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A Trip to Magnolia Market

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As a Fixer Upper fan, I have wanted to go to Magnolia Market since it opened. We made a trip to Waco on Good Friday. My buddy, The Social Planner, her husband, and Mr. Math all agreed to head out early ( 6:00 am) to be at Magnolia Market when it opened. We actually arrived about 15 minutes after opening because we made two stops on the way… Buc-ee’s and Woody’s Smoke House in Centerville. We just can’t seem to pass up those spots.

Because we went on a holiday, I can’t tell you if the crowd was normal, heavy or light. What I can tell you is that there were a lot of people in this space, but it wasn’t overwhelming.

The photo above is the room that you walk into from the front door. The morning light was amazing in the space.

Connected to the front room is a large back space that is really cool. I get the feeling that this space is going to be expanded as the shop evolves. The walls are super cool ship lap temporary walls that can be moved as they expand.

I did tell you that there were a lot of folks there, right?

I loved the way that items were displayed in the shop. You can really see Jo Anna Gaines’ hand in the design.

I am in love with that green glass. It was a little out of my comfort zone price wise, but I will be looking for some green glass.

I loved the faux fireplace and the book wall as you enter the shop. It was so cool. “Be a Blessing.”

Oh my goodness, that zinc sink. This working sink is part of the display to sell their line of soap products. They smelled so good.

I am definitely going to have to copy the hanging shelf idea for my potting shed that will be done this summer.

Who remembers macramé? I sure do.

Tulips were the silk flower of the day. They had the stems in four colors.

The exterior of the market is fun, but I could tell it was still a work in progress.

The Astro Turf lawn was packed with kiddos. There was corn hole, soccer (with flip flop goals) and cartwheels all taking place at one time.

The Silos are huge and rustic but not in use yet. I heard that the plan is to open them for local vendors inside once they are finished up on the inside. That will be so cool.

There is a stage right off the silos that will be getting a lot of use, I guess as they bring in performers.

The sign is cool.

There is a garden spot with what I guess is going to be a plant and outdoor shop opening soon. The garden is fun to walk through. I like the wooden teepee frame with mushrooms made out of logs. I can’t wait to see what all they do in this spot. World Hunger Relief is getting featured.

The food trucks that line the perimeter are a bonus, too. Our buddies got a pizza, we shared a crepe (blackberry cream cheese yumminess).

They pump out a lot of crepes from that teeny tiny trailer.

We are SOOO going to build our own picnic tables and benches I loved how sturdy they were and comfortable.

The dog biscuits on the bench cracked me up when I was going through the photos. I don’t even remember a dog being there, I was so focused on the benches.

All in all, we had a fun time, beautiful weather, and a great adventure.

Here are the treasures we picked up at Magnolia Market:

I bought this beautiful table cloth. It is made of rough cotton and has the feel of a feed sack.

I got this mail organizer, too. We did not have a good place for all of our incoming mail and for bills to hang out until paid. Now we do.

My buddy, The Social Planner, got these awesome pieces.

This pitcher was her first selection. Only the pitcher and not the bowl behind it. She collects enamelware.

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These awesome candlesticks were are great purchase. They are turned metal.

This double galvanized bucket that will be used for utensils and napkins.

These salt and pepper shakers. I love the beaded glass for the shakers.

Her table is beautiful this spring.

I tweeted this photo to @magnoliamarket and @chippergaines while we were at the market. Chip retweeted it.

The staff was very helpful. In fact this fellow wanted us to know it was the last galvanized pedestal stand before he put it on the last one table.

The question I have been asked several times if it was worth the trip. My answer is: if you are going to drive several hours to Magnolia Market, and that is all you will do in Waco, the answer is no. Not yet, at least. There just isn’t enough there yet to justify a trip over there and back. I will be giving you some options for other things to do in the area if you are going. It is a beautiful part of Texas with some fun things to do. The couple we met in line for the restroom drove 16 hours to get there but they had several days mapped out.

We loved getting away for the day from selling a house, moving into a house, work, and everything else that is going on and I can’t wait to share with you my suggestions for other things to do in the Waco area if you are a Fixer Upper type person.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you for taking the time to follow along on our journey.

Blessings,

Karen

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Selling a Home

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I am not an expert in a lot of areas.  Never ask me to knit, crochet, sew, or bake a soufflé.  I can’t grow anything that is is the least bit tricky (this month alone I have killed an orchid and it appears one of my succulents are dying), and car repair of any sort is not my thing.

What I have learned a little about in 34 years of marriage is how to sell a house.  As of now we have sold 4 homes, each one sold in less than a month, most in about a week.  House number 5 is currently under contract after being on the market for less than 5 days. You can see the home here.

I am pretty proud of our track record selling homes, but my guess is that my kids wished we did things a little differently when they were growing up.  My daughter commented once that we never finished any projects until we were putting the house on the market.  Guilty as charged.

