Farmhouse Renovation - Kitchen

July 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

First of all, a big THANK YOU! to my nephew who helped me get the glitches worked out with my website so that I can finally share this blog post with you.  Anyway, I know that a lot of you have been looking forward to seeing our before and after pictures from our farmhouse renovation.  I initially had big plans of doing one big blog post, but after further reflection, decided that splitting it up room by room would be best.  This decision has really worked out now where we ended up moving in with some stuff still to finish.  So, you may be getting updates on some of the rooms after the blog post for them is posted!

A little bit of background ... we purchased a farmhouse on 50 acres of land with a deed date from the 1940s.  That said, we found elements of the house that appear to be from earlier in time, so our best guess is that it was once a company house (we live in what was once a big mining area) that was moved to the current location and added onto.  The house was in major need of updates as the former owner was elderly and had not been able to do much in the house for some time.

Today, I want to share with you the before and after pictures of the kitchen.  The goal throughout the whole house was to open it up and create a brighter space that was conducive to a busy family.  The kitchen was no exception.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there was limited storage and workspace and the kitchen needed major updating.  The cabinets that you see were the only storage space in the kitchen other than a pantry space under the stairs.  One of the first steps was to remove all of the lowers.  By this point, we had taken the doors off of the uppers.  They are one of the few original things left remaining in the kitchen are the uppers, which I turned in to open shelving  We closed in the door that led to the back hallway.  That hallway was being removed and with another opening into the kitchen through the dining room, the wall space was a bigger need.  The pantry did not have much usable storage space and was hard to get into.  We adapted that plan by turning that space into a coffee nook.  That also allowed for a reconfiguring of the stairway leading to the upstairs.

Let the demolition begin!  This room basically went down the the studs and then was rebuilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the old pantry that became the coffee nook during the demolition and rebuilding phase.  Below are the after photos. This change opened up the kitchen visually but also gave more useable space with storage above and below the counter and additional counter space.  It also allowed for a reconfiguration of the stairs leading to the second floor.

Next are the demolition and rebuilding phase pictures of the window/sink wall...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New lower cabinets were installed and the upper cabinet doors were removed and the cabinets sanded and painted to open up the space.  New lighting was installed above the sink and new windows were put in.  Additionally, we switched to an apron-front sink and installed a dishwasher.

Here are the after shots.

Along the back wall, we closed in the doorway that led to what was a hall (now part of the master bedroom) to allow more space.  We also installed cabinets and a pantry.  Here are the demolition and rebuilding phase pictures of that wall and of the main part of the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I included a shot of the table that became my kitchen island.  So, I knew all along that I wanted a kitchen island but that I didn't want a traditional built-in island that was an exact match to the cabinets.  My husband kept asking me what I wanted and my response would be that I would know it when I saw it.  I was browsing in an antique shop near my daughter's dance studio one day and spotted this enamel top table.  It was the perfect blend of incorporating some older character while leaving some visual space.

 

 

 

 

 

Now, for the after shots.  Most of the changes to the back wall are actually shown in the above shots where I shot from an angle, but these are some that specifically focused on elements in the center part of the kitchen.

Finally, some detail shots not shown above...

List of changes made:

- Closed in doorway leading to back hall

- new lighting throughout

- converted pantry under the stairs into a coffee nook

- custom cabinets

- acacia wood countertops with walnut backsplash

- apron-front sink

- removed doors from old upper cabinets and refinished the cabinet shelves to turn them into open shelving

- new appliances throughout

- new ceiling

- new walls

- new flooring

- fresh paint throughout

- kitchen island

- new trim

- chalkboard

 - new windows

 

I look forward to sharing more of our farmhouse renovation with you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Christmas at the Courthouse 2016

December 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I love living in a small town (or rather collection of small towns that make up one community).  Whether  it's being able to avoid traffic headaches, the kids having more freedom outside, or community events, there is just a certain charm that small towns have to offer that big cities cannot match.  One such community event is when our courthouse hosts a Christmas open house each year, complete with Santa being there for all of the kids to see.

