While it may look far worse to some, we have progress on the Pears house. We are diving into this project head first and could not be more excited! The past week has been spent tediously removing trim and casing that we plan to strip and keep. The doors that appear to be original will also be saved and restored as well. Trent and I have a small wager going about what type of wood the doors are.  Time will tell who is right (we are truly guessing at this point since they have 150 years of stain/paint layered up).

Below are some pics of our “progress” so far. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram (leahhudsonrunyon) for even more daily pics of our crazy life!



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  • February 8, 2016 Reply

    Bev Miller

    Love that you’re stripping off the paint. Whatever the wood, it will be beautiful!

  • February 8, 2016 Reply

    Tammy Fike

    I don’t have Instagram so please don’t forget your Facebook followers! I love to follow your progress!

  • February 8, 2016 Reply

    Val Dietrich

    Love watching the progress!! You two are so dedicated.

  • February 8, 2016 Reply


    When my husband and I restored a 150 year old building we were lucky that the original woodwork was not painted. We were not fortunate with others areas of renovation. I am happy you are stripping the paint to bring back the natural wood. Wow, what a project. Ours wood doors and trim were white pine, oak and the cabinets we’re chestnut.

  • February 8, 2016 Reply


    This looks like it will be stunning when its completed. Then, I hope you do that carriage house in Chicago you mentioned once.

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