One Year Anniversary in our Rustic Beach Cottage

My oh my, how does time fly? It seems like yesterday that we sold our basic builder grade to modern farmhouse home. I’ve been asked a few times if we are happy with the move. My answer, absolutely! When we left our 3100 square foot NEW brick home and moved to a 2100 square foot 1980’s home, a lot of people were confused. “Why would you leave a larger new home for a smaller older one?” The best way to explain it; the other home just never felt like “home.” You can see more about my thoughts concerning the move HERE. Here we are a year later and I wanted to share a roundup of all the things I’ve done to this wonderful home since moving! I’m also going to share some future plans too! Here we go; one year anniversary in our rustic beach cottage.

One Year Anniversary in our Rustic Beach Cottage

I truly love this home. From the first time I stepped through the door it already felt like “home.” That might sound crazy to some of you and that’s ok because I am a little crazy.:) . I used to think that as far as homes go, the bigger and the newer the better. Well I learned the hard way that it’s not always the case.

Like I said, I loved this home from the minute I saw it. That being said, there were a few things I wanted to do right after we moved in to help with functionality.

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Beverage Bar

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Beverage Bar

Moving the fridge and adding a beverage bar created more space AND functionality to our rather small kitchen.

Second on the list;

Rustic Beach Cottage Dining Room

Rustic Beach Cottage Dining Room

You know I had to share a post on my new dining room set up. 🙂 I love how all the colors and furniture came together.

I also shared my new entryway.

I finally found a home for my chippy antique door!

chippy antique door

Another functional home DIY that I completed soon after the move;

Budget friendly beach cottage mudroom

One negative about moving into a smaller home; closet space is limited! See how I optimized our closet space below with a curtain rod.

Small Closet Organization Ideas with Curtain Rods 1

I participated in the #oneroomchallege and made over my daughters bedroom! I love it and so does she.

vintage chic bedroom makeover one room challenge

I finally got around to creating my kids homework station!

I love how it turned out, especially with my DIY indoor metal awning.

After I completed the kids desk, it was time to put a little attention to our master bedroom. I created an inviting corner with my favorite (and affordable) recliner and a corner curtain rod hack.

Then there was that day where I took a sharpie to the entryway wall ;).

sharpie shiplap

I loved the look of it so much I added a little sharpie shiplap to the adjacent wall and created my own office space with a DIY hairpin leg table.

Then I promised my husband I wouldn’t draw lines on the walls anymore, at least not after the master bedroom.

Here is my trick to make low ceilings look taller.

Then I hung a gallery wall near our living room and shared a simple video tutorial.

Gallery wall

I finally got around to finishing the big hole that the fridge left when we moved it to another wall.

Finally, the biggest DIY to date on this house was my DIY feature wall with board and batten.

I’ve completed quite a few furniture flips this year too!

I’ve just shared the highlights from our one year anniversary in our rustic beach cottage.

What are the plans for this coming year?

  • Backyard overhaul to include porch extension and a tree house
  • Front yard landscaping
  • Adding trim to our kitchen cabinets
  • Possible new vanity in the master bedroom

I shared on YouTube a video of the plans for our yard.

You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook to watch the progress!

Thanks for stopping by guys!

Lindsey**

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