Here is what we do, when we are selling a home:

  1. ” IZE “ your home.  You know what I am going to say here already:
    • Neutralize– Appeal to the masses.  Nothing that would be too taste specific.  Not the time for a purple wall or leopard print carpet.
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    • Depersonalize-You must detach from the home.  You are breaking up with this house anyway, so start moving on in your head.  Family photos, ribbons, medals, and shopping lists on the fridge must go.
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    • Minimize- Go ahead and get a start on moving out.  Have a garage sale, donate to Goodwill, and store anything that is not essential, in pristine condition, or that is too overpowering.  My green hutch and all of the milkglass got moved out.  This is not the best shot of my beloved hutch, but it was all I could find.  I will have an awesome picture of it when it moves in to my craft room.  Promise.
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    • Sanitize- I am not saying you are dirty people, really I am not.  What I am saying is it needs to be cleaner than the way we, at our house, live on a daily basis.  We washed the windows inside and out, had the carpet professionally cleaned, weeded the flower beds, and scrubbed the grout in the bathrooms, organized the linen closets, and power washed the sidewalk, porches, and driveway.  The bathroom counters got emptied and cleaned.  I am sad to say that a lot of that only happens when we have a house on the market.
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  2. Upgrade your home.  It takes money, and/or elbow grease to make money.  In our case a little of both.  Mostly on the back of Mr. Math.
    • Lighting– This is honestly one of the areas that I do not understand why more people don’t take care of before putting their house on the market.  If your house is more than 5 years old, or is a builder basic, you probably have at least one light fixture that needs updating.  If you shop around, you can find some great lights for not a lot of money.  Mr. Math replaced the very builder basic light on the front porch and in the entry way.  I stood on the ground and begged him not to die.  Not all lighting is this challenging to change out.
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    • Flooring– Go with what is selling in your area.  I checked out the two recent sales in our neighborhood.  See what they both had?
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      • Both had hardwood flooring in the family room.   We had carpet so we knew we were going to have to up our game.  We shopped for the best deal on neutral engineered hardwood flooring and had it installed. We spent some serious money on the flooring, but we knew that it would not get any traffic if we weren’t on par with the other homes on the market.  It is really nice, but I probably would have gone a lot more rustic if I was purchasing for me and not the masses.
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  3. Make your home memorable.  I know I said neutralize, so why would I also say to make it memorable?  What I mean is make your home stand out from the rest in the minds of buyers- in a good way.  Keep the walls neutral but try to have at least three rooms with something in them that will be remembered by the buyers.
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    • We added this barn door and buyers can see it as soon as they walk in.
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    • Our neighbor had this awesome turquoise buffet in the entry way.
    • I love my teal dresser that we use as an entertainment center.
    • Oh that bathroom.  I am going to miss that beauty.  The dresser, the antique vanity, the fence board shelving unit and the light are all neutral but very memorable.
    • The faux shiplap wall is getting a lot of traffic right now on Pinterest.  It is easy, and makes quite a statement.
  4. Hire the realtor in your area that is actually selling homes and then listen to the realtor.  The person who is selling homes quickly in your area probably has potential clients already lined up.  The realtor we used sold the home next door quickly and for above listing a month before ours went on the market.  She had a list of people who are currently looking to move into our neighborhood from her last sale.  She also set the price for the house which was higher than I thought we should go.  She was right.  If she had told us our house was not worth what we believed, we would have had an opportunity to fix the problems before moving on or not list, but I would never list higher than the realtor believes it will sell for.  I would either need a different realtor or realistic expectations.  Our realtor walked through the house prior to listing to make sure we had everything done that would help the house sell.  She was honest and helped us see things that we had not considered with furniture placement.

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It made me proud of our hard work that we had more than one family want the home, and that the new buyers wanted to buy some of the furnishings as well.

We love hearing from you.  Thank you for following along on our journey as we move into our forever home.

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

Creating a Mudroom 

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Well, after 6 months, we have 99% completed our mudroom.


We started with one large room that at one time was a two car garage.  The room was great, but in a home that is on a dirt road, in the country on 15 acres, in an area that gets a lot of rain, with muddy shoes, and a large dog (get the picture?) I needed a place for messy stuff to stop before making it all the way into our main living area.

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The photo above shows the room without the wall and the previous owner’s stuff inside.

Before we even started, we installed vinyl plank flooring.  I still love it and do not regret the decision.  We also added recessed lighting and a cute little schoolhouse light above the door.

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The first step was adding a wall to define the space.  I am crazy about our tounge and groove pine walls that are whitewashed.


The next step was to add a bench.  We hit the jackpot when my dad gave us a 2 inch slab of live edge cedar that is almost 18 inches wide and 90 inches long.  It was the perfect bench seat.  It is installed into the   studs with cleats underneath.  I cannot stop staring at it every time I walk in.


