Category Archives: White Cottage Farmhouse

Kitchen Renovation: Shiplap Wall Complete

Today was an exciting day at the farmhouse! This may seem trivial to most, but we finally have something done in our kitchen renovation that we started months ago. If you remember at the beginning of this week I shared on here our plans to cover up the stone wall that anchors one side of our kitchen. To my surprise most of you didn’t want to throw those rocks at me! I truly thought it was going to be majorly controversial, but even those who loved the rock wall were kind & I’m so thankful fro that! I know we all may have different opinions & that makes life so interesting & it’s so cool when we can share what we love & respect everyones differences. Well, as of today the shiplap wall is up & the rock wall is covered. The kitchen as I envisioned it is finally taking shape…

Before…

Progress…


& how it looks now today…

We used the same shiplap that we used in our dining room & kitchen that we got from West Michigan Lumbar here local to us & our good friend Denny who has been helping us with some of the kitchen renovations installed it for us. Now all the wall needs is some paint, but that will wait until we get the other side of the kitchen done, ceilings finished, & some more things that need to be done before paint. The plan right now is to put double sliding barn doors to enclose the indoor grill that is in that opening in the wall & to have a cabinet/buffet on the wall adjacent to the grill for storage & counter space. More on all those details later. The major hold up in the space right now is the windows and the sunroom with the leak that we found. We need to replace all the windows in the sunroom/kitchen & need to figure out the best way to go about doing that & fix any damage & prevent future damage in the process. The windows will make the biggest impact in the whole space I just know it!! Now I can’t wait to paint! Hoping to make some more kitchen progress this weekend so we can paint asap. Ok, I hope you liked this update & are excited as I am for the wall! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xx

The New Deconstructed Chair

I wanted to introduce you guys to a new [very old] chair that I got last week from a good friend of mine. My friend Holly sells at our shop, The Found Cottage, & every time she comes to drop stuff off at the shop I want it all. Like, really. I want it all. Well, last week when she dropped off at the shop I spotted a chair of my dreams that she had re-covered & I about died. I took some quick cell phone photos of it today in our back living room to show you…


I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with the deconstructed chair look. Like, really obsessed so this chair caught my eye right away. I also had been looking for a chair to go in this back living room area that we just kind of threw together last week to pair with our Ikea sectional & so when this baby showed up it was a match made in heaven. I love how this chair gives a casual cottage/farmhouse vibe to the space. Holly sent me some of the before photos of how this chair looked before she worked on it & I was amazed…


& how it looks today in our living room after tons of hard work & love…

A lot of you may know Holly from Hollyhocks & Hydrangeas as I’ve talked about her many times here on the blog. I shared her DIY window greenhouse last summer here on the blog & a lot of you were obsessed with it like me. She’s a creative soul & truly inspires me daily. Anyways on to this chair, Holly used a mix of vintage fabric from grain sacks  & a ticking stripe blue an white fabric to upholster the chair after stripping all of the old fabric off. I love this mix of fabric between the ottoman and the chair & think it’s pure perfection. I feel like this chair looks like it could have been a piece that we found in our 1800’s farmhouse & that’s pretty cool in my book. I love all the exposed wood detail mixed in with the fabric combination. It’s just the perfect little chair for this space.

 Bonus? It’s comfortable too. Which is quite important as well. Just ask Bella & Bear. This room is far from finished, but in the mean time we are making it look great before we can start the demo on the flooring because you know that’s how we roll around here. Oh, and that pillow on the chair? That was made by another one of my friends in our shop, Sue from Fabric Scout Studio. What do you guys think about our new [old] chair? I know this look isn’t for everyone, but I think my heart melts every time I see one. Holly did such a great job giving this chair a makeover & having work from your friends in your home is quite special. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

Check out Holly’s DIY window greenhouse [HERE]

