At the very beginning of this farmhouse kitchen redesign, way back in October, I told you the purpose of our little kitchen ‘redesign’. We moved into this house eight-ish years ago thinking it would be a short-lived stay. We plan to build a home of the back of the property, but in the last five years, lots of things happened which kind of stretched out the length of time until we could build. After reassessing, we realized that it would probably be another five to seven years before we would build.
Last week, we talked paint in this post and how hard it is to determine how you feel about a color right away. I shared how I was a little torn on the new gray color in my kitchen, and I realized that the issue wasn’t the color I chose, it was the white trim surrounding our windows, doors, and baseboards.
The big day is finally here! I get to reveal the space that has me so inspired and I cannot wait to share with you my thoughts and processes to how it ended up the way it did. I’d like to take a quick moment to thank hayneedle.com for working with me through the whole process, suggesting pieces that went with my inspiration images, and helping to find a desk that was just the right size. What I had initially wanted they gently veered me in another direction and I’m so thankful they did. Before we get started, let’s take a peek at what the office looked like before. There is a similar concept going on, but the desk is smaller, coming out of a different wall, and the adjacent walls didn’t have much going for them in terms of storage or workspace.
My biggest issue overall with the was the space used to be, was that I didn’t have enough room to spread out, get messy, and create. We had a fine table for business, but soon after this photo, I got a large monitor and started docking my laptop which took up more space, plus, that little end of the table wasn’t going to work well for photoshoots, messy projects, or creating prototypes for my shop designs. I had my sewing machine, surging machine, and cricut all in a closet and rarely used them because they were a pain to drag out. Then when I did drag them out, I had to drag them downstairs to the dining room where I had more space (and outlets).
Today, it’s a totally different story, and I am so so happy you’re here to hear it.
For whatever reason, I always decorate the front of my house, but never the back door. The reason this is odd to me is that the back door is the one people use. I know the only person who steps foot on my front porch is the UPS guy. Even the FedEx guy knows to come to the back!
With holiday guests coming into town this week, I wanted to jazz up the back just a bit to make it feel welcoming and autumnal, but I didn’t have much time to work with. I wanted to start with my old lanterns which were galvanized (silver), so against a grey house, they just disappeared. I’d been eyeing some beautiful copper lanterns from Terrain and thought that I could stave off the inner desire to spend over $300 on new lanterns by painting my old ones.
Although I realize that they don’t quite look identical, I did manage to save some money and get an almost instantaneous change by just using some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and hammered copper spray paint. A few flowers and some colorful leaves that I stole from the neighbors yard, and we were visitor ready. See the ugly ‘before’ and then what a difference 30 minutes made next!