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Poor Santa!  We bombarded him with 7 kids!  We missed a few of the grandkids/great-grandkids in the younger group from my husband's family, but we had a pretty good representation!  And, no, they never all would look at me at once ... sometimes you take what you can get and at least none of them were running away at that point, lol.

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Poor Sawyer!  He got woken up from a nap to head out there and just wasn't too sure about this whole Santa/leave mommy's arms thing.  The group picture of all 7 kids?  Yeah, he was in the shot because my mom sat down with him in her lap and then got him to stand up and just kind of pushed him over towards Santa.

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Cayleigh has always been my child who was not a fan of Santa.  Her 2nd Christmas (as a 1 year old), the only way we got her in the shot was when my mother-in-law held her behind Santa (still crying).  Her 2 year old year, she fell asleep and then we put her in Santa's lap (still one of my favorite Santa pictures of my kids).  Last year, Sawyer LOVED Santa but Cayleigh would only get within a few feet of him to give him the stare-down.  Needless to say, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this year she's Santa's biggest fan!  Thank goodness, because this shot happened while holding a still-upset Sawyer.

 

 

 

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It didn't take Seanna long to start giving Santa her list of what she wants for Christmas.  I will say, she has a pretty short list this year and has been really focusing on what she can do to make Christmas special for others, so I'm proud of her.

 

 

 

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Justis was a fan of Santa this year, too.  He wasn't too sure about this whole Santa at the courthouse thing ... he wanted to see the "real" Santa, not just one of Santa's helpers who dresses up like him.  I guess he decided this Santa was alright.

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I am really proud of Landon here.  He's at that age where most kids start giving issues about believing in Santa and whatnot.  He's been such a big help, though, with keeping the younger kids' belief in Santa going and with getting in the holiday spirit.  Here, he could have decided he was "too cool" for Santa, but he just jumped right in for a picture (even if he couldn't decide where to look between all of us taking pictures).

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Damien wasn't quite so sure about the whole Santa thing, but we did convince him to at least stand next to Santa for a picture.

 

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Lincoln was perhaps one of our most adorable moments with Santa ... until he discovered that Nichole ("mom") had moved away to try to get a picture herself.  Then he was "bye-bye, Santa, I'm heading back to my mom."  Either way, a good keepsake.

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Dancing to the holiday music.

 

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When your mom is the photographer for the group, you end up having to be in extra pictures.  I wanted a shot of all 3 of mine together.  Sawyer was finally awake and, after seeing everyone else having fun with Santa, decided that maybe he wasn't so bad.

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Which meant that I got my shot of him in Santa's lap after all.

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Santa wasn't just for the kids!  Laura and Nichole got into the fun.

 

 

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Cayleigh was a very satisfied customer.  Seanna decided to play "frozen" for a moment.  Which was made even funnier by the fact that she has no clue about the mannequin challenge going around.

 

Merry Christmas!


Summertime Fun

June 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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I took a brief break from studying last week to try out creating an Adobe Spark page with some of my shots of Seanna, Landon, Cayleigh, and Sawyer playing.  I thought I would share the resulting story with you; click here (Summertime Fun) to check it out!

 

 


April Showers Bring May Flowers ... Or Maybe Just Crazy Life Events?

May 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

April was quite the month!  Perhaps the biggest stories of April were the health crises that our family experienced, with and ER visit due to an asthma attack for Cayleigh and an extended hospital stay for my husband, Russell.  We also had Russell and Seanna's birthdays, the National Cornbread Festival, and Cayleigh starting preschool in the mix.

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Project 52 - April

May 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

With the switch from my business page on Facebook to only maintaining my Lawbooks, Diapers, and Horseshoes page, I decided to go ahead and share April's Project 52 shots with you so that those of you who hadn't been following along can catch up on my shots from the year.  April pretty much officially took us from winter-like weather into spring, brought a start of preschool for Cayleigh so that she can receive speech and occupational therapy, brought several major health events within the family, and ended with Seanna's birthday.  So, without further ado ...

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{Spring}

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DM PHOTOGRAPHY {Hugs}

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