Hi guys, hope your all having a nice relaxing weekend. I am so so sooooo excited about this post because not only am I finally sharing our diy book wall but also this gorgeous chippy chalkboard from the Etsy shop Cassols Painted Mantle. I have been wanting to create a book wall for a little over a year now after I saw it on my sweet Friend Erin’s blog but I needed the perfect piece to hang in the middle. And as much as I love my signs I am really looking to add more antiques to our home so when I stumbled across this beauty I knew I had to have it!!! You all know I have an obsession with chalk boards but that fact that this one has antique chippy edges is the cherry on top. And the rest of their handmade wooden goodies are seriously amazing, I’m loving their mirrors, medicine cabinets and cubby shelves as well. So head over and check out their shop for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!
Hi loves, todays the day! I’m finally posting about our DIY painted heirloom pumpkins. I know I said I would be sharing a few weeks ago but things have been so busy and I’m sorry to keep you guys waiting. But I’m so excited about this do it yourself because these beauties are the perfect pumpkins that will last for years to come. Plus it was so fun to paint them! I found these gorgeous heirloom pumpkin paint mixtures here, make sure to check out So Much Better With Age’s original blog post. Their entire home is both stunning and inspiring.
Hello loves, I have been DYING to share our DIY painted tile floors with you guys and today is finally the big day. Although this project has been done for a couple of weeks now the weather has been rainy and gloomy almost everyday. So when I woke up to the sunshine this morning I jumped at the opportunity to get a good photo. I hope you guys like them as much as I do! I had been swooning over all of the amazing DIY floors I had been seeing on my everyone’s Instagram feeds and I thought it would be the perfect and inexpensive solution to changing up our boring tile floors. They were originally just a simple tan tile that definitely did not fit with our farmhouse style (click the read more tab to see the before and after). And for less than $140 we were able to give our master bathroom floor a farmhouse tile look, you can’t go wrong! [Read more…]
Hello loves, happy Saturday. I know I said I would be sharing about this gorgeous chandelier I scored on Craigslist last night but I didn’t end up getting home till late so I figured I would feature this little beauty today. I love sharing these finds because I know there are a lot of you guys out there that love home decor but are on a budget like myself. And when we first bought our house back in May things were even tighter, considering we had just used every dollar we had ever saved for a down payment. But typical me was determined to renovate this entire home within the first two months. Which meant that we had to get creative and DIY our life away or get larger pieces for free. Luckily I had already started collecting when we lived in our apartment so I had known that free Craiglist existed and I have fully used it to my advantage since. Not only did I find this amazing antique chandelier but I also scored my coffee table, outdoor table and antique buffet as well!! Just add some chalk paint, distress it and wallah! You have the perfect piece to add some character to your home. When we first moved in this house honestly looked like a lodge (but not in a cute rustic way). Everything including the flooring and cabinets were light pine, the walls were a weird yellow color and this lighting fixture was the worst of all. It had cutouts of pine trees and moose all over it, and it had to go. So after many nights scrolling through Craigslist this antique chandelier popped up and I instantly fell in love. It was originally wood with brass accents but I spray painted the entire thing black and called it a day. I think its the perfect addition to our farmhouse dining room and the best part is that it cost me NOTHING. That’s why I’m so excited to share my love for renovating old pieces in my home decorating business. I cannot wait to add some stunning accents to your home and help transform any room on a budget. Enjoy.
Hello loves, I’m excited to share another DIY with you guys!!! Let’s talk shiplap 🙂 I get asked a lot about our DIY shiplap walls. The questions are usually more like “is that wallpaper”? Haha. Well I’m here to set the record straight and finally spill about these farmhouse style walls. Although they are not technically shiplap there is real wood on our walls. I knew from the moment we found this house that I wanted shiplap somewhere. If my boyfriend allowed it I would have it on every wall but we finally decided it would look perfect as an accent wall in our bedroom and along the stairs in the living room AND I LOVE IT. But as much as I wanted shiplap we had just purchased our first home and were on a mega budget. Which means we needed to get creative. Luckily, my boyfriend get’s discounted wood at work so we started collecting these 1×6 pine boards. When we finally had enough I lightly spray painted them white to give them a more “rustic” look and we simply cut them into 1×4 and 1×6 pieces and staggered them along the wall using a nail gun. And wallah, super easy and inexpensive “shiplap”.
