Monday, March 8, 2010

The Sauna Turned Gym, etc.



We're at a stopping point with our renovation of the old sauna. Left to do is paint the fir floors grey - glad some of you like the unfinished look! We're holding off on this task until summer when we won't be using it as much...when we reconvene our evening walks.

Go here to see before pictures!



I am so excited about the new shelves! Hubby recycled these from the old sauna benches he removed. The old table, which weighs a ton, is a gorgeous handmade table that came with the property. It's been tucked away in the barn so we thought we'd finally put it to use.


I'm really happy with what Hubby did with the table and shelves as it's going to provide some much needed storage for a project I'm working on!


I dug out this great old basket I had down in our basement. I picked it up several months ago but found it to be a bit over sized to use for laundry.


And oh yes, the gym!!! Not all that pretty but serving us very well now that the place has been spruced up a bit.

The large wood mirror is something I bought at an auction in Maine many years ago. It was one of my very first antique purchases. I've strategically used it to cover up the hole from the old medicine cabinet that was there.


Here's the outside facade. I'm really anxious to get a new door...which style do you like best?


Option A, except in white, is a classic style French door. I think this would be a more casual look.



Option B, also in white, is more of a traditional front door and I'm wondering if it would make this little outbuilding look more like a sweet little cottage.

What do you think?

75 comments :

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

L-O-V-E at first sight. I am completely enamored. Your style has a simple elegance that is absolutely stunning! Can I live in your gym? :)

Amy

nikinikinine said...

option B :)

Necel said...

This is beautiful and I soooo want to nab your basket. I vote for door option B. I always take into consideration cleaning whenever I have to make a purchase and it has fewer panes. Plus, I like the way it looks.

Blessings,
Necel from the Old House in Texas

beth said...

I love all that you have done! And for a door, I would choose option number 2. I think it will look so cute!

Windlost said...

Trina, looks amazing! Wow. I am so envious in a nice way - love this wee space!! I like the door with the most lights, for the most light! xo Terri

Morning T said...

What an incredible space Trina. You guys have done a great job with it and I especially love the floors as is. I like option B for the door.

Susan said...

Great work here! I like the second door--and love the basket!

Lindsay Logic said...

I really like the second door. I'm also thinking a dutch door might be a fun look!

My Happy Homestead said...

Since I like continuity, I would pick the door that is similar to your green front door...so that looks like B. However, I do like them both, and you have great taste - so I'm sure whatever you decide it will look amazing!

Brabourne Farm said...

This gorgeous little "cottage" of yours proves that old houses and the surrounding buildings are so much nicer than new builds. I can't tell you how much I wish we had buildings like this on our farm. I simply love what you've done to it! Leigh

Melanie said...

Your home and sauna/gym are just stunning!!!

for the love of a house said...

Looks great Trina & Hubby!! I vote for "B", but love Lindsay's suggestion of a dutch door!!
joan

judi said...

I'm with Amy from Whisper Woods...I'd live in there! The interior white paint makes such a difference, it's beautiful. You've done such a wonderful job on your little homestead. Love looking through your blog.
~judi ;)
the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

DustyLu said...

I love option A best! You guys did a fantastic job on your little cottage gym! Can't wait to see the floors grey..love the old farm table! ~lulu

An Urban Cottage said...

Wow, did this really turn out nice. I kind of dig the floors the way the are too. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with something hung on the wall to cover up a hole!

I vote for Door B and maybe a sweet little window box.

Amy Kinser said...

Beautiful! I love the second door for this lovely place.

firdous said...

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Wilhelmiina said...

So beautiful!
I love the option B door and of course White :)
It's better than first door !
have a great week!

Pondside said...

Cute building. If you could find a Dutch door, that would be my first choice, but of the two pictured, I'd choose #2.

Julienne said...

Like nearly everyone else I vote for number 2. What a charming area you have created.

IslandHome said...

Wow - I feel inspired to work out! Your hard work has certainly paid off, it's stunning. I'm a fan of door number 2 - too easy to break those lower panes as we have found out in our cottage and ended up covering the lower panes for safety. Can't wait to see what your project is that you plan using your lovely shelf and table space for. All the best.

cupcake studio said...

What an awesome space! Lovin' Door B.

Ness Lockyer said...

What a sweet space. Bet you cant wait to get in there? I would go for option 2 to let the most light in.
Ness xx

Time Worn Style said...

option B I like the best as I like a little bit of privacy. The room is coming along great!
alicia

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Well done you two!! Fabulous work - and thanks to your painting surge i ticked off one of my projects too - put up a photo of the tables.

