Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This House

When we purchased our property eight years ago the farmer was thrilled to finally be on his own little property where he could raise a beef and putter around. We could hardly pass up the deal because we were able to buy this at a lesser value than it's worth. The property had been purchased by a developer who subdivided the original fifty acres up into five parcels.  Our parcel consists of six acres and the original house where "Wilma" a tiny old lady had lived for the last ten or so years. I don't know any history of the original builder or families that may have lived here before Wilma but I do know the house had never been updated in the thirty years it has stood. 

Cute little Wilma was shall we say, a hoarder. She had this house filled to the brim with stuff and furniture, 3000 square feet of stuff. At one point we counted eight refrigerators and two freezers. Some inside and several outside on the deck and in the garage. I have never seen so much stuff. She was also.... how shall I put it.... a drunk. Cute as can be but drinking and smoking on a regular basis. We knew she had parties here because we had not only heard it from her but the neighbors as well. Before we moved in we hauled off trailers and truck loads of junk to Goodwill and the dump. We found liquor bottles behind the drapes, cigarette butts everywhere, burns in the linoleum. The house reeked of course and there were layer after layer of wall paper in every room. In the rooms that did not have wood ceilings the wall paper was slapped up there as well.  We spent every spare minute scraping wall paper and glue, putting on texture and painting. Of course it was not all finished when we moved in but at least it was part way there. 

We are finally coming to a very slow end. There are still a few more windows to replace and blinds to buy but the last area inside we need to do is our mud room which of course is our utility room. There is a half bath off this room as well that needs to be finished. This room has some deco that just charms the pants off of you.  I am not sure what the owners were thinking when the bright orange was put in here but look at those counters.

And the wall paper!!! Is that not the funniest thing?

Here the wall paper meets the ceiling where more wallpaper is glued. I swear that it was stuck up there with super glue. Look at the hen, milk and eggs though.

Oh! And I have a barn and a very tiny little horse. That horse is so smart he brings me his halter.

Here I am, the farmers wife. Notice the egg basket.  I just noticed it says "Big Hen" beside her. That was probably the farmer that wrote that about me.

I kid.  Here is my big hen. 

Then there is the farmer. I have to admit that these people don't really look like the farmer and I. In fact I don't know a farmer that looks like this.

Before we tear this all apart I am thinking of carefully cutting a big square of my favorite part and framing it to hang on the wall in this room. 

What do you think? Any other great ideas?

22 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I would absolutely save as much of that paper as possible! I love it. So retro.

Country Girl said...

I HAVE SEEN THIS WALLPAPER BEFORE! It was in my in-laws house for years. It was in the kitchen when I started dating my husband 32 years ago!!

Yes, you'll have to save some of it. Maybe in a photograph or a mosaic of some kind.

I have goofy wallpaper too that I posted about. Had a contest about, actually!
http://chroniclesofacountrygirl.blogspot.com/2008/10/blog-post_26.html

And yeah, those orange countertops are simply indescribable.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Orange and Overcooked-Pea green were all the rage when I was a child in the 60's-70's. I grew up in a house with orange and green mushroom wallpaper in the kitchen and brown, orange and green owl wallpaper in the bathroom. I swear, those owls were watching me while I was in there. gah!

I am loving that wallpaper! It so dang cute! You have SO got to save some and frame it up as a part of the history of your house (much better than saving the liquor bottle from behind the drapes. lol!)
and while you're at it...send me some of that wallpaper, too. I want a big fat hen or two! hehe

Thanks for sharing some fun stuf about your house...and Wilma.
:D

~Lisa

word verfication: 'exses'
Wilma was one of the exses of your house.

Linda Reeder said...

I think that wall paper is cool. Save some of it definately!

frugalmom said...

I agree. You must save some of that paper. Frame it or make some great little greeting cards with some of the remnants. All kinds of things you could do with that great looking paper.

TSannie said...

Definitely save some of that wallpaper! It is just wonderful! Sounds like Wilma is(was?) a hoot!

TSannie said...

BTW - my hubby and I have lived in 4 home over the course of 31 years. 3 of those 4 homes have had orange countertops. What's up with that???

Julie Andrea said...

Ohh, I have to agree, save some of that 'precious' wall paper! LOL Love that big ole hen.

I grew up with the avocado green fridge and stove (kitchen curtains were orange, brown and puke green), along with a wringer washer and a BROWN dryer.

Oh, then there's the sofa and chair .. brown, beige and orange plaid which looked just lovely with the fake plastic wood console floor model TV, green carpet, Dad's green Lazy Boy and my treasured handmade macrame owl (also in brown and orange) hanging on the wall. ahhahaha .. childhood memories ...

P.S. Mum still has the owl and won't part with it! LOL

Carolynn said...

Whew! What a big job! I think framing you favourite piece or perhaps a set of three pieces of wallpaper is a great idea!

Maria said...

I exhausted just reading about all the work, tough job. Most definitely do save some of that wallpaper, kind of adorable in a weird way, framing some is a great idea.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I love that wall-paper. Not that I'd want it on my wall. It's a little overpowering. But to accent with it is a great idea. The framed picture? Definitely. And maybe you could cut some of the favorite pictures out and use as a border around the top of the room. Or cover some tins to sit around the room. It is adorable.

Suzanne said...

Oooo... that wallpaper is so fun! You definitely should save a sample of that paper and frame it. I love the big hen, she rocks!

~Suzanne
htt://www.sugarloafcottage.blogspot.com

Oregontribal1 said...

I too grew up with some weird stuff! We had plates made with melamine in that funky green daisy pattern; I have those in my grub box for camping!! My mom had a clock with daisy-like flowers in yellow, blue, green and orange. We also had an avacado green fridge, stove, and lineoleum too!!! Thankfully, my folks painted the kitchen a mellow cream color...BUT our kids bedrooms were painted Robin's egg blue...with LAVENDER SHAG CARPET!!!! AARRRGH!!

Gayle said...

The ceiling makes me dizzy! I bet you can't wait to remodel this area!

noble pig said...

Oh don't throw that out. It's so adorable, you could sell framed squares on EBAY for $25 each.

tipper said...

I love the wallpaper so much-I'd leave it up!! When I first saw it I was thinking "wonder where she found that" then you say it was already there. I just think it's so retro and neat.

sugarcreekstuff said...

I'm with tipper, I love it so much I would leave it be! If its smoke stinky you could fabreeze it.

You would have the most fun mud room on the planet. I could make you some big hen curtains!

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I really enjoyed your narrative tour tour on the details of your wallpaper. I was chuckling out loud! :-) Definitely save some - it's too sweet not to.

Jeannelle said...

That wallpaper is hilarious. Yes, definitely keep a chunk of it, or a wall of it as a memento, and to bring smiles.

CeeCee said...

Yowza! I can't imagine buying the place. You and Farmer must have been able to see through all the stuff.
Maybe give the wallpaper a good washing to get all the yellow (from smoking) off, and then do a collage'.

Hilary said...

OMG.....I put this wallpaper up in my first home......in 1975.....when I landed on your blog and saw it, I was speechless.......wow, I had forgotten it. I remember now how heavy it was, like oil cloth, and I remember how everyone thought I was crazy to pick it, but I did.

Kristi said...

Keep it! Just add some bright red curtains. I love the 70's minus the shag carpet.