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Farmhouse Makeover

 

The past few months have been an absolute whirlwind. The last weekend of February we were able to put an offer on what we will call a “cute-from-the-outside farmhouse.” We looked at this house and could see great potential in it. We made an offer significantly lower than the list price and they accepted our offer within two days. March was the longest month of our lives. If we were not Pinterest-ing all the projects and ideas we wanted to work on, we were at Menards, Home Depot, or Lowes comparing prices and understanding and adapting to the other persons likes and dislikes. Most things we naturally agreed on making it very simple to decide on materials and styles. At last… 20 visits to home improvement stores later we got the keys to the house on April 11th. Immediately after closing, we showed up to the house ready for demo.

Let’s jump right into why we initially thought the houses only beauty was found on the outside.

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The previous home owners replaced all the windows, the siding, and roofing all pretty recently. They spent a lot of time on the exterior. If you explored the 12 acres it sits on, you could see why it was a priority. The beauty that surrounds the home is unreal. Since this photo was taken we have had amazing things blooming all around the house.

Let’s make our way right over to the before and after pictures of the interior. My mind is still blown at this transformation. Lucas and I worked really hard to make this happen, with very little help. We do owe a big thanks to my father-in-law for a couple days of some serious dry wall mudding, Grandpa Webb for teaching and helping with electrical, and both of our dads for loaning us countless tools in the process.

 Before:

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After:

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It “only” took removing paneling, finishing drywall, removing dropped tile, pulling 1,000 staples, removing water damage, sanding, more sanding, trimming windows, evening the floor with underlayment, figuring out how to lay vinyl plank flooring, building things, replacing appliances, adding new outlets and switches, installing can lights and completely new light fixtures… okay we did a lot but wow we were ambitious. I am sure I didn’t even list half the projects. The transformation is not over yet, but after working tirelessly for 3 weeks we were ready to start focusing on the outside of our homestead. We will be coming back to our inside projects in the near future. Specifically, the upstairs… where an awkward two bedrooms that take you back to the 70s will turn into a master suite and a slightly smaller second bedroom updated to match the rest of the house.

Lucas did an amazing job proving how handy he truly is by making all the logistics of the remodel work. I impressed myself with the aesthetics.

My favorite transformations are two of the biggest focal points of the house. I was excited to take on the kitchen cabinets. As nostalgic as the green cabinets were, they had to go. This project had the most steps but with the end result in mind I didn’t want to rush it and was able to stay motivated. Lucas built the boxes above the cabinets and hung the crown molding to make our low kitchen ceiling appear taller. My second favorite transformation is the gigantic staircase to the tiny loft area. My father-in-law made my vision possible with this one by replacing a section of the railing with a wall. The extra railing was awkward, while a wall highlighted the 12 foot ceiling in the entry way. Additionally, the staircase needed to be brightened. I will say sanding an entire staircase and then painting it three times while Luke was at work was not my idea of a good time. However, since this is the first thing you see when you walk in, I’m surely glad I spent a lot of time on it.

Our fixer upper was worth the time and energy, a comfortable home is the world! Moving into the “after” from our 600 square ft. rental was a dream come true. We went from no space for a dining table or guests, to being able to host as many people as we want. We are excited to share our hard work with you and would love to hear your feedback! If you are interested in how we did certain projects in this transformation go to our contact page and let us know! Then look for a post categorized as “Works For Me” and Lucas will share “our” how and what we learned in the process.

46 comments on “Farmhouse Makeover

  1. Wow Sam, it looks AMAZING!!! I absolutely love it!!! I’m so proud of you guys… That’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely paid off in the end ❤

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  2. Sarah Kelley

    Phenomenal job, you two! It’s gorgeous – just right for such a sweet couple. Congratulations!

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  3. Kally Hoelcher

    What a beautiful transformation!! Remodeling is no fun, trust me, I have cried my set of tears while pounding nails into underlayment before…..but the end result is rewarding!! Great job you two!!

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    • We had so much fun with it but there were some days I went to bed thinking “What have we gotten ourselves into.” We exhausted our bodies physically by working full time while every free moment was spent on the house making it a quick three week transformation. All completely worth it.

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  4. Grandma

    This is a wonderful job journaling all your hard work and transformation of your home. I love all you have done and will do. You and luke have excellent taste and are working together…..just perfectly. The beginning of a great and perfect partnership! So very very proud of you both!

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  5. Lisa Garnett

    Everything looks amazing. We are starting our kitchen reno soon and we would like the same cabinets. I’ve been scouring the internet and stores trying to decide what is best to go with. Would you mind sharing the cabinet companies name?

