Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall on the Farmhouse Porch

Hey guys!
It's been such a crazy time around the farmhouse ... my husband came home last Thursday from being gone for 10 long months! So as you can  imagine , we had a happy reunion and we have been taking some time to get some things organized and readjust back to a routine.
We are also working on a chicken coop,
 our Cabana for the One Room Challenge and also working on the living room.... 
I took some time tho, and finished our fall patio.
So without further ado here is my fall porch...

I'll be back tomorrow for an update regarding our cabana!
Stay tuned!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

One Room Challenge:Week 2 Steps and Stain, Oh My!

It's week two of the ORC! By now everyone should be getting into the nitty gritty of their projects.
 I know we are:)
So here are our updates for the Pool Cabana...
 you can check out week one and see our inspo photo as well.
We got the stairs done, the side bench and the back wall "shiplaped"...
We decided to do the steps in a "spa" style or what do you call a dry sauna? You know...
We wanted it to have a light and airy feel to it but cover the hot tub at the same time.
This was the Mr.'s idea, and when it comes to the dealings of the frames,wood, and what not... 
I let him run with it... cause I honestly don't have a clue sometimes as to what to do?!?
So we decided to carry out the same design and feel over to the bench side. We haven't quite figured out how we want to enclose this corner section  yet... but I do know for the bottom of this bench, Neal (the husband),will be building some doors and we will use this as storage for pool/hot tub chemicals.
Here is a shot with all the slats on. I think it looks great in these photos,
 but it looks so much better in person.
We used 2x2's for the actual step part and for the risers we used 1x2's.
I sanded all the wood down and then started staining with an outdoor waterproof stain.
I decided for the stain, I would use a semi transparent. I wanted to a bit of color but I didn't want it to be dark or over powering, and I still wanted to see the grain of the wood.
Once that was done we started installing the "shiplap" wall and 
just used a nickel to space the boards out.
Do you see the hot tub cover that is broke all to HE Double Hockey Sticks... we gotta fix that too.
We contemplated on just buying a new one, but shipping tax etc, it would be over $400 and you know... $400 could go to alot of other places on this project...easily.
So it will be another DIY. 
So if you are like us, and have a janky hot tub cover, 
we are going to show you a janky way of how to fix it;) so stay tuned...
We ran out of boards and had to make another trip to Lowes, so we are going to take it all the way to the top and yes we are going to figure out a way to cut off some of those 2x4 and cap it off so it has a finished appearance...we just haven't quite figured it out just yet...
But it's really coming along and I think a fresh coat of paint will give it the uniformity it so desperately needs.
Remember the inspo...
it's easy to forget in this sea of brown...
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...
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)

Next Step will be the Paint!
I cannot wait to paint this ceiling... the thought of it being a creamy white color is the only thing getting me through this project right now!
Well that's all for this week!
We will see ya next Thursday!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DIY Farmstead Sign

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!
I had such a productive last 3 days, it's not even funny!
I seriously wish every weekend could be a 3 day... but who doesn't... right?

So one of the many projects I got knocked off my list was my DIY Farmstead Sign.
I have been wanting a homestead type sign for many years, 
but just could not ever find one for the right price and style.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week One

It's that time of the year again!!
I'm so excited to be doing my second ORC:)
You can see my first One Room Challenge here, when I redid our upstairs living room last spring.
This year, I will be doing an outside space, while there are still a few things to do inside my home, 
and I know this is an "indoor" challenge, this project has been lingering for quite some time and honestly we are just ready to be done with it. 

So I thought this would be the perfect time to just buckle down and get this thing done!
Not to mention, it's just kind of a unique space to do, not many homes have pool cabanas, and I have def never seen one done as a "makeover" so I thought it would be kind of fun and different.
Although... It's pouring down rain as I type this post, 
so I am a bit concerned with it being an outside project...and if there will be some snafu's... which you know there will be... but I'll be here live, blogging all about it;)

But never the less, this Fall we will be making over our Pool Cabana.
This photo below is my inspo photo... is it not gorgeous?
As soon as I saw it... I was like yesssss...
dat's it!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

life Lessons from Matte Black Pumpkins

On Monday I shared my fall home tour, I'm so grateful to Angelina with Peonies and Orange Blossoms for including me:) You can check that out here along with 25 other talented bloggers who are opening up their fall homes.