Kitchen Makeover- Bye Rock Wall

This may be one of those controversial posts here on my blog. You know the ones that cause a divide because of varying opinions. But thankfully we are a peaceful people that agree to disagree on things & remain friends because of our common ground on other things right? haha.. right? You guys know that we are in the thick of re-doing our kitchen.. as in the entire thing is demolished & we are starting from scratch. Well, almost. At this point we do think we will be keeping the original cabinets.. more on that later. BUT on the other side of the room we are covering something up that many in our lives were pretty against…

Yup, we are hiding that rock wall. It’s actually happening right at this moment. This wall is on the opposite side of the kitchen that you always see lately in my kitchen demo updates. Let’s rewind. Jose & I debated this since we moved in. Honestly I don’t hate it & Jose actually kind of liked it, but the moment I wasn’t “in love” with it was when I found out it wasn’t original to the house. It was actually put into the farmhouse in the 1980’s & that’s when I wasn’t needing it anymore, but we still didn’t really think of covering it. Natural stone is great & I know a lot of people love it & want it in their homes, but for some reason stone has just never been my thing no matter what kind of stone it is. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when we were in the thick of the demo in our kitchen where Jose & I both agreed that it would be better for our design & vibe of the room to cover the wall…

We decided to go with a “temporary wall” situation made with some framing & shiplap that we could remove if we ever wanted to reveal the rock wall again. We will be sharing more details & how this wall was created when it’s all done in a future post. Our good friend Denny who I mentioned before here on the blog is actually helping us with this wall. Our time has been a little limited lately & he has been so helpful by moving along our kitchen project a little faster while we are able to do more of the creative planning, and honestly more of the dirty work. Just for reference Jose and I filled a 15 yard dumpster this weekend by cleaning up around the farm & now we need another one. We love this farm life.. seriously, we do. We are so thankful for any help we can get though! This area has our grill in it under the little arch area that you see in the photos that Jose loves using & that’s mainly what this area will be now. We won’t be having a dining table here because we will be having one in the sunroom now. So, we will be having a functional piece of furniture, possibly a little counter area, & the grill area for Jose.

Anyways, the wall is in progress mode & so far it’s been going great! I am loving how it’s looking & can’t wait to make this room functional for us. I just can’t wait to have a kitchen again! Oh my goodness! Jose and I finally got into cooking again & finding the passion in it right before we started demo on the kitchen… that was dumb. It’s still going to be a while because we have so much to do, but we are making progress so that’s what counts! I hope you liked this kitchen update & that it explained a little as to what we are up to. Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!! xx

 

See our kitchen ceiling update [HERE]

An Antique Buffet In The Dining Room

I had to share this with you guys here on the blog today! A piece that has been in our life for many years of our marriage has come full circle and ended up in a new spot in our dining room. You may remember this piece back three houses ago in our bedroom as our TV stand…


This was styled in our master bedroom & Jose used it as his dresser. We had found this piece in the back of an antique store in North Carolina. I think it was heading to the dump it was in such and shape. So, we got a great deal on it & I took it home & panted it with some DIY chalk paint. This was all 4 years ago or more so I forget all the details, but you can read more about it [HERE]. It never really found a place in our next homes, but it finally did here at White Cottage Farm

We styled it on the wall that separates the kitchen and the dining room & it fit so perfect like it was meant to be! You might remember this is the wall where our mantel used to be which is now in our front living room. I think this piece will be here for quite a while.

I love the memories we have with this piece & that we finally made use of it. What do you guys think of our antique buffet in the dining room? I’m excited to style it & use it for our dishes. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today!! xx

Shattering Glass Ceilings.. Or Wood Ones.

Yup… nothing can hold us back on this renovation. Not even ceilings! You guys this was NOT the plan… not at all. As you saw a few weeks back, while gutting the kitchen we had primed the ceilings because we were going to paint the beadboard ceiling white. Well, that went out the window quickly after we took out the bulkheads. We discovered that when they installed the headboard ceilings they didn’t go beyond the bulkhead, so there was a huge gap in between the ceiling and the edge of the wall. So, we took the beadboard ceiling down & we were left with something that has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t look like much now…

Here the kitchen was a little big ago before taking the bulk heads out…

After the bulkheads out with the ceiling gap….


