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$100 Room Challenge Week 3 – DIY Barn Wood Headboard

About 1.5 months ago, we finally purchased the king sized bed that we had been wanting. Woohoo! Do you know how awesome it is to have so much space for sleeping? If you don’t, I will tell you that it is absolutely amazing!!! Anyway, since we already have the bed and we are working on our bedroom for the $100 Room Challenge, we decided to make a DIY Barn Wood Headboard for week 3.

See the before pics and our plan for the master bedroom.

Barn Wood Headboard

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This piece of barn wood is actually a door from an old building that was at my grandparents’ house. After my grandparents passed away, my parents moved in and were nice enough to give it to us when they redid the building. It has just been sitting around waiting for the right time/use to come along.

Aged Barn Wood

See how distressed it is, with the chippy paint and cracked wood? But that just gives it that much more character!

Distressed Painted Barn Wood

This project was a two person job. While my hubby, Chris, cleaned up the barn wood, I free handed a template for the top of the headboard. Then, I just taped it on and traced it with a sharpie. After that, Chris cut it out using a jigsaw and sanded while I made lunch. He also added a few coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in, just in case the existing paint had lead in it.

Headboard Template

Finally, we lugged it inside and put it in place. Doesn’t it look good?

DIY Barn Wood Headboard

We noticed that after adding the Polycrylic, the wood actually darkened. I’m not sure if I will eventually add some white wash to the headboard to lighten it just a bit, but for now, we are sticking with it as is.

Handmade Wood Headboard

With just this one project, our master bedroom looks so much better! Not only are we sleeping better because of our new mattress and foundation, but this headboard really adds some farmhouse feels to the space. And that is just the look we are going for!

Master Bedroom

Oh, and I almost forgot! I finally put on the dust ruffle we purchased when we got the bed. #slacker

Rustic Headboard Dust Ruffle

Don’t you think our DIY barn wood headboard turned out great?

This headboard adds the perfect amount of romance to the room with the soft curve but also keeps things from getting too girly with the rustic, chippy paint.

Romantic Bedroom Furniture

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$100 Room Challenge Week 2 -Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

So, I have decided to again join my friend, Erin, from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for her $100 Room Challenge. I’ve tackled this challenge once before when we gave our bathroom an overhaul on a budget.  This time, we are attempting to revamp our bedroom using the same small budget, but hopefully making a big impact. We’re also working against time since I’m joining up at the end of week 2. EEK!

Here is my long term plan for our Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Now, of course, a full room makeover could end up costing us quite a bit of money. (Way over the $100 limit!) Especially if we purchased all of the items in the mood board above. So we are going to have to pick and choose which items to purchase, which projects can be DIYed, and what will have to wait until a later date.

Doesn’t our bedroom look kind of meh?

Master Bedroom Before

Yes, of course, everything consists of neutral colors, but each side of the room is the polar opposite of the other with bright whites/creams at one end and a black hole on the other.

Dresser Before

I don’t know about you, but it seems like our bedroom is always put to the bottom of the list when we are working on projects, storage, and cleaning. Seriously, it is the place where stuff comes to die, especially when we are trying to speed clean before company! So we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spruce things up just for the Mr. and Mrs.!

So what exactly are we going to focus on to dress up this space and make it a bit more cohesive? Well, here is the checklist:

Master Bedroom Makeover Ideas

  • Buy/Replace the lamps
  • DIY a headboard for the bed
  • Add a few accessories to each side table
  • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
  • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
  • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted
  • Relocate the TV
  • Accessorize the dresser
  • Paint the dresser

Dresser Makeover Paint Hardware

Wowza!  That is quite the list and we only have a little over 2 weeks to complete it! I bet you are wondering how we are going to pull this off with only $100. Well, to be honest, our budget will probably be eaten up by the purchase of lamps. Then we will have to shop our home for accessories, DIY a headboard, and use paint we already own to makeover the doors/dresser. Wish us luck!!!

