I have an old cellar.
I’ve always wanted an old cellar. I fell in love with my first old cellar at the slanted little house long ago, when I was a kid. (You can see more about that old cellar in this post.) I never imagined I’d have a real old cellar of my own.
Old cellars are awesome places, alive with the wonderment of what all has been kept there, when it was built, how it was built, all the people who used it over time.
Did you notice this post is not about the upstairs in my new Sassafras Farm house? I was going to show you the upstairs next, then I painted my bedroom and was overcome with adoration of my bedroom and decided I had to finish decorating before I showed it to you. That just sounded like more fun. I also need to nest in at least one room, have at least one room that is finished. So I’m kinda all about my bedroom right now, which is really fun. But you can’t see it yet. But you can see the cellar! And the cellar is FAR from done. So be gentle with me when I show you these photos.
When I got here, the previous owners had left many things behind. They weren’t being messy–we had discussed it. One time when I was out here, I saw some adorable old church pews in the barn and one of the previous owners mentioned that he was thinking of burning them, along with getting rid of all kinds of stuff they didn’t want to move. They were trying to clean up. I said, “LEAVE EVERYTHING!! Whatever you don’t want, LEAVE IT! I’ll dispose of it if I don’t want it, don’t worry about it.” I had to tell him several times before he seemed to believe me. The result is that they left a lot of stuff, for which I’m grateful. I will definitely end up disposing of some things, but many things are fantastic. As I continue on the tour, I’ll be showing you some of the things they left for me, but for now, I’ll show you what they left me in the cellar. And part of the reason I’m pointing this out now is to explain the current state of the cellar. It’s a MESS. I haven’t had a chance yet to go through what they left behind, much less organize my own things.
So I’m about to show you a mess, but it will be straightened up soon.
Let’s start with the exterior of the cellar, which is just as fantastic as the cellar itself. (And by the way, most of what is hanging on the outside of the cellar are things they left behind as well. I like them, so I’ll leave them.)
The cellar has a delightful red door, which is one of my favorite things about it.
It’s built into a small hill behind the house. I’m not sure how old this cellar is, but it likely predates the current 1930s house and goes back to the barn period, circa 1890. The studio, which is a newer structure, was built on top of the cellar at some point later.
The cellar is just a few steps away out the back door, across the back porch, which is very handy.
The gardens around the cellar are very pretty, and I especially love the small statuary peeking through the vines.
It’s all very romantic.
Inside, the previous owners left shelving on the righthand side. The shelves are full of all kinds of things I need to go through to decide what to keep and what to dispose of. They left an amazing array of things, from a dehydrator to what looks like it must be a quite an expensive saw of some sort, and even a tool chest full of tools.
Nice. Cuz I had no tools, and now I do!
I added some shelving on the left side, and put in a refrigerator and a small freezer. I also added a worktable in the center of the cellar so I have some place to mess around with stuff when I’m in there.
I’ve been stashing trash in here, to keep it safe till trash day. Then trash day passed and I hadn’t figured out yet what to do with the trash sticker, though I did really enjoy watching the trash truck come by. As God is my witness, I will figure out what to do with the trash sticker by next trash day so I can put out some trash. Forgive me, I’m not accustomed to trash service. I just keep putting trash in the cellar because, hello, I don’t know how to use the trash service. I’m lucky I figured out how to open the mail box.
I’m not sure I’m ready for civilization.
But I do know how to use the cellar! I can’t wait to get it organized and ready to be utilized efficiently. An old cellar is a wonderful thing, and this one is about to get a lot of use!