Thursday, November 16, 2017

One Room Challenge: Final Reveal

Happy Reveal Day!
I'm so excited to be sharing the Cabana with you!
This ORC go around was so much different, being that I did an outdoor space. 
They're were so many variables, mainly the weather.
Yes, Oklahoma weather can be quite unpredictable around this time of year... 
well really...all year long...
So once we wrapped up some final details, the Cabana got some Christmas action.
I'm so excited about how it turned out and it makes me excited to add 
some Christmas cheer to the inside of our home. 
You can check out the beginning of this project here 
So without further ado, let's get on with this tour!
Raising a Farmhouse One Room Challenge
We started by giving the Cabana a fresh coat of Valspar paint in Crisp Linen.
This project was all about budget and using what I already had.
We accomplished most of the look with just paint. Even the floor is painted to look like slate.
You can read about how we did the floor here
Even the chickens had to come check out the festivities
I used a table and chair set that I already had... sometimes being a hoarder really pays off;)

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We are so excited how this cabana turned out, 
we didn't finish everything we set out to accomplish, but there is always spring.
We still want to get an EZ lift for the hot tub cover, we want to maybe add some curtains, and for the outside... make a cupola for the roof.
But we have already been enjoying our new outdoor space and loving the hot tub. Especially, since we got the new motor, it's been really amazing having a fully functioning tub.
You can learn more about this project by checking out 
No Week Six

Thanks for stopping by guys!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

ORC Week 5: The Hot Tub Break Down

Well better late than never...
and before you go any further, just know this is a picture ugly post!
I just had to warn you:)
They say week five of the ORC is the hardest, and they're not joking.
I virtually got almost no work done this week on the cabana.
The temps have been up and down lately and if I'm completely honest,
I'm kinda over working on it and I've kind have moved onto projects inside my house.
For some reason this project being outside has got me in the mindset that I NEED my husbands  help, and he is home now, but he started his new job as an AO of his Battalion, and he has drill this weekend... so that's putting a damper on things too... 
And another confession... we started our hot tub last weekend and only half the jets would work.
So we called a guy... and... the guy said we need a new motor.
So needless to say, we are shelling out some coin that we were not expecting too,
which means some things will just not get done.
Which means I'm a bit bummed and defeated... bummer,
 but hey that's life... on the bright side we will have a 
fully functioning hot tub.
And if I can be honest on this aspect... (I promise I wasn't just injected with the truth serum)
I don't deal well with hiccups or set backs... and they do easily defeat me... it's like I get it in my head.."Well Game Over" especially if I have to sacrifice something for something else I didn't want... Like $500-600 for a new motor... I know we need it, but it's something no one will ever see... when you could have seen $500-600 worth of landscaping, a cupola and curtains...
 IDK I may not even get my curtains now...
And in the grand scheme of life, I know it's not a big deal, and these are sooooo first world problems... but I'm just venting... cause that's what I do...

So one positive, we did end up DIY'ing our hot tub cover, which is something we planned on doing a DIY on anyways. We do plan to get a new cover in the future, but we kind of thought hey if we can get a couple more years out of it... why not?
Last year the cover got demolished by the wind and whipped
it off the hot tub and shattered the foam.
So here is how we fixed it...We ended up cutting a piece of 1/4 luan plywood...
 we had a bunch on hand from my camper reno that we haven't gotten around to yet.
We just laid it on top, traced the shape of the foam and then cut.

As you can see in the first photo, when we pulled out the foam insert, not only was it broken, the plastic that protected it was completely deteriorated. So we put the broken foam on top of the newly cut plywood, we wrapped the entire thing in some left over painters plastic and then we used that new Gorilla Tape, which that stuff is awesome. 

So we started by taping across the package and then worked our way  up to an X and this seriously helped stabilized the piece of foam. The plywood was so thin it was a bit flimsy, which it had to fit back into the cover so it couldn't be too thick. The tape really helped to strengthen it.
I really feel like... no...wait... I know... I won't get everything I want done to it. 
But I'm going to do what I can and then just revamp it in the spring if need be.
Thanks for following along, it means so much to me and I'm sorry I don't have much of an update for you, week 6 probably won't be much either... but I'm hoping the reveal looks up to par.
Have a great week and I'll talk to ya soon!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween From Google!

Happy Halloween!
I first want to give a big thanks to Google for sponsoring this post.
I'm here today to tell you about the Google Home Mini!
You guys, this little mini "donut" is rocking my world!

I have discovered that there are so many cool things that work with this device and you can essentially turn your home into a smart home.

I'm talking, it can control lights, TV, locks, home security alarms and the list goes on.
I have a feeling will be UPGRADING our home in the near future.

But until then, I just love asking it questions:)
I'm a  question asking fool!

All you have to do is say "Hey Google" or "Ok Google" and ask away or give a command!
That's it and it's like having your own little personal assistant who
 answers all your question without giving any shade or lip.
I'm mean who doesn't love that?

