Category Archives: DIY

Simple Glass Jug & Branch Spring Centerpiece

I had some friends over to the house today & as they were looking at the work we were getting done I commented about how my mood is a product of my surroundings. I truly which it wasn’t, but it is. & that got me thinking… I think that’s why I decorate spaces even if it’s temporary.. even if we are about to rip it up and re- do it.. & yes even if it’s a rental home and we are only living in it for 6 months, I will paint the bathrooms & re- do them. Yes, I did that. My mind is just so much more clear when I’m surrounded by pretty spaces, but that being said.. it doesn’t have to be crazy complicated, crazy expensive, or even crazy beautiful to make me happy. It can be the most simple thing on the planet like this simple spring centerpiece that is currently in our dining room….


I had these antique jugs lying around the house that I have collected over time & I wanted something simple & dramatic on the dining room table so I placed them in no particular order in the center of our antique farmhouse table & put some unruly branches that I picked up from our shop in the bottles to give that unkept and freshly picked off the farm vibe. It’s honestly that simple. Some bottles & some branches, but it’s perfect for that spring vibe in any room on any table. I’m all about bringing the indoors inside & what better way to celebrate those budding trees outside.

It’s crazy what two simple little elements can do huh? Like I said, it doesn’t have to be complicated & crazy to make a beautiful statement. The rooms just beyond this one are a crazy mess with construction, but while all that is going on at least this little dining room is looking pretty for spring. I have to know.. do you feel like some of your mood is dictated by the spaces around you? I’m wondering if I’m alone on this. Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my 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]

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]

Everything You Need To Know About Magnolia Home Chalk Paint

As many of you know a few weeks ago I was able to travel to Waco, Texas for a master class lead by Chip & Joanna Gaines. The class was so much fun & it was to reveal something super exciting that Joanna is launching. If you haven’t already heard, Joanna Gaines is launching the Magnolia Home Chalk Paint line with Kilz! I’m already a huge fan of the Magnolia Home Paint line that already exists & have been using it throughout our farmhouse on furniture, cabinets, & walls, but the new addition of chalk paint opens up even more possibilities. It was so fun to hear her talk about the new line in person & to hear her passion behind it, it made me admire her even more than I already did. I couldn’t be more thrilled because my favorite kind of paint is chalk paint & I’m in love with her home paint line already so I was over the moon they were adding the chalk paint for us DIY lovers. I am all about bringing new life to old furniture pieces & basically transforming any surface with paint so this made my heart so happy that she created this product in some of my favorite paint colors.

Joanna, like me, always advices to give life to your old furniture before investing in new pieces & this paint is perfect for just that. I was lucky enough to get to test it out before it launches & I have to say I fell in love. I used the color shiplap at the demo which is a creamy white. I painted a dark stained tray with the chalk paint & was amazed at how well one coat covered which is not an easy task with a white paint. After two coats & one coat of wax my tray was looking perfect. I would say this chalk style paint is perfect for anyone from beginner to expert & that you will fall in love with not only the formula, but the color selection as well.


Some quick facts about the paint: 

-The chalk paint will come in quart size cans that can be found on Magnolia.Com or at the Silos & should be available soon.

– The chalk paint line will have 44 colors to start which are straight from her home line of paint which is fantastic because in my humble opinion are some of the best paint colors ever.

-The finish is ultra matte & provides an ultra flawless surface.

– The paint works on multiple surfaces like metal, wood furniture, unpainted & painted surfaces, & even concrete.

-Concentrated formula provides great coverage & smooth finish.

-The chalk paint has low VOC’s

– One quart size can of the chalk paint covers 100 square feet with two coats.

-The formula is fast drying allowing you to get an entire project done in a day with a few coats & a top coat of wax.

-She also has wax to finish the pieces off in different shades from clear to dark & one in between.

I can’t wait to get my hands on it again in our farmhouse for all the projects we have going on. I will be back then with a further review and more facts that I find out, but I hope you guys are as excited as I am about the new line of chalk paint from Magnolia Home! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to follow me behind the scenes on Facebook & Instagram. xx

 

 

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

How To Make A Farmhouse Floral Arrangement

Ok. I need to preface this by saying that I am not a florist in any way. I’m not a professional at arranging flowers, &  I am a low maintenance throw it together kind of girl. That being said, I know what I like & I’ve found kind of a fool proof way to make some large freestyle & eclectic farmhouse floral arrangements so I wanted to share some tips with you guys today. I love working with faux florals so that they are low maintenance & stay looking amazing longer. Here are three quick tips to achieve this look on your own….

