Our Fixer Farmhouse
Welcome to our fixer farmhouse. When we first drove up its driveway, the ranch fencing and trees reminded me of going to visit our ranching relatives in the Central Valley with my granny and mom. This was the house for us, but after five plus years of trying to get an offer accepted I doubted there was any way we'd get it. It took a while, but we did, and have really loved making it ours over the past few years. Aside from the kitchen countertops and fireplace wall it has been a DIY effort. Thanks for taking a peek!
First visit to the farm.
Front of house.
Dining room and fireplace off of kitchen.
Dining room area.
The first room we really focused on was the kitchen. We knew being a DIY endeavor it would take a while, so we did one big push to tackle the three main projects we knew we wanted to do right away (moving the fridge, new base cabinets and new wood flooring) and then chipped away at other projects depending on our time and budget.
The room was divided into a kitchen and eating area. We wanted to rework the room so it felt like one large farmhouse kitchen.
The dining room table was the first thing you walked into when you entered the house.
We extended the wall from the kitchen to enclose more of the room from the entrance and to move the fridge. It also gave us a mudroom hallway on the opposite side.
The viking range was the ultimate Craigslist score for us. We kept the sink and stove in their original areas to help with the budget.
We assembled and installed cabinets from IKEA, and used an inexpensive countertop that we could repurpose later. The center island was another Craigslist score (originally from Restoration Hardware).
Tom installed the floor in July (not the most exciting use of a vacation, but so worthwhile!). We plan on stopping here for a while.
We found new doors on ebay and ordered Jeld-Wen windows at Home Depot. The old wood stove is out as is the wall of bricks. Tom is putting up more shiplap and I'm assembling IKEA cabinets for a baking area.
Marble countertops are in, hooray!
The Living Room
Moving in--one of the first things we needed to address was the carpet!
Rug is out and getting ready to install French bleed wood floors.
Did an IKEA hack bookcase wall for the empty space when you first come into the living room. Tom put up the Billy bookcases and then finished the fronts with molding.
The completed IKEA hack book wall.
Hardwood floors in, time to take a break!
We had a general contractor (thank you Aaron!) build a new fireplace for the gas insert. Living room windows are updated.
Dining area set for Thanksgiving 2014.
Once the soap business started growing, it became apparent we wouldn't be able to work out of the home office for much longer. We had a very large garage workshop that were able to divide to make a two car garage and the soap room Here are a few photos.
Love having a dedicated workspace--and soap fridge to boot!
New soap room--packaging area and curing wall.
Soaps curing in preparation for holiday shows.