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Our Farmhouse Remodel- Demo Day!

Everyone loves a good remodel, right? Since friends have been asking for details and pictures, and Mom’s Priority promotes décor items, I am going to do my best to share details on here.  We have just purchased a 1985 farmhouse and are excited to share with you the transformation!

Remodeling stories go much deeper than the surface, though. So, I must tell you that this is an answer to many years of prayer. Just the fact that we could financially be able to stay in our current home while we remodel this “new” home (to us) is absolutely mind-blowing to me. We started a new business 3 years ago, and it took our savings (which was supposed to be to buy land) to fund the business in the first years. God tested and strengthened my faith in that time, but I am the first to admit my anxiety during that time was ridiculous and I did not feel full of faith! I am finally stabilizing (ha!) and here we go again. All the time, God is making us more like Him, and He grows our faith through trials. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to rebuild this home and make it a refreshing place to live and share with others!

We call it our “farmhouse remodel” because it sits on 15 acres of land and we plan to add horses and its the style I resonate most with. The house is honestly more like a mid century ranch on a basement that all needs a major refresh!  As we go along I will use affiliate links to show you exactly where you can find the materials that we are using.  I am so incredibly excited to see the transformation that is going to take place.

Demo Day

We closed on it yesterday, and here we are today, ripping up floors and pulling out old brass lights, fluorescent lamps and getting it all torn apart!  We’ve been planning the renovations for the past month and drawing out floor plans the old fashioned way.  This house has quite a bit of work to be done.  It sat on the market over 2 years, I believe, because the amount needed to get it back up to date is overwhelming to some.  But, thank goodness demo started today so we can start looking forward to what it will be!  My friend called us “ambitious,” aka crazy!!  But, we bought it at a good price, especially considering the land in a great area, and we feel like we’re ready to tackle this project!  Our goal is to finish the main floor work within the next 1 to 2 months and then move in.  Let me share a few pictures of the “before:”

Farmhouse Remodel before master bath

Above, you can see the marble tiled front foyer.  People say to not get rid of the marble with green marble inset pattern, but it doesn’t go with our look.  So, here we are today!  Lots of jack hammering!

The carpet is coming up, as well as leftover vinyl flooring.  Hardwoods are going down soon!

5 Must-Have Farmhouse Wreaths

In order to achieve farmhouse style, a casual farmhouse wreath or two- or five!- is a must! Wreaths are a casual way to decorate your home in farmhouse style.


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farmhouse wreaths

5 Farmhouse Wreath Styles

Olive branch Farmhouse wreath

I love this wreath because it looks real and it’s affordable!  This particular one is from Amazon, and we have it hanging in our entryway in front of a mirror.  For the price, you can’t beat it.  It looks great and should hold up for years to come.

Magnolia Farmhouse Wreath

A magnolia wreath is the quintessential southern farmhouse wreath!  We planted a magnolia tree years ago when we moved in, and I am proud to say it finally has an abundance of beautifully fragrant flowers.  It seemed like it would never produce flowers!  I absolutely love it in the corner of our yard and so do the bus stop kids (including our own); they love to climb on the tree’s sturdy branches!  I haven’t mastered preserving the leaves and flowers long term, though, so I still depend on a purchased wreath.  This magnolia wreath from Hobby Lobby is a great alternative to last for years to come. (use a coupon on our Deals page for 40% off!)
magnolia wreath

Boxwood Wreath

I have this preserved boxwood wreath hanging over our Kohler sink in the kitchen, and I love it!  It is very well-made, arrived perfectly, and is lasting.  I am spraying it weekly with water, because it is made of real boxwood cuttings.  The boxwood wreath is perfect for farmhouse décor.  This particular wreath is from Mud pie.

boxwood wreath

Moss Letter

This one is not exactly a farmhouse wreath, but it still fits into the same category.   I list it because it is perfect for farmhouse style and would be an elegant addition to your home!

Cotton Wreath

Finally, the cotton wreath is definitely farmhouse style.  It is relaxed farmhouse décor and perfect in a bedroom or on a gallery wall.

farmhouse wreath cotton

Whether you are looking to adorn a front door or a gallery wall, these farmhouse wreaths are all beautiful, yet timeless styles that you can enjoy for years to come.

Perfect Hostess Gift: Southern Tea Towels

Nothing says warm and inviting like a tea towel.  They may or may not be originally “southern,” but the cute and sometimes bold sayings on the towels, say welcome to my home!  You can’t have too many tea towels, or so we say.  I have a confession: I have an obsession for tea towels. The words make me smile or reminisce and they are so practical and handy! If you’re headed over to someone’s house, wrap up a tea towel in some ribbon and a cute note, and you will make your hostess’s day.  Tea towels are the perfect inexpensive hostess gift.  Here are a few favorites:

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tea towel

Primitives by Kathy has a ton of entertaining options

Mud pie has adorable tea towels as well, like this one.

mud pie tea towel hostess gift

I love this custom printed recipe tea towel from Etsy!  Take your grandmother’s signature recipe and create a custom tea towel for a unique keepsake gift that will remind you of sweet times.

custom recipe tea towel

I also love this “home” tea towel that can be customized with the recipient’s state and name.  Perfect for a hostess or housewarming gift!

home tea towel

These tea towels from Etsy are funny, and super affordable at $5 each!

funny tea towels

Last, but not least, check out this adorable monogram tea towel.  Customize a towel with name and date!

monogram tea towel