Raising A Farmhouse

Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Painted Parisian Bed | Week IV | One Room Challenge

Hey guys! Happy Sunday:)
We are halfway through the One Room Challenge can I get a what what!!
Cause to be honest with you, I'm running out of steam...
But I'm trying to get this wrapped up early because my son's 2nd birthday is coming up and I definitely need to get some other things done around the house before we have a party... 
ugh just saying that word makes me overwhelmed...lol...
So I feel like I'm a bit behind, but I did get all the bedroom furniture painted... 
well except for the french screen, I still need to paint that... 
but it shouldn't be to bothersome...
So I got the bed done last weekend and I painted it in Behr Chalk Paint in Antique Blue
and It's the prettiest Icy Blue ever.
Seriously I'm still so in love with this color, I wish I had painted 
the bed years ago,but I feel like I really appreciate it more now.
I finished the bed in Sweet Pickens Milk Paint liquid wax and then
applied a gold gilding wax on the edges and it just turned out perfect.
I absolutely love how it looks now!
The bedroom is coming together and looking so amazing!
I'm so excited for the final reveal.
I'm going to try and start on the wall paper this week.
I honestly have been putting it off... 
I just know it's going to be a huge project. 
But I really can't wait to see it up.

I will be sharing details of the wallpaper week V.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow along in stories here
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

How to correlate mis matched furniture with paint | Week III One Room Challenge

Hi friends and welcome to week III,
I'm a bit late, but better late than never I suppose... so let's get right to it.
Week II was pretty much spent wrapping up the finishing touches of the dresser
and by then end of the week, I had the nightstands painted and finished as well.

So let's talk about the dresser for a moment...
when I first started painting this piece, I documented it on my stories on IG...
 I was let's just say a little apprehensive about this color...
 I'm a very neutral person, but the last few months something has changed in me...
 I'm just really craving color and I'm naturally an extremist so I can't just ease into it...
I have to go big or go home... so I went big with this dresser...BIG and BOLD
And I feel like it paid off... big time!
I absolutely am in love with how this piece turned out.
I have been painting furniture since 2008 and have sold many pieces on ETSY, Craigslist and Facbook Market Place... but this one by far has got to be my absolute favorite piece I have done to date. This color is just amazing and the gold wax on the details just brings this piece to life.
My husband is very hard to please when it comes to painted furniture,
 he didn't want me to paint our furniture, he liked it stained...
but when I finished this piece, even he was in love with it.
He said and I quote "it looks like it came off the Titanic"... LMAO...
I about fell out when he said that... it was so funny and specific...
but I got his gist.. it looks very rich and royal.
That wasn't necessarily what I was going for, but I think it came out perfect,
 it took on a life of it's own and I love that.
Then there was the rest of the furniture... the nightstands weren't really that amazing, so I had to figure out a way to make these very different styles all correlate and harmonize...
If it's one thing I have plenty of it's a mix of mis-matched hodge-podge furniture. 
It's kind of my specialty...
I'm always buying stuff on a whim or at least different times so nothing in my home is really a complete set. When we bought our bedroom furniture, I didn't want the whole set, we just bought the bed and the dresser and I thought I would find nightstands that I loved but didn't necessarily match, but would look good with everything...well fast forward 12 years and that has still yet to happen.
So I decided to just keep what I have because, I'm on a budget... and these are still nice. 
So I decided to make them all the same color.
Everything was painted with Behr Chalk Paint in the color Deep Breath.
My husbands nightstand is the one above and it's quite a bit more modern,
I did order new knobs for it so those should be in soon.
My nightstnad is very similar to the dresser but it is actually vintage,
I painted it and gold waxed the edges and even used the wax on the handles to bring new life to them.
I really love how it turned out.
Everything looks in harmony now that it is all the same color scheme.
Almost all the painting is done. 
I will be sharing details of the bed for week IV.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow along in stories here


Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Credit Repair Story with Lexington Law Firm

Thank you Lexington Law Firm for sponsoring this post. A high service partner and consumer 
advocate that will help you fight for the credit you deserve!

Hi friends, it's been a while!
Life has been so crazy lately, am I right?!? With all this unexpected free time, I have had a chance to re-prioritize some things, and I wanted to share with you what I'm currently working on.

