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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

DIY Vintage Book Stacks

Hey guys! I hope your week is starting off really good, 
I have two Dr.'s Apt, this week so that always puts a damper in the middle of my week. 
I hate having to stop what I'm doing to routine check ups.. but such is life!
A while back I made these super cute vintage book stacks for my living room and I knew I wanted some for my nursery, you can see that reveal here.
So, I wanted to share with you how I make these super simple DIY uncovered book stacks.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Update: We have Blackberries and Tomatoes!!

Ever since we moved to our property, I have wanted to create a garden of sorts. 
You can read about my original plans here
Once I got chickens however, my ideas changed.
I moved from wanting a flower garden and something just pretty to look at to wanting a more functional farmstead. Don't get me wrong, I still desire is to "look good" but I'm really wanting to embrace the whole till the earth/live of the land... just a little bit...
I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to give you an update!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New livingroom rug and a redesigned wall

Ever since I started designing the nursery, 
I knew I needed to make some changes 
to our living room and dining room.... and even our kitchen.
You know when you redo one room and you love it so much and you feel like it makes all the other rooms look like crap? Well that's totally what our nursery did to the rest of our house.
So, I decided to make some changes. Since I am not working anymore and will not return to work after the baby is born, I decided to think about what I love and what I can live with long term, especially since I won't have extra money to be changing things on a whim.... and I love farmhouse decor. I mean I'm trying to run a blog on the basis of "Raising a Farmhouse" and there for a while my home decor was going away from the Farmhouse aspect... 
So when I think about what I love the most about farmhouse decor, it has to be jute rugs, ticking stripe patterns, blue and white china, crystal chandeliers, neutral colors, oh and white pitchers....

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

French Farmhouse Nursery Reveal: One Room Challenge

Welcome friends! If you are new to my site, thank you for stopping by! I honestly didn't know whether or not I would be able wrap up this project for the final reveal in time or not. With all the shenanigans we have had at the farm with the snakes and the chickens, to Dr.'s Apts. to just last minute set backs, this Spring ORC has truly been a challenge.
But as with most things, anything worth while is usually a challenge!
So, I'm dying to give you a tour of OUR French Farmhouse Nursery!
Raising A Farmhouse

Thursday, May 3, 2018

I made the curtain: Week 5 ORC

I'm a bit late on my 5th week ORC post,
 usually I have my alarm set and I'm ready to hit publish by the start time, 
but this week, not so much!
I'm officially in my third Trimester and I'm starting to feel it... I worked my tail off over the weekend, even tho I feel like I don't have much to show for it, I still worked it off, and come Monday morning, I was like "wait. Hold Up. I'm tired."
So I have been trying to play catch up ever since. This weekend will be another busy weekend, as I scramble to get his room together!
But let's get on with it, and I'll show you what I need to still do...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Furniture Makeover: Week 4~ One Room Challenge

Week four is all wrapped up and we are now heading into week 5!
I can't believe this challenge is almost over... I feel  like this one is zooming by faster then the last.
When I look at the room, I feel like I haven't accomplished much, but when I take a look at my list, I have really knocked out some large items. 
What I don't have yet, is on order too... so that's good news.
For week four I really focused on getting the furniture painted, 
the wood ceiling finished, and the extra decor ordered or bought and cleaning out the shelves.
And as you can see, I got my bedding in! I love it!!!!
It's from Restoration Hardware and it looks so stinking pretty on that crib!
I still need to steam it, but I just had to put it on and show you:)
So this gem of a dresser made its debut in the first week of my post.
This is how she originally looked too..
I got this dresser given to me by a friend, it was her mom's and had been sitting in their garage for quite some time. Her husband wanted it out... here's where I come in...and get this, he actually said to me, "Are you sure you want this? It's just MDF crap!...lol I strapped it on to my husband's back as quickly as I could and made haste out of that garage!
I have seen women pay big money for MDF crap!! LOL  I actually ran a booth back in 2013-2014 time frame at one of those little antique malls and so they gave it to me to redo and sale in my booth... but I loved it so much... I knew eventually if I had a child I would want to use it in the nursery,
so I held on to it for that long and not painting it to see what
I would have and how I would want it to look.
And here is the final result.
I started off with a base coat of Rustoleum Aged Grey Chalk paint.
I then sealed that coat with a polyacrylic top coat and applied a
coat of Sweet Pickens Milk Paint in Flour Sack.
I wanted the dresser to really be chippy and have the grey chipping through the white coat.
Well that's  not really what I got...here's where I get angry {sorry}, Milk paint is such a fickle bitch!
If you want that shit to peel, it won't and when you want it to stay and you add a bonding agent, it still peels. I thought by sealing the coat of chalk paint it would provide a non porous surafce for the Milk paint to chip... and usually it does... I had no problems when I did my fireplace, but this time it didn't... and when it did in {very small spots}, it ended up peeling up the chalk paint.
I was frustrated and pissed, because as usual, things weren't looking like how I thought they should look in my head. But I remembered, I had some clear wax and aging dust.
So I ended up dry brushing on some more of the Aged Grey paint, 
just lightly over the white and then thicker on the edges.
In the end, I ended up very happy with the results, even after all the bitching and moaning.
It looked as close as It could have in my head with out completely chipping all over. 
And do you remember this piece? I talked about it in my first post..
This was part of my child hood furniture from when 
I was around 7 or 8 till I graduated high school...
I think it was some part of the desk system.. it was a whole matching suite...
Anyways, along time ago, my parents brought  it over, not sure why and not sure why they even kept it. But they wanted it out of their house and dumped it off at mine.. but I'm so glad they did, because I was able to make it over into a changing table station.
I ended up  adding legs, and a top railing. 
I did the same process as the other dresser and again, it chipped even less.. 
but by then, I could care less... I was pretty much already defeated...
But I am somewhat happy with how it came out and I'm happy it has sentimental value.
It may not look it, but it is pretty large and it fits a changing pad, I just haven't gotten one yet...
I also may get new handles... my husband likes them, but I'm not sure I do. 
I just don't think he wants to potentially drill any holes.
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 Décor (vintage and new)
10. Decorate Shelves and add extra storage.
11. Layers of Texture
12. Try not spend an absolute fortune..... {update: too late...}

I ordered the ceiling medallion, the rocker, a little lamb rocker and I need to make the window treatments... and then just get everything decorated, layered, set up and ready to photograph.
As you can see, I got the shelves cleaned off, 
I need to clean and maybe do some touch up painting on them.
So... I will have a very busy week 5!
But I wanted to share the general look and layout of the room with you! It feels so good to have this room cleaned out. I'm so ready to see the final reveal!
Thanks for stopping by!


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!
Thanks for stopping by!

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 challenge...at 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 Décor (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!

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