Farmhouse Update | part six

You know when you have a million things to get done and all you can do is walk around in circles? Yeah, that’s me right now. I’m probably about halfway done packing but now I’m just sitting on the couch, willing the rest of our belongings to jump into boxes by themselves. It’s not working. But on a happier note, we’re moving this weekend! We had a bunch of people show up to help on Saturday and we were able to finish the big things to get it ready.

There are still plenty of small things to be done but we’ll get to them eventually, like painting trim and doors, finishing the crown molding, and putting up light fixtures, etc. The side entry and basement both need a lot of work too. I still need to give it a good scrub but here are some pictures before all of our clutter piles in.

farmhouse dining room

I am going to slowly order light fixtures. For our last house we just went out and bought them all at once and I never really liked them. Hopefully I can find some unique ones that don’t break the bank!

farmhouse renovations

These beams still need some work; they are a little too rough!

farmhouse kitchen 4

We need to order the range hood and we plan to build an island/prep table at some point.

farmhouse kitchen 2

I love how the countertops turned out! They have some imperfections but I think they fit the house well. I’m hoping they hold up!

ikea butcher block countertops

wooden countertops

butcher block countertops

My brother-in-law found these copper pipes at a scrap yard and I love the look of them exposed. We still need to figure out what we are going to do for a vanity mirror and storage.

exposed copper pipes

subway tile shower

I only got a couple pictures of the upstairs but here’s Matilda’s room (can you even tell it’s pink??)…

pink room

And the nursery.


It’s crazy to see everything come together. I sometimes have too many ideas and it’s hard to narrow it down to what will work together and what is practical. Now for the fun part…furnishing it!

Saturday can’t come soon enough.

Read more: part one | part two | part three | part four | part five

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Farmhouse Update | part five

When I did the first update post I was thinking that maybe we would be done by this point…now I’m envisioning myself writing ‘farmhouse update, part seventeen’ at some point. Only kidding, we are actually less than two weeks from our move date! We aren’t going to finish everything completely but it will be livable and the things that need to be done only aesthetic (for the most part).

The kitchen is taking shape, piece by piece. The backsplash and sink have been installed and the window now has trim. We went with bead board for the backsplash to stick with the classic farmhouse style and the sink is a cast iron apron front beauty. The lighting was really harsh when I went to get pictures but you get the idea.

farmhouse kitchen sink

The countertops were delivered! I knew I wanted butcher block countertops so we decided to order them from Ikea. We originally got a quote from a local vendor and they were so expensive so this really was our only option. We ordered three pieces of Numerar birch and Reid cut them to size and sanded the finish off of them. He coated the bottom side with a polyurethane sealer (the same stuff he used on the floors) and then conditioned and stained the top with a walnut stain. We are going to seal them with many coats of Waterlox and hopefully they hold up well! We won’t be cutting on them directly so that’s why we decided to stain them rather than oil them.


I only have a blurry picture of part of the stained countertop but I’ll post some once they have been sealed. Reid did them last night so I actually haven’t even seen them in person yet! I agonized over these things for many, many weeks (stain and seal vs. oil, what color stain, what sort of finish, etc.) so I’m just glad to have them almost done. I couldn’t sleep the other night because we bought stain and I was panicking that it was going to be too red. Needless to say, I had Reid running out to get new stain on his way to the house. I might be slowly going crazy but no one can be sure.

It was a big week for the kitchen, I guess, because the appliances were delivered as well! We decided on the KitchenAid Architect Series II line in stainless steel and got a great deal on them from a local store. Drum roll, please…

kitchenaid double gas range

I mean, it has a bread proofing function, which is obviously why I needed it. This is my first time owning a gas range (and a double oven) and I can’t wait to test it out. I’m really excited about the fifth burner in the center that has a cast iron griddle attachment; I think breakfast just got a little easier. We also purchased a dishwasher (!!!) and a french door refrigerator.

farmhouse kitchen

Moving upstairs, past the snack queen…


We still have lots to do. Only one room is fully painted, the rest still need primer and paint. Only some of the ceilings are done and the floors still need to be cleaned up and coated.


farmhouse renovations

white walls and pine floors



Whew! Think we can get it done by Saturday? I’m hoping to have next week to get it cleaned up and then we’ll move in that weekend. Cross your fingers and toes, won’t you?

Previous updates: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

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Farmhouse Update | part four

Happy October! I’m back with another update on the house renovations. We are a little behind schedule; we were hoping to be moving in by the 15th but we will most likely be extending our lease until the end of the month. That way, we won’t be moving into a construction zone. Either way, I’ve started packing!

Reid sanded the first level floors and applied stain and a sealer. We went with American walnut after I saw it on a friend’s floor and I love the rich, warm tone. I did freak out a little when he first put it on, though! I didn’t realize that most of it wipes off…newbie here!

sanding floors

staining wood floors

stained floors

The kitchen floors are oak and came out great but the living/dining room floors are birch and didn’t take the stain as well. The color is a little uneven but I think it looks fine; Reid isn’t so sure. It’ll mostly be covered with rugs and furniture so I’m not too worried about it. Maybe down the road we’ll try something different with them but not now.

refinished floors

Most of the windows have been trimmed and Reid has started on the base boards. The bathroom is also coming along! The toilet and the sink faucet have been installed and we’re just waiting on the sink drain to come in so that the vanity can be finished up.

farmhouse bathroom in progress

I had my heart set on a wall-mounted vintage-style faucet and found this one on Amazon. It’s just some random brand so hopefully it won’t have too many issues! I love it and think it adds a unique touch.

vintage wall mount faucet

I also ordered the sink on Amazon and picked up the table from an antique store. I think we are going to shorten the legs a little and then secure it to the wall. It’ll eventually have a shelf below it but that may be on the ‘winter projects’ list, which grows by the day. I need to find a mirror and a sconce but then it’ll be mostly finished!

farmhouse vanity

I couldn’t get upstairs to take pictures but it’s about halfway primed/painted. The ceilings and floors still need to be finished too. Good news: the kitchen won’t be empty for much longer! The cabinets are scheduled to be delivered today, the sink came in yesterday, and the appliances are in and ready to be delivered too! Christmas came a few months early this year! Reid is planning on installing the cabinets this weekend so maybe next week we will be showing some progress in there. We are still waiting on the countertops and I’m a little worried that they won’t get here until right before we move in. Only a minor detail, though, right?

Read more: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

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