We bought our Victorian farmhouse on 7 acres just over a month ago, but the place it looking entirely different now. Step inside and see what a difference paint and refinishing wood floors make!
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We spent ten years painting, refinishing and updating our last farmhouse. Most of the work was tedious and just took a lot of good old fashioned elbow grease. It meant that there was always wet paint and part of the house off limits. We held onto the house through low markets and high markets, and ultimately made a good profit. We bought it cheap and paid it off quickly.
Fast forward to today.
Luke and I have been married 11 years, have five kids and a home based business. The thought of repainting and refinishing every square inch of our newly purchased 2400 square foot farmhouse wasn’t something that sounded exactly exciting. I can’t wait to find the perfect furniture for the living room, vintage (or vintage inspired) oven for kitchen and cozy wood stove for the old chimney. We’re looking forward to giving the bathrooms that turn of the century farmhouse style. But, there was no way we were going start back at the very beginning of the renovating journey.
We decided instead to hire out all the painting and refinishing the floors. I am so glad we did! I feel like those simple steps propelled us about 5 years ahead. We now have a blank canvas with which to bring in our own style, and I don’t feel like we are starting all over with a fixer upper. Hallelujah!
The next big project is going to be the kitchen, and I can’t wait to bring it back to its former glory.
Let’s take a little before and after journey of our farmhouse from a month ago and now!
FARMHOUSE REVEAL | 6 months after moving in BEFORE and AFTER tour
Did you miss the full farmhouse before tour? You can see that HERE.
Our Farmhouse Entryway
Before the trim was red, and the floors were dull and scratched up. The paint on the walls was a tired and yellow-y off-white. The ceiling hadn’t been painted in many many years, and needed a fresh coat. We had the walls painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove and the trim and window done in a bright white semi gloss. The floors were sanded and given a few coats of oil based polyurethane. The planked ceiling was given a coat of fresh white.
I want to replace the light fixture, and have the paint stripped off the door. Also, I want to bring in some entryway decor. I may add coat hooks and some kind of entry table. We shall see!
Our Farmhouse living Room
Before the floors were scratched up and dull. The window trim and baseboards were a bright red color. The walls were white-ish, but not in a way that complimented the trim. To instantly transform this room, we had the walls painted in Benjamin Moore Dune White. We also gave the trim the same bright white semi gloss paint.
I don’t currently love our furniture in here. Everything just feels so small, in these giant rooms. I’m going to have to mull over this one for a while to get it how I like it. One thing I know for sure is the empty wall needs a focal point. I’m thinking a large mantle and electric fireplace.
I definitely hate the coffee table in here. It looked great in our old house, but not at all here.
Our Farmhouse Dining Room
The dining room adjoins to the living room through a doorway with two extra large pocket doors. Just like the other rooms on the main level, the floors were tired and the trim red. We brightened up with the same color scheme as we did in the living room. Benjamin Moore Dune White on the walls and bright white on the windows and moldings.
The hutch was here when we walked through the house, and the seller offered for us to buy it. After realizing how heavy this thing is we knew exactly why. You would never want to move this thing! If we ever sell this house, its probably staying. Haha. But, let’s be honest, we’re in love with this place. I filled the hutch with antique ironstone in white and flow blue.
You can read more about finding pottery like this in this post:
We didn’t change the color of the hutch at all, but I just love how it pops with the blue china and against that freshly painted wall.
Our Farmhouse Staircase
The staircase in this old farmhouse was already gorgeous. How could it not be?! It has the most beautiful curved lines and is wrapped in white bead board. That window halfway up the steps overlooking the back property could have ALONE sold me on this house. It is just breathtaking!
We spruced this area up a touch by giving the bead board, risers, spindles and window trim a fresh coat of white paint.
We also hired the hardwood floor guy to strip the brown paint off the treads. It wasn’t an easy (or cheap) process, but so worth it to uncover that gorgeous wood! Just like the rest of the wood in the house, it is either heart pine or Douglas fir. I have heard differing opinions. Either way it is technically a “soft wood” not hardwood but either way the color is perfect!
Our Farmhouse Boys’ Room
When we walked through this house for the first time, I could already imagine how pretty this natural light-filled room would be with lighter colors and floor that weren’t painted brown. Apparently back in the day they painted wood floors to preserve them. And preserve they did! Luke and I both agree that this room has the most dramatic outcome. Those floors were just lying under that paint in pristine condition. A lot of sanding and several coats of oil based polyurethane brought out that natural beauty. Benjamin Moore Dune White lightened up the walls, and a fresh coat of white on the ceiling and window trim bounces even more light!
I’m going to have to do something about this obviously discolored door. The lighter colors in the room really brought out the off color. I’m hoping to strip it down to the original wood.
Since the old farmhouse has no closets, we brought in a vintage chifforobe to house the boys’ clothes. There is a bar to hang button down shirts and drawers for pants, shirts and jammies. Luke secured it to the wall for safety, with two large L brackets.
Shop our Farmhouse Boys Room
Our Farmhouse Girls’ Room
This room was the only one in the house that had brightly colored trim. We unified it with the rest of the house with bright white paint. The wall in this room also saw a couple coats of Benjamin Moore Dune White. Just like the boys’ room, the floors were painted a chocolate brown. We had them sanded and coated with a few coats of oil based polyurethane.
Since this room is massive, I would really love to get two antique beds on either side of the window with a big area rug. The girls have other plans.
“Hey mom…How much would it cost to get a gymnastics mat for our room?”
Apparently they love the vastness that is their bedroom floor. Momma may not want to even fight that battle, so welcome to our new gymnastics studio…
Tiny trundle bed shoved in the corner, so maybe we can fit a balance beam too.
I’ve been told by many that this room to the left of the top of the stairs was either meant to be a dressing room or sitting room. It sits right off of what we call the master. (It’s debatable if it was really meant to be the master, because it is actually smaller than the girls room and bathroom). No matter the original purpose, for us it is a nursery. #5kids
This is my favorite transformation.
The green paint became Benjamin Moore White Dove and the red trim bright white semi gloss. The floors in this whole section of the house weren’t worth sanding, per the opinion of the floor guy, so we opted to paint them instead. We went with Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige and used porch and floor paint.
We were in a huge hurry to move in, so I didn’t want to spend anytime at all agonizing over the floor color. I knew Liz Marie from Liz Marie Blog painted her floors, so I literally just used the exact color she chose. I figure she thought long and hard about it, so why not just learn from her decision making process.
The beige floors look so pretty next to the newly sanded wood in the landing at the top of the stairs. We brought in the little dresser that Luke stripped the paint from, for Micah’s clothes and diapers. Oh how I love wood and white!
Our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Before
In a lot of ways this room feels like an afterthought. The floors are patched with mismatched wood and there is a terrible patch job on the wall where they removed a chimney. Why oh why?? We unified the mismatched wood on the floors with the same BM Tapestry Beige floor paint. I also covered the large majority of it with a blue rug.
These windows were the only ones in the whole house with wood trim. To make them match the rest of the place, we covered them with the same bright white paint.
The painters made a dramatic improvement on the patched chimney area. It’s still not perfect, but looks a whole lot better!
Just like in our master bedroom in our last home, we went with Benjamin Moore White Dove for the walls. I’m planning to do a full reveal post of this room in the next couple days, so you only get a few pictures right now! 😉 I found the antique chandelier on a recent antique shopping day and the armoire on Facebook Marketplace. We bought the big wooden chest from the previous owners.