Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fresh Coat of White: Week Three ~ORC

There isn't much news to share for the third week, I was hoping to have more done, but I have been slacking a bit... I did order some things such has bedding, but the weather has been nice out and I have just been wanting to be outside..
But I made a list, and I'm going to knock some things out this weekend! I have way too much to do, to just hope it gets magically done...
But my sweet parents did come over and paint the nursery and they gave it coat of Valspar Ultra White. I love how much brighter this space is looking!
As you can see, we did order the crib and Ms. Snugs was all about investigating it.
More to come soon you guys! This room will get more interesting...I promise!!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Installing a White Washed Wood Ceiling: Week Two ~One Room Challenge

This week is all about the ceiling treatment or the fifth wall as some folk refer to it.
I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was install a wood ceiling...
well actually, have my husband install a wood ceiling.
This One Room Challenge has been so difficult for me, because I am usually very hands on, and lately my back and feet just aren't haven't it!
We went with the Design Innovations Driftwood Planking from Lowes.
It was a bit more pricey then what I had originally picked out, but it would have required me to go back over with a stain to white wash it, so I felt like at this point in my pregnancy it was well worth the money to be done after it had been glued and nailed. Plus, I don't think I could have found a stain that would have made it this pretty.
 This wood is gorgeous, it has natural grey, pink, and white hues running through it.
 This was a fairly quick job, resulting in about 3 to 3.5 hours. My mom and dad helped to assist him in gluing and handing the planks, and holding the nail gun when needed.
 You may have noticed he was wearing drywall stilts, these cut out a tremendous amount of  time re-positioning a ladder. Not having to mess with that made the time go by so quickly.
He had never worn stilts before but within a few minutes, he got the hang of them. I highly recommend them if you have some ceiling work in your future. 
Just look at those colors! I'm so excited with how good this is looking!

"The right tools always make the job easier"

                                                                       - Neal K. Harvey (The Husband)

 Supply List:
We are almost done, we just have a very small sliver on the right hand side of the room that we didn't finish, it required the table saw, so I'm hoping in a couple of days we can get this knocked out.

Everything is coming along beautifully,
 tomorrow I will be 25 weeks and we are just full speed ahead!
Next week will be painting the nursery!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The French Farmhouse Nursery: Week1....One Room Challenge

I can hardly believe it's time again for the next One Room Challenge... 
and I really can't believe it's time to get this nursery done!
I ended up taking off a good month from the blog and Instagram, I just needed some time to process everything and wrap my mind around what my future will look like. Plus, I honestly just haven't felt like doing projects or even keeping the house photo ready... I know... the horror right?!?

Tomorrow, I'm officially 24 weeks and I'm so excited that things have been
 progressing along so smoothly.  Soon we will be meeting our sweet boy come the end of July.

But for now, we are going to get this show on the road for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge.
                      The One Room Challenge design event is a bi-annual 6 week 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. 

           For this spring's ORC I decided to do our nursery for our sweet Baby Boy.
And, since I love most things French and farmhouse, I'm going to create a nursery that reflects just that without being overly feminine, which will be a least for me...