& now….

Our plan for the ceiling is to clean it up [wires, holes, and other things like that] & to give the ceiling a fresh coat of white paint to really finish it off & make it cohesive to our design. I’m also wanting to add more historic inspired details, but more on that later. I’m honestly so glad we had to take the beadboard ceiling down because can you believe how much visual height this is going to give the room? Don’t get me wrong, now that we took the ceiling down there is a LOT of work to do now, but I know that I will love the finished product so it’s all worth it. As seen in our last post our friend Denny is helping us a lot in this space & for that I’m thankful too! I’m just so excited to see the finished product, because boy is it a mess! Just so you can get a visual idea of what our kitchen ceiling will look like, here is our inspiration we found [HERE]...

I found these images early on in our kitchen reno, but never dreamed that we would have exposed ceilings. Funny how things like that happen. & look it there, the floors look like our front living room floors… I’m feeling so inspired tonight & kind of wishing I could snap my fingers & have a finished kitchen, but I’m also enjoying this fun fixer upper process as well. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog today & seeing what we are up to in our renovations… & thank you for always supporting us even when our life kitchen is a mess! What do you think of our new kitchen ceiling adventure? Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest for more behind the scenes! xx

Back Living Room – The Beginning

Some days I wonder if anyone likes reading my blog or even if they can keep up with my brain. It’s truly all over the place. I wonder some days if I’ll ever be a pro blogger.. you know the one who has posts planned out the week ahead or does room makeovers one at a time. NOPE. I am for sure a “blog whatever I’m doing that day” kind of girl & will most likely never plan someone in advance… I truly hope you don’t mind & that you enjoy me being messy in our fixer-upper. Ok, sorry about that long intro, but after weeks of talking about our front living room & kitchen I’ve moved into the back living room even though  the other two spaces are no where near done. It’s just when things get put on hold in other spaces I can’t help but to move into another space. Would it really confuse you if I said I’m also painting the back guest bedroom & working on that as well? Someone stop me! Anyways, the back living room should be an easy remodel because it involves ripping flooring out and laying new flooring down, but for now we are just styling it & using it as is & I don’t hate it…


Honestly up until a week ago we were using this room for storage until we got the spring cleaning bug last week & we cleared it all out. Last summer we did have this room painting to freshen it up, but since then we haven’t done anything. This room is the old garage on the house & it was turned into a living room with a guest bedroom & bathroom off of the back of it. Here is what the space looked like before & brief list of what we are wanting to do with the space…

So above are pictures from our house listing before we bought it. Since these the room has been painted like in the photos above these in the color shiplap by Magnolia Home Paint & the trim is true white by Magnolia. Here is a brief list of what we want to do to this room:

-Remove the second level of flooring around the room [the curved step up]
-Put wood flooring in the entire room.
-Do some kind of ceiling treatment whether thats beams or something else.
-Replace the fan & all light fixtures
-Replace doors & windows.
-Find something interesting to do to the slider area? Suggestions welcome.
-Recover the sectional & get two chairs of the seating area.
-Complete the coffee bar.
-Decorate the entire space
-Replace the mantel
-create a seating area around the fireplace
-We will stop there for now….

