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Front porch to home office transformation.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I fully believe in that statement above. I believe that by practicing gratitude, a positive attitude and making the best out of every situation, no matter what it is, that our lives have the potential to be nothing less than amazing!

We have lived in our early 1900’s farm house for 4 years exactly this week!  In the four years here, I had not yet taken the time to set up a home office.  I have spent the past few years, however battling Lyme Disease + co infections, so my healing has taken most of my attention.  This past week, I felt extremely motivated and inspired to dig back in to my passion, regardless how I am feeling health-wise or whether or not my pain is intense, I will push through it .  I do not want to allow an illness to take me down, to discourage me, hold me back, and most of all define me.  I am not my illness, it does not own me, I will heal, I am healing, and I will continue moving forward into Gods amazing plan for my life!

On Sunday, I had a little buzz in my heart to turn the porch into a home office, where I will  have the space to write about my latest DIY projects, where I can create, dream, set goals, smash goals and inspire all of you from in the comfort of my own home! The porch has always been, ‘the dogs room’, because no one else wanted to use it, since it wasn’t exactly the most inspiring and fun place to hang out in with it’s old floral basket wallpaper.   It is time.  Time to change all of that!

With a little bit of money, and a whole lot of motivation, I headed into Menard’s to purchase porch floor paint and stain for a desk.

All day Sunday I worked on painting over the old floor tiles with porch paint. This is a temporary fix until our budget allows for us to redo the flooring.  My daughter, Camryn picked out the Icy Mint color.  We chose to use Dutchboy’s skid resistant porch and floor paint in ‘Minted Ice / 16WW’.    Keep in mind this is a very budget friendly makeover, it wasn’t planned and as time and money allows, more improvements to the area will be made!  (Like windows, flooring, new doors, comfortable desk seating:) , etc)

Okay, so you’ve made it through my little intro story and are now probably wondering where the photos are!  So let’s get to it!

Here is what our little front porch looked like before, as it was when we moved in.

Not that inspiring or relaxing of a space, is it?

Yesterday, also known as Monday, I spent 8 hours straight working on the the porch.  I did not run to town and spend any more money to decorate and put it together, I simply just shopped my own home, and below is what I came up with!

Most of the maps that you see on the walls,were my Grandparents, that I got after my Grandpas passing, some maps even had their routes circled & car trouble notes:) , the desk is made from 2 bookshelves my dad built when I was a child, my Grandpas old ladder & a piece of $13 wood from Menard’s with Minwax classic grey stain, that my daughter also picked out.

The silhouettes in the corner, are my Grandmother’s, as well as the flower frogs which I am now using for pen storage on the desk.  The little rocks on the window sills are heart shaped rocks that were curated from along the shores of Lake Superior, from my mother, my sister and some that I found also.

The sweet house drawing that is placed on top of the US map is painted by my daughter Camryn.

I could go on and on about all of the little details. There is family , heart and soul tucked all over the space and I am beyond excited to start creating in this area!  I look forward to the wonderful words, ideas, conversations and inspiration that happen here!

About 95% of the items that I used to complete this project were items that we already had around the house & outbuildings & I gathered today to use & decorate.  When decorating a space- shop your own home & other rooms first, before you head out and spend money!  You will be surprised at what you can come up with!

As a reminder, here is what the porch looked like, before:

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Here it is now.  I hope you see the love, effort and creativity that I jammed into this small little area!

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Well, my friends, there it is!  What do you think?  Not bad for throwing it together in less than 24 hours right!?  I am so excited to finally have a work space in our home! Leave a comment below on your thoughts, I would love to hear your what you have to say!

Wait! Before you go, let’s connect! Did you know that you can also find me over on Instagram @endlessacresfarmtiques & kellymwhitman , and also on Facebook for more DIY inspiration?!  I hope to see you over there!

Have an awesome & blessed day!
– Kelly

 

 

 

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Tv dresser with Beyond Paint

Today I wanted to share with all of you a great line of paint, called ‘Beyond Paint’. 

I was recently contacted by Beyond Paint to give their furniture makeover kit a try.

