How We Built Our Barndominium-With Our Own Hands

During the summer of 2020, my husband and I decided that we would place our house up for sale and move to the beach! The housing market was booming for homeowners and we decided it would be the best time to sell!

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Our home sold within the first week of having it listed and thus began our plan of homeownership via paying cash! We settled on building a pole barn that we would live in temporarily while we built our forever home! The pole barn quickly became our barndominium!

Researching is Key

Researching is key if you are thinking about undertaking a large project like building your own barndominium. This project has consumed us for months, but it has allowed us to build almost everything ourselves and it has been so worth it! When we would shop for estimates, we shopped until we found a price we liked!

The photo below is the backside of our property and where our barndominium currently sets.

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Finding Land

The very first item on our agenda was the land! We knew a quaint little beach town that we wanted to grow old in and began driving around looking at property in July of 2020.

The photo below is the beach across the street from our property!

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We began looking up owners of properties in the town from the plot map, to begin writing them, asking them if we could purchase their land. We had found a couple pieces of property, when my Father-In-Law reached out to us, who happened to live in the same quant beach town and asked us if we would like his property. We were shocked and so happy! Thus began our dreams of building a Pole Barn with an attatched Guest Suite.

In this photo, my husband had begun clearing our land. This is about two days into it!

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Clearing the Land

Next on the agenda was assessing the property. The property was not in the best shape. In fact, you could hardly see it with all of the overgrown trees.

This is the very first picture that I took of our property. This is the front side of our property.

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There was also a older mobile home, a storage building plus seven junk cars that had been setting on the property for years, along with a boat plus a good amount of trash to clean up.

Below in this photo, my husband was removing the last of the junk cars!!! This was car number seven!

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We knew we needed to rent a tractor to clear the land and make a driveway. I also wanted to learn how to operate a tractor! I actually wanted to learn about anything that my husband was willing to teach me during this process!

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Neither my husband or I had never used a tractor up until this point, but we learned! I think we enjoyed it too!

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It was a lot of sweat equity work with taking out trees, pulling them down and across the road and watching my husband drop trees that stood seventy feet in the air!

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My parents would always be calling, when they saw our stories on Instagram and say to be careful! We also have our own portable sawmill that we plan to mill our pine and oak trees that we saved for wood countertops for our home.

 

Setting the Posts and Adding Fill Dirt

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The first step was setting the posts! 

We also purchased two dumpsters of fill dirt from a local company. We rented another smaller tractor to help push the dirt out into the pole barn and help keep it evenly spread.

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Leveling Out the Dirt and Adding Posts for Barn Doors

The next step was buying a laser to level out the dirt for the pole barn. We wanted to make sure we had the ground level!

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We also rented a compactor to compact down the dirt. We also added two posts for the barn doors on the front!

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Adding Footers and Rebarb 

Next we added a layer of plastic and the footers and rebarb. We also attached concrete wire to the rebarb. 

Concrete Pour for the Foundation

We did hire out this job because it was such a large job that we did not think we could handle the amount of work on our own.

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Plus, if you happen to mess up concrete, well, its a hard and expensive job to mess up on!!

So glad we hired this one out! Those concrete guys worked so hard! You can watch the video of our concrete pour here

Buying Windows and Doors

My husband wanted to go ahead and buy the windows and doors before framing, so he knew the size of the frames that he would need to be making for the pole barn. We went to Habitat for Huminity to find our windows and doors. We scored big and were able to grab almost everything we needed from Habitat for Humanity! Some of the windows and doors were used but some were new! We spent under $500 for all of our windows and doors! Check out our trip to Habitat for Humanity!

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Framing the First Floor

Framing the first floor went pretty fast.

We were able to get it all done in about two to three days.

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I learned to frame and framed one of the walls on my own! It is always so cool to learn a new trade!

 

Framing the Second Floor

We second story framing went faster than the first floor. We plan to use the two wings of the barndominium for attic storage and then the middle of the second floor as useable space. My parents came down to help us on a Saturday! Much needed!

Roof

We were able to frame the roof fairly quickly in about two weeks,  then added the galvalume roof.

