Oldfield Farm

Reimagining a historical chapel as our getaway

May 29, 2016
by Julie
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Sofa Restoration

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Patrick likes to call the church building a “cabin”. I think it is much more of a “cottage”, though cabins are definitely the thing in the Hocking Hills. In any case, ours doesn’t have much of anything in it right now. A friend of ours donated his old leather couch to the cause.

 

 

 

Sofa Before

Our old leather sofa sleeper, donated to us by a friend.

 

Obviously this old couch has seen better days, but this is our second home and my MegaMillions ticket didn’t hit. Again. Structurally, this couch is in really good shape and it is actually a queen size sleeper sofa. This is excellent for the short term (beats the floor). Long term, this cabin/cottage/place will alternate between love nest for two old birds and gathering place for the masses, so extra places for people to sleep is superb! Did I mention it was free?

Leather balm is the way to go!

Leather balm is the way to go!

I did some research on how to restore leather furniture. There is quite a bit out there on dying leather, even changing its color significantly, but our main concern was that this leather was very dried out. Patrick dug in a little more and found Leather Re-Colouring Balm by FurnitureClinic. In addition to restoring the color, it reconditions the leather. He also bought the Leather Ultra Clean and Leather Ultra Protect from the same company. I figured that I would be the one actually doing the work as decor is more my thing, but the package came in the afternoon on Saturday and when I woke up late Sunday morning, he had already started and nearly finished. What a good boy!

He followed the recommended steps: clean, balm, protect. A representative from the company told him he would only need one jar of the balm to finish the couch. He was kind of concerned as he started out with the very worn cushions, but he said the great thing about the balm is that it really soaks in where the leather needs it and kind of rolls off where it doesn’t. We weren’t aiming to change the color much. The original color was similar to classic penny loafers, so he chose “Maroon”.

So, how did it turn out?

Sofa_After

Why, way better than we had hoped! It doesn’t look like a brand new couch, but it is pretty spiffy! We’ll be proud to offer friends a seat in our cottage. Cabin. Whatever.

 

May 29, 2016
by Julie
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Welcome to Oldfield Farm

My husband Patrick’s family established a farm in the Hocking Hills of Ohio in the 1830’s. Many generations have lived and loved on this land. Around 2010, Patrick inherited a large chunk of this land. This piece has some of his favorite features. There is a pond which he stocked with a few kinds of fish. Though adult family members are buried at a nearby cemetery, there is a small burial plot at the edge of a field where stones mark the resting place of several children. Over the past few years, a small village of campers has been permanently parked there has become a family refuge and reunion area. We’ve acquired electricity and outdoor running water. It is still roughing it, but has become a tolerable place to spend a weekend for this suburban girl.

There was a small parcel adjacent to the property that was uniquely deeded away in 1855. On this land, Patrick’s ancestors built a small church. The deed stated that should there cease to be an active church occupying this property, ownership would revert back to the family. We wondered if this might happen in our lifetimes as the latest congregation to utilize the building was dwindling and aging. The dominos fell, and in 2015, we took back ownership of this piece of property after 160 years.

The Chapel at Oldfield Farm

The Chapel at Oldfield Farm

We are planning to turn this building into a getaway/retirement home for ourselves and our children (and their children, someday). This will be a slow, slow process as there was no pot of gold that came with the property. Suburban girl is very excited as even in its untransformed state it upgrades our farm lifestyle with indoor running water and a septic system. Woo hoo, we’re living large in The Hills!