On their website, Beyond Paint says the following about their product:

“No Stripping, No Sanding, No Priming
BEYOND PAINT™ your cabinets, furniture and accessories in one convenient kit!
Refinish almost any surface with this combination bonder/primer/finisher that cures to a durable, washable surface in just one or two coats. Application is foolproof, and the result is a beautiful, professional finish that will transform your home.
The amazing BEYOND PAINT™ Cabinets Furniture & More Makeover Kit also includes the best tools for the job for your convenience and ease of application saving you money and hassle on your home projects.”

The furniture makeover kit came with everything that I needed to complete my furniture makeover project, it even included an instructional dvd!

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The Beyond Paint Makeover Kit Includes:

  • Paint (Quart)
  • Roller Handle
  • Roller Cover
  • Chip Brush
  • Tray
  • Instructional DVD
  • Brochure

For this project, I decided to update the TV dresser that is in our living room. My interior design style has matured a lot in the past couple of years, and I went from loving dark rustic colors only, to really embracing bright and light natural colors, with touches of wood tones. Last Fall I also painted our living room, for the second time. When we moved into the farmhouse 3 years ago, the walls were a dirty, smokey off-white, and I painted them a soft blue. After time I realized I didn’t like designing around blue walls, and now went with a super soft grey with blue undertones and it is so much easier to incorporate other colors into my space with that tone as a backdrop.

This is what our TV dresser looked like before I gave the makeover with Beyond Paint a go:

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In the winter months, my furniture makeovers usually take place in my dining room (sorry family!). I am still working on getting my little workshop heated so I can tackle more projects even when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

Since my dresser was previously painted, and Beyond Paint requires no stripping, sanding or priming, this was an extremely easy and quick project. All I needed to do to get started was wipe down the dresser with a wet rag, dry it off, make a big cup of coffee and I was on my way!

Here are the results of just two quick coats of the color ‘Nantucket’ by Beyond Paint!

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This blue adds a nice pop of color to our living room, without being too overwhelming. When I walk into our space, my mind feels relaxed and refreshed and I am surrounded by colors that remind me of beautiful Lake Superior and colors found in nature.

I finally feel content with the gallery wall as well. If you have a gallery wall somewhere in your home, you will understand when I say that it is an ever changing and evolving project.

I absolutely loved the final result and the ease of use of Beyond Paint. The paint goes on nice and thick and has amazing coverage!  I look forward to using Beyond Paint products again the future, and am hoping to give their counter top paint a try this Summer!

As always, you can follow along with my DIY projects by subscribing to my blog, and by following Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook , Instagram, and Pinterest.  You can also shop Endless Acres Farmtiques custom furniture, home decor, vintage goods, jewelry and art 7 days a week at my booth that is located at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi – Booth # 56 ) !
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Decor Sources:
Paint provided by Beyond Paint .
The “W” and deer print in the center are both from the amazing Hobby Lobby, the Hope canvas I found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store,  the amazing scented soy candle is from PF Candle Co and was purchased at Reds Mercantile in Eau Claire,Wisconsin,  the the rock canvas is my own photograph that I took along the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, and the little clip board was my Grandfathers and I currently have a cute little vintage car picture that I actually reused and cut off of a Christmas gift bag!

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Warm Up style board challenge

I was recently sent a fun warm up style board challenge, by Douglas Elliman and their Florida office, to create a style board with how I like to make my home feel warm in the winter months.

I just love this time of year here in Wisconsin. Many people can’t stand the cold and the snow that we get, but there is just something that makes my heart feel so cozy and warm this time of year.

I love introducing warm tones, textures and colors into my home in the winter months.  In the winter around my home, you will find a lot of plaids, faux furs, tribal designs, warm wood tones and warm bright whites, golds and silvers.

I believe that warm wool blankets , and soft faux fur throws and pillows add amazing detail and texture to a space, and in their own way add such a beautiful warmth to a home in the winter months. Also in Wisconsin, they are nice to have around on those really cold evenings when you snuggle by the fire with your hot cocoa.