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! It took about two and a half days for the install on the galvalume roof! Not to bad for two old guys (both of our Dad’s) and two middle aged guys (hubs and bro). No pun intended 🤣

 

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! My mom helped me with cleaning up debris, breaking up a pile of extra concrete and making lunch for our guys! Check out our reel on the installing of the roof! 

After Framing and Roofing

After our barndo was framed,  the next few projects were not nearly as overwhelming. My husband had general construction knowledge and we are both hard workers, willing to do whatever it took to bring our temporary home to life!! Anything we were not knowledgeable on, we turned to You Tube, family or friends that were experts in the subject area.

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I built the exterior barn doors, myself, with the help of a couple assistants to cut and hold wood! Check out that process here!  It is truly amazing what you can learn to do if you have the willingness to learn! You might may some mistakes along the way, but just start over and try again!

 
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Our plan has been to do as much work that we can do on our own, to keep building costs as low as possible. This is a cash build and we had absolutely no plans to get any type of loan for our barndominium build or our forever home build! Our hope was to get the barndominium dried in and basic items checked off then take time to finish the remaining rooms. 

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We are almost completely done with the building process. Finishing up with sheet rock and paint over the next little bit! Would you like to guess at how much we spent on our Barndominium build? The first person to comment with the correct amount, I wil send you a $100 gift card from Home Depot!

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Instagram Collabs

I have been so blessed to have a job that never feels like work to me! I couldn’t be happier as a blogger and a influencer on IG! I am excited to share in a blog post, soon, our barndomium reveal and which companies I collaborated with! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Love~Shae

 

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

“This blog post is sponsored by Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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When deciding on countertops for our barndominium, I knew I wanted white and I wanted something rustic. When researching all the different types of countertops, I found a blog that was reviewing white concrete countertops though Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions. I was immediately intriged because we had had concrete countertops in our previous home that I had diy-ed myself! I had never heard of white concrete countertops but as I saw the finished photo’s of a blogger’s review, I knew that white concrete countertops would be in my home!

If you are finding yourself here after pouring over every tutorial and reading all the blog posts…..you think your ready to pour concrete countertops? Come along and read about our concrete countertop expierence.

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Z COUNTERFORM CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SYSTEM

What is Z Counterform? It is a patented concrete countertop form that allows you to pour your concrete countertops in place. YES!! You no longer need to make a mold and pouring concrete countertops then flipping over to secure! With Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions, you literally pour your countertops in place and with a professional result! The Z Counterform is the black piece that surrounds the wall and wood board. 

WHITE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Yes, you can have white concrete countertops. Z Counterform  has a special white countertop blend for a clean white look. The blend is smooth and specially formulated for countertops. 

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Z Counterform  has multiple videos that you can watch to assure you that you can do your own concrete countertops!

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Begin by attaching the Z Counterform is the black piece that is attatched to your wood board. 

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Next, begin laying down the black fiber mesh reinforcement to your board. Cut to size.

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Attach the white Z-clips with screws to your board.

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Mix the concrete per package directions. We made ours the consistancy of cake batter. 

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Get ready to pour! Pour your concrete into the forms and begin using your towel to even out the concrete.  

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Use a finishing trowel to smooth out your concrete evenly! Make sure your concrete is level and tap the form to release any bubbles. Towel it a couple different times until it has been smoothed out to your liking.

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We wanted five days until we removed our forms and sanded our countertops.

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We wiped down all the sanding grit from the countertops with a damp cloth.

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Then applied the two part sealer from Z Counterform.

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We allowed the coat to dry for 12 hours then lightly sanded, wiped with a damp cloth and added another coat of sealer. We repeated this process one more time. 

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IS THIS DIY CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SYSTEM AS EASY AS IT LOOKS?

This is the number one question I have been asked by you! The answer is yes! Educate yourself on the system and watch the how-to videos by Concrete Countertop Solutions. We watched them a couple times each !  We really do believe that anyone can do this!

ARE THE COUNTERTOPS BUDGET FRIENDLY?

Yes! Our countertops were $1100 for 70 square feet but we had plenty of product left over so we actually ordered to much! From my research online, concrete countertops ranged from $65-$135 per square foot. 

