Surprise: I bought an Old House!

February 16, 2023

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Old House
Surprise! I bought a house!

Hello, Old House!

Secret’s out: I bought a little old house! Can you believe that I’ve owned this cutie for a few weeks and didn’t tell you yet? I can hardly believe it either. Do you know what’s even crazier? I bought it before telling my very own husband! HA! Makes those unexplained Target runs sound a little better now, #amiright?

Old House

How the Old House Came to be Mine

One Sunday, after eating at my MIL’s (like we do every Sunday), I was sitting on the couch, minding my own business browsing Marketplace like I do often and saw the cutest little house for sale! I immediately got so excited because adding more rental properties has been on our radar since we started renting last January. We are constantly on the hunt for smaller homes, but it has been nearly impossible to find anything with the housing market the way it is currently.

Mark was out of town teaching a course so I asked my MIL to take a ride with me to see this little house. She’s amazing and agreed right away. A short thirty minutes later I was standing in the front yard of the cutest little blue cottage. We were able to do a full walk through and boy, it was in rough shape. However, all I could see was all the potential under all the years of neglect. So, I bought it that same day!

A Little History

I know many of you found Thorn Cove Abode from the work we did redoing a home we call “The Little House.” As you can see, I love a good renovation, but you do have to have something to work with. For this cottage, the little front stoop and curved slope over the front door gave me hope this could be a true stunner in the end. But I will say the house is MUCH older than anything I have worked with yet. The house was built in 1940. Could this be my first actual OLD house purchase? 

Working Hard or Hardly Working 😉

Work has begun…

We were able to close quickly (as you can imagine the seller wanted this off their hands asap.) I have so many ideas and dreams for this home! My Dad and I have been going over there almost every day and it seems the to do list just grows. It’s been A LOT of hard work and a definite team effort, but we’ve had fun along the way too. I would be lost without my Daddy!

One of the real treasures we’ve come across is the original tongue and groove walls and even ceilings. They are so beautiful! It’s amazing they have made it this long uncovered and unpainted. I’m thinking about leaving them all in their natural wood, but may change my mind later. I hate to paint natural wood walls that have made it 83 years without paint! I may end up needing to paint them to brighten up some spaces, but I still have time to decide.

What’s Next for the Old House

While many of you know that the home we live in is a new build we make look “old”, this house is going to the opposite. It’s old and needs to be updated, but still maintain its character. I plan to preserve what I can and ensure it gives a nod to its 1940’s roots, but definitely functional for this century. Thankfully, many of the doors and the original glass knobs are in good shape so we have a lot to work with.

While I have so many ideas for this house, I am stuck on what to name it. Definitely something with “cottage” in it, but otherwise, I got nothing. Let me know if you think of something cute!

Be sure to follow along on my IG stories “cottage” highlight as I share more behind the scenes. I will be sure to post updates regularly here on the blog too!

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  1. Kathryn says:

    Cove Cottage is my vote

  2. Brittany says:

    Love this! As for the name…is it on a cool street name, something like “cottage on elm” or maybe “oak cottage” assuming all that tongue and groove is oak lol. Last one, maybe think of a flower you can plant on the property and call it that “rose cottage”, “magnolia cottage”

  3. Susan Chadwick says:

    You said the walls are pine, so what about Pine Cottage….pretty obvious right?

  4. Constance Baily says:

    Just throwing this out there!

    TWEE Cottage …
    TWEE is a synonym for “quaint”

  5. Denise Bluster says:

    Left a suggestion on your IG – “Dovecote Cottage”!

  6. Sandy Ryan says:

    The cottage or I really like what someone else said, pine cottage

  7. Kayanna Valderrama says:

    Rose or Rosewood Cottage would be in line with your brand and also a nod to the sweet hand painted roses or wallpaper you found. 💕

  8. Courtney Gorhan says:

    I cannot wait to see you work your magic! it’s going to be amazing.

