Friday, May 22, 2015

Farmhouse Friday ~ Farmhouse Kitchen

Hello and welcome to this month's edition of FARMHOUSE FRIDAY!!! This month's theme is FARMHOUSE KITCHENS!!! 

I have to say when writing these posts it is hard to know what readers already know and have heard lots of times (yes you Debbie, Maria, and Robin) and what others may not know at all, so I figure it can't hurt to go over some things.  First of all our budget is usually zero dolllars when we start a room so I am always looking to be creative and use what we already have. Our farmhouse kitchen was dark and small before we gutted it and took down a wall. There was nothing original left in it when we purchased the house, the cabinets were ugly 1970's brown shellacked and the walls were paneled and there was a drop ceiling.

Anything that we already had to work with when we were re-doing the kitchen was a bonus. Like the cabinets for example, my parents were tearing them out of their house right at the same time we were re-doing our kitchen so we just reworked them to fit in ours.

This is Neal, my dad and my nephew putting them up. 

I painted them white of course, it appears that I had actually already started to when I took this picture, seems like so long ago. The counter tops are from Ikea, and we couldn't be happier with them. 

Another item we were able to reuse is the top for the island, it was the top to our very first Ikea kitchen table. I designed the island and Neal built it, it hides our garbage can and microwave and has shelves for baskets that hold my potatoes and onions. I recently painted it Glidden's Whispering Wheat ( it was Martha Stewarts Sissal before) and changed the handles I had on it.

The french door that keeps our mudroom closed off was $5 yard sale find that Neal cut to fit this door frame.

We have had a couple different tables in our kitchen but I was not to be satisfied until we had a big farmhouse style one. Neal built us this one and the chairs are hand me downs from my sister. The chandelier I found on for a steal.

I am sure you have spotted my amazing new sign by now. I have been looking for an old black and white sign for this area for the longest time. Then a couple of weeks ago I spotted this beauty on Etsy at Maria's wonderful shop Covet Antiques. I new it was the absolute perfect thing for this space and Maria could not have been wonderful to purchase from, and she knew of my blog!

Isn't it just beautiful?!

And at an antique fair a couple of weeks ago I found this little folding step stool, I just love it.  

On top of this little cupboard that Neal built us I keep my rolling pins and antique drying rack that my mom gave me.

You guys now how much I love wooden spoons and this month us gals in the blog hop were lucky enough to get utensils from Polders World Market!!! Their items are handcrafted by a member of the Poldler family in Rogersville, Tennessee. They haul the fallen trees out of the forest, cut the wood on their sawmill, carve, sand and pack each utensil themselves, pretty cool if you ask me.

As much as I love to cook I am embarrassed to say that I have not yet used mine but they are absolutely beautiful and so soft to the touch. This month Polders is offering 35% off collections so hurry up and get some while they are on sale! And you could even win some, check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

The beadboard on the ceiling is not original, we added that. We also added the beam running through the center of the room. It hides where the two ceilings meet, it is just pine that I stained Dark Walnut. We finally just got to putting up the trim where the walls meet the beadboard ceiling. We actually used PVC trim oppossed to wood trim which saved us over $200. I usually don't like using things that would not have been around when our house was built but sometimes price does come into play.

And actually once it is painted you really can't tell that it is not real wood.

I like my kitchen to be bright and white contrasted with lots of wood tones. I love filling it with simple but pretty things like linens and rustic baskets, and lots and lots ironstone of course:) 

I am off now to a girls trip to Washington DC!!! Thanks for visiting and make sure to visit all of the wonderful blogs below!!! AND MAKE sure to enter the giveaway....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eli's Room

Finally.....Eli's Room!!!

When Millie came along we put her in Eli's old room and we moved Eli into what was the guest room. We finished working on some improvements in here over the summer but I just never seemed to find the time to show it until now! Some of the things we did we were put in a new closet, re-drywall the one side of the room, put in new wiring and lighting and then I gave the whole room a fresh coat of paint.

The nightstand is the same one that was in here when this was the guest bedroom. I bought the lamp at Target and the antique mirror is a $2 flea market find.

I wanted to stick with simple blue and white bedding in here. When I first put all of this bedding on Eli's bed he walked in and said "Oh Mom! It just looks so comfy!"...made me laugh.

