When we were lucky enough to buy the property back in 2011 that is now home to the JG store and the Wander Inn, it had a 1952 Sears kit house on it.
We lived in this house for several years as all 7 of us (mom, dad, amie, todd, me, cash baker & indie … plus 2 dogs, 1 fish, a stray cat named lassie, 4 goats, 8 chickens, 1 pony and a whole lotta junk) had just picked up and moved from College Station with no real plan on where we might actually lay our heads at night. We just knew this property was calling our name. This country side. And that the rest would fall into place. And it did. Sometimes, all 7 of us under 1 roof. With CB sleeping on a twin mattress beside our bed for countless nights (this was my favorite part because his middle of the night dream-induced giggles were priceless).
We filmed our first season on HGTV as we all piled in this house walton family style and as we built the JG store on the front of the property. It was a good house. It is a good house. It has such sweet memories.
And then dad made biscuits which led to this blog post years ago. And later that day, the kids decided to ride the fenceline like all good country folk and check out the property.
We didn’t make time for any renovations to this house while we were living in it but over the past year, we’ve given it a major eclectic farmhouse makeover … including a luxury bathroom (this was so needed), a completely gutted and renovated kitchen, updated flooring, vintage ceiling tins and of course, way different decor.
Keep reading for some pretty transformational before and afters. The before shots were taken the day we moved in back in 2010 so you’ll see a few cameos by 4 year old cash baker (insert crying emoji here).
Let’s break it down:
- we pulled up the carpet on the floor (yes, carpet. IN THE KITCHEN. people, this is likely illegal in all 50 states. do not put carpet in the kitchen. EVER.) and then stained the concrete ebony and then stenciled on top of that.
- we pulled out the cabinets and replaced with this retro fitted coke box we’ve been holding onto for years. we gotta admit, it’s pretty sweet.
- stainless steel counters (throwback to our restaurant days), industrial farmhouse stainless steel sink made complete with a retro faucet by signature hardware.
- new windows. all day. erday. new windows make a BIG difference.
- out with the taupe paint and in with the white.
major research landed us on this stove … it was the perfect size but still had a commercial look.
Moving on to the Living Room…
We like to say home is where the record player is … or something like that.
On to the master bedroom and our personal fave, the master bathroom…
Custom handmade headboard made by Doug Forrest, cushy bedding, top of the line mattresses from Hermann Furniture in Brenham, patchwork dropcloth curtains with JG art, pottery barn rug, desert sunsets lampshades, and a fab metallic tufted sofa. Honey Hush.
Let’s break it down:
- knocked out the wall that created the awkward dressing space in order to make a larger bathroom
- tore up the carpet and laminate flooring and replaced with this boho star tile with asphalt colored grout from Home Depot
- used old church doors with stained glass on sliding barn door hardware
- installed a luxury shower with classic subway tile and signature hardware fixtures
- installed insanely epic copper claw foot tub with insanely epic faucet
- incorporated salvaged wood behind tub
- swapped out 1980 cabinetry and vanity light with for pedestal sink and vintage pendant lights
- and last but not least, added a unicorn for good luck
Now let’s move on upstairs … but first, let’s chat about this stairwell…
The obvious crimes: carpet, taupe paint, no personality, bad lighting, popcorn ceiling.
The solution: white paint, no more popcorn ceilings, copper risers on the stairs, boho chandeliers, marquee letters gifted to you from your good friend, Miranda Lambert ….
Anddddd always throw in a cute weenie dog for good measure!
We wanted this farmhouse to be space for large number of people to gather … so we incorporated 2 queen beds into each of the upstairs bedrooms. So y’all can stay in this house walton family style like we did!
And the upstairs bathroom ended up being a pretty simple project…we changed out the sink vanity, the mirror, the vanity lights and completely gutted the shower.
Lest us not forget the back porch … custom adirondacks handmade right here in Round Top, vintage patio set underneath the most classic of old fashioned ceiling fans, a Hunter original.
Well, that about wraps up your official Gypsy Farmhouse tour…the only thing left to do is for you to come see it in person!
And yes, we have a horseshoe above every door. Always turned up for good luck. 😉
Even more fun details coming to the Wander Inn, y’all! We’re currently working on a bath house for camping and events, a dry sauna, and maybe a pool will be in the near future! What do y’all think of a pool? Does that influence where you like to stay on vacations? Tell us what you think! We’d love to know! Also, let us know what you think about the Farmhouse!!
XOXOOXOX!!! The whole Sikes fam…