Tour Farmhouse38

Post-renovation farmhouse exterior at Farmhouse38.comPlease to enjoy 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!

 

A little reminder of the front, before…Behold!  The color beige:

Blah pre-renovation front of Farmhouse38.com

The front of the farmhouse, after…we needed somewhere to enjoy our #frontporchdrinks, thus the deck and vine-covered pergola.  Oh, and a front door…you may have noticed there wasn’t one before.  Minor detail.
Post-renovation farmhouse exterior of Farmhouse38.com

Farmhouse front porch at Farmhouse38.com

Cheers to having a little more color in our lives.

Another shot of the front:

Exterior front and yard of Farmhouse38.com, pre-renovation.And after:Post-renovation farmhouse exterior, complete with white picket fence. Farmhouse38.com

Curb appeal. It’s important. A white picket fence never hurts, either.

Let’s go on inside, shall we?

The family room, before…

Pre-renovation family room at Farmhouse38.com

This is the photo where people usually say something like, “Oh, this isn’t so bad!”, and if I looked past 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 sorta interesting old ceiling.

Family room, after…

Post-renovation living room at Farmhouse38.com

Post-renovation farmhouse great room at Farmhouse38.com

Upon discovering that the old ceiling wasn’t really a real, structural ceiling and was being held up by old wallpaper, we made the decision to take it down and subsequently vault the ceilings. Which was an accidentally genius way to make this small space feel much, much grander.

More pre-renovation family room…

Pre-renovation family room at Farmhouse38.com

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 assortment of every terrible flooring material known to humankind.

After…

Post-renovation livingroom at Farmhouse38.com

The new gas-vent fireplace and built-in bookshelves really help this feel like an actual family room. Still a few odds and ends left to do…mainly, we are taking bookshelves all the way up to the peak of the ceiling next to the fireplace. Must have more shelves for to put all the things!!!

Not-so-great-room/vaguely a dining area leading into the ‘kitchen’, before…Pre-renovation blahs at Farmhouse38.com

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.The post-renovation kitchen/greatroom at Farmhouse38.com

Informal dining area after:

Post-renovation informal dining room at Farmhouse38.com

Since we live in Southern California, our ‘formal dining room’ resides out on our back deck under the party lights (more on that coming up).

Post-renovation kitchen peninsula at Farmhouse38.com

I found Nix’s awesome vintage cage at the Rose Bowl Flea Market–it’s a bit beat up, and I had to have all the old paint sand-blasted off of it, but it fits so perfectly in this tight space. I just love it. Nix is super unimpressed.

Kitchen/great room, after…

The farmhouse kitchen, post-renovation, at Farmhouse38.comMuch better. Complete with requisite boxer photo-bomb.

‘Kitchen’ before…The pre-renovation kitchen at Farmhouse38.com

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’.

And after…

Post-renovation farmhouse kitchen at Farmhouse38.com

The range moved to the opposite wall, so that I could have a sink at the kitchen window. We have a beautiful view of our neighbor’s bathroom window. Sometimes we wave at each other. It’s awkward. But I like my kitchen-sink-window. And my neighbors.

And let’s talk about that sink:The farmhouse sink and windowsill cactus garden at Farmhouse38.com

It is the stuff of dreams. That is all.

See how we did our beadboard backsplash here.

Moving on to the stairwell in its previous incarnation (The Gateway to the Underworld, as we used to call it):The pre-renovation stairwell at Farmhouse38.comAfter…

Post-renovation stairwell at Farmhouse38.com

We widened, stabilized, and beautified. Gallery walls are essential.

Stairs, before…The pre-renovation stairwell at Farmhouse38.com

Every stair was a different height, a different width, and a different slant. Definitely designed by Carnies.

Stairwell, after:Post-renovation stairs at Farmhouse38.com

Note the built-in bookshelves along the right side and the built-in boxers at the top.

And now we go to the original ‘master’ bedroom:The original master bedroom at Farmhouse38.com

We liked this so little that we actually changed everything about it, including its location. The new master we pushed to the back of the house where it would eventually open up onto a glorious back deck that overlooked the garden (after we did away with The Deck of Death). The old master would be absorbed into the master suite area.