So there is that. This is our back living room as of today & just some quick snapshots of how it looks. I honestly can’t wait to do more projects in this room & I think it’s going to be a fun one! The flooring will be the biggest change as you can see by that curve in the floor & also a fun treatment on the ceiling. My brain just keeps going & won’t stop thinking about it. I’m thankful I have the blog to come share what’s going on in my brain daily. Thanks for stopping by & checking it out! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest for more behind the scenes of what is going on in my brain. xx

 

Front Living Room Fireplace Progress- Tile

I can’t believe I’ve waited a week or so before sharing this here on the blog with you guys. We made some MAJOR  progress in our front living room on the fireplace. If you remember way back when we started the front living room makeover, the floors & the fireplace were the biggest challenges. After ripping out the wall & old fireplace mantel we discovered the old brick from the original house, but it had been ruined by marble being glued to it & sharpie writing all over it by previous contractors. So, we decided one day we may want to tackle that beast, but for now we wanted to put it back behind a wall & so we built up shiplap over it & placed a reclaimed mantel that we had in front of it. Then came the challenge of tiling the floor around the fireplace….


Let’s see where we began:

& some progress with paint…

& now today almost done…

It was our first tile job ever & boy did we learn A LOT! So, we chose [these tiles] from Home Depot. I asked on Instagram which ones to choose & these were for sure not the popular vote, but my heart was calling for these. I wanted more contrast than with a plain neutral tile & these just felt right for the time period for our home. They were more complicated to lay than a normal basic subway tile pattern, but totally worth it in the end. I honestly think that these tiles give kind of a cottage vibe mixed with the chippy wood & we all know that we love that. Jose will be doing an ENTIRE tile process & how we ddi it over on our farm blog, TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com this week. We chose to tile only the hearth on the floor around the fireplace so we extended that area to really make a statement since that was the only place of the fireplace area that we were tiling. We built out around the fireplace using wood & then tiled on top of that. When we were done laying all the tile we used shoe molding to wrap around the area that we tiled. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.. more details will be on our farm blog asap. You can see [HERE] how we painted around the fireplace & got rid of the old 80’s brass that just doesn’t fit in with our decor.

To some this may look done & to some it may look way not done [or however you say that], but all in all we need to do some caulking, trimming, flooring work, & lots of styling. But we have made so much progress in this front room & it now doesn’t feel like such a construction zone anymore which makes me so happy! What do you guys think of our tile job? Be sure to check TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com this week for Jose’s tile insight & some comments from me about our first experience tiling… It’s not for the weak hearted that’s for sure! We are still wanting to add windows to this space on each side of the fireplace so cross your fingers we can make that happen because wouldn’tt that just be epic? Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today & for encouraging us to keep sharing our fixer upper, DIY, home decor, & lifestyle here on the blog… it means the world to us! xx

 

Kitchen Reno Update: Bye Bye Bulkhead!

Happy Friday! I wanted to pop on here & share with you some progress we made today in the kitchen. I figured since the kitchen needs so much work we might as well take this baby step by baby step. Today the one thing in the kitchen that was really bugging me was removed. The bulkhead!! Honestly it was fine when there were cabinets hanging on the upper part of the kitchen, but when the cabinets were down it cut off the entire kitchen & made the space feel smaller. One of the main objectives of this kitchen/sunroom remodel was to make the space feel more open so taking this bulkhead out is really going to help that cause. We had our good friend Denny over today while we were at work & he so kindly took out the bulkhead & started to take out the tiles on the counters & backsplash. He will be helping us with a few other dirty projects & we are so thankful because time is not our friend lately & he has been doing this for years so he truly is an expert in remodeling. Next up we will be finishing tile removal, doing some major work on the opposite side of the room I haven’t shown you, replacing all the windows, revealing the beam that runs between the sunroom & kitchen, & quite possibly removing the bead board ceiling as well for an exciting idea Jose & I came up with tonight. Here is the progress we have made so far this week…

Earlier this week we were here:


& today….


