Farmhouse Entryway // Welcoming, Historic, & Functional Goals


As I mentioned on Friday, I have a little case of pregnancy nesting going on.  Actually that’s a total lie.  I have a GIANT case of pregnancy nesting, and it’s getting worse everyday!  There’s not a room at the Farmhouse that I haven’t wanted to fix-up/clean-up/make-more-efficient.  Ahhh!  Thankfully Garrett is all patience and kindness towards his super-pregnant, hormonal wife and agreed to help make over our office and entryway.  Today I wanted to show you what I’m thinking for the entryway, because I have big goals to make this little space more inviting and functional, while highlighting the historic feel of our 115-year-old farmhouse.

The front entryway is the main entrance to our Farmhouse and gets a ton of use by our family and all our guests.  Getting two young kids ready and out the door without leaving a giant mess in our wake is struggle enough, so I can only imagine how challenging this will be after baby girl’s arrival this July.  With that in mind (and with my pregnancy nesting urges), my primary goal for this space was organization:  a place for putting on shoes, storage for those shoes and other kid treasures that always find their way into the entryway, hooks for hats and kids coats (we adults hang ours by the front door), and a place for keys and mail.

Garrett and I got started on this space during an impromptu work day last week while the kids were with Nana.  We painted the walls and ceiling in my favorite white (BM Simply White), bought and retrofitted an entry table, and recycled the perfect antique bench from another one of our houses.  Here’s a sneak peak of how this space is looking.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Entry Progress 2

I’ll show you more next week, but basically we have all the major pieces in place.  Which means it’s time for me to start looking for decor (which will probably be a slow process since we have a lot of other projects going on at the Porch House still).  Let’s talk about my decor plans in here: add a large, brass mirror over the table, maybe some hat hooks or framed historic photos, a pretty new or vintage overhead light fixture, additional lighting over the bench, and someday, I’d like to replace that awful brown stair runner!  Here’s a roundup of what I’m dreaming of:

The Grit and Polish Farmhouse Entry Decor

paint / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

The end goal is to have a welcoming, wood and white entry that looks reminiscent to these:

Made in Heaven inspiration


Lucy WIlliams Interiors Inspiration


Pretty, right?  And since any good transformation needs ‘before’ photos, here’s how the entryway looked when we first bought the Farmhouse.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Through Front DoorThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living Rm

Next week, I’ll share all of the current photos of the entryway.  Hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do.  And in the meantime, if you have a lead on an antique-looking brass mirror that’s 60″ tall and 30″ plus wide, let me know!  Have a great week.



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Farmhouse Master // Floors, Theater Seats, & Art (ORC, Week 3)


What a week!  We’ve been busy on the master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and it’s looking a bit better than last week. We’re about 75% through refinishing the hardwood floors, which look WAY better already, and in a stroke of magic, my eternally-backordered Skyline rug finally arrived (!!!).  Plus, I found the perfect chair for the corner by the windows (or it could be a total bust…we’ll see), and picked up vintage theater seats at a salvage shop in Seattle.  With all this Luck, I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket 😉


The floors might not look amazing yet (that’s wood filler all over them, which will be mostly removed during the final sanding), but give the hardwoods another couple of days and they will be stunning!  Our floors are fir and 104-years-old and over time they’ve been splattered with paint, covered in carpets, and generally shown no love. So I couldn’t be happier to revive these beauties!  They deserve it.  Stay tuned next week for the finished product.

Speaking of the next week, I’m going to be cleaning up my vintage theater seats (I shared a picture of them over on Instagram).  I haven’t quite decided if I’ll strip the paint from the arm rests or leave them green.  Either way, I’m pretty excited about them.  Sometimes when I talk about vintage theater seats, people look at me kinda funny, so I wanted to share my vision with you guys.

sources 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Cool, right?!  The vintage theater seats I found were pulled out of a middle school in Tacoma, WA and date back to the 1940’s.  They were a good price, so I bought a few extra sets thinking I could use them elsewhere at the Farmhouse and/or for a client project we’re working on. Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot of them on the Grit and Polish for the foreseeable future.

