The Farmhouse

A little Farmhouse38 before and after….Although, we’ve come so far, we are so very far from done….so keep checking in for the latest additions!

Please to enjoy:

Front of house, before….Behold!  The color beige!

Front of house, after….we needed somewhere to put our rockers, thus the deck and vine-covered pergola.  Oh, and a front door….you may have noticed there wasn’t one before.  Minor detail.

Front of house, after….white picket fence and all.  And, yes, that is a Texas flag hiding behind the U.S. flag.

West side, front of house, before….more beige.  Notice the pallet stacked with cement bags sitting in the driveway.  After being abandoned for years, those bags of cement had turned into one enormous boulder.

West side, front of house, after….not so beige anymore!

Family room, before….this is the photo where people usually say something like, “Oh, this isn’t so bad!”, and if I looked passed the apartment-grade vertical blinds, I would have to tend to agree.  This really was the best room in the house, with its little patch of perfectly polished wood floors and drooping, but interesting old ceiling.

Family room, after, upon discovering that the old ceiling wasn’t really a real, structural ceiling and was being held up by old wall paper, we made the decision to take it down.  The family room is still not quite finished (ie, missing window trim and other odds and ends).

Family room, before….it really was such a pretty floor.  Too bad it was only in this one room, while the rest of the rooms displayed a fine selection of every other terrible flooring material known to humankind.

Family room, after….white dog, always in the shot.  The new gas-vent fireplace and built-in bookshelves really help this feel like an actual family room.

Not-so-great-room leading into the ‘kitchen’, before….again, as it turned out, this dividing wall was just a flimsy partition of panel board, not a real wall….therefore, it, too, had seen its final days.

Kitchen/great room, after….much better.

‘Kitchen’, before….I know it’s hard to believe, but those are not real bricks.  And you are looking at the only bit of counter top and cabinets in the whole ‘kitchen’.

Kitchen, after….with soapstone-inspired cement counter tops and (gasp) actual cabinets.

Kitchen sink, after….oh, how I love our kitchen bathtub.

DIY Herringbone Beadboard Backsplash from Farmhouse38

After several years of having a temporary faux tin tile backsplash (but only on just the one wall–the opposite wall was bare drywall, which makes perfect sense), we upgraded to beadboard installed in a herringbone pattern.  Beadboard is such an inherently ‘farmy’ material, but laying it out this way gives it a modern quirk that I kind of dig.  Not kind of–I dig it.  I really dig it.

DIY Herringbone Beadboard Backsplash from Farmhouse38

DIY Herringbone Beadboard Backsplash from Farmhouse38

It’s amazing how much more light and bright this backsplash makes the kitchen.

DIY Herringbone Beadboard Backsplash from Farmhouse38

Oh, and we did do the backsplash on the opposite wall, as well.  We just still don’t have our 48″ range and hood yet.  You are jealous of our awkward little temporary range and the accompanying 18″ counter gap, known as ‘The Crevasse’.

See how we did the beadboard backsplash here.

Stairs, before….or, the gateway to the underworld, as we used to call it.

Stairs, after….widened, stabilized, and brightened.

Stairwell, before….every stair was a different height, a different width, and a different slant….it made you seasick to walk on them.

Stairwell, after. Note the built-in bookshelves along the right side and the built-in white dog at the top.

Original Master Bedroom of Farmhouse38

The original master bedroom. We liked this so little that we actually changed everything about it, including its location.

Before Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The new master bedroom, mid-renovation. We lived with it like this, half-done, for several years.

After of Master Bedroom Makeover from Farmhouse38

The new, made-over master bedroom. Final answer.

See the master bedroom makeover here, as well as how we made our weathered wood headboard, here.

Master bath, before….this photo just does not do it justice.  This bathroom was THE WORST!  Disgusting, tiny, and frankly, rather creepy.

Masterbath, after….glorious in comparison to how it was.  Just….glorious.

Masterbath, after….our lovely walk-in shower and the nifty full-length medicine cabinet I had built in to the right of it for extra storage.

The Master Bathtub from Farmhouse38

My bathtub….just look at it. It’s wonderful. *sigh*

See the master bathroom makeover here.