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We need storage in this home.  Desperately.  So instead of cute open storage that I could fill with accessories, it was closed 30 inch stock cabinets painted white that are filled with bbq equipment, marshmallow roasting devices, tools, light bulbs and other not cute items.  Our thought was that we would put things we keep inside but use outside in the space.  The knobs are plain Jane and functional, but I like them.



We also added board and batten walls with a tall ledger board for coat hooks.  I bought a multipack of hooks at Lowe’s for the space.  I like how rounded they are in case one of the giant men who come in our house should connect their head with a hook.


 Because there was a large open wall space and I hadn’t come up with a plan for a mirror or umbrella storage, we moved a very narrow hall tree that was a gift from my buddy, The Social Planner. It has a place for umbrellas at the bottom, a cool round mirror and additional hooks that will hold caps.


  
 I painted all but the wood detail with chalkboard paint.  I wanted the piece to go along with the large chalkboard on the other side of the door and the oak table.  Don’t hate me for painting wood.   I like a mix of wood and color.   It was in rough shape at the bottom after years of mopping around it, and the metal umbrella holder needed to have the dents fixed.  It will proudly serve us well for years to come.
 The other side of the mudroom connects with our laundry room.  We plan on adding a broom closet in the corner that currently holds all the dog toys. ( Just keeping it real, folks.)   It will have a cool screen door when it is my closet!
 We are also planning to add a pocket door to the laundry room so that the current 36 inch door is out of the way.

As soon as the suburban home sells I will be moving the galvanized tubs from the laundry room under the bench.  I did bring one so I could make sure it will work.  It does.  I will be adding felt bumpers to the bottom of the tubs to protect the floors.


We have not been able to find the right ceiling white to touch up the ceiling. I really do not want to paint the entire ceiling right now so we will keep searching and the patch from the lighting will stay unpainted.   We may have to take out a section of ceiling to color match if we can’t find it soon.  (I have done that before, because I hate to paint ceilings.)

I am calling this room done enough that it doesn’t bug me and can move on to other projects once the ceiling is done.  Our next step is to get the barn door in between the mudroom and dining area and enlarge our master closet.  Slow and steady progress.

Thank you all for following along on our journey.

Blessings,

Karen

Reclaimed Wood Barn Door

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This past weekend we built a barn door.  It took a little less than four hours and cost us zero dollars.

Don’t believe me?  Well here is the story:  we have a barn door in our hallway.  It is stunning.  The wood is from a hundred year old barn on my husband’s family farm.   We collected the wood before the farm sold and all of the buildings were torn down.  When we decided to sell our suburban house, the hubby made it clear that the door was coming with us to Providence Acres.  I knew that the door makes a statement in our house and will attract buyers.  The only solution for us both to be happy was  to make a replacement door.

We decided to dig into the wood pile hoard and make it.  The wood is cedar fencing that we actually picked up a block from the suburban house when the homeowners had it replaced.  We snagged it off the road before heavy trash pick up could ad it has been in a pile outside for the last three years just getting cooler, more weathered, and ancient looking.

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When I am using reclaimed cedar fencing here is what I do.

  1. Wash the wood with a jet washer setting on the hose sprayer.  Use a brush if there are dirt dobbers (for those of you who don’t live in the south they are a wasp-like bug that builds mud nests on wood), muddy spots, or anything that needs extra attention.  Clean both sides.
  2. Leave the cleaned wood to dry in the sun.  I usually lean them against a fence.  The wood has to dry several days in the sun.
  3. After it is dry, sort the wood and pick out the best pieces. What I consider the best is wood that is not split, and relatively straight.
  4. Cut off the dog-eared  top of each board and the ragged bottom of them to see what you have to work with.

I knew we would need 19 boards cut to 40 inches in order to get what I wanted.  We would also need 9 foot long trim board and a few boards for the connecting boards.

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The boards on the left are my 40 inch boards, the rest went back into the hoard for another use.

We still have a few precious 12 inch wide long cedar boards from replacing our lake house siding but our stash is dwindling.  One board was sacrifed for this project.  Hubby cut the wood into three inch widths.  That gave us four boards to use as the long side boards.

We laid out the boards on the shop floor then glued and air nailed the long boards to them. We added cut down cedar for the top and bottom sections.  I decided to use the same pattern as the gate Hubby found in one of the barns on our new place.

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The gate on the wall was inspiration for the barn door design.

The diagonal section adds strength and stability to the door.

Our method for cutting the corners was to lay the board down diagonally in the center of the corner then draw the corner on the board.  Very unscientific but it worked.

Once the front was done, we added trim boards to the back side.

There were a few places that needed a little sanding where it felt rough.  Here it is all put together.  Nine feet is tall, folks.

img_1251img_1252img_1259img_1254img_1258-1The edge of the boards were left raw.  I wanted it to look just like it would have on a barn.

It took three coats of satin polyurethane on each side to turn the wood into this beautiful color.


I love how rich it looks.

Here it is hung up in the hallway.


  
  
I love how it looks in our house.

I really do like hearing from you.

I hope your week is wonderful.

Blessings,

Karen