While we have wanted, for years, to purchase an older, history filled home that needed our TLC, we didn’t find that dream until retirement! Wanting to downsize our life, we asked our Realtor for a small, historic (meaning old), great bones kind of home! She delivered!
Probably not perfect timing physically in our lives (youth would have been easier) but, we’ve been Blessed with incredible rewards with this home and one is Our Tiny Library!
We had great visions of bringing this historic old farmhouse on a historic street, back to life and back to the period it was constructed… with a bit more pizzazz perhaps! And, although not finished, we think we’ve accomplished some of the rooms we most wanted to redo.
This particular category on our blog, Our Tiny Library, is about writings, stories, poems, etc. that we love, find intriguing and thought you might like them too! Ron has written a book and many short stories which he will also share and so much more.
Let me describe a bit about the remodel… the home had a lot of wallpaper board on the walls in the small room (Tiny Library), the parlor, and all upstairs. There were nails, and glue and other items, that were used to secure it to the lathe and plaster walls! The incredibly beautiful hardwood floors were covered with indoor/outdoor carpet that was glued or maybe just melted into the flooring and had to be scraped off.
There was a chimney that would have been used for the old pot belly stove but was covered with plaster along with other paints… etc.
Ron exposed that beautiful old brick as you’ll see in the pictures. Below shows the progression of opening that part of the wall to expose the brick, the scrape the plaster off and then wire brush!
There were three different hardwood floors put in the home through the ages and none of them matched in height or in fit together with the next room, they were all just slightly off one from another! We had a contractor redo the hardwoods and put beautiful transition pieces from one room’s hardwood flooring to another! Ron added crown molding and of course bookshelves before adding the first books (see below) and, in fact, he added molding to all of the windows and floor surrounds. You can see in the picture below the moldings are not on yet but in the finished picture, the crown and other molding are creatively done! Exciting & beautiful!
The purpose of this post is to display the best we can through pictures, the before and after… of the remodel! The Tiny Library measures about 6ft X 8ft!!
Our Tiny Library… Hope you Enjoyed!