Cabin restoration project – Out with the old

Alternate title: Don’t judge a cabin by its (wall) cover 😉

I didn’t think I’d be able to show you any progress at the cabin for a little while, but the opportunity came up last weekend, so the Woodsfamily loaded up the car with tools, gloves, dust masks and grub and headed out to the country.

The first step of the project involved going through the things in the house to separate the good stuff that could be reused from the junk that would be thrown away. We salvaged lots of kitchen items, cots, bed frames, cabinets, end tables, chairs, counter tops and suchlike. We put the salvageable items in the large room and the junk outside in a large pile to be disposed of. As I’ve mentioned before, the house is equally divided into a large living room/kitchen on one side and four smaller rooms on the other side. The part with the smaller rooms will become the restored cabin, and the large room will be converted into a terrace later on. So the items which have been salvaged will sit in the large room until they are ready to be cleaned and put in the restored cabin.

So you can get an idea of what we all had to work with, here are a few before shots:

As soon as we got the contents of the rooms cleared out, the fun could begin. Here’s what we found in the ceiling in the kitchen-to-be. It was like unwrapping Christmas presents. 🙂

In another room, the walls were covered by newer wallpaper, some kind of fiberboard, old floral wallpaper and thick brown paper. Yes, that is sphagnum moss between the logs!

Yours truly, tearing the place apart. 🙂

Making progress.

Some of the Woodsbabe’s relatives helped out a lot as well. Check out this old wallpaper.

After several hours of work, this is what the place looked like.

More sphagnum moss.

As I mentioned before, the floors will have to be replaced. Here’s one reason why.

The big room will hold a lot of stuff until the cabin is ready.

While some of the grown-ups were busy tearing rooms apart, the Woodsboy helped great-grandpa remove a large anthill from the vestibule.

He also helped move some non-dangerous junk outside.

After stripping the walls, we threw the junk out the window, which we then moved to a pile away from the house.

The Woodsboy’s great-grandpa has started to clear away the decades of overgrowth from around the house. The place is really starting to look more like a yard and less like an abandoned lot!

I know some of you are waiting to see pictures of some of the goodies we’ve found at the house, so let’s get to it. In one corner of the property, we found an old log building with antique plows sticking up from the rubble.

Eventually, this heap will be turned into firewood and decorations. 🙂

Last, but not least, here are some of the knives we’ve found so far. The top two are traditional Finnish puukko knives, the third one is an old Mora from Sweden and the bottom one is some unidentified older knife.

In addition to these things, I also found a wild plant identification book from 1968 in great condition. It’s specific to Finland, which is awesome, because I’ve been looking for a book like this for years.

By the way, if you’d like to see how buildings like the one above were made in the old days, check out this post.

Have a great weekend!

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16 comments on “Cabin restoration project – Out with the old

  1. It’s nice to see that you’re “getting to the bottom of things.”

  2. Bill says:

    It’s very interesting. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  3. Ron says:

    Those walls and ceilings are just begging top be kept in this state. The fireplace looks like it is easily patchable too.
    I can understand your excitement regarding this place….

  4. Duncan says:

    Looks like a WHOLE LOT of work. But I can see so much potential! Good luck.

  5. This looks like an awesome project. I look forward to more updates.

  6. Carol Brown says:

    Very nice home!! Looks like you have a lot of work to do, but will be beautiful when it’s done. Woodsboy is so cute and looks like he was a big help!! Have fun and I hope it goes fast for you!!

  7. Chad says:

    Looks like everybody will have a great getaway to share with loved ones! Can’t get much better than this. thanks for sharing.

  8. I’m pretty excited about your newest venture. We just bought 5 acres in Nowhere, CO. There’s another 5 acres beside ours with a cabin that’s been abandoned since the 80’s. I looked up the owner in county records – probably going to make him an offer and do what you’re doing. Keep it up and keep us posted. The knives are an awesome score!!

  9. […] time since I’ve mentioned the cabin restoration project (“Introduction“, “Out with the old“) because frankly, nothing had been happening with it. Well, that all changed this past […]

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