I’m sorry, & maybe it’s just me, but without those bulkheads it’s already so different & the ceiling seems higher. Denny also removed the oven hood & the light fixture that was above the sink. I am learning SO MUCH through this whole process & I’m loving every single second of it. This kitchen and sunroom makeover isn’t for the faint of heart. Also, all those appliances are going as well. We kept some appliances from our last house so we will probably be using those. Also, we are purging all of our dishes & starting all over with a clean slate which I’m super excited about. When you’ve been married for 10 years & have moved countless times… it’s a great time to start over. I hope you guys liked this update. I’m feeling so much better today than I was earlier this week. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are still very far out from having a beautiful kitchen, but we will have one someday! Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes & THANK YOU so much for stopping by the blog today. xx

 

The State Of The Kitchen Address

You guys, I would love to come on here & chat about something happy with you guys & tell you that we have made a ton of progress in the kitchen the past two weeks. Well, I can’t say that because well, we haven’t. We ran into our fist issues in our farmhouse since we first moved in last June, which in my book isn’t too bad considering the house was originally built in the 1840’s. BUT there will be some major construction going on in the kitchen now that was un-planned, so everything is currently on hold….


I primed the cabinets & the ceiling since we last visited the kitchen here on the blog so there is that piece of good news & we will hopefully have those counters & bulk head out this week as well which is also progress. So, before we ripped the floor up we noticed some standing water in the sunroom on the carpet. We were thinking that maybe it was a fluke thing & that it was just a minor thing we could easily fix. Well, when we ripped the floor up & noticed that it was from the windows in the sunroom & that most likely this had happened before & we were just never told about it. That means major construction and demo is about to happen. We haven’t figured out the extent of the damage, but we’ve heard from some experts that say it’s going to need a complete overhaul in order to be in great condition again.

So, the state of our kitchen is not very good at the moment, & all of this has really slowed us down, but all of the damage is only on one side of the room [the right side in the photo above in the sunroom area] so we are hopefully going to be able to start working on the other side of the room very soon & there are going to be big things happening on that side of the room as well. & call me optimistic, but I’m not upset about the damage because this is another reason for us to make this space completely our own. I mean, don’t get me wrong I’m upset that it’s taking us longer & costing us more money, but I know in the long run it will be great. Thanks for cheering us on & for stopping by the blog today to see what is going on in our kitchen & sunroom. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest for more behind the scenes. xx
Want to see the kitchen makeover from the beginning? Check the links below..

 

start at the beginning [HERE]

See demo progress [HERE]

Chippy White Dresser with Salt Wash

You guys! I did it again. I painted a piece of furniture. If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I used to paint furniture very often. Lately with running the store & re-doing our farmhouse it’s more a rare thing, but it’s still a HUGE passion of mine & I love painting  & trying new things when I can. Recently we started carrying this furniture paint product called Salt Wash at our store, The Found Cottage, & I had to give it a try…


That chippy finish on the dresser? It wasn’t because of natural aging on paint, it was because of the salt wash product [HERE]! How cool is that? Basically what Salt Wash is is a powder that you mix in with your paint & you dab it all over your furniture piece. It’s the consistency of cake batter when you mix the paint and powder together. After it’s dry you paint a second layer of paint on, usually in a different color, but I chose two very similar colors for not as much contrast. After everything is dry you can sand the piece to get this awesome chipping effect. I will give a more thorough review/demo soon, but since this was my first time I kind of just went for it. For now you can go [HERE] to their website for more videos & descriptions.

product images via amazon.com

The dresser was just an ordinary little wood dresser before [I forgot to take a photo…or I lost it.. so sorry. Just imagine a normal wood dresser with some cute little wheels] I got my hands on it & I decided I wanted to add a little more character to it. I mixed the salt wash with my latex Magnolia Home Paint in Shiplap, but you can mix this product with any kind of paint they claim.. so many possibilities! The salt was was pretty easy to use, but I did find that I need a little more practice to master using the product. I’m looking forward to using it on another piece. The one con I would say that I had an issue with was that it was a little messy, but I’m a mess so it could have been just me. All in all I really liked using this & loved the finish that it allowed me to achieve!

I love how this little dresser turned out & I love that it gave me a few hours of creativity & to play with something new. I also love that it made achieving a chippy effect on a piece of furniture quite easy.. I totally recommend using the Salt Wash if you love the look of primitive furniture. If you try it, let me know what you think!! I will be back soon with a more thorough tutorial & a further review after using it more. What do you think of this little dresser? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today & making this my happy place… I can’t thank you enough. xx

 

More furniture makeovers….