HOW ARE THE COUNTERTOPS HOLDING UP?

They are holding up so well! I sealed with three coats of sealer and I am so pleased with the results! They hold up great for our large family and we are always in our kitchen! 

CAN YOU PATCH AN AREA AFTER YOU POUR?

YES! We have product left over to patch if needed. In fact, my husband scuffed up the seal when he was installing the stove top, so I needed to sand and re-stain an area by the drop in stove.

WOULD YOU POUR YOUR OWN CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS AGAIN?

Absolutely! I may even put these countertops in our bathroom! I would 100% recommend Concrete Countertops System and would defintely recommend for concrete countertops, To me, there is never another way to pour concrete countertops unless I use this system! 

QUESTIONS ABOUT CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS?

We would be happy to answer your questions about the countertops. You can also go to Concrete Countertops HOW-TO VIDEO page and their FAQ page. You can head on over to IG and check out our Video on how we DIY-ed our countertops! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Shae

Trimming Our Farmhouse Christmas Tree


“This blog post is sponsored by Old Time Pottery and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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Trimming our Christmas trees has always been a favorite in our home! Yes, I did say trees. We have had up to seven Christmas trees in our home! I have always enjoyed Christmas!! From trimming the trees to our youngest placing the angel on top of our family tree to baking and decorating homemade gingerbread houses together. I love it all and I really want to create those special memories with my four daughters.

Shopping for Trees and

Trimming 

One of my favorite places to shop for items to trim our trees with is Old Time Pottery! They also have so many different varities of trees to choose from as well, like my white Christmas tree! This year, they have a wonderful selection of farmhouse items like ribbon rolls, bows and wood ornaments!

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I was like a kid in a candy shop! I decided to use a couple different varieties of their wood snowflakes and joy ornaments .

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I thought instead of garland that I would use some of their Christmas grennery picks. I found these and thought they were perfect to give contrast to the white Christmas tree. 

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I also wanted to grab three rolls of their black and white farmhouse ribbon rolls.  It is so easy to trim with ribbon! Start at the top of your tree with your ribbon and go down the tree about two to four inches and pinch the ribbon, gathering with one of the branches. You can easily make your own ribbon topper by gathering  and licking an entire roll of ribbon!

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Here I’m about half way through the roll of ribbon.

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Tie the end with jute twine! Now I just need to add it to my tree and fluff to my liking!

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I also grabbed three of their pillows that you can use from Christmas through February! Add them to the floor by your Christmas tree, where it can be the perfect spot for curling up and drinking hot cocoa! Head on over to our IG and you can see a full video of the trimmings of the tree! 

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed trimming your tree with me, this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! On behalf of Old Time Pottery and our family, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae 

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

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Decorating our Barndominium for Christmas 

If you follow along with us on Instagram, you know that this past year has been a journey as we’ve built our barndominimum! To say I was THRILLED to decorate for Christmas this year is an understatement; especially considering we were living in our camper during the holiday season last year!

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The photo above is the Christmas season of 2020, aka, the christmas we lived in our camper, on our property, as we built our barndominium!

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Exterior Christmas Lights

I had so much fun shopping for exterior Christmas decor pieces for our DIY Barndominium! My husband and I knew we wanted to buy Edison bulb lights for decorating the exterior of our Barndominium and I was thrilled when I found them! Our whole family loves seeing our house filled with lights for Christmas!

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DIY Christmas Wreaths

Old Time Pottery has quite the selection of Christmas wreaths to choose from but when I noticed they had all of the items that I would need to make my own wreaths, well, I just couldn’t help myself! After all, I am a DIY’er!! 

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I grabbed two grapevine wreaths, along with one roll of Christmas ribbon and one strand of my favorite Christmas garland! I was able to make two Christmas wreaths for around $30! So easy and quick to make! I plan to share my diy wreath and bow tutorial soon! Check back on IG!  

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Christmas Winter Pillows

Christmas decor isn’t cozy enough until you add pillows and I believe these pillows can take you through February! Christmas pillows in late November and December. Winter pillows for January and Valentine’s pillows for February! At $15 each, it’s a wonderful, budget friendly decor piece! 