Guest bath, before….so very sad to see those grungy pink tiles go….

Guest bath, after….whitened, brightened and very clean.  Clean is good.

Guest bath, after….cheerfulness!

Guest bedroom, before….those drop ceilings had to go.

Guest bedroom, after….raised the ceilings, and lightened and brightened with a new french door leading to the garden, recessed lighting, new floors, and fresh paint.

Guest bedroom, after….Abbie is laying on an heirloom quilt (sigh).

Driveway, before….we were so pleased to buy a place with an outdoor shower.  I mean, talk about luxury.

Driveway, during….tidied up so that we have an unobstructed view of our shabby garage (pre-renovation).  This is Chance’s favorite squirrel-hunting post.

Scrap Wood Garden Edging from Farmhouse38

A current shot of the driveway, lined with our upcycled scrapwood garden edging, looking down at the redone garage. Now we just gotta do something about that cracked driveway….Chance doesn’t seem to mind it, though.  He’s still on the job.

The garage, in all it’s glory, before.

Refreshed garage exterior.

Driveway, backyard, before….2400 cinder blocks, free with purchase!

Driveway, Backyard, after….it is amazing how much clean-up the demo crew was willing to trade for 2400 free cinder blocks.  Look closely: ladybird antics are afoot!

Ye Olde Deck of Death at Farmhouse38

The old back deck, known as “The Deck of Death”. It was wobbly, crooked, and when we actually started tearing it down, we realized, barely attached. Thank goodness we didn’t let anyone go out there.

New Back Deck at Farmhouse38

The new deck is, most importantly, attached to the house. And then some.

New Back Deck at Farmhouse38

The new pergola structure goes a long ways towards keeping the heat of the sun off the back of the house (which was a real problem before), and the hardware cloth railing panels achieve a farmy aesthetic while not blocking the view to the yard.

Read more about the remodel of the back deck here and here.

DIY Farmhouse Table from Farmhouse38

The new deck space houses a 10 foot long farmhouse table. Still a lot of decorating left to do out there–but my dream of an outdoor dining room (since we don’t technically have an indoor one) is coming together quite nicely.

See how we built our farmhouse table here.

What’s missing:

The kitchen is still missing our new range, hood, pot-filler, and other decor odds and ends.  The roof needs to be redone (and my farmhouse cupola added!).  The driveway needs to be fixed/patched/ripped out.  The basement/laundry room needs walls.  Is it just me, or does the list keep growing?  Cheers to 100-year-old houses.

171 thoughts on “The Farmhouse

  1. tdblue June 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm Reply

    The changes you made are breathtaking! Such a gorgeous, gorgeous place!

  2. koolimut June 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Awesome place!

  3. The Blog Guidebook (@BlogGuidebook) July 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    I lived in Altadena for 20 years and tried to accomplish the same thing…but then just had to get out and now we’re in the midwest. Still miss my Cali! You’ve really worked miracles…be proud!

    • farmhouseK8 July 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm Reply

      Yeah, I think, at some point, we’ll be getting out, too–but, for now, our little house is definitely keeping us sane! :-) Thanks so much!!

      • Whitney Seward March 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

        I realize this comment thread is well over a year old, but I’m a new “follower” and just love your house! I could tell by pictures you must live in or near us and this comment just confirmed it. We live in LA and also have chickens, a garden and dream of moving to a farm someday. For now our little LA suburban backyard farm will do! Maybe someday our paths will cross in the hood :-)

      • farmhouseK8 March 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        LOL–Whitney–I tried replying to you not in this comment thread–but it won’t let me, so I’ve gone back to replying here. I’m actually really glad you pointed this out to me, because since we live in such a tiny town, I try very hard to keep it under wraps and I’m not really sure how I managed to let a comment slip through–except that I am pretty much the queen of blond moments. :-D Love Monrovia, down there all the time!! Shoot me an email sometime–I’d love to hear about your backyard-chickening!

  4. yrppies July 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm Reply

    I really, really, really wish I would have seen this about a month ago before we framed all of our walls. I LOVE the the build-ins in the stairs. We do not have drywall up yet so maybe I can still get the hubby to change it…

    • farmhouseK8 July 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm Reply

      Do it! Do it! It was one of the best ideas we had. Following you, now, too–your house is ADORABLE! Best of luck–can’t wait to see what unfolds!

