Tuesday, January 26, 2016

cottage updates and our pine plank floors

It's been such a long time since I last blogged. I wanted to jump in and share some updates on our little country cottage and offer some info on our pine plank floors which I often get asked about. The photos I'm using in this post are the ones I've posted on Instagram. It's just so quick and easy to share on IG so I do a little better over there. Feel free to follow along with me at the_cottager .

Although our home will always be a work in progress... I like how she is coming along. First things first, I purchased the sweetest little tufted sofa. It's the Watkins Sofa from Home Decorators in natural linen. I absolutely love it. It works great in our space.

I wanted to move forward with the sofa and beadboard on the lower level with the money I saved from the two markets I did. It was a good decision. The beadboard is up but still only primed at this point. I can't wait till it's all painted! It will be painted "Westhighland White" like all our doors/trim. I think it's the perfect off white color... not bright white but not cream either. That perfect middle ground. We also decided to go with a different paint color for the main level. I chose "Modern Gray" by Sherwin Williams. I love this color with all the natural light we get in this home. It's beautiful.

Here's a few photos (from warmer days) of our living and dining room...

I love this little french style table that I bought from a local vintage shop, JB Knacker .

Now that we are back to cold winter days... our wood stove is back in use. Brett got the large plank beadboard up on our open staircase wall awhile ago (again only primed at this point). I love how much character and charm it added to our living room space.

For those of you who are wondering about our flooring, here's the info on that. We did pine planks, grade 3 (1x8's) shiplapped. I wanted a whitewash look so we chose Sherwin Williams "Pickled White" oil stain. We brushed on one coat of this and were happy with the look of it.

For the finish... here's what we used. A water based formula was important for us to minimize the "yellowing effect". We did two coats of this finish.

We are really happy with how they turned out. They have a great rustic farmhouse feel to them. Pine is a soft wood so the wear and tear is just part of the look and it's really cost effective as far as flooring goes. Hope that helps.

So, I guess we are making some progress over here :) Home sweet home... we are so thankful for this little place. Oh how I wish we could plow ahead with many more projects but life is demanding right now. Here's one more photo... the last one I took of our dining area shortly after Christmas...


Blogger Unknown said...

I love your home. I love the character of your space. It just looks so cozy and relaxing! Thanks for sharing.

January 26, 2016 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Craftivity Designs said...

Wow, what a beautiful, calming space! Also -- I am in love with that couch :)

January 27, 2016 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your home is gorgeous, Mimi! I can't believe four children live there. I am curious to know if your family watches television. I never see one in your photos! You have such lovely floors. When I see your photos, I feel I must de-clutter!

January 27, 2016 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mimi - I am completely obsessed over everything you are doing! You have such a gift. You haven't mentioned where you got the shiplapped pine. Is this something you can find at big box stores or some kind of special order - if you don't mind me asking. I also noticed you linked up to some parties. I run a link party with some gals, and I would be thrilled if you wanted to link up. I would love to feature you and share you with my readers. I know they will love your home as much as I do! I blog at tidbits-cami.com and our link party starts on Thursday evenings, if you are interested. Best of luck to you!

January 27, 2016 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Tone said...

What a warm and cozy home! It looks very scandinavian. Not even my own home, in Norway looks as warm and cozy as yours:D The floors are gorgeous! It brights up the whole space!

January 28, 2016 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lady!!! This is your home!!! Right after college I nannies for a family and the mom was from the Netherlands and her home was very similar to this: white, light, airy, but sort of modern European with country charm. I loved being in their home because i loved hem but also because I loved their home! I thought it was so beautiful and peaceful and just all around lovely! Your home is that...the light floors, the white walls, the furniture! I love it. thank you for sharing at a the party at "A stroll thru life." That's hoe i found you!

January 28, 2016 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Crystal!

January 28, 2016 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you! Yes, the sofa is a gem... pretty affordable as far as furniture goes these days.

January 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Isabella! Our home is small and we are not big on having lots of "stuff". The kids domain is upstairs... they have a little school area and their two bedrooms where all the toys are. We do have a TV but that is pretty limited in our home. Thanks for stopping by. I've got some projects to tackle upstairs... I will have to show the kids area upstairs sometime.The rooms are small and cozy but have some charm to them as well. :)

January 28, 2016 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Cami! You brought up a good point that I forgot to address. We ordered our pine planks (shiplapped) from a local lumberyard. I would think that is the way to go. It may be possible to get some from a big box store, but I would think they would have to order what you needed anyways. When I get a chance this evening, I will stop by the link party. Thanks so much.

