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Kitchen Before and After

When we bought this house every room was like a blank canvas. Builder grade to the core. We live in a small town, in a small house but I wanted people to be transported to a farmhouse cottage the moment they walk in the door. My home is designed from the heart and my heart loves white, shiplap, subway tile and open shelving. So of course when we gained the budget to renovate the kitchen, we let the heart lead.

And After…

We removed the wall between the kitchen and the dining room to create an open concept feel. We also completely changed the layout of the kitchen to better suit our needs. I needed the kitchen sink facing the bay window into the backyard so I could clean and keep an eye on the littles. We also had to build a pantry since we had no upper cabinets or storage to store food and cleaning products. Our pantry has a sliding barn door (that my husband built), and a chalkboard door for grocery lists and scheduling. The island was also a diy that held our microwave and baking pans. The island, however, now resides in our garden as a potting bench.

Our kitchen still is incomplete with the unfinished beam exposed, baseboards and trim not yet installed and the ceiling soon to be raised and possibly exposed as well.

The concrete countertops (that we created with molds from Z-CounterForm) were possibly the hardest part of the kitchen because it was our first time pouring concrete, but it was surely a fun learning experience. I wanted the countertops to look raw and natural… like as if we ripped up sidewalk and plopped them onto our lower cabinets. They are imperfect and rough in some spots but so beautiful. Best part about them are their durability. We can spill anything, cut anything, even drop anything on them without a scratch that you most certainly would have from any other type of countertop. Of course we have a wonderful sealant provided by Z-CounterForm, Concrete Countertop Solutions. And yes, I know our drawer pulls are crooked LOL! I never had them fixed because we are getting ready to replace them with something new.

Our sink is probably my favorite thing in the kitchen. I wanted an apron farmhouse sink but our lower cabinet just didn’t suit the shape so we went with this beautiful Kohler drop in that is just as big and just as useful. From bathing babies and puppies to taming all of my cray diy project messes, our sink sure has seen its fair share of action. Our countertops have too…

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Kitchen Progress (Winter 2017 Kirklands IG feature)

We worked our butts off in this house. We redid our kitchen twice in the last three years to get it to where it is now. The last renovation was $500… this one was a lot more but we saved up tons and waited a long time in between projects. You do not need a big budget to get the kitchen you want. You just need two things… hard work capability and time. Salvaging, repurposing, saving searching, and creativity are also very important towards a kitchen renovation with a small budget. We salvaged old cabinets and wood. We repurposed shelving. We searched for the cheapest deals on a sink and subway tile. We made shiplap out of plywood. We splurged on paint though because in a kitchen you should always buy paint that resists stains, mold, and scuffing. Everything else was work ethic. We believe when we want something, work hard and you’ll get it. We sure did work hard. And we almost have it. Still have the whole other side of the kitchen to complete but for the moment, I am deeply in love. & its not just with that wonderful, amazing, talented husband of mine 😉

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More photos to come…

 

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One Month to 31 (& winter porch tour)

I am going to be 31 in exactly one month from tomorrow. After 30 years of being on this Earth, I learned many things. I’ve learned through experience that life is everything YOU make it to be. Perception is key. Love is blind, but can be endless. And the most important thing I have ever learned through the years of being a daughter, sister, mother and friend is to never compare yourself to others. Not just yourself, but your life. There has been many times I have felt envy rear its ugly head through my own eyes when I was “younger” and nothing good ever comes from seeing green. They say the grass is always greener on the other side but thats only true if you forget to water your own lawn because your too busy watching your neighbors. I was never happy comparing myself to others and how can you be? You have to be happy with yourself to be happy with your life. It takes some people a life-time to learn that. Don’t get me wrong, I get discouraged when I try to obtain a goal in life and fall short…but there is no sense in holding hate for others who have what you want. To hold love and happiness for another person’s successes will fill your heart far more than envy. Isn’t that what life is about? Happiness? Finding happiness and contentment for what God has given you is also important. I believe that all of us have a path in which we are meant to follow. God lights the way. Sometimes we might get overwhelmed or even underwhelmed with what lies ahead of us, but trusting that God has a plan gives me “calm”.

