What’s going on at the Farmhouse // A list of projects


We’ve started a lot of projects at the farmhouse since moving in this past July (many more than we’ve finished…), so today I wanted to recap them.  I mentioned before that we’re taking our Farmhouse renovation slowly.  We’re going from room to room and working on those spaces as inspiration or necessity strikes.  Besides the One Room Challenge, we’re not on any prescribed timeline, so we’re working on rooms as I find pieces, inspiration, and time.  It’s hard to live in a house that’s only partially furnished, but I think that houses evolve best over time, so we’re giving ourselves the luxury of time with this house renovation.

Here are the spaces that we’ve started at the Farmhouse:

Brooks’ Nursery – this was the first space we started, but it got put on the back burner when we started the One Room Challenge.  Brooks sleeps comfortably in the wallpapered crib nook already, so there’s no huge rush to work on it anymore, but I’m still trying to source drapes and bring more color in here.  I don’t want to spend much money decorating this room because it’s just a temporary stop for Brooks (he’ll eventually move in with Wilder), but I still want it to be a comfy space for him and overflow guests.  Here’s what the room looked like before we refinished the hardwood floors.  You can read more on this room here.


Wilder’s Room – I haven’t shared much about this room on the blog yet, but I will soon (ish).  The room is not done – I have plans for an accent color and more storage in here (Wilder has grown into quite the collector of EVERYTHING) – but this is what Wilder’s space looks like now.


Master Bedroom – we completed this room last month for the One Room Challenge, and it’s nice to have one space done…at least for now.  I still dream about a fireplace in here, so that will likely happen when we find the right antique fireplace surround, but no rush.


Living Room – I showed you guys the couch we ordered for this room on Tuesday.  We’ll start tackling this room after the couch arrives, but I still need to find chairs and storage.  To say I’m looking forward to having a comfortable and beautiful room on the main floor, is a huge understatement!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living Rm Windows

Office – so this isn’t a room that we’ve started…yet.  But both Garrett and I are ready to have a workspace at the Farmhouse so we’ll probably pull up carpets and start to work on this space early next year.  I’m imagining a darker paint color, a large table with rolling drawers underneath, and a small area of art supplies for kids who inevitably sneak in.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Office

Besides all of these rooms at the Farmhouse, we have a couple of projects going on outside of the Farmhouse, including one really exciting renovation slated for next year.  I’m excited to share more about these other projects when the time is right, but for now, let me just say that 2017 is going to be a busy year!



p.s. We’re trying to up our holiday story time around here, so I’m on the hunt for more Christmas stories.  Any that you would recommend?!

p.p.s. Something about this Brooklyn apartment seems so nostalgic and sweet.  I’m not usually one to embrace decor themes like this family did, but it totally works here!

p.p.p.s. Our due date to find a new planet for humanity to call home.  This is not good news.


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.

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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!


The Farmhouse | Starting the Nursery


I am so excited to show you guys our first project at the Farmhouse, the nursery. Yes, that’s right, we’re finally getting started on renovating this old house, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Unlike our previous houses, we’re taking this renovation slow and will focus on one or two rooms at a time. At least that’s our plan right now.

So about that nursery… I had originally intended for Wilder and Brooks to share a bedroom here at the Farmhouse, and we tried it for a couple of weeks. But they were waking each other up and waking us up and everyone was tired and cranky, so I admitted defeat. We started renovating the nursery the very next day.  Brooks will get his own room until he’s sleeping a little better, or until I get the courage to put him back in with Wilder.

I showed you guys the before photos of the nursery last week, so check out that post if you want to see more, but here’s a little reminder:

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery WallThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Bedroom Closet

Not good.  Not good at all.

The room has really great bones, but they’re hidden under those bad paint colors and the wall-to-wall carpet. And the drapes, which were mostly removed by the time I shot the ‘before’ photos, were hung on the top window molding, which really dwarfed the 9′ ceilings. These strange design choices made by the previous owners, made the room feel small and slightly ‘icky’ and there wasn’t much ‘historic farmhouse’ left in here.

Which brings us to what I’d like this room to feel like. I want this nursery to be light and bright and comfortable. And I’d like it to feel historic, but still relevant and modern. We also need this room to function as overflow guest quarters for Rodeo weekend (we’re expecting 3+ families to stay with us during this year’s Labor Day Rodeo, and once word gets out that we’ve got more rooms than we know what to do with, we could get some long lost cousins knocking at the door ;). So I’m imagining a daybed – or at least a daybed-styled bed – in addition to a crib. During the winter, I imagine the kids will play in here and I plan to do some writing in here (it gets the best light!), so it needs to work for everyone, people of all ages and genders. So even though it’s a nursery, you won’t see anything too themed or baby-ish in the decor.

We got around to priming and painting this room last week, and I couldn’t be more excited about how this space is turning out! I shared a couple photos with my sister before she came to visit (like this one, which I also shared on Instagram), and she was adamant that the pictures don’t do the space justice. So, at her insistence, I shot a video for you all.  Let me know if you guys like seeing the space in 3D!

Sorry about the low volume. I shot this during nap time and didn’t want to wake the boys!