  5. tbnranch October 1, 2012 at 4:15 am Reply

    Oh my gosh, I’m stunned! BEAUTIFUL!

  6. Diane November 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Your home is beautiful! I know you love to re-purpose as much as you can, but do you have any favorite places to shop for decor?

    • farmhouseK8 November 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Flea-markets, for sure, are my favorite….but, if I am being honest, we have gotten a lot of things from Ikea (which is pretty much the antithesis of ‘farmhouse style’). This renovation has significantly dented our wallet, and sometimes, Ikea is our best option (I love to take an Ikea piece and customize it). I just could never say anything bad about that place, especially when you are on a budget!

  7. Emma November 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm Reply

    I see that photo bomb up the stairs.

  8. Raw Milk Marathon December 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply

    You guys have really made this place fantastic! So crisp and comfortable. You certainly have vision :)

    • farmhouseK8 December 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm Reply

      Thank you!!! And thanks for stopping by! :-)

  9. hopefarms December 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Lovely work! This is so not typical! Your house is definitely characteristic of “open, inviting, and friendly!”

    You’ve been there how many decades????

    Isn’t living among construction fun and character-forming?!

    • farmhouseK8 December 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm Reply

      Right? We now have a ton of character! Hahahah! :-)

  10. Po' Girl Shines December 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm Reply

    I love before and afters and yours are fabulous!

  11. Katie/Maple Grove January 5, 2013 at 5:39 am Reply

    Kate, your house makeover is absolutely amazing! What vision and insights you had into this renovation! I just love it and really appreciate you sharing it with us. You’re amazing!

    • farmhouseK8 January 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

      Aww, thanks, Katie! Still got quite a bit to do, but I think that’s pretty par-for-the-course!

  12. Sue January 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Really love what you did, it looks awesome! The two of you are really talented, your eye for all the little details is amazing!

    • farmhouseK8 January 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm Reply

      Thanks, Sue! It has been a major work in progress (understatement of the century!!). :-)

  13. kimberly February 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Wow! It doesn’t even look like the same house! Great job. Is that a door for a headboard in the guest room? I’ve been thinking of that for our Master Bedroom which is livable, but uuuuuuuuuugly. One project at a time…

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm Reply

      Kimberly–I responded when you originally commented, but it looks like my response never showed up–forgive me if this is redundant! But, yes! That headboard is the one original door that was left in this house (I wish they had all been left and we would have kept them as doors!), but to make everything uniform we had to take it down and I could not live with junking it, so this is how we re-purposed! :-)

  14. Kim @ Plumberry Pie February 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness and WOW! What fantastic transformations!!!! So charming!
    (stopping by from emily clark)

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Kim! It is definitely still a work in progress–thanks for dropping in! :-)

  15. Susan February 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm Reply

    What an awesome job you guys did! It is so cute and inviting, I would love living there!

  16. Grace @ sense and simplicity February 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm Reply

    It is amazing what you have done. I love how homey it looks. One of my favourite parts is the cheerful bathrooms. I’m looking forward to what you do next.

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm Reply

      Thank you, Grace! And thanks for following along….yesterday was a big day around here….I got my master bathroom tub. FIVE YEARS I’ve waited for that thing!! :-)

  17. Margaret Ann Rouse Gonzalez February 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Just perfect, in every way. I have been building an inspiration board, but this post just encapsulated the entire thing!

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

      Margaret–you are so sweet–thank you! Love that you are building a board!

  18. The Gathering Place February 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

    I just love before and after houses. Yours is one of the best transformations I’ve seen!

  19. Kristin February 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Your home is very warm and inviting! Excellent job!

  20. Dana February 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Did the for sale sign really read, “You’re a sucker”?! That’s hysterical. If you’re a sucker, then you’re a sucker with incredible vision! Great work.

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

      Hahah–no, that was my own little touch. We were such suckers!!! :-)

  21. barbara@hodge:podge February 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm Reply

    WOW. I am speechless! Stunning renovation!

