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!
http://rstyle.me/cz-n/ctrgbxb8g77

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 :)




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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!

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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.

THE INSPIRATION

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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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!


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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 it...like 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!


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DIY Farmstead Sign

Morn'in!
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.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week One


Hello!!
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!
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