Saturday, April 11, 2015

Quirky Farmhouse Pantry

Quirky Farmhouse Pantry

With our newly remodeled Farmhouse kitchen almost finished it is down to the little touches.  Among them was our little pantry, which I will admit...I was not in love with!  

Now...I am in LOVE!

Many years ago, the pantry was created by taking some of the porch to make a small 4x4 area.  Along the way, someone put linoleum over the plywood and lined it with cedar.  

This dark, dungeon of a space was just not working for us!  But...fear not...I had a vision.  Ok...inspiration from Pinterest!

First thing first...


Before Photo of the Pantry...Dark!

Then I removed all the shelving and started painting the cedar with a primer and then white semigloss paint for easy washing.  And then...I put the shelves and everything back in.  
With 4 kids at home, this process had to be done quickly so no one starved to death!

Now...I would recommend this next step be done before the shelves get put back in but because of the risk of starvation, as mentioned above we did it after the shelves were back in...making it back breaking work.

We glued the pennies, down to the plywood and then grouted over them.  We used liquid nails in a squeezable tube form instead of caulk gun.  This was personal preference.  I found the caulk gun too messy.

We chose to mix the heads and tails of the pennies but you can do anything you want with them.

For the Screen door...I was so excited, I forgot to take pictures.  We had to made a custom sized door since it was only 23 inches wide, but you can buy a basic wooden screen door at most home improvement stores for about $20.00 and then add the fun details to it.

An old bent fork was added for the handle....

And Red Paint...

Now...the pantry is more like a work of art than a boring, hidden closet!

If you missed the Before and After pictures of our newly remodeled Farmhouse kitchen, 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Back in May we moved into our house built in 1859.  Unfortunately, the kitchen was a 1950's eye sore and didn't match the rest of the beautiful house.  We decided the boring, flat cabinets and drop panel ceiling had to go!  Boy...did we find a hot mess hiding under it but the history of the house was revealed!

A lot had to happen in this kitchen to make it functional again!  4 layers of ceiling had to come down...a drop ceiling, leftover ceiling tiles, oil cloth and the lath and plaster.  Whew!  

And here it is...Almost all finished...
We just couldn't wait to show it off!

The floors were buried under 5 layers of linoleum and inlaid hardwood floors were found!  

We torn down the upper cabinets and replaced them with open shelves.  The lower cabinets were used but we added wood to the fronts and replaced the hardware.  We also added the two smaller cabinets next to the stove.  Since they are different we decided to feature them in red.  

The color of kitchen was determined by the original color we found on some oilcloth from the original walls.  We fell in love with the color immediately!

We still have a few more projects to work to work on, so stay tuned for the railroad cart island, the pantry with a few unique twists and a surprise stairway to nowhere turned into something fun!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Join the Party!

Hi everyone...

Its been so busy around our house I've taken a break from blogging but I'm still sharing my creative adventures on my Facebook page.

Please come like Through My Creative Mind on Facebook to see what I have been up to!  Also,  see the progress on our kitchen and 1859 house!

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Here are a few pics as a sneak peek of the new kitchen!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chalkboard Obsession Catchup!

It's been a while since I've updated the blog I guess.  We have been a little busy remodeling our kitchen and just with life in general.  Here are a few new Spring chalkboards I did for a local shop and a few belated Winter chalkboards.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Perfect Hutch Makeover

Before the Makeover
Scott after sanding in the garage...Yikes
Now that our new barn wood table is finished (see earlier post) our 90's honey oak hutch needed a makeover.  So Scott started sanding it down, removed the mirrors and glass from the doors.  His goal was to have it done by Christmas and sure enough, he
made it!

The hutch was sanded, painted with a primer, then painted white with a satin paint.  Turqouise and red paint were painted randomly in splotches.

Elmer's glue was painted in random areas (for crackle effect) and then another coat of white was painted over everything.  Finally, a stain was painted over the entire piece.  The leaded glass panels were removed from the front doors and chicken wire replaced it.  The mirror was also taken out of the back and bead board was painted in the same process as the rest of the hutch and placed in the back of the hutch.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Hobby Farm Home Tour

This beautiful home out in the country, is a true getaway for John and Nicole.  I started cleaning for them four and a half years ago, and what changes I have seen.  Many of my favorite photographs have come from their property and I find my visit each Friday, a perfect ending to my week.  Here is the story of their house...

I started cleaning a warm summer a, the week Nicole moved in, back in 2008.  John had owned the house for about 5 years and his life was about to change.  Each visit I watched Nicole add her personal touches to the house, room by room.  Within a month, the backyard would be filled with guests, celebrating the marriage of Nicole and John.  I fell in love with the house and felt so lucky to be able to enjoy the property and witness the growth of this awesome couple.

The house has seen several remodels, including one I did not get to witness.  The original  garage was turned into their master bedroom before I came.  The master bedroom was then again remodeled shortly after I started cleaning.  All the woodwork was painted white and a soft shade of sky blue painted on the walls.  New furniture was brought in and it was done.  An enormous room filled with charm and warmth.  Nicole wanted it to feel like heaven, and indeed she has done that!  The wrought iron canopy bed with hand stitched flower pillow cases and soft blankets graces one side of the room and a wall full of windows with white sheer panels ties it to the sitting room area.

The kitchen is a busy place in this house, since John loves to cook, especially using the veggies from his home-grown garden.  The kitchen was remodeled just over a year ago, with country style cabinets, soapstone counter tops and all new stainless steel appliances.  The kitchen is warm and inviting.
The dining room is attached to the kitchen with a bold splash of color.  Red, velveteen chairs add a comfy feel to the area and the colorful, round rug features the quaint nook.
The windows all along the back look out over a rolling carpet of green with a huge metal arbor and filled with a large patch of daisies in the summer.  The wild animals make an appearance on a regular basis as well.
In  the summer, the gardens are beautiful and so fun to cut flowers and bring them into the house.  The deck is filled with pots of flowers and herbs and the clematis are climbing the wooden deck poles.

Ok...Back into the house we go!  It is 6 degrees outside right now and I am drawn to the flower photos, wishing for summer!

Heading upstairs are three spare rooms and a beautifully remodeled bathroom.
I love this room, the White Room, has a charming chandelier hanging and a light, airy feel with white linens and a homemade quilt at the foot of the bed.

The Horse Room, is a large, open space overlooking the backyard garden.  On many occasions I have seen the cardinals and blue jays playing in the crab apple tree outside the window.

The third bedroom is a small bedroom, at one time, the Green Room, but now is being transformed into Johns office.  Here is a photo of it as a bedroom still.

The remodeled bathroom upstairs is a peaceful space with a large soaking tub and white subway tile surrounding the room.

After 4 years of cleaning for John and Nicole, they welcomed their new babies into this world!  Twins...a boy and girl!  As always, Nicole had wonderful taste and turned the office into an amazing space for two precious babies.

And of course, with two new kiddos in the house, there comes more laundry!  So, John set out to create a dream laundry room with lots of folding space, and finally...a vented dryer!

Finally, we head back outside.  Such a welcoming property deserves a couple more photos of it's natural beauty.

And then there is DoeBelle...

She came just about the time I did to the farm.  A gift to Nicole from her Dad for her wedding.  She was a cute and timid and fluffy!  We have become friends.  I bring her carrots and feed her apples from the apple tree.  She comes running when I stand by the fence an call her over.  And in the spring, she gets a little, down right crazy!

If you haven't realized by now, this family...and house have a special place in my heart!

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