I just LOVE this view, there’s nothing like the glow of a candle to add some cozy to our nice clean kitchen. Although I will admit that it’s not ALWAYS this clean. Sometimes I let it go a little longer than I would like to admit. No ones perfect haha. But I try to keep it clean for the most part because I love it sooooo much. We were so lucky when we bought our first home in May to have the opportunity to give our kitchen a mini facelift as I like to call it. I say that because we didn’t buy new cabinets and appliances but we simply did a few little projects to give this space a new look. As you can see we were going for the farmhouse style but were not about to spend thousands of dollars! This entire facelift was less than $600, which I think is seriously amazing. I’m not going to go into great detail about the products we used or how we did all of our projects but you can click here to read all about our kitchen reno (you can check out the before pictures there too). You can also read some of our DIYs in the do it yourself tab above. But I will go into a tiny bit of detail, I won’t leave you hanging 🙂 We started with the counter tops, they were a purplish blue lament and it had to go. Unfortunately I knew we wouldn’t be able to buy a new one on our budget so I had to be creative and find a DIY. So of course I stumbled across this Ardex feather finish concrete countertops and fell head over heels in love. Luckily it was decently easy and cost less $70, how can you go wrong? While Pinteresting my life away searching for farmhouse kitchen DIYs I got the crazy idea to do some open shelving. So down came the cabinet over the sink. But before we could put up our shelves we had to paint the cabints. And you know that took FOREVER but was so worth it. I just couldn’t stand the light wood and had been dreaming of a white kitchen for sooo long. The final touches were the subway tile backsplash and of course the farmhouse sink. For more details click the links above!
Hello loves, I know I have talked about it forever but we finally built our shelving in the bedroom and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I originally had a wooden shelving unit that I painted white and distressed but it made the bedroom look almost too white and took up a good amount of space. Then one day I got the idea to build long shelves similar to the ones we already had in both our kitchen and bathroom, but as usual the project took us forever to complete! I was so lucky to receive my all time favorite rustic brackets from the shop Csonkas Custom Rustics! Then all we had to do was get the wood, cut it to size and stain it (I used the Varathane stain in Briarsmoke which we already had left over from my DIY kitchen shelving). Their shop sells on Etsy, Amazon and Ebay and they make the most amazing handcrafted and reclaimed metal brackets, table legs, hanging planter hooks, and even reclaimed wood shelf boards. The best part is that everything in their shop is super affordable! These brackets can be bought in packs of two or four ranging from $20.95-$49.95 depending on the size. And believe me when I say that I did a lot of research before making my first purchase and they are definitely my first choice. Also, they were sweet enough to give me a discount code for my lovely readers!!!! Use code LITTLEWHITEFARMHOUSE at checkout for 30% off your entire order, anytime you order! How can you go wrong?! Make sure to check out Csonkas Custom Rustics and create your own affordable farmhouse shelving, enjoy.
Hello loves, since doing our kitchen reno I haven’t gone into too much detail about the changes we made (minus out DIY shelving and our concrete countertops) so I wanted to take a minute and talk a little bit about how we created our farmhouse kitchen under $600! I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished with so little because whenever I hear about kitchen renos they usually cost between $15k and $20k. Of course this kitchen wasn’t falling apart, we were still able to keep all of the appliances and kitchen cabinets so I guess you could say we gave this space a “facelift”. We started with painting, we used Behr cabinet enamel $32 to change the look of the dated wood and give it a brighter whiter farmhouse feel. We left out the center cabinet over the sink because we then unscrewed that piece and ripped it down to create room for our shelving. After that started on the backsplash. I originally wanted antique tin tiles but that would have been super expensive so we decided on the classic subway tile with grey grout and I loveee how it turned out. Honestly my boyfriend did both the backsplash and countertops by himself and I did all painting and sealing. The box of tiles cost $43 but we ended up having to purchase two so the total cost was $100 for the backsplash including grout. We then started on the infamous Ardex feather finish concrete countertops. I recently did a DIY post on them, click here to check them out. The total cost $68 was which is such a steal for any type of countertop. We then built our shelving above the sink, click here to read about our DIY which cost only $40. The last addition to our little farmhouse kitchen was this amazing farm sink from Ikea. I had been dreaming and searching for one forever and this double apron sink from Ikea was by far the most inexpensive one around! It sells for only $312 which is crazyyy cheap and they sell the single bowl for only $185. How can you go wrong? Once all was said and done came the fun part, DECORATING! It’s still a work in progress but I am so happy with everything! The total cost for our kitchen facelift was roughly $550 and makes such a difference. Click the read more link to see a before and after, enjoy.