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    • Hi Lisa,

      Thank you! These are actually the same green cabinets that are pictured in the “Before” photos. Have you considered updating your current cabinets? We had old farmhouse cabinets that were actually in phenomenal shape. I thought the best way to save money on this was to create my own. I removed all of the doors, sanded them, cut pieces of MDF 1/4 into trim pieces for the doors, caulked the seems, primed the doors, painted with a Home Depot BEHR brand satin finish, and installed new hardware. My husband built them to the ceiling and added the crown molding. Whether you can turn old cabinets into this “Shaker” style cabinet, you can always paint wood cabinets white like this with sanding, priming, and painting as well as adding hardware.

      Hope this helps! If your cabinets are beyond repair the best help I can be is to search for “Shaker Cabinets” for this look. If a project this big scares you just know that I was able to do a lot of it on my own and with time between each step they were completed within a week. -Samantha

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  6. Everything looks amazing. We are starting our kitchen reno soon and we would like the same cabinets. I’ve been scouring the internet and stores trying to decide what is best to go with. Would you mind sharing the cabinet companies name?

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  7. Absolutely amazing! Gorgeous home! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Anna Sonneville

    You guys did amazing, good job!!!

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  9. Wow! Your house is beautiful! What a fabulous find. Is this your first home together? I hope you are very happy here. We have a renovation project too but our home in England is listed which means we have to ask permission to do anything to it as it was built in the 1840’s….we are not even allowed to change the window frames as they are original! Fabulous but v v cold at night in the winter. Thank you for following me. I will follow you as I’m excited to see what you will do with your home. x

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    • Thank you, it was truly an amazing find! It is our first house, we are young marrieds celebrating our first year anniversary tomorrow! We are so happy and excited! My brother and sister-in-law just moved to England from the states, the old structures that they send pictures of are truly beautiful! Love that they keep the character of the old buildings… However, I do love having the liberty of modernizing! Hope your reno is as fun and as successful as ours! Thanks for following! 🙂

      -Samantha

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  10. Holy cow! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures inside and out!

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  11. Y’all did an amazing job! What a tranformation 🙂

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  12. Hella gorgeous!!!

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    • Thank you– still so much to do but I think we are still recovering from this huge project that we conquered in three weeks.

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      • It’s funny my husband wants to buy and fix up an old farmhouse, and having worked on my own house for 11 years (we’ve been married for three years so he didn’t know what it looked like in the beginning or share in much of the early DIY), I’m exhausted at the thought of doing it again… But then again there’s the thought of acreage, which we don’t have living in the city, and I can definitely see why you fell in love with that house! You’re very lucky that they did a lot of that exterior stuff as I had slowly but surely replaced all of my windows & roof and it was crazy expensive!

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  13. Fixing it up yourself saves an incredible amount of money that is for sure! I kinda cringe at your scenario and having to start completely over but WOW does it make a difference to make a house your own.

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  14. Keep up the great work you two are doing. Rest when you can…then dive back in there.

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  15. I love how the kitchen turned out! It is beautiful! Well done!!!

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    • Thank you!! By far my favorite transformation too, we hope to replace the counter tops, sink, and add a back splash in the near future… so stay tuned for the final look. 🙂

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  16. That was a LOT of work in a short time, and what a difference you’ve made. I don’t imagine the cabinets or railing were easy tasks, like you said, a lot of steps in the process. Definitely worth it.

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  17. Congratulations for being able to create your dream farmhouse! Sam, such a genius way to change your kitchen cabinets and all by repurposing the originals. I always feel some hard work is truly worth it! The money savings is fantastic! xo 💖🌻

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  18. Awesome makeover!

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  19. Never Ending Adventures

    wow such an amazing transformation!

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  20. Your house is lovely. May you spend many happy, healthy years there!

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  21. What you have here is truly beautiful. What I loved most when I found your were to follow my blog was your passion for the Lord. In this broken world with all its false values I hope your life will indeed have this blessing and purpose. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. You two put much love in your lovely home and I am sure your house will give much joy for years to come. I love seeing young people like you giving new life to great structures. I can almost feel the happiness of your home. Best of luck to both of you.
    Thank you for the follow and I look forward to visiting your farm often. ☺☺

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  24. A beautiful transformation. Well worth all that effort! May you be very happy there. ❤

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  25. Wow amazing make-over! Would love to live there myself 😉

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  26. Amazing and we use to have that same dread cheap flooring. I also think you and I have the same range. You and your readers may enjoy this post
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  27. What wonderful work, congratulations on your place. Now it’s really your home. I love it.

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