Black dresser makeover [HERE]

 Mora clock makeover [HERE]

Church pew makeover [HERE]

We Are Getting Sheep At White Cottage Farm!

I have said from the beginning of moving to the farm that I wanted us getting animals to happen organically. By that I meant that I didn’t want go looking and searching for animals to have on our farm,I kind of wanted them to find us. Well, we have been found. We have actually known this for quite some time now, but my good friend Abby’s sheep are having lambs! Sheep were on the top of our “animal wish list” here on the farm so this was just perfect. It’s officially official now because we went to the ultrasound yesterday at Black Sheep Farm & got to see the little lambs for ourselves….


The sheep are Icelandic sheep & I’m so obsessed with how unique they look. They are pretty fascinating creatures. I’m not going to lie to you but being in close courters with them & how nervous they were for their ultrasounds made me a little nervous as well, but mostly they were just wanting to keep to themselves & weren’t thrilled about all of us being in their home with them. The ultrasound was so much fun & I learned so much already just from that half hour appointment! I didn’t even know that they did this for sheep. It was such a cool experience & got me really excited to raise our own sheep. We found out all the lady sheep were with lambs & some with multiple. They should be having them in the next couple of weeks & then soon we will be bringing some lambs to White Cottage Farm & we are thrilled! I can’t wait to welcome our first animals to the farm & to take you guys on the journey with us. I hope you guys are excited! I will be sure to keep you updated here & on WhiteCottageFarm.Com about our sheep & more farm experiences very soon. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog! xx

 

New Dining Room Chairs

So, I know I’ve been posting a lot about our dining room lately, but there has just been so many small updates here & there in this space that I want to share with you guys that are really completing this space quite nicely. Before Christmas I dropped some awesome chairs that I found at our local Habitat For Humanity at my favorite slipcover maker local to me here in Michigan. We finally had the chance to pick them up the other day & I just couldn’t wait to share them with you guys…

 Can you believe I found these chairs for only $10?! I couldn’t believe it, but I mean maybe when you see the before you will see why they were $10 and no one grabbed them before I did…

Ok. The floral was a little too loud for me, but the chairs were in perfect condition & I just loved how high and dramatic the backs were. I knew they would be perfect with some slipcovers so I dropped them off at Twin Fibers for a little Liz Marie makeover & now they fit right into our dining room just perfectly…


Jessica made the slipcovers from regular old drop cloths just like the rest of the sofas & chairs we’ve had done in our home by her. We love how durable the drop cloth is & the look of it as well. Also, it’s super cheap. I’m in love with how these turned out & how they add a little vintage drama in our dining room that I feel pairs perfectly with the long farmhouse table, crystal chandeliers, & large primitive cupboard in the background.

So, there are our new dining room table chairs in all of their glory. Of course I put our new pillows from Magnolia on the chairs & they fit quite perfectly. What do you guys think of the new chairs? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today. xx

 

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*There are some affiliate links in this post, but as always all opinions are my very own.

 

DIY Dining Room Plate Wall

Since we started demo in the kitchen & have been working on some projects in the front living room, I have kind of left the dining room alone lately as far as DIY projects go. Well, when I was in Magnolia a few weeks ago I spotted these lovely platters [HERE. I can’t find them on Magnolia’s website anymore so here is another place you order from. One issue is I was able to buy individually & this was the set, but the set would make a great plate gallery wall.] & instantly decided that I needed them on our dining room wall. I was shopping with my friend Liz from Love Grows Wild & she helped me pick out the platters to include on the wall which was fun shopping with a blogger friend & planning this project out. Here is how it turned out after a few frustrating attempts at planning out the height and placement…

 


