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Friends, we just finished whitewashing the old main house!!! It feels like a huge milestone. My knees are down to a pulp, my arms are cramping and my wrist is hurting. But it’s all worth it! Now we only need to seal up them floors and by the middle of next week we can move in, just in time for Christmas!


The bedroom plank wall is done too! What an accomplishment on Adrian’s side. That wall, I tell you, was quite the little fighter. The house is crooked in all directions, making it extra difficult to put in a pretty plank wall. Not to mention, Madame requested that the chimney would be wrapped as well…


And then the wood stove arrived! Adrian has switched out the tile flooring in the kitchen entry and the black Jotul stove looks amazing on the concrete look-alike tile we chose.


It’s all starting to come together, which feels really really great. The next projects will be the mudroom wall (yup, ANOTHER plank wall!) with DIY bench, and at some point we need to finish the laundry room. But first we’ll move into the old main house and put up our Christmas tree! We’ve been waiting too long!




After half a meltdown, the floors in the craft/sewing room were finally whitewashed (read all about how to whitewash wood floors in Part 1) and all we had to do before using the room, was to apply a sealer. Easier said than done! But before we dive into the story, can we please just take a moment and appreciate the transformation? Aaaahhh! We’re getting somewhere with this!

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This blog should be re-named something along the lines of “House of Menig – how NOT to remodel a house”. In all seriousness though, we’re learning about two hundred and seven lessons a day. For example on how to whitewash wood floors.

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Now that we’re getting real close to getting our bedroom done and ready to move into, I’ve collected some master bedroom inspiration and created a mood board for this room. Don’t you just love mood boards too? I think they’re the BEST! These mood boards always help me see the vision and not get side tracked by all the possibilities out there. They also help me share said vision with the hubby, real handy when you need to convince him that a plank wall really is THAT important on a particular wall ♥

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Although we’re still nowhere close to begin decorating for Christmas, I can’t keep my eyes off Pinterest during the short moments of internet tranquility I get in the evenings. We’re hoping real hard to move into the main house in one to two weeks (we’re currently living in the barn side of the house) and FINALLY put up our lovely flocked Christmas tree.

While I love Christmas decorations a ton, I’m not exactly a fan of the crazy red, green and gold extravaganza of American style Christmas decor. I prefer a more simple, a more calm approach. So here’s my list of 7 Simple & Cheap Ways to Decorate for Christmas! Enjoy – HOHOHO!!

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