You guys!! Today is a big day, or a surreal day actually. Jen, from the blog City Farmhouse is featuring my house on her website. Can you say blown away?? After all, her house has been featured in Cottages and Bungalows and Better Homes and Gardens. Her house is beautiful but her heart proves to be even more sweet:) Thanks so much for this opportunity Jen! So here’s the post that is on her site…
Hello City Farmhouse readers. I am so beyond honored to be here and so grateful for Jen for this opportunity! I’m Allie, from Proverbs31girl, and I am so excited to be able to share our sweet little farmhouse with you. Unlike Jen whose on the water (so jealous!) we sit on a quaint three acre old farmstead in the heart of Minnesota. We actually bought the place on a real estate auction (most stressful day of my life!) and have been working on it the last four years to bring this 100 year-old-farmhouse back to it’s glory! I would say my style is modern farmhouse, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. So if you’d like to join me, I’d love to show you around.
Here’s a little idea of our setting. It’s very much a classic farmhouse with white siding and black shutters. We have slowly been updating the landscaping as well.
And now lets go inside.
Our biggest transformation in the house was the kitchen, which is the room you walk into as you enter that front door. Check out my blog if you want to see the before pictures. The biggest changes we made were blowing out walls to open up the space and put in a large open staircase which became the focal point in our house.
The name of the game on this complete house gut, was BUDGET :) So although we needed to start this kitchen from scratch, we actually got these cabinets for FREE from a lady my mother-in-law worked for. Such a blessing! They used to be cherry and we painted them Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart.
I loved that we could fit an eat in kitchen in this area, as well as a small island. If there’s one thing that’s not so great about old houses is the storage, so we need to make the most of every single space.
One of my favorite DIY’s I did was this command center to the right of the fridge. It’s the perfect spot to keep the laptop, and also helps to keep bills organized, along with our weeks activities.
On the opposite side of this wall is our dining room…
There actually wasn’t a formal dining room in the house when we bought it, so we pushed back a wall and created one.
I recently just added the floor to ceiling board and batten, and am loving how crisp and fresh it is in here now. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a sucker for neutrals. You won’t see too much color in here.
I’m also a sucker for cheap DIY’s, which is why I had fun giving this $10 dresser a complete makeover and turned it into a buffet.
and off of the dining room is where we have a formal sitting area with fireplace.
This is the room that you can usually find me.
in this chair actually….
I love how the fireplace is central to the whole house. You can see it from just about everywhere.
and off of this room is the living room.
I’m working toward having this whole house planked:) That would be my perfect end result…it just takes time:)
Upstairs is our master bedroom.
In a small house, this room seems a bit ridiculous, but hey, I’ll take it:) This was an addition the previous owners had done, although when we bought it, it was broken up with a walk in closet on the left side of the room and more closets over there as well. It also only had 7 1/2 foot ceilings, which we raised to 10 1/2 feet since it was just open attic space above.
Our room has also doubled as a nursery lately…
so it’s been nice to have the space.
we moved the closets to the other side of the room.
and also moved the laundry from the main floor bathroom, to up here.
it also doubled as a closet for our little guy:)
like I said before, we have to make use of every inch of space :)
our bedroom opens to the shared bathroom upstairs. Although I’d love my own, I’m grateful we have an entry:)
We turned this $5 dresser into a vanity.
and added more planks. Seriously, you can never have enough! :)
And the most recent redo was my little ladies room.
I had so much fun making this space for her!
and that’s it for the tour. There’s always projects I’m working on, so head over anytime you want to catch up!
I thought I would also give you a quick glimpse of some of the other buildings on our property that we’ve been having fun renovating.
We have an old barn we use as an occasional shop where we sell repurposed good and home items four times a year.
a small garage turned guest house for company.
and our current project, an old grainery turned man cave.
This is a work in progress, but I assure you, it will be worth the wait!
Thanks so much for taking some time to let me show you around! And thanks Jen for letting me join in your love for farmhouse style!
P.S. If you’d like to follow along on our journey, you can find me here: