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    I'm Janna, and I'm so glad you're here! Follow along with me on this adventure of life, decorating, and bringing modern farmhouse goodness to my little corner of the world.

    Growing up on an apple farm in Oregon, I dreamed of running a "big business" in the city. I never imagined I'd grow up to have such a fondness for the everyday items I tripped over in our barn. Life is funny like that. Sometimes the most unexpected detours are the most fun!

This post sponsored by Delta Faucet. All opinions are my own.

So. I’ve been known to over-exaggerate from time to time (BABE!!! There’s a spider the size of my head on the porch!!). But I gotta say, I’m a sucker for a pretty plumbing fixture. It feels like this is an area that’s often glossed-over during a renovation or new build, but the right faucet can really drive home your desired aesthetic. And THEN, when a faucet is more than just a pretty face, well, that’s a home run.

Once upon a time (8 months ago) we started our #renovationontheprairie, the complete transformation of our 1890 farmhouse. The bad news? Allllllll of the plumbing had to be completely replaced. The silver lining? BRAND NEW plumbing fixtures for mama. 😉

This particular renovation was begging for something classic. I could feel it…chrome. Yep. Clean, simple, and timeless. But there was one little spot in the house that called for something unique: the laundry/mud room. (And let’s face it, we can’t have EVERYTHING consistent…how boring! haha)

The clean lines of this Trinsic Single Pull-Down faucet from Delta were just what I had in mind. And flat black? GET IN MY CART. A bit modern, but so very simple. Perfect for this highly used room.

The kitchen is one of the first things you see upon entering our home. The sink area is such a focal point, and obviously one of the MOST used areas of the house. While durability & function were our most important considerations, let’s face it, it had to be pretty too. 🙂

The Delta “Cassidy” Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet fit the bill perfectly. We just adore the classic lines and pretty chrome finish.

This would not be the only plumbing fixture needed in the kitchen. Ever had one of those things on your list for “if you ever build again”? Two words: POT. FILLER. Ok, it’s true. I’m not a huge cook. But we had always wanted one of these beauties, and boy, is it fun!

We chose the Delta Traditional Wall-Mount pot filler, and I love how it goes with our Cassidy faucet! Another bonus to these chrome fixtures? They add some sparkle to our farmhouse kitchen!

Our kid’s bathroom was outfitted with the classic Delta Cassidy Two Handle Centerset Bathroom faucets, which add some nice interest. They also happen to go beautifully with the Cassidy Double Robe Hooks that we elected to use in lieu of towel bars!

When planning the design for our master bath, a few words came to mind…clean, simple, classic, spa-like. We chose the Delta Cassidy Two-Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucets for this room because we loved the Cassidy look, but wanted something a little more special for our en-suite (the wide-set handles give more of a custom look!).

The Delta Traditional Floor-Mount Tub Filler is a real show-stopper and definitely lends to the spa-like feel in this master bathroom. This is the first time in YEARS that we’ve had a tub in our bathroom, and I didn’t consider myself a bath person. Until NOW. The tub is from Delta as well, and you can find it here!

Overall, we are so happy with our faucets from Delta! Innovative, beautiful, classic, and an amazing warranty. What more can you ask?

Dear Delta,

THANKS for bringing some sparkle, beauty, and amazing function to our 1890 farmhouse!

Warmly, the Allbrittons

 

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This post sponsored by Barn Light Electric Company. All opinions are my own. 

Yep, that’s me. The girl who now wants to leave ALLLLLLLL the lights on!

Guys. It’s been so much fun sharing our completed #renovationontheprairie with you, but now I’d love the chance to break it down into some more specific areas. The details. The little touches that are so important to the finished product. And let’s start with something reeeeeeally fun…the barn lights!

We’re friends here, right? Great. Then it’s ok to admit I’ve been pretty much obsessed with Barn Light Electric for a few years now. And when we found our 1890 farmhouse and started dreaming about the renovation, I was already envisioning these Goodrich Marathon Porcelain Gooseneck Lights on our back porch.

These lights come in multiple colors and there are so many options for the gooseneck arm. We chose black, to really contrast against the white exterior, and the G26 arm was a good fit for us…not protruding into the walkway on the porch too much, but still adding the perfect amount of gooseneckness. 😉 (Yes. That is now a term.) The shades we chose are the 12″…normally I would go bigger, but again, we didn’t want to inhibit a comfortable walkway along the back porch. And WHY barn lights? Ummmm HELLO???? Predictable (but true) answer: “Cuz they’re cute.” Designer answer: “Because they drive home the aesthetic we were after with our project…a casual, inviting feel, inspired by our surroundings here on the farm!”

After deciding on a bold green for our Dutch door (Sherwin Williams “Arugula”), we thought it would be fun to tie that in to another area in the house. The powder bath was the perfect location…a tiny room that was so neutral, and could really use a shot of color!

The Bantam Wesco Sconce in Emerald Green  (10″ shade) was meant to be for this room!

Next up, the kitchen sink area. What a fun opportunity for unique lighting! Although we vaulted the kitchen ceilings up into an unused (creepy) storage closet, the actual wall height in the kitchen is still only 8′. Ya, that doesn’t leave much room for a light above the sink. But I don’t like it when people tell me no. 😉 We opted to put the light right on the window trim, and VOILA! Dreams came true! 🙂 (I know, so dramatic.) Umm I mean, we solved the problem!

We are loving this Maritime Gooseneck Light as a fun accent in the kitchen. We chose the black 12″ shade, and the black G26 arm. Pssssst! Wanna know a secret? We actually ordered 2 different arm styles, because we couldn’t decide if this one would work with the vault. I was pleased as PUNCH when we held it up and it fit perfectly with the pitch of the ceiling!

And now, the LIVING ROOM. Ok. I knew I wanted some pretty sconces over the little square windows on each side of the fireplace. BUT. Would there be a sconce out there that I haven’t seen 2 billion times? Huh? Could there? One of the amazing folks at Barn Light Electric suggested one in particular that we might like…BINGO.

Ooooh gosh, I have such a crush on these Getty Dome Shade Wall Sconces. The skinny little arm. The unique shape. The black finish. Alllllll good. And so unique. These are the 8″ shades, and we selected the paddle switch for an extra detail. See it?

These lights have been “on” almost every night so far…they’re just so gosh-darn charming!

And GUESS WHAT? The renovations are NOT complete around here! We’ve got projects for YEARS to come…but one of the things we’re anxious to tackle is our little barn/shop. Since we just COULDN’T wait any longer, our electrician went ahead and installed the barn lights NOW, even before we’ve painted her or anything else. 🙂 The extra light in the driveway at night is AWESOME! Wanna see? (Warning: this is just the start of this project!)

These are the Goodrich Marathon Porcelain Gooseneck Lights (same as the back porch!) but in the 16″ shade size. Ooooh. I feel like she’s pretty even JUST. LIKE. THIS.

Isn’t lighting FUN? As a designer, I feel like it’s one area that’s often overlooked. If you’re building or renovating, or you just need a quick little update, consider adding some unique light fixtures. Such a great way to personalize your home.

And don’t worry, I’ll leave the light on for ya!

 

  • July 24, 2018 - 9:29 am

    Marty Oravetz - Love these. They all look so perfect and I love that they come in different colors and sizes too. Perfect choiceReplyCancel

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*This post includes some amazing brands that partnered with us on our project. While they may have sponsored their portion, all opinions are my own. Some affiliate links have been used.

 

 

Oh, friends. I have dreamt of this day for SO LONG. The day we finally get to share our completed renovation with you. The day I get to sit in my office, looking out at our little farm, and share the joy we feel here. It almost feels too big to put into words. ALMOST.

I could probably fill an entire book with stories of our renovation process, but that’s for another day. Today, I can’t wait to show you around, and look back at the “before” pics, compared to the NOW! This is bound to be a lengthy post…so hang in there. We have so much to share! One little disclaimer: as you know, we haven’t been here long. The rooms are not completely decorated yet, but I decided not to rush things. We want to live here awhile and see what ideas evolve. Decorating and making our house a home is one of my greatest joys in life, and I’ll continue to share that organic process as time goes by.

And NOW…let’s rewind to last fall.

It was a pretty exciting morning, that Tuesday back in September. The skies were gray, and clouded with smoke from a nearby forest fire. We anxiously arrived at the property with our realtor, Brian, of Paramount Real Estate Services (THE BEST!)…to look at this 6 acres including an 1890 farmhouse. The driveway was so inviting, the property was beautiful. But the house? Not so much. She needed some love. Ok, a LOT of love. But fast forward a few months, and we were signing on the dotted line. Signing and beginning the adventure of a lifetime. Our #renovationontheprairie.

This renovation would NOT have been possible without the incomparable work of Fridley Custom Homes. We are so thankful they were willing to take on a project of this magnitude, and do it with such expertise, professionalism, and integrity. We consider them great friends, and the team they put together for this project was nothing short of awesome. (Below: the day we handed the keys over to Nolan & Jayme Fridley to begin work! December 27, 2017)

Our home, built in 1890 by an Oregon Trail pioneer, may have been dated when we bought it, but it was solid. Ready for a breath of fresh air. (Below: “before”)

And …”After”

 

The day our beauty got painted was a GAME CHANGER. She instantly looked loved & adored. We chose Sherwin Williams “Alabaster” for the body & trim. The new cedar-wrapped posts were stained with a custom-mixed stain…we were after a very light color.

The original porch posts were rotten, and the windows were inoperable and definitely not energy efficient (but all of the original unique windows were saved for other projects).

And after. So much love was poured into this porch! Our builder’s dad, Joe Fridley, hand-made the corbels, the brick was salvaged and repurposed from an old chimney stack we had to remove (a HUGE thank you to our mason, Gene @trofimasonry for laying this herringbone pattern!), and I love this charming Anchorage lantern from Hinkley Lighting. The “welcome to the farm” was a thoughtful gift from Niki at Carpenter Farmhouse.

 

 

 

Let’s go inside! Remember the entry before?

And here it is now:

 

The stair railing, while beautiful, was really low, and not safe for our family. This was one of the things that ripped my heart out a little bit. We considered having a new railing made to look very similar, but ultimately decided if it had to be replaced, we’d do something very simple so that the other original details could shine.

 

We opted to leave the ceiling open over the entry, to showcase the beautiful upstairs floor boards. The underside of the stair treads were left open as well…we couldn’t cover up that original craftsmanship! This little spot reminds me of Olson’s Mercantile from Little House on the Prairie days. (below)

To the right of the entry is the living room. Here she is before:

And after. (below) For reference, you’ll notice the two outside long windows remained, but everything between them got a totally new look!

The fireplace was once across the room (a 1960’s renovation), and it protruded into the walkway. We opted to relocate it to this main focal wall for a more inviting first impression. Furniture arrangement was a bit of a challenge in this long, narrow space, but after one big flop, it dawned on me! 🙂 (My first try included the sofa facing the fireplace…WRONG! It blocked off the entire room.) We reused all of the furniture from our last home, and couldn’t believe how perfectly it fit. (And hubby was relieved we didn’t need to purchase new things!) The sofa/loveseat are from Ethan Allen (the “Arcata”), and you can find the rug here!

The finishes in this space were such fun to put together. I have always dreamt of white board & batten walls, so our fireplace wall was a great opportunity to showcase a pretty wall treatment. Using it on this one wall was a cost-saver, as trim can get spendy! With all of that white (Sherwin Williams “Alabaster”), I couldn’t commit to a white mantel as we’ve had before. It needed to be more rustic. Humble. Unassuming. We were thrilled with this beautiful old beam from Olde Wood Limited…perfectly aged, and the EXACT look we were going for! We chose an “overgrout” look for the stone, as we were trying to achieve the feeling that the fireplace has always been here.

Speaking of the fireplace, we were so happy with the excellent customer service we received at Home Firestove here in Salem, Oregon.  They helped us select the best propane fireplace for our home, and I’m not gonna lie…it may be summer but we’ve already enjoyed it several times! I’m a fireplace girl, so this was a must-have for us.

We added two little square windows on either side of the fireplace because, well….I LOVE square windows! I feel like they add so much charm, and of course MORE LIGHT which is always a goal around here. The windows are highlighted by these Getty Dome Shade Sconces from Barn Light Electric Company, and I love the way the black pops off of the fresh white walls.

Here’s the front window area before:

Now it’s my favorite place to sit in the morning. It’s also a great spot for our bobbin chairs…and I thought they wouldn’t fit in this house! We’ve all enjoyed sitting here, taking in the views. Even a rainy day is a good day!

When it came time to decide on window coverings, there were some points to consider. With the age of our home, I wasn’t crazy about the look of blinds in the window…it just didn’t go with the look! Woven shades were just the ticket, as they provide a bit of texture when open, and since these are backed with a  liner, they work well for blocking out light or providing privacy at night. We had a great experience working with Blinds Galore, and these are the Bali Natural Woven Shades in “Highpoint Goldspun.”

 

We ended up opening the entry up just a bit, for better flow. Here’s the before:

And here it is now. The clock wall was shortened just a bit so the door isn’t so tucked away. We are loving the extra light that floods into the room!

Standing in the front bay windows, here’s the view back through the house “before”:

After removing some walls, we love the view all the way into the kitchen now. One open, cheery space.

The dining area floats between the kitchen & living area (the original dining room became our kitchen…I’ll show you that in a sec!). I wanted a very simple, almost colonial looking chandelier here, and OH. MY. STARS. I love this one (The Alister) from Hinkley Lighting.

 

We replaced our dining table with something a little smaller, which in turn meant new chairs. You can find the black chairs here, and the slipcovered chairs here.

On the wall opposite the dining table, we closed up one of the doorways to the office (there were two!) to allow for furniture placement and additional storage. See the “before” below:

Our hutch (originally from Goodwill) now has a pretty new home. 🙂

Ok, hopefully you’re not dizzy from all of these crazy angles. 😉 You’ll notice on the pic below, our dining table now sits right where that wall is, and the dining room beyond was transformed into our kitchen.

The dining room (below) had low ceilings (under 8′) and the butler’s pantry (beyond that green door) hid some beautiful light from windows that were going to waste. Our builder opened up the ceiling and vaulted into a rather creepy storage closet upstairs (a MUCH better use of the space!). We flip-flopped the layout, and our pantry is now on the opposite side (you’ll see in a minute!). And don’t worry…that beautiful vintage chandelier got rewired and now hangs in the master bedroom.

Ahhhh….the kitchen is now opened up to the whole house and is a much-loved gathering spot for our family.

The pantry (now on the left side) is hidden behind this beautiful custom barn door from Artisan Hardware. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this company. They allowed us to completely design and customize our door, the ordering process was super smooth, and delivery was seamless. (And bonus! If you’re in the market for a barn door, you can use code AHYELLOWPRAIRIE for 5% off your order any time before July 31, 2018!) We added a chalkboard wall next to the barn door, similar to what we had in our last home…YES, we love chalkboard walls THAT MUCH! 🙂

The kitchen backsplash got an extra special treatment with beautiful tile from Pratt & Larson…hand made, hand glazed, so pretty. This tile is stunning in real life…a total show-stopper! This fun pattern is the focal point of the kitchen, although still soft enough to avoid calling too much attention. We also added a pot-filler here…something that’s been on my wish list for years! (Find it here, from Delta Faucet.) See below.

The countertops are Pental quartz, color is “Carrara”, and we used the same surface in the master bath & kids bath as well.

All appliances are from Kelly’s Appliances, and our experience with them was wonderful. As you know, things always come up during a renovation, and at the last minute our fridge was on backorder. Kelly’s helped us find a solution very quickly and efficiently.

The range hood is stucco, trimmed with alder, a nice addition to this sea of white.

The cute gooseneck light above the sink (The Maritime Gooseneck Light) is also from Barn Light Electric. (see below)

This beautiful farm sink (The Bradstreet II) is from Sinkology, and pretty chrome faucet (The Cassidy) is from Delta Faucet. We opted for chrome plumbing fixtures, since we decided to do flat black cabinet hardware. I love the classic look of chrome faucets (perfect for our old beauty!) and this simple hardware had me at hello! All cabinet hardware is from DLawless Hardware. Find the knobs here, and the pulls here.

Here’s another fun “before”, looking from the butler’s pantry into the galley kitchen (sort of…it’s hidden behind that little wall!).

And oh my, what a difference 6 months makes!

Our custom cabinets were made by Parkwood Design here in Salem, Oregon, and we decided on a stained island to add warmth. This was a custom-mixed color…a nice light look for this bright room. The pendants are so light & airy, and add texture to this vaulted room. My office (the doorway is under the “real estate” sign) is nice and close to the action. 🙂

What was once a very green, low-ceiling, “fragrant” and tight space…

is now open, bright, and just our style.

Here’s a little peek into the kitchen as it was when we bought the place… (below)

And the same view now, below (the kitchen was reworked into our pantry, mud bench, and back porch entrance).

Formerly, this is the view you’d have when you entered the back door:

Now the “back porch entry” is essentially our main entrance. I fell in love with the idea of a very casual back porch door (a dreamy dutch door to be exact)…but it felt so welcoming to have our friends and family enter this way…directly into the heart of our home. The hooks are from DLawless Hardware, and you can find them here.

While we’re here let’s talk about that back porch! It has become a favorite spot to sit and watch the cows, or listen to the birds. Call me crazy, but living here really does make us appreciate the little things! (The cute door mat is from Drift Design Co.)

I’ll share an overall back porch shot with you in a bit, but I couldn’t go any longer without showing you the dutch door. We decided to paint it Sherwin Williams “Arugula”, inspired by our trip to Israel last year…wanna see my inspo? We stumbled on this humble little door in old city Jerusalem…and I could NOT get it out of my head. (below)

Simple yet profoundly beautiful. Don’t you think?

The porch got some beautiful barn lights from Barn Light Electric, these are the Goodrich Marathon Porcelain Gooseneck Lights, 12″.

Ok, back inside for now…Here’s a look at how my office looked before:

We added a built-in desk along one whole side for plenty of office storage, and that cute little closet door for the under-the-stairs storage became a ‘hidden’ shiplap door! Ummmmm YES YES YES.

Another view, before…are you enjoying the wallpaper?

 

The ceiling was left exposed so we could enjoy the beautiful original “insides” of the house, and it worked well since there’s no plumbing above this room. The wallpaper was painstakingly removed from the fireplace, and Home Firestove knocked our socks off once again with the perfect little propane fireplace insert…IS. THIS. HEAVEN?

All of our door knobs are from Emtek, the Winchester in flat black. We adore the simple look!

Let’s head into the laundry/mud room. This area was reconfigured….originally it was a tiny bathroom and the laundry was behind it, see below:

We decided to give up this bathroom (since there are plenty of bathrooms in the house) in order to create a nice flow into the laundry. (below)

Let’s face it, no one LOVES laundry duty (or do they?)…but this inviting space has made it one of my favorite tasks! These beautiful luxury vinyl floors are Phenix Flooring’s Free Expressions with Stainmaster® PetProtect™ in “Dove.” We chose them for their durability, and since they’re 100% waterproof, it was a great option for a laundry room! I love the concrete look, which ties into the CUTEST sink you ever did see!

The Ventana sink from Native Trails in made of an innovative material that’s 40% lighter than traditional concrete, is stain & scratch resistant, and is just gosh darn farmhousey. The countertops are butcher block, which brings so much warmth to this very white room.

The washer & dryer came from Kelly’s Appliances, and their customer service has been second to none!

Even though the layout of this area has changed, I’ll show you what the laundry room looked like before! (below)

Ok! Heading back out of the laundry room, here’s what it looked like before:

And now:

We’ll hang a right and go down the hall to the powder bath. The access has changed due to the new layout in this side of the house (a 1960’s addition), but the bathroom remains within the same footprint. Before:

Now the powder bath is more welcoming to guests, with beautiful cement tile from Riad Tile (this is the Zanzibar Grey tile), and a darling green light fixture (the Bantam Wesco Sconce) from Barn Light Electric. Wall to wall shiplap doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

 

The master suite was redesigned as well, but here’s the view before:

The ceilings were low, and it felt dark. We vaulted up into the attic in the bedroom space, and here’s the outcome!

The vintage dining room chandelier hangs proudly in here, flanked by beams from a former client’s horse barn, for a rustic touch. They play so beautifully off of each other! Floor to ceiling board & batten was added on the bed wall, and it added so much texture and interest. The cozy carpet is SO INCREDIBLY SOFT, Phenix Flooring’s Clever Expressions with Stainmaster® PetProtect™ in “Cast.” We just love the subtle pattern!

 

The bed can be found here, the bedding can be found here, and the area rug under the bed can be found here.

In the original layout of the house, there was a bonus room connected to the master (below). That felt less than ideal (can you imagine trying to sleep next to your 16 yr old’s slumber party? haha), so we flip flopped the layout once again and put the master bath & closet in that area. We will eventually add a garage, with a bonus room above. And I SOOOO look forward to that day. (Apparently I kept a LOT of stuff in the garage.) 😉

You’ll notice another pretty barn door from Artisan Hardware on the master bath…so fun! (Don’t forget to use the code AHYELLOWPRAIRIE if you order by July 31, 2018, for 5% off your order!) Still some decorating to do in here…but these things take time. 🙂

The master bath was not only relocated, but completely reimagined. It may be one of my favorite rooms in the house! Here’s how it used to look:

It was functional. But it wasn’t the bathroom of our forever home dreams. Here’s the master bath now:

Marble basketweave floors, soft gray board & batten (Sherwin Williams “Front Porch”), fresh white cabinets, and a freestanding tub? Better than we imagined. (Find the chandelier here.) The tub is from Delta (find it here), as well as the beautiful chrome fixtures.