Using the app ‘Morpholio’ I created a fun warm winter style board for a living room.  I have included the warm white, plaid, and gold tones that I love using during the colder months of the year. Adding a lot of white to a space this time of year, can really add a beautiful fresh and sunny feel.  It can be as simple as buying new pieces, rotating pieces from another space in your home, or throwing a new coat of white paint on an old dresser to freshen it up for the season.  One thing I really like to do, instead of buying new couch pillows for each season, is to buy the basic square shaped couch pillow, and switch out the covers on them seasonally, it saves money, and takes up very minimal storage space when they are not in use.

Another app that I have had a lot of fun with lately for design, is ‘Design Home’.  Design Home is an app which gives you daily and weekly design challenges, for different homes and rooms in those homes. Then your room designs are rated on a 1-5 star scale from other designers, and depending on your score, you can win more design pieces for your style boards.  Below are two of the recent spaces I have designed for the Winter season, using the furniture and decor that was available to me through the app.

In the first design, I added some white faux flowers on the dining room table.  I love using flowers all year round in my home.  In the winter months, I just take out the bright colors and place some faux white, silver or gold flowers in a simplistic vase.

In the second design , I added in a lot of white furniture, a tribal white rug with black accents, and simplistic stone side tables, which keep the space feeling bright and airy even on dark winter evenings.

Winter doesn’t have to always be dark and drab!  Fill your home with decor items, textures and tones that make you feel warm even when the sun goes down early, and the days are short.  Your home is, after all, your home.  I am just here to inspire, and these are examples of things that I love to do in my home!  How do you fill your home with warmth in the Winter months?

Here in Wisconsin last night, we received about 5 inches of fresh, fluffy snow, and the temperatures are well below zero with the windchill.  As I write this I am tucked under my favorite plaid down blanket, sipping my coffee and watching the wind blow the snow off of the trees out my window, and completely happy and content.  You may not enjoy every aspect of winter, but if you want to enjoy it just a little bit more, try some of my tips above to bring warmth and comfort to your home and soul as the days get colder.

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The Shed; Booth update, early December.

I want to first say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this new journey the past 3 weeks!  Our first 3 weeks of having a little 8×9 booth space at The Shed in Altoona, Wi has been extremely successful, because of you all !  Because of your support, encouragement, and belief in Endless Acres Farmtiques and what it is that I do!  I am so grateful to have such a supportive community around me.

I have been restocking my booth at The Shed once per week.  I typically restock on Friday afternoons closer to closing.  I will do my best to do weekly blog posts showcasing my booth in its current state and focusing on the newest additions, so you can easily see some of what I currently have for sale, before you venture there to view and or purchase items!

Last week Friday I restocked and rearranged my booth with my daughter.  We have highly enjoyed this new little venture, and it has become a fun family affair.

The lighting in my booth is not the greatest, so I hope to remember to tote along my regular slr camera and flash, for better photographs.

In my booth, I am currently trying to minimize on the current items I have for sale in my sheds, like furniture, projects, home decor, vintage goods, etc.  Once my current inventory gets down to where I’d like it to be, my booth will have more of a ‘theme’ and a general overall feel of adventure and wanderlust mixed with vintage flair.

There will also be bigger and better changes coming to my booth over the next few months, including a large custom Endless Acres Farmtiques sign, custom shelving I am currently designing, and more!  Stay tuned!

Below are photos I took on Friday December 2nd after restocking my booth with new vintage goods and finds!  You can click on an image to enlarge it.

You can shop my unique goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

I am booth # 56 , first booth on the left side of the right isle in the new addition! (whew, did that make sense?) If you can’t find my booth, ask Ed or someone at the front where to find me!  When you visit, be sure to say hi to Jackson the dog as well.  Nicest dog you will ever meet!

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Thanks again for your support! What a fun adventure this is becoming!

As always, you can also follow along with my DIY and treasure hunts, over on Facebook as well!

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Events, Home Decor Inspiration, Reflections

Minneapolis Home & Garden Show 2016

 

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela

If you are an artist in any form, (painter, architect, contractor, wood-worker, writer, photographer, etc) than you understand how important continually finding inspiration is.    Sometimes as artists, we can get inspired by something we see on tv, a magazine, a walk in nature, or attending an event like the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show!

