Living Room Walkthrough

Our living was one of the main reasons why we bought our house, for how cozy and large the space was. It was a little bit like our paneled wall in the dining room in the way that originally, we wanted to paint it.

Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house:

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Now of course this is it empty, but I wanted to show you what it was to start. Before I get trampled by all of the wood lovers, I will start by saying that yes, we originally had plans to paint the wood. But when we moved in, those plans quickly changed when we found out that it wasn’t paneling- this was real, solid wood. So, being wood lovers ourselves (and my husband’s hobby being woodworking) we left it! We have never looked back, either. We actually can’t believe that at one point in time we thought about doing that. It’s the coziest room in the house.

The room originally ended where the beam is, and the rest of the room including the fireplace is an edition that the previous homeowner put on. The first thing we did was pick out new furniture. I wanted a grey furniture set, that was our first step. Next step was the curtains and rug, check and check. The curtains are from Marshall’s, and the rug is from Overstock.

You guys. Can I just explain to you how talented my husband is?? Like I mentioned before, his hobby is woodworking… but let me tell you everything he did to make this room what it is. HE: built and finished the coffee and end tables, he replaced all of the trim in the room and created a floor transition from the hallway into the living room. He also made these rustic barn corbels and the wood brackets under the mantle, and eventually we decided to paint and distress them along with the beam and the mantle over the fireplace to create a cohesive vibe. I have to say, he did it all in here. I picked out the color scheme and he went to town. I’m completely aware of how lucky I am to have him on my team; he makes all of my design ideas come true.

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Now once the room was designed, we noticed that the TV was still sitting on the fireplace ledge, where it was placed on moving day. This sparked something between my him and I, and it instantly became one of those marital battles where no one gives in.

You know that episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where they go away for the weekend and when they come back, they both think it’s the other’s responsibility to bring the suitcase back upstairs? It becomes a huge ordeal, eventually resulting in Ray leaving blue cheese in the suitcase for a few days as he’s away for work. You can imagine how that ends. Anywho, similar situation here, except… no cheese.

I wanted it above the fireplace, and he wanted it in the corner. I forget how it happened, but we had a little bicker one night, about something unrelated.  The next morning, I woke up to the TV on the fireplace. It was a sweet gesture but, guess what? I hated it up there. Like HATED it. The TV was too big for the space up there, and then we had the issue of the wires. So, by default the TV is now mounted in the corner. I can’t lie, I’ve never loved it there. But that’s it’s home now, and that’s where it’ll stay.

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Well, here it folks! We are super proud of the end product.

xo

P.S. Anyone interested in purchasing a table set similar to these can contact me & I will pass your contact info off to Bryan!

My Decor Stash

A lot of you have been contacting me lately about where I get my decor, and how long it took me to create such a stockpile of it. But if I’m being honest, my décor stash is an ongoing ordeal. In fact, I’m going through it this weekend to try and wean away from things I don’t use anymore. I’ve got so much that I have our basement closet and crawl space filled, as well as our linen closet on the main floor filled.

About five years ago when my now husband and I got engaged, I moved in with him and his roommate. They had the classic ‘guy’ apartment. Nothing on the walls, not much furniture around, only what they needed. I appreciated it for what it was, because in fact this was my new home.

I hadn’t started thinking about decor at all, I just knew we needed some stuff in there. Not to fill the space, but to create a more warm and comfortable place to spend our time. I began going through Pinterest once in a while, and asking questions to my local friends who loved to decorate their home. Props to my girl Christa who got me started. Check her out on Instagram @eclectic_comfort , her style is super cozy and warm… I love how she uses natural aspects in everything she does.

In the beginning, I had nothing. So, I visited HomeGoods and Marshall’s frequently, which is where I found most of my goodies to start. But as I grew more and more in love with more of a modern farmhouse style, I found myself in my local antique shops much more. The items are authentic, and I love hearing stories behind the item themselves.

When we bought our house, I used a lot of what I already had at the apartment but I can’t lie about the fact that I bought a lot of pieces since then. All in all, I’ve been working on my stash (sounds like I’m talking about a mustache, no?) for about five years now. It took me awhile to get everything I was dreaming of, not to mention the funds to do so. It’s hard to start out because you want everything to be perfect. My advice is to find your style and what items speak to you … start small and enjoy the process.

xo

Fall Home Tour

I’ve been having a lot of questions lately if I’ve put up the fall decorations… and guess what?! I have! I’m all done, for now at least.

