Coffee Table Makeover

A little living room update since my last update!

I really didn’t want to buy a new coffee table, but the one we currently use I got as a sophomore in college at a scratch and dent sale. Lets just say it has seen better days.

I’m constantly amazed at the power of a fresh coat of paint and this project was no different. Edith and I made a impromptu Home Depot run and after getting some spray primer and some paint, I was ready to tackle this DIY during nap time.

You’ll see that I initially went with a peacock blue. BOLD color choice from me and it only took about 3 hours after the second coat was on for me to realize I needed to bring the color waaaay down. So, we once again blindly chose a paint color and hoped for the best. It’s still quite the pop, but I think I like it! Which is good, because I don’t think I have the drive to paint this sucker again 🙂

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W.I.P. Update: The Living Room

We’re getting there! We added some panels from West Elm for height and texture. We also changed the orientation of the dining table and will eventually add another seating area where the ‘dance floor’ is now. We’ve filled out the built-ins a little to make this room feel a bit more cozy (you’ll notice we still haven’t picked pulls…) Finally, we’re getting quotes now on replacing the french doors and possibly adding a transom window to give us even more of that pastural view. But for now, we wait.

PS – love my little photo bomb buddies!

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Edith’s Room Makeover

Hello, little blog!

Finally dusting off my camera to capture some projects we’ve been working on this summer. First up is Edith’s room! This makeover couldn’t come soon enough. Her old room made me so sad. It was lime green with stained carpet and nothing on the walls. So we ripped up the carpet (hello, hardwoods underneath!), painted it a warm greige (BM Alexandria Beige) and hung up some pieces including my great grandparent’s christening gowns on the walls. We replaced her ugly Ikea hallway pendant with a prettier Ikea flush mount light. Threw down an area rug from Home Depot and ta-dah! Edith’s room. We’re all loving it! (PS – I clearly lost the fight to lose the loft…)

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W.I.P. Update: Living Room Built-ins

Not too much to report. Deck still not done (sooo close!). Built-ins still not done (sooo close!). The doors were put on a couple of days ago and painting will now take place early next week.

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I went knob hunting. Well, really I just spent an hour inside of Anthropologie trying not to buy every single knob they had. I was only semi successful in this task. I’m still undecided on which combo will grace the cabinet doors! I crowd sourced opinions on my personal instagram (@jeanettemorrow) and got some great feedback. Tangent: I’ve been so bad about posting to @boardandbattenblog – I should probably just consolidate…

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I still need to check out Hobby Lobby to see if I can find any steals. I’m just worried I’ll walk in there and buy $300 worth of seasonal Easter goods, 14 wicker baskets and like a dozen random baking supplies (obviously a sucker for good ole HL)

Room Makeover: The Office

Hello! So far, I’ve kicked Tuesday’s butt: toured and registered at Edith’s preschool, took her to the doctor’s office (diagnosis: croup. Whomp.) and met a work deadline with hours to spare. AND I’ve showered. AND I’ve eaten lunch. Is it bedtime yet? Happy hour, at least?

Moving right along, I’ve been sharing the process of my fancy new office makeover and am pleased to share the progress!

As a refresh, the office was a sad little room with scuffed walls and zero character when we first moved in:

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Once the inspiration process got going, I got more and more excited about my little nook of the house! We ended up going with a classic flat black wall with white trim. The pine hutch and gray desk were grounded nicely against such a rich backdrop!

And y’all. Just LOOK at this light fixture we found in the barn! I’m starting to think that barn is a magic lamp. First the foyer bench and now this guy. PS – If I find you outside the barn shouting things you wish for at it, I’m calling the cops.

Here’s the lamp before it was cleaned up and rewired:

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I think it looks pretty rad against the black! Here she is in her new space:

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I am SO pleased with the outcome so far! Sure, we have to do window treatments eventually and collect some art for the walls, but all in due time. The coolest part? This makeover cost UNDER $50. Seriously.

Hope the beginning of the week hasn’t been too brutal for you. Check back soon as I’ll share a step-by-step of the light fixture repair which will in turn allow you to turn almost anything into a light fixture!

 

Painted French Doors

Hope y’all had a long, enjoyable weekend! We worked feverishly trying to finish up the laundry room construction (updates to come!), had dinner with friends and started to sort out some quick ways to apply some character onto our blanker canvases.

That brings us into the living room. You may have noticed on the house tour that the living/dining room is one looooong white room. We have a double set of french doors that lead out onto the deck that we think, if painted, could serve as almost a period at the end of the proverbial sentence that is the room. As a refresh, here’s the room currently:

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Here were some images I found via Pinterest that served as inspiration:

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via Finding Fabulous Blog

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I think it’ll do the trick, don’t you? So, I did what any responsible and patient person would do and quickly went to Home Depot without doing much research on color schemes and picked out I thought would work from memory. Whoops. ImageImage

Way too dark! I was hoping for a french gray-ish, but this is more like a dark mushroom. I don’t necessarily want the doors to demand attention like they would in this dark of a color. Like the Country Living image above, I want them to bring a polished warmth. So, back to the drawing board on the color. We might just desaturate the above to 75% and see where that gets us. We’ll also get some new door hardware and am really loving all things Baldwin, like this guy: Image Hopefully we’ll find the right color/hardware combo in the next couple of weeks as I’m itching to get something started in that room!