Hello loves, this post is one of the few that has been highly requested so I definitely wanted to tell you guys all about this DIY. Doing these concrete countertops was the most challenging projects we took on (besides refinishing the floors of course) but also one of my favorites. When we first step foot into this home I fell head over heels in love with the layout. It’s hard to tell in photos but my home is one of those houses where you walk in and the first thing you notice is the staircase and railing above the living room and the focal point is the kitchen. It’s difficult to explain but I have always dreamed of owning a house like this. The only thing was that there were a few things I didn’t love and one was definitely the outdated lament countertops. Of course we didn’t have money to spend on beautiful granite countertops, I mean come on we are first time home buyers in our mid 20s. So it was time to sit down and do a little research on inexpensive farmhouse countertops. Luckily, as a girl who has been obsessing over farmhouse home decor and blogs for years I had plenty of inspiration. One of my favorite bloggers to follow, Deb from Seekinglavenderlane literally had my dream farmhouse kitchen so I followed her DIY for her countertops to complete my own kitchen.
Of course we did things slightly different so I wanted to give you our step by step instructions (its actually pretty simple). You will need water, a bucket $13, a 10 inch putty knife $12.50, paint brush for sealer $4.50, Ardex feather finish $19.99, Valspar wet look finish $36.44 and a belt sander $45.57 which totals $130.30!! Totally beats spendings thousands on a new countertop! Luckily we already owned a belt sander which saved us some money but we did have to buy another bag of the Ardex feather finish which I wasn’t too happy about. So if you have a good amount of counter space you may want to purchase two bags just to be safe.
The first step is too sand down your laminent countertops. This will allow the concrete to have something to “stick” to. You don’t have to sand them down all the way just ruff them up a bit. Then make sure to clean off any excess sawdust before continuing on to the next step. Once you start mixing the concrete (using the directions on the Ardex feather finish bag) its important to mix small batches at a time and apply then directly to the countertops because the concrete dries quickly. Using the putty knife we started to layer the concrete on as smooth as possible, then allowed the first coat to dry for 8-12 hours. We then lightly hand sanded the top and edges and applied another coat. Once that had dried we did one more quick sanding (we wanted to see the imperfections in the concrete to give it a rustic look). We then started applying the wet look sealer with a paint brush. To be safe we allowed that to dry for 12 hours and then applied two more coats, waiting 12 hours in between each. The directions say to wait 72 hours before using the countertops but we waited about two days and everything was fine. They fit the look of our farmhouse kitchen perfectly and I am absolutely in love with how they turned out, plus we saved a ton of money! I hope you guys enjoy this post and can recreate your own concrete countertops with ease, enjoy!
Hello loves, before we had a house I knew that I wanted shelves in the kitchen. I just think it’s a nice pop of wood to break up the monotany of white cabinets. Also, I wanted a place to put some super cute antique and farmhouse decor 🙂 And I really loved how they turned out! The best part is they cost me a total of $8 to make…because I already had the brackets and stain. But for the most part it is a fairly inexpensive project that adds some awesome farmhouse flare.
To build these shelves you will need a chop saw and table saw, a sander or sandpaper, a 2×10 piece of pine, some brackets (whatever style you like as long as they will hold your wood), and any stain of your choice. You can even whitewash or paint them!! To start we picked up our piece of wood at Lowes and it was only $8 which I was ecstatic about. We used a table saw to cut the width to the brackets we already had and then used a chop saw to cut the length so that they would fit perfectly in between the cabinets. Just an FIY we borrowed all tools from family but you can have them cut the wood for you at both Home depot and Lowes. I then sanded the edges and stained all surfaces of the wood and let them dry overnight. I used Varathane stain in Briarsmoke that I got from Home Depot. Then we simply measured the height (I’m not going to lie I determined the height based on this super cute fresh baked pies served daily sign haha). And last but not least we hung them with brackets that I already had from the Etsy shop Csonkascustomrustics and I started decorating like crazy. I had been dreaming of these shelves for months now so I had already decided what I wanted to put on them. I DIYed these antique glass bottles with a free printable I found on Blesser House’s blog, she’s amazingggg by the way. A blog post will be coming soon. I hope you liked my DIY farmhouse shelving and that your inspired to do some own projects to give a farmhouse look to your own kitchen. [Read more…]