I have an entire Pinterest board that I have devoted to simple farmhouse entry styles. Some are grand entry ways with benches, baskets and hooks but I don't have a grand entry and in fact our front door opens up straight into the living room. It has been a challenge to decorate the space but I think I have finally found a simple, practical yet welcoming farmhouse feel that I love.
This Independence Day looks so different for our family. In the 19 years that I have been with my husband, we have always done the same thing. Pack up, head to the creek and spend the afternoon with all of our extended family. The children swim in the creek, and the adults lounge in their chairs, chatting, making multiple trips to the table to snack on foods. The sound of fireworks, kids splashing, and the endless chatter has made for some wonderful memories.
The day before Independence Day, the birthday of our great country. It is one of my favorite holidays for it's patriotic pride of our great country, and for the memories of sitting along the creek bank, swimming, eat delicious picnic food with our large extended family and watching late night fireworks. I am a little late in adding any touches of red, white and blue to our home but I added a few flags and it gave our home just the touch of patriotic pride that it needed.
Oh, what a project it was to take this chair apart and then to put it back together in a style that I loved. It was worth it! If you didn't catch pt 1 on tearing them apart then you need to go back and view that!
We built a walk in pantry last year in our kitchen area and installed a sliding barn door. I really loved it but the brown always seemed a bit off in our home and so several months ago, I decided to paint it.
The brown door was pretty but it blended to much with the floor and it didn't really end up matching anything else in this area of our home. You will also notice in the next few photos that I moved out the island and moved our kitchen table to this space. It has really opened up our kitchen/dining area and we love that the table is the center of our home.
Our modular home is still a work in progress and as you can tell this area still needs trim on the bottom. I had previously painted all the walls and the trim Simply White but I have to be honest and tell you that the knots were coming through and were noticable on the shiplap walls. I decided to go with a bit of a darker color and after several months of using Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore on the walls, I have seen no knots showing through the paint.
I went with White Dove for the trim and the sliding pantry door. Together these colors make a lovely combination and they really look amazing with the black accent. It took a few coats to paint the pantry door and I chose to leave the rustic indentions that were already on the door.
So, what do you think? Which one is your favorite? The natural wood look or the painted natural tones?
We have a running joke at our home that if I paint something any color besides white, it will eventually get repainted and will end up being white or some neutral color. Well, I thought I would surely never paint this cabinet any color but green. Well, I was wrong.
It hasn't been that long ago that I painted the cabinet green. I loved the green but really felt like it was a bit of an outcast in the rest of our neutral colored home. So, I made a trip to Target and picked up one of the paint colors from the Joanna Gaines paint line.
I chose the color called Gatherings from the Magnolia paint line. It is a lovely neutral that has golden gray with amber and tan undertones. I love that sometimes it looks more gray than white and sometimes it looks more greige depending on the amount of light that our home gets. I went with the eggshell finish and used a brush to paint around the glass and on the door panels, I used a roller for the bigger areas to get a really smooth finish. It took two coats of paint to color over the green but I used two thin coats. I found that the paint had great coverage. I then used the clear wax to seal the cabinet since it gets used on a daily basis. The clear wax that I used was also from the Magnolia line and really left a smooth finish that is easy to wipe clean.
This cabinet now feels much more a part of our home. I simplified the items that I had on the inside of the cabinet and I love the neutral feel a lot more. What do you think? Were you a fan of the green or do you like this neutral color better?
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Making over an old used and the often forgotten piece of furniture is one of my favorite things to do. I love to watch the transformation happen and this old simple farmhouse style cabinet didn't disappoint.
I was browsing through a site when this cabinet appeared for sale. I checked the measurements, found out it would fit wonderfully in my space and claimed the cabinet for our home.
If I had to guess, I would say the cabinet used to hang in a kitchen. The cabinet needed some serious scrubbing and a new paint job. I reached for one of my favorite white paint colors, White Dove, from the Benjamin Moore collection, then I got busy painting. I didn't bother to take the hinges or the knobs off since they had already been painted over.
The transformation happened quickly and I love how just a simple coat of paint can make such a difference. The inside was painted the same color of white and now holds our collection of board games and school books.
On the top, I layered an old printing tray, some vintage school books, an old advertisement from a newspaper and a spool of twine and a pair of vintage scissors. The basket is thrifted from a local shop and filled with Buckbrush.
Several coats of paints, a few vintage pieces and we have a lovely piece in our home that provides a lot of storage. What do you think? Do you love the transformation?
Looking for another transformation? I recently used a lovely shade of green on a farmhouse style cupboard and I love how it turned out!
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Old farmhouse style furniture has a way of luring me in. I love the simple straight lines of old shaker style pieces and I recently was browsing the a local for sale site when this beautiful farmhouse cupboard showed up.
I immediately messaged the lady to see if it was for sale. I honestly had no idea where I would put such a large piece but the price was good and the cupboard was just beautiful. I thought about where I might put it and finally decided that I would separate the two pieces and use the bottom for a kitchen island.
