Farm Table Makeover {Miss Mustard Seed}

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Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Today, I am so excited to have one of my very dear blog friends here today, Marian from Miss Mustard Seed.

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Marian and I started blogging around the same time many years ago.  I loved following her blog because she had the best style and made things beautiful for less. It has been fun to watch her blog “blow up” over the past five years.  She has been featured in practically every magazine on the planet, written a home decor book, and has her own line of milk paint products!  {And that’s only the half of it!}

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She’s a rockstar, y’all!

The best part is she is humble and grateful for all of the blessings her blog has brought her.  Plus, she knows from whom all blessings flow!  {wink}

Thank you, Marian, for sharing this beautiful project with us today!!

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Would you believe that this…

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…started out as this?

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I was hunting for a really great, large farm table, but everything I found was just a bit more than I wanted to pay. So, I decided to open my search to include new, solid wood tables that could be refinished to look old. That search yielded this newer table that had a great shape, but the shiny, orangey finish wasn’t the look I was going for.

I tried stripping off the finish with a chemical stripper, but it only took a little bit of the shine off. So, we had to go to sanding. Kriste sanded off the finish one afternoon when it was pretty and the table could be carried outside of the studio. It took some time, but she was able to get it down to the raw pine boards. Now it looked like a brand new, unfinished table. I wanted it to look old and worn, so I abused it with various sharp and blunt objects…denting, dinging, scratching and poking it.

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I tried to be random with the marks, except for clusters of pinholes I made with a nail, meant to look like worm holes.

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I wanted to give the wood a rich patina and a finish, so I slathered on some Antiquing Wax.

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When the excess is wiped away, the Antiquing Wax stays in the dents, dings and “worm holes”, simulating the look of age, wear and patina. It’s not quite as warm as pine that has been aged over decades, but it’s a great option for instant age.

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Here is a quick video on the finishing process, so you can see it in action.

The cool thing about using the Antiquing Wax is that it’s one step. It’s the technique and the finish all in one. I only applied one coat, buffed it by hand and then buffed it with a buffing pad on my orbital sander to make it smooth and slightly shiny. It’s not glossy, but the buffing pad brings out a luster.

And I love how it turned out. When I showed it to Kriste she said it didn’t even look like the same table.

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We lightly sanded the table base and applied a coat of Lucketts Green followed by a coat of Ironstone. We then distressed and left the paint unfinished. (I say “we” because Kriste and I both worked on it during various stages.) I like the two-tone look for the legs, because it’s pretty common to see that on old tables. It also gives the legs some visual texture, since they are pretty smooth to the touch.

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making new wood look old | miss mustard seed

making new wood look old | miss mustard seed

making new wood look old | miss mustard seed

making new wood look old | miss mustard seed

 

Check out  more of Marian’s amazing makeovers by visiting her blog….

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Gorgeous Sunroom Makeover! {Jenna Sue Designs}

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I am so excited about our guest poster today!!!  I found Jenna Sue’s beautiful blog a couple of years ago, and I immediately fell in love with her style.  Her blog is probably one of my absolute favorites right now, and if you haven’t ever visited it, you are in for a treat!  Today she is sharing with us her gorgeous sunroom makeover!  Enjoy, and give her lots of Beneath My Heart love.  

 

 

 

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Hello and happy summer, Beneath my Heart friends! This has always been my favorite season—though I live in the mountains of California now, I’m a tropical weather and beach girl at heart so I have very fond memories of our home back in Florida.

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My favorite room from that house and the biggest transformation was our sunroom. It was the embodiment of the eternal summer coastal Florida vibe and held many great memories for us.

We renovated the space over a five week span using lower cost materials and plenty of DIY, just in time for our official summer kickoff party.

Here’s how it looked before we bought the house:

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Then after we threw some furniture in:

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We broke this project down into several stages.

Phase 1: Building a secret cat outhouse:

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Phase 2: Tearing out the ceiling panels, adding insulation and a new humidity resistant drywall ceiling (with recessed speakers and lights)

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Phase 3: ‘Wood’ tile flooring

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Phase 4: Building the beds, coffee table and console table

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Phase 5: Accessorizing

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We were so in love with the after.

A sunlight filled room where we could look out over the pool or catch the turtles swimming in the lake…

The perfect place to take an afternoon nap or cool off from the summer heat…

A lookout point for our kitty to observe birds and lizards…

Or just a restful retreat for guests to relax in when visiting.