Let's talk about credit for a minute, it's kind of a taboo subject not many people want to share about and yet it's something that we all have to have, and we want the absolute best we can get.  I'm going to share with you a bit about my credit journey, my goals and my reason behind choosing the credit professionals at Lexington Law Firm.
At first glance you might think I have it all together, we have a beautiful home, great credit and we have lots of goals. But, have you ever heard the phrase, don't compare your Chapter 1 to someone else's Chapter 52? There's a reason for this and I'm going to take you back to my Chapter 1. 
My life wasn't always this great, I didn't have my priorities in order and I had no clue what my life would be like or even a real goal...It began like this, I grew up hearing "don't ever get a credit card".  You see my parents had gotten themselves into quite a bit of credit card debt when they were younger and were slowly digging themselves out, so their advice to me was "don't do it". This is absolutely the worst advice you could give someone by the way. You have to have credit. So I went off into the world with absolutely no clue and even worse: no credit. I met my husband in college and we got married  in 2004.  My husband also had bad credit, debt, and was in collections. His parents never taught him how to properly manage money and use credit. They were making their own mistakes at the time so they had no knowledge and/or advice to offer.  We were just two young kids living in an apartment (that my mom co-signed for) and dreaming one day about home ownership. That was our main goal, to one day buy our very own home. 
However I quickly found out, having no credit was even worse than having bad credit. So we decided we needed to build my credit and repair my husband's credit. It was a slow and painful process, this was back when bill collectors could call and harass you and I
mean harass you. We got to the point we were screening our calls and really checking the caller ID. I remember One bill collector even called my husband's platoon sergeant and they got into it over the phone. Shortly after that I think there was a bill passed that bill collectors were not allowed to harass and say hateful things to you. We also searched for a credit card that I could apply for, it took awhile but I finally got one, we added my husband's name to it and we started using it sparingly and paying it off, keeping a low balance and making payments on time. One error on your credit, like a late payment can drop your score so much. We also started calling all the creditors that my
husband owed and seeing what was the lowest amount they would settle his bill for. It took about 3-4 years, but one by one, we paid them off.
In 2007 my husband graduated ROTC and immediately went to Iraq. During his deployment I lived in a small apartment, I drove my old car from high school and I worked two jobs. Between the two of us we were able to save over $50K. I ended up starting construction on our home while my husband was overseas and by the end of the deployment in 2008 we moved into our brand new home. We had finally met our goal of home ownership.
 Since then, we have bought and sold 4 homes. Our goals have grown so much, we now live in our forever home that we are turning into our dream property. We have a beautiful son, and we are now thinking about his financial future and what that is going to look like. We have a goal of starting our own business before my husband retires in 9 years. We still have good credit, however remember that joint credit card I mentioned earlier? Well one day they called my husband and said they were going to terminate the card for inactivity. Since it's our longest running credit, we wanted to keep it, so my husband bought a tank of gas... then he forgot he did that... so we ended up getting a late payment reported to two of the creditors. It ended up dropping my husband's score from an 800 to a 720 and it dropped mine to an 820. One little late payment...even though we have a slew of on time payments and good credit history, it didn't matter. Did you know that a late payment can stay on your history for up to seven years? That's why I chose to work with Lexington Law Firm because they have been working in credit repair since 2004, they know the ins and outs of credit repair and can use the law to help fight for your right to good credit. I signed up with them and the process was seamless, I spoke with a representative who was extremely pleasant and she walked me through the process of how to go about requesting these negative items being removed from my credit. It's also very affordable, Lexington Law Firm offers packages that meet everyone's needs, and they start as low as $24.95 a month.  The whole thing is pretty hands off on my part. They do all the leg work and keep me in the loop with emails and copies of documents. She said it typically takes around four to six months to have things like this removed. It sounds like a long time, but in the grand scheme of life six months is nothing. Besides we didn't come this far, to just come this far and let one late payment stop our goals. I do have a peace of mind knowing that  an experienced credit repair firm is fighting for my rights with all the legal knowledge of consumer protection laws.  It's just one less thing I have to have on my plate and honestly, that's a big relief.
We are in the process of selling a home we remodeled. We plan to pay off some debt, get our income to debt ratio lower and then start looking into starting a business. We aren't sure what yet but we will keep our minds and hearts open for new opportunities. I hope you are taking care in this difficult time and are thinking and prioritizing some of your goals. I hope you follow along with my credit journey over the next few months, and stay tuned for an opportunity to start your own credit journey!
Happy planning friends.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A Bold Blue Whimsical Dresser Makeover | ORC | Week II

Hi friends! Welcome back to the second week of the One Room Challenge.
I was certainly hoping I would have more done, heck I was hoping I would at least have the dresser done, but man it's just hard getting anything accomplished with a toddler!

