Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


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Happy Holidays from Our New Old House!

Happy Holidays From Our New Old House 2010

Wishing you and your house a safe and warm holiday season!
-Kelli and Brandon

Happy Holidays from Our New Old House!


Mission Accomplished!

When we left off last time, our living room and dining room looked like this:


On Saturday, it looked like this!


Actually, that picture is from after I’d cleaned up after the party a bit. But you get the idea.

Friday night Brandon put up the last of the wallpaper border in the dining room.


I’m very pleased with how it came out.


On Saturday morning he put the attic door back on with freshly painted hardware.  (I still have a little more clean-up work to do on that door, but it looked pretty nice having it back up.)


On Saturday night Our New Old House was full of friends and laughter. We finished all the projects on our list in the knick of time and it was a wonderful party.



We’re so grateful for everybody who came and celebrated with us! Our house is so much warmer with friends to share it with.

A Cacophony of Smells

Today Our New Old House smells like the following:

  • CitriStrip
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Fabric Softener
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Rustoleum spray paint
  • Tea tree oil & lavender
  • Nachos

It’s been a busy weekend in Our New Old House. We set ourselves a deadline of Dec. 19 to have the living room and dining room done – or at least done enough to host a big holiday party. That meant we have to get the following list of things done:

  • Strip paint off woodwork
  • Finish scraping up crustified carpet padding
  • Paint the walls
  • Rearrange the cables and electronics in the bookcase
  • Paint the cold air return grate
  • Make everything tidy and pretty

I think we’re on track to make all of those things happen. Dining room is painted. Today Brandon primed the last bit of the living room that needed it. I spray painted the grate. Woodwork is done except for a couple of troublesome spots with stubborn paint. Sections of carpet padding in the dining room are soaking, to be scraped tomorrow after work.  I bought the supplies I’ll need to stain parts of the woodwork and polyurethane it, but I think those final steps will have to wait until after the party. For now, the woodwork looks lovely just stripped of paint. It’s got a nice rich color and a smooth finish so that’s good enough for now.

It’s time for me to take a shower and get to bed. I’m exhausted, but I can’t wait to show off our progress. I’ll have some pictures soon of our living room and dining room, as well as a little treasure Brandon found behind one of the built-in bookcases.

Light ‘em up!

It’s Christmastime! I decorated Our New Old House with lots of lights so Santa will be sure and find our house. I do worry how he’ll get through the glass door on the front of our wood burning stove fireplace though. Must remember to leave the latch undone when I go to bed on Christmas Eve…


Admittedly I was not the first to do this, but it seemed an appropriate sentiment for this year’s Christmas.


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