When I was a little girl I dreamt of owning the very home we are in now, and I have been through so much in my 30 years that I still find it amazing that God led me to where I am now. And though I don’t know if we will be here forever, this home holds such a big place in my heart that I can not imagine living anywhere else at this moment in my life. Our home is not only a place to rest our heads, but a canvas, a stepping stone, a haven, a memory, a place where my husband and I are building such an amazing life and future for our little “big” family of ours. We have made such progress to this house and have so many plans developing for not just our home but for others. Though my dream is to one day open up my cottage shop here online and brick and mortar, we have another “project” up our sleeves that might end up happening before the other considering I still can’t figure out how to put a “shopping cart” on my website *face palm*. That’s another thing I need to work on. My stubbornness to figure out how to do everything on my own. Sometimes its better to get some help from others I suppose. Hopefully the big three – one can give me the strength and experience (and patience) to finish what I start like my promise to myself and others of an online shop LOL. One day at a time.

As for now, in this very moment. I am happy. I am happy with my home even though there still is walls to sheetrock, spaces to paint, pictures to hang, and rooms to change. I am excited to finish the things I started in 2017 and excited to see what 2018 and 31 has in store for me and my family. I pray this year brings all of us lots of luck, happiness, and success especially YOU! God Bless.

Here is also a short tour of our Christmas/Winter Porch

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Spring has Sprung, Time to Get Stuff Done!

Warning: I may ramble…just a bit. 😉 Scroll past the giant paragraph if you want to get straight to “business”.

Hi there! I hope you are having a fantastic and productive Spring! April is almost over and I haven’t blogged here in quite a while. I have been so busy keeping up with orders for local customers, juggling a family of four children (3 of which are of school age), building a larger audience with my Instagram account (We reached over 1o thousand followers!!), and all while trying to continue making our house the home of our dreams. It may not seem like much to some, but it can sure be overwhelming at times. I need to develop a system to organize my life. If you know of any great books or have tips to help me in that department (other than hiring an assistant, which I simply can not afford to do at this time). One day, right? A girl can dream! I have also been actively expanding my inventory for my shop which will include found items such as vintage decor and antiques but also new “trendy” decor such as the infamous Rae Dunn which has quickly taken over my home HAHA! I am overly obsessed if that is even possible. I have been collecting since November of 2016 and it has grown into quite the collection but I just can’t seem to stop looking for them. I guess I fell into that craze. Who am I kidding? I dove head first, swam to the bottom and haven’t come up for breath…but I plan on reselling majority of it. (No, not quadruple the price like you see on eBay!) I am so excited to share my love of home decor with all of you! I am hoping to help you love the home you have through DIYs, tutorials, decor and much more in the upcoming months as I have sworn to myself to make good of my New Years resolution of actively posting on my blog and expanding my business.

April/May Plans: (some in progress & not in any particular order)

  1. To SPRING CLEAN my entire home. Not just the basement and closets.
  2. Switch around the bedrooms.. My husband and I are taking the biggest room in our home and switching the children’s rooms around to accommodate a better environment for our two eldest boys whom are currently sharing a bedroom.
  3. Complete kitchen renovation plans. We are creating a new layout and knocking down walls to create an open concept kitchen/dining room in our home. (This will begin hopefully at the end of May, beginning of June. I will have posts about this project on my blog, Instagram, and personal Facebook.)
  4. Paint all the bedrooms. (This project will continue into the month of May.)
  5. Obtain LLC. and contracts to make the Fowler Cottage Shop official and create a shopping cart!
  6. Begin planning for craft shows & booths for summer/fall months ahead.
  7. Finish upstairs bathroom makeover and powder room makeover. (Faux Shiplap tutorials to be included!)
  8. Install & paint a new front door.
  9. Orders, orders, orders. I am, currently working on 33 orders which include everything from canvas/wooden signs, shelves, coffee & dining tables, a custom coffee bar, blanket ladders, wooden candle holders, chalkboards, tiered trays, benches, and much more. Some of these items will also be available in my shop once it is open. I will have some available for purchase through Facebook for local customers only in the months ahead.

Thank You for your patience! Family will always come first!

Best Wishes & Happy DIYing!

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Welcome

Welcome!! I am overflowing with love and gratitude for the followers of my blog & Instagram. This is a next big step for one of my many goals that I wouldn’t be achieving without you reading this right now! Thank you:) This is the new home of my blog and future online Fowler Cottage Shop. My husband and I decided this would be a better place for the start of my dreams. I am so very thankful to have such an amazing partner, best friend, husband and father of my children. He is amazing! And so are you!

You can still reference all of our past DIYs, projects, and posts from our old blog site… FowlerCottage.blogspot.com