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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

Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

Wood Cross Pattern

Dont’ forget to stop by and visit the links below for more kitchen before/afters, tips, and to-do lists from the other amazing home decor bloggers in this series!


Entry Evolution: Room by Room Summer Series Week One

Summer is in full swing around our house and I think I’m finally getting into a groove. It is a good thing too, because my friend Amy from My Life From Home is hosting a new Room By Room Summer Series that I’m super excited to be joining. Each week, bloggers will share a space in their home and talk about what they’ve done, would like to do, or tips decorating for that area. Our first week is all about the entry of the home. Check out our Farmhouse Entry Evolution!

Farmhouse Entry Evolution

If you are new to the blog, WELCOME!

My name is Erin and I live with my handy husband and two crazy kids in the middle of nowhere, aka, the country.  We’ve been in our fixer upper for a little over a year now and it is slowly, but surely becoming our home. Let’s step inside!

Farmhouse Front Door Mat{Modern Farmhouse Decor Finds For Under $100}

Last year, I posted a tour of before photos of The Country House, which included this pic below of our living room and front door entrance. BLAH! It really needed some help, so with a little paint and new flooring, we were able to give it a fresh new look.

Country House Home Tour Before

TA-DA! Painting the trim and doors white really brightened the space up! Also, back in February my husband, Chris, redid all of the floors in our home. {Learn more about our floors here.} Adding some fun decorative and functional pieces to the space helped define it as more of a separate area from our living room.

Farmhouse Entry Foyer

The black console table was a piece we scored years ago on Craigslist. On top of the table are a few decor items we love. The vintage typewriter belonged to my maternal grandmother and the white milk glass piece was my paternal grandmother’s. Underneath, we placed two storage ottomans from Ikea which hold shoes and also serve as video gaming stools for the kids.

Vintage Typewriter Farmhouse Entry

The big ol’ cable spool clock was something that I whipped up a few years ago and a piece we still love to this day. Even though it doesn’t function as a proper clock, it is always a conversation piece when people come to visit.

Cable Spool Clock Farmhouse Entry

The boxwood wreath on our coat closet gets moved back and forth from the front door during inclement weather. I just love green wreaths and how they can dress up a space.

Boxwood Wreath Decor Farmhouse Entry

It may look like this space is finished (or maybe not), but we still have a few changes we would eventually like to make.

Here’s what we are thinking:

  • Paint Doorbell Box.
  • Replace almond outlet/switchplate/thermostat.
  • Paint the wall, although we have yet to decide on a color.

With my tendencies to change things up on a whim, who knows how this space will look when it is finished! Or if it ever will be finished. *WINK*What do you think of our entry? I’ll be back next week with another room in our summer series: THE KITCHEN. Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss these fun and creative entrys below!

What do you think of our entry?

I’ll be back next week with another room in our summer series: THE KITCHEN. Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss these fun and creative entrys below!

Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

Room by Room Summer Series


Pretty & Practical Command Center

You guys! I don’t know why it has taken me a year to get a command center set up in our home. Well, actually that is a lie. The reason is that I have been really non-committal on the location of such a thing. However, it has finally happened! Thank goodness! We are the proud owners of a Pretty & Practical Command Center.

Pretty Functional Command Center

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I kept thinking that a nice and big command center on the wall of the laundry room would be great because it is out of view of the main areas of our home. Plus, the hope was that we would see it every day as we went in and out of that room to do laundry or to go into the garage. I’m here to tell you that our garage is still packed full of junk that we need to either organize or get rid of, so I avoid it like the plague. And the laundry, well, I just hate doing it, so… this command center was relocated to our dining room. Which, by the way, is smack dab in the middle of our home.

Command Center Supplies

Requirements for this space were simple. We needed a calendar to keep track of our family’s busy schedules and a place to sort and store all of our paperwork/mail. Oh, and it needed to be clean and simple. I can totally appreciate command centers with chalkboards, pencil holders, pin boards, artwork, key hooks, and magnet boards. That just not my style though, folks. I like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible.

When I’m trying to put together a gallery wall type scenario, I like to lay all of the pieces out on the floor for visual reference.