  22. Shiann February 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

    I love every last thing you did! (except hiding the Texas flag, of course! teehee)

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm Reply

      Hahaha–believe me, it started up front! Thank you for stopping by!

  23. K'lyn February 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT ALL!! Especially, your sweet Abbie (we are American Bulldog owners too) Where do you have the paint colors listed??

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you–and thanks for stopping in!….some of the colors have been mentioned in the various posts, but I haven’t done a master list–which are you interested in? I can dig em up for ya. :-)

  24. ourpovertywithaview February 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh! Your renovations are just amazing! I love everything and am inspired to look a little more at the houses that don’t look turn key! :)

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! It was definitely a diamond in the rough (or at least a really high-quality CZ)! Hahaha!

  25. Kelly Reber February 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm Reply

    So stunning. Your place is truly beautiful! You are some talented people! :)

    • farmhouseK8 February 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Kelly–you are so sweet! :-)

  26. Lynn February 17, 2013 at 12:48 am Reply

    I love everything you have done, INCLUDING the Texas flag! The stars at night and all…
    love the colors, love the floors, beautiful job! Will continue to follow and see what the future holds!

    • farmhouseK8 February 17, 2013 at 1:29 am Reply

      Thanks for all the kind words, Lynn! Lots of projects coming up here soon!!!! :-)

  27. debraotjen February 17, 2013 at 12:53 am Reply

    I am searching for words to tell you what a master you are in vision!!! WOW oh WOW – so happy I found farmhouseK8. Such a shame that so many homes go “un-noticed” when they can be saved by a creative vision…….oh and some money!!

    • farmhouseK8 February 17, 2013 at 1:31 am Reply

      Awww, thank you! Honestly, everyone thought I was crazy–even my husband couldn’t see passed all the gross, but he trusted me enough to pull the trigger, I guess! My mom cried when she saw it in the beginning, hehehee. Thanks for visiting! :-)

  28. Jann Newton February 17, 2013 at 1:56 am Reply

    You did a wonderful job renovating the house. I love the door turned headboard too!

    • farmhouseK8 February 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply

      Thank you, Jann! That was the one original door that was left in the house (sadly!).

  29. Jenny@EvolutinofStyle February 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

    What a stunning renovation!! I’m so impressed that you saw past so much ugliness and transformed it into complete loveliness! Beautiful!!

    • farmhouseK8 February 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Jenny! :-)

      • Brittany December 30, 2013 at 5:14 am

        What color paint is your living room? I love what you’ve done (:

      • farmhouseK8 January 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        Hi Brittany! Thank you!! It is Antique Leather by Behr.

  30. kris February 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm Reply

    What an amazing transformation!!! Do you remember where the guest bath shower curtain is from? Love it.

  31. 2littlesuperheroes February 18, 2013 at 5:14 am Reply

    I can’t get enough of your blog. I just found it tonight through Pinterest. Shared on my blog fb page. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing your amazing home.

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 6:02 am Reply

      Oh, thank you so much! Welcome, welcome, welcome. I really appreciate the kind words! :-)

  32. Honeybee February 18, 2013 at 5:34 am Reply

    wow..what a makeover!

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 6:02 am Reply

      Thank you!!! :-) Labor of love for this old girl (the house, not me….well, maybe me, too–hahaha!)

  33. Julie S February 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Wauugghhh!!! This is an astounding and fantastic Before and After sequence! I am so impressed. Of course there is still work to be done (there always is) but I am certain those other areas will end up equally amazing.

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm Reply

      Julie! Thank you so much! You are so right—it feels never-ending sometimes, but these photos kind of help keep the progress in perspective. We’ve come a long way! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  34. June G February 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

    Fantastic!! You have done an amazing job with that little old lady of a house!! I was surprised when you said this is L.A.! Wish we were closer I need your vision! I’m in CA just a few hours north. The whole transformation is something to behold, but the stairway makeover is fabulous! I’m embarking on a kitchen remodel I think I have a few ideas from your pics to help me. Thanks and I’ll be following Farmhouse 38! Oh, and enjoy soaking in your new bathtub…. Good things come to those who wait!