You can grab you one here

The possibilities are endless!
Happy Halloween!
 Be sure to check out my video ad I made (above)...
don't worry I won't  be quitting my day job to be the next Spielburg :)


Thursday, October 26, 2017

ORC Week 4: The Cabana Floor

So I received some new this week about the ORC that made me a bit relieved...
due to many states experiencing natural disasters, 
Linda (the host of the ORC) has extended an extension by one week. 
Some folks are being affected due to shipping and receiving goods. 
While it is an unfortunate situation for many, I'm glad they get an extension and...
I'm glad it's passed on to the rest of us...
So what's been going on at the farm, you ask? 
Well the cabana got another fresh coat of paint... 
on the floor that is.
I knew from the start of this project, that I wanted a dark slate floor... however... I'm on a budget... 
but that never stops me from achieving the look I want.
So to achieve this faux slate floor, we started off by power washing the concrete.
And getting all the old yuck off.
I knew to make this floor look realistic, my tape lines were going to need to be on point. Most natural slate floors have tiles of different sizes.
Most people when they paint a faux tile, 
they just do one size and one color... to me it always looks obviously fake.
I knew I would have to more to mine to get the look I wanted.
So we started by laying a few regular box grids.
I used a .25 painters tape.
Then I went inside those boxes and started laying 
individual boxes and rectangles...
Once I was satisfied with the placement, and pattern, we started the painting.

We purchased two gallons of Valspar porch paint in a pre-made light grey and dark grey.
This paint can be purchased at Lowes.
Now here's the bummer, because the rain was coming in the next morning, we hustled... and I mean hustled to get this floor done before dark.
So I don't have many in between photos... well actually I don't have any...
but I'm going to explain what I did.
We started off by painting one color of each... my husband laid a coat of dark with a paint roller and extension pole... while I would brush  a coat of light to a couple of squares here and there. My original thought was to have mostly dark squares with a few light mixed in. But they weren't really looking how I envisioned...Well as the night grew on, I got extremely tired, my back was killing me, knees...etc so needless to say my "I don't give a f@#% attitude" kicked in and I started rolling all over the squares, and something pretty amazing happened... they started looking like slate. So here is what I mean....
I would be painting a light square next to a dark square and before each were dry I would roll over both of them back and forth and they started to blend...but still be different shades.
So I did this all over... just rolling dark over light and light over dark, because some parts were already drying, they would stay mostly the original color with just a bit of a haze of the other color... which gives it that two dimensional slate look.
The only bummer was when we pulled up the tape, some of the paint had seeped through underneath... but my husband suggested we use the dremel and sand the lines to remove the paint... and it worked. So here I am the next morning sanding away...
I can't express how much of a physically laboring job this was... by the time we went in to get ready for bed, I could barely walk...bending, stooping, squatting and hunching over took it's toll... but let me say this... it was worth every sore muscle. I am so so happy with the outcome and looks so much better than the pictures.

Would I have loved to have the real deal?... well yeah of course
but for a $52 "slate tiling" job it really ain't too shabby and you would have to really 
be looking hard to even tell it's not real.

What's Left
1. Paint (ceiling, posts, windows & frame)
2. Shiplap the part of the wall that was not framed in with windows.
3. Redo the chandelier, yes there is a chandelier there, but it's so dark you can't see it...
(Clean Chandelier)
4. Finish the steps
5. Stain the Steps
6. Paint concrete to look like tile.
7. Fix Hot Tub Cover (it broke last winter)
9. Install an EZ Lift for Cover
8. Make Bahama Shutters
9. Curtains
10. Dining Table & Chairs
11. Landscape (if weather allows)
12. Decor/stage
13. Curtains
14. Cupola for Roof (if Time and Money allow)

 Be sure to check out the other projects at the link above and I will be back soon!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

One Room Challenge: The Cabana is Painted

Its week three of the One room Challenge, 
and I am loving how the Cabana is coming along.
There is honestly nothing that a coat of white paint can't fix.
We chose Valspar Crisp Linen, 
which I think is a perfect color and I love the name.
By the end of it, my poor husband was drenched in over spray.
But bless his heart, he did so good.
So I love how much you can see the chandelier now, I had originally wanted to paint it white, but now I love the contrast. So, I think a good cleaning and maybe some gold wax on the edges... 
new bulbs...etc.


What's Left
1. Paint (ceiling, posts, windows & frame)
2. Shiplap the part of the wall that was not framed in with windows.
3. Redo the chandelier, yes there is a chandelier there, but it's so dark you can't see it...
(Clean Chandelier)
4. Finish the steps
5. Stain the Steps
6. Paint concrete to look like tile.
7. Fix Hot Tub Cover (it broke last winter)
9. Install an EZ Lift for Cover
8. Make Bahama Shutters
9. Curtains
10. Dining Table & Chairs
11. Landscape (if weather allows)
12. Decor/stage
13. Curtains
14. Cupola for Roof (if Time and Money allow)

Week 4 we plan to get the bulk of the work done, or at least that's the plan. 
You know how those don't always go accordingly... 
but I'm hoping to get the floor done and some shutters made.
We are coming along and I'm loving the transformation!
We will see ya soon!
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