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Farmhouse Living Room Decor: Room by Room Summer Series Week Three

It’s already week 3 of the Room by Room Summer Series and we are sharing our living spaces. (Last week was kitchens!) Come take a peek at our Farmhouse Living Room Decor.  It’s certainly nothing fancy, but we do enjoy this space for entertaining guests or snuggling up with a comfy blanket to watch a movie or two.

Summer Farmhouse Living Room Decor

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This is one of those rooms that only required minimal tweaking when we moved in. (Below is the room on move in day.) We really only removed the carpet to lay wood laminate floors and painted the trim. Then it was just a matter of putting in place our normal furniture, curtains, and decor!

Country House Home Tour Before Living Room

Let’s start here at the TV. and work our way around the room, mmmkay? I’m in love with ladders and like to use them in our decor around the house. (Check out this ladder we made for our bathroom.) We found this old beauty at a garage sale.

Ladder and Entertainment Stand Dresser

In the corner, we placed our old slipper chair.  A few months ago, I gave it a makeover and I must say it is still looking pretty good!

Reupholstered Slipper Chair

The piano was my Mom’s. I was lucky enough to inherit this instrument and now our daughter is learning to play some beautiful music on it.  It is such a sentimental piece, but to be honest, I hate the color of the wood stain. However, I’m not brave enough to paint or re-stain for fear of ruining it, so like this, it will stay.

To try and tone down the color of the piano and brighten the area, I like to add shades of white and cream, such as the faux sheepskin, books, and candles.  For balance I added two DIY topiaries and my favorite magnolia wreath adorns the mirror above.

Piano Decor Magnolia Wreath

Our couch has definitely taken a beating over the years and you can tell.  However, it is still super comfy and perfect for movie night. And when it gets dirty, we can just pull the cover off and wash it. Since we have kids, pets, and light colored furniture, slipcovers are a must!

Couch Sofa Ektorp Neutral

My favorite pillows right now are still the fun ones from my friend Kendra at Linen & Ivory. She has so many amazing options to choose from and pretty much all of them can be mixed and matched.

Linen and Ivory Pillows

Don’t you just love tulips?  I think they are some of the prettiest, yet simple, flowers. These actually aren’t real, even though they look fairly convincing. I found them online for super cheap. (Purchase your own here!)

White Tulips Tobacco Basket

Finishing up this room decor tour is a photo of the view from our living space into our entry, which are basically the same room, just sectioned off by a big ol’ armchair.

Neutral Armchair Living Room

So what do you think of our living room? As of right now, we really don’t have a lot of plans for this space, besides maybe some paint at some point. But we aren’t in any hurry with that. *wink*

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Kitchen Happenings: Room by Room Summer Series Week Two

Today kicks off week two of the Room by Room Summer Series and this week we are dealing with the kitchen. (Last week I shared our entry. Click here to view that post.)  It is time to head to the heart of the home, we meals and memories are made. Check out the latest kitchen happenings at The Country House.

Kitchen Happenings

Kitchens are always fun to work on because it can make a such a huge impact on the look and feel of a home. However, our kitchen hasn’t changed too much from when we moved in. It is still pretty plain, but we plan to fancy it up in the coming months. That is, once our budget allows.

Here is the kitchen when we first moved in.

Country House Home Tour Before Kitchen

We’ve painted some trim and the doors, which has really really brightened up the space.  We also added some new pretty door hardware and replaced the faulty oven with a temporary garage sale find.

Brightening the Kitchen with Paint

To add a little farmhouse flair, we painted the peninsula/bar area and framed out an X along the front with 1″x 4″s.

Farmhouse Island Peninsula

And of course, we installed new flooring.

Painting Farmhouse Cabinets

There is still so much we hope to do to this room!  Let’s do a rundown of our to-do list:

  • Paint the cabinets
  • Add cabinet hardware
  • Replace the light fixtures
  • Paint the walls
  • Buy new appliances
  • Make a space in the pantry to hide the microwave
  • Redo the counter-tops

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

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Wood Cross Pattern

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