    June :)

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

      Hahaha–thanks, June! Got to use my brand new bathtub for the first time last night, as a matter of fact! That was waaaay too big of a deal for me, hehehe. Thanks for following along, and good luck with your projects–keep me posted! :-)

  35. Stephanie February 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Wow. Your home is an inspiration! I love everything you’ve done and am in awe. I find that the more you do, the more you want to change. It’s the nature of being a DIY’er.

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you so much! Glad you stopped by, and I totally agree about DIY-ing! :-)

  36. Heather February 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm Reply

    I love your remodel so much. My favorite is your master bath. OMG so in love. That yellow ladder shelf is the perfect pop of color for that room. Love. Sigh.

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

      OMG–you are so sweet! Thank you so much. I really got into the whole grey/yellow color scheme this year, and I had moments where I was thinking I wanted to paint the whole exterior of the house this dark grey with a bright yellow front door! It would be soooooo cute….but soooo crazy! We just painted this place! Hahaha! I need to be stopped. Thanks for following along. :-)

  37. [...] and after that makes a house unrecognizable…in a good way. When I saw the exterior shots of Farmhouse 38 on Emily A. Clark’s site, I had to click over and see the whole [...]

  38. sueathome February 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply

    I’m so glad you saw my post. You were quick! I meant to email it to you but you got there first!
    And the love continues. Kerrycooks linked to my post about you today:

    http://kerrycooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/stop-what-youre-doing-and-look-at-this-83/

    Thanks for commenting on my blog!

    • farmhouseK8 February 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm Reply

      WordPress gave me a pingback!! Thanks for sharing it–so nice of you! I will go check out that link, too. Love your blog!! :-)

  39. Arli February 22, 2013 at 12:28 am Reply

    Here from Emily Clark’s blog, and I am so glad I visited. I am incredibly impressed at what you have done with that house. I’m amazed at what you were able to do in that house. That’s a lot of vision, and a lot of hard work, but it came out so beautifully. Congrats and I hope you enjoy every day living there.

    • farmhouseK8 February 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Arli! Glad you stopped by–welcome! :-)

  40. Julie February 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Yes, I am here via Emily A. Clark as well. What vision you have – and talent! Amazing job!! Is that tile in your kitchen – the ones that look like wood – or real wood? I really like it either way – what is it called and where did you get it, if you don’t mind me asking? Thanks and I’m so happy I found your blog ;)

  41. [...] love finding new blogs and home tours I’ve never seen before.  I came across this one from Farmhouse 38 this week.  The exterior transformation is just the beginning.  Check [...]

  42. eskibs February 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Just discovered you via Pinterest! I’m loving your modern take on country style! LOVE!

    • farmhouseK8 February 27, 2013 at 5:16 am Reply

      Thank you SO much! Glad you found us–yay, Pinterest!! :-)

  43. Heather March 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    This is amazing! Wonderful job.

  44. Erin March 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm Reply

    WOW!! It is amazing! Just one quick question, Was the fireplace hard to install? We are looking at a house without a fireplace and wanted to know more about the gas fireplace installation. Thanks!!

    • farmhouseK8 March 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

      Honestly? It wasn’t. We, of course, did not do this ourselves, but we were very involved in the process. And I wish we had known that it wasn’t a big deal when we had our old house, because it didn’t have one either and we never pursued installing one there because we thought it would be too difficult. It just really wasn’t. I would definitely recommend having a professional do it, because it involves running and connecting gas lines which is tricky business. Good luck–this was one of the best decisions we made–that fireplace has been worth it’s weight in gold.

  45. Mary March 21, 2013 at 3:08 am Reply

    Amazing job… Question – where did you get the guest bathroom sink?

  46. nika April 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm Reply

    Your house is super cute! I was curious what color did you use on the exterior?

    • farmhouseK8 April 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm Reply

      Nika–I’ve had a few requests about that–but I actually wound up mixing my own custom color and then having it matched….I could not, for the life of me, find the right shade. It’s kind of an olive-based khaki in real life. Sorry I can’t be more help than that!!

  47. Melodious April 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I would never finish anything because I’d be sitting underneath that beautiful lemon tree (drinking homemade lemon drops) soaking up the sunshine! You have a lovely home.