Choose a farmhouse style vessel.

This is a big step & maybe the most important as it gives that farmhouse vibe instantly to your floral arrangement. For mine I chose an antique olive basket I had lying around the house [You can find one HERE]. You could choose a galvanized metal bucket, an antique milk jug, a crock, a chippy wood planter, milk glass, & so on. You can see lots of galvanized farmhouse decor to use [HERE]. After you choose your vessel you will then be able to better estimate how many stems & filler you will need.

Vary your stems.

Gather some of your favorite stems in different heights, sizes, blooms, & type. For this one I chose some lambs ear, white carnations, white roses, Queen Anne’s lace, & Grape leaves. Since I am a lover of all things neutral & whites & greens are my love language, I chose to stick in that family, but you can of course mix in whatever you would like. I think by adding a variety of heights, sizes, & types you add a ton of visual interest that not only gives the “collected from the farm” vibe, but also distracts from imperfections as well. The eclectic mix gives it that wild & free vibe like you picked them from your garden that day.

The random & full arrangement.

This part is the fun part. You can get your wire snips, foam, & string out for this part to carefully arrange & place perfectly, but on this part I let my mind wander & let my hands get creative. playing with pretty floral stems is one of those things that allows me to turn my brain off & so I’m going to leave it at that. For this particular arrangement I started around the sides & moved to the center. I started by kind of dividing the bucket up in four quadrants & arranging the florals somewhat the same in all four quadrants in all of the layers as I went. This way the arrangement looked the same from all sides & looked as full as possible. I varied the heights of the florals & stems by bending some of the stems down & leaving some of them up. Bending the stems also forces most of the stems to stay in place better. That’s it! That’s all it takes really. You can find floral stems at any of your local craft stores, local boutiques, hobby stores, wedding shops, & more. The biggest points in my book are to get a variety of stems that work well together with different textures, heights, & color. Also to really make the arrangement full & eclectic to bring that farmhouse charm to your arrangement. I hope this post helped some of you who were wanting to make some floral arrangements for your home. we love our arrangement sitting on our table in the dining room, in a corner in our living room on the floor, & also on a shelf in our living room. They really work great anywhere. What’s your favorite floral arranging tips? Have you done one lately in your home? Tag me in your floral pictures on Instagram & Facebook & let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by my  blog today! xx

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See more farmhouse inspiration posts:

Where to find galvanized farmhouse decor [HERE]

Farmhouse living room all from Amazon [HERE]

DIY Shiplap Hall Tree & New Farm Blog!

You guys! Today is such an exciting day here at White Cottage Farm! For two reasons actually. The first being I finally get to share a project that Jose built last week & we get to announce our new blog!Well, let’s take care of that first. So, as many of you know we bought our farm, White Cottage Farm, last June. Ever since then we have been talking about getting a website for the farm where we both can share what we are up to, our farm adventures, our animals, what Jose is building, what I’m making, & just all things White Cottage Farm… so here we are. Today is the launch of our new blog for the farm: TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com eeeek! It feels so good to finally spill those beans. Ok, so remember how Jose would blog at Craftsmandrive.com.. he no longer will be & he will be full time blogging on TheWhiteCottageFarm.com. I will be blogging over there as well along with here. There I will share the things that I don’t share here whether it’s the ugly side of the farm life or just more of my deep thoughts living on the farm, trust me there is a ton that I don’t share here. Ok, so that’s the first thing. Be sure to add TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com to your reading list & also all of Jose’s past posts from Craftsman Drive can be found there as well if you were looking.

Now on to the second exciting thing of the day. The awesome DIY shiplap Hall Tree that Jose built recently as a collab with Ryobi…

Isn’t it just the best thing ever? He is so creative. This whole thing was born right from his brain with no help from me. Honestly I was kind of a downer in the planning stages. I was trying to step in & tell him that it didn’t sound that great… & look. He is so creative & I LOVE that we both have different ideas. He shares more about it [HERE] in his own words. Now, I did have a hand in styling it for the photos. Want to hear something funny? We actually styled this big hoss in our unfinished sunroom. We put it right in front of two windows in the sunroom with a rug under it & styled it.. & there it sits. A little about the styling of this beautiful DIY lighted hall tree: The “welcome” & the corbels for the shelf are from our good friend Heidi from Feather & Birch [HERE]. we love collaborating with Heidi in our creative adventures because she is one of our biggest cheerleaders & she is always down with our crazy ideas. The hooks were something we had along with the vintage wire baskets. The black tray is from my Painted Fox collection [HERE]. The blanket is from H&M, the pillow is from With Lavender & Grace, the hat & jack are from Target, boots from Left to right are Target, American Eagle, & Aldo. Those lights are from Home Depot [HERE]. & Jose even installed a light switch on the hall tree to turn the lights on & off.. isn’t he adorable? that part made me laugh because I thought it was cute. Lastly that leather bag was a gift I got him for his 30th birthday back in January from Brothers Leather right here in Grand Rapids. I think he almost cried when I gave it to him because he loved it so much. He uses it daily for work & it makes my heart happy to see him use it.