I left it unpainted for quite some time, but eventually, the wood was just too much for my style. So, I painted it a lovely shade of green called, Countryside, from the Joanna Gaines paint line.
The top part of the hutch stayed in the living room and was a great size to hold our television. Then, this past weekend I decided to move some things around in the kitchen and dining room area, and this hutch is now back together, the original way it was meant to be.
Our dining room and kitchen are one large space. So, I moved the kitchen table long ways where the island used to be and that opened up room for the cupboard to go on the dining room wall.
I tucked a few of my favorite things inside the hutch including a pie plate that holds a lot of meaning to me, a vintage honey pot, a few of my favorite beautiful cookbooks and a few stoneware bowls. I really love looking through beautiful cookbooks and two of my current favorites are, The Hands on Home and New England Farmgirl.
The other side of the hutch holds a vintage water pitcher, glass cups, another mixing bowl and a few serving bowls. I am sure that this space will change over time but I love the simple beauty of seeing kitchen items that I use daily, displayed.
There was such great debate on whether I should paint this piece but I have to say, I love it! Our home needed a pop of color and I love the way this piece turned out.
There are so many changes coming in the next few months as we get ready to move our home (doublewide) to our new land and hopefully, the kitchen will be next on the remodel list. The black hanging light will be moved to hang over the table and we will be putting different lighting in its place.
I am so excited to finally be writing a post all about the details of what is in my pantry. The number one question I hear is, "what is in all those jars". Well, today I am here to tell you, and I will be sharing some of my tips for keeping my pantry organized.
When Timothy and I got married, I was not a kitchen kind of wife. I grew up with a mother, grandmother, aunts, who all knew how to cook but I despised it. My cabinets were filled with quick box meals and the only spices I owned were salt and pepper. Oh, how the years have changed me.
Creating a well-stocked pantry takes time. When I first started out I just had a few essentials, things like flour and sugar. As time went on, I added spices and continued adding as I figured out what our family used the most and wanted to have on hand, just in case. Your pantry will look different depending on your diet and nutritional needs.
simple steps to an organized pantry
- Pull everything out of your pantry
- Wipe down all the shelves, paint if your shelves need a little bit of a touch-up.
- Go through all of your dry goods, remove them from their packages and place them in jars.
- Label the jars.
- Place the jars back into the pantry.
- Keep it clean! This is such an important step and it is really easy to maintain if you just follow a few easy steps.
- When you use a jar, wipe it down before putting it back in the pantry. I will even wipe the shelf space where the jar had been sitting before I return it to the shelf.
- Once a week, dust the tops of all the jars off. This can be simply done by taking a duster across all the tops of the jars.
I love using clear jars in the pantry. You don't have to have them all the same style and it may take time to collect the jars if you choose to do the pantry this way. Many of our products come in glass jars, be creative, remove the labels and use the jars to store your dry goods. Using glass jars allows me to quickly scan the pantry, making a note of the items that I need to purchase. Glass jars also help to keep the space looking neat and tidy. When looking for glass jars, search for ones that have a seal. This will ensure that your ingredients stay fresh longer. My jars are purchased from WalMart but you can find various sizes on Amazon as well. They have the 67 ounce that comes in a set of four, 38 ounce that also comes in a set of four and I love this option for spice jars. Mason jars also make great storage jars. I have these that I store my coffee in and I love that you can get galvanized lids for the jars.
Labels are important so that you know what is in your jars. If you have a small pantry, with just a few jars then this may not be important for you. I use the DYMO label maker but a paint pen, tape with a sharpie or any other form of a label would work just as well.
spices and herbs
Having a wide variety of spices and herbs on hand ensures that I can just about make anything at any point and time. We use a lot of herbs and spices to season our food since I cook from scratch. Learning how to use spices and herbs can make a huge difference in the way that your food tastes. The list below is the herbs and spices that I currently keep on hand, on the top shelf of my pantry. My spice jars are from Hobby Lobby but these and these are some great options as well. I purchase all of my herbs from a local store that carries bulk. I simply go in, fill my jar with what I need and then pay for what I purchase. This helps to cut down on the amount of waste in our home.
Grateful Heart Tea
The above items are in this space, however, they are used for some other purposes in our life such as beauty products, etc.
Depending upon your families dietary needs your pantry needs will be different than our families. I currently follow a pretty strict clean style of eating and I use several ingredients from the Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle. I keep a wide variety of pantry staples and the list below is what I currently keep in stock.
Chocolate Whey Protein
What about can goods? Do we have those? Yes, a few, mainly it is tomato sauce. We prefer frozen vegetables so the majority of our vegetables are in the freezer. Almost everything in our home is cooked from scratch which means that we have very few boxed food items. There is about another 6 foot of pantry space just to the left of the space with all the jars. That is where I store some of my bigger kitchen items like the blender, toaster, etc. I will share that space in the near future but at this point, I still have a few things to finish up.
So, what do you think? Did I miss something you always like to keep stocked in your pantry? Have a question about something? Feel free to leave me a comment or send me a message.
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