So, I finally bit the bullet. After years of renting, I finally committed and purchased what will hopefully be our “forever” home.
Check out our plans for our “cottage farmhouse” style home.
- Where: Just outside South Minneapolis, MN
- Size: 1500 square feet
- Rooms: 5 beds/2 baths; a 1940s Cap Cod style home, with a dormer roof addition
These numbers may not seem like much, but I am floored that we were able to find this house (yes, the bedrooms are small). We were shopping in early 2018, in the hottest housing market in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It was painful. Factor in the fact that most homes in our area are 1940s builds, with 3 beds/1 bath. I am tickled pink!
Now… the downside. This home was previously a rental property… Ugh. We are basically going to have to go room-by-room and replace all of the trim and finishes, re-paint, and eventually consider a kitchen/mudroom addition. No biggie!
Our Cottage Farmhouse Home Renovation Plan
I am NOT one to label my home decor style. I like what I like, and as long as I like all of it, it must go together… right?!?! But if I had to put a “label” on our style, it would probably be “cottage farmhouse.” I love light and neutral colors, natural wood tones, and a home that can be lived in. So, here is a down-and-dirty summary of our “Cottage Farmhouse Home Renovation Plan”.
How we will divvy up the bedrooms:
Bedrooms 1 & 2 – Robert’s Room & Brooklyn’s Room
These are the very first rooms that we will tackle, because I accidentally told the kids that they could pick paint colors. Now I have to follow through because 5-year-olds aren’t exactly patient people.
Brooklyn will get board-and-batten with wallpaper, and Robert will get shiplap with a navy accent wall.
Bedroom 3 – Kids’ Bonus Room
This probably won’t be a high priority, but I am just thrilled to have a place to throw all of the toys and shut the door. But, seriously… Look at that door frame. That’s pretty much the norm in this house 🙁
In other news, I pulled back the upstairs carpet to check the condition of our sub floor. These beauties were a welcome surprise:
Upstairs “Kids” Bath
This bathroom is actually in surprisingly good shape. So, I have one room that doesn’t need a ton of work. Someone please remind me of that in 6 months.
Bedroom 4 – Mom’s Room
As with many things, this room will probably be completed last. Moms, you can relate. Right? And yes, that teeny-tiny door is my “master” closet, so you can expect an Ikea dresser/armoire hack soon. LOL!
Bedroom 4 – Mom’s Home Office / “Brooklyn’s Art Room”
After spending 4 years crafting and working out of an office in a closet, I am happy to announce that I will finally have a dedicated working space. But, if you ask Brooklyn, this will be her “art room”. I think we can share!
Main Floor “Master” Bath
In this part of town, you just don’t get large bathrooms. But I have high hopes for what I can do with a bit of paint.
The Kitchen – and the Mudroom that I Desperately NEED
The kitchen is tiny and also serves at the entry to the back door that we will use as our primary entrance. Factor in winter gear and backpacks, and I would qualify a mudroom addition as a NEED and not a WANT. We have a couple of options, but construction may be a ways down the road.
UPDATE: I completely re-did our kitchen for $350! Read all about it here.
Until then, you had better believe I will be painting those cabinet doors and that vinyl floor.
The Dining Room
This will be at the top of the “to-do” list, simply because the kitchen is so small. The back wall will get custom built-ins for much needed storage, and I would love to lose the kitchen/dining wall on the right.
Main Floor Family Room and Front Entry
This room makes the house. The light is incredible! And those hardwood floors run throughout the main level. Now, about that popcorn ceiling…
I’m thinking we will go with some 2/3 board and batten or shiplap because of the cove ceiling.
UPDATE: Phase 1 of the living room is complete. We added board and batten to the living room, entry, and main level hallway. We also replaced the blinds with industrial pipe curtain rods and sheer curtain panels.
The Stairs and Hall
This is also at the top of the to-do list because, well… I may have gotten a bit ahead of myself with the carpet removal. Painting the stairs will need to happen, soon.
So, there you have it: Our big, exciting to-do list!