Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Farmhouse Kitchen Progress

Hi there! I promised a kitchen update, so here goes! I've been working on our farmhouse kitchen for a little over a week now, and slowly it is transforming into a kitchen that feels like me! This afternoon I snapped a few pics with my cell phone so I could share my progress, so please don't mind the poor photo quality.

Here is a before shot.  One of the biggest changes so far came from tearing down those cabinets over the island.  It immediately made the kitchen feel so much bigger and more open.  The cabinets were so low that we had to bend down to be able to see the person on the other side.

I also took down the three cabinets above the sink area, and added two recessed lights in place of the old florescent fixture.  I would like to add some open shelving made of reclaimed wood on that wall as well.

I love the look of two-toned cabinetry.  Our last kitchen sported two-toned cabinetry, and now our farmhouse is as well.  I tossed around the idea of doing something different, but at the end of the day this is the look I really love, so I decided to just go with it!

The upper cabinets are Valspar Ultra Pure White, and the lower cabinets are Valspar Java.  Something I did different this time around in comparison to our first house is I painted the soffit white just like the cabinets.  In person this really helps draw your eye all the way up and prevents things from looking to choppy.  Another difference is the hardware.   I chose oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware.  It has that farmhouse feel I'm going for and goes along perfectly with the pendant lights I chose to go over the island and our new faucet.  Hopefully those things will go in later this week as well as the backsplash!

I wallpapered over the paneling on the island with bead board wallpaper that I had left from the built-ins in the living room.  I am on the hunt for some vintage looking bar stools in a darker color, maybe wooden ones?

As for the other soffit, that goes from wall to wall across the kitchen, it has to stay.  We took a piece of it down to see what was inside, and unfortunately it is covering up pipes.  I'm hoping that painting it white to blend in with the ceiling will help it not stand out so much.  Right now it only has primer on it.

More updates to come soon! Thanks for visiting!

Have a BLESSED day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Farmhouse - Living Room Progress

One of my favorite rooms in our farmhouse is the living room.  It's so spacious!  Before I can jump to the fun part of furniture placement and decorating, I had to decide on paint.  I painted a million little sample swatches all over the walls before finally deciding on the one. 

Before, our living room was dark, dreary, and dated.

Now it's brighter and much more inviting thanks to lots of paint.

 The color I chose for the walls is Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray.  It is the perfect warm gray color and looks good in any light. It's hard to show the true color in photos.  In person it's not quite this dark.

As for the fireplace wall, the trim and cabinets are Valspar's Ultra White, and the backs of the built-ins are Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray.  My mom wallpapered the backing of the bookcases with beadboard wallpaper and I love how it turned out!  I decided to keep the shelves wooden to tie this part of the room with the wooden doors throughout the house, and the staircase.  I'm trying to make sure that the entire house flows nicely from room to room.

So far I've only painted one coat of primer on the bricks, but they already look so much better than they did before.  When I'm done, they will be a nice bright gloss white.  I'm also going to replace those can lights with nice new white ones. Baby steps, baby steps.

The power of paint never ceases to amaze me!  I began painting the kitchen cabinets today, so hopefully I will have an update on that project soon!

Have a BLESSED day!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Our Farmhouse - Foyer and Stairs Update

Today I'm going to share more of the progress I've made on the interior of our farmhouse.  It's been a little over a month since we closed on our farm, and I'm still painting! Our goal is to get moved in by the time our daughter begins school in August.

Right now my goal is to paint and freshen up every space I can on a budget.  Installing new floors upstairs is the only major thing we have done (there was no saving that carpet!)  The flooring downstairs will be replaced eventually as well, but for now we are planning to have it professionally cleaned so we can live with it for a while.  We are planning to live in this house for at least a year before doing any major remodeling, so we have time to save up the funds as well as decide on exactly what we would like to do.

We will probably be sinking a little money into the kitchen upfront though, just because it's a room that we will use a lot, and the way it is now makes me not even want to be in there!

Anyways, here is the foyer when we first bought the house. Dark and gloomy.

A couple of in progress photos:

And here's how it looks as of now:

The wall color is Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.  I'm still trying to decide on light fixtures for this space and I'm up for suggestions!

I'm amazed at how much better the new paint makes the carpet look and feel, even though it hasn't been cleaned yet.

The front door was a lovely shade of green (yikes!) just like the rest of the farmhouse's exterior.

Now, it's a soft shade of gray.  The color will change when we get around to fixing up the exterior of the house, but for now the gray door offers a much nicer view when the door is open than the green one. 

Oh and did you see what I found when I ripped all the carpet off of the stairs?

I love these stairs! I'm in the process of researching how to revive them.  Our farmhouse is finally coming along and feeling more like us!  More updates to come soon!

Have a BLESSED day!

P.S. To see the upstairs progress click HERE.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our Farmhouse - Outside

Good morning! I'm here to share an update on 
our farmhouse.  I realized that I have yet to share the exterior of the house, so I'm excited!  Maybe the reason I have not shared the exterior until now is because of the three giant trees that were hiding the entire front.

My Dad owns his own logging business, so he definitely knows what he is doing when it comes to trees.  He came over to cut these down for us which saved us a ton of money.  The trees were not only blocking the house, but they were also dangerous.  The photo below shows how the tree in the middle was leaning towards the house...scary.

The roots of the trees were also making their way closer and closer to our house's foundation, which was also scary.

Here is the view now that they are gone!

Like I said before, the outside of our farmhouse is pretty dated as well, but it is structurally sound and basically everything it needs is cosmetic.  It's nothing a great paint job can't fix.  On down the road we will need new windows and doors and I'd love to add on a large front porch, but for now we are just planning to paint it and spruce it up, much like we are doing to the inside.  The major renovations will come along later.

Here are some other views around outside.  Our to-do list is endless!

And here are some shots of the tree cutting in progress:

The kid's and I watched from afar as the trees were falling.  They loved it!

My Dad spent his entire day helping us and I am ever so thankful.  Before he left he helped me take down some of the cabinets in the kitchen.  After that I got a little carried away and began ripping out all kinds of stuff.  The fun part will be putting it all back together!

-Kitchen Before-

-Kitchen Progress?-

We tore down the cabinets and soffit above the island and the space was instantly lighter and brighter feeling.  We also took down the three small cabinets that were above the sink area.  We carried out all the old appliances, then I ripped off all the old back splash. 

I am amazed at how nice the cabinets are.  They are extremely heavy and high quality.  I'm hoping that with a nice paint job they will be good as new! Even in it's current state, I see lots of potential with this kitchen and I'm excited to get started.

Have a BLESSED day!

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