Out with the old – Cleaning the old houseOn June 20, 2018 by Vlad3 min read
When we first got here at Vechea we already knew that there was a lot of work ahead of us. The old house is structurally sound as far as we know. But it was far away from what we would consider nice and comfortable. One of the first things we had to tackle was getting rid of the old stuff that was left behind.
The old house was built 50 years ago and I bet that the furniture inside is just as old. The floors were covered with old dirty rugs that smelled like mildew. Also, nobody lived inside the house for the past 18 years so the air inside smelled bad and stale.
Every time we got there we opened all the windows to let fresh air come in, but as you can imagine that was not enough. The old house smelled bad and there was only one way out it: get everything inside thrown away.
We started with the old rugs, we threw away the ones that were cut or ripped and we stored a few in our barn. The ones we saved proved to be helpful later on used as tarps to protect other belongings from getting damaged during the renovation.
Once those were out of the way it was time to throw away the furniture. The pictures here were taken when we first toured the house and you can see that all the rooms, that were already small, were crammed with this old, massive, dark colour furniture that was making everything feel even more claustrophobic inside.
This old house makes no sense
The whole house has only one south-facing window so it doesn’t get a lot of light inside, and the funny thing is that even that window was covered with a big wardrobe. We needed to get rid of everything, but we also wanted to save anything that could be saved.
We finally decided we will keep the three tables we found inside and four dining chairs. With that in mind, we called a local guy who buys old furniture and turns it into firewood for poor families.
The second day he came around with two young boys a few sledgehammers, axes and crowbars. They dismantled all the furniture in just a few hours and loaded it in their truck. The house was now finally empty and from then on, the quality of the air improved a lot.
First refurbishment attempt
Not long after, Greti took one of the old coffee tables to our barn and completely changed how it looks. Check out the timelapse below to see how she turned an old, black coffee table into a bright piece of furniture.
Here’s @gretialaci #painting an old #coffee #table that we found in our #newhouse. We’re planning on doing more videos with #restored #furniture, maybe even some tutorials, so you can get the same nice #modern #white #vintage look! pic.twitter.com/UcydkBuJ87
— Girboan Vlad (@OMGarby) April 17, 2018
We were really happy with the outcome so far. We plan to do more furniture refurbishment in the future, that we might show off in a later post.
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We (Vlad & Greti) are building a home on a homestead in a rural area of Romania in Western Europe and sharing our story as two passionate gardeners who ditched the city for a simpler, better life.