Schoolhouse Rock: An Amazing Renovation

August 14, 2013

I have a big love of vintage schoolhouse finds (remember the first market that Rachel + I hosted, The Old School Market? It was in an historic schoolhouse…so great!) so when I saw this renovation in the latest issue of Country Living, it pretty much knocked my socks off. The enviable home owners stumbled across this 1907 schoolhouse (set on 2 wooded acres in Pennsylvania, no less) and embarked on a pretty amazing DIY renovation, stripping layers of bad “updates” down to the original pine floors, wooden beams and beadboard walls…

Country Living. Photo by Max Kim-Bee.

Country Living. Photo by Max Kim-Bee.

The couple, Brad + Leanne Shaffer, just happen to be avid thrifters and I must say I’m pretty envious of their vintage collection, especially the quirky art and posters scattered throughout the home! It’s pretty inspiring to see the big changes that they made on their own and with a modest budget. How cool to live in a home with such history, don’t you think? Be sure to check out Country Living to see the remarkable before & afters of this schoolhouse turned home. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!


1 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 08.14.13 at 1:27 am }

That top Country Living kitchen is a serious dream of mine – WOWZERS!
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2 ana {bluebirdkisses} { 08.14.13 at 6:51 am }

this house is so beautiful, I love their style..I’m obviously a huge fan of vintage finds too, so this reno is right up my alley
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3 Designology Interiors { 08.14.13 at 11:38 am }

Love all things vintage and farm house. I’m in love with that black and white sink!

4 Jan { 08.14.13 at 3:18 pm }

wow – looks like a great space – would love to live there!
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5 Fiona { 08.14.13 at 4:38 pm }

OMG – I absolutely love this place – everything about it – and I don’t say that very often about places!

6 Birch + Bird { 08.14.13 at 5:21 pm }

I feel the same way, Will! Glad you liked it :)

7 Birch + Bird { 08.14.13 at 5:22 pm }

I love how drastic the before + after pics are too. Thanks, Ana :)

8 Birch + Bird { 08.14.13 at 5:23 pm }

I keep trying to convince my hubby to install a sink like that in our main bath…so far, no luck but one day!

9 Birch + Bird { 08.14.13 at 5:23 pm }

Me too, Jan! Hope you’re having a great summer :)

10 Birch + Bird { 08.14.13 at 5:24 pm }

I feel the same way, Fiona! Each and every room is spot on!

11 Richele { 08.27.13 at 2:29 pm }

Wow quite the renovation! Such beautiful place – i am in love with all of it! Decorated wonderfully but not over cluttered at all!

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