Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover – The Maddox House

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This past year I have started taking on some interior design clients. I love doing things well and on a budget (as has always been shown on this blog) and others have wanted me to help them do the same. After helping with doing some big makeovers at my church (which I will also get blogged about one of these days lol), I began first working with a friend on her home. She wanted a change and loves the farmhouse look but it needed to happen within a budget. So I came over and we talked about all the different type of changes that we could do to make the biggest impact to give her space a farmhouse kitchen makeover. The main obvious and most cost effective changes were to paint the cabinets and walls, add a new light fixture, and install a backsplash.

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You can see in the “before” pictures below that the walls were a bright yellow, the cabinets were really dark, there was no backsplash, and well I didn’t get a picture with the old light fixture but it was your basic builder type. She really wanted to lighten things up, so I talked to her about the colors and undertones in her counter tops and flooring and what would be good to compliment them since those things would be staying.

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The very first thing we did was paint the walls Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams. It’s a color that compliments the other rooms in her home, which I will get to share later. That immediately changed the whole feel of the kitchen and brightened it up. Next we painted the kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Graphite. It’s a black color but it has these gray undertones so that next to the counter tops it looks like the dark gray we wanted. Now my friend did most of the cabinet painting and it was tiring, but there was little prep. She cleaned them all real good and then we both started painting them together. All in all she only used four quarts to do all of these cabinets! I couldn’t believe how far that paint went. I had read reviews about what to use as a sealer and went with a polycrylic finish. This really protects the paint and makes it super easy to clean. My friend loves it! She has two young boys and says she has had no problem keeping it clean or paint chipping. In hind sight, we should have used the matte polycrylic though lol. Her home is high off the ground, so when the sun reflects in from the front the cabinets show the brush strokes from the polycrylic. I’m not sure why we didn’t get matte or if it was an accident and by the time it was on it was too late…… but my friend doesn’t mind and it is more exaggerated in the pictures than in real life. But, if you do this, get the matte finish ;)

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To have a less cluttered look, I arranged her shelving to hold things that she used but it looked nice as well. We did a lot of “shopping” of things she already owned. The only accents she bought were a few things of greenery.

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The backsplash was fun to install and took two days. We used this brick veneer from Lowes and used construction adhesive to put them in place. I started at the bottom and worked up. There was a small gap at the top, but I used wood trim to fill in the gap. Since we painted the wood the same color as the cabinets, it looks like a part of the cabinets. I used a chisel and hammer to break the bricks where it was needed. So that means anyone can easily do this type of backsplash without needing a ton of expensive special tools! For the “mortar”, I used this grout. Since it was a small area, we splurged a bit and got the premixed stuff which saves time and is always mixed correctly. I used a grout piping bag, piped it into all the cracks, and every few feet took a break and used a wet sponge (squeeze excess water off first) to gently dab on it to fully fill in the cracks and smooth it out. Truly, so easy to do. These two tutorials (here and here) are good to look at, similar, but use a few different items in each one. We just need to add a sealant to the bricks and then it’s all done.

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There also used to be a microwave above the stove. Unfortunately, each of their boys have accidentally used it wrong and after going through two microwaves, they don’t want one and have found they don’t really need one. So I built a hood to cover the space and left room enough for them to later install a fan. Since there is an outlet up there and storage, the top front of the hood is on hinges and can open. I forget to take a picture of that, but here is what the base looks like. Then those front pieces are the “door”.

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We continued the brick backsplash on the other side of the room and might go back and also do the desk area. The cute shelves were a find from Target and the basket was gifted to my friend. Some of the items on the shelf are family heirlooms that are now proudly displayed.

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Now, let’s just talk about this chandelier for a minute. I discovered it on Target’s website for fifty something dollars. I thought for sure it would be a “too good to be true” deal, but after reading the reviews we decided to try it. It truly is a fabulous deal! It’s just as well made as ones I have purchased for much more money. And the size is really good for smaller spaces. I installed this myself and it was really easy to do. The biggest difference I see is that the finish isn’t as matte as more expensive chandeliers, but a can of spray paint can fix that if you find it an issue. It also comes in two other colors. So if you’re on a tight budget this is a great farmhouse style light fixture to consider.

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I can’t wait to show you the other rooms in her home that are almost done. And I hope this inspires you, that regardless of your budget, you can make your home yours. Take your time. This room didn’t happen overnight. It was strategically thought out and carefully done. Now it’s so welcoming and my friend and her family just love it. -jess

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Mena, Arkansas

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This year we changed things up a bit for our summer vacation and went north. We wanted to try out a place we haven’t been too before so I looked up a bunch of places that were under 7 hours away from us and came across a small town of Mena, Arkansas. It looked really pretty and once I found Stonehill Cottages I knew we needed to try it out. I’m happy to say we had a great time and loved where we stayed. Our kids love nature so they had a blast as well because it’s a really small town and nature stuff is about all there is to do. I would really recommend this place if you are looking for a quiet getaway and enjoy the outdoors. It still wasn’t my sweet Tennessee, but it was a nice mountain fix for a much shorter road trip.