This saves me time and I don’t usually end up having to put unneeded holes in the wall. (I know my husband appreciates that!)  You can see below that I have the calendar (originally from Hobby Lobby),  paper organizer (which we used in our previous home), and vintage clipboard.  I added the wood script word “hi” (also from Hobby Lobby) to balance the grouping.  Oh, and since I was working around the light switch, I just took it off of the wall to see how everything would fit.

Lay Out Gallery Wall Pieces

After I was happy with the spacing, I used my trusty Ryobi Laser Level to square things up on the wall.  This was a Christmas present from my parents and it has been such a wonderful tool to use!  I made my marks and hung up the paper organizer.

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For the clipboard and wood script word, I used Command strips. These seemed like the easiest way to hang up these lightweight items. (Bonus: No Extra Holes in the Wall!)

Command Strips

I also loved these metal label holders that I found and decided to add them to the front of the paper sorters. A little super glue later and they stuck like gum to hair. You know you how hard that is to remove!

Metal Label Holders

I’m so excited to get the paper clutter and bills off of our countertops!

Command Center Organization

Oh, and I wanted to clarify the clipboard. I love clipboards because they can be so multi-functional. No, really! Use it  to hang up some fun free art prints (this one is from Magnolia Market Blog.) Or paint it with chalkboard paint and write a list right on it. You can even use the clip to hold extra pens, pencils, or chalk. I plan on eventually printing out our weekly schedule of activities that remain the same from week to week.

Magnolia Market Printable

It may be a bit late in the post for this, but I should mention that I actually hate the term “command center.” It sounds so militant. However, that is what these little areas where we organize the chaos of our lives are called, so I’m reluctantly embracing it. Doesn’t it look pretty good?

How To Create A Pretty Practical Command Center

DIY Your Own Window Treatments

May was a crazy month around our house! And you may have noticed my lack of blog involvement. But no worries. I’m back! With the exception of a couple of dance recitals this weekend, our crazy time has normalized. I’ve been saving this post for awhile and am excited to share how you can save some dough if you DIY your own window treatments

DIY You Own Window Treatments

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Curtains and rods can get pretty pricey, depending on several factors.

The size of the window, the number of windows, and the materials you use definitely make a cost difference. If you only have one window to worry about, then maybe sticking to a budget isn’t the highest priority.  However, dressing multiple windows at once is a good way to put you in the poor house if you are not a millionaire.

Drop Cloth Curtains

I have a couple of super, budget-friendly curtain ideas. First, is the trusty ol’ canvas drop cloth. You can get them in almost any size and they look like linen, so that is a bonus. 9′ x 12′  drop cloths are really cheap when you consider that you can get two large curtain panels by cutting them in half. I think I paid around $15 per drop cloth at Menards.

Drop Cloth Curtain Ruffle

Second, I love to use basic white twin flat sheets as curtains. I snagged some from Walmart for $5 each for our bedroom. For our living room, I had an extra king flat sheet in storage and decided to cut and hem it. Don’t they look great!?! So for about $10 you can have a set of curtains for one window.  Score!

White Curtains from Sheets

Adding a wooden dowel to existing curtain rods can extend their length for only a few dollars!

As for saving money on curtain rods, I came up with this handy trick. We bought basic black curtain rods that were just too short for our larger windows. After a little brainstorming, I decided to buy a wooden dowel rod ( our was 7/8″ x 48″) and paint it with black chalkboard paint.

Easily Extend Curtain Rod

The color was pretty much on point and after adding it inside of the existing rods, we had super long curtain rods for only a fraction of the cost we would have paid for something bigger!

Lengthen Curtain Rod

If you have extra money in your draperies budget, you can always snag some ring clips to hold the curtains up.  Or, you can just cut a slit in the end of each top of the sheets and create a pocket to run the curtain rod through!

Budget Friendly Curtains

You may have noticed that all of our windows have wood blinds on them as well.  This is because our curtains are more decorative than functional.  We have electric baseboard heaters and will have to have to curtains up and out of the way during the cold season. Ugh.

Anyway, I hope this little insight into how to DIY your own window treatments encourages you if you are looking to dress up your windows without breaking the bank. I love how curtains can soften a room and if you hang the rods high, they can even make a room look bigger!