The grainsack, ticking duvet cover and quilt are all inexpensive Ebay finds. The antique homespun checkered pillow cover was an Etsy find.

 The antique trunk at the end of the bed was one of the first things that my mom bought me when I went away to college. Not all college age girls want an antique trunk for their first apartment but hey I guess some things never change right. Now it serves as the perfect storage piece for Eli's toys.

The closet is new to the room. 

It had been a very scary and gross particle board "closet" if you could even call it that. We think this space is where the original steps to the upstairs were and that the closet was added in the last 50 years or so. This dark corner always drove me crazy and I tried to avoid ever taking pictures of it, this one below is the best I could find.

We ripped that out and found some very moldy drywall, wallpaper and the original plaster. I almost always try and save original plaster when I find it but this was beyond saving.

Neal then ran new wiring and framed out a new closet. 

I am dying to add plank walls SOMEWHERE in our farmhouse since there are none original to the house. Sadly that was not a common thing to do in this part of the US, clearly it was in Waco, Texas if you watch Fixer Upper you know what I mean! I thought the side of the closet would be a great place to start. Neal got the idea to use cedar, however cedar can be pricey. Then I told him about individual pieces of cedar fencing that I saw for sale at the Home Depot for less than $3 each. He cut them down to size and they worked perfectly!

I recommend priming it with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer because over time the white paint will yellow if you don't.

For the doors to the closet we used salvaged doors that I had bought at the flea market for the bottom part and a set of doors that had been on a cupboard in our garage for the upper part. I found reproduction cabinet latches on Etsy, sadly the shop that carried them doesn't sell them anymore. They were super cheap and now I am kicking myself because I should have bought them all!

There was no overhead light in this room so while we were running new electric in this corner I thought we should try and get some brighter lighting sources. I had Neal put an electrical box on the upper outside wall of the closet so that we could hang a big barn light (Lowe's).

I also wanted to incorporate (as usual) some sort of industrial style lighting but didn't want to spend a lot on it.  We bought an $18.00 wall sconce from Lowes and bought an industrial bulb. I sprayed the silver socket part with brown spray paint so that it wouldn't stand out as much.

I knew I wanted to make a giant old school room inspired chalk board for Eli's room and was walking through Hobby Lobby one day when I spotted this giant picture frame for $10. I stained it Minwax's Dark Walnut and Neal cut a piece of thin plywood underlayment (what I use for all of my chalk boards) to fit. Total cost was less than $25 for the whole chalkboard.

My ever so talented sister-in-law Emilee did the old fashioned lettering down the side with a chalk pen.

I picked up the old chair for $5 at a yard sale we happened to pass the day we were on the way to buy the lighting for this room. As for the paint color in here I don't know what it is:/ Sorry. I had picked up a mistint color as usual and it turned out to be the perfect Khaki color that I can never seem to find. Most khaki looking paints end up having a pink or green undertone to me but this one was perfect and stays true no matter what the lighting.  I had it color matched at Home Depot. The floor is painted Martha Stewart's "Sisal".

It makes me sad but now that Eli is in a double bed I will be selling his bedding from his old room in my Etsy shop. I am really trying to clear out the things that I don't have a place for. On that same note I will be selling most of the things that I had in this room when it was the guest bedroom. So if you like red visit my Etsy shop in the next week or so.

Let me know if there is anything I didn't explain that you want to know about. I don't want to have my blog sound like one big commercial but I get SO MANY emails inquiring where I got this and that and I have found it is just easier to include it all in the post if I can. Also, if you have ever emailed me with a question and I didn't get back to you please just remind me. I get lots and lots of reader emails and I try to set aside one morning each week to answer them and to visit other blogs. However, sometimes I don't even have the time to do that so please don't think I am ignoring you I just forgot you on my mental list is all! I love that you guys have questions and I also love helping people out with this and that so please never hesitate to ask me something. Thank you guys so much for visiting and for all of your wonderful comments, I know I say it all the time but you guys are the best and I love hearing your thoughts!

*Trim and Closet Color - Swan White Glidden
*Floor Color- Sisal Martha Stewart Paints
*Wall Lighting- Lowes