Let's Set the Mood Shall We...
So as far as themes go, I'm  not really a theme person when it comes to anything, even baby rooms. I plan for this room to be very neutral, with a French Farmhouse feel and new and vintage items throughout, I kind of just pick what I like and everything usually has a very eclectic feel to it.
I will be layering another rug on top of the jute rug for a pop of color. But still very soft and neutral.
Below are some pics of how the room currently looks,
and mind you it looks way better than it ever has in the past.
This room has been mostly used as a junk room for the past 4 years and about two or three years ago, I cleaned it out and did a small makeover. I added some ship-lap and repainted the walls. However, I never touched the ceiling, it remained taupe. About a year or so ago, I found this cute vintage light and took down the ceiling fan that used to be in there and hap-haphazardly hung up this light...
Luckily I never burnt the house down!
The built ins were already here when we purchased our home and the wood floors are all throughout the house, downstairs and up, and if you are new to my blog, we purchased our home in 2012 on a Short Sale that was impending foreclosure and the home had been abandoned for almost two years. So, we have slowly been updating our home and land over the last 5 years and this is one of the last rooms to get a full makeover.
So here is the plan....
1. We wood the ceiling to give it a bit of a masculine flare.
2. Paint the room with a fresh coat of paint.
3. Repaint the furniture in the room like the dresser and the little (I don't even know what you call it) it was mine when I was a kid in my room and I'm converting it to use as a changing station.
4. Buy the Crib, Mattress and Bedding.
5. Make window treatments
6. Buy ceiling medallion and hang light correctly.
7. Get a nice Rocker
8. Rug
9. Wall D├ęcor (vintage and new)
10. Decorate Shelves and add extra storage.
11. Layers of Texture
12. Try not spend an absolute fortune.....
ha right...I think babies and fortune just go together, don't you!
I'm very excited to see how this room comes out.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back over the next six weeks, the final reveal will be on May 10th!! In the meantime, you can check out my past One Room Challenges here.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Making Over the Master Bedroom....Again....Part I

Well I'm back at it again with the bedroom...
I think it's safe to say, that it's one room that I'm never satisfied with. I don't think I have ever had a bedroom that I just absolutely loved.
So I have been on a mission to create a cozy bedroom that I love. 
For the past few years our bed has been between the windows, which I thought I loved, but I really never did. It left the wall to the west looking so large and blank. 
If it's one thing I hate, it's an empty large wall.
So I decided to move the bed back to that west wall, we originally had the bed like 
this when we first moved in. I really started to think about this layout more and more when I found out I was pregnant.Especially since I will need to fit a cradle or a bassinet in one of the corners. I wanted a room that would flow well and the layout that would provide the most space.
One of my very first projects was installing this faux brick panel wall, it never really turned out that great and honestly I regret putting it in... but it's one of those things, I didn't really know what I wanted and surely didn't have a plan as to how I wanted things to look.
When we put it up, I caulked the seams, but that was probably 3 or 4 years ago, and our house settle pretty good, so needless to say, you see the seams, and it's pretty obvious it's fake.
Such is life. At one point I asked my husband to take it down over last summer, but we had bolted it to the wall pretty good and I could tell he just really didn't want to, so I let it go.
 When we moved the bed back, I decided to try and salvage this accent wall by adding spackling paste to add texture and create a plastered looking, vintagey brick wall.
I started by adding spackle to the seams and working my way out to create a  random pattern, covering seams, screw holes and some of the seams between the actually brick pattern...
 I'm taking my time and spakling a little bit each day. Once I'm done I will paint it the same color as the walls, which is Bher Silver Polish.
I moved our red rug that I bought last year into the room.
 I would actually like to purchase a more neutral one eventually,
 but right now with the baby coming soon, other financial matters are obviously priority....
I did move the fireplace and my gold mirror into the bedroom.  I have always wanted a fireplace in our bedroom, they just feel so cozy. As you can see I need to repaint, when I repainted last time, I did not move the bed and just painted around it. 
 Ya, I know....LAZY...
So my next step will be to paint that wall, I haven't decided if I want to shiplap that wall or 
maybe just behind the fireplace?
Obviously since I robbed the fireplace from the living room, 
I will be building a new one in there... I can't wait!
 Placing the bed against the west wall, really allows so much more room.
And I love walking in and seeing the fire place and that gorgeous gold mirror.
Plus it really opens up access to the windows and allows them to 
be opened and closed so much easier, and I love allowing natural light to filter in!

