Saturday, March 21, 2015

Our first flip!

For years, we've wanted to flip a house and we finally decided to do it! 
Our first flip needed to be small and somewhat simple, since it was our first go-around. Unfortunately, I didn't take the best before and after pics, so this will have to do :)

The kitchen was very small, but with a few changes we knew we could easily update it as well as open it up. There were a few things we needed to get rid of altogether: the upper center cabinets, the outdated drop ceiling, and the faux brick back splash.


Here it is after. By sticking with neutral colors on the cabinets, walls, backsplash, floor tile, and countertops, it created a much more open flow throughout the kitchen and dining area.


 Here's another angle...


The back side of the bar was wrapped in bead board, and finished with a baseboard trim. Along the top of the cabinets where the drop ceiling had once been, was finished with crown moulding.
We also replaced all the appliances with stainless steel.



 Flooring before...

After...

We stuck to the same process on the bathrooms too.

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After...

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The basement was actually very spacious and just needed a few minor changes.
We painted the basement throughout, and refinished the plywood kitchenette/bar area.

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The other side of the bar...ugh :(

This was definitely the most challenging. Since we were at the end of our budget, we had to get creative with what we had left to spend. We were able to save quite a bit of money by making our own countertops. The top is stained birch wood with trim, and the lower half was a kit we bought at Home Depot, where we painted layers with sponges, and finished with a clear coat. 


The living room was in great shape with a new fireplace, so all we did in here was paint.

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All together, this house took about 6 weeks. After the first day on the market, we ended up getting two offers...YAY!! Let the bidding wars begin! 








Thursday, November 13, 2014

Old English Farmhouse Tables

I haven't had much time to blog lately because we've been over-the-top SWAMPED with work...
Not that it's a bad thing, just trying to keep up with it all has been a bit like spinning plates :)
Anyhoo, we finally took the leap to shipping our farm furniture nationally, and we've had a fantastic response. We're still trying to figure out a few of the minor details, but things are progressing well!

The newest item to our collection is an Old English farm table, with beautiful large 5" turned legs.
You know how I feel about pretty turned legs!

Well, this particular set is headed to New York at the end of the week, so I had to get a few shots of it before we shipped it out. Wishing I could just keep it!




This is our barn wood finish, which I'm reeeeally loving these days ;)
If you want to check out more of our farmhouse collection, click here!
Have a great weekend!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

New finishes to the farmhouse collection

We've added a couple of new finishes to our farmhouse collection that we are pretty fond of :)
This is one of our head board/foot board sets finished in Charcoal Grey. 
This color resembles the patina of a primitive piece...love love LOVE this finish! 



 And this table top is finished in a new color called Jocobean, which is very rich and dark. 
I just love how the character in the grain comes to life once the stain is applied, 
and each piece of furniture has it's own unique look. 

We are also currently working on a kitchen island design, and toying with the idea of offering chunky turned legs as another option to our Provincial Farmhouse Tables. For more information, hop on over to the Farmhouse Collection! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

New item for sale

It's been a while since we've finished any items to sell, but I've had this beautiful French Country queen sized headboard patiently waiting to get an overhaul. We decided to keep it simple in antique white, with a touch of distressing. It's also finished off in a satin lacquer finish for protection and durability. Available now for $200. 




Thursday, August 7, 2014

dressing up the shop

A couple of years ago, we outgrew our small workspace and decided to build a workshop that sits at the side of our backyard. For a long time it was a bit of an eyesore and pretty boring. I'd still like to paint it a different color, but we did build some shutters and a garden box to add some character. 
...pardon the plastic in the windows :)


While out shopping the other day I spied some fun metal decor at Hobby Lobby that would fit well, and get a nice rusty-patina over time...it's not a huge change, but definitely more homey :)



 Like I said, it's not much...but it's little details like this that make me a happy gal!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Early American Writing Desk

We've added a new item to our farmhouse collection :)

It's a replica of an early american writing desk, with aged wood and turned legs....
two of my most favorite things! 





This piece is finished in Strawflower w/walnut glaze, and Driftwood on the top.



Full details of this desk as well as the rest of our farmhouse collection can be seen here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY plank wall tutorial...cheap!

I've been wanting to plank my bedroom wall for years, and since we were installing the wood floors I talked my hubby into planking the wall as well...yay!! 
There's nothing like a good old white plank wall to bring in the farm house charm :)


This is what the wall looked like before...

Since this is a 20 ft. wall, I knew it would have been pricey to plank in real wood, so we opted for
 4' x 8' sheets of underlayment at $11.97 a piece...which means it only costed $50 :)


The nice guys at Home Depot cut wood for free, so I had them cut 6" strips along the 4' length
(although my hubby is a perfectionist and ended up re-cutting most of them)


Using a nail gun, we attached the 4' strips along the top, but since our ceiling wasn't flush we started about an inch lower, and then covered the upper area with a trim piece. Once we got to the end, we cut the strip to fit, and used the remaining piece to start the following row. That way, the planks are automatically staggered, and there's no waste :)


We separated each plank with a penny both vertically and horizontally to create an even gap.




Painting the planks are kind of a pain, but the most effective form I found was with a mini roller :)


If the paint sticks in between, make sure to use a toothpick to separate it while it's still wet! 


And that's it! Here's a before...

And after...lighter & brighter :)

(still needs baseboards!)



My cute son found this old bottle out digging one day, and I just wrapped it in thick jute, sealed with a dab of hot glue on the back. I love the pop of color and the texture from the jute against the white wall :)


Ahhh, crisp and clean...just the way I like it! :)

Underlayment: Home Depot
Plank color: Akamina- Kwal Howells
Wall color: Old Washer- Kwal Howells