Ok, you know I always share WAY too many photos when it comes to things Jose builds.. but I am SO proud of him. Be sure to head on over to the new blog [HERE] to see what he has to say about it. We aren’t sure what we are doing with this big guy yet, but I’m sure we will find a place for him. I was thinking we could use it in Jose’s workshop as a little welcome area & where can hang his jacket whiles he’s out there & more. We will keep you updated on that! Also, I want to say thank you guys for alway supporting our adventures from farm to fertility… you are a big reason that we have the hope & confidence to push forward. Be sure to follow our new blog on social media as well like on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes.  Thank you! xx

DIY Rustic Small Console Table

Jose & I have been really busy lately with different things. He’s in school full time and works full time while I’m working at the store more full time lately among other various jobs & life. It’s been quite crazy so we have had to be more intentional about doing things we love. Our house renovations have been a little slower lately which has made me a little sad because it’s something we both love doing together, but hopefully that will be changing very soon. A few days ago Jose wanted to build a little piece of furniture because it has been a little while since he had taken the time to do that & he came up with a little plan & headed out to his workshop. He came in a couple hours later with this unique little DIY rustic small console table…

It is in a way like many consoles he has made before like this one [here] [here] & [here], but this one has a slatted shelf at the bottom & a thinner top. The legs are also hollow and four sided unlike before when he was using one piece of wood. Usually when he builds furniture he shares the plans on his blog [here], but he wasn’t sure if you guys would want them. If you do, leave a comment below & he will share all the details. He had a lot of fun making this one & we brought it to the store the next day & it sold right away. I’m kind of regretting that & I think I need him to make me one for the farmhouse…


This piece only cost about $70 to make & a few hours of time. I styled this one in the front living room to share with you guys & I love the contrast of that dark stain with the white flooring & walls. Usually the pieces he makes are bulkier & more substantial so I’m loving this dainty version. It would make a great TV console, dining room buffet, sofa table, entryway table, & so much more. What would you use it for? 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

Some sponsored links to room sources:

Bookends are from Magnolia Home & everything else are finds.

See this farmhouse style console [HERE]

Affordable Industrial Farmhouse Pipe Curtain Rods

I think for the past three years we have been meaning to do some DIY industrial pipe curtain rods in our past three homes. I love the look & we even had the pipes bought for all three homes as well. Seriously with two people who love DIY projects I have NO IDEA why we didn’t do the easy DIY project in any of our homes that we have lived in or why I never share it with you guys, but like most blog posts start, I was walking through target the other day & all my industrial pipe curtain rod dreams came true…

We hung these curtain rods & curtains in our front living room on the two small windows in the space. [Side note: we are hoping to add more windows in this space soon]. That’s not a DIY industrial pipe curtain rod.. nope that is one for less than $30 from Target [HERE] that was super easy to hang & use, & required no assembly by me. The other pros? If you don’t know, the pipe pieces that you find at the hardware store is quite expensive & quite dirty. The ones I found at Target were cheaper & clean… in the midst of the chaos of a fixer upper, an easy fix like this is much welcomed. I’m ALL ABOUT a good DIY project, but I’m also all about saving some money & the easy way out at times.

It’s crazy how some simple curtain rods & curtains can make a little spot feel more finished & more cozy. This living room is becoming my favorite place in the house & it’s a tiny sanctuary away from the demo and construction in all other parts of our house. Have you seen these curtain rods at Target before? Have you used them? 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

Church Pew Bench Makeover

You guys! Let’s take a break from all those kitchen demo updates & check out something pretty in our farmhouse today. A while back this past fall I got a church pew from Wayfair [HERE] when I worked with them on a project. Long story short, it came in late for the space I needed it for & so I didn’t really have a spot for it. Until now. It was at the end of our bed upstairs when it was in it’s original state & it was ok, but here at White Cottage Farm I like to make things customized for our space & sometimes that means that we paint the things. This time was one of those times….