The new master bedroom (structurally finished, but undecorated):The master bedroom during renovations at Farmhouse38.com

This is how we lived with the room for several years until we were able to fully finish it. Don’t you adore my dropcloth rag curtains? Aren’t they swanky? Product source: my cleaning rag bin.

Post-renovation, post-decoration master bedroom (FINALLY):

Post-renovation farmhouse master bedroom at Farmhouse38.com

Don’t mind me over here with my camera, White Dog.

Post-renovation farmhouse master bedroom at Farmhouse38.comSee the master bedroom makeover here, as well as how we made our weathered wood headboard, here. Interested in that steel painting on the wall? Come check out my artwork at katerichards.com.

Master bathroom time! Oh, the horror!The pre-renovation master bathroom at Farmhouse38.com

This photo just does not do it justice.  This bathroom was THE WORST!  Disgusting, tiny, and frankly, rather creepy. We found things in there, you guys…things I don’t want to talk about. And let’s just take a pause for a second and ponder the wonder of wooden toilet seats. Seriously. Who came up with this? Probably the person that installed them in all the bathrooms of this house.

Master bathroom after:Post-renovation farmhouse master bathroom at Farmhouse38.com

It is glorious in comparison to how it was.  Just…so…glorious.

Post-renovation farmhouse master bathroom at Farmhouse38.com

Modern farmhouse tub at Farmhouse38.com

I will go on and on and on about our modern farmhouse tub and walk-in shower if you let me. They are a couple of my favorite things. Ever.

See the master bathroom makeover here.

Moving downstairs, let’s have a looksy at the old guest bathroom (again with the wooden toilet seat!):The pre-renovation guest bathroom at Farmhouse38.com

Guest bathroom after:

Post-renovation farmhouse guest bathroom at Farmhouse38.com

Whitened, brightened and very clean.  Clean is good.

Guest bedroom, before:

Pre-renovation guest bedroom at Farmhouse38.com

Those drop ceilings and dirty tile floor had to go. Blech.

Guest bedroom, after:Farmhouse guest bedroom, post-renovation. Farmhouse38.com

We raised the ceilings, and lightened and brightened with a new french door leading to the garden, recessed lighting, new floors, and fresh paint. White dog is laying on an heirloom quilt. (Sigh).

Ye olde Deck of Death:Pre-renovation deck of death at Farmhouse38.com

The old back deck was wobbly, crooked, and–when we actually started tearing it down, we realized–barely attached. Thank goodness we never let anyone go out there.

The new deck:

The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com

First and foremost, it is attached. And then some.

The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com

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.

The back deck farmhouse table at Farmhouse38.com

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 a hood over the range.  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.  My office is awaiting a makeover. So is the powder room. Is it just me, or does the list keep growing?  Cheers to 100-year-old houses.

178 Comments on Tour Farmhouse38

  1. tdblue
    June 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  2. koolimut
    June 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Awesome place!

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

    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!

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    • farmhouseK8
      July 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm (3 years ago)

      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!!

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      • Whitney Seward
        March 4, 2014 at 12:35 am (2 years ago)

        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 :-)

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        • farmhouseK8
          March 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm (1 year ago)

          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. 😀 Love Monrovia, down there all the time!! Shoot me an email sometime–I’d love to hear about your backyard-chickening!

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  4. yrppies
    July 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

    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…

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    • farmhouseK8
      July 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

      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!

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  5. tbnranch
    October 1, 2012 at 4:15 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, I’m stunned! BEAUTIFUL!

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  6. Diane
    November 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    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?

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    • farmhouseK8
      November 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm (3 years ago)

      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!

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  7. Emma
    November 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I see that photo bomb up the stairs.

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  8. Raw Milk Marathon
    December 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      December 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  9. hopefarms
    December 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm (3 years ago)

    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?!

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    • farmhouseK8
      December 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  10. Po' Girl Shines
    December 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I love before and afters and yours are fabulous!

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  11. Katie/Maple Grove
    January 5, 2013 at 5:39 am (3 years ago)

    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!

