A white farmhouse with a red barn. That's precisely what Shane told me when I asked him what his dream home looked like. We had recently celebrated our first anniversary, just started a family, and were renting an apartment close to the city. Finding a house that we liked within our budget seemed difficult enough, but finding the dream home? Forget about it. Well a couple of months later, a house in our price range came on the market that fit the description he'd given me perfectly.
The house was built in the early 1800s and originally came with acreage surrounded by Shears and Franklin Street. As the years went by, the land was subdivided and additional homes were built on it. Two of my current neighbors, who grew up in my house, have told me stories about what life was like on the farm in the 1950s and '60s. The barn was full of animals, and the room connecting the house to the barn was used to store wood for the winter. One of my favorite stories is about how their father would make them mow the acres of lawn with an antique push mower, just to keep them busy and out of trouble.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy the sunroom. I spend hours just sitting on the couch admiring the trees, the birds, and all the other random animals that show up in our yard. It's amazing how entertaining nature can be.
The downstairs bathroom is the only room that's been painted since we moved in. It originally had the same wood paneling as the kitchen, and the room looked really dark. One day I just got fed up and went out to buy Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. I chose that specific paint because it doesn't require any sanding or priming before being applied. I'll admit that though it only took me three days to paint the whole room, I had a sore shoulder for a about a week after it was done.
It's been five years since we moved into our Franklin Street farmhouse, and I can't imagine a more perfect home for our family. We now have our own stories to tell and so many more fun adventures to live. And though the barn doesn't have horses or chickens, it has a very important role in our lives.