The dining room was the first shiplap wall I created in our home and we enjoyed the simplicity of this space for a couple of years before Anewall reached out to do a collaboration. I was in love with their amazing murals and so I decided to take a leap and switch things up a little in here - this room had the perfect stretch of blank wall to feature a mural. And I love how it turned out. The update feels a bit more modern while still holding onto that vintage-y farmhouse vibe. It catches the light so beautifully at different times of the day and seems to come alive at dusk.
Hi! I'm Laura - pastor's wife, homeschooling mom of five and avid DIY-er. Simple Farmhouse style, to me, is a handmade home that works on a budget. It's having a table that can handle lots of 'love' from five kids without any stress about keeping things perfect. It's finding simple and creative approaches to functionality and design. And it's incorporating pieces with a past in order to remind us of why the present is so precious. It's all about family. After all, the most important things in life happen at home.
Our kitchen is a work in progress but over the last few years I have incorporated several small projects that are starting to make this space work for us. I first took down the uppers and installed 2 shiplap walls which was a $100 project. A year later I installed the DIY range hood and a few months after that I put up these open shelves which was another project that was just over $100. There are a bunch more projects still to do in here, but we are enjoying the journey.
The breakfast nook side of the kitchen was updated with another $100 project - the faux beam doorway, which you can find under my Simple Farmhouse tab in the menu. The farmhouse table was built from Ana White plans the basket chandelier tutorial can be found over on my YouTube channel.
The homeschool room is just off of our kitchen. It gets a ton of light so I felt confident painting it a cozy shade of grey and warming it up with some twinkle lights for a little whimsy. We used Ana White plans again to build an extra long table that works hard as a desk for our four younger children. The DIY map frame and chalk board were budget friendly ways to make the space more functional for us.
The family room is where we hang out in the evenings or sometimes take our reading assignments during the school day. It's directly off of the kitchen and school room and has a bunch of budget friendly DIY's in it, including the mantel, the barn doors and the drop cloth slipcovers (tutorial on YouTube
The DIY barn door handles can be made using this tutorial:
Our home doesn't have a proper entryway or mudroom so I have gotten creative on this wall that faces our dining room. A budget friendly board and batten wall with a few hooks gives our guests somewhere to hang their coats while our personal coats and bags are hung on an identical row of hooks by the back door. Because there are seven of us, that area gets far more cluttered and so this entryway is more welcoming and accessible to guests.
Our master is the room we have been working on recently, adding this head board wall and shiplap ceiling. You can find those projects under "$100 DIY Projects". I have a few more planned for this space that I can't wait to share with you.
The most recent addition to our home is a DIY laptop station for our online homeschool studies. We claimed an empty wall in our living room, made a simple desk, then made over an old cabinet for storing tech items and keeping cozy throws in reach. It has brought so much more functionality to our home.