Friday, April 17, 2015

Guest Room Revisted

Goodness, we are long overdue an update on what's happening around here! I have several projects 99% finished but waiting on that 1% before I share them. (I think I have a problem with project completion.) I'm currently working on a bigger project and it is consuming a lot of my time because I have a deadline of sorts. I have a friend getting married the beginning of May and we will be hosting guests over the wedding. This project needs completed before then because it's the GUEST ROOM.

Over four years ago when I began blogging (completely on a whim), I shared about the Victorian Room which is our guest room. The room had been redone for several years before I shared it. It was redone before we lost our little girl. When I did the room, I had dreams of it being a little girl's room someday. God saw fit to take our little girl to Heaven and give her a MUCH BETTER room. Time went by and I got the itch to redo the room and make it a combination guest room and sewing room. It might seem ridiculous to some that I am redoing a room so soon when there are other rooms that need it worse but it was a painful reminder to me of the girl I'll (likely) never have.

For over a year I gathered ideas and began making purchases when items I wanted would go on a good sale. I wanted a neutral room so I could change out accessories when I got the urge to change it up. I love the navy and green color combination. Interestingly, a Pinterest search didn't yield much with that color combo for a room. The one room that came up led me to a really neat blog: rooms FOR rent. This is not the way her living room currently looks but I liked the color combination. I wanted these colors but less of them. I have yet to put my room together so I don't know if I'll achieve my vision. I encourage you to visit Bre's blog if you like farmhouse style. She's got some great ideas!

Back to the guest room. Like I said, I've been planning this makeover for over a year. When my friend announced that she was getting married, I decided that was my deadline. I wanted to have it finished before her wedding. Hubby was already on board for a redo so it was just up to me to decide when. As if in confirmation that the timing was right, one of the groom's cousins contacted me about staying here over the wedding.

Since I had redone the room about 6 years ago, I thought it would be a simple matter of just pulling off the 'easy to remove' wallpaper I had hung and I would be painting in no time. I should have known better since nothing is that easy in this house. I THOUGHT when I had removed the wallpaper the first time I redid the room that I had taken it down to drywall. But when I started peeling off the wallpaper this time, I discovered that there was actually old wallpaper under the paint. Ugh! And to make it worse, they had never primed the drywall before hanging the wallpaper so it was like peeling paper off of paper. So I painstakingly worked at it and was able to get most of it off without damaging the drywall. There was a patch on one wall that the paper came off the drywall when I peeled the wallpaper off. I had a lot of repairing to do to the spackling because when I soaked the wallpaper to get it off, it softened the original spackling on the nail holes and joints. FINALLY, after a lot of work, I was ready to paint.

I ran into another problem when I pulled up the nasty pink carpet. Instead of carpet padding underneath like I expected, there was another older layer of nasty pink carpet. EWWW! And this layer had the the black foam backing that had literally glued itself to the plywood subfloor. I scraped the whole thing with a scraper but there was still a fair amount of foam so I started in with a wire brush. My arm got tired after about 1/4 of the way through so my DH finished it for me while I followed him around with the shop vac. Then I was ready to try my hand at laying vinyl plank flooring. There was a small learning curve but it was very easy. The hardest part was being down on the floor. This old lady got pretty sore. :)

My facebook followers already saw a sneak peak but here is one for those who didn't see it:

This old farmhouse has mostly wide, old pine trim but for some reason, this room didn't. I searched online (craiglist, etc.) for someone with some for sale that would match but came up empty-handed. Since it is a fairly simple design, DH said he could make me some at Uncle's cabinet shop. He whipped it out in no time yesterday and I painted it last night. I'm hoping to get it installed tomorrow. I'm excited to see it coming together! I'll share more in a later post.

Before I go, I want to share a list of the 99% completed projects so I'm accountable to get them finished. My goal is to finish them all this summer. Here is the list:

  • Kitchen Island
  • Main bathroom (HOW long ago did I start that?!)
  • Pantry
  • A few furniture makeovers
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

It's GIVEAWAY time!

Hey Farmhouse Friends!

If you follow me on facebook, you already know that we hit 600 followers on the page. Woo Hoo! I'm having a giveaway to celebrate the occasion. A $50 gift card to Target is up for grabs. The only requirement is that you 'like' my facebook page. That's it! Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

I have some projects nearing completion and hope to be able to share them on here soon! Check back!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

MMS Inspired Hand-painted Empire Buffet~Trash to Treasure

 Yesterday, one year ago, my sister-in-law texted me as I was working in our one rental house. She had seen something out for garbage pick up that she thought I might want. Since I was not in the area, she conned her hubby (my hubby's brother) to help her load it and get it to her garage. It was an antique empire style buffet.
To fully appreciate what it looks like now, you need to see what I started with.
When my DH and I went to pick it up, he and his brother tried hard to discourage me from taking it home. But, if you've been around on the blog any length of time, you know I love a makeover challenge.