I enjoy capturing our barndominium during sunset! 

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Happy Holidays

I hope you have enjoyed a little Christmas here at our Barndominium! It’s our first Christmas here and we are so excited to share our holiday season with you all! On behalf of our family, we wish you and your family, a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae 

The Vintage Tub and Bath Collections That Helped Revolutionize Our Barndominium


“This blog post is sponsored by Vintage Tub and Bath and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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BARNDOMINIUM DESIGN DREAMS DO COME TRUE WITH VINTAGE TUB AND BATH

When my husband and I began bringing our design dreams to life, I knew our whole family would enjoy a cast iron claw foot tub! There’s something undeniably comforting about a bathroom that serves as a sanctuary. From the bathtub to the sink, this room has the potential to be a serene escape and one of the most effective ways to achieve that atmosphere is by adding a luxurious claw foot tub! Luxurious is the first word that comes to mind when I think of our claw foot tub. Every single family member LOVES it!!

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BENEFITS OF HAVING A CLAWFOOT TUB

  • Luxurious:  Elegance is always in style, am I right?Clawfoot tubs are classic and have remained relatively unchanged for centuries, plus they are  also comfortable. Many modern clawfoot tubs feature deep basins and heat-retaining properties, which make for one of the most relaxing bathing experiences! 
  • Easy to Install:  Clawfoot tubs have legs so you can simply position them where you like and connect them to your plumbing system. Quick installation!
  • Long-Lasting:  Clawfoot tubs are built to last. Today’s models live up to a standard set centuries ago, with high-quality materials! For a tub that truly stands the test of time, choose dependable strength of cast iron.  

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CHARLOTTE CAST IRON SLIPPER CLAWFOOT TUB PACKAGE

The Charlotte Slipper Clawfoot Package features Vintage Tub and Bath’s luxurious Randolph Morris Charlotte Cast Iron Bathtub and a full set of elegant fixtures and mounts. The sloping slipper design is perfect for reclining and relaxing and the included British telephone faucet adds a classic touch!

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FEATURES

  • Premium porcelain enamel over cast iron construction.
  • Excellent heat retention.
  • The hard surface is easy to clean, highly durable, and resistant to scratches.
  • Feet are shipped unattached, easy to install and feature adjustable levelers to stabilize the bathtub.

OVERALL REVIEW

Overall, we absolutely love our Clawfoot tub from Vintage Tub and Bath!! I love that I can soak in the oval tub comfortably! Another little feature is that the rims on the sides are flat so a bar of soap will set there, without slipping off. The British telephone faucet and handle are amazing! The quality of the tub and faucet are outstanding!! I did a lot of research before choosing our clawfoot tub to make sure we were getting a quality piece that could withstand the test of time! I know that our tub will do just that in our barndominium!

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CAST IRON FARMHOUSE KITCHEN SINK 

Ahhhh, the classic white farmhouse sink. It’s no surprise, I love the classic look of the farmhouse style mixed with modern finishes. The  Cast Iron Farmhouse Sink was the perfect way to give our kitchen a chic look while incorporating the farmhouse look I love.

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WHY CHOOSE A FARMHOUSE SINK?

Durability: This sink is heavy duty and super durable. The Classic Farmhouse Sink is cast iron, it will not scratch or stain and it is heat resistant.

Size: One of the big perks of a farmhouse sink is that it’s large enough to place large pans and pans into the sink to wash, comfortably.

Timeless: I don’t think you can go wrong with a farmhouse sink. They are timeless. Farmhouse sinks have a classic, timeless look that will stand the test of time–no matter your style. I believe it changes the overall look of the kitchen and instantly adds character and charm!l

Price: Farmhouse are an investment piece for your home, but I believe there is no better place to buy an investment piece is for your kitchen. It really is the heart of the home.