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    • farmhouseK8
      January 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  12. Sue
    January 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      January 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  13. kimberly
    February 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm (3 years ago)

    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…

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm (3 years ago)

      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! :-)

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  14. Kim @ Plumberry Pie
    February 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  15. Susan
    February 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  16. Grace @ sense and simplicity
    February 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

      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!! :-)

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  17. Margaret Ann Rouse Gonzalez
    February 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  18. The Gathering Place
    February 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much!! :-)

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  19. Kristin
    February 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Your home is very warm and inviting! Excellent job!

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Kristin!! :-)

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  20. Dana
    February 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Barbara! :-)

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  21. Shiann
    February 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  22. K'lyn
    February 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

      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. :-)

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      • Christy
        December 8, 2014 at 3:13 am (9 months ago)

        I am obsessed with your renovation!! Could you please tell me what colors you used in your stairs?? LOVE!!!!

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        • farmhouseK8
          December 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm (9 months ago)

          Well, thank you!! Hmmm….the stairs…well, I am pretty sure that the red is the same ol’ Behr Farmhouse Red that I have used in excess all over the house, but I believe that the light blue color was something that I mixed up myself because I couldn’t quite find the right shade of blue. Wish I could be more helpful with that!!!

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  23. ourpovertywithaview
    February 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm (3 years ago)

    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! :)

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  24. Kelly Reber
    February 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  25. Lynn
    February 17, 2013 at 12:48 am (3 years ago)

    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!

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 17, 2013 at 1:29 am (3 years ago)

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

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  26. debraotjen
    February 17, 2013 at 12:53 am (3 years ago)

    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!!

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 17, 2013 at 1:31 am (3 years ago)

      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! :-)

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  27. Jann Newton
    February 17, 2013 at 1:56 am (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  28. Jenny@EvolutinofStyle
    February 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Jenny! :-)

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      • Brittany
        December 30, 2013 at 5:14 am (2 years ago)

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

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        • farmhouseK8
          January 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  29. kris
    February 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  30. 2littlesuperheroes
    February 18, 2013 at 5:14 am (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 18, 2013 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

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

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  31. Honeybee
    February 18, 2013 at 5:34 am (3 years ago)

    wow..what a makeover!

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 18, 2013 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

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

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  32. Julie S
    February 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm (3 years ago)

      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. :-)

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  33. June G
    February 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

    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 :)

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm (3 years ago)

      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! :-)

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  34. Stephanie
    February 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  35. Heather
    February 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm (3 years ago)

      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. :-)

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  36. Arli
    February 22, 2013 at 12:28 am (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  37. Julie
    February 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    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 😉

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  38. eskibs
    February 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm (3 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      February 27, 2013 at 5:16 am (3 years ago)

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

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  39. Heather
    March 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    This is amazing! Wonderful job.

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  40. Erin
    March 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

    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!!

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    • farmhouseK8
      March 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

      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.

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  41. Mary
    March 21, 2013 at 3:08 am (2 years ago)

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

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  42. nika
    April 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      April 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

      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!!

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  43. Melodious
    April 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      April 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

      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!

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  44. Amanda R.
    April 25, 2013 at 4:10 am (2 years ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      April 25, 2013 at 5:13 am (2 years ago)

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

      Reply
  45. threelittlepiggs
    April 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      April 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm (2 years ago)

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

      Reply
  46. Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art
    June 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    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!!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      June 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm (2 years ago)

      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!!

      Reply
      • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art
        June 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm (2 years ago)

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

        Reply
  47. Alicia
    June 7, 2013 at 1:34 am (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      June 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Alicia!!! 😀

      Reply
  48. Liz
    June 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      June 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm (2 years ago)

      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! :-)

      Reply
  49. Emma
    June 20, 2013 at 4:40 am (2 years ago)

    Who is your contractor? Please tell me.

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  50. Charlotte Zweigoron
    June 20, 2013 at 6:29 am (2 years ago)

    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).

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    • farmhouseK8
      June 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm (2 years ago)

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

      Reply
  51. Lelia
    July 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    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!!

