Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ruth's is now CABLE HILL FARM...

Hello Friend!

If you've been following Ruth's Farm (& furniture), please find me over at and follow me there. Check out the "follow" box on the lower right corner and enter your email address. You'll get our updates directly in your in-box once or twice a week.

I plan to feature more of our farming pursuits which are picking up in 2016! And of course I'll share my favorite furniture makeovers and many of our "something-from-nothing" farmhouse projects as we re-hab and tend our 1850's farmhouse.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

new name and new site

Remember that little-old post about moving forward and not waiting for everything to be perfect?

Remember how you love me in all my imperfection?

Remember how patient and understanding you are?

Well, here is where I beg your understanding and press into service your patience. Again.

Ruth's farm (& furniture) is changing names and focus.

We will now be operating under the name Cable Hill Farm!

I'll still share with you the crazy of us city kids learning to be farmers, the antics of herding a motley crew of kids and animals, the trials and joys of living in an 1850's farmhouse, and of course the occasional furniture makeover!

But I'll be doing it over at

I'm getting things settled at the new domain name, so thank you in advance for your patience!

Big things are coming in 2016. BIG things!

Friday, December 4, 2015


Hubby and I have been talking and thinking and dreaming and conspiring.

Dreaming mostly cause the results are tenuous (at best) when two city kids try their hand at farming.

In any case, big changes coming for this here humble farm (and this little blog).

Fasten your seat belts!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

bathroom before and after

It's time to post a few pics of our bathroom before and after. 

Because my husband spoils me, he made it a priority to tackle our first floor bathroom renovation. It is the first major project we've done in the house and the first time we've taken a room down to the studs.

First, a little tour so you can live it with me, this is what the bathroom looked like when we first viewed the house...

It is large with a nice big window. The closet that you see here holds mechanicals that run to the second floor bath room.

The claw foot tub (that I always wanted) sits to the left when you walk in.

To the right of that closet is the toilet and the sink. Yes, you could wash your hands while sitting on the potty, if you were so inclined.

To the right of the toilet was a large-ish closet (for an old farmhouse) tucked under the stairs and the washer/dryer. Prior to moving in we widened the closet to hold our stacked washer/dryer, which freed up quite a bit of floor space. We lived with it this way for almost two years (floral wall paper and cozy toilet/sink arrangement and all) making plans!

We took the entire room down to the studs to be sure the wiring and plumbing were done correctly and to insulate the outside wall.

I can honestly say that when you're hip-deep in lath and plaster you question your sanity and resolve. 

We planned a week to complete this project which we knew was ambitious but that's all hubby had off from work. We spent half of it in the demo phase. Lesson learned.

If it weren't for the kids I think we'd have shut and locked the door and left a room filled with lath and plaster.

And the finished product... From the entry doorway looking in... we still have the mechanicals closet but gave it a proper door so I have a bit of storage now as well. The toilet stayed in the same place.

The tub also stayed in the same place. We added the chandelier from the hallway and a barn beam from the old barn as a shelf.

The toilet still to the right of the closet... minus the sink.

And that closet with my stacked washer and dryer tucked under the steps.

Finally, we turned my Great Aunt Dorothy's dresser into a sink.

And one last pic looking back at the entry.

I'll share some later about our budget, my thought process in putting it all together, and the little details. And by special request... the toilet paper holder.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

a painted barn

We finally finished the barn painting! 

It only took us 3 days. 

A year and 3 days. We just ran out of time last fall to get to the painting before winter. And we waited and waited this spring and summer for the rain to subside and for dear hubby to have the time off work.
It's done now (except for a few odds and ends) and that is a huge project crossed off the list. Again so blessed with the help we received from our kiddos, a good friend's son, and to my father-in-law who hooked us up with the paint.

As a reminder, this is where we started... you can read more about the transformation here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

you didn't think it was finished, did you?

We knew the door was in bad shape and would need to be replaced. Eventually. 

Welcome eventually.

It would have been nice to do this back when we did our mini makeover in the kitchen.

But now is good too.

It all started with a puppy.

This one to be precise...
He thought the rotting wood of the slinding glass door looked interesting and with a swipe of the paw and nibble here and a nibble there, he managed to reveal a major problem with the wood door.

Thus eventually comes to visit. 

And only months after our mini makeover we had to tear the trim off and pull out the door.
I'm glad to have it done. Even if sooner than planned. Although now that we've removed the brown of the old wood door frame I'd kinda like to paint the walls....

Friday, July 31, 2015

the furniture shuffle

I finally found a furniture arrangement that I love for the living room. 

It all started with this adorable corner cabinet that my sister gifted to me from the quilt shop. I rescued it from the parking lot and an uncertain future. I love hand-me-downs! My fabulous BIL help me load it into the back of my mini-van (not the strangest thing I've ever hauled in the back of my Honda but certainly a lot less stinky and much cleaner).
I painted it a custom mix of Annie Sloan Graphite and Old White with a touch of Coco for good measure. I gave it a protective coat of clear wax but I didn't distress this one. It just didn't feel like it wanted to be distressed. 
I loaded it full of my milk glass collection that belonged to three of our "Ruth's" (my mother, her mother, and my hubby's grandmother). I added some old silver from past projects and grandma's farm house. 

And lined the back of one shelf with the table numbers I designed for a wedding (made from shaker shingles from a local barn).
Thus begins the furniture shuffle.

I shifted everything to an angle and created the perfect cozy conversation area. We sit with the kids, feet all propped up, and talk about whatever is on their hearts. We curl up on the sofa with a book and a puppy. We congregate here while waiting to leave the house for an outing. We catch up with family at gatherings and warm up next to the fire in the winter.

An arrangement that I just love!