Here is what the church pew looked like before…


You may remember it from when we had it at the end of our bed in our Christmas bedroom…

& after some paint in it’s new spot….

My idea was to move the church pew bench into our dining room to use at our antique farmhouse table. & since the table is a beautiful dark wood I chose to use Ivory chalk based paint by Maison Blanche. It’s my favorite paint & probably my favorite white for furniture. I did two coats on the piece & waxed it with clear wax. This bench is literally the perfect size for this table & fits three people comfortably eating at it. I put a long lumbar pillow from Madreana [Here] on the back side of it for some cozy texture. I love [This Pillow] by her so much & own quite a few & they are all amazing.

This little church pew inspired bench is the perfect little addition to our dining room & I love the added charm it gave to the room with the three different types of seating around the table now. I also love ivory paint so nothing is safe. What do you guys think of our new church pew at the dining room table? Do you have a bench at your table? Let me know what you think 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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Read all about our dining room chandeliers [HERE]

Simple Handmade Farmhouse Decor

I have a problem, or not so much of a problem. I LOVE shopping small & shopping handmade! If you let me loose on Etsy for an hour there is bound to be a problem. I was browsing through Instagram the other day & I came across the most beautiful simple farmhouse Christmas decor that I knew I had to have. I instantly went to the shop of the lovely instagrammer & did some shopping…

Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
So, the shop is 1871 Farmhouse [here] & it’s a new favorite of mine. It was my first time purchasing anything from this lovely shop so I picked up those two farmhouse linen stocking & that lovely little Merry christmas pillow. I styled them on the mantel in our dining room & I am in love with this little corner now. Shipping was super quick & I had the items within a week even though they came from Canada. Her Christmas items seem to be out of the shop now, but she has other great things like this cow print [here], these linen towels [here], or this little grain sack pillow [here]. It’s all lovely.

Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.

Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.

Ok, I’m done sharing photos of them, but I am truly obsessed with my farmhouse Christmas decor & shopping small so this post is near and dear to my heart. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Christine from 1871 farmhouse, & I’m sure after this post I wrote about her she probably thinks I’m a stalker, but her shop is a little slice of heaven & there was something special about ordering handmade Christmas decor from Canada. Maybe because it’s closer to the North Pole? You know, where Santa lives. I think I’ve had too much sugar this Christmas season.. please excuse me. Do you shop small for Christmas decor & Christmas gifts? What are some of your favorite shops? List them below or chat with me on Instagram & Facebook about them.. I would love to find some new ones to shop at! xx

Some of the items I love from 1871 Farmhouse

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Tour our white cottage farm Christmas farmhouse [here]

*Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links, but as ALWAYS all opinions are my very own.

Front Living Room Makeover – The Floors

You guys! Ok, among the crazy busy christmas season at the store & life, Jose and I are trying to make some progress on the farmhouse. When I last did a house update a few weeks ago I said we were about to demo the kitchen [here], well there was a slight change of plans. When we demo the kitchen, that means we will also be demoing the sunroom [here] since it is a “part of the kitchen” technically & that means we will be losing the main living room space we are using at the moment & that sounds down right stressful. SO, the change is that we are going to make our front living room livable [meaning we are getting the floors fixed so we can walk on them] so that we will have a living room to hang out in while the sunroom and kitchen are being remodeled. That might raise the question of why we don’t use our back living room? Though it has a fireplace it is quite cold this time of year & well, frankly that room will be remodeled soon as well. Jose is trying to get me on this whole “one room at a time thing” or the whole “finish a room before you start another” what is that even? I agree with him though I am ready for this room to be done. Here is a little peak at what that looked like before sanding…

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Please excuse the terrible photos in this post, but I don’t think anything I could do could make it look better. The floor s required a lot of sanding and scraping to get them decent looking & ready for painting…

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& now let’s take it way back to when we moved in…

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& after a lot of sanding and hard work…

Ok, it may not look like much, but trust me.. it’s so much smoother & most importantly ready for paint! It kind of feels like when you do major renovations you take 10 steps back to take one step forward. A little over half of the room has the original flooring from the 1800’s that was covered by subfloor and carpet. When the subfloor and carpet were ripped up we were left with lots of glue on the flooring & we discovered that the last 1/3rd of the room near the fireplace did not have original flooring, but only subfloor. That is when we decided that we were going to paint the flooring to make it all cohesive. BUT we were going to replace the subfloor near the fireplace with boards until we read something that Natalie from Hammade furniture wrote the other day. She wrote about how she hand scraped her subfloor to look like boards before she painted them. Ummm hello! So we thought we would give it a try & Jose hand scarped the subfloor in the living room to resemble boards & so far so good! We are anxious to see what it looks like when we put paint on it, but it will save us a ton of money if it works!