One thing I haven’t been quite so decided on for this room is art.  I always struggle with choosing art at the end of a renovation.  Give me an entire kitchen remodel to do in 7 days and I’m good, but when it comes time to pick art and pillows, I hem and haw for months. Of course I don’t have months left on this project, so I’ll be making my final choices soon.  One piece of art we know we want is a print for the large wall across from the bed.  We’re imagining something that you can get lost in while you fall asleep.


I’ve been looking on Etsy, Minted, and the Costco image gallery, and there’s a lot of prints that I LOVE, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.  I guess I’m not sure if I’ve found the one yet, but here’s what I’ve been hemming and hawwing over:

 sources: 1. “New Beginning” by Kai Samuels-Davis | 2. “Mornings Away” by Emily Jeffords, Minted | 3. “First Frost” by Lou Wall, Costco | 4. “To Pieces” by Clare Elsaesser, Etsy | 5. “Mother Embrace” by Kate Ahn, Minted | 6. “Disguise” by Clare Elsaesser, Etsy | 6. “Scenic Droplet” by Isabella Burton, Anthropologie.


My favorite is number 4 and Garrett really likes number 1.  What do you guys think?  Any prints stand out to you?  Or better yet, any other recommendations for art?

In case you missed them, here are my ORC posts from Week 1 and Week 2.




p.s. The anti-helicopter parent. This is sooooo Garrett, minus the seemingly sexist tone and the roof thing.

p.p.s. did you guys catch this home tour on coco+kelley this week? I’ve been back to look at it three times already – it’s just so good!

p.p.p.s. I’m excited to read Chip and Joanna’s book.  Has anyone read it yet?  I’m dying to hear what you thought!


Farmhouse Master // Getting To Work (ORC week 2)


We made some good progress in the master bedroom this week (week 2 of the One Room Challenge) and also uncovered more work. But let’s start with the good. The carpets are finally up. Yay!  Plus the drapes are down and the beige walls have been covered with white paint.  Already it’s looking one million times better in this room. And best of all, I’m starting to get a hint of the airy, historic feel I’ve been dreaming of.


So you’re probably wondering what’s going on with the floors.  That’s the bad news.  When we pulled up the carpets earlier in the week, we found paint stains all over the hardwoods.  We had a sneaking suspicion that these floors might be in rough shape (we found paint stains on the other bedroom floors too), but in some sort of unrealistic optimism, I was holding out hope that we’d find something better in here.  Like maybe the previous owners had say, used a tarp when they painted the master bedroom.

Consider my optimism crushed.

As you probably guessed, we’ll need to refinish the hardwood floors as we work on this room for the One Room Challenge. At this point, we’re planning to move out of the upstairs for a week or so while we refinish the entire 2nd level floors, including the nursery and Wilder’s room.  It’s going to be a big project, but it’ll be worth it when it’s done.  Especially if the floors look a smidgeon as good as these:



Since our floors already had paint all over them, we didn’t worry about protecting them when we started painting the walls and ceiling.  I picked Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, a color I’ve used frequently in our farmhouse. There is something so intrinsically country about white walls, don’t you think? Plus anytime I thought about using a dark and sultry color (like that gorgeous green in Si‘s bedroom!), I’d go back to the wood moldings and dream about how lovely they would look with white walls. So white it is.


This is what week 2 of the One Room Challenge looked like for us, compressed into a few seconds:


We’re off to Seattle tomorrow to hunt for vintage theater seats and whatever other goodies I can find. Hopefully I’ll have lots of exciting progress to show you guys when next Thursday rolls around.  In the meantime, I’m sharing videos on my Instagram Story, like this clip of me pulling up the carpets, which has already expired off of Instagram (you’ll have to view this video in a web browser, so if you are reading this post via email, click through to the Grit and Polish!).

If you missed it, you can read about our master bedroom design plan here: week 1.