So for the most part, the bedroom is in the layout I want, and it just needs some final touches.
I want to put a pretty chair where the pile of junk is by the fireplace.
I want to get a new duvet cover, something simple and probably white.
Maybe add some shiplap or some kind of wood detail to the fireplace area.
I plan to add textures with some throws, flowers and some lovely pillows.
 In this sad little corner, is where I will revamp and add a sweet little baby nook.
I will remove that corner cabinet and put a sweet little bassinet and canopy.
I will figure out some kind of decor for the dresser, 
even tho nothing I put there ever looks good to me.
And I will figure out another place to house my fan and purifier... a little less out of sight... however...I can't sleep without the noise.
I will have updates soon!
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 23, 2018

18 weeks

Today I am officially 18 weeks!
So far so good, my motion sickness has subsided and as long as I stay away from fried foods, 
I don't get any upset tummies.

My energy is coming back and I'm ready to start working on projects around the house again,
I'm making some changes to my decor, 
some finalization and some decor color choices that I can live with long term. 
I decided a long time ago I would quit my job when I became a mom, so since I won't have extra money anymore, I won't be changing my home decor as frequently as I used too. Well, I really won't be changing it all...

So I will have some projects coming up on the blog soon that are more decor focused.
So fret not, I'm not turning into a mommy blog...although you will see some of that...

We find out Monday if we are having a little boy or girl, 
so once we know we will start making choices for the nursery. 
However I am going to save the nursery for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE 
that will start in April. I'm so excited, I can't wait to find out what we are having!
We really don't have a preference and the nursery won't change much, really just whether or not we need bunny wall paper or floral wall paper:)

I'll let you know the good news soon!
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Oh Baby!

Look out world, cause shit just got real!
That's right friends, we are having a first child and we couldn't be any more excited, nervous and bit overwhelmed... but I'm sure that's nothing new for any new parent.
I have been so quiet lately and if you follow me on IG @raisingafarmhouse then this isn't new to you... but I wanted to put it on here, just for those who don't follow me on social media.
Today I am officially 16 weeks and so far so good.
Because I am 36 years old, I'm considered "Advanced Maternal" which means I'm high risk for certain genetic abnormalities. If you haven't ever heard of this term before,  any woman over the age of 35 is considered Advanced Maternal... basically in the world of pregnancy and doctors your womb is considered archaic, and you are treated as such.
The only benefit to being considered Advanced Maternal is,
 I get extra Ultra Sounds and all of these Ultrasounds are 4D.
 Which is pretty neat, even tho you can't really see much at this point.
However, I currently have about two apts. per month, which I have been told the normal is 1, so going from...pretty much Never going to the doctor, to going every two weeks is quite the adjustment.
And I have been offered every genetic test under the sun,
 which tends to start to defeat the good vibes of the pregnancy.
Our second Ultra Sound, which was performed at a High Risk Perinatal center went extremely well. Because they found nothing out of the ordinary, I declined any further testing. My personal belief is I would never terminate because the child wasn't perfect, so to me it doesn't matter.

Knowing or not knowing doesn't change anything to me personally.
I did not want to stress myself out in this pregnancy and I did a lot of research, and the only sure fire way to know if there are any abnormalities is to perform a amniocentesis, which carries a risk of miscarriage. Again, my mind thoughts were "so what if it does" it still doesn't change a thing, it's our child and we will love it. Period. The End.
In 2014 we had a miscarriage, we were not trying and I honestly had no idea I was pregnant at the time. I had just starting working for Hobby Lobby as a Photo Stylist and it was the worse and most stressful/physically demanding job I had ever had. I have no doubt in my mind that the stress and physical labor contributed to my miscarriage. And because of my raging hormones, I ended up being forced to quit. That's another story for another time... but Hobby Lobby is not what you think it is... or maybe it is... it always depends on our perception right...
Needless to say, I didn't know I was pregnant until I had a miscarriage, which never affected me until I got pregnant this go around and the extreme paranoia of losing this baby kicked in. So, as much as I gripe about being made to feel so old for a first child, I am extremely grateful for all the extra attention I do receive, and thus far, we are expected to bring a healthy baby into this world around July 27, 2018.
I find out the sex at the end of this month... I honestly have no preference, I just want a healthy happy and well rounded human being:)
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