 

So now we need to decide on paint colors. The worst. Here are three colors we kind of played around with, but we weren’t in love. We thought we were wanting a greige or gray taupe, but after sampling them on the floor we are thinking lighter & less gray. Another lesson in “Always sample in the room you will be painting!” This room get’s very little light at the moment with only two small windows in the front, one lead glass window by the stairs, & a front door that let’s little light in [new door coming soon] so I want to keep this room light & bright. I’m thinking a warm creamy white on the floor, but I will be back with what we decide. I actually have butterflies about this because I have ALWAYS wanted a painted wood floor. It’s in my cottage & farmhouse dreams I never thought would come true. So, what do you guys think of our progress. I’m hoping to have the floors painted by the end of the week so stay tuned for updates! Oh, & cross your fingers the whole hand scraped plywood thing works out. I’m a little nervous! Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & be sure to follow me over on Instagram & Facebook for behind the scenes. xx

 

See the shiplap progress we have made in this room…

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Click [here] to see the shiplap work we did on the walls.

Farmhouse Style Gingerbread House Gift Wrap

You guys. WHO AM I? It’s December 12 & I have gifts wrapped. Yes, that means that I did some Christmas shopping already & I’m not throwing the presents in wrinkled gift bags as I walk out the door to a Christmas party. I’m pretty proud. So, I wanted to show you guys today my progress of gift wrapping this year. Don’t give me too much credit… most of the Christmas shopping needs to be done & way more wrapping, but progress is what matters right…

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
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Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Jose & wrapped gifts the other night as we watched Christmas movies & it was my favorite date night in forever. I just love holiday traditions and the nostalgia of it all. I think this is a new one for us. We kind of had a system, he would do the wrapping paper & I got to have fun with the ribbon and tags. The best part? I was able to get all my wrapping paper, tags, gift boxes, ribbon, & everything else in one place this year… Home Goods. I honestly had no idea they had all of this good stuff, but it turns out they do. My favorite thing were these gingerbread house gift boxes.. are they not adorable? & the best part is you can just throw the gift in and put the roof [lid] back on & you are good to go. How awesome is that. Just make sure you have no snoopers in the house because it would be easy to sneak a peek at your gift. Is it just me or do you have to know what you are getting before Christmas? I want to be surprised! I wanted to do something out of my normal for our Christmas gift wrap this year so I went with a few rose gold paper choices to pair with the ginger bread boxes. Then I found these vintage inspired ribbon spools in colors like olive, blue, natural, & gold. I went with oversized gift tags & then I found the sweetest little wool gift toppers that can double as ornaments. I pretty much had a lot of fun.

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
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Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
I can’t be the only who who HATED wrapping gifts. It was seriously a chore to me before. This year having it be something that Jose and I did together. We laughed, He mocked me for my bad wrapping skills, & I threw little tiny wool sheep at him, & it was such a fun time. Now I’m looking forward to our wrap party dates every year. It’s funny when things aren’t a chore anymore because you do them with someone you love & the pretty wrapping paper doesn’t hurt either. Everything is better when you are with your partner in crime.

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Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
It’s not a bad thing when you start your Monday off two weeks before Christmas & you have some gifts wrapped already. I mean, don’t mind that I haven’t folded our laundry in two weeks. Focus on these pretty photos people & the laundry can wait. So I HAVE to know. Do you wrap gifts? Are you a last minute wrapper like I usually am? Do you only do gift bags? Or are your gifts already wrapped on December 1st with pretty ribbon under your tree? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram.

 

Check out how some of my awesome blog friends wrapped their Christmas gifts this year…

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Ella Claire | Liz Marie Blog | Jeanne Oliver | Shades of Blue Interiors

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French Country Cottage | City Farmhouse | Dear Lillie | My Sweet Savannah

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Kindred Vintage | Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Rizzo

Rustic Christmas Farmhouse Entryway

I woke up the other day & walked down the stairs to make coffee & noticed our entryway at the bottom of the stairs. I stared at it for a few minutes & realized it still had pumpkins in it from fall, but I hadn’t noticed because all around this one styled area is complete chaos of construction. After getting my cup of coffee I grabbed one simple little Christmas pillow & threw in on the church pew & took the pumpkins away & that was the extent of what I planned to do for christmas decor in the entryway. Well, after finishing my whole cup of coffee this happened…

