Last week, I had a jolt. I went for a walk, and to my surprise, a dream farm I have long coveted over was wearing that
annoying enticing FOR SALE SIGN once again. You can read “Dream Farm, we need to chat” HERE.
But, good ‘ol common sense told me owning my own farm was too much for me to carry alone as is. Expense and work wise.
I’ve owned a farm before, so I know exactly what that entailed. I’ll tell that story soon.
So upon coming home, I slumped into my chair, and wondered how on earth I could become more content with my OWN home, so my eye didn’t wander so easily.
Once home, I remembered I had some reading to do. Melissa from The Inspired Room, wrote a book on this very subject, Love The Home You Have… and I hadn’t even cracked open the cover yet.
Add therapist to your list of achievements, Melissa… I promptly sat my pouty self down with a fresh coffee, and dug in.
As I read, I sank lower into my chair.
Melissa started off describing her homes. From one to the next, she kept moving. Always looking for ‘the one’. But each time she moved, while she gained in some areas, she lost in others.
Isn’t that so true?
With every home I’ve had, there’s always been a trade off of some sort.
I mean, I love the location of my home. The mountain view back yard. The neighbourhood. I really couldn’t take care for a larger yard myself. I’m set up well for retirement RIGHT where I am.
So WHY can’t I just be content?
I admit, some tradeoffs, such as a little more land and storage space would be nice. I do think our needs change over time. But I’ve come to a bigger realization after a little more reading.
I had to really define the main reason WHY I didn’t love my current home.
Well… it’s a tiny bit more than that.
I live in what’s fondly called a BC box. The shape of my home is a rectangle, with the main living upstairs. Which looks and works nothing like the farmhouse ground floor wrap around porch style I love so much.
Over the years, I’ve been transforming the style of my home INSIDE. One big nod towards my upcycled look was painting my stairway to resemble old crates.
I carried on with MANY smaller projects too.
But the big standing ovation moment was when I was challenged to blend my salvaged junk ways with a brand new modern bathroom vanity.
When I finished the bathroom , I stood back in awe… I had captured the EXACT style I was after. And realized I could make it happen to the rest of this square box of a home I didn’t love.
I had forgotten a mantra I made for myself. I was going to show how anyone could transform their ‘outdated home’ into a farmhouse style they absolutely love.
Go find your own cute quotes HERE
So it’s now officially back on my list! I’m moving forward with this one, every chance I get. Through big projects and small.
Not sure where to even start with all this yourself? In the back of Melissa’s book, I was encouraged to select one of her 31 Day Challenges. They are small, easy tips that can instantly change the way you feel about your own home.
So as my contribution, I chose to work on my most favourite room. My beloved snow sleigh shelf broke, and it was time to do something fresh and new instead. Enter…
Love the home you have… with a reclaimed wood old sign shutter shelf
1. Clean your reclaimed wood well and allow to fully dry.
For me that meant to pressure wash mildew off the fence panels. A scrub brush with bleach and water may work well too, but I like pushing the easy button now and then.
2. Locate two shutters.
3. Cut two planks down to the same height as the shutters.
Predrill pilot holes, then attach the shutters to the planks with screws from the sides.
6. Attach the two planks together on the front with old hinges.
Here’s where quirk reins. Use OLD authentic ones, so your work looks old!
Instant shelf frame!
Cut small cedar slats to size, then slip into place, supported by the shutter slats.
Cut down fence planks to size, then place on top of your supports.
Create more interest, by showcasing natural curvy wood shapes towards the fronts of your shelves.
Note: screw the shelves into the sides of the shutters for permanent placement if preferred.
I’m even MORE in love with my salvaged farmhouse bathroom now!
I realize this little shelf in itself hasn’t turned my box of a home into my dream home. But over time, I’m finding that wherever I make the effort to inject MY style into my home, I’m getting a little closer each day.
And even if this isn’t my forever home, (I still desire a tiny bit more land and a barn.. I don’t want much… 🙂 ) maybe the changes I make will help it sell for more down the road anyway.
Thanks for the timely words, Melissa. I think taking the time to define WHY one doesn’t love their current home is time well spent. Whether it’s due to clutter, lack of space or style, you may wish to further investigate ways you can make the home you have work for you.
It’s a LOT cheaper than moving!
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