After over 4 months of non-stop renovations, we are finally finished with the renovation of the 1940s farmhouse we bought down the road from our house. There was not a single surface in this house that was not touched during this process. We gutted the bathroom, ripped out ceilings, took some rooms down to the studs and completely transformed this sweet 2-bedroom farmhouse. When I say "we," I mean Josh, myself, our kids, and Sarah and Levi (the new tenants) did all the work! We did not hire out any of the labor, and instead spent many nights and weekends over here getting it done. Was it hard? Absolutely! Was it worth it? Yes. I can say at the end of the day, looking back over our work, it was 100% worth all the blood, sweat and tears we poured into this house.
We did try to keep our costs down on this renovation, so we sourced things from places like Ikea, Lowe's, T.J. Maxx, antique stores, and Home Depot. We also tried to keep as many original elements of the house that we could (like refinishing the ceilings, keeping parts of the kitchen intact, and keeping the existing floor plan). At the end of the day, we wanted to keep the charm of this farmhouse, but modernize it as well.
If you've been following along this journey, you'll probably remember some of the before pictures. But in case you haven't, here are some pictures to show you what we started with when we bought it a few months ago.
FARMHOUSE "BEFORE" PICTURES
Can I cue a drumroll?.....
FARMHOUSE "AFTER" PICTURES
Pictures do tell a great story, but we thought a video would tell an even better one. Take a look at this video, as Josh, the kids and I tell you about this farmhouse renovation!
Our "Video" Farmhouse Renovation Story
A couple of notes about the video:
- Will says his favorite thing is "to jump bushes." No, that's not a new DIY term. He literally loved trying to jump over the bushes from the front porch onto the front lawn. He spent hours doing this while we were inside working.
- It was not Josh's idea to be in the bathtub telling about the remodel. But, the bathroom isn't the largest, and it's the only space we could get a good angle for video!
- This is the first time Josh and I have ever documented a renovation we've done with a video, and I so wish we would have started doing this with the other 4 houses we've remodeled. Pictures are great, but seeing it via video just really captures the transformation!
I really hope you've enjoyed watching this transformation happen. I know Josh and I are happy with the results and thrilled that the work is over! Now, we are focused on finishing The Venue at White Oak Farms and getting ready to open the doors to it in August!
Source and Detailed Renovation Info:
- Paint-Simply White Benjamin Moore
- Light fixtures-Lowe's and Home Depot
- Butcher Block Countertop-Ikea
- Kitchen Brackets-Ikea
- Vanity in 1 half bath-Antique store; Vessel Sink and Faucet-Amazon
- Vanity in full bath-Home Depot
- Mirror in full bath-T.J. Maxx
- Kitchen island-custom made by Levi Hartsfield (Sarah's husband)