When we bought the farm nearly 4 years ago the first thing we did was gut the tiny 50s/80s kitchen. We naively jumped into a complete DIY kitchen makeover, thinking we could have it done in 6 weeks or so…
When I shared a shot of my farm sink on Instagram I had several questions and requests to write a post detailing how I refreshed an antique sink. Here is a step-by-step tutorial for anyone trying to do this on a super-tight budget. I am going to show you what did and didn’t work. Hopefully Read more
We have been hard at work on our little farm.
When people ask me if we have a kitchen yet, it’s hard for me to explain why the answer is still no. It’s not as simple as it might seem. When you are on a budget and trying to fit working on your house into an already busy life, it can be a bit Read more
I have told my hubby that all I want for Christmas is a kitchen for three years now! Though working on the structural damage on our farmhouse is not fun, we can finally see that our kitchen project is gaining traction! I probably won’t get a completely finished kitchen this year, but check out all the Read more
We have been asked the question over and over: “Why don’t you have a kitchen yet?” The only real way to answer that question is to tell you the story of what has happened. Our inexperience, financial issues, noncommittal contractors, exhaustion, and an ever-expanding list of required repairs that have to be done before the kitchen Read more
If you have ever watched Fixer Upper on HGTV you know that Chip Gaines’ favorite day is “Demo Day.” He loves gutting homes to make way for his wife Joanna’s killer design in one crazy day! On Bryarton Farm our Demo takes many, many days. Not having a crew of workers combined with our commitment Read more
One of the great things about renovating a home on your own is that you are forced to take it slow. This provides more time to think through all possibilities. When Michael chose to spend some of his saved birthday money on home design software, we were able to come up with a completely new Read more