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OVERALL REVIEW

I feel like you can not go wrong with a cast iron farmhouse sink! One of the focal pieces in your kitchen, a conversation piece, if you wish, plays an enormous role in functionality in your kitchen. When I stand here at my farmhouse sink, in a few weeks, washing dishes,  I know I will be feeling grateful for the people in my life that I will be washing dished for; plus, being able to partner with companies like Vintage Tub and Bath, that allots me to share their products with you…well ya’ll, it’s the good life around here! 

Love~Shae 

How to Choose an Organic Mattress

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I’ve read the statistic that we really do spend a third of our lives sleeping. Of course, those statistics are meant to highlight the importance of sleep environment since such a substantial part of our life is spent in our beds.

ISSUES with NON-ORGANIC MATTRESSES 

Non-organic mattresses seem harmless but it is often a source of exposure to flame retardants and EMF’s amplified by innersprings.

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HARMFUL CHEMICALS

Mattresses can be a major source of chemical exposure. Mattress companies are not required to disclose all of the chemicals they use and have to withstand an open flame from a blowtorch for over a minute. Almost all non-organic companies douse mattresses in flame-retardant chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ether, known as PBDE. These chemicals are highly toxic and do not have to be disclosed to us as the consumers!

PCBE’s are actually banned in Canada, Europe and parts of the US. What happens is they can accumulate in the body through skin and inhalation exposure. They are also associated with hormone, brain and reproductive damage.

Mattresses can also contain harmful compounds like:

Formaldehyde – Made from polyurethane foam (a toxic petroleum-based material).

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) – Can cause lung and skin irritation and are often found in the glue in many mattresses. 

Oxide and Brominated Flame Retardants – Can cause hair and memory loss and are listed as possible carcinogens.

EMF Exposure- Coil spring mattresses have the added danger of being high in electromagnetic frequencies. 

How to Find an Organic Mattress:

When I began researching organic mattress companies a few years ago, I still had trouble finding a mattress brand that was a good alternative for us.

An organic mattress often contains cotton, wool, latex, or a combination of the three. On their own, these ingredients are generally considered safe but some of them can still be problematic in mattresses. There is a lot of green-washing and mislabeling in the mattress industry and it is important to check for undisclosed added flame retardants.

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Organic Certifications in Mattresses:

When we see words like “natural” and “eco-friendly” they are unregulated for mattresses. They also don’t mean that the mattress is made of natural materials. Did you know that a mattress must be 95% organic to meet USDA organic mattress standards and to be labeled as organic. Some mattresses may use organic cotton or organic wool for the top layer, but check before assuming an organic label means an entirely natural mattress.

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If a mattress is certified-Look for terms like these:

GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard. Mattresses with this certification must use at least 95% certified organic fibers for all fabric used.

GOLS – This stands for Global Organic Latex Standard and is the first third party standard for organic latex. It specifies that the latex used must be at least 95% organic latex.

GREENGUARD – An independent certification that requires environmental chamber tests for over 360 chemicals. This certification specifies that a mattress is low in VOCs, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals and that it is safe for children and the elderly.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing an Organic Mattress:

Finding a safe and organic mattress was the first priority but comfort was also really important to us. When choosing mattresses, we considered and ranked mattresses based on:

Safety First

We looked for organic and non-toxic mattresses that had been certified through GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard), Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and ecoInstitut.

Comfort Second

My husband and I both wanted a medium firm mattress. We are both very picky about comfort when it comes to sleeping!

Price Third

We also looked for a budget friendly mattress as well! Organic mattresses can be pricey but Sleep on Latex is extremely budget friendly without sacrificing safety and comfort!

Sleep on Latex Story

Sleep on Latex was founded in 2013 and is quickly becoming the largest retailer of latex mattress products in the USA. They have developed the gold standard in latex foam, Pure Green Natural Latex Foam through their partnership with Sri Lankan factory. They stand by offering the best products at the best prices and never stop looking for improvement.

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Sleep On Latex Review

We love that it is comfortable and safe! Super budget friendly! Sleep on Latex mattresses are designed to last. Each mattress comes with a comprehensive 10-year warranty so that customers can feel confident in their investment. They also have the BEST pillows that we have ever layed our head on! The first night of sleeping on our mattress, both my husband and I slept so well! Sleep On Latex has been the sweetest company through the process of having our mattress shipped to answering any questions. They truly care for their customers and it shows in everything they do!