These Cassidy Two Handle Widespread Faucets really add sparkle to this vanity. I still feel like I’m staying in a fancy hotel!

Are you still here? This may be the longest post ever. 🙂 Not gonna lie, I miiiiiiight have just taken a taco break. Let’s head upstairs and I’ll show you the kid’s rooms!

Going upstairs before was not much of a joy. 😉

I almost couldn’t imagine HOW the upstairs was going to feel homey. But now? I LOVE!!

The stairwell itself was (and is) pretty tight.

We brightened it up with lots of white shiplap (Sherwin Williams “Alabaster”), and the horizontal lines of the shiplap add some nice interest.

Do you see how LOW the railing is? Scary! (below)

Ready for one of my VERY favorite additions to the house? This sweet little window in the stairwell! More light, more views, more charm! (Beautiful chandelier is from The Vintage Industry, one of my favorite shops just over an hour from here.)

This first bedroom would become our son’s room. (He’s living at home while in college, and we’re happy to have him here!)

The floral wallpaper and bright blue carpet wasn’t quite his thing. Here it is today.

Ceiling fixture is the Brantley semi-flush mount from Hinkley Lighting, carpet is the same as the master bedroom, Phenix Flooring’s Clever Expressions with Stainmaster® PetProtect™ in “Cast.”

Another view “before”:

And now, a little toned down. 😉

The next room down the hall is the kids bath. Before:

The vanity was relocated to allow for a mirror over top, aaaaaand of course everything else was freshened up. A lot.

Uhhhh, these floors. Heart eyes for days. These are luxury vinyl (Phenix Flooring’s Free Expressions with Stainmaster® PetProtect™ in Toasted Brown), but they have the look of real hardwood floors! We are pretty much obsessed.

I gave the walls a quick stencil treatment the other night, and voila, DONE. This is a great option if you’re not into hanging 97 things all over the walls of your bathroom. 😉

If I haven’t mentioned it yet (it’s all a blur!), the interior walls are all painted Sherwin Williams “Alabaster” and the trim is the same, although we used a different sheen (walls are a satin finish, trim is semi-gloss). The interior doors are Sherwin Williams “Amazing Gray.”

The chrome plumbing fixtures in here are also from Delta, the Cassidy Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet.

We opted for hooks in the bathroom, instead of towel bars. And I’m SURE this will encourage my kids to hang up their towels, right?  That’s the hope. 😉

The last stop upstairs is our daughter’s room. We combined two small bedrooms into one, to allow for a walk-in closet, and a little linen closet in the hall. Here’s her room “before”:

And the windows below are the same location as above…but now the room is fresh, white, and clean, with just a touch of board & batten!

This bed is a good one, if you’re looking for a pretty iron bed. And so affordable! Find it here. Bedding was found on Ebay.

The next two photos represent the areas that were combined to make one big bedroom/closet. Sort of confusing, I know…but trust me, it works so much better!

Now the room is open and bright, and the closet (behind the gray door, below) allows for plenty of organized storage.

Did you notice the original brick fireplace chimney that was left exposed in the hall? Oh, it’s so pretty!

The sconce in the hallway is the Alister sconce from Hinkley Lighting. The simple lines are just right.

While we haven’t even STARTED tackling the landscaping, I’d love to share just a couple more pics with you, of the exterior. Here’s a before pic from December:

And today.

Good thing we decided to re-do the old back porch…we found out there was an entire den of snakes under there! UGH!!!

Our goal was to make the 1960’s addition look more like it should be connected to the old house. Here’s our version of the back porch. 🙂

We can hardly wait for the next step, landscaping…especially that middle planter! But, we also know that we don’t want to take a second of this for granted. So maybe it’s time to just sit back and enjoy the farm for just a bit.

One of the biggest blessings of this entire experience has been YOU. You’ve cheered us on, taken a personal interest, written us the sweetest notes, and we are BEYOND thankful. Thank you for joining us for the adventure of a lifetime…but guess what? We’re not done yet, friends. There are barns to fix up, acres of land to care for, animals to adore (in the future!), and the process of home-making will be ever-continuing with our #renovationontheprairie. So, will you hang around? Join us for the next season of life here on Prairie Hill Farm? We can’t wait! But for now, I’m tearing into a fresh box of Hot Tamales to celebrate a renovation completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • June 30, 2018 - 2:04 pm

    Emily Osborne - I love it all but I have to say my favorite…..is the pantry and door! I would LOVE to have a big pantry like that. Oh and my second fav is your daughter’s closet!!!!! It’s all amazing how you reconfigured the entire house. How long did it take you to design the layout? You should make a collage of all your before pictures and hang them somewhere in the house.

    I’m going to miss watching the progress. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see how you decorate for Fall and Christmas?!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 2:28 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Emily!! So happy you’re here. And yes, of course! We can’t wait to continue to share everything that happens here on the farm.❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 2:22 pm

    Pascals Mofford - Your house is just dreamy!!! ❤️
    I’m not going to lie.. I anxiously await for your posts everyday!! I get so excited when your instastory icon appears !!
    I asked my husband “Is it wrong to be obsessed with an Instagram account? “
    He said “yes …yes it is !!” 🙈🙈 ah well!🤷🏼‍♀️
    I do have a question.. might be a silly one, but..
    I noticed the lamp behind the sofa on the little table .. where do you plug it in , so you don’t have cords across the way? Or did you have an outlet placed in the floor?
    Again, I love your blog and your beautiful home!!!
    Looking forward to more!
    From Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada🇨🇦ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 2:30 pm

      yellowprairieint - 😂😂It’s ok to be obsessed…we are too!😂And yes, we have a floor plug under the sofa.😊ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 2:31 pm

    Julie Denniston - Absolutely stunning. So warm and perfectly doneReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 2:32 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Julie!!❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 2:48 pm

    Alma - Janna you guys did such an amazing job! I’m blown away by every before and after! Loved that every space had the Janna touch to it❤️❤️ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 3:19 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww! Alma! Means so much coming from you, friend!❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 3:04 pm

    Liz Coulombe - Janna,
    This morning, with my coffee, ohhing and ahhing over your reno…I am so loving all the words, details, pictures, tags of products and the pure love of your home! Thank you for sharing!
    Happy Birthday and God’s continued awesome blessings on you and your family!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 3:20 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you sweet Liz!❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 3:20 pm

    Mj - Well,every time I look I find a different favorite room!
    I love the office and Oh…that Landry room!!
    I been rereading hoping to find information on your front door?
    Can you share where you front door came from?
    Reread again,and just notice the brick from the view from your daughters bedromm…eek !♥️ love your home Jana!!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 3:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! The door was ordered through Cascade Door & Millwork in Salem, Or.❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 3:30 pm

    Nicole - Thank you so much for sharing your renovation process with us! I’m so thankful I found you on Instagram. We have been doing a mostly DIY huge addition/renovation to our 1930’s hunting cabin. It’s been a looooong process for us and we are almost finished and ready to decorate and move in-8 months behind schedule so far. But we are doing a lot ourselves and I’m homeschooling three teenagers along the way-the oldest is in college now! 👏🏼 Your style and decor just speak to me and have helped me make some hard decisions. It helps to see it done in someone’s home! I love everything you’ve done and appreciate you opening your life up to us.ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 4:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Nicole! Your project sounds AMAZING!!! Thanks for joining us for the fun over here!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 3:54 pm

    Alex - You have an Absolutely beautiful home and what an amazing transformation. Definitely a Dream home!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 4:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Alex!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 3:57 pm

    Sally Baldino - This is outstanding!! If anyone deserves a home decorating show it is you!! You and your husband are so cute together, small home improvement projects are nerve wrecking and you guys survived THIS❣ May you and your family spend many more years in health, happiness, and love. Thanks for taking us on your journey❣ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 4:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Sally…so glad you’re here!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 4:45 pm

    Wendy - I have followed along on the entire journey and could not be happier for you and your family! Congratulations…it looks beautiful. Welcome home! (And PS that Oleson’s Merchantile View??? Yes! Totally see it….yesssss!)ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:52 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww thank you friend!💛ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 4:52 pm

    Alma Isaksen - Hi! I know I’ve posted 1000 times on your Instagram stories and photos along the way but I just had to say here that this was so much fun. I hope you and your family enjoy your lovely new home! So looking forward to seeing more projects and posts in the future. Thanks for allowing us to come along for the ride! 👍🏼👏🏼👌🏼🤗ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:53 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Alma!!❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 5:02 pm

    Adrienne - I LOVE everything you’ve done with your sweet, new farmhouse. I’ve been watching the process all along and SO wish we could do the same. We are retired and have dreams of making our current or maybe a ‘new’ home into our dream home. Your transformation has sparked so many ideas for the home we’re in now and for future dreams. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your journey with us. I can’t wait to see more!
    ~Adrienne~ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww thank you Adrienne! You made my day!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 6:30 pm

    Jessica Wilson - Janna!! It’s so so beautiful! “Well done” just doesn’t cut it!! So happy for you and your husband!! Enjoy the fruits of your labor now!! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jessica!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 7:01 pm

    Reagina - I just can’t thank you enough for sharing this whole journey with us. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. You transform a house that most people would have turned away from. This hidden gem was meant to be for you and your beautiful family years to come! Wishing God’s blessings always in your new home.ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:55 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Reagina!❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Dee Joyce - I absolutely love everything ❤️ You are so talented and I love your vision for your new home place! Well done!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:56 pm

      yellowprairieint - Dee, thank you!!❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 7:40 pm

    Melanie - Absolutely beautiful!! I’ve enjoyed watching your journey and wish you many, many years of happiness on your farm! 💛ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:56 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww thanks Melanie!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 7:42 pm

    Shelly Elston - Your home is stunning! I have thoroughly enjoyed following this journey and am in awe of your vision and talent. And the fact that the home was built in 1890 by an Oregon Trail pioneer is just such a bonus. I’m curious to know if you have access to any original blueprints or documents regarding the house or if you found any old artifacts buried in walls or in the ground around your house? Again, congratulations on your beautiful home! I’ll be looking forward to following you as you landscape, etc.
    ~ ShellyReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:57 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Shelly! Glad you’re here!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 8:26 pm

    Martha - Every nook and cranny simply magnificent!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:57 pm

      yellowprairieint - 💛💛💛ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 8:52 pm

    Nancy - This was so fun to watch sit is absolutely beautiful!!!
    I have to ask….I’m sure you watch TV so where did you put it?ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:58 pm

      yellowprairieint - Still brainstorming that! We’ll eventually add on a bonus room for tv, but for now there’s a tiny tv in the living room, and one in the master. We don’t watch much tv.😊ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 8:52 pm

    Pam Foster - I cannot even believe the transformation of this house!!! Seeing how it looked before and comparing it with today is astounding! I love what you have done. You have the most inviting, fresh new look! The color choices and flooring and everything put together are absolutely wonderful!
    Loved seeing all this on your blog post today!
    Thank you Janna!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 10:59 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww thank you Mom!! Love you!❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 10:09 pm

    JoNell Ruddiman - so amazing Janna and Ryan and family,this has been so fun to follow, Ryan when will you be planting strawberries! lol…ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2018 - 11:01 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jonell! We’ll only plant strawberries if you come help!😂ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2018 - 11:25 pm

    Barb - Perfection at its finest! I love it all.ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:13 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Barb!💛ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 12:07 am

    Penny Johnson - What you have accomplished is absolutely beautiful and amazing!😊
    Thank you for sharing this adventure with us! 😊ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:14 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Penny!! Can’t wait to show you in real life!😊😘ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 12:22 am

    shari Wood - Just beautiful our sweet friends.ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:14 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Shari! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 12:40 am

    Lindsey Jones - Oh my goodness! This is such a dream home. Thank you for sharing with us! I always enjoys your stories and posts. Sit back and enjoy!!ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:15 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Lindsey!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 1:07 am

    Annie - This is amazing! I enjoyed looking at each and every detail. I love the wood vanity with open shelves in the powder room. would you mind sharing where it came from?ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:15 am

      yellowprairieint - Oh yes! It’s from Houzz.💛ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 2:03 am

    BobbiB - Love it all and both of you! Your Instagram stories and posts are a daily highlight for me. Can’t wait to see the seasons at the farm! Also can’t wait for the new decorating show!ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:16 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Bobbi!! Glad you’re here!❤️ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 2:24 am

    Jana - I have enjoyed watching the whole process. It is a beautiful home, you did a great job on the design, and decor. I hope you and Ryan will do another live walk through like you did before you moved in, it was like being there.😊ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:16 am

      yellowprairieint - Yes! We look forward to doing another tour soon now that we’re a bit settled!!😘ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 3:19 am

    liz - This is absolutely, incredibly AMAZING! I can not believe what you have accomplished in such a short time frame. Your home is simply beautiful both inside & out. I am in my home 20 years and it still is a work in progress. Thank you so very much for sharing with all of us and I am so looking forward to future posts showcasing your truly wonderful home.ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:17 am

      yellowprairieint - Aww! Thank you Liz!💛ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 3:22 am

    Sandy A - My daughter and I have so enjoyed seeing your journey of transforming your new old farmhouse. You have done an amazing job, and your home is absolutely beautiful!! It is stunning! And your and your husband’s pure joy and happiness in every step of creating each and every space was so fun to see!! Thank you so much for sharing…ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 4:18 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks for joining us for the adventure, Sandy!💛ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 1:49 pm

    Jenny V. - ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! This is my dream house! You have done an incredible job of updating yet keeping the oodles of charm in this house! Congrats on a job well done – now ENJOY!ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 2:19 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much Jenny!!❤️ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 2:21 pm

    Sharon - Oh Janna! Your home renovation is spectacular! Where to start! The natural light coming through the windows is stunning, I love that you opened up the transom window over the front door and added the window over the bay window in the stairway. The finishes and decor are perfect for the space and looks like it’s always been there. The fire places both look great as does the vault in the kitchen ceiling – amazing! The white paint and natural wood is such a beautiful combination. I can’t figure out how you get to the master bedroom though, is it somewhere by the laundry room? And are the porch windows (with the benches under them) part of the master bedroom? A den of snakes? Holy s**t! I can’t help but wonder who lived there when it was first built and what their life was like. Love the scripture verses you put in the walls too! So much to comment on but I’ll stop here or my post could be longer than your tour! Well done!ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 2:37 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Sharon! Oh wow, you are the sweetest! Yes, the windows on the porch are the master bedroom & hall (when we left the laundry room, and turned right to see the powder bath, the master is at the end of that long hall). Your enthusiasm made me smile!❤️ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2018 - 3:08 pm

    Patti - SO lovely….every last detail!! What does it say about me when your laundry room/mud room is my favorite room in your house😳 But a morning coffee by the bay window in your living room is a close second! Enjoy your dream home!ReplyCancel

    • July 1, 2018 - 3:17 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Patti!❤️ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2018 - 8:33 pm

    Chelsea - I have been following along during your entire process. Just beautiful! I can’t WAIT to see how you decorate this bad boy for Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • July 2, 2018 - 8:44 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh boy, I can hardly wait for that!❤️ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2018 - 8:57 pm

    Janet - Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience!!!ReplyCancel

    • July 2, 2018 - 11:02 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Janet!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2018 - 9:09 pm

    Brenda - Love everything!! Did you just buy a range hood insert. We want to do a range hood with shiplap around it.ReplyCancel

    • July 2, 2018 - 11:02 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes, exactly! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2018 - 11:22 pm

    Jen - Simply stunning! You knocked it out of the park! Thank you for sharing all the great pictures!ReplyCancel

    • July 3, 2018 - 2:57 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jen!💛ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2018 - 2:11 am

    KAREN - So warm and welcoming! I love the flooring in the front room /kitchen area. Could you share?ReplyCancel

    • July 15, 2018 - 5:19 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Karen! The floors are Casa engineered hardwood, french oak, color is Biscuit.😊ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2018 - 8:24 pm

    Tiffany - Hello! You’re house turned out absolutely amazing. I love every detail! I’m not sure if this has already been answered or not but can you share the board sizes that were used on your interior board and batten and the spacing used.ReplyCancel

    • August 6, 2018 - 11:16 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Tiffany! The batten strips are approx. 1.5″ wide, and spaced 12″ on center. 🙂ReplyCancel

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*This post sponsored by Stainmaster®. All opinions are my own.

Finding our dream property? Check.

Getting an amazing team in place to do the renovation? Check.

Demo? Yep, that was fun.

AND THEN…the planning really began. We started thinking of things like “How do we want our house to look? How will it function? What kinds of things can we do to make it easier to care for? Which surfaces will stand up to every day wear & tear, teenagers, dogs, entertaining, farm life, muddy boots, spills, future grandchildren (ahem…that’s a long way off since we’re so incredibly young ;))?”, and the list goes ON!???? I mean, these are the THINGS! The things we needed to consider, care about, plan for, and focus on.

Someone once told me that other than your bed, the floors are the surface with which you have the most contact. In my mind, that translates to a pretty important decision when it comes to flooring.

Let’s start with the mud room/laundry room. We combined an old bathroom and the laundry room to create a larger area and an easy passage from the kitchen to our (future) garage. Here’s how it looked when we bought the place: (below)

It might sound crazy to REMOVE a bathroom, but this was definitely extra, and the red carpet wasn’t quite our look. 😉

The newly opened up space was a welcome change, but we definitely wanted a super DURABLE floor for this room. So many functions in a small space…washer & dryer, entrance from the back yard (hello muddy shoes), and home to our dog when we’re away from the house during the day. We needed something waterproof, puppy accident-proof, and scratch resistant. On top of all of that, it needed to look great!

(Below) Our selection! (mid-install)

We were so thrilled to find this luxury vinyl flooring from Stainmaster® (find this STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ Phenix “Free Expressions” PT100, color “Dove” here!). It checked all of our boxes. The “concrete” look would match up perfectly to the hardwood flooring in the hall, it was just enough pattern to help hide dirt (let’s face it, I’m not into mopping every day), and since this floor doesn’t require grout, there would be nowhere for pet stains to occur! WIN-WIN!!!!

Next up, our kids bathroom. Our daughter had requested a light & bright look, with tons of WHITE. I was SOOOOO on board with her idea. The challenge for the look & feel was somehow creating a warm look amidst all of the white, and again, finding something worry-free. I’m already envisioning lots of sleepovers, gatherings, friends doing makeup for prom and other fun events, and normal every day use. Here’s how the bathroom looked on the first day we got our keys! (below)

So now, imagine white walls, white cabinets, white everything…hang on! We needed something to ground the look, and to be waterproof & timeless! See our selection below! (mid-install)

Oh my goodness, YES. This STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ Phenix “Free Expressions” PT100, Santa Fe Collection, Color: Toasted Brown was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. We could NOT be happier with this luxury vinyl floor. It looks like REAL hardwood, but it offers the ultimate durability for a bathroom. 100% waterproof, gorgeous, and oh my lands. I could see this installed in an entire home instead of hardwood…DREAMY! If you have dogs, kids, or just want a low-maintenance high-style option, THIS IS IT. 5 stars!!!

Let’s talk carpet. I know, I know…not usually the most exciting subject. But wait a sec, WHY NOT?? I love the coziness of carpet in a bedroom, and the way it brings “quiet” to spaces (an entire home full of hard surfaces can cause quite an echo!). I’ve always loved the “tidy” look of patterned carpet, and we knew we wanted something pretty, pet-friendly, and stain resistant in our home here on the farm.

Below you’ll find a “before” pic of our son’s bedroom…pretty bold! 😉

Since he’s not really a blue floral kinda guy, we were looking to create a clean slate. We are all a little gah-gah over the new look! (below, mid-install)

This STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ Phenix ST155 Clever Expression, color: “Cast”, is absolutely HEAVENLY and we used it in all carpeted areas of our home. In the showroom it looked kinda on the “thin” side…but GUESS WHAT?? It might be the softest carpet I’ve ever felt. We used a STAINMASTER® memory foam pad, and that lends to the luxurious feel as well. This STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ carpet has unsurpassed durability (yes, please…we don’t care to move all of our furniture for new carpet any time soon!), and unsurpassed cleanability (perfect for puppy accidents).

Our master bedroom was in desperate need of an update when we bought the place…see the “before” look below!

We did a little juggling of the space plan, and here’s how it looks now (mid-install, below):

Fresh, clean, cozy, and oh-so-ready for a good vacuuming and MOVE-IN!!!!!! I love how the pattern adds interest without stealing too much attention from the soon-to-be-decorated space!

Our home had carpet on the stairs when we first took possession, and I actually liked that. The edge trim detail was still exposed, and the carpet allowed for that more “quiet” feel…no echoing feet in this tight stairwell. (See below)

So the former owners were on to something with the carpet, but it was ready for an update…see the current mid-install view below!

Yes, yes, yes. And more yes. I had no idea how the carpet installer would make things look neat & orderly here, but he was amazing! (see below…working his magic!)

And now, with just days until MOVE-IN DAY, it’s hard to sleep at night. SO. MANY. FUN. THINGS. TO THINK ABOUT. And the best part? We won’t be worried about our floors standing up to YEARS of wear & tear…we can just LIVE. And ENJOY.

 

We are SO HAPPY you’re here for our #renovationontheprairie. And FRIENDS!!!! Moving day is right around the corner!

 

 

  • June 8, 2018 - 7:49 pm

    Shelby - Hi! I have been following along your journey and have loved witnessing it! It’s been fun! I’m curious…you mentioned in your floor post flooring for different spaces in the house. What did you use for your kitchen/family room flooring?

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • June 8, 2018 - 10:21 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Shelby! In the kitchen/living room we used an engineered hardwood, french oak. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2018 - 12:23 pm

    The Furnshop - This is a lovely post. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. I liked these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2018 - 1:49 am

    Allison - Thank you for sharing your home with me . I have loved watching you and your husband .Everything is so beautiful but simple. I was curious if you haven’t used the engineer flooring in LR And kitchen which color of vinayl would you had used. Thank you !!!ReplyCancel

    • August 6, 2018 - 11:04 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Allison! If we hadn’t used the engineered hardwood, we would have used the same luxury vinyl we used in the kids bath…it’s so similar in color to our hardwoods and looks beautiful!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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Friends! Long time, no talk! 😉 I must say, this renovation, along with our day jobs, has had us completely consumed. Hopefully you’ve been able to follow along with the renovation via Instagram…we’ve been posting almost-daily updates in our Insta-stories, and it’s been so much fun to share it with you! (If you’ve missed them, you can see some highlights here! Hint: look for the yellow circles.)

Let’s catch up! We’ve shared the demo process here on the blog (you can find it here!), but now let’s talk about what’s been happening since then…the joy-filled process of rebuilding this old beauty. Gosh, and we thought demo was fun!

I still remember the moment we decided to step out of our comfort zones and trust God. We had absolutely and completely fallen in love with this home, and the 6 acres surrounding it. But….what IF??? What if this was a money pit? What if there were some major things wrong? I mean, this house was built in 1890! Who would do the work? Where do you even begin on something like this? Amidst the swirling questions and concerns in our heads, my hubby and I both had a feeling that THIS WAS IT. Home.

You know the feeling when a puzzle piece fits into place? How you can almost hear it “click” in? That’s what we felt in our hearts.

AND NOW…the truly exciting part of the journey, putting this house back together…to be our home for years to come. Wait. Let’s back up for one second…TO BE OUR HOME. OUR HOME. Still pinching ourselves over here. 🙂

 Having an amazing builder on board, Fridley Custom Homes, we were ready to start this part of our adventure! Framing happened first…pictured above is the pantry. This is where the former 60’s kitchen once was…it was tiny! We are still trying to figure out where the original kitchen may have been, but that was gone long before we purchased the home.

Most of the framing needed happened in the 1960’s addition. There were hardly any changes to the 1890 original part of the house…whoever built this place chose a beautiful layout that is still functional today.

(Above) Our builder, Nolan, and I are discussing plans for the sliding pantry door.

The roof just above the entry was modified during framing. The original house had a flat decorative roof in this spot…which is tough in Oregon. We get a TON of rain, and our inspector suggested we address this area. Leaky roofs are not fun!

I love this shot…it was such to treat to see inside these beautiful old walls. Notice the glimpse of the office ceiling at the very top of this pic (above)…we’ve decided to leave it exposed & original…too pretty to cover!

Next up was electrical. You’ll notice all of the original lath & plaster was removed, which is not an easy process, and definitely not preferable. BUT, the wiring had to be completely updated for safety, and in some areas there was literally a breeze blowing through the house, so we knew good insulation would be imperative.

Just before the next step, we gathered as a family at the house to pray for our new season and write some scripture verses in the walls. Such a special day!

While work was happening at the house, I was busy with surface selections. One of the MOST FUN field trips was to Pratt & Larsen, a local tile company. We had the BEST time selecting a hand-made tile backsplash for the kitchen…something that would be truly unique for our much-loved old home. Stay tuned for our selection, later in this post!! 🙂

AND THEN. Game-changer. The day the windows arrived was surprisingly the MOST exciting day to this point. This was really the first big change & step forward, and boy was it a pretty one. 🙂 All of the original windows were saved, and some will even be incorporated later in a fun way, but the new windows will keep our family warm in the winter, they OPEN to allow for fresh air (the old windows were painted shut), and they allow us to enjoy our beautiful surroundings here on the farm. (Umm, do you detect my defensiveness here? ha ha…we’ve received a few notes from people who were very bothered that the windows were replaced. To each their own, right?) We selected a classic single mullion pattern to honor the history of our home.

Once we were “dried-in” with new windows, new insulation was added. This step was SHOCKINGLY wonderful! The house instantly became more quiet, warm, and we were well on our way to a cozy house for our family.

Hello, sheetrock!! This was a super exciting day (Uhh, seems like I say that EVERY day around here!). But wow, the impact! We have real walls again!!!

The sheetrock also provided a light, airy feel to the house…which was a fun change after looking at bare wood for so long!

During the demo process, the original chimney was discovered in the upstairs hall…there was NO WAY we were gonna cover that up again! I love the warmth and history it adds to this little area.

While things were rolling along inside, new siding was added to the exterior. The original siding remains underneath, so this is an added layer of protection from the elements. No more breezes blowing through the living room! 😉

Special care was taken to preserve the original corbels in the eaves…extra time for sure, but well worth it! The porch posts are completely rotted, so new posts will be added soon. Hey, those posts held the house up for a long time!

Gah! Doesn’t she look happy with her new siding? This old girl has a whole new lease on life. Hopefully now she will stand for at least another 128 years.

Before we knew it, cabinets were arriving. These custom-designed cabinets, from Parkwood Design here in Salem, Oregon, REALLY made this place feel homey! We chose a classic shaker style cabinet, and decided to do a stained island, for that feeling of warmth & welcome. The former kitchen was very 60’s, with green cabinets and funky vinyl floors, but I love that each family has put their own stamp on the house. We are so grateful to be the next in line!

We opted for butcher block countertops in the laundry room, for a classic feel. The warmth of the wood really softens all of the white!

The countertops arrived earlier than I was expecting…and what an exciting day that was! We chose Pental quartz, and the color is “Carrara.” We were thrilled with the helpful folks and installers from Bella Pietra Marble & Granite! The gray-ish white finish with slight veining is so pretty against the bright white cabinets. The farm sink is something I’ve always dreamt of, and I love the way it looks in our kitchen! You can find the sink here.

Excuse the dirty/dusty counters (hello, construction zone!), but I have a feeling we won’t mind doing dishes here!

Our interior paint color selection wasn’t as quick as I had imagined it would be. 😉 We had actually used a favorite color in our last 2 houses….yes, it was THAT much of a favorite! (Valspar “Coconut Milk, if you’re curious!) However, this time I figured it was time for something different. Folks, we’re going white. WHAT????? WE ARE??? I know. I thought that was pretty radical too. 😉 We settled on Sherwin Williams “Alabaster” for the walls in a satin finish, and the trim will be the same, but in a semi-gloss finish. Our interior doors will be Sherwin Williams “Amazing Gray”, and I’m pretty excited about it! Classic, clean, and perfect for our old farmhouse! (Both of these colors are shown above.)

