Thursday, September 22, 2016

Farmhouse Flip Update Sept 22 2016

Without a doubt this farmhouse renovation has been intense.
And I'm feeling the buzz of excitement as we are getting close to the end.

I even have an exact date I want the renos done and that is Oct 17.
The Insurance company has contacted me and they want to do their walk through,
so I have to be pretty much done by that date.

The largest section of the renos was the main floor.
The upstairs two bedrooms only had a coat of paint in one room,
and the other room does need work but it should be an easy fix.
A fix that is scheduled to be done in a week or so.

So let's have a before and after walk through of what we have done thus far.

The pic below was the house when I first laid eyes on it back in March of 2016.
Funny, I remember when I first went to see it with a Real Estate agent,
I was so turned off by this house I walked away after just seeing the main level.
I was so not interested.
She then told me it could be worth some money after it was fixed up, she suggested the $160,000ish.
I then decided to go back through the house and have a look around again.
In fact, I went through twice that same afternoon.
Just think, I almost didn't take this sweet little gem....glad I went back and looked at it completely different.


As of Sept 22, 2016

The landscaping is wrapping up, I just have to focus on the front right of the house.

Loved these antique wagon wheels, so I bought them.
One day this week I was out driving, I stopped to checkout some roadside wagon wheels for sale.
Two came back with me, they look beautiful in the garden.....very country farmhouse.
Might go back and get a third for the other side of the house.

In the backyard we built a deck, and when I say we I mean me and one of my crew guys.
This was the first time I ever built a deck and I valued the learning experience.
We kinda did half and half, he probably did more half then I did, but I am still giving myself the deck building credit! lol
We are almost done, still have to trim and face all the edges.


As of Sept 22, 2016

The sanding from the new drywall is finished throughout the house and waiting for paint.
Here in the kitchen, this pic is the door leading out to the front porch.
Trying to keep some authenticity to the farmhouse, I am keeping this original door.


As of Sept 22, 2016

Changes I made with the kitchen's row of three doors....
I took the frame away from the entrance to the living room and rounded the corners with drywall.
I took away the door leading to the staircase, but it will have a frame around edges.
And the entrance to the master bedroom will be framed and getting a new white door.
The framing will all be white.


As of Sept 22, 2016

The living room is ready for paint.
There is a section in this room that had an original door leading outside.
I have decided for cost purposes to plank this wall and go right over the door.


As of Sept 22, 2016

This entire wall will be planked, the door will be covered up.

The bathroom is starting to shape up, looking to turn out to be quite pretty.
The tub surround is tiled, the walls in this room are getting planked.
I bought a cute farmhouse galvanized light for above the sink.
The original pedestal sink will be going back in.  I bought a new toilet.
New flooring is white with a punch of black and grey specks.


As of Sept 22, 2016

A lot of work, but I am honest in saying it is a labour of love.
I am very proud of this little house and the achievements done thus far...
both in the physical renovations and the personal renovations. :)

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Autumn-Inspired Tablescape

We all know the transition from summer to autumn happens fast,
and that means it's almost time to swap those daisies on your table to mums and bring outdoor dinner parties in.

I love everything about the Fall.  My very favourite of all four seasons.
Sweaters, warm cozy blankets, that smell of a wood stove gently burning somewhere, those brilliant autumn colours, pumpkins, corn stacks, fall foliage.

 Bringing this warm ambience into my home, last year I put together an Autumn tablescape.

 Today I am combining a few posts I did last year on my autumn dining room decor.
 Starting with the centrepiece I arranged.  The table set for Thanksgiving dinner and
and a how to DIY tutorial on making the rectangle wooden box I used for the centrepiece.

The centrepiece
Starting with the centrepiece, 
 I used the long wooden box that I built a few years ago.
The DIY tutorial is here.

 Knowing I wanted fresh pumpkins and gourds I stopped by my local country roadside stand.

In the box, medium size white pumpkin, gourds, small size Indian corn,
fresh leaves, balls of twig, wheat, bits of burlap and some tall taper candles.

The tablescape.
An autumn inspired table setting. 
As I started to place the plates around the table and the table started to come together,
I switched out a few of the orange touches and went with a more uniform colour combo.

 I was looking to create a neutral and natural style.
Going with gourds, white, burlap, wheat, miniature corn husks.  

The wooden box centrepiece not only looked beautiful, but was perfect height for conversation across the table.

 Dishes, an off white simple pattern, along with a wooden charger.

The water goblets/wine glasses with the coloured leaves.
 Always look forward to bringing them out for the season.

Incorporating the traditional colours of the season in my decor,
 I added a bit of orange to the dining room buffet.
And also throughout the house.

 The sweet white turkey canister I bought in Texas, while on the road trip I took with daughter Rachel a few years back.

The wooden box.
As mentioned, an easy how to DIY tutorial for the centrepiece wooden box.
Stained in a dark finish.
You can find it here.

Get the look......
I just love this elegant set from Wayfair.
A perfect autumn country style place setting.

Charleston 16 Piece Dinnerware Set

 I maybe super busy with renovations to both my flip properties, but I took the time today to scroll through last years tablescape.
It was so pretty, I just loved it, still do.

For this post, I worked alongside Wayfair Canada.  I'm super excited to be partnering with them.
I am in love with everything they have, and equally love they ship to Canada for free.
Yes my fellow Canadians, you spend so much and they send it to your shipping!
That's my kind of online shopping.  Right from my laptop to my door.....thank you very much.

So as the weather gets cooler, shorts are replaced with jeans, flip flops are traded in for loafers and the AC in the car is turned over to heat.....welcome Fall!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wayfair. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Farmhouse Finds from Target

As the farmhouse renos continue on, it takes a lot of my thinking energy. I am also thinking decor.
This house is such a country farmhouse, no if's or but's about it.
It oozes with rural, fields, tractors, small town, comfort, family, cozy, peaceful.

I am starting the buying stages of the decor, what will look good, what I already have and what I will need to buy.
So I checked out online Target.
I pulled together a few farmhouse style mood boards.
With a bit of industrial thrown in for good measure, and a few odds and ends from other retails stores to give it a complete look.

Yes Target is no longer in Canada, but they do ship here.
This is not a paid sponsor, I am just sharing what shopping consideration I am doing for the farmhouse. 

Let's have a look.

Living Room
I start with my white IKEA sofa and love seat, not of course that Target sells it,
but it is just a fav of mine...pretty much goes with any style you are trying to create.
 Add a standard beige 8x10 carpet from Home Depot.

 I went with a pallet of white and neutral colours.
For any of these items I have a direct link on my Pinterest  board 



Even though there is not a bison in sight, I thought this picture was cool.
This print is not found at Target, I found it here 


Buffalo or cow, both pics just seem to fit into the style of this farmhouse.
Again, this print is not found at Target, I found it here


Master Bedroom

A classic black farmhouse style wrought iron bed.
I like the look Target created for there "Industrial Shop" line, so I went with it.



Any time I am considering a purchase for the farmhouse, I pin it for future reference.
Check out my shopping list here

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