Rehab — Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day I went up to the new house yesterday with perennials from my garden and put them into the lawn.  Some bleeding heart, some hosta and some European ginger.  I wanted to bring some life to the place with is brack and bramble, sumac and giant yew bushes that are beyond the pale.  I also began tearing off strips of various vintage wall papers around the house to put into an art piece later to put back into the house once it’s done. Aren’t these great!

IMG_2142 IMG_2148We discovered some really wide pine boards in the barn and a 4″ thick piece of oak that might get reused in the kitchen/bath somewhere.  It’s on an old work bench and just needs a good sanding to bring it back to life.  We might put it together with some other wood an make a kitchen countertop out of it.  These old materials just aren’t around any more and we want them to remain in the house.  Much is not salvageable so we will re-use what we can and scavenge the rest from yard sales, salvage yards, old fences, pallets and the like.


The old chimney and fireplace are currently in a hallway, but we may leave the brick exposed once we clean all the creosote off it.  At least we know that a fireplace was there once, but a fireplace in a hallway is not of much use…


Can you say brush clearing?  We worked for several hours over the weekend and will have many hours more since outdoor work is one thing we can do easily.  About a half acre of brush is there, so if you don’t hear from us for a while, we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and can’t get out.  The saving grace are some lilacs- yay – and some old apple trees, which we may be able to get fruit from – again yay…

Happy Earth Day everyone.  Plant something, make something, gift something or give it to someone who needs it.   I’m going to pack a few boxes for the Salvation Army today.



  1. A fabulous new adventure for you…enjoy.

  2. I am in love with that old wallpaper. Your mind must be whirling with ideas. I’m sure you’ll find more buried treasures.

  3. NancyLee says:

    Oh, what fun! I love your old wallpaper idea!

  4. Happy Earth Day! Love those old papers, especially the one with the birds! Keep up the good work. Hugs, Valerie

  5. What an adventure! Can’t wait to see what develops!

  6. Happy Earth Day back to you! Enjoy working it! Xx

  7. The wallpaper patterns are beautiful. I use lots of vintage wallpaper in my backgrounds. Happy Earth day to you and yours! One of the exciting things about an old house are the finds once you begin working. I’m so happy for you! xo

  8. Oh how fun- I knew we were kindred souls! Creating Art, planting, shoveling, digging, reusing, scouring sales! yup, it’s all true! Either that, or we’re both nuts! heehee
    I’ll be watching your adventures and look forward to seeing what is created! – Love those papers!! Score! hugs

  9. HappyEarth Day- what a great adventure for you!

  10. the old wall paper is fabulous! I still have some lurking in my closet, original wall paper with nasturtiums on it. I’ll rip it off of there some day and use some in my art too, maybe you have inspired me. Nothing new about that! about you inspiring me, that is.
    Looks like you have your work cut out for you for the next few months. What great treasures you are already unearthing! Great memories you are creating. Thanks for sharing.

  11. love the idea of reusing the wallpaper and oh… how I love old, cool boards! Such character. I’m sure you will be very creative with your finds, Corrine!

  12. What wonderful bits of wallpaper! I think it’s a great idea to create something from them to continue to display in your new home.

  13. Love your new home! I can’t wait to see the “Corrine Spin” you give the property.

  14. I found some old wallpaper when I rehabed my kitchen a few years ago. I put some of it in my altered book I made for it, and saved some. I didn’t have much, and only one color. But I can see a gorgeous piece made from what you will salvage in your new home. Happy Earth Day to you, Corinne. I know how much this (and every other recycle day) means to you.

  15. It’s been so long since I stopped by – I didn’t know about your new house (new/old house). Awesome! I love all the hidden treasure in a place like that – the wallpaper is amazing – can’t wait to see what you make!

  16. LOVE that vintage wallpaper! It’s such a great idea to use it in artwork and then bring it back in the house. It looks like there’s a lot of work ahead of you, but also so exciting to start something like this ….

  17. After my father retired, he and his wife bought an old farmhouse in Michigan and took many years to restore it to (better than) its former glory. Your photos today remind me of the horror that greeted me and as I thought, “What were you thinking?” My father thrived on recreating the past through his own labor…and I know that you will, too. Much love to both you and David!

  18. There’s something amazing about old wallpaper patterns, maybe because the colour has faded or because of the interesting old designs? That’s a really good idea to incorporate it into a future artwork.
    Best wishes for your new house, it’s fascinating to discover items there which you can reuse.

  19. I love your discoveries…i also love doing the same. I found some old curtains in my parents older shed (the one which was my first home while they were building the house )… I have saved them..cut off some holely bits…and guess what colour they are? orange! Now thinking of what to do with them…
    Have fun!

  20. Sounds like a lot of work, but exciting discoveries! I love the idea of keeping some of the brick exposed, and that vintage wall paper is fabulous! Can’t wait to see it on some of your artwork!

  21. Love the idea of making something from the previous owners’ wallpapers… you are so smart! That will be one awesome book to keep in the new home.

  22. That’s an excellent idea about the wallpaper – I know you’ll make something fabulous. And thinking of ways to reuse that old wood is great – wish more people would do that! Looks like you’ll be plenty busy this summer……can’t wait to see the fruits of your labors.

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