get rid of all that glue from the peel 'n stick tile?

The varnish has yellowed like crazy, so I don't mind that some of the cleaners I've been trying have been taking off some of the top coat. We'll be sanding and staining again anyway.

And then we started ripping out walls.

Our master bedroom is an addition so behind the entrance wall is the original brick exterior wall. Well, how cool would that be to expose it and get to see that everyday?

Answer: Pretty cool.
It's going to take a lot of work. They pretty much went crazy with the demolition of the wall for the doorway, so lots of insulation and thick moldings will be needed, but I think I'll somehow manage. 

On a completely different note, I've been doing some baking, as have a lot of us I'm sure. 

Last year I found myself wanting a "signature" fall recipe that I could make for my family that would just feel like home. I think I found it this year in a recipe for apple spice cake from Martha. 

Simple ingredients, seasonally appropriate, and both Kennedy and Chris ate it up! Score!

I think we've got a winner!
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Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

How cool to find original flooring and bricks. It will indeed be a lot of work, but so worth it. The cake looks delish!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Oh wow, what a dream to find hardwood and brick! Major love!

Kara@Hobbies of a Homemaker said...

That brick wall is to die for! That will be beautiful!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Nice bonus' huh! Hardwood and brick walls!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Courtenay, How wonderful to find hardwood floors and brick walls in your home. Looks like a lot of work but it will be fabulous when completed. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party.

Ty and Whitty said...

Oh my heck that is awesome about the hardwood and I am in love with the exposed brick that is my dream to have some of that in a house one day. you lucky girl. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to last weeks show and share. We hope to see you and your newest project on Wednesday.

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