Usually when I go into a room, I can pretty well get a vision for what I want the space to look like and what decisions would make the room the most practical. In this room, however, I was so frustrated! I have no idea why, but out of all the rooms in our home, this space gave me the most headache. I really wanted to create a beautiful sunroom, full of lush, green plants and lots of natural elements, but since our back door leads into this room, we also needed a designated area for shoes, purses, coats, etc. Then, to throw an ugly wrench in the plans, the washer and dryer had to find a cozy little home in here as well. So basically, I needed to make a laundry room/sunroom/mudroom combination, and make it look somewhat cohesive. Continue reading “Laundry Room Overhaul”
As many of you all know, Braden and I have embarked on one of our most exciting adventures of remodeling and restoring an Italianate/Colonial farmhouse that was built in the 1860s. There is something so special and intricate about the details, labor, and thought that went into constructing homes during this time. Construction wasn’t exactly easy then, so I like to think that each detail was a true labor of love.
With America’s (and my own) love affair with Chip and Joanna Gaines, has come a deep love and desire for “shiplap.” This subtle and classic wall plank texture adds charming character to lifeless sheetrock walls, giving any space a “modern farmhouse” appeal that so many of us, including myself, adore. While these treasures may be lurking beneath the walls of older homes, most often, it is a look that has to be recreated through new materials. The problem with this? The original tongue-and-groove shiplap materials are EXPENSIVE to buy. If y’all haven’t figured it out by now, around this household, we do projects on a budget. So, with a vision in mind, and a motivation to save money, we researched, tested and LOVED a faux shiplap treatment created with underlayment… so much so, that we have done four different spaces in our home with this method (and currently in a project that we’ve been working on…stay tuned!), and I’m contemplating doing more (sorry, Braden). The best part about this? You can create a beautiful space without breaking the bank.
Last March, when we purchased our house, we inherited the “beautiful” white, boring, outdated tile that came with it. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was just thrilled to keep it for forever… not. I wanted it up and out—but there was one problem that is seemingly an overarching problem as a teacher: we just didn’t have the budget to replace it. Because money is not something that is used liberally in our household, I began to think of alternative options to put a dress on this dated mess.
After our last post, which included pictures of our dining room setup, we have had a couple people asking about the “vintage farmhouse table” that was shown. Truth be told, the only thing that is “vintage” about that table is the old, wooden, barn-style door that forms the tabletop, and not much else. Before we get too far into this, let me start by saying that all of the posts on the website so far have come from Afton’s point of view, being more of a design perspective (and spoiler alert: the majority of the posts in the future will probably come from her, as well). However, for this week’s blog post, I felt led to take over the metaphorical reigns, temporarily, to show you how you can easily make a farmhouse-style table similar to ours in a short day’s work. Continue reading “Build Your Own Farmhouse Style Table Out of an Old Door (For under $15)”