When I first starting hanging the plates I tried to be super creative & hang the bottom plate over the shiplap & the chair rail, so I  hung all six plates according to that. Once I was done I called Jose in the room because I knew I hated it, but he assured me that it was fine. I don’t like fine.. I like that instant gasp & high five from Jose when he likes something. Nope. I even put it on my Instagram stories and Michael from Inspired By Charm, who I love by the way, instantly told me they were too low. Yup! Knew it! I could have kissed him for telling me that because it instantly gave me the motivation to re-hang them all higher on the wall. So it was back to the drawing board. I eventually decided on new placement & re-hung all six plates. that’s the thing about a gallery wall or plate wall like this, once you move one, you usually have to move all of them. Kind of frustrating, but once they are all hung they add a lot of charm to the space.


Typically I like to use [These] plate hangers that you can grab from a craft store or sites like Amazon [HERE}, but you can also use [These] or any plate hanger you want. You will need a tape measure, a hammer, & a laser level works really well for this if you have one. After that it’s truly up to you how high, how low, or where you want your plates placed. I chose three different platters from small to large [even though I’m thinking I need a tiny one above the three still]. I started at the bottom with the large platter and measured up from the chair rail & used the shiplap line as guidance for hanging the plate hangers on the wall. I’m starting to learn that shiplap is great for helping to measure where to hang things on the wall. Anyways, once you decide on placement it’s pretty easy to create a plate wall.

The dining room is far from finished, but I love how these plates added some subtle character to the space. I also love how they frame this cabinet in perfectly because let’s face it, that big piece of furniture kind of steals the show. I’m super happy with how this simple DIY turned out & I hope it inspires you to hang some plates somewhere in your home on the wall.. the possibilities are endless! Thank you guys guys for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

Front Living Room Fireplace Tile Progress

This past weekend was an interesting one. We tried something for the first time… tiling! Ok, so I’m sorry, but I can’t be the only one who thought that tiling something small would be super simple. I mean the tile comes on sheets.. you lay some glue.. stick it down.. and then grout.. & voila, you have a tiled surface. No. No. No. It doesn’t work like that. It’s actually quite the process & as first timers we learned a lot. It was actually hard even before we started laying the tile.. picking out the tile was awful. There are so many options & I honestly was stuck between brick, subway tile, penny tile, & the list goes on. We ended up going with a classic octagon marble tile against what most people suggested we do [majority said subway tile, which I loved as well], but my heart was just drawn to the classic look with the pop of contrast of these marble tiles. Also, when I asked for suggestions on Instagram for tile, I forgot to mention that we were only tiling the hearth by the fireplace & not the entire fireplace surround…


Here was the fireplace area before….

& with progress…

Please excuse the terrible photos that I took at night in our house, but this wasn’t going to be pretty no matter how I took them so there’s that. t will be blogging a more in depth later on when we are finished, but I wanted to pop in today & show you what it looks like before we grout it and finish the fireplace area up. We removed the mantel to lay the tile & we will be painting all of that marble with the high heat black paint that we started using before. We added the shiplap above to cover the drywall that was revealed after taking off the prior mantel. We talk about someday maybe removing everything and trying to see fi we can salvage the old brick fireplace, but that’s a “someday” project so we will put that on the back burner as they say. Anyways, so for this hearth Jose actually built off of the marble that was there to create a larger tile area. Now that the tile is down, we have to grout and tile the sides of the boards that he built out. Here is a little glimpse into us doing that part…

We will be back when it’s done with a full tutorial, what we learned, pros & cons, & of course finished photos. I can’t wait for this area of the front living room to be done! It’s going to be so amazing to have one room that looks decent in the house. I haven’t said this here on the blog yet I don’t think, but we are thinking about adding a windows on either side of the fireplace above the built-ins as well. This room does lack a lot of natural light only having two small windows. More on that later. I hope you enjoyed seeing this front living room fireplace update & I can’t wait to come back with the finished product!! Thank you much for stopping by the blog today. xx