Farmhouse Rehab – Wabi Sabi Rustic Reclaim

I have been mostly absent from everything except working at the farmhouse and working in my office.  We are inside, sanding walls, painting walls, trimming out windows and doors and thinking about what to use for the kitchen cabinets.  Even though we had a stockpile of wood in the barn, much of it is oak and thick and so heavy.  It might become kitchen, it might not.  Reclaim is a marvelous thing, but the sorting and selection, cutting and sanding and installation take up lots of time and energy.  I am glad we are reusing as much of the wood from the barn as we can.  It feels like we are making the house whole again, bring the old back into the old/new.  I have kept a few doors in place.  The original front door will stay and I have yet to tackle scraping and painting it, but I have washed it down to get ready.  A closet door in the front hall will remain as well.  The tiny door that opens to the rickety steps down to the basement was in nasty shape, but a good scrubbing with grit cleanser and some chalk paint to distress it and make the old look old/new again is working pretty well.  I posted a photo on facebook of our French doors and called our new style wabi sabi rustic reclaim and I think that about suits us perfectly. Expect the imperfect, rustic and mismatched from us always.  The tea cup that’s slightly chipped, the tarnished and the tired, but well loved.  That is how I would describe how we live.  Now for some doors.

The Annie Sloan Arles yellow will be in the kitchen and this door sits in the dining room so I decided to run that yellow in here as well.  Not sure it’s done, need to sit with it awhile. More doors trimmed with chunky 2″ thick selections from the barn.  Some pine, some cedar?, we are not sure but much darker and sappy.  These doors are in the studio which is right off the kitchen and will lead to the deck and gardens beyond(gardens translated: weedy will places the birds adore.

old door cleaned and with some Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint

old door cleaned and with some Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint

Annie Sloan's dark wax, Arles and more old white

Annie Sloan’s dark wax, Arles and more old white

corner and hinge detail

corner and hinge detail



latch detail

latch detail


distressing detail

distressing detail

French doors leading to the deck and back yard

French doors leading to the deck and back yard

New door to the bathroom in pine, coupled with trim(cedar?) for contrast.

New door to the bathroom in pine, coupled with trim(cedar?) for contrast.

Door that comes into the house/studio from the breezeway that connects house to barn.  Again, trimmed in that dark cedar.

Door that comes into the house/studio from the breezeway that connects house to barn. Again, trimmed in that dark cedar.

Lots of doors and of course a dog……….

Peanut enjoying the deck.

Peanut enjoying the deck.

No she’s not in jail, those posts are rebar allowed to slightly rust, then coated with polyacrylic.  Did I mention wildness not gardens………..


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16 Responses to “Farmhouse Rehab – Wabi Sabi Rustic Reclaim”

  1. deb September 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    So fun to see what you are working on! Sigh……..not a fan of the distressed look… it always makes me want to give it a good coat of fresh…… but i can surely appreciate all the effort you are putting into it. I cannot wait to see it all finished. 🙂 I love the wood on the ceiling… We were getting prepared to do some of that in TX before we decided to move… I love the idea. Thanks so much for taking us along! Hugs! deb

  2. Judy Shea September 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I swear these doors are a piece of art in themselves. So much work and it will all be worth it. Yay for happy pups.

  3. joarty1 September 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Looking amazing. You’ve done so much! Love the doors… and a studio leading to the garden….wow!

  4. terrieydh September 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Amazing! We’re all running out of superlatives….you’re putting so much work and love into the house it’s a home before you even move in! This is going to be such a charming, welcoming space – I may just have to find an excuse to visit your coast! 🙂

  5. Kay Wallace September 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I am so impressed with you and David doing so much for the restoration of “this old house,” Corrine! I am well acquainted with the process, as my father did much the same thing when he purchased an old farmhouse in Michigan after an early retirement. He did not work in the trades, but was well acquainted with hard work! I can’t wait to see how you are doing! Love to see at least one pop there! Hugs! Kay

  6. Nancy September 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    These pictures are wonderful. The blue doors are beautiful. What a busy girl you are!

  7. froebelsternchen October 1, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    AMAZING! They all look gorgeous!

    My dear hubby spent nearly 6 month with ours and I had to clean up 2 days long the old door buckles.. boring – but a good job for me in the end of this step of door renovation and now we are loving our new old wonderful doors – I choose a cream colored glaze for all of them… so you can see the old wood through and it’s pretty.
    Have fun furthermore dear Corinne..
    it’s a neverending story with an old house and it’s a longlive love … this fact just is able to understand a (crafty)artist!

  8. kampysgirl October 1, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Fab work on that cellar door! I love that time worn look- you mailed it Corrine! Great to see some photos of your hard work-love that teal and the cedar contrast- my fav is the re-bar!! Genius!!Too bad we just finished our deck- I would absolutely have loved that instead-(don’t tell the hub though! hee)
    And your baby looks very comfortable lounging on the deck!!
    see you soon! xoxo

  9. Dorthe October 1, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Oh Corrine, that painted and waxed door is a fantastic piece of art, I love how it looks,- and also that you used different wood around the doors. That you are trying to put in the old wood from your house inside again , in a new form , is also a wonderful thought and looks great, also with new doors. Your deck with the partly rusted bars, will be a much loved place not only for Peanut but for all of you people and animals 🙂
    Hugs from here.

  10. jan2bratt October 1, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Your work is paying off in spades, looking fantastic and will last beyond your lifetime. Do it right the first time and you won’t have to fix it later! What satisfaction you will have each time you regard your hard work with admiration. The two of you are quite a team!

  11. sheila 77 October 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Thanks for the door tour, I really liked the old latch the fifth photo, isn’t it strange what appeals to us! Could “Doors” count as a “Still Life” (Conny’s challenge this month)?

  12. Valerie-Jael October 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Love how this is coming along, looks like lots of hard work! Hugs, Valerie

  13. Katrina Calice October 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Oh I see you are putting much love into this and it will really be yours! So special to really make up your own place, feeling it and having fun. Your place will be great, it’s coming along wonderfully, thanks for sharing Corrine and keep having fun!

  14. Bleubeard and Elizabeth October 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    I have a few doors with latches like that in my previous home. Mine were doors to closets, and they had no way to open them if you accidentally closed the door while you were inside. I never even considered it until someone pointed it out to me. Luckily, it never happened to me. The double locks look a bit out of place in the french doors and the connecting door. Necessary, probably, but certainly caught my eye and attention. Glad to get the update. At least now we see what you’ve been working on.

  15. Kim Andersen October 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    enjoying your progress vicariously here 🙂 … my husband and I love chalk paint – I really like your patchy application – and the lovely latch – sigh

  16. Marjie Kemper October 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    The doors are seem to have a story of their own. Love the ceiling planks, too.

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