Having lived in our house for nearly a year, which I feel is the minimum required time to really to know a space, I thought it was high time I post some photos of our little farmhouse’s transformation. I forget sometimes how much work was done for us and though it may not be my “forever” home, I never want to forget to be grateful for this beautiful place I get to live, so let’s dive in!
These before photos are from a walk-through we did with my in-laws long before there was even a glimmer of hope we’d get to move in. I’d had my eyes on the place for years, but had been told time and time again not to get my hopes up and that it was impossible for us to live here. But I knew. I knew from the moment I set foot in the door that me and this house were meant to be and so I nursed a secret, quiet hope that someday we would be united. And nearly a year later we were painting walls and fixing toilets and laying new floors.
To be honest, we haven’t done too terrible much to the outside. Last fall we did a major yard clean up, hacked some of the overgrown yard back to a somewhat manageable state, trimmed trees and cleared the beds of weeds.
Taylor built me some beautiful garden boxes this spring which have produced quite the summer’s bounty and I filled the back patio with fresh herbs for clipping. We enjoyed our green grass until this summer’s heat sucked the life out of it and now we are thoroughly enjoying the return of the green as the fall rain sets in. I can’t wait until the house looks fresh and clean again from winter rains. Right now we are still kind of covered in a coat of dust from the fields, inside and out. But such is life on the farm!
The bedrooms in this house all looked pretty much exactly the same before we got our hands on them. Dark, dingy carpet, outdated light fixtures and way too many window coverings. We tore out all the window treatments, coated the rooms from top to bottom in a layer of Behr Coastal Beige and replaced the fixtures with these from Home Depot (these in the smaller spaces). We refinished hardwood floors in the bedroom downstairs and in one of the rooms upstairs, and carpeted the two larger bedrooms (and hallway) upstairs since their hardwoods couldn’t be salvaged. Once we found out about Teeny Martini, we installed a window a/c unit in our bedroom window and thank God! we did. I’m not sure I would have survived the summer without it. The downstairs bedroom became my catering room, storing all of my items out in the open to be easily accessed and hauled out to the car.
It’s been so wonderful to have the space to house family and friends and even take on a roommate in the form of our future sister-in-law!
I’m only giving you a peek at the catering room and our bedroom, as Teeny’s room isn’t done and the other bedroom is currently occupied by our soon-to-be SIL, but I’ll give an update on those rooms once they are a little more put together. Between the Craigslist dresser and the new bed I got for my birthday, our room has had quite the upgrade in the last couple months. Since I took these photos, I found some curtains, but I still need to hang the new copper wall sconces and find a chair for those middle of the night nursing sessions. Thinking maybe the striped one in the living room will make it’s way upstairs.
Bed. Nightstands. Quilt (in Ivory). Pillowcases. Throw Pillows (Joss & Main, old). Euro Pillow Covers. Dresser (Craigslist). Metal Letters. Moses Basket + Stand (Craigslist). Lamps (Target, old). Bench (family heirloom).
This one kind of cracks me up because things don’t look all that different in the two pictures. In reality, I took an entire container of Comet to the bathtub, we painted every square inch Behr Ultra White and I hung a few things on the wall, but to tell you the truth, I kind of liked the vibe they had going on in there and did my best to imitate it. Being the only bathroom in the house, this baby is a workhorse and I wanted it to be simple, functional and easy to keep clean.
Shower curtain. Rug. Artwork above toilet (on opposite wall).
I still need to find a roman shade I like for that window and maybe replace the fixtures at some point, but overall, this bathroom works quite well for us. We do have a half bath downstairs, but I’ve hardly done a thing in there besides paint so I’m not bothering to show it.
I was so thrilled this house had a quirky little space in the back corner of the house that could easily become a pretty great office. It has a roomy closet and that gorgeous built-in you see above, and even came equipped with a manual pencil sharpener, which everyone seems to comment on. But the walls were dirty and covered in cobwebs, the carpet was ripped, stained and musty and the blinds on both windows made it dark and gloomy.
Ripping up the carpet, we found the original hardwoods were in immaculate condition, especially in this little room. The dark wood trim looked new and bright against freshly painted walls and ceilings, and a schoolhouse light added a little class to the place.