  9. Marcie King says:

    Smith Cottage ❤️

  10. Nicole says:

    It’s adorable! Looking forward to seeing the progress.

  11. Marcie King says:

    Thorn Cottage!

  12. Teresa Farrell says:

    Oh I love it! So much potential and so much workout you’ve got this. How about Hope Cottage?or Serendipity? Can’t wait to see the journey with her

  13. Cheryl says:

    I dm’ed you yesterday with Cottage COVE and it looks popular! A little alliteration is always good! It will be gorgeous 😍.

  14. Carolyn Lanphear says:

    The other suggestions are good but what about “Cutie Pie Cottage?” You keep saying how cute it is plus you unveiled it on or about Valentine’s Day. Just my two cents.

  15. TracyGgirl says:

    “The little blue cottage” just like your blog states.

  16. Robin Drewes says:

    How exciting ! I know you’ll bring its beauty out and put your special touches and make it so lovely . Looking forward to seeing what you do to the cottage. I think the more you work on the cottage and get to know her you’ll find her name❤️❤️

  17. Jennifer Taylor says:

    Congratulations!!! What a big, bold, exciting thing to do! I’m excited and happy for you! Love that idea someone posted on IG, Rose Cottage because if it’s like to Thorn Cove 😀🌹❤️

  18. Debby says:

    Life’s a Hoot Cottage

  19. Gequetta Darwin says:

    Cottage Cove Abode 🤍

  20. Shannon Paul says:

    This is going to be a great watching journey, very exciting!
    If you keep spraying the walls to get the tar paper off you should use a large tank garden sprayer and save your ‘trigger’ finger.

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thats a great suggestion. I’m afraid it would all dry again before I got to it though… I’m having to work in small sections and the scraping is time consuming.

  21. Dana Faciane says:

    How about the “forgotten cottage”, “lil o cottage “ or “enlightened cottage” which would make more sense once it’s redone💁‍♀️

  22. Lisa Gomes says:

    The Cozy Cove Cottage 💖.
    I can’t wait to see the entire process and of course, the beauty finished!!!!!!

  23. Tuesday says:

    The Primrose Cottage or Primrose Abode. She’s so cute, so much charm and character. Congratulations ❤

  24. Jeanne Vogel says:

    It is adorable! Can’t wait to see what you do with her ❤️

  25. Suzanne Lee says:

    We always called that type of steep roof a Cat Slide, so how about Cat Slide Cottage.?

  26. Leah (@eiramhael826) says:

    Lovvvvve this cutie!! I’m like you. I can look at an old, neglected home, and see the potential to give it new life. There’s a house near my parents’ that I’m dying to get my hands on.

    I’m so excited to follow along as you give this house your touch! When you had us guess something that was coming (Janky to Swanky), I actually guessed a “Janky to Swanky House”. And here it is!

    My name suggestion is The Quaint Cottage. ♥️

  27. Julie says:

    Congratulations. I can’t help seeing the front as an old charming country church. The names Grace Cottage and Faith Cottage came to mind but then all of a sudden New Hope Cottage sprung up.

  28. Amber says:

    The Sunday Cottage. Since it all came to be on a Sunday…found it, walk through and purchased! Good luck with the renovations!

  29. Renee Brown says:

    Such a cutie!! . I am sure it will be a great investment.

  30. Judith Vacchiano says:

    How about Little Blue Cottage since that’s how you described it when you first saw it.

  31. ~Julia says:

    Cottage might be nice. But I definitely think it outta be called “Brittany’s Bungalow” cuz that sounds more 1940’ish 🥰😁😘

  32. Beth Gomez says:

    It’s going to be a stunner! 😍 Swanky Cottage🤣

  33. Leah D says:

    Lovvvvve this cutie!! I’m like you. I can look at an old, neglected home, and see the potential to give it new life. There’s a house near my parents’ that I’m dying to get my hands on.

