April 2018 | Raising A Farmhouse

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!
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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!!




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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 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.

Be sure to visit the other Guest Participants and featured designers here
https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/
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