 

Head on over to the Sunroom Reveal post for more After photos plus a complete source list and price breakdown! I hope this makeover can bring some inspiration into your own summer decorating. Soak up every drop of this beautiful season while it lasts!


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Lowe’s Spring Makeover REVEALS!

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I am so excited to be participating in the

Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal Tour!

You guys are going to be blown away with these makeovers!  Seriously, I think my jaw dropped on each one of them!!!

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 Lowe’s rounded up a team of all-star bloggers this past Spring to help bring some much needed cheer to some of the hardest hit areas of the US from the harsh winter weather. 

But these bloggers could have never completed these projects in two days without the help of the amazing Lowe’s Volunteers!

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These volunteers were ROCKSTARS!!  It is amazing what you can accomplish as a team!

EEK!  I cannot wait for you to check out all of these makeovers!  You will be soooooo inspired!  Be sure to check on each of the pictures below to view each beautiful makeover!

 I am going to start with my exterior home makeover just in cased you missed it a few weeks ago. :)

 

Beneath My Heart‘s Exterior Makeover

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 Cy and I headed down near Nashville, Tennessee to brighten up the exterior of this basic brick ranch.

 

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Brooklyn Limestone‘s Outdoor Oasis

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 I am so in love with pergola’s after seeing this makeover!  And the beverage station is adorable!

 

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The DIY Playbook‘s Patio Refresher

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The Golden Sycamore‘s Bathroom Makeover

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 This bathroom makeover is absolutely beautiful!  Allison took this bathroom from blah to AAAHHHH!

 

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Our Fifth House‘s Spectacular Pool/Outdoor Makeover

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I kept scrolling back and forth on Carmel’s post comparing the befores and afters!  It is A-Ma-Zing!! 

 

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City Farmhouse‘s Breathtaking Outdoor 

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 Jen has CRAZY good design style!  This makeover looks like something right out of a magazine!!

 

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Pretty Handy Girl‘s Front Yard Transformation

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 Brittany killed it on this front yard makeover.  It went from dry and dull, to va-va-voom with color!!

 

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Liz Marie Blog‘s Cozy Sunroom Makeover

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Liz turned this little sunroom into a beautiful, relaxing space for these homeowners! 

 

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Home Stories A to Z‘s Inspiring Sunroom and Deck Makeover

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Beth spruced up two spaces in her makeover.  I LOVE how she took the sunroom from dark to bright and airy!

All Things G&D <— Reveal coming soon! Dusty headed to Maine last weekend for her big makeover and she’ll be sharing all of the details soon. Can’t wait to see what this talented Midwest gal comes up with for the coastal homeowners!

Just A Girl Blog <– Reveal coming soon! Chris has been forced to delay her makeover because of weather issues. Once she reveals the makeover, we will add it to the line-up. And if this makeover is anything like her previous projects, you will definitely want to check it out.

 

Thanks for stopping by!  

 

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How to Build a Window Box

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I wanted to share another project we completed during the Lowe’s Home Makeover in Nashville last month!

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I have always loved the look of window boxes!

So I was thrilled to hear that our homeowners in Nashville wanted window boxes on their windows too!  It gave Cy and I a chance to make some, and it gave us practice for the window boxes we will be making for our own home soon.  :)

They are so much easier to make than you would think.

Here are the supplies we used:

 1×8 poplar boards

1/4 x 2 inch poplar trim piece

18 gauge nailer with 1 1/4 inch nails

wood glue

compound miter saw (to cut wood pieces)

Black support brackets (we got ours at Lowe’s)

 

Important tips that are not included in the video:

1.  Be sure to drill holes in the bottom of the window box to allow for water drainage.

2.  Be sure to let the glue completely dry and set before adding the dirt and flowers.   

3.  You can use “liquid nails” and screws instead of nails to increase the durability of the window box.

 

 


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How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

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Yesterday, I shared the Lowe’s Exterior Makeover Reveal with you, and today I wanted to show you how we made the board and batten shutters.

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We had the most amazing team of Lowe’s volunteers to help with the makeover!

They helped us build, sand, and stain the board and batten shutters for Grant and Beth’s house.  

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Steve, the assistant manager, was helping us make the shutters, and I put him on the spot and asked him if I could video him making one of the shutters.

Without any practice at all, Steve whipped out this 3 minute video tutorial with complete perfection!  He nailed it in one take!

As soon as he finished, all of the volunteers erupted in applause!  It was so fun!  I told Steve he was giving Mike Holmes a run for his money and that he was better than most guys on HGTV!   

You are going to love this video tutorial!  Steve does such a great job!  :)  Please give him mad props because he deserves it. 

Here is our supply list:

  • 1×6 poplar boards
  • 1×4 poplar boards
  • compound miter saw
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails (1 1/4″, 18 gauge finish nails)
  • tape measure
  • sanding sponges
  • stain  (We used MinWax Dark Walnut.)
  • rubber gloves and cloths for staining
  • paint sticks to use as spacers between boards

 

 

If you have any questions at all, just ask!  

Have a blessed day!


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Lowe’s Home Exterior Makeover Reveal

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Y’all, I am BEYOND excited to show you the exterior home makeover that Cy and I did with Lowe’s last week near Nashville, Tennessee.   

Cy and I LOVE a good makeover, and this one made a HUGE difference in the exterior of a home.

Now let me back it up a little bit….

Remember last month when I told you how Lowe’s was sending bloggers out to the 10 Bleakest Cities of 2015 because of the harsh winter weather?

Well, Cy and I were assigned to Nashville, and we looked over a bunch of projects that readers submitted in that area.  It was hard to decide which project to tackle, but we ultimately decided on Grant and Beth’s brick ranch home.  

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It might have been because it reminded us so much of our own brick ranch?

Or it might have been because of the way Grant wanted to surprise his wife with the makeover and how he gushed about his love for his family?

Or it could have been because we wanted to show our readers how easy it is to change the look of your home with just some paint (and a little sweat equity)?

Or it could have been ALL OF THE ABOVE!

Cy and I both agreed that Grant and Beth’s home project was the one for us, and we eagerly got to planning.   We had a chat with Grant and Beth via the computer and talked about plans for the house. 

The main things we wanted to accomplish were:

1.  Paint brick exterior.

2.  Add new landscaping.

3.  Build and install new shutters and window boxes.

4.  Build and install new porch columns.

We knew we would have to do some more minor changes as we went along, but those were the main goals of this makeover. 

I have a ton of posts planned that will show you all the steps we took to complete this makeover, but today we are focusing on the amazing BEFORE and AFTERS.  :)

Here is what it looked like when we arrived…

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And here is what it looked like when we left…

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HUGE difference, right?

The homeowners were wanting to paint their brick because you could see where an addition had been added on to the back of the original house.  We contracted the paint job out to a professional painter.  We knew he would be able to paint the house more quickly, and we needed all the time we could get since we had to complete this makeover in two days!

“Paul the Painter” was amazing!!  We changed the colors on him a couple of times during the first day and he didn’t even flinch!  He handle it all like the PRO that he is, and we were THRILLED with the results!  I told him I was going to share his information with my readers because he was THAT GOOD!  So if you live near Nashville and need something painted, you will be very happy you contacted Paul!

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We started out with the color Accessible Beige (which is gorgeous, but too light) and ended up with Balanced beige SW7037.  We had the employees at Lowe’s tint the original paint color to the darker beige color, and they did it awesomely.  :)

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The Lowe’s Heroes ROCKED the landscaping!  They spent the first day ripping out all of the old landscaping and getting the ground ready for the new plants. 

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Didn’t they do a great job?  These plants will look gorgeous as they grow over the years.

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They also added beautiful flowers to our DIY flower boxes!  (Tutorial on the window boxes coming next week!)
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Steve, the Lowe’s assistant manager, helped us make our DIY board and batten shutters.

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He created a video just for my readers on how to make these shutters!  I will be sharing it next week, and you will not believe how easy it is!

Steve’s wife was a ROCKSTAR too!  She doesn’t work for Lowe’s but volunteered BOTH days to help, and she was a workhorse!

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We could not have done it all without the AMAZING Lowe’s Heroes!  They worked so hard, never complained, jumped it to help whenever it was needed, had great attitudes, were funny and sweet, and were such a JOY to work with!

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Here is what the left corner of the house looked like before…

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And here is the AFTER…

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One of my favorite “touches” was the turquoise blue door.  We painted it SW6486 “Reflecting Pool” in Semi-gloss by getting the color matched at Lowe’s.   It really makes the front porch a focal point!

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We hadn’t planned on removing the vinyl ceiling on the front porch, but ended up having to when we installed the new wood columns.  We were able to put the wood bead board ceiling up the second day, but the homeowners were not sure if they wanted to paint it white or stain it.  So we decided that they could make that decision later. :)

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 We also prettied up the right side of the house with more shutters and window boxes.frontMy talented husband built the beautiful wood columns.  I will share more of that next week too! ;)  Lots of great posts coming up, y’all!