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How adorable are these little cottages? I want to share pics of this place because the couple who owns them did such a cute job in designing and decorating them. We loved the farmhouse decor. My children now want a house like this haha. There were four of these on the property plus the owners house so it felt secluded but not like you were completely alone in the woods. It would be a great place to do a family reunion or something and rent out all the cottages.

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We walked around the property a lot in the evenings and my girls enjoyed picking flowers and exploring. During the mornings we would go out and about for activities. One of our favorite places was Board Camp Crystal Mine. We had a blast and found so many pretty crystals. We like searching for seashells and sea glass, so this was right up our alley. The owner was very kind and goes with you to show you what to look for and all so you are for sure to find something. We walked away with a bucket full of all kinds of crystals and most were found right there on top of the dirt.

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We also took a morning to go to Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It was a pretty drive to get there and the park itself was nice. It has a lodge where you could stay, a camping area, and a few fun things for kids like a mini train, mini golf, and play ground. We were interested in the trails and did the Spring Trail which was shorter but really rocky. Unfortunately it was really dry and we saw no spring. I saw places which looked like water would flow down, but we didn’t see a “spring” like place they make it sound like it has…so not too sure about that. We also hiked some of the Lovers Leap Trail which we enjoyed more because you were able to go to this spot and get a beautiful view. If you can’t tell, we enjoy hiking when there is something to see like an old cabin, a pretty waterfall, etc…. It helps motivate the kids (and us!) when they (we) start to get tired :)

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We are always on the lookout for new places to see, so please share any cool places you like to visit on vacation! -jess

Girl’s Farmhouse Style Bedroom

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It’s official. I have one room in our house “finished.” A girl’s farmhouse style bedroom. And it feels good! Most of you know we bought our very first house last summer and I have been loving being able to make it ours. So this first finished room belongs to my oldest daughter. She really loves farms and animals so we worked together to create a room full of the things she likes. It started off as a rather bland room with a bland tanish color on the walls. My daughter wanted an aqua color so we went to the store and she picked out the color Aloe by Sherwin Williams. It looks a lot more blue in her room than it does in pictures and even in the paint can, but she was still happy with it.

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My husband put together the headboard for me. We used this DIY Barn Door Headboard Tutorial as our guide. We made ours a little smaller and didn’t connect it with the middle pieces but followed most of it. We did make sure to secure this to the wall like they did so no accidents happen.

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The rug came from Wayfair and I got a fabulous deal on it. I have actually bought a few rugs from that site for our home when they have sales. I made the bedskirt from a canvas drop cloth. You can get a 12 x 15 ft one for around $31 and it is so much fabric! The one I got didn’t even have any seams and I have a lot of it leftover. The white quilt is the raw edge quilt in white from Target and so are the tan geo patchwork toss pillows.

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I wanted to find her a metal bed with that farmhouse feel and went with this black metal frame from Walmart. We live in small town kind of area so I do a lot of shopping online as you can tell haha.

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I found these farmhouse style galvanized wall lights at Lowes and used this how to turn a hard wired light fixture into a plug in tutorial to make it a plug in. I also spray painted them black. We used a candelabra base switch cord (found at Lowes) because I couldn’t find a plain one and we just had to cut the light bulb part off to get to the wires.

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The simple switch makes it easy for my little one to turn the lights off and on. She loves to read at night and these lights help provide a warmer not as bright light to have on during those night time reads.

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I added some wall things on her level to use that have been perfect for her. The metal book holder came from Home Goods and the chalkboard is from Hobby Lobby.

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I found the horse paint by number at a local shop two summers ago and it looks so pretty on her wall. The cows is a card print of a painting done by my sister Christy of Front Porch Studio. I really wanted this to be a colorful farmhouse feel and it is that for sure! All the color really made this one window room a lot brighter and happier.

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The clothes hamper also came from Home Goods. The dresser is one of those “we don’t have much money and need a cheap dresser” kind of moments lol. It’s really beat up but until I find the right one I’m looking for it’s staying! It did used to have wood knobs the same color as the veneer top but I switched those out for these simple black ones and it upped the style.

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It’s a really short dresser so I also added some casters to the bottom for more style and height. I ended up splitting a lot of the particle board when doing this because I used screws that were too long, so lesson learned. At least you can’t see all that.

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The round mirror was a find from Marshalls. I wanted to find a bigger one but I got tired of looking for one and this one works good enough.

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The cattle feed burlap piece is from Hobby Lobby and the j is from Anthropologie a while back.

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My animal lover has a hermit crab tank in her room and it fits perfectly on this little shelf. The shelf was a handmade piece by my daughter’s first grade teacher’s husband. They gifted it to us and I painted it this coral color. It has been such a good piece for us. It used to house my printer but now works perfect in her room.

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I used three prints from Minted to add some horse art to the walls too (left to right: all is quiet, {can’t find this one so it might be sold out}, what lies ahead).

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And this isn’t for style, but I just wanted to show where all the toys live haha. They are here! I have found that having certain spaces for her things makes it easier for her to put them away. We also have two plastic bins under her bed that hold her toys.

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And even though we might not live on a farm like she wanted, she can look out her window onto a farm. Now her little sister wants her room to be done (with flowers, ponies, and unicorns!). Sounds fun right? -jess