Adding Charm to an old Farmhouse

One of the most important factors to me in adding character to a home isn’t to fill it with things, but to let the home speak.  To add character to the walls with subtle touches.  I love character in trim, wainscoting, crown molding, and even the registers throughout the home.  I know many of you wonder why in the world I always paint our walls white? It is because I crave a neutral background that lets charm speak.

This brings me to one thing I’ve been dying to change for years!

I have been so anxious to share with you all one of my favorite update to our home!  Five years ago, when we were remodeling, my husband did all the HVAC (since that is also his career)….  butttttt I was oblivious to what an impact registers and placement have to a home!

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As the years have gone by, I value more the quality of the home than what is filled inside.  Even though this is an old farmhouse, all of its character had been ripped away over the years and years of short cut remodel jobs that left this home tired and tragic in my eyes.  If you have followed me for some time, you know we gutted this home to the bear bones. I mean bare.  All that was left was vinyl siding on the outside, shingles on top,  old rafters, and just a few walls. When rebuilding what was left, I wanted to try and bring as much character and strength back into the home that we could. One thing I always felt it was lacking was the the charm vintage registers bring, and I am so happy we finally changed that!

The first registers we used where about 5$ a piece.  And just because something is inexpensive doesn’t always mean it isn’t quality, but in this case, it was.  Each and every one of those registers were covered in rust in the few short years we have had them.


So those rusted registers had to go. They drove me nuts looking at them and trying to clean them for the 10,000th time just wasn’t working.  A few weeks ago I came across Signature Hardware with my searches, and I fell head over heels.

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The first register shown above is their Victorian air return you can find here.

Now, I thought this would be an easy project of just removing two screws and putting the new ones up lickety split, but that wasn’t the case.  I will warn you, the covers on these are a touch smaller than your plain Jane registers we had.  And to make them beautiful looking in, we spray painted the inside of the duct work before placing the new covers.  Just a few extra steps that made the new register beautiful inside and out :).

Andddd, I know, I know, I need to take down the register and paint just a little more black to hide the drywall, but my impatient self couldn’t wait to see them installed and show everyone! Add it to list of unfinished things I start would ya?!

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For the registers, we chose their cast iron honeycomb wall registers you can find here. Part of me still wonders if I should have chose the brass honeycomb register in a brass finish, well because they are warm and just divine! But I wanted a classic look that will look timeless for our lifetime to follow.

Thank you all for stopping by! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below, and I will make sure to answer any of your questions.  Thank you!


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