Archive for May, 2013

Reader Redesign: Farmhouse Kitchen

Something about renovating a farmhouse just sounds so idyllic to me. And Joanna’s farmhouse kitchen renovation doesn’t disappoint. She and her husband took it from closed off and dated to open and, well, check it out yourself…

Hey guys! I live in Texas and my husband and I are in the middle of renovating our 125 yr old farmhouse. We have been married for ten years, have four kids, and have lived in 9 homes. All of which we bought, lived in, and flipped. After we move into the farmhouse, I am done. I hope.

When my husband first showed me this house, I walked right out of it and said there is no way. Two weeks later we were signing papers and it was ours. I  had to get my game face on so that I wouldn’t freak out. There was so much potential especially in the kitchen area and this is where I decided to focus the most. The kitchen had a huge brick wall (you can’t see it in the before pic) and it just felt so dark and dated. 

We decided to take the brick wall down to counter top height so the kitchen would be open to the rest of the house. I wanted a clean palette in the kitchen because when life gets crazy with four kiddos, it seems to all happen in the kitchen. My kitchen tends be the pit stop for school bags, paperwork, mother’s day out crafts, etc… I wanted the space to feel clean even when things started piling up. Brazilian black granite and white subway tile is as clean and simple as it gets.

We lightened the space up by painting the existing cabinets and brick white. We also added glass to the cabinets that framed out the sink and we replaced the window above the sink. My big affordable farm sink came from Ikea. I chose an afforable, durable laminate floor- clean up is so easy with these!

I went to a used restaurant supply place and found a stainless steel island with wheels, got if for a bargain!

This house ended up being perfect for the six of us. I am glad my husband had the guts and vision to get past the obvious!  – Joanna

If you want to see more from Joanna and her husband Chip, here’s her blog. And in the favorite-part arena, I could stare at the awesome sloped beams for at least an hour. And Sherry loves the big window over the sink and the contrast of the dark window treatment, stools, and counter with all that white.

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A Full Rundown Of Home Makeover Projects & Links

Packing up our current house and new-house-floor-laying continues…

… but we didn’t want to scoot outta our beloved current house without one more updated Listy McListerson full of everything we’ve checked off and a few things we’d love to have done if we were staying here longer (those are bulleted at the bottom). #warningitslong

Just for fun, here’s the very first list that we shared for this house back in 2010. I love how plans seem to evolve as you live somewhere and figure out what we love/want as you go. It’s also really funny how quickly your eyes adjust and you forget what you started with, isn’t it? Seriously, a week after we knocked a big doorway between the dining room and the kitchen it felt like it had always been there.

- The Front Yard: Complete! -


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- The Front Porch: Complete! –

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- The Carport: Complete! -

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- The Office: Complete! -

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- The Hall Bathroom: Complete! –

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- The Big Hallway: Complete!

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- The Dining Room: Complete! -


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- The Laundry Room: Complete! -

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- The Kitchen: Complete! -

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- The Playroom: Complete! -

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- Nursery: Complete! -

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- Clara’s Closet: Complete! -

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- The Sunroom: Complete! -

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- The Master Bedroom: Complete! -

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- The Master Sink Nook: Complete! -

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- The Master Bathroom: Complete! -

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- The Guest Bedroom: Complete! -

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- The Basement Workshop: Complete! -

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- The Side Lot: Complete! -

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- The Backyard: Complete! -

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It’s so much fun to look back at all the completed bullets and reminisce. We’re going to miss the heck outta this house. And since a home is never really done, we thought it would be fun to include some things that could have been exciting to do down the line if we had stayed…

Here’s hoping the next owners pick up where we left off and we can house crash them someday!

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