May 23, 2013

Lots of Jarrah.

Well the internet has finally got its skates on here on The Farm and I can manage to make some sort of attempt at writing a blog post without each photo taking 15 minutes to load.

I thought I would pop up a quick update on The Shearers' Quarters renovation.  Things have definitely progressed and the bathroom is almost finished and walls and doors etc are all in place.  There is still a bit to do - light fittings and switches all need installing and then the jarrah floor needs refinishing and the skirtings put on.   Even though I am looking for a rustic feel I do think the current state of the floor is just that bit too rustic....

One of my favourite thing about the latest additions is the doors.  The builder scavenged around all our old sheds and buildings to find old handles and doors and then combined all the useable bits to make the doors.

Look - jarrah door with old handle.

Internal Door
Of course this means none of the doors match exactly but they are all solid dark wood with some sort of old metal handle so it kind of works.

External Door

The individual bedrooms are getting there.


The bathroom is almost finished.  It has turned out to be slightly different to my original plan but I am still really happy with it.  I blew my budget a little bit (OK - quite a big bit) on the vanity.  Our local cabinet maker took some jarrah planks that were originally from some old sheep yards on The Farm and used them to make the vanity itself.  The front doors of the vanity unit are made out of floor boards from an old shearing shed.  The wood has come up beautifully.

I really struggled to get a decent photo - I promise it all looks much better in real life.  

Unfortunately there was absolutely no other way to arrange the bathroom and the plumbing so that the vanity wasn't under a window.  I will put a small pull out shaving type mirror between the vanity and the shower and a larger jarrah framed wall mirror on the wall directly opposite the vanity.  As it will only be used by guests for a few days at a time I hope they don't find that too annoying.  The plus side is that there is a lovely view of the paddock, our old shearing shed and a windmill!

So all in all we are making progress.

I hope all is well with everyone.

Take care.


Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Looks like you must have blown your budget on the doors!! They look like the big bad wolf couldn't blow them down. Stunning, looking at doors myself and I now feel more despondent bc where can I get my hand on something like that here! Love the reno pics :)

Jenny Rose-Innes said...

What a lovely guest accommadation this will be... I love the rustic doors and being on the farm it will feel just right! So glad your wifi is working for you.. there is nothing more annoying when it plays up!! Jenny

A Farmer's Wife said...

CSW - We already had all the doors! Some were original and some had been taken from old sheds/houses on our properties.

Thanks Jenny - Our internet is so often hit and miss. So annoying.

Heidi said...

Love all the wood - the doors look fabulous. Also love the vanity under the window. I wanted to do that at my paren'ts place in one of their bathrooms, but it was vetoed. I thought it would be nice to look out the window while brushing your teeth.... you can get pivot mirrors that have hinges on either side that can fit on a window frame - Recollections have some really cheap ones.Don't know if the sizes would work, and obviously they block some light, but if you really want a mirror in front of the basin, that could be the solution. It's quite a popular look in the US. Love all the gal lining too - very rustic chic. xx

**Anne** said...

The renovation is look wonderful. I think it is fabulous you can recycle materials from your farm, how authentic is that?! You might have blown the budget on the vanity, but it will be something solid and beautiful you can continue to admire and enjoy.
Anne xx

Jo @ Country Life Experiment said...

Wow, it looks amazing! We don't have shearers quarters, or I would definitely do something similar with them!

Zara said...

Yes the doors have come up amazing. The colour of the Jarrah is stunning, and it's lovely that you have given new life to timber already on your farm.