Later that afternoon, we got a coat of paint on the walls. I used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (my go-to white color), because, as I mentioned before, I want the space to feel light and bright. I also picked white because there’s something so intrinsically country about white walls. At least there is to me. Do you guys agree?

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery Post Paint 1 The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery Post Paint 2

We pulled up the carpets after the paint dried and ‘ll tell you about what we found underneath them next week. But before then, I wanted to make one note. After watching the video, I realized that I seemed very negative on wall-to-wall carpet. So a big ol’ sorry to wall-to-wall carpet and the people that love you!  I’m really not against carpet (we used it here after all), I’m just against people laying wall-to-wall carpet over old hardwoods in an old house. Especially when said carpets smell like animal pee and are covered in too many stains to count. Yuck!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery Carpet Pull

I’d love to hear what you guys think about this room! Do you like my ideas for it? Do you guys have rooms in your house that function for so many uses?

Have a great rest of your week y’all! I’m off to buy pillows for the future daybed and I couldn’t be more excited about it!



p.s. speaking about daybeds, I love how Emily Henderson’s turned out in Elliott’s nursery.

p.p.s. What do you guys think about wall murals and stickers? I’m really digging these trees! I’m pretty sure I’d use them in the nursery if our walls weren’t SO textured.

p.p.p.s. This makes me want to fly to Columbus and get a tattoo. Stat.

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The Farmhouse | A Tour of the Living Spaces


We’re settling in at the Farmhouse. And by “settling in” I mean that we’re eating out of pizza boxes and sleeping on the floor. But there’s laughter in the hallways and beer in the fridge, so it’s beginning to feel like home.

And oh goodness what a home it is!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Porch

Today I’m going to kick off a tour of the Farmhouse (I’ve creatively dubbed it “the Farmhouse Tour”), which means I get to show you things like pocket doors and casement windows (!!!).  We are really lucky in that many of the original details in our farmhouse are still intact. That’s impressive considering the house was built in 1912 – the same year that the Titanic sank and Arizona became the 48th state.

Since then, our house has seen a lot of renovations – some good, some not so good – but thankfully, not much work has been done to the main living spaces.  These rooms – the foyer, entry, stairwell, office, living room, and dining room – have been left mostly untouched.

And since these rooms are the first that you’d see as a guest to the farmhouse, I thought I’d start the Farmhouse Tour here.  Let’s start at the front door:

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse front entry door

That isn’t the best photo, but hopefully you can make out the intricate detailing on the front door. Lovely, right?! I’m guessing the little foyer space served as an “airlock” between the heated house and the outdoors back in 1912, but it also serves as a spot to hang coats.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Through Front Door

The foyer leads to the entry, which connects the staircase, office, living room, dining room, and guest bedroom. When you step into the entry, a 40″ pocket door (the first of three that you’ll see today!) greets you on the right and leads to the office.

I have to tell you guys that I’m really excited about the office and have big plans for it. Can you believe that Garrett and I haven’t had a designated office space since our first home? And that was eight years ago! Just imagine, we’re finally going to know where the laptop charger is and have a spot for mail! I’m pretty psyched!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before OfficeThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Office 2

Now for perhaps my favorite original feature in the whole house: the staircase! It’s situated next to the office and truly stunning (at least I think so). I’m already dreaming about little feet pattering down these stairs on Christmas mornings!

The Grit and Polish - The Farmhouse Staircase 07-2016The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Staircase 2

The living room is directly across from the office and accessed by another 40″ pocket door.  Here’s a look at the living room from the office (and looking through the entry):

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse office to living 07-2016

The living room has windows on two walls and pocket doors on the other two walls.  It’s absent a fireplace, which feels kind of strange (the fireplace is actually in the dining room), but at least the room is large and has lots of original millwork.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living Rm WindowsThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Living RoomThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living RmThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living to Kitchen

The large pocket doors in the picture above lead to the dining room and are 6′ wide.  Can you believe that after 104 years, they still open like a dream?!

The dining room is also a large room – I’m guessing it can fit a table for at least ten – and also boasts the fireplace, a bank of casement windows, and a built-in hutch.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse dining room 2The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Dining Windows 07-2016The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse dining room built-inThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Dining to Stairs 07-2016The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Dining Fire

So those are the main living spaces in the Farmhouse. Seems like a lot of pictures for only five rooms, but hopefully they gave you a feel for what this old farmhouse is like.

I should also say something about all that original millwork. I’m one of those never-paint-old-millwork kind of people. So as we do work to these rooms, you’ll never see us paint them. It might make updating these spaces (and making them feel current) more difficult, but we’re 100% up for the challenge!

What about you…do you like unpainted millwork? Are you into old and original as much as I am? What would you do to these spaces?

And in case you missed it, check out the exterior of the house here and the story of how we found and bought the house here.



p.s. Did I mention that 1912 was also the year that Julia Child was born?! She just so happens to be the owner of one of my favorite quotes of all time! Profound words, folks. Profound words.

p.p.s. Love the recent trend to renovation-related webisodes and podcasts.  A few of my favorites: Chris loves Julia, Young House Love, and Simply Grove. And I can’t wait to watch Studio McGee’s first webisode (which just released this week). You guys know of any others?!

p.p.p.s. A writeup on our town, Ellensburg WA, in the Seattle Times.  Love this small town!

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