    • farmhouseK8 April 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you so much! :-) They are grapefruits, if you can believe it!! And we do make an inordinate amount of grapefruit-y cocktails around here, that’s for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Amanda R. April 25, 2013 at 4:10 am Reply

    Just simply amazing and beautiful! Where did you find all your inspiration?
    I like your initial! “R” is a great last initial! ;0)

    • farmhouseK8 April 25, 2013 at 5:13 am Reply

      Hahahah!! It is, isn’t it!? Thanks for the kind words! :-)

  49. threelittlepiggs April 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Your house looks great! I love all the little details. What paint
    color is in the master bath?

    • farmhouseK8 April 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

      Thanks!!! :-) The master bath is a Behr Ultra color called Cracked Pepper. Good name, right?!

  50. threelittlepiggs April 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Great name! Thanks for the info.

  51. Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art June 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm Reply

    OMG, why havn’t I seen this page before? Stunning Kate! Blew me away. I had not seen your kitchen before. It is gorgeous!! WOW!! Don’t hide these things from me… :) love your redone stair case as well and those new garage doors!! Awesome. Love the whole thing!!

    • farmhouseK8 June 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm Reply

      Hahaha! I do admit, I kind of tucked the befores and afters onto that page and don’t really pay them much mind. I should probably do some posts about them more often!! :-) Thanks for the kind words–this house was a beast!!

      • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art June 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Yes, please post about it. I would love to see some “during” pictures and hear about the process more :)

  52. Alicia June 7, 2013 at 1:34 am Reply

    OMG… I love your house! It’s so pretty and homey!! love love love!

  53. Liz June 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Just gotta say . . . this is the hands-down best DIY remodeling before and after I’ve ever seen without hiring a contractor and a full-time crew. Unbelievable what you guys did!

    • farmhouseK8 June 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm Reply

      Oh–thank you!!! But we had a contractor coaching us through it (who also happens to be our dear friend)–and brought professionals in when it was inescapable–can’t take all the credit here! :-)

  54. Emma June 20, 2013 at 4:40 am Reply

    Who is your contractor? Please tell me.

  55. Charlotte Zweigoron June 20, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    As to your driveway… I am just in the process of painting a covered patio (with cracks) and I found this great new paint
    product at HD. It is for decks and patios and who knows what else! The thing is that it lays down a very thick layer and they say it will fill cracks up to no more than 1/4 inch wide (which will do for my patio and my front walkway). You roll it on with a special roller and it comes in a variety of colors (I’m looking at the terra cotta types). Of course, there are things you can do for the wider cracks first but, if most of them are small ones, this could give a new look in a snap (so to speak).

    • farmhouseK8 June 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

      OMG–Charlotte! That is SO FUNNY because the Texan and I were JUST looking at that stuff!!! EXACTLY! We’re totally considering that! :-D Great minds!!!!

  56. Lelia July 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm Reply

    I’ve been searching to see if you’ve already answered this question {sorry if you’ve answered it a million times} but where did you get your front door? It’s the exact door I’ve been searching for! Thanks so much!!

  57. Katie August 6, 2013 at 1:13 am Reply

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, the cutest house ever!

  58. Eliza August 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Your house is stunning, just gorgeous! I absolutely love your style (and your love of Ikea!) :-)
    We just bought our first house and it needs some serious work, I wish I had your imagination! We are still in the overwhelmed, omg what did we sign up for stage and still in the midst of planning our wedding (only 2 months away!). I hope that once things have settled down a little we will be able to achieve amazing transformation as you have!
    Congratulations, it is sooo pretty!!

    • farmhouseK8 August 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Thank you SO much, Eliza! Wow! You have a lot on your plate right now, lol! We bought this house a couple months after we were married–I can’t even imagine how stressed out you must be!! Yikes! Best of luck with everything (and congrats on the wedding!)–and my only words of advice with the house is to just take it one project at a time–tunnel vision!!!

  59. Kimberly Parker August 9, 2013 at 1:46 am Reply

    Lovely, lovely renovation! It’s amazing what a little love (and a lot of work) will do for a home. I enjoy reading about your menagerie’s antics as well!