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  52. Katie
    August 6, 2013 at 1:13 am (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      August 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Katie!! 😀

      Reply
  53. Eliza
    August 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    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!!

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    • farmhouseK8
      August 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

      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!!!

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  54. Kimberly Parker
    August 9, 2013 at 1:46 am (2 years ago)

    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!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      August 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Kimberly! 😀

      Reply
  55. Rhonda
    August 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      August 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww, thank you, Rhonda! 😀

      Reply
  56. Debra @ Frugal Little Bungalow
    November 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm (2 years ago)

    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 :)

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      November 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, thank you so much! 😀

      Reply
  57. Cate
    November 2, 2013 at 12:37 am (2 years ago)

    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!!!!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      November 3, 2013 at 12:22 am (2 years ago)

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

      Reply
  58. Cate
    November 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

    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!!!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      November 3, 2013 at 12:24 am (2 years ago)

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

      Reply
  59. MJ
    November 26, 2013 at 4:37 am (2 years ago)

    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.

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  60. Jessica D
    January 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  61. StaceyStacey
    January 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      January 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm (2 years ago)

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

      Reply
  62. Bobbie Harris
    January 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      January 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, thank you, Bobbie! 😀 And thank you to Martha, too, for sending you over.
      Welcome!

      Reply
  63. Mo Stych
    January 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

    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…

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    • farmhouseK8
      January 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm (2 years ago)

      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! :-)

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  64. Ashley Keith
    March 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm (2 years ago)

    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 :)

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  65. lorainequarrell
    March 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      March 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, thank you so much!! 😀

      Reply
  66. sambuccik
    April 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm (1 year ago)

    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!!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      April 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm (1 year ago)

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

      Reply
  67. Brie
    May 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm (1 year ago)

    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!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      May 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm (1 year ago)

      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!

      Reply
  68. Kat =^..^=
    May 31, 2014 at 2:51 pm (1 year ago)

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

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  69. Beth
    June 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm (1 year ago)

    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…)

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    • farmhouseK8
      June 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm (1 year ago)

      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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  70. Shannon
    July 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm (1 year ago)

    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!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm (1 year ago)

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

      Reply
  71. Kayla
    July 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm (1 year ago)

    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! :)

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    • farmhouseK8
      July 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm (1 year ago)

      LOL–thanks, Kayla!!! 😀

      Reply
  72. Carrie
    July 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm (1 year ago)

    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 :)

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      July 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm (1 year ago)

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

      Reply
  73. Kathy
    August 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

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

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    • farmhouseK8
      August 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Kathy!! 😀

      Reply
  74. Chrissy Rose
    August 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm (1 year ago)

    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.

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    • farmhouseK8
      August 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm (1 year ago)

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

      Reply
  75. Mary
    August 4, 2014 at 3:59 am (1 year ago)

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

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  76. Barb Hudson
    August 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm (1 year ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      August 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Barb!! 😀

      Reply
  77. Paula
    August 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm (1 year ago)

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

    Reply
  78. JanStollings
    September 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm (12 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      September 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm (12 months ago)

      LOL, thanks Jan! 😀

      Reply
  79. Chris West
    October 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm (11 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      October 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm (11 months ago)

      Oh, thank you, Chris! Cheers to TX! (And to SoCal)!!! 😀

      Reply
  80. pdnhed
    November 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm (10 months ago)

    did you fabricate the kitchen counters yourselves or have it done. I love soapstone but it is pricey and have thought about concrete and DIY but (scarey). I am in So Cal (S.D.)

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      November 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm (10 months ago)

      Well, we fabricated them with the help of our contractor (who had never tried them before, himself–so it was kind of a big experiment for all of us). It’s tricky, I’m not going to lie. But if you do it yourself, it is waaaaaay cheaper than anything else out there.

      Reply
  81. Chateau De Lionne
    November 11, 2014 at 8:47 am (10 months ago)

    THIS IS JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING makeover!!! You are a magician!

    Reply
    • farmhouseK8
      November 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm (10 months ago)

      Aww, thank you!!! 😀

      Reply

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