Monday, March 18, 2013

The B Farm One Year Anniversary

It's hard to believe it's been a year since we bought the B Farm...we fell in love with it the first time we saw it. The land was so pretty and the house, well, let's just say it had potential.

The house was neglected and very dirty. Remember all that paneling? I felt like I was in a box, it was so brown:





The kitchen had this cabinet over the bar that made it feel closed in, a fruity wallpaper border which didn't do anything for it (guess it made it less brown ), and was gross  yucky with grease stains and dirt:




The bathroom was pink with purply-pink cabinets and old wallpaper with lots of dusty, dusty lace:



And a ceiling fan that overhung the shower....uh, ok that was strange.


After much cleaning and painting throughout the house, it now looks like this:






And this:


The kitchen is clean and fresh ( I love my chalkboard wall! ):


And no more cabinet blocking the view and closing off the kitchen (I need to learn to clean off the counters before I snap the picture lol):


The living room is brighter:

(oh, the trim around the fireplace is painted now)

And the guest room is ready for guests:

























We have cleaned, painted, painted some more, and added personal touches all over:



Coffee cup lamp 
 I love my coffee cup lamp and galvanized bucket light. You can find how we made them here and here.
Galvanized bucket light

And my entry way table I found next to a dumpster was a great find. You can see the transformation here.



This eyesore is now gone (I forgot to take an after picture - looks way better all cleaned up!):




Dead trees have been cut down, leaves raked, pastures mowed, debris cleared, and the land is slowly looking like someone cares again. We've done so much and yet there's so much more to do.

So, what is next for the B Farm?

This coming year, I want to work on the yard, pull the master bedroom together, and tackle the laundry room/pantry with a new paint job and organization. It has great potential:



And we still have plenty of painting to do: the outside of the house (Mr. B started and should finish up next visit ), several furniture projects, and the front and back doors.

Someday we need to redo the mantel on the fireplace - it's off-center and too high:


The countertops need to be replaced or resurfaced...hm, maybe I'll try Rustoleum's Countertop Transformation kit.

 And we need to run electricity out to the shop and barn. The barn will become my art studio someday but it will need windows, a door, and probably a new roof.

Big dreams for our future, one small step at a time. It makes me smile thinking about it. How I love this place!

And now, I'd like to take the time to thank each and every one of you who have joined me on our journey. When I started this blog a year ago, I knew nothing about blogging and I never dreamed I'd have 50 followers. It was just a way for me to journal our process of turning this sweet property into our someday home. I am so blessed by your visits, comments, and encouragement. You have helped make the B Farm a home. Thank you so much.

With a full heart,

Cecilia

Linking up here:
DIYi Show Off That-DIY-Party-8

24 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversay to you!!!
    Wow Cecilia - what a transformation - love the wood painted white!!!
    And that's a pretty spectacular fireplace!
    I would try rustoleum resurfacing - it's supposed to be great!
    Beautiful job so far :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Suzan! Just looking at that kitchen makes my shoulder ache! LOL it took several intensive days and a friend and the hubs help to get it done. And I'm not sure spectacular is a word I'd use to describe the fireplace... :p

      Delete
  2. Happy Anniversary Cecilia!...your farm as certainly come a long way!!...love all of the transformations and special touches that you have made...Here's to another great year!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Shirley. Your sweet comments are always appreciated!

      Delete
  3. Everything looks so fresh and pretty....and full of promise! I know it's been a lot of work to get it this far but the payoff must be worth it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Susan! One of these days, my friend, you will have to go up there with me!

      Delete
  4. Wow! You have done so much in the past year - everything looks so pretty! Congrats on all you've accomplished.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Karen! It is rewarding for sure. I can't tell you how nice it feels to walk in and feel how peaceful all the changes are. It is truly a welcoming place now.

      Delete
  5. You have done a great job in only a year. It's amazing what lies underneath dust and crud, isn't it? I love how bright and fresh everything looks. Congrats on one year blogging...isn't meeting new people the best part of it all? xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Diana! Yes, it was great to discover what was under the dust and crud! I owe a big thanks to my mother-in-law for coming and helping one time. She scrub where I was afraid to go! :)

      And yes, I love meeting all the wonderful people in bloggy land. lol. Y'all are the best!
      hugs,
      Cecilia

      Delete
  6. What a fabulous transformation.....you have done such a terrific job making the farm your home. Excited for you in the next year of your journey! Jane

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Jane! Appreciate your sweet comments.

      Delete
  7. Today is my first visit. Boy did you do a lot to spruce up the place. I look forward to coming back to check things out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Carol! I popped over to you blog (fantastic!) and am now following you. Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment!

      Delete
  8. I can so relate to how you feel! I think we are indeed kindred spirits...buying a place that needs so much work and starting blogging at almost the exact same time!

    You have put a lot of love into your sweet farm, and it shows! I'm so happy I get to follow along while you transform this lovely property into your vision. Congratulations on a year of blogging!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Doreen, we are indeed! Glad I get to follow along with you too! Thank you for the congrats and comments.
      Hugs,
      Cecilia

      Delete
  9. I really love what you have done. I especially love the coffee cup lamp -- so cute. I am following along now, love to see what you do next. Rhonda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, thank you! That is so sweet! Glad to have you following - I would like to follow you back if you'll let me know what your blog is! :)
      Cecilia

      Delete
  10. Wow, It is hard to believe you have done so much, amazing and everything just looks wonderful. What a fabulous transformation so far. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Marty, you make me feel so good! :) Thank you for such sweet comments! You're a jewel!
      love ya,
      Cecilia

      Delete
  11. It's pretty incredible what you've done in just one year Cecilia! I love that you removed those cabinets. It really opens the place up. I think your coffee cup lamp is when I first discovered your blog, and I still love it. I'm going to make one someday. You've done an amazing job! Happy anniversary!!
    Tuula :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Tuula! LOL, I had to convince my husband the cabinets needed to come out - he's glad he listened to me now. :)
      And my shoulder still hurts from that kitchen redo. I overdid it trying to get those cabinets painted. It was worth it though! I am pretty happy with the progress we've made. Fortunately, it's a small house. :o)

      Delete
  12. Happy anniversary, Cecilia! You have been SO productive! WOW! What a transformation. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Roeshel! Things are still sort of bare bones - I don't want to clutter the house up but then again, I'm finding it hard to find a balance between that and not enough. sigh. Fortunately for me, I have your wonderful blog and several others to go to for inspiration! :)

      Delete

I am so glad you stopped by. I love your comments - they make my day! I respond via email so if you're a no reply blogger, I will respond in the same post as the comment.