  60. Rhonda August 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    You’ve really done a great job on this. Lots of personal touches that reflect your own personality. Keep up the blog. We’re all loving it and following you along.

  61. Debra @ Frugal Little Bungalow November 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

    This is the most amazing make over fixer upper story I’ve read on the Net so far. Loved it! you people are quite amazing :)

  62. Cate November 2, 2013 at 12:37 am Reply

    You have FANTASTIC taste! I may have to copy some of your ideas. Did you and your husband do all the work yourselves? I love it!!!!

    • farmhouseK8 November 3, 2013 at 12:22 am Reply

      Thanks, Cate! We did quite a bit ourselves, with some guidance and intervention from our friend/contractor when needed.

  63. Cate November 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm Reply

    No need to answer. I looked up ahead of me and saw you answered that already. You are extremely multi-talented! Keep up the posts. LOVE reading them. I read your entire blog last night!!!

    • farmhouseK8 November 3, 2013 at 12:24 am Reply

      Lol–I answered before seeing you commented again!! :-D Thanks for all the kind words–I really appreciate it!

  64. MJ November 26, 2013 at 4:37 am Reply

    I’m so sorry about Chance and Millie. No words will comfort at a time like this.

    Your house tour makes me wish i could set the clock back to 1983 and do to my house what you have done to yours. It truly is inspirational. I’m wondering if it hasn’t increased your property taxes, which are high to begin with in CA. But then, I’m always looking for the worm in the apple…..
    Your place is so amazing. You are truly multi-talented and a design whiz. Thanks for sharing all the great projects. I’ve been looking to move to a smaller house and have seen quite a few that have interiors looking like yours did,My sweetheart, who is too old now to take on major renovations, keeps telling me not to buy anything built before 1975. He was a builder and seems to have secret knowledge about old houses!!!! I just wish he’d look at your tour, but it wouldn’t help. He is not about to take on something this big.
    But I can dream, can’t I?
    Thanks again.

  65. Jessica D January 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Love love your farmhouse. Where did you get your tub?

  66. StaceyStacey January 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Just stumbled across your blog through Apartment Therapy. Your home is a gem! Really bright, open and lovely!! I especially love how you vaulted the ceilings in the main areas.

    • farmhouseK8 January 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm Reply

      Thanks, Stacey! It’s amazing what vaulted ceilings can do to a place, right?!

  67. Bobbie Harris January 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Was sent to your site from a childhood friend Martha Reynolds. Am in love with it. I live way out in the country now after living in the city all my life. Just love what you have done with your house. Has given me some great ideas.

    • farmhouseK8 January 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you, Bobbie! :-D And thank you to Martha, too, for sending you over.
      Welcome!

  68. Mo Stych January 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm Reply

    We live in a 100-year-old farmhouse in northern Michigan, and we are in LOVE with it. It wasn’t in nearly as bad of shape as your “before” pictures, but it was pretty close. We’re young and broke, so the changes are taking place very slowly but surely.

    Your work is certainly an inspiration to us and what we want to achieve with our home! Thank you so much for sharing all the details! Now, looks like we’ll need to get a lot more wine before we can get to where you’re at…

    • farmhouseK8 January 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm Reply

      The wine helps–lol!! Well, thank you for your kind words, and best of luck with your renovations! I do have to say that there is something really, really special about coaxing an old home back to life–I feel really connected to this house. We’ve been through a lot together! :-)

  69. Ashley Keith March 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm Reply

    So in love with what you’ve done to your house! Great job. Was wondering if you would share where you got that adorable shower curtain in your guest bath?? Thanks :)

  70. lorainequarrell March 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

    I love your house!!! Your home is an inspiration! We will try some of your ideas!

  71. farmhouseK8 March 4, 2014 at 2:19 am Reply
  72. sambuccik April 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Your house is absolutely amazing!! My husband and I are buying our first house, and I hope our renovations come out as beautiful as yours have! Great job!!

    • farmhouseK8 April 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you so much! Good luck with your new place–how exciting! :-D

  73. Brie May 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm Reply

    I love everything about your house! Thank you for the inspiration. A couple of questions: What are the tall trees called that line your driveway? Also, where did you get the red outdoor chairs from? I love your landscaping and especially the idea of the scrap wood edging! Brilliant!

    • farmhouseK8 May 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm Reply

      Thanks, Brie! So the tall trees, as far as we know, are cypress trees (they’ve been here probably as long as the house!). And I’m assuming that you meant the chairs around the farmhouse table on the deck? I actually got those at the end of the season last year from Home Depot for really cheap (they were originally powder blue but I painted them red)—I’ve been looking for them again this year but I haven’t seen them! :-( Wish I could be of more help, but I don’t think they sell them anymore!

  74. Kat =^..^= May 31, 2014 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Absolutely adorable!!! I LOVE the front porch. Fabulous job!!

  75. Beth June 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm Reply

    You did a remarkable job. It looks like the upper story was a doublewide manufactured home. Is that correct? (the seam down the center of the LR)…did you do all the work yourselves or did you hire it out? Did your makeover inspire any of the other neighbors in the “hood” to improve their properties thus resulting in property values going up? While you were doing all the remodels, did you have to update wiring/heating at all? (found you on pinterest…)

    • farmhouseK8 June 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

      Thank you, Beth! No–this is a 100+ year old house–don’t think they had doublewides back then, lol! We did a lot of the work ourselves, yes, but had an amazing contractor who guided us through and did the stuff that was beyond our capabilities. We actually were fortunate enough to buy the ‘ugliest house on the block’–it was kind of the neighborhood eyesore–all the other houses are super nice!

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  77. Shannon July 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Wow. Just WOW. This belongs featured in a DIY magazine. Seriously. I got a new kitchen, which is pretty awesome, but NOTHING like that! Home Sweet Home for sure. Cheers, Kate!

    • farmhouseK8 July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you, Shannon-you are so sweet!! Cheers on the new kitchen!! :-D

  78. Kayla July 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Wow. I am in absolute awe! Y’all truly turned this house into the perfect home. I originally found your blog by looking for unique edging ideas for landscaping (totally going to do the wooden planks, love it btw) but I’ve gotten a few more ideas by looking at the rest of your home. Absolutely stunning! Hope your enjoying this beautiful home y’all have made for yourselves! As a side-note, I saw the Texas flag, way to represent! :)

  79. Carrie July 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Amazing! Your house is beautiful! And I love the ceilings in the kitchen and living areas. We’ve talked about doing that in our kitchen too. I will definitely be using your pics as inspiration for our home! On a side note, we have a white boxer too and we absolutely adore her :)

    • farmhouseK8 July 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you, Carrie!!! And yay to the boxer! They are just the best dogs! :-D

  80. Kathy August 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Such a Beautiful home! You are very Blessed!!!

  81. Chrissy Rose August 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm Reply

    You Have Done An Amazing Job. Everything is Awesome, Very Inviting, Homey, Just Beautiful. You Are So Creative. We Are Renovating A Mobile On Land With A Cottage Which I Will Call Our “Lil Cabin Outback” And Will Post Pics When We Get Everything Done. It’s Very Time Consuming But In The End, We May Stay Here Rather Than Sell.However, We Really Need More Room For Our German Shepherds(4) Plus Our Clydesdales Will Be Coming Home. :) God Bless You.

    • farmhouseK8 August 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm Reply

      Thanks, Chrissy–sounds like you have your hands full! Good luck with it all!

  82. Mary August 4, 2014 at 3:59 am Reply

    Where did you get your bathtub? What make and model is it?

  83. Barb Hudson August 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm Reply

    WOW – what a stunning transformation! Cheers from the west coast of Canada.

  84. Paula August 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm Reply

    I cannot begin to explain how much I love EVERYTHING you’ve done!! My dream is to renovate lie this!

  85. JanStollings September 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Wow, what an amazing transformation. Can’t decide which room is my favorite. Loved your “built in” white boxer in the photos.

  86. Chris West October 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Love what you have done. As a SoCal native, transplanted to Tx Gulf coast in ’78; I have especially enjoyed your site!

    • farmhouseK8 October 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you, Chris! Cheers to TX! (And to SoCal)!!! :-D

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