Can't believe how much you two get done! amazing.

julesxx

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

What a beautiful gym. If that doesn't motivate someone to work out...what will? I say door number 1, it fits perfectly!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Well, I'd definitely go with option "B", but the most perfect door, I think, would be if you could turn it into a dutch door as 'Pondside' also mentioned. I don't know why exactly, but I find dutch doors soooo charming. I have an article that I've saved with instructions if you would like to check it out!
Blessings,
Susie

Southern Lady said...

Love the simplicity of your decor! I like the second door! Post pictures when you get a new one. God Bless, Carla

Mary said...

Gosh, I usually don't vote with the masses but on this occasion I am there. Door B and that sweet little window is screaming for a window box! Everything looks fabulous! Great job! ~mary~

Reid said...

I am going to be the odd ball here and option 1 b/c it would let more light in...of course that would depend on where the light does come in for the building. I also LOVE the idea of a dutch door!!!

Martha Carolyn said...

So cute!!! As far the door goes, I love option B.

holly goes lightly said...

you 2 are so FREAKING industrious & talented... everytime i visit i become more jealous of your energy. love your house, love your outbuildings, love your style. have you given any thought to doing a dutch door (basically #2 sawed in 1/2 with cute dutch door hardware)?

Danielle Muller said...

lovely!!

i would choose option B!

blessings,
danielle
www.thevintagedragonfly.typepad.com

Sue said...

I love this little out-building and I vote for option B with only a half door of window panes. What a difference there is now from when I first saw this building. Great work and so comfy, too.
:-) Sue

Thirkellgirl said...

It's lovely. I like the floors just fine the way they are, too. :) Option B for the door! Your photos inspire me so much.

Casa Brasi said...

I can not even begin to express my jealousy here! I LOVE IT! I would kill to have a little cottage like that. I love EVERYTHING about it. From the bead board ceilings (stop it!) to that gorgeous basket. I must say, I love the floors unfinished too. I like the stripe of it. It's very interesting, but fully respect that it's your space and you should do what makes you happy with those floors.

Concerning the door, my vote is for Option A. Only because I love a french door and that space doesn't have that many windows. Not that you need that many in a sauna, but who doesn't love some sunlight. My house tends to be dark, so I guess I always lean on the side of light.

Anywho, if this little sauna/gym of yours turns up missing, you should probably check my house. Fantastic job!

-Amanda (Casa Brasi)

Kathysue said...

It is really looking great. I vote for A I love a full french door nothing like them in my book. Great architecturally and the light they bring in is wonderful. It would add such a charm to your wonderful enviroment, Great Job!! Kathysue

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Friends! I had thought of doing a Dutch Door. My Grandmother had them at her house so I'm very familiar with them and their special charm. I just wasn't able to find that style at the 'Simpson' door company...which is the company we've used for all of our new 'old' doors. BUT you've so inspired me to do some research - I'll keep you posted on what I find! xoxoTrina

the gardeners cottage said...

Trina,

You are so inspiring. What a great little place to work out. So nice that the equipment doesn't have to be in the house. Really gorgeous as usual. LOVE the floor.

~janet

pve design said...

Oh, I just adore a "Dutch" door. Love to see what you find.
I know it will be wonderful-
pve

pve design said...

I love the second door and I would love it in white or in the same green as your other doors to your farmhouse.
What a sweet room, I would turn that room into my art studio....
pve

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yes! Dutch door!! i was looking for one for our laundry room. But in our climate was told it wouldn't work so well!

Your little cottage just ooozes charm!

Anotheer door that I like is in
between the two...it is a 12 lite door.

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Love it, Love it, Love it!!!!!

My Yellow House said...

Trina, only you could make a gym look great - in a simple country way. I love the floors the way they are. It gives the area a lot of charm and character.
Like others, I would do a Dutch door, but if you are unable to do that, definately #2 as it matches your front door on your house.
The whole place looks wonderful ~ a job well done!
Sarah

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Love your new space...the shelves and table look perfect. As for the door...how about a dutch door...or B.

Cottage Dreamers said...

I love what you've done with the sauna. What a neat idea! I vote for door B.
☺ Celeste

Amber @ Two Nuts in a Shell said...

Option B! Before I even saw the doors, that was the style I had in my head.

thedomesticfringe said...

I vote B, but I love the floors as they are now. Really, it adds charm.
-FringeGirl

The Stivender Family said...

love the idea of a dutch door and being able to let in some fresh air while working out (when weather permits!). i agree that your style and its simple elegance is stunning. your farmhouse is amazing, and i must say that i have tried to imitate its simplicity in my own home.

