“The Farmhouse”

My step dad is the handiest man I have ever met and has a really unique “project” in the works. He is disassembling this 1850-60’s farmhouse and salvaging the wood and some of the unique structures to reuse and/or re-purpose them. It’s just too great of a building to plow over and destroy, as the owner originally wanted to do. It is in mint condition, for being over 100 years old, that is!

Upon some research I learned about some of the unique structural elements:

  • This architectural language flourished from about 1830 to 1850 when it was seen as a national style. With British influence waning considerably after the War of 1812 and the nation rapidly expanding westward, the Greek Revival architectural style was fundamentally an expression of America’s triumphant sense of destiny and the sense that our newly formed nation was the spiritual descendant of Greece, the birthplace of democracy.
  • Elaborate door surrounds were frequent features of Greek Revival homes. Typically, small-paned side lights and a rectangular transom were framed by heavy, wide trim sometimes recessed for a more three-dimensional look.
  • Columns and pilasters were among the most common elements of Greek Revival architecture. Although classical columns were round, by definition, the Greek Revival style also used square or even octagonal columns. The columns were designed without bases as in the Greek style or with bases as in a Roman adaptation. Columns could be fluted or smoothed, but they were almost always built of wood.
~Info from the article Greek Revial by Bruce Wentworth, AIA

Luckily for me, one of the upstairs corners hadn’t been cleaned out yet and I was able to salvage a box of old, dusty bottles and jars. We found a ton of old IGA preserves jars with the original labels, which were in GREAT shape! I got mostly different types of fruit preserves jars, and also a hot dog relish jar and a peter pan peanut butter jar. I adore the vintage labels and their colorful designs! For sitting around so long, they weren’t THAT dirty…just lots of dust!

With a little cleaning up, they are perfect! I brought a few to the co-op and threw in some faux flowers, just to present the idea of different ways they could be used…a little vase for your summer wild flowers perhaps?

I also got ahold of this ancient formaldehyde bottle with its original skull and cross-bones label!

The label is very difficult to read but talks about soaking your potatoes in a solution of formaldehyde and water. I just finished reading how formaldehyde used to be used to soak  seed potatoes to destroy fungus and organisms that cause the potatoes to “scab.”  Not sure if this is still practiced today or not…kinda weird!

In other news… we (and by we, I mean Greg) have done lots of “sprucing” things up around the exterior of the house. It looks so awesome!

He put these cool little caps on the deck posts…

And had the back patio area outside the back door all re-done…it looks phenomenal!

P.S. Aren’t the lilies so pretty?


P.S. Thanks to those who voted in the poll I posted about the snowman faces! I am excited that face #2 was the winner by a landslide, because it was my fave too! I will be posting more on that lil project later! 🙂

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. cathy niggli
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 21:08:37

    that is not a meat grinder its for chopping nuts – mom had one and the ash tray is like the one i made for dad for xmas one year in middle school xoox


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