We've finally finished painting my kitchen and we are currently working on installing and painting my kitchen cabinets. I really like the vintage farmhouse look, so I decided I wanted to paint them a light cream color, then use brown wax to make them look antiqued.
We actually found the paint for my cabinets in the "oops" section of Home Depot for $9!
Our neighbor had an old door out by the curb that we thought, after a little TLC, would look good. So we picked it up and ended up making it into my bar! We found some fancy corbels at a builders warehouse in town, painted it to look like my cabinets, and distressed it. I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!
I got all of my kitchen appliances on Black Friday at Lowes. Now I've got to pick out my countertops and knobs. I'm excited to see how everything is coming together and I'll be posting more updates soon!
I've always wanted a big fireplace and a big closet, regardless of the size of my house. So when I started designing the layout, that was something that I planned to make room for. Unfortunately, for several reasons, I wouldn't be able to have a real fireplace but I could have a fireplace insert.
I ended up finding a nice one on craigslist for $50 (such a great deal!!) and it was the perfect size for what I wanted!
I tried finding pictures online of a fireplace similar to what I wanted but wasn't able to find anything close to what I had imagined.
So I decided to wing it and try describing my dream fireplace design to Dad.
We started building a plywood frame and stained wood for the top portion. I bought AirStone from Lowes because it's a lighter weight stone veneer made out of recycled materials. Every box of AirStone is made from 6 recycled glass bottles! I also thought the color of the stone would match well with my future wall and floor colors.
Dad and Mom both thought my half wood, half stone idea was strange and didn't think it would look very well. But now we all really like the end result!!
Now we just have to build and stain the mantel and install the insert.
After we had built the foundation, we started building the walls. 12 foot tall, about 500 pounds, built out of left over 2x4's from my Uncle. Because they weren't regular full size boards we had to nail multiple odd sized boards together to make it the right length (making it heavier than your average wall).
My family is the type that likes to do things themselves and not ask for help, so we decided the 4 of us (me, my sister, mom & dad) would be the ones to lift the walls up into place.
Dad, Mom, and I were suppose to lift the wall into place while my sister stands on the opposite side to alert us if the wall tries to slide off the foundation.
We started lifting the giant wall, arms stretched above my head, and my sister yells "Stop, it's slipping!" then I hear my Dad say, "Drop it!"
They dropped the wall, not realizing that I was under it.
For about 2 seconds I held that 500lb wall above my head! It was a pretty awesome hulk moment! Haha! But then things weren't so awesome...realizing I couldn't hold the wall for long, I threw myself backwards but the wall still managed to crush my foot. That was the worst pain I've ever felt. I had to use crutches for a while!
Dad finally managed to get all the walls up and everything started coming together. It took almost a year for my foot to heal, but now it's doing great! No more walls have fallen and I'd like to keep it that way! I can truly say that we've put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this house!!
When we bought our land we were told there wasn't a well on it and that most of the people in our town can't get water.
One day shortly after we bought the land, we were out cleaning up brush & limbs when Dad noticed an uncovered PVC pipe sticking out of the ground. We had a well! We put some rocks in a sock, tied it to a rope, and threw it down the hole. When we pulled it up, the sock was barely damp. Like everyone else, we didn't have water.
Disappointed, we drove home and decided to start praying about it.
If God wanted us to have water we'd have it, right? The next week we went back out to the land and decided to throw the sock back down the hole...but this time we heard a SPLASH!! We pulled the sock up and it was dripping wet! 40 feet of the rope was wet too! Later, we had the well checked and found out we have good water and get just enough to supply my tiny house.
God has done many amazing things for us and I'm very thankful for it!
It was finally time to start putting insulation up before installing the sheet rock and we decided we would rent an insulating machine from Home Depot! It seemed fairly simple...put the insulation in the machine, it chops it up & sends it through the tube where we would then fill the walls. Apparently, when you blow insulation you have to nail netting up to the wall you're filling so it stays packed in & up against the wall. The store we bought the netting from suggested the wrong type of netting! It had wide holes in it! Because we had never done this before, we didn't notice the holes were wide enough for the insulation to escape and shoot ALL OVER my house!! The second we turned it on it was like an explosion, completely covering everything in my house, including us! It looked like we had just been through a blizzard! We finished the one wall and went straight to Home Depot to return the machine. We ended up using batting insulation for the rest of my house & I'm still finding pieces of insulation everywhere, haha!
We've started putting our version of "shiplap" (which is actually just old fence boards) up on the walls. Turns out the shiplap look is a lot harder to accomplish than you'd think! Mom has been cutting and hanging them, and I've been painting them white once they're up on the wall.
I think we will all be happy when this project is finished! Haha!
Here's a few pictures of what we've done so far...
I think it's coming together nicely!
After watching many episodes of Fixer Upper I knew I wanted shiplap in my house!
We got a call from a friend who was tearing down a fence from an apartment complex and was going to trash all the fence panels if we didn't want them. We brought back hundreds of fence panels! Instead of using them to build a fence, we took each panel, pried off every little board, ripped the nails out of each board, and power washed each piece of wood. It took MONTHS to finish and was a horribly tiring process. I was so tired of looking at wood and nails...but on the bright side my hammering arm doubled in size! lol
We planned to use the wood to look like shiplap on the walls in one room but we didn't realize just how much wood we had...probably enough to build a barn. So we decided to stain it and hang it on the ceiling too, which ended up looking really cool!