Taylor made the wall mounted shelves for me and I was thrilled to discover that my antique pantry, originally rescued from a Minnesota farmhouse, fit perfectly against an open wall. It works really great for me to have an entire space where I can hide away and get some work done, especially when there’s a lot going on in the summertime. The views out the window aren’t half bad either, especially around sunset.
Desk. Chair. Wall-Mount Shelves (2″x6″s and brackets from Home Depot). Aqua Shelves (Craigslist).
Dining/Living Rooms (Before):
Biggest issues in this front room: terrible carpet, super heavy window coverings on every window, dingy walls and outdated light fixtures. We painted every square inch besides the trim, ripped up the carpet and refinished the original hardwoods, swapped out light fixtures, and happily removed every single window covering. The light in this room is incredible, especially in the winter, and I’m hard pressed to leave it every day for my morning walk.
Dining/Living Rooms (After):
Though there are plenty of things I’d still like to change as far as furniture goes in both of these rooms, I’m also very content with the way we’ve made use of what we have. We inherited two large area rugs from Taylor’s grandparents, and though they’re not what I probably would have picked out on my own, they’ve been a perfect temporary solution.
We still love our couch and get a ton of use out of it, but it was so great to find the ticking stripe chair on Craigslist (for only $50!) and to “borrow” the rocker from Taylor’s childhood room for a little more seating in this room. We’ve also really loved having a coffee table for the first time in our lives and I love the little baskets full of Cash’s toys (and soon to be diapers!) that we’re able to stash underneath. I’ve yet to master the mantle arrangement, having to work around that built-in nook, but I’m determined I’ll find the perfect set up someday. Perhaps at Christmas time when my Nutcracker collection makes its grand debut. Though the rocker and pouf have been transplanted to the baby’s room and the striped chair will probably end up in ours, I’ve been keeping my eye on Craigslist for the perfect wingback chairs to take their place. I’d love something I can get recovered in a nice textured linen.
Couch. Reading lamp. Side table. Coffee table (borrowed from MIL). Glass lamp (thrifted). Fire screen (Target, old). Ticking stripe chair (Craigslist). Pouf. TV Stand (IKEA, old). Dining Table (custom made). Chairs.
The kitchen is probably my favorite room in this house. It has the best moody light, a large window that overlooks the driveway so I can watch my husband and pup playing in the side yard, and a ton of storage and counter space. The giant, two-compartment farmhouse sink doesn’t hurt either. But before we got our hands on it, this kitchen was DATED. Stained linoleum, metal pulls on the cabinets that had long come undone, hideous light fixtures and curtains everywhere, and ancient appliances. Despite the fact that I convinced my in-laws to let me keep that vintage fridge with it’s built-in egg cartons, it sadly died on us earlier this summer.
Though it was already my favorite room in the house, the kitchen is definitely the most “complete,” in my mind, even though there is still a ton I’d like to do in there someday. Before moving in we painted the walls and ceiling, changed all the metal pulls out for oil-rubbed bronze ones, put in a new, vintage-style vinyl floor and some gorgeous bead board in the nook. We changed the light fixtures and replaced the sink faucet. We were also lucky enough to get a brand new oven and dishwasher, which were later joined by this beautiful GE Artistry model fridge once our vintage fridge bit the big one.
The hutch of dreams, which my MIL and I drove down to Bend to pick up, houses my canned goods and supplies and serves as an extra pantry space. We originally intended to put a small kitchen table and chairs in the nook, but now I can’t imagine anything other than that big beautiful hutch taking up that space. Almost a year in this home and my little kitchen is full of memories of good meals, long days of prep and hundreds of loads of dishes.
Someday I’d love to take out the upper cabinets and replace them with open shelving, swap out the old countertops for butcher block, put up some white subway tile and install a nice, big apron sink in front of that window, but for now I am perfectly content here in my little white sanctuary.
So there she be! Our little old farmhouse. It’s been pretty fun to put my “nesting” instincts to good use and clean and organize all the corners of our home this fall. So sincerely looking forward to welcoming a new little resident in December.