Two Months at The Farm


It’s been two month since we bought our little house on 12 acres. Here’s where we are today with entirely too many pictures. (click here to see last months recap) I think one of the most helpful things when you are involved in a long, ongoing project is to constantly remind yourself how far you’ve come. It’s what helped us through when we were paying off our six figures worth of debt and it is encouraging to me simply to write this post. It’s an uncomplified way to motivate yourself!


Let’s start with the kitchen. I’m planning on some real kitchen posts in the future, right now, there just isn’t anything all that exciting to talk about.

And this is the part where I talk for 300 words just about the kitchen…


Wes Priddy, Contractor and his team have been working on all of those things that you never see once the kitchen is done. (Local and need a contractor, email me and I’m happy to share our experience.) We (meaning I decided and then took a picture and posted it on instagram and they did all the days and days of work) moved the sink, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher and electrical stuff for two walls. Plus, I’m getting a big huge Thermador Hood (used!) which requires a lot of new duct work, add to that new plumbing, water lines for the fridge and lighting–there was a lot of boring (compared to picking out fabric) work to be done. At this point, the kitchen is about ready to be inspected so we can move on to phase two.


Floors!  My boots are standing on what used to be a closet. With a wall to the right and a pantry where the linoleum is.


Chad and my dad took down a few walls worth of wood from our mudroom (the same stuff that’s on our floors–pine from our property made into floors here at the sawmill they use to run on our property.


wood floors

Here’s some of the wood from the walls sitting on the floor just so we can look at it. It’s going to be a little crazy, there are 2 or 3 different widths of wood and not a whole lot to choose from plus, we are filling in just the kitchen floor–there is already wood on both sides of it. Lucky for me I’m not a perfectionist.

before kitchen

Here’s the back wall of the kitchen before….

torn out kitchen

Back kitchen wall last month…


And now. Double ductwork for the hood on the back wall that I’ll probably forget to ever turn on. The craigslist Viking range will go under the hood obviously. And look, plumbing for my sink!  We bought the double farmhouse sink from Ikea. I taped off the size on the pretend counter so I could get a feel for it. And right now we just have some white wood sitting for the counter, the counter will be about 12 inches deeper (wider?) than the back of the island. It’ll all make sense later. And? I picked white quartz. I’ve always loved quartz. And I’ve yet to regret anything white. And I did a lot of research. Do you have pure white quartz? Do you hate it? Love it? Don’t tell me. Yes, PLEASE TELL ME! Only if it’s good. No really, I want to know….


We got a new pair of leather chairs (I got my husband an ottoman so he can put his feet up). And finished painting the fireplace and actually hung something on the wall!

family room

I shall never let you forget this before picture.

family room

I made an inspiration board thing whatever they call it for our family room.

black window frames

I painted the window frames black. Super easy. Even more rewarding.

ikea drapes

I bought one light grey pair of drapes from Ikea and liked it.

ikea drapes

So then I bought another one. Y’all, our tiny family room is packed FULL with this kitchen reno. Don’t you love the dueling dressers? I should get another white dresser for the left side of the room.

upstairs bath

I also finished priming the upstairs bathroom.


Here’s the before.


We finally moved everything out of the rental. October 5th was our last day with it. Don’t worry, we took that chandy down and put back the boob light.


Chad pressure washed the porch. Actually still only half. The pressure washer is now in the shop. Fun times.

home front

Our oldest son took the shutters off the house. Anyone want my knockout roses? I think we have 8-10, you can have them if you’ll come pull them out!


Also, our dumpster got all filled up and is now gone! I’m kind of sad to see it go.

mom and dad on the tractor

We went in with mom and dad and rented a tractor because we are still city folk and don’t have a tractor. Also, tractors are expensive. And we have acres of field that has been neglected for over a year and needed to be cut.

bush hog


Whoops, at least we found the drain for the pond. That was exciting.