We brought it home and it sat. And sat. And DH threatened to burn it because it was occasionally in his way and he couldn't see the vision. :) This fall, I finally started in. At first glance, it didn't look too bad but upon closer inspection, it was really rough. It was covered with dirt. It has veneer that was badly chipping and peeling. The top was splintered and in pretty bad shape.
The first thing I did was use DH's air compressor and take the first layer of dirt off. Then I got the garden hose and a scrub brush and scrubbed it down. After I let it dry, I made a plan of attack. The top was too far gone so I tossed it. Where the veneer was loose, I scraped it off. Then I filled in with Bondo (yep, the car body stuff) and wood putty. After sanding it down and cleaning it again, I painted it with MMS milk paint in Shutter Gray.

This particular buffet was rather plainly styled and I felt it needed some 'fancying up'. Using this buffet for my inspiration, I sketched a design for the doors and drawers. I then traced it off and using white craft paint, I painted it on. Finally, I finished it with MMS white wax. For a top, I found thick slabs of pine at Menards. It was too big so DH cut it down to size using Uncle's fancy saws. I wanted to keep it light to match the soft, light look of the body. I also wanted to minimize the yellowness of the pine. I used Minwax Early American stain which is a nice brown without being too dark. I did one coat of stain and then 2 coats of MMS furniture wax (after the stain was dry). I painted the interior white and lined the drawers with scrapbook paper. The bottom of the bottom drawer was really sagging and splintered so I replaced it. I finished the buffet off with new knobs from Hobby Lobby and now it awaits a new home.

And a side by side:

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Surprise! It's Giveaway Time!

In the spirit of all things HOLIDAY and to thank you for following along here at
The Olde Farmhouse, I'm giving away $25!

Begins on Tuesday, November 18 @ 5p.m. and ends on Saturday, November 22 @ 11:59 p.m.
You will have your choice of 8 options for the place to spend your gift card. Open to residents of US only. For your entry to qualify, you must follow me in some way: facebook, GFC, Bloglovin, Google +, Pinterest, or Etsy. All entries will be verified. Unqualified entries will be deleted. Winner will be announced within 48 hours. 

Go HERE to enter

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In the which the Farmhouse Kitchen gets painted cabinets {and wooden countertops}

Here it is; the post some of you have been patiently waiting on. It's posts like these that make me wish I had mad photography skills (like my friend Wendy) but I did my best to show you how awesome my kitchen looks now.

I neglected to take a full set of before photos but I do have just enough to show you how drab and dull my cabinets were. They look so different now. In fact, my sister-in-law was here over the weekend and saw them for the first time. She (mostly jokingly) remarked that she thought she went into the wrong kitchen. It really does look like a totally different room. Enough blathering. I know you really want to see what I'm talking about. So.....
I didn't get them from quite the same angle but hopefully this side by side gives you an idea of the vast improvement. (How do you like my little photobomber?) :)

You may have noticed I had already started tearing off wallpaper and removing hardware in these 2 pictures. I literally decided to paint my cabinets that week and started in immediately. After working awhile, it occurred to me that I should take some before pictures so I snapped these few but unfortunately, it doesn't show some things that we changed. When I started, I was ONLY going to paint the cabinets but then I got the idea to move my stove to the other side of the kitchen (it was tucked in beside the refrigerator and I never like feeling hemmed in while I was cooking) and install a microwave above it. The microwave had always resided on the countertops and hogged precious horizontal surface. Quite some time ago, I had gotten an older GE under-the-cabinet microwave for $40. It was pretty dirty and although I had been assured when I bought it that it worked, I had never tested it.

