Farmhouse Trim - ORC Week 3

Its week 3 of the ORC and all of a sudden things are happening (finally!)

I bought a few accessories this week, including this pretty lamp from Target. I sat it on my fireplace bookcase for safe keeping and couldn't get over how perfect it is for our living room too. I'm already getting some ideas for when I'm ready to tackle that space! 

You might be wondering why I only got one? Well, due to the window placement in our room, our bed will have to sit off center which means I will only have room for one night stand. By no means am I thrilled about this, but I have to make it work. I just WISH they made a matching floor lamp. Darn it.

I also settled on a rug and ordered it (if you know me this is a real shocker!) Its not the one from my original design board and its also a vintage kilim, which I said I didn't want, but I couldn't resist it and since it was one of a kind I just went for it. Call me crazy! I can't wait to see it in real life. I'll share pictures when I get it - probably on Instagram first, so be sure to follow!! ( @averielaneblog )

Ok, now to the meat and potatoes... farmhouse trim!

Here's what the trim looked like before...

Basic simple trim. The baseboards are about 6 inches tall which is awesome and the window trim is nice and chunky, but it lacked umph...ya know?

So after brainstorming we decided we needed to beef up the tops of the windows and add board and batten to the walls. The plan meant we could leave all the trim untouched except for the tops of the windows and doors. Obviously.

I got the job of removing the top piece of trim... (that door would be awesome in a mid century house, wouldn't it? I forgot to put it on my to do list, but it is definitely going...or changing...)

DIY Farmhouse Trim | Working with existing trim

Next, we started installing the trim.

Let me back track one sec... we were all set to use pre-primed pine boards for this project, but when the hardware store didn't have enough of what we needed, we went to plan B instead. We bought 3/4 inch MDF (which is the equivalent to 1x material) cut to the exact size we wanted. The switch meant we also saved ourselves a couple hundred dollars in material. With the savings we actually bought a nicer table saw to cut all the MDF with. The initial money spent ended up being about the same, but since we have lots of trim work to do in the house, we will save money in the long run. Winning!

So like I said we chose to start with the header above the doors and windows.

It consisted of 5 pieces :
2- 3/4 x 1.5"
1- 3/4 x 6"
1- 3/4 x 2.25"
1- 3/4 x 3"

DIY Farmhouse Trim - door header

I know it looks a little crazy and overwhelming at the moment, but it really fills the space above the windows and doors and makes the room feel much grander. Maybe more grand than your average farmhouse bedroom should feel, but then again, we are working with such tiny rooms, anything we can do to make them feel bigger helps!

I created this handy little diagram in case you want to duplicate what we did....

DIY Farmhouse Trim Diagram
Once we had the trim up we decided since it was so substantial maybe we needed to tame back my plans for floor to ceiling board and batten. My husband wasn't really going for it anyways so his idea of picture rail height won out. I actually really like it too and since I know that the walls and trim will all be the same color, I'm not worried about it breaking up the room to much.

DIY Farmhouse Trim - with board and batten walls 

We chose not to do paneling under the battens because we wanted to avoid removing all the trim. I'm planning to do a satin or eggshell finish on the trim so any texture on the walls should be hard to see. That's my hope at least!
DIY Farmhouse Trim - with board and batten walls

To finish up the trim we still have to attach the last piece that goes on top of the wall trim. It will create a little ledge and help tie into the door headers. Then, I get to fill holes, prime, caulk and paint the whole room! Go me!!!

Since we are sharing this room in real time, there won't be any progress in here until next Monday. We are off to Ellensburg for a last minute vintage show and to hang with my parents for my birthday!!!! Yay!

Let me know what you think of our room so far and then head over to Calling it Home to see what the other guest participants are up too! Have fun and happy blog reading!

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Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design Plan - ORC Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of The One Room Challenge!

Last week I showed you my very boring and highly disorganized tiny "master" bedroom. It is a complete blank slate so I can take it any direction I want, but it also sets the tone and feeling of the rest of the house so I need to make some key decisions that we will repeat as we move forward on other rooms.

