Downtown Farm House

1950's Shack Turned Farm House

My family thought I was absolutely nuts when I told them that the 1950’s shack on Adams Street was our new dream home. It stunk, it was full of junk, and there were roosters on the kitchen walls. Our sweet home has been a five year project and we are almost finally done! I am happy to share with all of you our downtown farm house!

The Outside

downtown farm house
downtown farm house
downtown farm house

The outside. It was just no good. We lived with the tan siding for a couple of years. My favorite part of that siding was the two melted spots on the back deck where there were obvious past moments where the grill was forgotten about. We switched out the tan to a mixture of horizontal and vertical white siding. Vertical on the front and horizontal siding on the other sides of the house. Instead of replacing the windows to be black, to achieve the black and white look, we replaced the framing around the windows to be black. To add in a warmth and a bit of texture we added in cedar accents. Simple cedar columns, porch ceiling, and cedar details on the dormers balance out nicely as you bring the cedar from the ground-up.

Small details always complete a space. We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on our front door! It was a great find just at Home Depot. You can find the door here if you are a fan! My personal favorite is is our Elementi Fire Pit. We’ve spent a lot of bundled up nights sitting around it already this year. I can’t wait for the first big snow sitting out there! 

If you are interested in any of the other things we have on our cozy porch, check out some of my products below!

The Kitchen

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Ahhh the kitchen, a woman’s domain! I wanted this space to be warm, welcoming, and full of texture. The walls were opened up to create three arches with brick columns. The brick was repurposed from a building in Detroit. I wanted the old vintage look, and the best way to create that was to grout between the brick by hand (literally fingers) and not with a flat tool. Leaving it with an imperfect, but finished overall look with the brick. Brick and wood, that’s all I cared about! My personal touches in the kitchen are the three cabinet doors that I built that match the hood vent that I built by hand.

Opening up walls allows for an open floor plan, which is all the craze right now. It doesn’t take much to open up walls to allow for light and and space, all the while creating a great space for entertaining. Not only entertaining, but to make dinners that allow you to also watch your kids outside playing in the front yard!

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All my favorites from the kitchen!

  • Kitchen cabinets (not expensive, but great quality): Michigan Kitchen Cabinets out of Novi, MI
  • Granite, black honed: MSI out of Wixom, MI
  • Wood floors. Gotta share about this company, they are amazing! They hand distress each plank by hand using tools from the 1700’s. They are a small business and love each job that they do so much that they drive the plans to you and hand deliver them. Hands down, if you want to spend your money on your floors, check out Colonial Plank Floors.
  • Appliances, including double drawer dishwasher (which I love!): Best Buy

The Dining and Livingroom

Our dining space isn’t anything to extravagant, but it gets the eating job done. The space is small, so we keep it simple not to overwhelm the space with too much stuff. With the opening into the kitchen now, it gives the illusion that the space is larger and naturally brings in more light from the front windows.

Our 1950’s shack was so bad when it was put up for sale, that the listing didn’t included photos of the upstairs. There was a door that closed off the stairs on the other side of where the china cabinet was. We ripped out the door and painted the wood stairs. We also opened up the stairwell wall and had a custom wrought iron insert made to fit into the space. With a pop-a-color of my yellow door that I made, it looks way more open and bigger because of the color contrast!

Dark and dingy was the idea for our 1950’s shack before I got my hands on it! Removing the popcorn ceiling, fresh coats of paint on the beams and walls, replacing windows and doors with a white trim, and adding two windows on the fireplace wall did the trick here. Creating contrast in a room allows for the space to look larger. Adding windows allows more natural light to come in along with being able to see the little ones playing in the back yard!

The Bathroom

The bathroom. We went with the black and white look, with a pop of teal blue color. My favorite part of the bathroom is that teal blue cabinet. Originally bought as a piece of furniture from Home Goods that’s supposed to go under a tv, I drilled a hole for plumbing on the one side and plopped an Ikea sink onto it. To create more space, a great tip for small bathrooms, put in pocket doors when possible. It saves a TON of space!

Finally a Home

It took us about five years to turn this shack into a home, but it was well worth the blood, sweat, tears, and patience. If you are anyone you know is interested in renovating, get in touch with me– I can help to make visions come to life!

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