Next, the finish carpenters showed up, and started on trim, including the board & batten shown here (above), in the living room. It will all get painted out white and OH HOW I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU THAT. This type of treatment adds texture & interest, and felt totally classic for this house. These types of trims can get pricey, so we sprinkled them around the house in key locations, where they would make the biggest impact.

Ok, so I couldn’t wait any longer! Here’s that same wall, now with primer. Paint should happen this week, but I’m in LOVE already!

The stairwell was a whole lotta wall space, and not much else to see. We added this pretty little high window, and lots of shiplap for texture. I often get questions about shiplap….”Do you think it’s a fad? Don’t you think it’s going out of style?” I guess it depends on your home, and your setting. During demo we uncovered some beautiful old shiplap in this house. If it was good enough for the Oregon Trail pioneers who built this place, it’s good enough for us!

One early sunny morning, we happily headed up to Portland to pick up our hand-made tile backsplash from Pratt & Larsen. (above) I can’t get over the gorgeous detail of each hand-glazed piece! Want to see how it looks in the kitchen? (below)

Ohhhhh my stars. It’s SO pretty. It hasn’t been grouted yet, but I couldn’t wait to show you!

We chose a coordinating hand-made 3×6 subway tile for the rest of the kitchen, also from Pratt & Larsen. Classic & simple, the theme of this renovation. We chose to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling, since there’s hardly any wall space in this kitchen. More tile? YES PLEASE. I can hardly wait for grout!

The range hood still waits to be completed. We’re thinking stucco, with a wood trim. Wait til you see what we hope to use for that! (think “original” details!)

(above) We selected a classic marble basketweave tile for the master bath floor, also not grouted yet. So perfect for this house!

When we bought the place, the back porch entrance had definitely been updated somewhere along the line, but we really wanted a more old-school back porch feel. After changing out the windows and siding on the 1960’s addition to blend better with the original house, we decided on a concrete porch, which will most likely be faced with brick (still making decisions). This new porch will be sweet & simple, much more in keeping with our country setting.

This fireplace in my office was such a treasure to uncover! It had been covered in blue wallpaper (probably part of the 1960’s renovation), and was the original heart of the home. Now that it has been cleaned up, I. LOVE. IT. And I look forward to staring at it with heart eyes for many years to come. So imperfect. Just the way I like it!

The most recent development around here is some freshly primed walls. WHO KNEW you could actually fall in LOVE with primed walls? I love thinking about how many sweet families have walked up and down these original stairs. How many babies were born here? What were the families like? I do know that the last family to own this place was here 50 years. I love that. It’s obvious they loved this property well. They added on to the house during their time here, and made their own upgrades & design decisions. And now, we get to be part of the story. And we’ll do our very best to take care of this happy home on the hill.

So what’s up next for our #renovationontheprairie? Well, paint is happening this week (interior) and I believe exterior paint will follow closely after that! We can’t wait to reveal our exterior paint color, and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do. We hope to be moving in within the next month…so that means some beautiful finishes are on their way too…flooring, stone, lighting, all kinds of things! Be sure to watch our Instastories for real-time updates, and of course follow along here for all the details. We LOVE having you with us for the adventure!

  • May 8, 2018 - 2:14 am

    Robbyn - Thank you! For sharing this journey with us, I look forward to your daily check ins at the house. My love of old houses being revived and brought back is strengthened and deepened by sharing this journey with you. I LOVE that you took the time to literally write your faith on/in the walls; an awesome way to honor the house and our Heavenly Father. Thank you again and I pray many many happy years for your family in your “new” home.ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 4:58 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Robbyn! So happy you’re here!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 4:14 am

    Liz Coulombe - Thank you for sharing even more details! Loving the instastories and the beautiful pictures, but even more your testimony and how God worked this all out in your hearts. Amazing!ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 4:59 am

      yellowprairieint - Aww Liz, thank you! You are always such an encouragement!❤️ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 4:35 am

    Fiona Smith - Loving following your journey making this old gal beautiful again! I look forward to your stories! I live in New Zealand in one of the original homes built in my town. Is was designed an an American architect in the 1920’s. I too imagine the families who lived here. I also adore that you wrote scripture on the framing.
    Love Fiona xxxReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 5:00 am

      yellowprairieint - Your home sounds lovely! So glad you’re here (from across the globe!)!💛ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 1:23 pm

    Danielle - Hello Janna. We’ve never met….but I’ve gotten to know you through Instagram and have loved following the progress on your gorgeous home! In fact, every evening, I impatiently wait for your stories to appear on Instagram. Thank you for letting all of us be a part of your life! One more thing….my husband is a pastor of a small Bible church in Utah. We live in the middle of ski country. Your family (or just you!) is welcome to come stay with us if you’d like a Utah vacation!ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 1:32 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Danielle! We’re so happy to have you along for the fun of the renovation! Utah is on my bucket list…so beautiful! Hope to visit one day!💛ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 1:26 pm

    Maureen Wildauer - Oh how I’ve loved following along on your journey with this stunning home. I too, look forward to your daily updates thru stories. I was especially excited to see your scripture signed studs. We did the exact same thing 18 years ago when we built the house we live in. So precious to be covered in God’s wisdom. Also I have loved every single choice you’ve made. Adore the kitchen tile and huge sink!! So yummy. And oh that concrete sink in the laundry room….. 😍😍😍😍😍. I could go on forever. Actually I live only a few hours south of you. One of these days I may need to do a field trip. 😘
    Thanks Janna for sharing every step with your peeps out here in insta world.ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 1:34 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Maureen! We’re so happy you’re here, and your sweet words mean the world! I love hearing that you did the same thing with writing some scripture on your homes walls! 💛💛💛ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 1:53 pm

    Rhonda Stills - Oh my goodness…..I love seeing all the progress being made on your beautiful farm house! I love your excitement! It’s absolutely gorgeous and charming! I look forward to seeing your posts!! Looks like it won’t be too long till you’ll be making some great family memories there!! ❤️ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 3:06 pm

      yellowprairieint - So glad you’re here, Rhonda!!!!💛ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 2:42 pm

    Pennyreyjohnson - Janna I look forward to each step…it is so fun to read your comments and watch your stories! This truly is an adventure and a blessing from God.
    You have a gift for decorating and each one of us love seeing this transformation!
    Ryan is doing a beautiful job on the landscaping. ..making it so inviting with the trimmed up lawns and driveway.
    Xo
    Aunt PennyReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 3:07 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Penny!❤️We love you!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2018 - 10:46 pm

    Leandra - I have been following along since day one of the big announcement and I do not miss an insta story daily! And there have been times, when I am rushing around and realize that I missed your stories the night before, so I make sure I get to it before it expires and is gone, haha! Thank you for taking the time (out of yard work, haha!) to share with us 🙂 So excited to see this cross the finish line in the next month!ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2018 - 11:06 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh my gosh, Leandra! You are the sweetest! So happy you’re here!💛ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2018 - 7:02 pm

    Marty Oravetz - Oh my word, just found your blog, your home is going to be absolutely amazing. Love your renovations.ReplyCancel

    • June 11, 2018 - 7:41 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Marty! Glad you’re here!ReplyCancel

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