While white pumpkins are still quite the rage, 
I decided to embrace the darker side and painted a few of 
my pumpkins Graphite Black by Annie Sloan.
This is one of my favorite blacks because it is not a true black,
and it can take on so many different hues depending on the lighting.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining Blogger Home Tour Week

Good Morning and welcome,  
hopefully you just got done visiting Cindy at DIY Beautify beautiful fall home tour. 
I just love getting to peak into people's homes
 and just snatch up all that inspiration... you know... 
like your robbin the place;)
And what could be better than one home tour?
 How about 5 days (18-22 SEPT) jam packed full of blogger fall home goodness!
Ummmm... Yes Please!
If you are new to Raising a Farmhouse, I just want to say thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my fall decor and find a bit of inspo, and of course stay a while!
This year I did things a bit different.
 My home has done almost a complete 180 since last year.
 I was able to get the living room and the ceiling repainted, many projects like the kitchen counter tops resurfaced and cabinets painted, I rearranged furniture, and I am really starting to like the direction and feel our home is heading in.
So since our home is mostly white, ivory and shades of.. lets just call it neutral, 
I wanted to opt in for some color in my seasonal decor.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Sleepy Time Recipe

Good Morning friends!
Hope you are having a fantastic start to your Wednesday!
So yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to Whole Foods to pick up some fresh flowers for my upcoming Fall Home Tour I am going to be apart of... So, while I was there, 
I thought I would go ahead and pick up a few essential oils.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Affordable Commercial Kitchen Faucets that make a Statement

Good Morning to ya! I hope you are doing well:)
I had a fantastic weekend of hanging out with family and just relaxing, it's always so nice to get away from  your home for a day or two. It really does help to make you appreciate it more and just not get so sick of all the projects that are lingering...
well at least that's what it's like for me...
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Farmhouse Bench and a Funny Story

So a few weeks back I started rearranging some furniture.. which is nothing new.. but I ended up switching out my hair pin leg table that was up against the stair case and changed it out with the farmhouse bench and french mattress cushion.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Faux Deconstructed Chair

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you all had a fantastic Holiday weekend.
Ours was jammed packed full of projects... mostly the chicken coop...
But thankfully, that's all most done!
So  a few weeks ago, I had mentioned in a previous post that I was going to make some slipcovers for these chairs. Well Guys, that didn't work out... I'm not really that handy with a sewing machine... I can do the basic straight lines... make a pillow etc. but these barrel chair just proved to be way to difficult... I hate saying that... but it's so true...
But what I am handy with is a staple gun and a glue gun!
So Ta-Da...
I give you the Faux Deconstructed chair...
That's right it's faux cause I didn't do any deconstructing... in fact I added all this to it.
So here's how I did it!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Twin Coverlets As Sofa Covers

Happy First of September!
This weather has be feelin some kinda way and I'm lovin it! It won't be long and the air will be crisp, the leaves will be golden and layers will be in full effect!
 I got my covers in for the sofa, and as much as 
I hate covering up those gorgeous tufts, I really feel like it's necessary.  
For over a year probably two, I have been really annoying careful with this light colored living room. But I swear to you, that past year I constantly asked my husband the question "are your pants dirty"... he works on old cars and thinks nothing of coming in from the 
garage and plopping right on down on this linen fabric.. 
The past several months have been so nice not having to ask that stinkin question...
 and I'm sure he got sick of it too , so to avoid all of it,
I ordered some covers.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

JORD Men's Watch and a Giveaway

So I have to admit, when it comes to thinking of the perfect gift for my guy, I get kinda lost in the sauce. I don't feel like it's completely my fault tho, he's just kind of hard to buy for...and... I have another confession, I kinda chinzed out for his birthday this year, I mean I never know what to get him, he's always gone for the Army, and then I just kind of run out of time...
 and then I just kind of...don't get him anything.... 
I know... I'm terrible... cause he deserves so much more...


Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Living Room Rug and Arrangement

Happy Saturday:)
Hope everyone is faring well!
I just got done last weekend spending a boat load of money celebrating my birthday... I turned 36... so crazy.. so you know I had to go through some crazy emotions of...I'm getting older...I'm not as fit as I would like to be... I still haven't had a child hair doesn't seem to be growing fast enough... and so on and so forth...
Only to come out thinking... ya ok, I can control most of those... so me not being where I want to be in life, is on me and me alone...  there are some things I can do...

So I have plans in motion...
Not that you wanted to know all of that B.S. but there you have it:)

But part of those plans was rearranging the living room.
I was asked to be apart of a fall home tour, which is super exciting and I can't wait... but I have kinda been at a loss of how I want to decorate...

I originally was going to make some slipcovers for these two chairs, but that turned out to be so atrocious...I haven't sewed enough to master a barrel chair and it ended up really just being a waste of fabric and lots of time... so I moved on and now I'm back to square one... 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Projects Galore and Bucket Lists

The past week or so, I feel like I have been turning in circles. I have about 4 projects going right now and I'm sure in true Summer fashion I will add one more to the back burner.
I am a perpetual starter of the things.
Finishing however, is not exactly my strong suit.