Also, because I’m so excited, here’s a sneak peak at the progress on the DIY encasement in the laundry room. Jay’s been working hard and it’s starting to really pay off!

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Farmhouse Tour: Guest Room, First Floor Bath and Office

Hello and happy Monday!

We’ll be wrapping up the house tour this week! I’m pretty excited about that because, as it turns out, this little house tour exposes a lot of my insecurities of showing my nest unfinished and unstyled (my lack of photo resources isn’t helping, either). But, you have to start somewhere and it just wouldn’t be the truth if this all looked perfect. And on that note, shall we?

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We’re not sure what this room used to be, but because of the ceiling line (original roof line) and the boarded off window, we think this was either part of the 1875 structure or the 1920’s addition.

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Clawfoot tub detail. Looooove this guy!

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No one has taken a shower in here yet, but the tub is great! That board is a little piece Jay through together so I have a place for my wine 🙂

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Little foyer to laundry room, bath and office with built-in

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Come for a visit!

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View from guest terrace

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Chocolates and carafes – guest room necessities, of course.

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Oh, hey E!

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B+B and Morrow Studio headquarters! 🙂
Can’t wait to give this space some love. Think it will only take a few quick DIYs to get there.

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Birds eye view

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Craft hutch

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This hutch was the first piece of furniture my parent’s ever owned, making it a super special addition to the room. We called it the ‘candle hutch’ growing up because my mom would store her dozens (if not hundreds) of seasonal candles in it.

Farmhouse Tour: The Entryway

Haaaappy most depressing day of the year (seriously, it’s a fact. Kathy Lee and Hoda told me so this morning)! The first full week back to work for you corporate folks. The kids seem to have gotten a belated present by having school cancelled due to freezing temperatures. For me, though, it’s just another (chilly) Monday!

Enough about the frozen tundra that is Georgia, lets go inside!

ImageI thought the entryway should be entitled to its very own post since it is the inspiration for this tiny little blog’s title. Look at all of this board and batten! The feel of this room is exactly how we wanted our new home to feel.

ImageThe room, like most in the house, is still very much a work in progress.

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Our ‘family tree’ and a boot tray are all that occupy this lonely wall for the moment.

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We have sketches of our previous homes as a nostalgic nod to our short past. This was our very first house in Decatur, Georgia.

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Y’all. Get a load of this bench! If you can believe it, this was found (in a sad, dusty condition) in the loft above the stable. Jay whipped up homemade furniture oil (recipe to come) to bring some life back to the wood. We then will just have to reupholster the seats. Love this find!

Hope everyone survives today! Stay bundled up and thanks for stopping by!

Farmhouse Tour: Exterior – Winter 2013/14

Hello and might I add, brrrrr.

I decided to pick the absolute coldest day to go outside and capture some pictures around the farm. The sun was deceiving useless.

While I thaw, take a look around the place! The farm encompasses a little over 3 acres and has the main house, a stable, a small shed and a barn (more like a workshop).

Here she is. It was love at first sight.

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Welcome!

Whenever Jay and I would talk about how we’d envision our dream houses, the exterior aesthetic was always the same – a white house with black french doors and a wrap around porch. Obviously this fit the bill.

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The drive leading up to the farm

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Front entrance and a Stonewall. The planters are existing from previous owner and will likely get a makeover in the Spring.

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Front view from the “driveway”. There is no garage making having a clean car a unique (impossible) challenge.

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Front view from gated pasture.

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Stable, shed and barn view from pasture.

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View of what we assume was a carriage port. This poor guy needs a lot of love!

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A doorbell of sorts outside the main gate.

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Juuuust wanted to document how ridiculously cold it is. Sorry, birds.

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Side garden. Primarily shade so will have to plan and plant accordingly in the Spring.

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Previous owners left an antique plow. Not sure if it was intentional, but we accepted the gift nonetheless.

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Front view of carriage port. Jay would like to eventually turn this into a car port.

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Ginormous Oak

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Stable and small shed

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View of the barn which is currently being used as our basement, attic and workshop

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The back of our house is currently construction zone as we rebuild the deck. More to come on that!

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View inside the 4 stall stable. The previous owner left us a ton of reclaimed wood which is currently being stored in here. Will be awhile before any animals get to call this spot home as it needs some work (and we need to figure out how to take care of livestock!)

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A little relic in the stable via Alma

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See that pile of rocks? Yeah, those were what was keeping up part of our house when we moved in. We promptly addressed that issue with a proper foundation and hope to repurpose those rocks on the outdoor fireplace that’ll be on the main deck.

                        Hope you enjoyed looking around the grounds! These photos are all I could take before my hands froze around my camera. Check back soon as we go inside (thank God)…