We also had a little event. Let’s just say it involved mud, water from the pond, water from a spring we didn’t know about, Mr. Kent and Jake and Mr. Tom and his huge tractor (he used to own this property two owners ago). Oh and it also involved six hours. We are so grateful for Kent and Jake who stopped working on our kitchen to drive a tractor and stand in mud for hours to help rescue a little green rental tractor. And of course for Mr. Tom who saved the day with his big huge tractor.


Soon he was at it again.


And here’s the after.

saw mill sign

Chad unearthed this. How fun is that?! And here’s a tiny fast little video of the saw mill from the back of a 4 wheeler if you want to watch it on our instagram. And yes, we are talking about Atz Lee. If you know who that is, then enough said, if you don’t you won’t understand.


Also, I got internet. And the biggest, tallest, ugliest dish right outside my back door. I can’t stream Pandora or watch Netflix, but I can get online!!!









  1. So…. I’ve been following along for a while now…. AND I’M JUST NOW FINDING OUT YOU ARE CLOSE BY?!??!?! CRAZYTOWN. We’re in Davidson… Cheers!

    Hubs and I are super jealous of the viking btw.

  2. This is definitely making me want to come hear you at Allume! I’d be certifiably crazy by now. Looks awesome!

  3. Melissa McIntyre says

    WOW! Coming along nicely. Absolute *FAVORITE* picture…… your mom on the tractor with your dad! Just makes me smile! The one of you and Chad is a close second ;-)

  4. Michelle Holland says

    SO excited for you! God is Good!

  5. Pam Zambenini says

    What a great place for boys! You are making so many great memories! Blessings.

  6. What joy to see you (and your family) happily abiding in your new home. I have to say that my all-time favorite accessory in your home is the dog. He embraces each moment, he’s neutral (works with any decor, all seasons), and just adds another layer of love to your family and home.

  7. Compiling a list of what we’ve done makes such a difference to me too! It’s so easy to forget where we started. I can hardly believe it’s only been two months since you’ve been there – it’s come so far. Such a pretty white house. I’m especially excited about your kitchen configuration – it’s going to be perfect for having people in.

  8. All of those pictures look great, except the one with the spider. You can leave that one off next time. :) Everything reminds me of my folks’ house.

  9. so excited to see all these changes! You are so much better and faster than me:(

    thank you for using “boob light” btw. That makes me happy!

  10. Wow! This is so exciting to watch unfold. Thank you for including us! I love that picture of you and Chad at the end. THAT is some beautiful art :)

  11. Now I’m really curious about where you moved to because Rocky River is in our neck of the woods! (Although I know that it’s a long river so you may not be that close, but still…)

  12. Congratulations on all your family has accomplished already! I can’t even finish a guest room I have been working on for months! I am inspired to get busy!

  13. Yay!! So excited for you and LOVE seeing the pictures! Not sure if this will work for you, but has completely replaced Pandora in my life.

    Can’t wait to see more!

  14. Wow! Everything looks awesome! This is so exciting…for me, anyway! PS You look adorbs in that last pic!

  15. I have been following your ‘settling down’ phase for a while now… it’s inspiring to see how you are going about it. I shifted at my place a year ago and still haven’t settled completely… there are weeks when I give up… that’s when your blog inspiration comes to my rescue!

  16. Yup! Still totally serious about coming and digging out your roses! We’re just outside Raleigh. It wouldn’t be to much of a drive.
    Give me an email and I will come haul them out for you. :) webb dot rachel at gmail dot com

  17. I’m really curious what you’ll do with bay window space in the kitchen. :) And I really like the new kitchen layout, and the way it opens up that old hallway.

  18. Lynne in NC says

    So happy to see more photos as you continue the process of making this house your home. Love, love, love the photos of your guys 4-wheeling, fishing and hanging out around the pond. How wonderful to share some of the adventure with your parents, too. The rental tractor story will be one I’m sure y’all won’t forget any time soon ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs.

  19. I LOVE following your journey. It’s so fun to see the progress. And my what patience it takes in the process in sure. But it will all be so amazing when it’s done!!