So anyway, the refrigerator and stove were beside each other with a 10" cabinet between them. The fridge was so big that it stuck out past the doorway trim and bothered me. So, with hubby's approval and help, I set out to improve the layout of the kitchen. I moved the stove straight across the kitchen to where we had torn out a desk soon after we moved here. (My Hoosier had been sitting there.) On either side of the stove, we added cabinets. On the right, we put the 10" cabinet that had been between the stove and fridge. On the left, a cabinet that I had previously rescued from Uncle Cabinet Maker's burn pile. Hubby made that into a pull-out trash can cabinet using a door from one of the upper cabinets that we were no longer using. Above the stove we used a cut-down cabinet and mounted the microwave to it. A friend with electrical experience did the wiring for us. (The microwave works great, by the way.) So. much. better!
 Now on the other side where the stove had been we had a space. I was game to put in some odds and ends from the Habitat ReStore but hubby wanted to build one. Using Uncle's shop, knowledge, and help, he built a 36" base cabinet. We didn't have any more leftover doors/drawers so he used something from Uncle's discard pile. It's noticeably different but similar enough to be okay.
In the space above, we used another cut-down cabinet (When we moved here, it had been on the wall above where the stove currently is sitting.). It has an open area that I use for displaying my Celebrating Home stoneware.
This sweet little butter dish isn't Celebrating Home but I sure love it. I just picked it up at TJMaxx this week. I have been looking and looking for a butter dish that isn't just blah. This one looks so "farmhousey" and it didn't break the bank. I think it was only $5.
Here is full view:
I was planning to reuse the hardware but DH didn't like that it was all knobs so he told me if I could find something I liked under $4, he would buy new. Challenge accepted! I found what I liked but unfortunately, they were NOT under $4 each. So I kept searching different websites until I found one that had them under $4 and free shipping! Score! (At the end of the post, I will provide a link.) I love how they look! We did reuse the hinges and honestly they are not noticeably different from the knobs/pulls.
So now that we did all the changing around, that countertops were an issue. Again, I was willing to just put in some odd pieces from the ReStore to fill in the gaps but hubby wasn't happy with that. Since it was his wallet, I wasn't going to argue with him. ;) We priced new laminate but since we plan to upgrade our flimsy cabinets in the future, we wanted to go a less expensive route this time and do nicer countertops with the new cabinets. We tossed around other ideas and for awhile, DH was seriously considering attempting concrete countertops. He watched lots of YouTube videos and priced forms but ultimately decided it was too risky. The next option (and obviously the one we went with) was wooden countertops. This route cost us around $500 (less than half the laminate quote) but COUNTLESS hours. DH (with Uncle's help) did 95% of the work. Using Uncle's shop, tools, advice, and help, he sawed hard maple lumber into strips, glued them together, sanded them down, etc. I'm not going to go into detail on how he made and installed these but I will just say, he's a perfectionist and the countertops are lovely. I used Minwax dark walnut stain and Waterlox sealer on them.

And a few more shots 'just because':

See how smooth and hard this paint is? HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend!

Top of the refrigerator
And now, I never really addressed what paint I used and how hard the cabinets were to paint. So let's take care of that before I go. After much online research and reading of reviews, I decided to use Insl-X Cabinet Coat Acrylic Satin Enamel. I was able to find it locally at one of our Ace hardware stores that is a Insl-X dealer but I bought their last gallon and she told me they wouldn't be carrying it any longer. So, I HAD to make that gallon do my whole project. I could have bought online and had it tinted (Swiss Coffee) at Lowes or Menards but I didn't really want to risk it not matching. The steps I took to paint the cabinets are as follows:
#1. Remove knobs
#2. Wash cabinets good with TSP and tape off any areas not being painted.
#3. Fill any holes with spackling. Let dry and sand smooth.
#4. Number all the doors and remove. It's nice if you have an area you can set up sawhorses and lay them all out at once. I did it in my workshop and I had to lay them out in 2 batches.
#5. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Kilz or BIN
#6. Paint 2 coats of paint on the cabinet faces and doors/drawers. Because I was trying to conserve paint, I only painted the backs of the doors with one coat of paint.
#7. Let dry and cure the recommended time and re-install.
#8. Put your hardware on and stand back and admire your hard work.

Ok, it's not quite that simple. :) The actual painting is not hard. The hard part is having your kitchen torn up while trying to carry on normal life. Obviously, this is not very detailed instructions. Because this post is getting too long, I will leave it at this. If there are enough questions on the how-to, I will do a separate post and address the questions. For now, I've kept it simple.

The hardware I used is:


If you use these names and do a google search, you can probably find them for a better price if you are buying quantity. Menards also has these in stock of you live near one of them.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Heads up!

Hi everyone!

Just popping in for a quick heads-up. Last week, we finally installed and finished the countertops in the kitchen so early next week, I'm hoping to share pictures here on the blog.

Also, we are VERY close to 200 GFC followers here and almost 300 on Facebook. When we reach both those milestones..... A GIVEAWAY! Woot! So if you know someone with similar interests that might be interested in following along here at The Olde Farmhouse, spread the word.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for the update next week!


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