Cherry Hill Cottage~ said...

you are really good!

; - )

I vote for door #1 ~
really like it better with your cute litte window...

great blog, really great!

Tina
www.cherryhillcottage.typepad.com

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

It looks so great! I have been in love with that little building ever since I first started reading your blog.

Grace said...

So pretty - I'm sure I would exercise more if I had a gorgeous place like that to exercise in. I would put in the first door, that is more like a french door, as it will let in more light.

Millie said...

I knew this project would be a standout Trina & it is! I'll throw my bit in & say that a Dutch door painted high gloss black would be perfecto - good luck with your hunt.
Millie ^_^

wenderina said...

Stumbled into your blog in the way that most of us do...a link to a link to a link. You have a beautiful simple style. The word that just passes across my lips in a sigh is "grace". I can only imagine your home must give you great pleasure. I'll be back to visit some more of your old (and new) posts.

North West London Girl said...

Hello, I've been looking around your blog and home and it is beautiful, it looks a very peacful and calming place to be. What is your new project and I'd go for door B. Very glad to have found you...

Libbyloulou said...

It's looking so lovely! Such a cosy spot to escape to.

I love for door #2!

Heidi said...

Hi Trina,
Oh that is a lovely little building! I think door #2 is perfect, but a dutch door would be the best! (I'm going to find a perfect place for one in my home one of these days!)
I just discovered your blog, gee, seems like I'm always last to the party! Anyway, I'm glad I did, everything is just gorgeous. Your pictures really show off your place to perfection.
If you have a few minutes I'd love for you to stop by for a visit sometime!
Have a good day.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

oh it's so pretty! you have done a great job, thanks for sharing your renovation project(s) with us. I like door #1. I think that it will also invite more natural light into your space.
:)
Shannon
www.cacobaysoap.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Trina: Just found your blog.. Am reading it from top to bottom....I think I would go with Option A, would add more light ( for that big project!!) when door is closed,but #1506 (we just bought #1508) this fits with window at right (2 across), also agree with An Urban Cottage and would add ( "a sweet little window box")! Such a delightful blog.....

Philigry said...

it looks great. i like both doors a lot, but would choose B, if it were me! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Laura said...

I like B, but what if you painted it red?

French Buttons said...

I like Option B :)

French Buttons said...

I like Option B !

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Trina~
I love what you have done with the old sauna so far! And I love the second door best, and agree that it would be the sweetest touch to the space! :)

Have a good night!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Sweet Greetings Country Farmhouse, just found your blog while reading Smitten Kitchen this morning. Your home is lovely and your decorating and designing are divinely simple, elegant and respectful to that wonderful old home. As far as doors, did you ever consider using a Dutch door - I find them very appropriate for any farmhouse. Ciao, Bella!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I love all the pictures you share on your blog!!! Everything is so pretty! I love your bathroom and your new gym and...everything!!!! Gorgeous!!!! :)

lindsay said...

I'm a new fan, and a BIG one! Thanks for the fun. I always get those "warm fuzzies" from your blog.

Vintage Simple said...

If you're going for cottage, I'd definitely go with the second options, and if possible make it a dutch door... But ether one would look lovely, Trina. You guys area amazing - your work never stops..! Gorgeous work, dear!

-maria

Gail said...

I like the 2nd door...I like the idea of the sweet cottage feel. What will you be using the large table and shelves for? Can't wait to see how you dress it up and use it! And what a fun place to work out!

RAENOVATE said...

OPTION B!

Lauren said...

so late to comment but Trina this is so beautiful!!! I knew you would make something special out of it but what a perfect place you have now!!]

xoxo,
lauren

Anonymous said...

What about a dutch door for your sweet little spot?

Karen said...

What a great idea!! I just love what you have done. You won't regret it!!

Crystal said...

its wonderful and of course always beautifully done! how about a dutch door? I know its not on the list but you could open the top half when a breath of air is wanted.
it would be cute on the cottage

crystal

BONNYLASSY said...

IT LOOKS LOVELY, BUT WHAT A SHAME TO PAINT ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL WOOD WALLS. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE ALL WHITE SO MUCH? I'M A ''COLOR'' GAL! I DON'T EVEN LIKE WHITE CARS! LOVE ALL YOUR FLOWERS; WE HAVE A SHORT GROWING SEASON IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, BUT WE DO HAVE SOME AWESOME GARDENS UP HERE--JUST NOT LONG TO ENJOY THEM!! LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

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