But I did start something that has been a long time coming and something that 
I can now finally cross off my bucket list.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Simple Farmhouse Bowls by Dowan

Happy Friday Friends!
Another work week down, can I get an Amen?

Every once in a while I am lucky enough to get to work with a brand and
 showcase there products on the blog. 
Oh how I love those times:)

So I'm super excited to introduce to you the Dowan 32oz Porcelain Bowl.

Farmhouse Dishes


Monday, July 31, 2017

A Grand Leaning Mirror~Now That's a Mirror

There is just something about a large grand focal piece in a room.
My personal favorite, is a giant mirror.
Mirrors add a touch of elegance, they reflect light and give your room an overall larger appearance.
And... when you find one with gorgeous carved detail...
well friends...
that's just icing on the cake

Monday, July 24, 2017

DIY Limed Oak Faux Finish with paint ~ Cerused Oak

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I  don't know about you guys, but I had a fantastic weekend, the husband got a 
surprise class cancellation on Thursday and was able to high tail it home that night and we got to spend a much needed weekend together, just hanging out, 
eating good eats and working on projects around the house!
Of course it goes by way too fast and you're left wondering where the weekend went and how can it be time to leave on Sunday already?

But, I took advantage of Sunday evening and decided to put together my blog post for my recipe on how to fake Cerused Oak, Limed Oak... Pickled wood... whatever people call it these days:)

DIY Faux Finish with paint Limed Oak


Monday, July 17, 2017

A Farmhouse Living Room Refresh

 It's safe to say that I'm glad this weekend is over... I don't usually say that, but this weekend was especially difficult.  Saturday was my husbands birthday and it also marks the month that we have been separated for six months now... not a marital separation... but an Army one..
and quite frankly I'm over and done with it. I don't think we have gotten to celebrate his birthday together in over 5-6 years... something always comes up or in between us...mainly the Army and while there are many benefits to living the military life, it does take a toll and I was feeling that toll this weekend. In fact, I was throwing myself a big ole' pity party.. but I don't even care... 
I deserved it...

It was also amplified by the death of my favorite hen.... I believe the fox struck again, she was just gone, with nothing but a pile of her beautiful lavender feathers left behind.
I don't really want to even write about it, other than to say it sucks. Big Time.

So needless to say, I needed something to take my mind off of things and it was either burn the house down, or refresh a few items...obvs I chose the latter:)


Monday, July 10, 2017

Epoxy Countertops that look like Marble

Oh my goodness you guys, it's been a cool minute since I have even thought about this blog! I was on such a good roll and then life just happened, by life I mean crazy DIY's, cause that is life...holla! 
But I wanted to share with you some exciting news...
I have finally finished my kitchen makeover....again.....

So what turned out to be 'I'm just going to redo the countertops'
pretty much turned into a full on REDO!
But i'm not mad! 
I'm in love, and it turned out better than I could have even imagined!
DIY Marble Countertops


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Young Living Essential Oils~ Why I'm Sold

I was recently contacted by Samantha with DewDrop Collective to try out some samples of Young Living Essential oils.  I honestly think I'm one of the only people on God's green earth that has absolutely no knowledge on the benefits of therapeutic oils.

But I was eager to see what all the hub bub  was about!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Limed Oak Doors, New Counter Tops and Broken Hen

I feel like this weekend just zoomed by, I got a lot accomplished but nothing finished. If that makes any sense?  I have been on such a consistent blogging roll these past two weeks, that I was fretting... cause here it was Sunday night and I had nothing prepared in the draft section... so I hem hawed and debated on rushing through a few things and then I thought....hold up... that's dumb... 
a. no one cares
b. no one cares....


Friday, June 2, 2017

Five on Friday~ A Reflection of the Week

 Good Morning and Happy Friday!
If you are like me, you are already summarizing what all you need to do and how you can fit it all into two microscopic days, cause you just know it's going to fly by!

I shared an IG post yesterday about how much time I basically waste in the evenings after work... it mostly consists of me walking around the house...looking at all the things I need to do, start to do it, and then sit down at the computer or go outside and work on something different...
I swear it's the same can call it Tuesday...every single day of the week...


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blue and White Planters for the front porch

It's no secret that I'm in love with blue and white. I fell in love with it when I got my first Ginger Jar at the swapmeet a few years ago.  I had told myself I was going to start a collection several years ago, but something happened (not quite sure what, life probably) and it just got put on the back burner.
I had been trying to figure out what and how (design wise)
I was going to spruce up my outdoor areas.

