Hi! My name is Liz, welcome to the Old Yankee Farmhouse. If you love home DIY projects and farmhouse décor you are in the right place! What you won’t find here are million dollar rooms and professional design. As much as I would love to have unlimited budgets that isn’t real life! What I can promise you is lots of real world inspiration and shoestring DIY projects to help make your house into a home you love without breaking the bank.

I have been passionate about home projects and decor since I was a little kid. Way back before HGTV, I can remember as a child watching things like “This Old House” and “New Yankee Workshop” with my parents (I reached back to my roots for blog name inspiration!). I loved sketching out my childhood bedroom on graph paper, arranging and rearranging my graph paper furniture. I love a good hands on project! Even if they don’t always turn out exactly how I planned, there is nothing like the pride of doing it yourself.

In 2012 we unknowingly started down the “farmer” path when we decided to adopt four fuzzy little chicks. Little did we know how much that would change our lives! Over the years our farm grew in our small backyard with more animals & gardens. Click here to check out my other blog, The Cape Coop, where I chat about all things backyard farming!

We were busting at the seams in our house & yard, when one day at the end of 2019 while browsing local real estate pages I came across what would become our future home. I convinced my husband to attend the open house even though we weren’t really looking for a house. As soon as we pulled in the driveway I knew I was home. This new house offered twice as much land, a huge 13 stall barn, and a lovely, historic farmhouse built in 1852. I was sold, my husband needed some convincing.

Both the house & the barn need a fair amount of work – from the barn roof to the kitchen and all the bathrooms needing to be gutted. Previous owners over the years had stripped much of the historic character. But all I could see when I looked around was everything this home was suppose to be!

At this point, the calendar turned to 2020 – and the year started off with huge kick to the gut for us. We had to replace the septic in our old house before selling, eating up all of our profits that were to go to the renovations. The deal almost fell apart several times. Finally, we had everything straightened out and closed on March 6. Two weeks later the entire world shut down due to the pandemic. I was furloughed from my job in the travel industry. BUT I had my dream farm, the timeline just shifted.

Life goes on, we adjusted to our new normal. The house will take longer to finish, but is perfectly livable. I work best being resourceful anyway. And now you get to follow along on our adventure as we renovate our farmhouse and barn and grow our farm! Welcome!

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*I do not accept guest blogger/writer requests*

This is a personal blog written and edited by Liz Martin.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at liz@thecapecoop.com.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified independently.

I am not a licensed electrician, plumber, or contractor, just a home owner & someone passionate about home improvement.  Please be smart & call a professional if you feel in over your head, especially for electrical or structural work!

The intent of this blog is to educate & inspire people in making their home their own.  To compensate for my time I do accept paid compensation such as advertising and affiliate sales.  When content/products are paid or sponsored it will be clearly identified.  I will always give my honest opinion or experience on sponsored posts or products regardless of compensation and I won’t promote products that are completely off topic, any product or sponsor will be for something that I would actually use in my own home!

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