This past Saturday, I attended  The Minneapolis Home and Garden show.

My husband dropped the kids and I off at The Minneapolis Convention Center around 9:45 am, we flew in the doors in a rush to hear Matt Muenster speak at 10:00! We made it to the area he was at, 5 minutes prior to show time!  If you have never been to the Convention Center, it is a very big space, especially when you don’t know exactly where you are going.

Matt is an interior designer, licensed contractor and tv personality on HGTV’s Bath Crashers.  He is also partnered with Decolav and has teamed up with them to create an exclusive collection of stylish bathroom products.

Matt walked out onto the stage dressed sharp with a big heart warming smile on his face.


He gave a wonderful talk and I truly felt so inspired while listening to him.  He shared some insider information about Bath Crashers, how they pick the Bath Crasher winners, “You need to be the coolest of everyone we talk to!” He said.  I liked that.  His honesty, his humbleness and knowledge poured out of him during his talk.  He also shared some tips about crashing your own bathroom, and mentioned to focus on one statement piece, as in a custom mural wall.  One thing that really stuck with me that I will take with me while working on our own bathroom, is to not waste your bathroom space, “It is valuable square footage,” Matt said, “Don’t waste it just to go in and out of to take care of business, make it a place to relax.  If you like coffee, put in an espresso maker. (He is speaking my language there!)   “Don’t worry about what the neighbors think, what the next possible home owner may think, incorporate what you love into your space!”    I wish I would have videoed his entire talk!

We were blessed with the opportunity to meet Matt and get his signature and a photo.   My 7 year old daughter made Matt a birthday card which included a Bathroom Mood Board on the inside with bathroom design pieces from my magazines, like a bath tub, lighting, sink, wall hangings, flooring, paint color etc.

 

After the excitement of meeting Matt, we headed into the Auditorium to see The Property Brothers!  We got into the auditorium over 40 minutes prior to their talk, and it was already over half way full.  They drew a crowd of thousands! When they walked out onto stage, just like when Matt did, the kids looked at me, and I at them, and we all were embracing the fact that these incredible men that we see just about daily in our living room, on television- are real! Just like us!  Camryn kept saying, “Mommy this is so weird!”

Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the Property Brothers gave out some great advice about real estate investing, paying off your mortgage, and of course they tied in some humorous skits and videos as well.  They are quite the funny duo!

 

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The kids with The Property Brothers, kind of.
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Rayce waiting for The Property Brothers to take the stage!  Look at that crowd!
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Drew and Jonathan Scott on stage.

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Hey look, here we are with The Property Brothers! Again, kind of.

After The Property Brothers finished their talk, and we rushed back to see them again on the smaller stage.  We enjoyed a few delicious popcorn samples near by, when we heard Matt Muenster call out Camryns name!  She smiled so big!  He thanked her again for the birthday card, and we took the opportunity for another photo with him.  This guy is a class act!   As we walked away, Rayce said, “I can’t believe he remembered Camryns name!”  Then Camryn said,”I think  it’s because I was wearing a blue jacket.”    Camryn has been carrying around her signature from Matt everywhere, since we got home on Saturday night and she asked that it be hung above her creative art area, so she can see it while she is working her art projects.

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The kids and I with Matt Muenster of HGTV’s Bath Crashers.

 

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Once our excitement decreased from getting to talk with Matt again, we wandered around the Home Show and enjoyed some lunch.  We only got through about 1/3 of the booths in the limited time that we had.  Next year we will be sure to allow more time to enjoy at the show.

Ms Macs Antiques.  Such a beautiful booth set up!

 

I love this guy!

After lunch, we headed to the long line to wait to go look at the Tiny Home Village! My 12 year old son was begging me to go see these.  I am so glad we did!  I loved the simplistic design and really loved the way that they were staged inside.  The details are important1  I see myself having a Tiny Home someday, tucked alongside a big mountain, for a second vacation home.  I’m a big dreamer, with dreams of a little house in the mountains.

This was my sons favorite Tiny Home.