Overall Rating: We love it!

Safety:  Natural latex foam is comfortable, durable and safe. Their latex foam is made of natural latex harvested from organically-grown rubber trees in Sri Lanka. It is certified through GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard), Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and ecoInstitut.

Price: Range from $650 to $1350 so very budget friendly for an organic mattress.

Comfort: Soft yet firm! Our backs definitely thank us!

Return Policy: Sleep On Latex has a wonderful return policy! The mattress can be returned for free at any time within 100 days from delivery. No questions asked! Mattress returns are refunded in full and picked up by a third party pickup service for free. You can beat service like received from Sleep On Latex.

Final Thoughts

Buying a mattress is an investment but since we spend so much time in bed, investing in a high quality plus a safe mattress can have a big impact on your overall well being! Head on over and grab a mattress from Sleep On Latex! Your back will thank you!

Have you switched to an organic mattress? If not, will you?

Love~Shae

Antique Pie Safe Makeover



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Today I’m teaming up with several bloggers to share items that we have found in a thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales or side of the road items and share how we turn them into something beautiful.

44AAEA51-F91F-499F-85C6-73CC4C0E08F3Antique Pie Safe 

I have wanted to find a pie safe for our home for the longest time! I was so grateful when my Father-In-Law offered me one of his pie safe’s! I knew immediately where I wanted to use it in our new DIY Barndominium! I thought it would be gorgeous in our bathroom and we could store towels and linens in it!

Check out our DIY Barndominium here.

Before Photos

We can’t have a diy makeover without the before photos, right?!

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This is the before photo after I’d taken out the shelves and the drawer. The cabinet had several layers of paint, from green to yellow and white primer with a couple layers of really old stain!

Time to Strip & Sand

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I decided to sand the entire piece first, with my orbital sander. Here is a similar one to mine. Next, I used Citri Strip for the entire piece. I like using this stripper better than others as it’s not such a harsh chemical to use and breathe in. Grab it at Home Depot. I stripped the cabinet four times and in between each time, I used my razor to remove the old paint and stain.

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The pie safe also had a sheet of vintage yellow flowered contact paper with  layer of glue on it. It took a lot of tugging but I got it all off! I also decided to remove the old screens from each door. Each screen had a layer of staples that I removed as well.

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The interior side walls were also painted with a bright yellow paint. Here is about 50% through the stripping process on those walls.

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For the shelves, I decided to sand with my orbital sander instead of stripping. Look at those layers of paint and stain.

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On the backside of the shelves, there was an Army printed wording in black writing. It looks like these shelves were made from an old wooden Army shipping crates. It makes me think about all of the families who have owned this pie safe over the years and repairs that were made just like we were doing now!

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The exterior side walls also had a wooden ruler that had been used for trim at one time but was only revealed when the Citri Strip had removed all of the old stain.

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I love being able to think about all of the other people who owned this pie safe before me. It such an honor to have such a beautiful piece!

Time to Seal

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Before I began sealing, I cleaned the pie safe with good ole soap and water! For the wax, I used Minwax Grain Highlighting Finishing Wax.


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I wanted a wax that would highlight the wood’s natural beauty along with give it a slight white matte finish. 

Repair Time

The pie safe drawer needed to replace all three sides of the drawer. It also needed a new drawer bottom. Two of the sides and the bottom were press board.

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I grabbed a 1/4 inch oak craft board and traced the old sides, marked with a pencil and cut with my saw

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I did the same for my drawer bottom. I also traced with a pencil, cut with my saw and used a 1/4 oak craft board.

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My husband made grooves for the drawer sides so that the drawer bottom could slide into.

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Here is a close up of the cut grooves.

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My husband also cut notches out of the bottom exterior of the drawer so that the drawer could slide in and out from the drawer slides.

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He is such a sweetie! ❤️

Finished Piece

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I enjoyed sharing our project of our Antique Pie Safe Makeover with y’all! Did y’all follow along in stories on IG, as I made this piece over? Hop on over and give me a follow, take a look around too! Check out my other fellow bloggers too and see what they’ve come up with for this week’s Thrift Store Challenge!