I want the room to feel light bright and airy, but I also love me some color so I will be bringing lots of that it too. 

Lets walk through my design board, shall we?

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design Plan

Lets start with the foundation of the room. We are planning on doing a floor to ceiling board and batten wall treatment around the whole room. I haven't decided the exact color, but I'm leaning towards BM Simply white on the trim, walls and ceiling. So far, we've bought all the materials and mapped out where the battens will go on the wall. To solve a few issues (old house = crazy walls..) we will also be beefing up the window trim in a more farmhouse-y style. this...

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design Plan  - farmhouse windows
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I haven't totally decided on what to do with our unfinished floors. I have some samples of lye & oil to try out and I have considered paint washing them, but we may just keep them raw and throw down a big rug for now.

Speaking of rugs, I think I've decided on a rug, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet, so that could change too. I love a good old vintage rug, but I want the rug to be plush and comfy to walk on, so that means most vintage flat weave rugs are out. Boo hoo...

Other things coming into the room include our bed & headboard. You can read about how we built it: HERE. I'm toying with the idea of painting the platform part of the bed, but that depends on what I end up using for a side table. I have an antique cabinet that I plan on using, but until I move it in, I won't know if it works. I also have to add storage for my clothes since the closets aren't exactly made for two, so I'm going to be refinishing an vintage wardrobe. I know I want it painted but I need to decide on the rug first! Ha! Better get on that.

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design Plan - farmhouse bed

Accessories and what-nots have yet to be purchased (we've got how many weeks left?), but you can see it will all be fairly simple, natural and vintage inspired.

Last, I can't wait to bring in some art!
I created my own paint-by-number style cow paintings to take to our vintage shows and I think one would be a PERFECT addition to our farmhouse bedroom!

Don't you think so?

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design Plan - Paint by number cow

Well, here's the official list of what needs to happen over the next 3 weeks...

  • Install Board & Batten
  • Beef up window trim
  • Paint
  • Order Rug
  • Shop for Accessories 
  • Blinds? Curtains?
  • Paint vintage cabinet

My, oh, my!!!  (any Dave Niehuas fans out there?) We've got lots to do don't we!?

Let me know what you think and be sure to visit to see what the other One Room Challenge participants are up to! My guess is some have actually made progress on their rooms!

Farmhouse Master Bedroom - ORC Week 1

Its been awhile since I've joined up for a One Room Challenge.

My last one, the powder room, didn't get finished with the challenge (and I still haven't photographed it because it was near impossible to get any good shots of it) and the challenge after that whizzed right by while I was knee deep in vintage shows and really really pregnant, but this season it on!
If you haven't heard about The One Room Challenge, put on by Linda from Calling it Home, it is a challenge to makeover one room in your home in just 6 weeks. Each Wednesday a group of 20 bloggers will share their space progress and on Thursdays there is a link up where anyone can join and share their own ORC rooms. Its a great way to stay on track and be accountable! You can follow along each week on the link up page or with the One Room Challenge on Instagram!

Ok, now on to the good stuff and the all important question of what room to tackle? 

We've lived in our farmhouse  for a couple months now and well, put it nicely, its a total and complete disaster.  My choices were numerous. I almost went with one of the kids rooms because they are the closest to being ready, but that would pretty much be a cop out. The room that needs the most help and drives me the most crazy is our master bedroom. Which if you look on the layout below is actually where it says "boys room".

The master isn't really very master-ish. In fact its just a few feet bigger than the other two rooms, but it is where we sleep so I want to make it feel like a master.

So here is what the room looks like right now...

(pardon the cell phone pic, but crappy before pictures make for good after photos, right?)

The only thing coming back into our room from the last house is our bed and a large mirror. You can see my last master bedroom reveal here: Master Bedroom Reveal 

I have big plans for the room that I'll be sharing next week so be sure to come back by. 

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