Farmhouse Console Table

I saw this farmhouse console table on an Instagram account that I follow. You’re probably familiar with Shanty 2 Chic. They have tons of free plans and most of their builds are relatively easy. I sent Preston the plans and he got to work. You can find the plans here.

Total, it cost around $40 to build this table. We modified the length of the table because the original plans called for it to be 94.5 inches long. That was a little too long for my liking, so we modified it to be around 78 inches instead.

When Preston finished building the table, we let it sit for about a week in the house until we decided which color to paint/stain it. I have so much white furniture in my living room, so we opted for a blue base with a stained top. The base color is Glidden Dark Winter Sky Blue. We stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. We are obsessed with this brand!

I think this was a good fit for this wall in my living room and the cow definitely makes a little more sense now. I’m now on the hunt for a couple of white baskets for underneath! I am really happy with how this turned out!




Pottery Barn Inspired Kitchen Island

A couple of years ago, my mother in law hinted that she wanted Preston to build her a kitchen island. Christmas was right around the corner, so we thought it would be the perfect gift. We started searching for free plans and found several islands we thought would work.

We found some plans from Shanty 2 Chic that we really loved (no surprise there). These ladies are some of my favorite bloggers to follow! You can find the free plans here. As noted in their blog, it was inspired by an island they saw from Pottery Barn.

After the island was built, we sanded it down and decided to paint it with Annie Sloan chalk paint. We bought the drawer handle and the hook from Lowes and Preston found the casters from Harbor Freight. Dave decided to join in on the fun and actually had a piece of granite cut for the island. It was the perfect addition to this project!

It turned out so much better than we could have ever imagined, and I think my mother in law was pleased as well. There were lots of happy tears when we wheeled it in the house on Christmas morning. It is a functional, and beautiful piece and one of my favorite woodworking projects we have done to date.


Young & Schmitten


I am so excited to share this blog with all of you!

It all started when I began blogging my Whole30 journey back in March. When that was over, I wanted to continue writing because I had such great feedback from my blog posts and I genuinely enjoyed writing them. Let’s be honest, my Whole30 blog was fun, but healthy eating is not something I am super great at and definitely not something I could blog about all the time. I felt like it was a good time to transition my blog into something I really enjoyed…all things DIY.

The Backstory 

A few years ago in our first home on Maddie Ridge, I kept telling Preston that I wanted a farmhouse table for my dining room. After checking out Pottery Barn and other furniture stores, we realized that the prices were outrageous and there was no way we could have one unless we built it ourselves. We immediately began searching for plans and found the perfect one from Ana White. Click here for the plans.

In just a month, my husband who had never built anything like this before, built the most beautiful table. THIS is where it all started. He began woodworking and building other things like coffee and end tables, a kitchen island for his mom, benches, nightstands, bookshelves, etc.

Here is our table in progress! Can you tell he’s proud?
And here was the after!

This is where the obsession started.

While this blog is just in the beginning stages, I hope that you will follow along as I share some of our favorite projects that we have done, as well as some very anticipated projects we hope to begin in our next home. We are currently in the process of purchasing our next house, and have LOTS of projects lined up for it! If all goes as planned, we will be settling in next month into our “farmhouse in the city” as I like to call it. It is a great house and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

In the meantime, watch for blog posts on previously done projects, and hopefully next month I will be able to share some new, bigger and more challenging ones! 🙂