Abe Lincoln’s stove…

Four score and seven years ago, we bought an old farmhouse.

It dates somewhere in the loose vicinity of the civil war.

Okay, so it was purchased more like two years ago not 87…but you’ll get my Gettysburg Address reference in a sec.


Pertinent Background info: we have moved 14 times in 20 years and purchased and sold many, many homes. My husband and I have spooky-similar taste and have bought several homes without the other ever laying eyes on it. Sure, we took the virtual tour from thousands of miles away…but that’s a lotta trust, people.

So when it came time to move to Illinois from Canada, I knew I wanted needed a couple of acres. You know, in case I wanted to paint furniture in my pj’s or to just not have neighbors all up in my beeswax.

I wanted a farmhouse with loads of charm and character to sit on those couple of acres. And I found it. Oh boy, did I ever. I loved this house from the moment realtor.com introduced us. I love, love, triple-love it.

So I flew to Illinois and bought it while my family stayed behind in Canada.

Come to find out…my family does not share my love of old things. They do not see character or charm. To them, old is just old. They want “all shiny and new.” Who are they anyway, Madonna? 3 points if you get that reference…

So since pulling into the driveway on day one, my husband and three lovely children call our house “Abe Lincoln’s house.”

As well as every.single.thing. in it.

Abe Lincoln’s toilets…(even though we replaced them all).

Abe Lincoln’s bathtubs (even though they are clearly more like Mike and Carol Brady’s.) 😉

Abe Lincoln’s washer and dryer…(ours are Maytag…everybody knows Abe was more of a Kenmore man). 😉

You get the picture.

The fam did not share my enthusiasm.

I LOVE the fact that our upstairs is wonky. Nothing is square or level.

You let a marble go in one room and you aren’t finding that sucker till Christmas.

The one Abe Lincoln-ish item in the house that I am not a fan of ?

The wood burning stove.

It’s an ugly eyesore and the bane of my furniture rearranging existence. 

It’s sole purpose is to hold a lamp.

No matter how I arrange things around it, Abe’s stove just mocks me.


So after TWO YEARS of whining about it, I put on my Wonder Woman undies and did something about it.




I ripped it out, hefted that bad boy onto my back and threw it outside. Told ya I was wearing my Wonder Woman undies!


Seriously…I hired a handyman to come do it. He still has some patching to do, but I’m already envisioning a beautifully cozy sitting area.

Loveseat, chairs, ottoman, artwork, lamps, and cheery rug…oh, it’s gonna be good.

The winds of change are blowing once again.

For you local gals…if you scroll back up to the toodle-loo photo, almost everything on the right hand side (not the pine cabinet or parson’s chair) will be for sale at Urban Farmgirl this week. (Thursday 10-6, Fri & Sat 10-4).


24 Responses to Abe Lincoln’s stove…

  1. Laura July 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    I love your house soooooo much, and can’t wait to see the redo. xo Laura

  2. lori lucas July 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Any clue when you might be having the all-my-rowdy-friends-from-Oklahoma-sale? I LOOOOVE old Abraham Lincoln things! Lori Lucas

  3. Wendy July 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Great decision!!! I would have been sad if something original was pulled out- but not that tree in a higway!
    bye bye!!!

  4. Korrie@RedHenHome July 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    You’re a crack up! You TOTALLY had me believing that you ripped out that stove by yourself, and I was SO impressed! Can’t wait to see what you do with all your extra space.

  5. cassie July 9, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    WOW. Abe would be appalled. but i am not! good for you!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 9, 2013 at 12:52 am #

      Girl, I thought you’d be the one to crack the Madonna reference!

  6. Sandy McClay July 9, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    OLD???? I see wonderful light coming from the windows, and beautiful wood floors with a great patina, etc….I would be in heaven on earth! Maybe my next life….my great grandfather was in the civil war, to own a home built around that time….wow…..

    Can’t wait to see more…:)

  7. Kris July 9, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Hi Susan,
    We pulled one of those cast iron stoves out of our house when we moved in 6 years ago. That thing weighed 2 tons!!!!! It took 4 guys to haul it out. It does open up the space.

  8. Rachel July 9, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Huge improvement!

  9. kathy July 9, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    Wasn’t that Madonna’s Like a Virgin song???? Darn now it’s stuck in my head! Looking forward to your next post…and just noticed the pin sign in the top right corner…LOVE that!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 9, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      ding, ding, ding!!!! 3 points for Kathy!!! 🙂

      • Marianne in Mo. July 10, 2013 at 1:23 am #

        Shoot, she beat me to the 3 points! :0)) What will happen to the brick floor?
        I never did like those stoves, they take up as much space as a small bathroom, and you don’t get to use them all the time! WASTE BE GONE!!

        • Maple & Magnolia July 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

          Aw…you can have 3 points too! 😉
          Good question! The brick floor will be covered up by a loveseat and a large rug! 😉
          Much better than having it removed. I guess when we go to re-sell it may be an issue, but I’ll deal with that then! 🙂

  10. Kelly Griglione July 9, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Love your stories, love your decorating, love your sales, and now I love that you have Wonder Woman undies : )

    Seriously, way to go for finally taking care of that. What a difference!

  11. Carol Cook July 9, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Can’t wait to see what Wonder Woman does with the space.

  12. Jaime Costiglio July 9, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Well played. But for some reason I’m still loving that little patch of brick in the floor – perhaps you’ll keep it as a memory? I share in your love for old homes, ours is just shy of 275 years and boy is the upstairs totally wonky!!! Thankfully my kids are sharing in that love (for now since they’re young and impressionable) and the house came with a pool 🙂

    • Maple & Magnolia July 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      275 years??? Ours is a toddler!!! 😉

  13. Anne July 9, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    You are so funny! I love your style and look forward to seeing the end result!
    Are you by any chance selling your PB black cubby organizer?

    • Maple & Magnolia July 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Yes, Anne. It will be at the shop this Thursday. 🙂

  14. PatQ July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Is the old wood stove going to be at the sale?

    • Maple & Magnolia July 10, 2013 at 12:56 am #

      Nope, sorry!

  15. Anne July 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Wow from that one photo to the next it looks like it got sucked up through the roof LOL.If it were only that easy.Look at all the room you have now!Have fun playing!

  16. Rachel July 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    The stove wasn’t so bad, but that giant, shiny silver exhaust pipe was awful. Your home is still so beautiful! I need to get out my Wonder Woman panties more often.

  17. Deb August 11, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    I love how your windows go down near to the floor. I’ve dreamed of replacing the windows in our house with lower windows like yours. Our view of the tree trunks is … truncated! Ha ha ha.

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