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 The only thing was that there were a few things I didn’t love and one was definitely the outdated lament countertops.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, as you may know I have an obsession with cute farmhouse signs but this farm one from the Etsy shop The Country Barn was so unique I knew I had to have it. I love how its shaped like a tag with twine rope and it’s the perfect addition to my entryway basket. It’s even slightly distressed which makes me love it even more! It sells for $18 which is a steal for such a cute handmade piece. Their shop also sells a ton more farmhouse inspired handmade signs and even takes custom orders. Make sure to check them out and fill your home with their beautiful signs and decor, enjoy! [Read more…]
Hello loves, I have finally found the perfect farmhouse pillow from the cutest Etsy shop, Flomar Cottage Co. and I just couldn’t wait to show you guys. I stumbled across this shop on Instagram and this Milk and cream co. pillow case immediately caught my eye. They were sweet enough to send me one and I was seriously jumping for joy when it arrived at my doorstep! Of course I already knew where I wanted to put it so I ran upstairs and placed it on my couch in my little loft space and I have been swooning over it ever since. This pillow case is 20×20 and sells for $29 which is a good price for a larger case like this. They also sell other similar pillow cases including one that says “this is my fixer upper”, which I also have an obsession with! And they make the cutest canvas banners as well as mini banners for the rear view mirror of your car. Make sure to check out Flomar Cottage Co. and get your own farmhouse or rustic banner for your home. [Read more…]
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…]