    I’m so excited to follow along as you give this house your touch! When you had us guess something that was coming (Janky to Swanky), I actually guessed a “Janky to Swanky House”. And here it is!

    My name suggestion is The Quaint Cottage. ♥️

  34. Molly says:

    Cottage Pine

  35. Cassandra says:

    Opportunity Cottage or Second Chance Cottage
    Working with your name but switching it up how about a synonym for thorn and it could be Sweet Briar Cottage or Thistlewood Cottage.

  36. Susan says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to see it come to life. Looks like a “Gnome Cottage” to me 😉

  37. Lisa says:

    The Jolly Ole’ Cottage or The Jolly Cottage
    For your dad! It will be beautiful.

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thats really cute. I just to have a little side hustle refinishing and painting furniture called Jolley ol’ Junk.

  38. Genevie Wilson says:

    Cottage 40

  39. Melissa Ell says:

    Not to get personal for safety reasons but the street name then “cottage”. Example: Newberry Cottage. Or The Cottage on Newberry. Just an idea.

  40. Robin Clay says:

    Could this be a little Tudor Style ? As in rip that siding off and you will have a beautiful brick home on the outside too. Talk about curb appeal! I live in a late 30’s tudor home and it truly looks like a fairytale home on the outside. See what’s underneath that siding🤷‍♀️

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Unfortunately, there is nothing exciting under the vinyl. Can’t win them all, I suppose. More than likely will be revinyled.

  41. Pamela Edwards says:

    So excited to see this transformation!

  42. Noreen Charlip says:

    How about the “demi lune cottage”, highlighting the shape of the front steps and door?😊

  43. Lori Pevarnik says:

    Dreamers Cottage ♥️

  44. DeAnna Sexton says:

    The Keebler (Elves) Cottage

  45. Kathy says:

    Smith Cottage

  46. Linda Clark says:

    I love your projects. I always liked having a project.
    What about “The Ole Cute Little Cottage” , I know that’s not very creative, but hey I’m old.

  47. Southernheirloomcc says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished project. Love the front door. Little Cottage Abode

  48. mcadam says:

    Yеs! Finalⅼy something about impossible.

  49. Lisa Bunch says:

    I LOVE IT!! I’m so happy that you bought it and I can watch you and your dad renovate the cottage. I know it will be stunning! So many great name suggestions too. Something with “thorn” “cove” or “abode” in the name.

  50. Tosca LaBoy says:

    Rose Cove Cottage. It pops!

  51. Loree Talley says:

    You are so inspiring! Can’t wait to see this cutie completed.
    The Cove Cottage
    The Sunshine Cottage
    The Lucky Cottage
    The Sevi Cottage

  52. Misty says:

    It’s so cute! My house was also built in 1940 and it’s a very similar style to this one – hobbit door, chimney in the front, etc. I just love that tiny window next to the door…I feel like it’s screaming to be a cute little antique stained glass window. Can’t wait to see the transformation!

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Oh, I love that idea! That little window needs a lot of tlc anyway… a stained glass window would be so beautiful.

  53. I love Cove Cottage Abode. It will be a home where some one will take up their abode in that house. Where a lot of time and love & patience abides in the process. Of making it a home!

  54. Sandy Shoemaker says:

    Could your house be a Sears kit house?? It has some similarities to some we have here in Ohio.

    • Brittany Smith says:

      I have been looking into that too but so far have not come across the exact home. I also haven’t noticed any markings on wood or fixtures that would indicate such. Going to continue to investigate though, because it is suspiciously close.

  55. Diane says:

    I like Cove cottage!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!!!

  56. Myiah J. says:

    So cute! I vote Cove Cottage!

  57. Bonnie J Dorman says:

    love the name Rose Cottage then just like you said add roses. Great idea.

  58. Bettsi says:

    Bluebell cottage! It is darling- can’t wait to watch the transformation.