We LOVED working with Grant and Beth!  They were so much like Cy and I, and our boys had a great time hanging out with their boys.  Again, more on that later. ;)

 

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A HUGE thanks to Lowe’s and their amazing Heroes that helped with this makeover!  We couldn’t have done it without them!

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*This project and post was sponsored by Lowe’s, my absolute FAVORITE home improvement store!  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 

 


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How to Stain your Patio to look like Tile {#tbt}

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 Hey Friends!

It’s throw back Thursday here at Beneath My Heart, and I wanted to share with you one of my FAVORITE Spring projects that Cy and I complete at our previous home!

 

 

How to stain your patio to look like tile

 

This project was pretty easy and very inexpensive, but produce HUGE results!

As you can see in the “before” picture, we had a dull, ugly, concrete back patio like many homes do.  We brainstormed ways that we could change the look of our patio inexpensively, and staining the concrete to look like tile did the trick!

To see the complete tutorial of how you can do this yourself,

CLICK HERE

 

You can also see how we decorated our back patio by clicking on the picture below!

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams {Part Seven}

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Hey friends!

I am back with part seven in my series. :)  I am thinking there will be a total of 10 posts in this series!  That’s crazy!  house transformation series

Today, I am going to share some pictures of Jonathan and Luke’s room in the upstairs addition.  Next,  I’ll share their bathroom and Adam and Eli’s unfinished room. Next week, I’ll finish up with our den and our future plans for our home!  

Here is a reminder of our floor plan…Our House Plans

 

Jonathan and Luke have a long room across the back of the house. 

We thought about putting bunk beds on one side of the room, and then having the other half of the room for a desk and dresser space, but decided since our boys are older it would be best for them to have their “own” space. 

I am in love with the industrial look, especially in a boy’s room, so I decided to build Jonathan and Luke their own set of shelves. 

Here are Jonathan’s shelves…

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I created a space for him to hang his guitars since he is our “music guy.”

Click HERE to see a detailed tutorial of how we made them.

It’s kind of hard to tell in some of the pictures, but we put brick paneling over the studs and painted them the same color as the walls. (Sherwin Williams, White Dove)

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You can see it in the picture below…

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Now for Luke’s side of the room!  I created his custom shelves a little differently since he doesn’t play the guitar.  :)  He has sort of an “explore” them going on…

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I also built the shelves around where his bed was going to be and hung a light above for reading.

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To create some more storage, I made some DIY Rolling Storage Crates.  These are perfect for Luke’s socks and other small items. 

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In the middle of the room, between the two windows, we built a DIY Sawhorse Desk.

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This has become a perfect spot for the boys’ to do their homework.  

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To see a video of how we built it, click HERE.

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We used some old lockers we found in the shed when we moved in our home and turned them into some clothes storage for my boys.  (The closet where they hang their clothes is to the right of those lockers.)

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So that is Jonathan and Luke’s room!  It has been a great space for them.  

Source list:

Bedding:  IKEA

Small rugs:  Ballard Designs Outlet

Large Rug:  Lowes

Lamps:  Home Goods

Blinds:  Lowes

Industrial shelves materials:  Lowes

Red Stools:  Garden Ridge

Arrow sign:  Hobby Lobby

 

Come back tomorrow for a look at their bathroom!

 


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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams! {Part Six}

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Welcome to Part Six of my series!

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Today, we are headed back over to the new addition of our house.

 

 

 

 

I found some old pictures of when we were working on our master bedroom, and I think it will help you visually see where everything is.

This is what you see when you walk into our master bedroom…

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To the right is our sitting area and french doors that lead out to our “someday” wrap around porch…

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You can see the entrance to the master bathroom below…

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And there is the door leading out of our bedroom…

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Unfortunately, I haven’t taken a ton of pictures of our bedroom because there are so many unfinished parts.  And when I say “unfinished,”  I am referring to decorating instead of building projects.

But I have been able to spruce up parts of the bedroom for home tours I have participated in, like my Christmas tour…

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And my fall home tour…

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You can see the makeover I did on our bedside table HERE.

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I do not have any current pictures of our sitting area because it isn’t finished yet.  I basically have two chairs sitting in that area, and it usually is used to “store” items I don’t want to see.   (aka: junk corner)   It is my plan to finally get the sitting area decorated and finished this year!  #fingerscrossed

I also found this picture of our bedroom in our Kentucky Home Tour (notice the sitting area is not included.  ha!)  My friend, Layla, took this picture.