I am loving the dining room this season. A few weeks ago, I was browsing around in our local Michael’s, and fell IN LOVE with a string of garland. I didn’t buy it then, but I was still thinking about it weeks later, so I went back and got it. The issue I then had was that I found a bunch of other cute stuff that would go perfectly with it, so I told myself I could get two other things & then I got the heck outta there! So bad. That’s always how it happens, though isn’t it? You go in for one thing and come out with ten! Alas, I was good this time and only got the two extras.

Well, here’s the home tour… I know it won’t disappoint! I didn’t include a few rooms of our house just because they didn’t have many fall-ish items, such as our master bedroom or bath, or either of the bedrooms upstairs. Either way, this is how the Weaver House is operating this fall!

 

 

xo

Our Home’s Exterior

 

Happy Fall Peeps!

It’s now October, and I’m not sure about where you’re from, but here in Upstate New York Mother Nature has just caught up. Last week we were having record high temps, somewhere in the high 80’s. I’m a summer girl, but I’m ready for a little sweater weather. Happy to announce that this week is a bit cooler.

When we moved into our house, the curb appeal was super bland. We immediately started working on the inside, so we didn’t get to the exterior until this Spring. I grew up in a brick house, so I loved that our first home was brick. As far as everything else, it just looked tired. To others it looked completely fine, but to me, I didn’t feel like it looked like we lived in it. It didn’t have the same character and charm that you get when you walk inside. That’s when I decided to start the change.

Here’s what our house looked like when we bought it, like I said. It needed some love.

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First thing we thought of was the cedar shakes. So we began by having those painted to match the mortar color that’s in between the brick.

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We then added hardware to the garage…

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We saw this huge, gorgeous brick farmhouse on our way home one day, and it had black shutters. We then knew that was our next step. Painting the shutters changed everything. It now matched the hardware on the garage, and the urns I had on the front steps.

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I began dreaming about an accent door. I waited a long while to do the door, mainly because I was a scaredy-cat. I was so afraid we were going to be “those kids” that put a colored door on a classic brick home. When I was a kid, my cousin’s neighbors painted their front door lime green and our family had always hated it. I didn’t want that for us! My husband Bryan assured me that it was just a can of paint, and if we didn’t like it we’d paint over it.

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 Guess what… we loved it!! One of our neighbors actually walked over and told me how much she loved it. She says when the sun hits it in the afternoon, it’s gorgeous.

 

And our last step… the shutters up top. Bryan and our friend Eric put them up together (more Eric than Bryan because he had more experience), and as they were installing them, my heart was going like crazy. I was so nervous because that was the last step to our transformation. You know how when you finish a race your heart is beating out of your chest?? Just like that.

Low and behold, the shutters were really the icing on the cake. They brought everything together… just as I had always hoped they would.

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Even though everything we did was super minor, it really came together. It now looks like a young couple lives here, and most importantly, it looks like we live there. It’s ours, and we couldn’t be happier with it.

xo

P.S. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have more ideas rolling in… dreaming about some sweet flower boxes that may be in my husband’s future 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

That ’70s Paneling

My realization by starting this blog: when we moved in, we didn’t know what we were getting into. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, as far as the renovations we wanted to: paint the interior of the house, get the floors sanded and re-stained, and change up the kitchen.We’ve moved WAY past that.

This was one of those things, that when we viewed the house we HATED. Then we moved in, and other projects got moved up and we sort of came to terms with it and left it. Well now that the other projects have been done (most of them anyways), it started to bug me again. It wasn’t the paneling that bothered me, more the color. I liked the dimension it gave the room, I’m all about accenting different aspects in a given space. The issue I had with it, was that everything in our house is a dark expresso stain and the paneling had more of an orange-y tone.

If you haven’t been around these parts for long, our style is modern country… clean lines, with tons of wood accents. My husband’s hobby is woodworking so, ya know… 😁

 

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This is the dining room as it stands right now, post painted paneling. I’m LOVING it! It’s turning out just like how I’ve dreamed of it. Maybe one of these days I will convince my hubby to let me get an area rug for under the table. It’s missing a sense of comfort in here. Merp… We’ll see. 😉 Maybe one will find it’s way home with me. Have you guys seen that meme of the little girl? She is totally what I’ll look like when he asks where it came from…

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I can’t with her!! 😂😂😂 It’s such a face I make too.. so funny.