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Modern Farmhouse Bathroom ~ Refresh

Good Morning! I hope your having a fantastic holiday weekend...
I had a great one with my Mr. here at home just catchin up on house chores and projects and enjoying spending some time with friends and family. But now, he is on the road headed back to FT. Leonard Wood... Sniff Sniff....

Big thanks to all those that serve, have served and have sacrificed the ultimate for our country.

So I wanted to share with you guys what I have been up to on this fine Memorial Monday...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five On Friday: A Reflection of the Week

Good Morning! Oh, and happy Friday!! Can I get an Amen?!
My hubby is back in town for the holiday, he hasn't been home in over two months...
so you know he's knee deep in some DIY' rest for the weary over here!
But before you go think'in I'm tyrant,
he enjoys it...really...

So I'm doing my first Five on Friday post, cause last Friday I didn't exactly follow directions...
always a rule breaker­čśĆ

So I shall start with this... 

1. I discovered link partys..."que angels"... what rock have I been under? 
Not sure...
but I'm glad I slithered out from under it and joined the rest of blogging society...
I have been having a blast linking up and meeting new bloggers!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chicken Coop and Garden Update

It's been a while since I posted a chicken coop & garden update... but honestly it's been a while since I have have really updated the chicken coop and there's that...
You can see the post and before pics of the area here

Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage. Modern. Floral. Laundry Room ~ Progress

First I would like to say, I expected to be way further along then this. I started designing my floral laundry room project here, before the ORC with just a few things to finish up,
but these few things are taking quite some time.
I had planned to have my stenciling done by Friday night and then I could move onto my counter-top (the one in the laundry room) this weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Modern French Country Dining Room Progress

Almost another week down! I'm so ready, between work, DIYing,
 trying to exercise and lets not forget trying to break a broody hen, I'm pooped!
 I'm looking forward to chilling this weekend and finishing up on some small things....

 So at the end of my ORC reveal,
I talked about making some changes to my kitchen and dining area. I also talked about going to back to my eclectic and french country roots. I talked about how I came to a realization while doing the ORC, that I keep fighting against what my house really is instead of embracing it. I got on the "Modern Farmhouse" bandwagon and instead of incorporating modern here and there, I had to go all out and try to convert my home into a modern farmhouse. I had even schemed of a way on how I could paint my house and make the exterior look more modern.
I honestly don't know what broke my spell, but what ever it was, I'm glad it did. I'm not modern, I like modern aspects, but I like french, rustic, chinoiserie and farmhouse aspects as well. 
And that's exactly what I have decided to do, a mix of all.  I am no longer going to limit my style, define my style and most certainly, I'm not going to compromise my style.
No, I'm just going to do me.


Friday, May 12, 2017

The ORC Aftermath: A Before and After Comparison

Maybe it's all this "free time" I have now or maybe I'm just not sure how to function any other way then 'under the gun' but I wanted to show a side by side comparison of the One Room Challenge I completed. I have been clearing out stuff and loading the trailer to take to the curb this weekend...and picking up after the aftermath of what is the ORC... and it got me thinking... I never really did show super good before pics... mostly cause I was embarrassed that the room looked like that. Now that it is all finished, I only feel it's right  my duty to show you how it really looked.
 Besides, who doesn't love a good before and after!
I have linked most of my products and or similar items in my 
original reveal post you can find that here.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge Week 6~ It's Show Time

It's show time folks!
Cue the Curtains! Dim the Lights!
Just kidding,
 I actually changed them out so they would be brighter!

You guys, I can't believe I made it to the finale of week 6, 
when I think back to the beginning and challenges of this room,
 and lets not forget painting that ceiling,
I. WANT. TO. CRY... 
to cry I tell seriously... tears of JOY of course:)

I'm especially proud of this room because I did it 100% on my own. As I have mentioned probably a gazillion times, my husband is Active Army and currently stationed at FT. Leonard Wood, so on this challenge, the cheese stood alone (that's me, if you didn't get that cheese reference;)

Not to beat a dead horse, but I did it all.. painting, tiling, cutting, sawing, nailing, hanging, cleaning, staging, etc... you get it... but I just wanted to make sure... on account of me being so proud and all...

This Challenge taught me that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for, it also forced me to put myself out there and socialize and meet new bloggers, and it has been wonderful. I'm super outgoing in person, but shy on the internet... I know backwards right... but for me, I like being able to read people in person, facial expressions body language, etc. So it was nice to be encouraged to talk to folks that otherwise, I would have never known about.
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