I painted my farmhouse - before and after pics included!
My house was built in 1849, and was still in the original family until I bought it at an estate auction 9 years ago. Somewhat typical Tennessee farmhouse, shabby when I bought it and definitely in need of a makeover. My handyman and I painted it over the last several weekends. I still need to get someone to seal the tin roof - my handyman and three others that I called don't want to get up there because it's pitched so steeply. I plan on putting up a weather vane. I want a classic trotting horse, but it has to have an arrow, too. I can find horses without the arrow, and roosters with, but not horses with.
I e-mailed the pics to the granddaughter of the lady who lived and died there. She was 99 when she died, still living alone on her farm.
This was her reply:
Now for the pics.
Such a coincidence that you e-mailed me today b/c I was going to e-mail you this evening when we got home from bowling. We were in Murfreesboro on Friday, visiting Brenda and David down by the creek and I came to a dead stop when we passed your house. It took my breathe away, it was so stunning. I even took a picture of it with my cell phone but your pictures do it much better justice. I absolutely LOVE it in every way and you could not have chosen a better color. You didn't do it all yourself, did you? Brenda and David also brought it up and were so impressed with how amazing it looked. Brenda said she bet Granny was kicking up her heels in Heaven and shouting her approval. I also think my mom is in total agreement with your choice! How is the roof planning going? Have you found anyone to tackle Mt. Everest? Again, I applaud your creativity and I thank you for keeping me involved. That means more than you could ever imagine!I would love to see the inside changes as well when you get it the way you want it. I have no doubt that it will be as beautiful as the outside is now. Well done, my friend!
I totally love that you are putting your heart and soul into this house that is yours. It is exactly what my Grandma did in the time she had with the money she had! It was 1st my Grandad's house that she made her own in time, and you are definitely doing that as well. You are a thoughtful, pensive, strong person and so was my Grandma, so it is almost as if it was meant to be. This house needed new life to be breathed into it, and that is what you are doing, and you are doing an incredible job! I love seeing the transformation, and I am so sure my mom and Grandma feel the same way. All things happen in good time and the choices you are making are right for you and also for your home. Again, thanks for involving me and I look forward to seeing the transformation!!!! Love, Cheryl
Before: Flattering snowy pic harsh light of day pic
After: House 1 House 2 House 3