The Farmhouse | Last Leg of the Tour


The long weekend is over and our guests have all gone home with tired children and maybe a new laugh line or two. Signs of a successful weekend!  But with them went the last fleeting moments of summer heat, replaced with crisp mornings and early bedtimes.  I didn’t see it coming. But I feel ready to embrace the fall vibe, bidding goodbye to summer salads and sunglasses and replacing them with cozy sweaters and hearty soups.  Apples, pumpkins, spices…are you with me?  I’m also feeling nostalgic for the leaves I know will color and fall from the massive old tree in our yard.  The fall leaves in Ellensburg are the best! They’re dry and colorful and perfect for raking into piles for the boys to jump in. Yes Fall, I’m ready for you!

But before we dig out the rakes, let’s rewind a couple of months to the long days of summer, when we first called the farmhouse home. I’m going to take you on the last leg of the farmhouse tour, through the kitchen, guest bedroom, and property.  In case you missed it, here are part 1 and part 2 of the tour.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Kitchen Before

The kitchen was updated at some point in the last couple of decades but unfortunately, feels out of place in this 1912 farmhouse.  I have high hopes of redoing this space. I’m imagining a more functional kitchen that has plenty of seating but also feels at home in this historic house.  One thing this kitchen does have, is great views to the north over the creek and past the hay fields all the way to the jagged Stuart Mountain Range. And the farmhouse sink is positioned perfectly to take full advantage of the view while washing dishes.  We also really like the built-in table for enjoying family breakfasts and late night cribbage games.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Kitchen 2The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before KitchenThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Kitchen Table

So yeah, there are some great things about the kitchen, but this wouldn’t be a renovation blog if I didn’t have plans of renovating it 🙂

A third bathroom flanks the kitchen to the east, next to the backdoor and the basement access.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour BackdoorThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Bathroom Main 2 The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Bathroom Main

And on the other side of the kitchen, is the laundry/mechanical space.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Laundry

The guest bedroom lies next to the staircase off the main entryway.  The bedroom is good size with expansive, east facing windows that overlook the main yard.  The best feature of the guest bedroom, according to the boys, is a short closet that sits under the staircase.  The boys love to pile books and art supplies in there and just hang out.  I swear, my boys love closets, the shorter and darker the better!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Guest StairThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Guest bedroom beforeThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Guest WindowThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Guest Rm Closet The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Guest Door

I’m not sure that this space will remain a guest bedroom forever (…dreams of an open concept kitchen/family room are whirling in my head…) but for now, it’s great to have a dedicated spot for houseguests!

The farmhouse sits on 3 lush acres, which makes this house the stuff of childhood dreams!  There are century-old trees, a small pond complete with frogs and salamanders, an expansive yard, and a stream running the length of the property through thick underbrush and intertwined willow trees.  We’ve already put up a tree swing (okay, technically two tree swings) and are hoping to build a tree house someday, tucked away in one of the bendy willows along the stream.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Outside EastThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour OutsideThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse pump house 07-2016The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Garden

I have big dreams for this kitchen garden!  I foresee planting vegetables and fruit and maybe even some flowers next spring.  We have aspirations of growing more of the food we eat, and this garden will be perfect for accomplishing that goal.  The raspberries that currently adorn the fence (along with grapes) were delicious this year and perfect for foraging children.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour TreeThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Tour Bridge and House

These three acres are nothing short of paradise and have been our favorite thing about moving to the country!  It is quiet, private, and beautiful. This summer has been spent exploring and swinging and playing and just plain being outside every single day, which I didn’t know how much I needed.

So that wraps up the farmhouse tour. I hope you enjoy the house half as much as I do 🙂



p.s. A few of my favorites from Pinterest this week: this seating spot, this rhubarb snack, this decorated cake, and this moment.

p.p.s. I’ve been seeing a lot more wood-framed sofas and day beds lately and I loved seeing them in this living room. Hopefully you’ll see one in my living room soon too!

p.p.p.s. This is an oldie but a goodie: The upside of quitting. I listened to this podcast right before I quit my job of six plus years (part of our early retirement plan) and it reaffirmed my decision. I haven’t looked back once!

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