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Projects #1 & #2 – stair wall and handrail & baby gate

farmhouse stairs

Project #1

Our first order of business was to tackle the problem with the stairs. While the open staircase was beautiful, it certainly was not practical for all our little ones running around. Every time we looked at this house before we signed, I was a nervous wreck the whole time the kids were in the house! To make matters worse, my husband had to go out of town for a week right after we moved in! Thankfully, he got part of this project done before he left. 🙂 This one is still technically in-progress. My awesome guy got all the woodwork done and then a few of the steps got broken, so we put off painting until he can replace those since part of this will have to be removed to change the steps out.

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Eventually all of it will be painted white. We decided to go with a slatted wall to not completely close off the stairs.

I’m pretty proud of the handrail on the landing. That’s not a purchased, prefab handrail. My sweetie made it himself. 🙂

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Project #2

I actually posted about this project last year, not long after he finished it.
We chose to put the latch on the inside of the gate to make it more difficult for little ones to open it and to keep from having a big ugly latch on the outside.The hinges allow the door to swing all the way back against the wall when it isn’t needed, and we have a small bench that sits in front of it most of the time now that our three bigger kiddos can all maneuver the stairs.

baby gate

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our lovely little farmhouse

welcome mat and painted toes

I mentioned in this post back in September that I would share more pictures of our house as soon as we had internet service here. Well, it was December or January before that happened! (A perk of living rural. 🙂 ) Here is a very long overdue look at some of our home on the inside. Most of these pictures were taken before we moved in or shortly after. I’ll be sharing updated pictures along the way as projects are completed and rooms are decorated.

Living Room


living room

Notice there is no railing on the landing or on the right side of the stairs. Don’t worry, that has been fixed. 🙂

farmhouse stairs




Master Bedroom


Bedroom #2


Bonus Room

This is now the kids’ playroom.

old house log wall


How’s this for vintage? 😉 Anyone want to guess what year this was added on?? Ha!

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1950s bathroom

And the outside The shrubs and flower beds were pretty overgrown.


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There are a couple of before pictures I can’t seem to find at the moment – the boys’ room and our school room. 🙁 Be sure to check out our pictures on Instagram though! You can follow me @mommythezookeeper and look for #ourlovelylittlefarmhouse

Coming soon…updates & “in progress” pictures!

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Our new (old, really old) house

I had intended to save this post until we had internet at our new house, so I could include the pictures from the day we first looked at it. However, we’ve been here 5 weeks now and still haven’t found an internet provider. So, here we go… On Father’s Day we looked at this house for the first time. 20140907-151149.jpg


And fell completely in love. We put in our offer 2 days later and signed a contract on Saturday. We closed a little over a month later. This house is the perfect mix of my husband and I. It has the elegance and charm of a Victorian farmhouse and the ruggedness and history of a log cabin – because it is both. Originally built in 1901 as a dogtrot cabin, the house was put under one roof in the 1930s. As soon as we have internet service I’ll be sharing more pictures and some before and afters of the projects we’ve been working on so far. Here is a small recap of our activities this weekend – yard work!
little sister has taken some wonderful naps in the yard this weekend. 🙂








Today we planted two cherry trees to finish off the weekend. 🙂 20140907-161618.jpg

20140907-161552.jpg PS- You can also get a sneak peek over on Instagram. I’ve tagged some pics with #movingourzoo and #ourlovelylittlefarmhouse 🙂

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