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!

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Hello, New Floors.

Ever notice that no matter the size of your kitchen, that’s where everyone seems to gather? Well, I didn’t want everyone to gather in our kitchen because I really wasn’t a fan of the green floors we had. They were really cramping my style. (Excuse the dirty house–this was the night before construction).

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My husband and I had been talking about replacing them for a while but just kept putting it off. Finally, we decided there was no better time than now, so we got to work. We felt this was a job that needed to be done by a professional, so we bought all the materials and let the tile man go to work.

We settled on a 12×24 silver porcelain tile. After looking all over Madison County, low and behold, we found the tile of our choice from Lowes. You can find it, here.

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After we bought the materials (tile, thin set, grout, backer board, screws, etc.) we let the tile man get to work. He made pretty amazing progress on day one! Shout out to Robert’s Custom Tile!

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Robert had all the backer board laid on the first day, as well as all the solid pieces of tile.
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By Day 3, the floors were finished. We used “Delorean Grey” for the grout color.

I don’t think the floor registers had been replaced since the house was built so we bought new ones that you can find here. We are BIG Amazon Prime shoppers when it comes to house hold items such as light fixtures and other miscellaneous things!

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Needless to say, this was a long overdue project, and we are so glad we got this one knocked out in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Slowly but surely, we are putting our kitchen back together. We are excited to have friends and family over to gather in our kitchen!

 

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-Whitney S.

Living Room Confusion

What a terrible blogger I am!

I had this vision when we moved into our new (old) home, that I would become this trendy blogger, blogging about all things DIY and updates we made to our house along the way. Clearly, I have failed miserably. But hey, it’s never too late!

My other goal was to blog solely so I had the opportunity to write. I was once told that I was good writer… ok, maybe not so much a good writer but that I was relatable. I hope that I can relate to you all in my blog posts. Not every post will be about our home. After all, I am no Chip and Joanna Gains although I tell my husband he reminds me of Chip ALL the time.

Anyways, moving on.

Let’s talk about living rooms. My living room has changed 100 times since moving in. Let me note, that I have a super patient husband who puts up with my constant change of things so thank you, P! I’ve probably changed my curtains out 3 times, my rug out 3-4 times, and for some reason I just can’t make up my mind. I have this weird style, you see. I love the farmhouse style, but for some reason can never seem to capture it in my home. Anybody feel me on this? I’ve come to just accept my living room as is, and I’m moving on to other projects.

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If I had one do-over, it would be to have white/cream couches instead of brown. I recently bought this rug from RugsUSA.com. All the furniture is built by Preston. I’m still trying to talk him into letting me paint the fireplace. 🙂 And yes, I let him hang this deer head in our living room. It’s about compromise, folks.
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I love all the natural light in this house! So many windows!

Unfortunately, these pictures do not show the entirety of my living room, but we are in the process of building a table for the back wall. I’ll blog about that under the wood working section of my blog once it’s complete so stay tuned!

Coming up…

We are FINALLY getting new kitchen floors! I am hopeful they will be done by the weekend! Day one of moving into this house I said, “Those floors have got to go.” I’m so anxious!

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We started here…
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Now we’re here… except those cabinets got a second coat of paint and we have updated the gold hardware to stainless steel.

Stay Tuned! Have a great week!

-Whitney S.

Week 1-2 Projects

Hey Everyone!

I am SO excited to finally be sharing some of our house updates with you. I haven’t had internet in the new house for a little over a week…I feel like I’ve been living off the grid! Just kidding, but I am excited to get this thing started and share with you some things we have been working on in the last week or so. To learn a little about how we found our house, be sure to check out the “Our Home” page on my blog.

Let’s get started.

The Green Garage Door

What an eye sore it was. When we first looked at this house, we saw how much potential it had. Everyone who saw it said to us, “You are going to paint that garage door, right?” We assured them it was the first thing on our list. We went out of town to visit family and while we were gone, we had our painter come paint some of the interior of the house. He offered to paint the garage for an extra $100… DONE! It’s amazing how much better the exterior looks since having this done. Garage doors are meant to blend with the house, not stand out and be a focal point.

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Before and After. SO MUCH BETTER!

Ceiling Fan Nightmare

Let’s just say the original owners hadn’t replaced the ceiling fans probably since the house was built back in 1986. YIKES!

They were brown. They were small. They had lattice on them. You guys, this is such an easy fix! Preston and I had gone a few weeks before we moved to Home Depot and picked out a new ceiling fan. We went with the Hunter “Channing” fan. It was $99! You can’t beat that. Originally, we had planned to only replace the one in the living room and the master bedroom. Those were the only ceiling fans in the house. Before we knew it, we had bought 4 ceiling fans and now have them in 3 of the bedrooms and in the living room. They looked that good!

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I wish I had better pictures, but in the hustle and bustle of moving, it was the best I could get!

Bye Bye, Yellow Walls

Yall, I have just never been a fan of yellow walls. In our last house, we had the gold/yellow standard contractors paint throughout the house when we first moved in. Eventually, we had the whole house painted Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. The original owners of this house had recently painted most of the house Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. It was close enough the the Revere Pewter, so we had the rooms that were still yellow painted while we were out of town visiting family. It literally changed everything.

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Our master looks totally different. Nothing a little paint and a new ceiling fan can’t fix.

We have officially been in our house two weeks today, and we are making some headway. Our current, and very large undertaking, are the kitchen cabinets. This makes the second weekend we have been working on them. I’ll save that one for another blog!

Until next time!

-Whitney

Farmhouse in the City

Here she is!

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This is the house the day we closed. We actually have painted the green door and removed the “designs” in the windows. More on that on another blog!

Preston and I closed on our home on September 20th. It truly felt like the day would never come that we could call her ours.

I want to tell you a little bit about our house hunt because I think that is why we have come to love this house so much (already). When we started listing what was important to us in a house, Preston and I had VERY specific things we were looking for. If this was going to be our forever home, we had to make sure we got everything we wanted. Preston wanted a BIG yard, at least an acre. He also wanted a pool, and really didn’t care where the house was as long as it resided in Madison County. He also wanted a house with some character in a more established area.

I on the other hand, wanted most of those things as well, but I was pretty set on somewhere with a great school system so I was leaning more towards Madison. I certainly wanted a pool, but also knew that it would be tough to find.

We looked at a number of houses, and for a while, it felt like lost cause. I had actually looked at this house back in June but had dismissed it because it was a little higher than what we wanted to spend. One night while I was asleep, Preston came across this house again and was convinced it was ours. I’m pretty sure he even woke me up in the middle of the night to show me.

Feeling optimistic, we went to look at it the next weekend and as soon as we walked in, I nearly cried. I knew it was it. It was everything we had been looking for in a home.

  • It had character
  • It had a .9 acre lot
  • It had a pool
  • It had plenty of room for us to grow into
  • It was in the heart of Madison (but still so close to Huntsville and only 5 minutes from my work)
  • It had a sunroom

Did it need a little work? Sure. But it was nothing we couldn’t handle. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on it and get to work.

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That day, we put in an offer and we are so glad we did. We have not been in our house long, but love it more than we ever thought we could. I’m so excited to share with you how we are putting our special touch on this home and I hope you will follow along! Stay tuned!

-Whitney S.