So let's not dwell on what I didn't get done... 
let's discuss what I did...

So I got our dresser painted,
 and man is it blue!
I used Behr Chalk paint from the Home Depot.
I had never used this brand before but I thought I would give it a whirl.
I must say I do really like this chalk paint, it goes on with good coverage and 
it dries to a chalky velvety smooth finish.
It's a really good price point and that's the main reason I used it for this challenge.
I still need to finish up some of the details and then wax the entire piece.
The edges will get a gold wax to bring out the details.

I was really questioning this color choice while I was painting it, 
I documented the whole process in my stories on IG, 
you can follow me here @simplysummermorgan

It went on so incredibly, electrically...blue
I was really not loving it at first...
But now, I'm so pumped I did it, 
it's bold
 it's daring 
and it's unexpected

I literally expect it to come alive and start singing at any moment, 
it looks so whimsical and animated:)
I think once I wax it, it will be even more amazing.
After I get this one done, I will be moving on the bed and the night stands 
and then.....
If you didn't see my wallpaper reveal on my stories,
head to my IG and look under my highlight ORC Bedroom!
It's a good one!
Well I will be seeing you next week, I will be painting away!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

One Room Challenge: A Cozy Parisian Master Retreat

Happy Thursday friends! 
If you are new to my blog, welcome, I'm glad you are here!
So, it's that time again... the spring One Room Challenge...
   The One Room Challenge design event is a bi-annual 6 week (it's 8 weeks this season) challenge to makeover a space in your home. Twenty designers are chosen to participate and every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant and will post their results the following Thursday for the next 6 weeks. 
This will be my 4th ORC, you can find my other ORC projects here
So for this ORC I will be making over our master bedroom.
I need to catch ya'll up on our situation first, 
if you don't follow me on Instagram @simplysummermorgan you my not know... 
we moved... bought a new house... changed out minds... and moved back to the farm!!! 

Yes we are insane...

 now that you are caught up, lets get back to the subject at matter...
Here is how our bedroom currently looks.
I know what you're thinking, not bad... right? Well this bedroom, like most rooms in our house have been done over a couple of times and as they say, hopefully the third time's the charm. 
I'm going to go with a Parisian type feel this go around.
This was our room before we moved. It was actually a greyish white, I really never liked the color.

but I did really like the design for a time being, 
but I like change so this is a good time to experiment and play with pattern and color ...

Luckily for me, before we moved back in we repainted the bedroom, I couldn't decide if I wanted to go bright white or a moody dark color, so I compromised and chose SW Agreeable Gray.

I love this color, I used it in the home we just moved from (insert rolled eyes) it's such a complimentary color and goes with so many things... in the other house it has a very blue undertone and in our home, it has a very greige vibe which I love.
I'm keeping this makeover budget friendly as always,
 I will be reusing everything and really not buying much.
The rug is new, I had purchased it for the new house's living room, but now I'm using it in the bedroom so all the new colors will be based around the rug.
I plan to paint all the furniture, do an accent wall where the fireplace is and 
make my husband put up his crap that is sitting out in giant Tupperware...

So here's the list... in list form

1. Paint All the furniture
2. Finish painting the doors
3. Wallpaper Accent wall
4. New Pillows for bed
5. Change Bedding
6. Add Curtains
7. Accents and texture.
So luckily for me, it's not a super huge list... I have had much larger.
I'm reusing everything so really I just need to buy wallpaper and paint for the furniture... and some curtain rods...maybe some fabric... the list keeps growing:)

You can see the other Guest Participants here.
Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to show you the progress, I'll be sharing on IG stories @simplysummermorgan

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