remodeled kitchen
Photo: Jason Dewey
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The Projects Continue

By 2005, we were able to have a real Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room for the first time, and I put a true "after" photo of the house on my Christmas card. Over the years the projects have become smaller. I've added a wide pine top to the kitchen island to create a spot to eat, and I remodeled an upstairs bath. Of course, the to-do list always seems never-ending—I'm thinking about making a walk-in closet and removing a dropped ceiling upstairs—but what was a cold, ugly old house is finally a lovely and comfortable period home.

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