Anyways, back to business. This is a side of the paneled wall, just so you can see the difference. I would have liked to keep the wood, but since it’s paneling I couldn’t really sand it down and stain it. Bummer, I know I felt the same way.

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So I have to say, this picture is super cute. You totally can’t tell the orange-ness of the wall in this picture, must be the filter I used on the photo. I promise in real life it looks a bit different! If you look at the floor compared to the wall, that gives you a better idea. Either way, in my opinion if you keep thinking about something and the what-ifs for months, go for it! It’s your house, and in this case it was just a can of paint. If we don’t like it in a few years, we can go over it with something else! Whether that be another type of wood, paint, stone, anything!

But for now, we are digging it like this.

 

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If you dream it, you can do it. Remember that 😉

xo

Front Door

Hi guys!

I’ve been dreaming about painting our front door for some time now, and if you follow me on Instagram– you’ve seen my design inspo left and right.

Wellll…..

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I did it! I finally painted it. Yes, I was totally mortified when I opened the paint and dipped the brush in, but guess what?? I absolutely love it. Let me start a little further back. Our home used to have white shutters and a white door. My last project on the exterior was painting the shutters black, and this weekend I finally painted the bland, boring, white door. It was just the “lipstick” it needed!

Here’s our house a few months back…

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And here it is now!!

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SO much better, amiright? I’m in love. The only thing it’s missing is black shutters on the second floor, that’s our next project. We already have the shutters, we just need someone to come install them for us…hopefully soon!

Back to the door…

My husband kept telling me that it’s just a can of paint, so if we didn’t like it, no big deal. We’d just get another color and try again. I am so happy with this color, and so glad we chose it. For those who are wondering- the color is wythe blue by Benjamin Moore. It’s such a cool color, sometimes it looks green, and sometimes it looks blue. Depends on the house! I love that about it.

For those of you peeps out there that have been looking up front door color inspiration for months on Pinterest… take the plunge! It’s totally worth it. Changing the color of your front door to something that is completely your style, shows the character of your home & who lives in it!

xo

P.S. Check back later this week for my other project of the weekend- our painted paneled wall!

Gel Stained Bathroom Vanity

Hey guys!

I wanted to show you my latest project, our bathroom vanity!

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Here is what it looked like before, a total bland fest!

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 (I obviously didn’t use that Valspar cabinet paint, I wanted something that I didn’t have to sand down, and when I tried this product, it didn’t adhere to the finish that the cabinet had on it-thus why I went with the gel stain 😜)
If I’m being honest, when we moved in this was the one room we wanted to leave completely how it was! But as we lived in it, I realized just how boring it was. For months, I read about this gel stain from General Finishes. I kept going onto their website and putting it in my cart, but never had the guts to buy it!
Well, I’m happy to say that I not only bought it but completed the project completely. I have to say, this stuff is the SHIZ! It goes on like paint, which is what I like most about it. It is smelly, but not overbearing. My husband had more of an issue with it than I did, which is rare. 😂
Anywho, I started out by taking off by hardware and cleaning the entire vanity. After that, it’s basically self explanatory! It required two coats, and after each coat I waited 24 hours before applying the next. Once it had the two coats on it, we waited about 36 hours before using it as usual.
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 (I obviously didn’t use that Valspar cabinet paint, I wanted something that I didn’t have to sand down, and when I tried this product, it didn’t adhere to the finish that the cabinet had on it-thus why I went with the gel stain 😜)
If I’m being honest, when we moved in this was the one room we wanted to leave completely how it was! But as we lived in it, I realized just how boring it was. For months, I read about this gel stain from General Finishes. I kept going onto their website and putting it in my cart, but never had the guts to buy it!
Well, I’m happy to say that I not only bought it but completed the project completely. I have to say, this stuff is the SHIZ! It goes on like paint, which is what I like most about it. It is smelly, but not overbearing. My husband had more of an issue with it than I did, which is rare. 😂
Anywho, I started out by taking off by hardware and cleaning the entire vanity. After that, it’s basically self explanatory! It required two coats, and after each coat I waited 24 hours before applying the next. Once it had the two coats on it, we waited about 36 hours before using it as usual.
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(General Finishes Java Gel Stain)
This wasn’t the best “how-to” post, it was more of a “I finally did this” post! Hopefully I will motivate someone else like me to go ahead and take the plunge!
Xo

 

 

Kitchen Reno

Hi peeps!

