Thursday, May 21, 2015

Farmhouse kitchen makeover

For those of you who may be new here,  
We rent this home. 
 My childhood farmhouse.
 Story of how we came to live here, 

Hopefully this post can shed a little inspiration on making a big difference with a little bit of money. 
Granted,  my landlord gives me free reign of the place (he's my dad)
Good thing I'm his favorite daughter :)
 But...We do have to factor in keeping any changes low cost,
 based on the fact that they wont be coming with us. 
So this is for you! 
You renters ,
 Homeowners on a budget, 
 or those who just want to freshen up your space.

Paint is your friend!
Hands down, paint will give you the biggest bang for your buck!

 Our home started out with everything original to its 1970's origins.
Here's the befores with all it's knotty pine ceiling and dark trim.

The first couple of years here, 
I painted everything I could get my hands on,
except this brick chimney.  

It's the one thing my dad wanted kept original
 and I was a little hesitant knowing it was irreversible.  
After several years, dad softened up and I was tired of living with the 
"should I" scenario

Finally EVERYTHING got painted!  
I love how it brightens up the whole space!

Check out that Before and After!

It involved
1. Paint
                                                                           2. switching out the light fixture (which I'll be                                                                  able to take with me!) and
                                 3.  $300 for a laminate floor

That's it!



Although it's not my dream home, the outside needs a WHOLE lotta TLC!,
(If you need more convincing, you can catch  a glimpse of the outside)
 Here ;)

This kitchen is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house.  
It helps keep me in denial and look away from the leaking roof, peeling and cracked plaster walls and 
unkempt yard. :)

So for now, we'll claim our victory with paint!

 Wall color: SW Silver Mist 7621
                              White: SW Pure White 7005
    Chairs: Ikea
                    light: Ballard Designs

Need more encouragement and convincing to embrace the home you're in?
Grab "The Nesters Book" for your next summer read.


You can find her
She'll have you conquering your "dream home" demons in no time!
Her decorating motto...
"It doesn't have to be perfect to be Beautiful!"  Work with what you have!
 She's a former repeat renter who quit waiting for her dream home long ago.
 If you haven't discovered her yet,  GO!....And you're welcome ;)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We're over at today sharing our farmhouse childhood bedroom makeover!

It's done with 100% second hand furnishings!

Come see the transformation here:

I think our local resident is thrilled with the results!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chalk Paint Review and Hutch Makeover!

Hey Guys, 
Just dropping in to show you a fun hutch makeover we just completed.
If you follow us on Instagram you've seen a few sneak peaks but we 
also wanted  to give our take on this new chalk paint product we used. 

We've been painting furniture for over 5 years now.  
A lot of pieces have come by our brushes,
 but we had yet to try any of the chalk paints that we've all seen all over blog land.
Cost mostly.
  We usually can get paint at a huge discount (whether its a mistint or from our local ReStore or leftover from a home project)
So we couldn't rationalize the price points of chalk paint,
 not to mention the limited options in color.
Until now!
BBFROSCH chalk paint powder is a $10 powder that transforms any existing flat paint
of your choice and color into chalk paint.
We thought we'd give it a try! 
For $10 bucks we wanted to see for ourselves!

Spoiler Alert!
We like!

I found this piece off our local craigslist.
It was in Perfect condition!
A rarity. 
The previous owner had purchased it in Singapore.
  I ALMOST felt guilty painting over the flawless wood
Can't help myself!
The beauty of chalk paint is that you're able to avoid the prep step of sanding and priming 
all together!
let's skip the monotonous stuff
and jump right into the fun!
That's the big draw for us.

So once I'd mixed the powder into my paint,
I just brushed it on.
It went surprisingly far.
I covered the whole outside of this hutch with just over 2 cups.

At this point in the process, I still hadn't seen any big differences in all the hundreds of paint pieces I've tackled before.
EXCEPT for being able to skip the prep step.
Can I get another Hallelujah!

It sat in this state for several days with me feeling uninspired by the piece.
 I distressed it!
That's where I could see the difference from traditonal paint.
It distressed with such ease, 
and beautifully!
I knew I wanted this one heavily distressed to show off all the detail.

Distressing it brought this piece to life!
I distressed it with my orbital sander as usual but this time it came off with such ease and left patterns in the piece that looked so much more natural.
Plus the time saved on skipping the whole sanding before painting step.

 Get a sneak peak at my newly painted chimney. :)

The original wood inside the hutch was beautiful. 
I was tempted to leave it as is, but it was so dark you couldn't see anything once the doors were shut.
So glad the paintbrush won again.

This blue is Valspars Sea Air
You can find it in their spring line of their $3 sample colors

The white is Valspars White Dove
Both paints were done in a flat finish (as recommended by BBFROSCH)

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!
This piece would be beautiful as is,
 in a kitchen or 
for linens in a Master Bath, or a Boutique, to display product.

I know! I know! I can't stop taking pictures!
She's so purdy!!

The inside blue paint was watered down just enough to give a whitewashed effect and  leave some of the character of the beautiful wood exposed.

How many armoires is too many?
I want to keep them all!

Traditional paint still has its place for sure,
 but I was very pleased with our first attempt using the chalk paint powder.
 And when it came to the distressing, 
I think it made ALL the difference.
I'm excited to try it again on some future pieces for sure!
We'll be sure and keep you updated!
We love to hear good honest reviews of a product before using them
to save us all time and money. 
Let us know your experience with this chalk paint!
We'd love to know!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bedroom Set Makeover

Hey Guys!
We're over at All Things Thrifty today sharing this fun Bedroom Set Makeover!
Speaking of bedrooms,
 check out Brooke's fun makeover she did on her bedroom ceiling!  The girl knows how to cram style in every square inch!
 I'm thinking a wall treatment would look amazing!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ballard Designs Knock-off Shingle Mirror

There's a fun story that goes along with this picture on how to make your own 
Huge Oversized shingle mirror!

We hold our "Fancy Farmgirls" Sale out of a not so fancy shed.

It is full of memories and character and........
Which provides a magical dappled light effect which we LOVE
it rains!
We watch the weather in the weeks coming up to our sales
and we cross our fingers a lot
and send a few prayers heavenward
that the rain will be great AFTER the sale.

And each windstorm that comes up
adds a bit more "character" to the shed with a lot of new
nature made "skylights".
We grumble and gather the shingles scattered around the property and toss them in the trash

We saw THIS!

We need a wind storm!

Liz disassembled an existing mirror.
You can also purchase mirror rounds at the craft stores.

 Use the old school "nail and string" method to trace out a circle that is about the circumference of your mirror and shingles.
This will serve as the backing for support to glue  your mirror and shingles. 
Cut out your circle knowing you don't have to be perfect on your
cuts, because it will all be covered up.
Let go of your inner perfectionist (if you have one).
I don't;)

Using mirror adhesive, center the mirror on your wood backing.
Using wood glue, glue on your shingles in an overlapping pattern

How cool is that?!

We have a sentimental piece of our childhood
turned into a piece of art.

And suddenly.....
I like wind storms.:)