Farmhouse to Farmhome

It's been 3 years since we purchased our little farmhouse in Jacksonville, Florida. You've watched countless DIYs, cooking shows, and demodays in my sweet kitchen, but you've all been dying to know what our entire house looks like... So for the first time EVER... I'm revealing our before and after photos of our entire property, my very first farmhouse flip.

In the future, I do plan on going through each room and detailing everything, but I'll just hit the high points here... and finish it all because at the end, if you stick around, I have a little surprise for you! wink wink

Oh, and we will be taking offers on this sweet piece of property until Sunday, April 7th at 8pm! So get those offers in. You literally cannot find 4.6+ acres of land in the city, with a country-feel for this price. Here's the listing. Open house is today, Saturday from 11-1pm. Stop in and have a farm fresh cupcake!

A little history: (if you care to know)

We purchased our sweet farmhouse in March of 2016. You see, I had married my husband (and love of my life) in 2013, whom after a car accident had been paralyzed from the neck down in 2009. I had taken over his care completely on my own when his step mom had gotten ill and needed my help. I found a way to be compensated for his care (if only for a small portion of it), so we could at least begin to imagine life on our own. But the greatest part of this story is that he is the reason we have this house. Our story went viral in October 2015 and he painted a still life scene by mouth of what my dream looked like... a barn, a red barn with this phrase "never give up, nothing is impossible" on it. He sent one to anyone who made a $25 donation or more to our home fund. From that alone, we were able to secure $6,000 for a downpayment for this house.

Now a little about the house. It was a wholesale nursery in the 1940s, from my understanding. Which explains the beautiful greenery with ferns and magnolias all over the property. There is a single pine tree left on the land, and the property is located on Pine Estates Road East. Hence where the name of our business derived from, oh how I toiled with that name and then when it came, it was like I knew that's it!

The homestead was built in 1953. It included the portion of the living room on the west side of the fireplace. There was a stove in the center of the house, where the linen closet now resides, to warm the home. The Williams family bought it around 1966. They had 2 young children- Fran was one of those. She is no grown and has kids and grandkids of her own, of course. Her, now husband's (all the way up from my neck of the woods in South Carolina) father, built this fireplace and enclosed the front room of the house. Isn't it stunning?!

Fran's mother was the cook. Her daddy worked long hours in the garden and in his workshop, lovingly called "the ruckus room" where Fran used to roller skate as a girl. Hogs were raised here and Fran will tell you the funniest story of how, one day, they followed her to school (across the street) and she was so embarrassed. Her daddy and his friends would sit around the front room and play blue grass music (I had literally hung my guitar on the wall the day she told me this by happenstance- fore warning... I don't have a musical bone in my body, but I encourage anyone who can play, pick it up and give it a whirl, that is why it hangs on our front wall). There was an old smoke house where we now have a fire pit, where food was always the gathering tool to bring people together, in this home, whether by the Williams or by us.

One special element we wanted to attribute to Fran's mother is the added brick column, just between the kitchen and dining room. Those same bricks, as you will see, were behind her stove. She laid each by hand. When we took them down to create the entire wall made of "brick", we saved them to cover a supporting beam. I was so excited to reveal this to Fran years ago after we finished the kitchen remodel.

Ok, ok... enough of me chatting... here's to the great reveal. Each of these is before and after.


We removed the screen door here to show off the beautiful wood door. We added window boxes to the front windows and have since repainted the metal awnings.

We took down the large Camilla "bush" in the front and a hurricane took out the tree in the front and we replaced it with a memorial tree, a magnolia, for our wonderful friend Paul, who did a ton of work on our farm. If you're looking for it, you'll notice "flying pigs" in various places, one for Paul who would make whatever outlandish design ideas I had a reality (he believed in me) and two for the hog farm this used to be with the Williams family.

Ruckus Room

This was the "Ruckus Room" and the workshop below.

It's now known as the "Cottage". Fran gave us the French doors out of her current home and Paul and Kevin made a frame and put them on the cottage. The barn doors were fall off when we took possession of the home, so they are now braced, have full supports and are insulated. They also found a customer who wanted to "get rid of" these new windows and I had the perfect place for them. So, the cottage got brand new windows! I had one door, which was a previous entry, that I wanted to repurposed and mount as a fixed door on either side of the French doors. So, Kevin made me a copy of it and those are the X frame doors you see here. He also made complimentary shutters for the windows to match! We added the barn lights too! Oh and of course it got all new hardy board siding, which I sponge painted by hand for this distressed look. It's also fully insulated, with a Mac daddy window AC/unit.

Here's what the inside looked like when it was used as a bridal/guest suite. My sister actually lived in there for a few months. It's now being used for storage.

Ok... side story! While Paul and Kevin were cleaning up from the madness of the cottage the uncovered something buried under the ground just beside the cottage. It was this sign. Now, the lady who used to live at the back of the property was one of Fran's grandparents. Her name was Ms. Love. Because we knew that and we had planned to do a few weddings here, we had Paul custom build a table, the vanity fixed to the wall, out of this old metal sign.

Living Room

Here is the living room, including the front room addition, before which included lots of paneling (which we repurposed in the walls of the cottage) and some odd little cabinet that wasn't secured to the wall. There was a hallway leading to the rooms, but we exchanged that little hall for direct bedroom entries (for ADA purposes) and barn doors, because why not?!