  20. So fun seeing the progress! I love everyone in their wellies! And it will be fabulous!

  21. Teresa Turner says

    I simply love seeing your progress! We have only 3 acres in Mount Juliet, TN. Wish we had more…(my horse and I need a new friend)!!! Hahaha!! It sure is a bigger job than having a rental!!! God Bless and keep the pics and updates coming!!!

  22. The spider looks like an Argiope aurantia — next time you see one you should touch the back of the web and see what happens. We used to torment those poor spiders when we were young…

    Love all of the pics — and the house is coming along nicely! I hope you’re enjoying this time in the midst of it all!

  23. We also have pine floors and Direc-TV! I am more than thankful for both. When we moved in (years and years ago…) we only had a rooftop antennae (still no cable is available here) and our TV got 5 channels on a good day. But we are able to get wi-fi out here, yay! Your pictures are such fun to see – love the progress!

  24. I love watching it all happen and daydreaming with you.

  25. LOVE. I’m so jealous. I need to figure out how to get me some land! Your boys look like they’re in heaven.

  26. Love the quartz. Love the house. Love the spider. I’m glad someone else takes pictures of spiders. Seems like every time we visited our renovation this summer, I took another picture of a ginormous spider web. :)

    Not sure if this is appropriate for comments or not but I have dreamed of starting a small group/craft night/Bible study with couples and now I feel more focused on girls. Would your sister’s book work for something like that if we only met once a month? Is this a crazy idea? Is this the wrong venue to ask? :)


  27. Amy in Austin, TX says

    First of all, I LOVE that picture of you and your husband! So happy and content… :) Also, it occurred to me while reading another blog (that I’m not affiliated with in any way) that you would probably love it (and could draw some inspiration from it – not that you really need any though) – its called Home and Harmony – and they’ve redone 2 white farmhouses…you might want to check it out sometime…you know…in all your free time! the addy is www, Enjoy!

  28. How blessed you are! <3

  29. Oh my, what a huge project but what excitement! I love the family room redo, its amazing. I saw your dresser with the TV on it and thought, I have to do that. Good luck with your new home.

  30. LOVE watching your new place take shape, it is all looking so great. Can’t wait to see your kitchen!! Looking forward to seeing your cabinets (what color? gray? or white?) and appliances (are they all black, your stove SWOON!) with the white quartz.

    Just bought a new house and could only select countertops, I picked white quartz too, trying to figure out how to make mine all work…..

  31. Your boys must be so excited to have all that land to explore and roam around on. So happy for your family! I am enjoying watching your journey as you make the improvements one step at a time : ) Lovin’ your blog and this series!!!

  32. You look beautiful & radiant over your new place! Love all of the photos, thanks so much for sharing!

  33. First, I have white quartz and LOVE it. Bright, easy easy easy to clean and it CAN NOT BE DESTROYED, no matter how hard my kids try. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Second (and more importantly) congrats on your new home. May it bring you and your family MANY years of joy!

  34. You look so stinkin happy in that photo, I’m thrilled for you guys!!

  35. I’ve been following you on IG for a while now, and I am loving the progress on your new house! I just recently started reading your blog as well, and it’s nice to see more pictures than what’s on IG. I live in Matthews, NC so maybe I’ll run into you one of these days :)

  36. this is lovely in every way.

  37. I LOVE those chairs! I know they are not available anymore, do you know the brand/name??

    • they come up every month or so at joss & main–I saw them just last week, I just searched my own chairs for a manufacturer but couldn’t find one, so sorry, I’ll keep my eyes open. When I see them at J&M I always try to put it on Pinterest so others can get them !xo

  38. Thank You! I have searched also! ;) Yes, a pinterest and Instagram heads up would be fantastic!!! :)

  39. Tara Hillman says

    I think about you often. Looks like you’re doing what you love! I’m so happy for you, and the boys are so big now. Miss you friend!

  40. Dear Nester,
    I’m getting ready to refinish my pine floors and I would love to know what you used and how you got your kitchen floor look. It’s warm and bright and just lovely. Please, can you share?
    I’ve been looking for a post, but perhaps I missed it.
    Thank you very much.

  41. This place reminds me of our old house when I was younger. It is nice to reminisce good memories. Nice post by the way!

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