I usually don’t hire people to clean my house… but, feeling so overwhelmed, I got in touch with that put me in touch with MaidPro. They came today, the day before the moving company and it was the best decision. My house is now clean and ready to move in.

Front yard and driveway

During and after, such amazing work.


Before pics above


This was originally the back of the house in 1750, now the front entrance.

This was a mess. Before we saw the house, they had an old underground oil tank removed along with trees, hedges, lawn, part of the driveway, part of some rusty fencing tangled in with weeds, all of which half was still there. Took a while for the EPA to finalize and approve everything was ok before our closing. The biggest problem was that it was now graded wrong and when it rained, we would get water in the basement.



Porches and patios

Austen clear stained one of the mahogany porches today.




Today I was going to scrape, sand and paint the steps. I stubbed my toe again on a rock, so I started digging around it to try and remove it, over an hour later I found this:



New light, Thanks to our electrician Frank Wahl. The first photo is the old light, it gave off an odd pink light. Love the new light and it’s on a dimmer.



Removing wallpaper and glue from old/raw cement/stone/plaster walls has been very

challenging. Used DIF, thanks to my friends Lucia, really helped. Then had to clean and use special masonry primer.


First cote of wall paint.


getting better


I’m sorry that I haven’t had time to start my gardens yet this year. So much work to do and coordinate inside the house so we can finally move in. I did get to plant a few potted planters.


Found a spot to make a tiny garden, a bit late this season, but happy to have herbs and a few tomato and pepper plants.

Hopefully the field with be plowed this fall for next year.

Tiny/late garden doing well. Picking basil to make pesto tonight.





IMG_3790cabinetsI started chalk painting the cabinets. I will post more photos and my process when I’m done.

So, here is a short video of how I chalk painted.


Had to use special primer for stone/concrete walls. I think I have to try more colors.

Upper cabinet pulls are in and trying out cabinet shelf liners.


Kitchen counter tops installed today!  This is before:



Thanks all to ChrisIMG_3790


Yesterday was a long day, waiting for some essential services.

Furnace cleaned, tuned-up and oil delivery. Old antiquated propane tank assessed to modernize and relocate. The lawn mower was delivered, we mowed just in time, before the grass was so high we would need a brush hog. Tomorrow cable/internet hook up.

Getting closer to moving in.


Kitchen window

The previous owner left the kitchen curtains, so when I went to remove them to clean the window, I was surprised to find wooden dowel curtain rods. I had seen metal versions of this, but not wooden.


The curtains have little metal stays in them, just like they used in women’s skirts so they would not blow up in the wind.


Nice new old finds today.

kitchen window

This window is now the coffee & tea area.

Outdoors Today

IMG_3461Checking some plants on the property and seeing what needs to be done with them.

These are the grapes, I have no idea what type. The root base is very thick, so they must be old vines. They are in a mess of weeds and grass on an old trellis. I have to clean up the area for them and then I’m hoping to arbor them so I can have a picnic table under them, like my grandmother in Hungary had.


So excited to find currant bushes. They need to be cleaned of weeds and tree saplings.IMG_3458

This is a beautiful little Japanese maple. It’s just planted in a bad spot. I would like to move it to another area.


Putting in the mailbox post was not easy, had to go through the brick sidewalk. I guess the last time they had mail delivered at the house was pony express? 🙂

I found some much needed out door seating at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore… I only found out about this store a few months ago and love it.




and this beat up, very heavy wood picnic table and benches was on $30. there.


Weeding and clearing by sidewalk:

before and after. Gained about 1 & 1/2 ‘ of sidewalk by clearing weeds.

Removing Kitchen wallpaper

This wallpaper was easier to remove then most. Plaster/stucco? walls.

Found some writing under the wallpaper, most were dated late 60’s to 70’s, so I assume that is when it was put up.

The kitchen is really coming along. Painted lower cabinets a gray.


1750s Stone House

Hello, We just purchased this old stone house that was built in 1750, added on to in the early 1800’s
and modernized in the 1950’s. It sits on 1/2 an acre with a small creek running through the middle of
the property. We are going to be slowly renovating it and adding organic gardens. I will be sharing
photos of before/during/after. Any comments, suggestions and helpful advice is greatly appreciated.

Here are a few photos from when our realtor Therese Merlino  showed us the house for the first time.

Old stone house