January 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you so much. Glad you stopped by and took the time to comment. I love hearing where people are from.

January 28, 2016 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Oh thank you Vanessa! You made me smile :)Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

January 28, 2016 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful, I love the sofa and the chairs!

January 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Becky. I forgot to mention the source for the living room chairs. They are the Chas Armchair (seersucker) from Pier 1. Thanks for the visit :)

January 28, 2016 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Julie Nichols said...

Your home is beautiful..I love your light colored floors with all the rustic soft touches. Thank you for linking up to Talk of the Town.
Julie @ Love My Simple Home

January 28, 2016 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

First time to your blog and your home is perfection!

January 28, 2016 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

First time to your blog and your home is perfection!

January 28, 2016 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is all so beautiful! I love your style! You have created such a soothing space ... I love all your choices! Hope you have a great weekend!

January 28, 2016 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

What a beautiful home you have! So clean and fresh and simple... I'm pinning some of these pics for inspiration in my own home - thanks so much for sharing!

January 28, 2016 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Such a pretty and simple space. Love your DIY floors :-)

January 28, 2016 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Oh I love those floors!! I just bought a condo and it has brand new flooring, so I'm having a hard time justifying ripping them up, but these are so much closer to my style! I'm definitely pinning this for later!

January 29, 2016 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Your space looks gorgeous and is so bright, crisp and uncluttered looking, which I have a hard time doing in my home! I'd love to sit in front of that wood stove! Thanks for sharing it at Talk of the Town - I'm pinning it to our party board!

January 30, 2016 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Julie!

January 30, 2016 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Hilary!

January 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thanks so much Terry!

January 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Melanie! Isn't Pinterest the greatest :)

January 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Ashlea! Appreciate that you stopped by for a visit.

January 30, 2016 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Anne! Oh how I love Pinterest... I've got lots of ideas pinned as well :)

January 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thanks so much Angie! Glad I could finally join the party again this week. Love the projects and inspiration you've shared over the years. Thanks for stopping by.

January 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

These floors are incredible, and that picture with the wood stove is amazing. What a beautiful space you have.

January 31, 2016 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger  Aimee at Refresh-Renew... said...

So bright and airy....the perfect definition of how "less" is infinitely more. Your style lets the space take center stage...and the light. Congrats!

February 2, 2016 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Seeking Lavender Lane said...

How gorgeous is your home! I love those floors!

February 2, 2016 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Ann Marie said...

Your home is lovely -- a strong, clean Scandinavian sensibility. I was intrigued by your beautiful floors because we're getting ready to get new flooring, but we're going in the porcelain tile, faux wood direction. I saw your link at Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

February 2, 2016 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your home is beautiful and bright. The floors are stunning! I co-host Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop along with twelve other ladies. It begins Wednesday evening. I would love to have you link up your beautiful posts with us.


February 2, 2016 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, Mimi! You have a beautiful home. I love how bright and spacious it looks, it has a very soothing feeling to it. I'm so happy you stopped by our link party, Create • Share • Inspire. We hope to see you back tonight. xo

February 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

The floors are amazing! So gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty.html Hope to see you tonight at Make it Pretty. Have a great day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

February 8, 2016 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Meg @ Hello Farmhouse said...

Hi Mimi!! Your floors are so gorgeous and I'm seeing them just a day after my husband and I discussed laying pine in our kitchen and painting or whitewashing it!

I do have one impossibly silly question about the flooring--does it float or did you nail it down? Thanks, hun!!

February 20, 2016 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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February 27, 2016 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love winter white. So beautiful.

April 7, 2016 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Thank you Taryn. We love this little place we get to call home. Thanks for stopping by.

April 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Hi Meg! So sorry for the delayed response. My husband glued them down with construction adhesive and then face nailed them as well. I need to add that detail to the blog post as well. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

April 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was just wondering if you ran this flooring throughout your entire house and if so, how does it hold up in the bathroom with the humidity and water?

August 18, 2017 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger The Cottager said...

Hi. Sorry for the delay... yes, we've used this throughout our entire home. It's holding up fine, even in the bathrooms. Though I do understand why some prefer tile in the bathrooms. It was just the easiest and most cost effective way for us to go. Best wishes on your projects!

September 16, 2017 at 2:19 PM  

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