❤️~Shae

Thrift Store Challenge – Christmas In July

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https://lecultivateur.com/2021/07/15/thrifting-in-July-with-Christmas-in-mind/

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https://www.robynsreverie.com/new-blog/ChristmasInJulyThrift

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https://www.worcesterrun.com/post/whimsical-nursery-decor

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Must Have Jeep Accessory For Summer

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[“The item linked is proviced by Husky. All reviews and opinions are my own.”]

Officially A Jeep Family

Jeep’s are the perfect vehicle for coastal living! I am conviced that Jeep has made the best built vehicle for the beach! Jeep’s are fun and can go anywhere your adventurous life will take you! The off road capabilty with four wheel drive will get us places that our other vehicles can not go! I am enjoying all of the hidden and locking storage to keep valuables safe while our family is out having fun in the sun! Our next step was purchasing Jeep accessories!

Husky Weather Beater Cargo Liner

As the summer months approach and if you are a new Jeep owner like myself, you are probably wondering what types of accessories are needed for your Jeep or may be you need to replace your Jeep accessories for the warmer months.  One of the first items I noticed that I would need for or Jeep is a cargo liner. We go to the beach, several times a week, along with swim lessons and our fur babies ride with us too! I knew I would need a durable, rugged cargo liner and Husky was the perfect fit for our Jeep! 

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Husky Weather Beater Cargo Liners are made from a material that is sporty and rugged! Super easy to install, remove and clean. Husky’s FormFit Design™ contours to each specific ride. It even comes with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE plus it”s made in the USA! Cleaning is a breeze, as you can just pull out, rinse and its good as new! One of my favorite features about the Husky Weather Cargo Liner is that it does not shift around!

Final Thoughts

Our Huskey Weather Beater Cargo Liner is our first accessory for our new Jeep! It is a must have in our active lives! So nice to keep out the water, sand and dog hair! When I get ready to clean it, I just remove, clean and pop it back in! Head on over to Husky and grab yours today! Their website will naviagte you to the cargo liner to fit your Jeep!

Hope Mattress

[This post contains sponsored links. The item featured in this post is provided by Hope Mattress; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

A Mattress For Our Barndominium Guest Suite

When my husband and I began dreaming of building our barndiminium with an attatched suite for guests, we knew we would need a quality mattress! I think when we are all searching for a new mattress, we probably have the same goals in mind for a mattress.

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Finding the Perfect Mattress

As I began searching for a mattress for our barndominium guest suite, I knew that I wanted a mattress that was budget friendly, hypoallergenic, durable and temperature regulating.

Enter Hope Mattress 

Hope Mattress had been making mattresses for other companies for a very long time! Now that they’ve launched their own brand, they are using their experience to create mattresses that will provide their customers (us) with the right support plus comfort for many years! Hope Mattress will be able to sell their mattresses at pretty dramatic savings too! I call that a win win in my book! They also live and work in the heart of Texas and they are genuinely here to make their customers (us) an awesome mattress!! 

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Hope Mattress Giving Back

I absolutely love when companies give back and with Hope Mattress, I shouldn’t be surprised that they enjoy giving back to others! When you purchase a mattress from HOPE, you not only get an awesome sleep experience, but you can rest easy knowing you helped someone in need by giving 100 meals to Feeding America. 

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Dream Hybrid

My husband and I just had to try out this mattress in our RV! We had to make sure it would be the perfect mattress for our guests! The Dream Hybrid mattress is perfect for anyone who wants a little more firmness and to have the sweetest dreams. The Dream Hybrid has an intelligent layered design that combines memory foam layers and pocket coils! It literally will deliver the best conforming support with pressure mapping of pain points in shoulders, hips and knees and proper spinal alignment! We work on our property, building our barndominium daily, so being able to sleep, comfortably, at night was a dream!!

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Dream Hybrid Layers of Comfort

Deep Freeze Plus Cooling Cover

Hope Mattress has the next generation cover with reactive temperature technology designed to help keep you cool when you need it. The Dream Hybrid is woven with the finest sustainable fibers to mimic the feel of satin!