What a fun day!  I left the home show, feeling so inspired, after meeting Matt, hearing him and The Property Brothers talk, and seeing all kinds of project ideas I could incorporate into my own home.   I would highly recommend the Minneapolis Home & Garden show to anyone who is looking for ideas, inspiration, or quality craftsmen and women who can help them bring their ideas for their home, to life.

I am already looking forward to our adventures at the home show next year!  Maybe I will see you there too?!

Remember you can follow along with my DIY adventures over on Facebook too!

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From dresser to tv stand | Furniture Before & After

   ‘ The art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing.’  ~ E.F. Schmacher

Art to me is about vision.  It is about seeing potential in something that others may not see.  It is about taking something and changing it, making it unique , making it your own.  It is about expanding your eyes to see beyond the norm and the usual.    Todays project is just that.
It is about how I took a normal little white dresser and made it into something different, and gave it a new life as a tv stand.

Here is the dresser as it was before..look at the drawer pulls, kind of crazy – my daughter said they looked like a face.  lol

tv dresser before www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com

Here is a list of what I did to the dresser to make it into a tv stand;

1.)  Sanded, and painted entire piece,  including sides and insides of the drawers in Sherwin Williams ‘Light French Grey’ paint.

2.)Removed the top drawer and added in old cedar fence boards using small finishing nails, to make a shelf.

3.) Drilled small hole into back wall of dresser to allow cords to go through if used as a tv stand.

4.)  Replaced original hardware with yardsticks for drawer pulls.  The yard sticks have been stained lightly.

Here is the dresser after;

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This tv stand dresser is for sale and can be viewed and purchased after 3/21/14 at The Living Room Coffee House at 2006 Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin .   Purchase prices is $175.00.

This would add great character to any home, business or office!   Use it as a tv stand or for a statement piece.  The 2 drawers are deep and make great DVD / movie storage!

Thanks for viewing my latest project!  If you like what you see here on the blog, you can follow along with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well!

~Kelly

Hand lettered signs & art, Home Decor Inspiration, In The Garden, In The Home

Oh the places you’ll go! | Hand painted barnwood sign

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

-And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”

– Oh the places you’ll go by Dr. Seuss

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Today I was rummaging around the machine shed, looking for some barn wood which I will be using to create new shelves for a desk I am working on.  As usual, I got distracted when I found a smaller piece of barn wood that I thought would be perfect to hand letter on and turn into a sign!   Then I wandered over into the barn, for no reason specific and found an old piece of picket fence, and thought I could add it to the barn wood sign somehow.    I took the pieces inside and grabbed my paintbrush and some paint colors..still with no plan in mind, and attached the fence piece, and started painting…and this was my result! :

Oh the places you'll go sign by Endless Acres Farmtiques www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com
Oh the places you’ll go sign by Endless Acres Farmtiques http://www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com

 

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Oh the places you'll go sign by Endless Acres Farmtiques www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com
Oh the places you’ll go sign by Endless Acres Farmtiques http://www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com
Oh the places you'll go sign by Endless Acres Farmtiques www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com
Oh the places you’ll go sign by Endless Acres Farmtiques http://www.endlessacresfarmtiques.com

This sign is currently for sale and available for local pick up (I am near Eau Claire, Wisconsin ) or it can also be shipped.    You may purchase the sign over on Etsy, here.   If you like the sign but want it in different colors, or a different saying, feel fre to email me any requests, I am always up for custom orders and love getting them!  Email: endlessacres@live.com

Sign stats:   This is a hand painted sign on reclaimed 1880 barn wood from Wisconsin.
The back of the sign consists of the original barn paint color in ‘sweet corn yellow’ .
I hand painted on the under side of the barn board so the original side would not be destroyed.

The barn wood has been sanded down, brushed over lightly with acrylic blue-green paint, and hand lettered in mustard yellow paint.
An old piece of picket fence has been attached to the sign with a vintage hook to hang a hat, keys, sunglasses, or small jacket!
Entire sign has been coated for protection with a clear satin polyurethane.

Sign measures approx. 12″ wide x 29″ tall.

Sign includes hanging wire on the back & has been signed and dated by the artist.

Imagine how sweet this original sign would look in a childs room near the door or in your porch or entry way!

 

Thanks for reading everyone!
~Kelly