Our Farmhouse

Note: you can see updated views of our farmhouse and current renovations on Instagram. I'd love to connect with you there! @graceleecottage 

In 2014 we were blessed with the opportunity to purchase our dream property, an 80 acre farm with an old farmhouse full of character.  To this day it still needs a lot of work - we are slowly but surely making it our own.

As for now we are doing minor things like painting, switching out a few lights, etc.  The major renovating will come along later. 

Exterior Before


Before, our home had three huge dangerous trees right against the front of the house.  Now that they are gone we can really see the house! I finally wrapped up painting the exterior, which really made a difference! We will be replacing the doors and windows, adding shutters, building on a large covered farmhouse style front porch, and adding some landscaping later on.


Foyer Before

Paint paint and more paint has made this space feel so much bigger and brighter.  We removed the old carpet from the stairs and painted the walls a soft gray blue.  We discovered the original hardwood floors all throughout the first floor, so we are slowly but surely ripping up all the carpet.  These floors must be from the original farmhouse that was here in the early 1900's. These are definitely not 1960's hardwood floors! We know that the staircase was also part of the old farmhouse.


Kitchen Before

Kitchen Progress

I love the size of our kitchen and the layout.  Things like painting the cabinets and counter tops, removing a few bulky cabinets, and updating the hardware and a couple of appliances have transformed the space on a budget.  Read more about our farmhouse kitchen makeover here.

A few months ago I painted an older dining set to create a couple more seats around our table and I found a rug on Amazon to complete the look. Click here to read more.

I changed things up once again for Spring and Summer by switching out a couple chairs and adding soft white curtains.  Read more of my Spring home tips here.

Living Room Before

Living Room Progress

Read more about our living room progress here and here.
See my most recent living room tour here and read about our fireplace sitting area here

My mom found this beautiful mantel for me and it matches our farmhouse perfectly! It completes our living room. I've written all about it here.

Our living room got a fresh look when we ripped up all the carpet and re-painted the walls a soft shade of gray.

Sunroom Before

No progress has been made in here yet.  All the furniture and books were here when we bought the property.  I have future plans to turn this space into a screened in porch, but for right now I may turn it into a playroom for the kids.  For some reason this is their favorite room in the house and they play in here constantly.  They use the window, which leads to the living room, as their drive through window.  They love it! I think I can make it a fun space for them.

Laundry Room Before

The laundry room is right as you walk in from the garage and before you walk into the kitchen.  This is another space that I haven't started on yet, but it's on my to-do list.

Powder Room Before

Powder Room After

We recently finished up our powder room makeover.  This room is tucked away under our stairs, and is the bathroom our guests use, so I was excited to get it done.  Read about it here.

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Progress

Guest Bathroom Before

Upstairs Hallway Before

Upstairs Hallway Progress

A little more up to date progress

The carpet up here was just too gross to live with, so we went ahead and had new hardwood floors installed.  I painted all the walls and trim which really helped brighten up the space and allowed the staircase to stand out!

Our Bedroom Before

Our Bedroom Progress

Read all about our master bedroom transformation here.

Audrey's Room Before

Audrey's Room Progress

Roby's Room Before

Roby's Room Progress

Upstairs Bathroom Before

Lots and lots of paint brought this room a little more up to date while still maintaining the character of the house. I even painted the sinks, bathtub, and counter top!

Upstairs bathroom progress

Click here to read more.


  1. Wow! I grew up in an old farmhouse with lots of land and room to run around and play. We had similar dark paneling in our kitchen when we bought our house. I hated it and the mess it made to the walls...so glad it is gone. Love the progress you are making.

    1. Thanks so much! I've never been a fan of dark paneling either. We decided to leave the paneling and just paint it. I really like the texture and farmhouse feel it gives to our home now that it's light and bright! It's amazing what paint can do! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  2. Oh what an awesome job you are doing! Could you come help me (in Ga)? :) After our children were all grown, God put us (married 45 yrs) in an awesome home and gave me the task of making it home for the family.....after being in the former home for 30 yrs. Been here 8 yrs and am still trying to do that. The children/grandchildren love coming where there is so much room and so my desires are to give it the warm fuzzy feeling you have given your place. Blessings to you and your family.

    1. Thanks so much Mary for your kind words! It is so much fun creating a home for your family isn't it! It is definitely something that happens over time for sure and can't be rushed! Best of luck to you with your home, I'm sure it's lovely!!

  3. Not sure if my original post went through? Anyway...I love what you have done. We are closing on a 40 acre farm with a 40s farmhouse next week. I love the gray you used...is it the same throughout the house? Also, what paint did you use on the exterior? Thanks so much...it is just beautiful!!

    1. Hi PattyMc! Thanks so much! That sounds so exciting, I'm sure you are eager to get started on your home, I know I was! I used several different shades of gray throughout the interior. I noted the colors I used on each individual blog post...check in the archives for last july/august :) As for the exterior, I used Valspar paint & the colors are Mark Twain House Olive, Lyndhurst castle sand, & English tea party. Thanks so much for your comment!

  4. One more thing...did you finish the floors you found under the carpet? I have to pull up carpet and was hoping that I could just sand them and leave them?? Thoughts? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi PattyMc,
      I had to sand them a little because there was some residue on them from the vapor barrier that had been on top of them for years. I cleaned them with Murphy's Oil soap and gave them a coat of Rejuvenate floor polisher (from Home Depot) and that's it! I like the rustic look of them so I don't plan on having them professionally refinished! :) Good luck with your floors! Let me know how they turn out!

  5. Thanks so much...I love the look of your floors, too!!

  6. Any tips on sanding floors and steps? I ripped up all the carpet now it is time to get busy sanding:)

  7. Wow you have done a great job on your house, it sure is looking beautiful!!

  8. Wow! What is the gorgeous color in your upstairs hallway? What was your palette?