Atlas PR Gel Memory Foam

The Dream Hybrid provides us with a 1-inch gel-infused atlas pressure relieving memory foam that pressure maps your body to help alleviate pressure points in the shoulders, hips, and knees while channeling heat away from the body.

Cloud Motion Memory Foam

I love the 1-inch super soft, almost cloud-like, gel infused memory foam that Hope has designed to provide breathable support while eliminating motion transfer so we can achieve deeper sleep.

Orthopedic Support Foam

Dream Hybrid has a 1-inch medium firm foam that balances the comfort layer and supportive layers that actually prevents that sinking feeling!

Sonic Coil System

Loving the 8-inch pocket coil system with edge-to-edge support provides a greater area of sleeping surface. The coils are sonic welded and individually wrapped for unmatched elimination of motion transfer. Hope uses a heavy gauge tempered wire reduces sag in the springs!

Everlast HD Core

The Dream Hybrid has a 1-inch everlast high density foam created to be supportive throughout the mattress! 

Non Slip Base

Hope’s Dream Hybrid stretch, non-skid fabric on the bottom of the mattress will keep your mattress perfectly in place.
 
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Hope Mattress Guarantees

 Hope Mattress offers free shipping and free returns! They also offer a 120 day sleep guarantee along with a lifetime mattress warranty! What more could we ask for from a mattress company?!

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My Hope Mattress Review

My husband and I absolutely love Hope Mattress! Their customer service is hands down one of the sweetest company’s that I have ever worked for!  Our mattress is perfect for our barndominium guest suite! We love the medium firmness of the mattress and we wake up feeling refreshed! My back feels like it’s well rested after a long day’s work on our diy barndominium build which you can see here on IG! I love that our Dream Hybrid is temperature regulating and does not sink in as we sleep! I also love if one person gets up, we are not disturbed! Hope Mattresses are also Certified PUR-US!!

Hope Mattresses are on sale right now for a amazing deal plus they have the Affirm program for payment! Our Dream Hybrid is on sale for $599!! Plus they gave me a coupon code to share with y’all!! Use “Shae&Wes” at check out to receive an additional 15% off from the already low sale prices!! Hurry! Sale ends on June 30, 2021!

If y’all have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to help you find your Hope Mattress for your home or help direct you to the Hope Mattress team! 

❤️~Shae

DIY OUTDOOR TABLE for $70

Today I wanted to share how my husband and I made our simple farmhouse diy outdoor table for our new outdoor space! We recently moved so we are starting over from scratch on all of our outdoor spaces!

We needed this outdoor table on our new property! It’s easier than you think to create an outdoor table!

SUPPLIES:

1-4x4x12 for the legs-$18

6-1x6x8’s deck boards for the top-$33

3-2x4x10’s for the frame-$14

2.5 inch exterior screws-$5-Had on hand.

Gloves-$5-Hadon hand.

Paper Towels-$1-Had on hand.

Paint and Stain-$20-Had on hand.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut your 3-2x4x10’s to make into the table frame.

Lay out your six, 1x6x8’s on top of two scrap pieces of wood and begin making your table frame, making sure to attract with screws.

Cut your 4x4x12 into four legs and attach with screws to your frame.

Flip over your table frame and add the 1×6’s to the top and screw into your frame.

Stain-I used Minwax Red Oak in Semi-Transparent.

I did one very light coat of stain. Paint-I used Sherwin Willians Eider White. While the paint was still wet, I immediately went over it with stain.

Paint-I used Sherwin Willians Eider White. While the paint was still wet, I immediately went over it with stain.

While the paint was still wet, I immediately went over it with a light amount of stain.

And your done! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!! We love having our outdoor table for dining options and especially since we are coastal living now, its warmer here for about ten out of twelve months!

While we are currently living in our RV on our property as we build our barndominium and eventually our forever home, this table is our dining table for now!

I hope ya’ll have enjoyed this DIY Outdoor Table! Please reach out if you have any questions.

Love~Shae