Big Cottage Reno: First Pass Furnishing

Before in the living room with the newly re-finished floors

Last week at my father's big cottage, the painting on the third floor was finished, wall to wall carpeting in three rooms was torn up, and the floors were sanded and sealed back to their lovely 1897 glory. Then on Saturday morning, I drove over all of the STUFF that the new house needed for the renters that I'd ordered online (toilet paper, plates, silverware, towels, etc), and our whole family pitched in as my mother's entire storage locker of furniture was delivered to furnish the house quickly. The renters arrived at 3pm, and we were all done, but it was a long day!

This was my first look at the newly refinished floors on Saturday morning. Sanded and polyurethaned, they looked stunning and so much better than the wall to wall carpeting that had been there for years.

From nearly empty, the whole house filled up and came to life.

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It was amazing. While my mother's furniture from her home in the city was a little older, darker and heavier than I would have liked, I used it to lightly furnish the rooms and it looked really nice (I thought).

The movers were late, but were great when they got there.

That evening the renters (a lovely European family with two small boys) had friends over for dinner and stayed up late into the night in their new house (we forgot to supply any carving knives, which made cooking challenging, but not impossible). It sounded like a fine party and a great housewarming for the next century.

The old front entrance has been all cleaned up for use (it wasn't used before). I particularly love the tall blue pot we found in a closet inside.

Over the next few months we'll be moving things around, making small improvements and filling the gaps, and I'll keep you updated. I'll also keep updating the list of sources that I'm using so that you can find stuff if you like it.

First Floor

The front hallway with the renter's belongings just starting to move in and make it feel lived in.

The Living Room

The Kitchen - new old Garland stove still to come!

Second Floor

Second Floor Guest Room 1

Second Floor Guest Room 2

Second Floor Kids' Room

Second Floor Master Bedroom

Second Floor Guest Room 3 — we kept the wallpaper!

Third Floor

Attic Room 1 — newly painted

Attic Room 1 — There's great light up here, AND it's also very hot.

Attic Bathroom — I love this view…

Sources (so far)