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
Yah. I couldn’t stop. Call it caffeine or the fact that I really like to ignore the construction of our fixer upper, but I went a little Christmas crazy & I’m not mad about it. It started with me removing that simple Christmas pillow I had put there an hour before & replaced it with all my favorite christmas pillows like those plaid ones from Pottery Barn, the red ones from Target, & that car pillow [here] that I also picked up at Pottery Barn. I hung some garland from a local greenhouse on the stairs [very unprofessionally, but the messier the better right?] & I also laid some leftover garland on the church pew as well well. The pillows below the pew are Homegoods finds along with the tree on the shelf in the gallery wall. You can see details on the gallery wall [here] in my original post about this space.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
It’s funny that I started out thinking I was only going to throw one pillow in this space for Christmas & that I wouldn’t like this space or share it here on the blog, & look where we ended up. It’s almost like Christmas exploded all over. I guess that’s my advice for today… There is always a point in every project that you think that it’s just a fail, but keep trying new things & usually it eventually turns out to be something you don’t hate. It happens to everyone.. every single time.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

& a glimpse into this space at night….

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

So, there it is! Our Christmas entryway. I’m in love because it’s so cozy. The only thing that I purchases for this space this year was the garland. Everything else was already from my Christmas collection which was fun to dig in my old boxes to create this new Christmas spot in our farmhouse. I’m telling you… even though our house is under construction, I will find places to decorate for the holidays! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

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See more of our Christmas decor this year…

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Take our holiday housework [here]

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See how we made this spindle Christmas tree [here]

 

DIY Farmhouse Porch Planter Boxes

Happy Monday friends! I had such a great weekend that ended with quite an eventful night. After going picking all day with my pal Abby I was heading home tonight in the snow… and oh my gosh the roads were awful. It was the first real snow of the season so it was pretty crazy as is. The highways were a maximum speed of 30, accidents everywhere, and I almost cried the whole way as I gripped the wheel and prayed. It was intense. But as soon as pulled in the driveway to our farm and saw the lights on the snow I was in awe of the beauty of it all…

Seriously.. we have so much work to do on our fixer upper farmhouse, but a blanket of snow really covers all that up quite nicely. Another fun thing this weekend was that Jose brought two amazing planter boxes on the front porch that he built & I absolutely love them. I didn’t have time to style them so for now I just stuck two of our porch Christmas trees in them to show you what they look like…

DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
Jose quickly whipped up these boxes for our porch, but of course I never have a plan so I’m not quite sure where they will end up or how we will style them, but they are cute aren’t they? Jose shared how he made them & painted them over on his blog: Craftsmandrive.com [here]. He tells me they were pretty easy and fun to build which is cool because I think I need three more for the idea that I have… oops!

DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
You know I will be keeping you updated on where these planter boxes end up on the farm and how we style them. They would be so great framing a door, on porch steps,  by garage doors, & so much more. Be sure to visit Jose’s blog [here] & check out how he made them & let us know if you end up making some for your home! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for always supporting us with through all our DIY & fixer upper journey updates. Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram to follow along more. xx

 

See more DIY farmhouse furniture builds from Jose…

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DIY farmhouse style buffet [click here]

Chalk Paint Christmas Decor Makeover

Remember a few weeks ago when I blogged my Christmas rocking horse makeover [here]? Well, it started a domino effect that usually happens to me when I start painting things. You guessed it, it made me want to paint my entire rocking horse collection. So I painted 4 more of our Christmas rocking horses & I’m not even mad about it….

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
& what they looked like before I got my hands on them in our Christmas decor last year…

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& after…

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
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I picked these horses up at HomeGoods & I really did love them, but I was craving a change & I wanted to make them a little more custom & a lot more “Liz Marie”. I chose to paint them just like I did the one I completed a few weeks ago with Maison Blanche white pepper & sealing them with the white lime wax… one of my favorite paint combos of all time! It’s a neutral antique white look without being completely white…

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
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Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
I want to chalk paint all of the things now! I hope this shows you that you can customize the Christmas decor you find at stores like HomeGoods to fit your style. So don’t always look at the color or finish of the christmas decor but instead the shape or item instead. I love how these turned out & I’m so glad that I painted these little guys. What do you think of them? Have you tried the white pepper lime paint with the white wax combo from Maison Blanche? I promise you will love it! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes of what I am up to. xx

 

See our holiday house walk below..

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Take the full tour of our holiday house walk this year [here]