Monday, June 22, 2015


Well, it's finally time to get painting inside the mill.  Let me tell you, there is plenty of painting to do.  If you're into the stock market, you might want to invest in the paint stock!  I will be using plenty of it.  I thought I would share before photos of the bathroom project which will be where I am going to start in this big old mill.

The pictures might not show just how large this bathroom is, but it is a nice size.  I don't know about you, but I always disliked my small bathrooms in previous homes I have lived in.  In this room, I want to create a nice color palette of white and linen for a French Country style.

Let me start by showing you the outside of the bathroom.  I chose these beautiful french doors which we had purchased at a restore for $125.00  I will be making inside curtains for them.  Everything we are doing in this mill is being done on a shoestring budget.

I wanted to add interest to this opening to the bathroom, which we did by just adding these doors, but I went a step further and had my hubby build me a shelf above door adding these really old, chippy white corbels.  We also had some chippy trim that he added under neath shelf.  This will be a great shelf to add some nice Ironstone pieces that I have been collecting for a while.  So let's open the doors and go inside shall we?

Please excuse the mess.  Like I said, these are the before photos.  Lots of cleaning needs to be done.  The floors in this bathroom were also purchased from a restore.  Beautiful, pine floors.  Add a nice warmth to the room already.  Can't wait to see them cleaned up!  The hanging chandelier is also a purchase from the restore.  You can't tell, but it is really a massive fixture.  I will unveil it at another time when the whole room is finished.  The cost for the flooring was 100 bucks, the chandelier cost us 175.00.  This old, deep, claw foot tub was one was given to us from a neighbor down the road.   I had made this pair of curtains from drop cloths.  I will tell you all about them and the rods on my next post.  Just love how they turned out.  Wait til I tell you about those curtain rods!

The bath tub is angled almost in the middle of this room.  Sink is to the left, toilet is to the right.

This sink is new, and was purchased at Menard's on sale for 130.00, normally a 600 dollar sink.  Right now it has a board sitting on top for some reason or another.  We still need to add the faucets.  The antique mirror will be hung just above it that we purchased at a garage sale for 50.00.  It has beveled glass mirror.  Above the mirror is a piece of the mill's flour shoot that we incorporated into a fixture for the light.  The light is antique and purchased at the restore for little or nothing.

This is the other corner of the bathroom.  It has an angled wall where the toilet will be.  Above the toilet is an antique cubby with leaded glass, beautifully detailed molding and 2 small shelf inserts.  It will be painted and have a small light inserted to shine through the glass.  We had purchased this antique cubby for 250.00 at a restore.  Love restores!

Well I hope you enjoyed my little tour of before photos of the bathroom.  I hope to start painting any day now.  Can't wait to show you after photos!

Stay tuned for my next post on the drop cloth curtains and those rods that we made!  Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to tell your friends about this blog for me.  Would love to gain more viewers!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Getting ready to paint

Hello folks, The mill is taking shape now and is going to start to get an interior face lift with paint! I am going to start with the main floor bathroom next week. We are busy at the moment getting things ready for a huge barn sale this weekend and will be closing our store. So much work involved with closing a store. So I will make sure to take a few before photos of bathroom and after of course. It is pretty neat. French doors, huge chandalier over tub, and more. Making drop cloth curtains also. Just wait and see this transformation! Got to go. See you all next week hopefully!