 I want to show you guys our killer kitchen reno! Now, this isn’t totally what it looks like currently, because of course we’ve done a little more work after the final product that I’ll show you today.20160907_164921.jpg

 

Now, our closing date was in the beginning of August, and I’ll never forget it. We had been waiting all summer to close on the house, and it took FOREVER. We thought we would close somewhere around June, so August was a long, exhausting wait for us. By the time we closed, I remember it was a Tuesday. I was leaving to go away on a work trip on Saturday morning. Needless to say, I had about three days to get done as much as I could before I left. The kitchen was my first priority. So let’s jump right into it! Here is a picture of our kitchen, how it looked like the day we closed.

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  I loved the layout of this kitchen, especially when we first viewed the house. It was large, open to the dining room, it just needed a little bit of love. First off, my husband Bryan and I knew we wanted to paint the cabinets, and redo the floors. Well, let me correct myself. I wanted to redo the floors, Bryan thought they would look fine, so I went along with it while the cabinets were being done.
  On that first day, I painted the master bedroom. On the second day I believe, I started working on the cabinets. I had asked for advice at my local Lowe’s, on how to paint them. They told me to use a spray paint from Kilz on the doors, and Kilz Primer on the base of the cabinets. So that’s exactly what I did. Bryan and his brother took off the doors for me, and I took them outside with my good friend Allie, we roughed them up a tiny bit, and then sprayed them down.
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This is what the cabinets looked like in the middle of the process. This part was not bad at all, although we had a ton of help. My Dad and good friend Carly did three coats of paint on the cabinet doors themselves, and throughout the day and the next- I also did three coats on the base cabinets. In hindsight, this was a huge undertaking in three days.
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The last day before I left for work-cation, my friend Lauren and I painted the aluminum looking- but really plastic backsplash. This was probably my favorite part. This paint was the easiest and most fun thing to use! It glided on so nicely. It took us all of an hour, and it completely changed the kitchen.

While I was away, Bryan and my Dad put everything back together. The hinges on the doors, the doors on the cabinet bases, everything! It was so nice coming home to a kitchen put back together.

Soon after I got home, Bryan agreed that the original tile was too yellow for the now light and bright kitchen. So we decided to have our floors redone to a slate stone.

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After that, I worked on the countertops- which is an entirely different battle in itself! Long story short (but I’ll explain thoroughly later) I painted the countertops and they came out wicked awesome.

 

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After that, I worked on the countertops- which is an entirely different battle in itself! Long story short (but I’ll explain thoroughly later) I painted the countertops and they came out wicked awesome.

 

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So here it is! Our crazy kitchen renovation for all of about $2,000. Our tile was the majority of that budget, but hey. If we would’ve gotten new cabinets, new flooring, new appliances, a custom island, the whole shabang. It would have easily been over $10,000. We are more than happy with the way it came out, and can you blame us? We have a totally updated kitchen now! And did you check out that island?? My hubby and brother are seriously talented.

Keep on the lookout for our countertop transformation!

Welcome!

Hey Y’all!

I totally went southern on your butts just then. Hi! I’m Vicki, and I’m not from the south, not anywhere close. I’m from upstate New York, and my hubby and I bought our first home last August. We originally thought we only had the kitchen renovation to do, and some painting when we bought this house. Once we started doing the work, we quickly realized that we wanted to do a lot more than just that. So we quickly got to work!

Somewhere along the way, I found my love for interior decorating. In our apartment, I did little things around. But once we had our home, my love for farmhouse decor flourished. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I grew up in a farmhouse, a lot of my extended family lives in farmhouses, so naturally they feel cozier to me. Given that, I have decided to take my dream of being an interior decorator and I’m turning it into reality!

Welcome to my page and I hope you all enjoy yourselves reading about our crazy home renovations!

 

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