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For our master bathroom, we found a beautiful antique door that used to belong to a classroom in our alma mater, Asbury University.  We replaced the old glass with a new glazed piece of glass for privacy.

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For our vanity, I re-did an antique dresser.  Click HERE to see how we added the sink, and HERE to see how we painted it.

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My favorite part of our bathroom is our claw foot tub.  We found it on craigslist and re-did it.  

Click HERE to see how refinished the claw foot tub.

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To give our ceiling some character, we installed faux wood beams.
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You can see more pictures and a video of how we did it HERE.

Since our brick had an “orangey” color to it, I decided I wanted to white wash it. 

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You can see how we did that HERE.

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We went for a clean, timeless look in the shower by using white subway tile on the walls and Carrera marble on the floor.

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For more pictures of our master shower, click HERE.

Sooo, I haven’t really done anything else in the bathroom except we added this antique knob that we got at an antique mall for about five bucks. IMG_4191

 

I also found this rug that I loved at Home Goods, and it was the perfect size.  It also adds a little color to the space.

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We also added a crystal chandelier above the tub, but it is impossible to take good pictures of it!  UGH!  We got it at Home Depot, I think.  I’m not super crazy about it, but it is fine for now.  I am hoping to eventually find a beautiful antique brass one to go there.

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As you can see, I still need to add curtains and other decor.  When I do, I will be sure to share it here on my blog! :)

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So as you can see, we have built a NEW addition onto our house, but we have tried out best to make it feel OLD.  Are you feelin’ it?

Working on this part of our house caused me to write one of my most popular series on my blog…..

How to Add Old House Character and Charm to your Newer Home

For more inspiration in how to make your new house feel old, click HERE.

Next week, we will finish our series with the upstairs in our addition and our den.  Yay!!

HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND!!

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch in the Cottage of our Dreams (Part Five)

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When I started this series, I wasn’t exactly sure how many “parts” there would be, but it seems we are already up to FIVE!  Whoop!

Let’s keep going!  :)

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This small 11 ft x 11 ft room is to the left of our guest bathroom.  It was Eli and Adam’s room when we first moved in, and then it became a junk room when the boys moved into the addition.

Here is what I am talking about…

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I knew when we converted this room into my office, that I wanted a lot of desk space and window seats under the windows.  So I showed my ideas to Cy, and he brought me dream to life!  (I love that man.)  You can see how we began building it HERE.

 

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And more of the building process HERE.

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We gave everything a fresh coat of white paint…

It was looking better already!

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Once we finished the desk, it was time to add upper cabinets!

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We reused some of the cabinets that we had left over from our kitchen makeover and added some open shelving in the middle of them.

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You can see the whole tutorial HERE.

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For the space below the cabinets, I built a large burlap memo board.

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I am so glad I did this!  I use this memo board like CRAZY now!  To see how easy it was to make, click HERE. 

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Below my desk, I had Cy build me a cabinet, and I turned it into a file cabinet.

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I attached a metal file holder to a piece of wood that slides in and out of the cabinet.  You can see how I did this HERE.

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I also made new cabinet doors for the old kitchen shelves I hung above my desks and the window seats.  You can see the complete tutorial of how I made them HERE.

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And you can see how I made my window seat cushions in less than five minutes each by clicking HERE.

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One of my favorite projects in this room was turning the old bedroom closet into my craft closet

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This space has been a life saver!

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It was even featured in an organizing book!  Yay!

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I also love my HUGE command center calendar!  It’s on the wall to the left of my craft closet.

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My most recent pictures of my office were taken when I did a makeover on a chair

 

office chair makeover

Believe me, my desk does not look this clean, nor do I always have fresh flowers on my desk.  :)  Although I wish I did!  

office makeover

This chair is not longer in my office.  :(  The boys broke one of the legs while twirling around in it.  Oh well!  Good thing I only paid $6.50 for it at Goodwill, right?!

As you can see in the picture below, I added some wood blinds and a sisal rug.  For now, this space is officially done! I do have a sewing station on the other desk corner, but I haven’t taken any pictures of it yet.  I will try to do that soon and show it to you. 

office makeover

If you missed the previous four posts about our home renovation,

click on the links below:

Exterior

Addition

Kitchen

Guest Bathroom

 

Thanks for stopping  by!

Come back tomorrow!  

We are headed over to the master bedroom in our addition! 

 

 

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