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Remodeling Begins On The Homestead!

Remodeling Begins On The Homestead!

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I have added some before photos of our chaos in the works! Let the work begin! Remodeling Begins On The Homestead! Chicken coops, carpet and paint..Oh My! Keep in mind that this is a 1996 mobile home on 10 acres that we bought for a “steal”, so we came in knowing we would have to do a lot of remodeling.

Also keep in mind this homestead is in the Colorado mountains at over 8,000 feet elevation and we just had a spring snow storm that completely halted our remodel for a few (ok, several) days. We had 27 inches of snow fall on us! Not 2-7 inches but TWENTYSEVEN! After digging out of the snow, we will resume the remodeling.

10 inches and counting!
10 inches and counting!
finally stopped snowing
guest bath
Guest bathroom before
fireplace room before
tv room
Main living room before
fireplace room warm carmel
Fireplace room wall warm Carmel the rest of the room in Dapper Tan


And Here We Go!

As you can see we have a lot of work ahead of us on the new homestead. I will show you all the before photos in this part 1 series and then add extra series as the projects are being completed. I will also give reviews on Rust-Oleum countertop paint (hint: LOVE IT!) I ordered the Rust-Oleum countertop transformation kit for my kitchen countertops and will also be giving a review on that once we have applied it.

The Rust-Oleum paint and Rust-Oleum transformation kit are two completely separate items. I have used the Rust-Oleum paint, which you simply brush on the countertop (I did the master bathroom) and let dry. The Rust-Oleum transformation kit is more in depth with more steps (and work) involved. I ordered the transformation kit for my kitchen countertops in charcoal. I used grey mist in the master bathroom for the brush on paint and a dark brown for the guest bathroom. (which will be a themed bathroom) You can choose 12 different colors for the counter top paint.

guest bath
Guest bath countertop before
Rust-oleum paint
Guest Bath countertop After Rust-Oleum

Below are the Rust-Oleum kits I purchased off Amazon:

Front Deck Before

We purchased this 10 acre property at least $40,000 below cost of the other properties in our area with the same or less acres than our homestead, so we knew full well that we would be going in with a full remodel in our minds, even a remodel of my beloved front deck.

front deck before

This beat up and abused front deck was the selling point for me on this homestead. The first time I stood on this wounded old deck and looked out at the beautiful mountains surrounding us, I felt a peace in my heart that simply cannot be explained in words and I knew immediately I HAD to live here and I HAD to remodel this beloved old deck into a my sanctuary. I simply had to bring this deck back to life, which means a complete over- haul with rich, beautiful stain and lots of reinforcements.

Whoever added this deck before we purchased the property, did an extremely poor job and now we will have to go in and reinforce everything.

All the carpet will be coming out and new floors will be put in. Everything will be painted and all new light fixtures will be added. We installed new bathroom sinks and I am going to try the Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile paint on the bathroom tubs.



We have been very busy trying to put our new home in order and updated. We will complete the inside first and then start work on the outside. We will begin by building a nice, new and large chicken and duck area, add fence around the property to keep the deer out, build my garden area (I’m doing only raised beds here) and we will build a functional outdoor cooking area.

Rust-Oleum Countertop Paint

I completed the master bathroom countertop with Rust-Oleum countertop paint in Grey Mist. So beautiful and extremely easy to do! When I complete the guest bathroom countertops (espresso) I will add the photos of both countertops.

If you ever decide to use the Rust-Oleum countertop paint (not the transformation kit, just the can of paint) make sure you understand that it dries quickly! so you will have to work fairly fast.

Make sure you sand down your countertop and then wipe it down thoroughly.  I made the mistake of not double checking the countertops before I began painting for any added dust from sanding and now I have tiny little bumps over some of the dust where I had painted. They are extremely hard to see, but I know they are there. So, I cannot stress enough, after you sand the countertop, wipe wipe and wipe again! Then run your hands over the countertop to feel if there are still any dust pieces, wipe again and then begin your painting.

Second mistake: Take the sink out! I left the new sink in, because my husband had installed it before I could tell him I was going to paint the countertops and I didn’t have the heart to make him disassemble everything and remove the sink and then reassemble it and put it back in. Lesson learned: Take The Sink Out! It was very difficult taping off the sink and getting the paint into the tiny corners around the sink. I had to use a tiny paint brush to go around the sink.

I did the countertop by myself and had no problems, but I will incorporate my husbands help when we do the kitchen countertops with the Rust-Oleum Transformation kit. If the paint dries as fast as the bathroom one did, I am going to need some extra hands!

I watched this YouTube video several times and will watch it again before I start on my kitchen countertops with the Rust-Oleum Transformation kit.

Color Schemes and Bathroom Themes

bear switch plates
Bear switch plates in guest bathroom

For the main living area I chose Glidden paint in Dapper Tan with an accent wall of warm caramel. For the fireplace room I am as yet undecided on the colors.

For the guest bathroom, it took me several weeks to decided on a wildlife theme or just a bear theme. We live in the mountains. We have bears. We have deer and elk. We have coyotes, fox and all sorts of other critters that I will soon become acquainted with as they try to invade my garden beds. So I decided I should at least dedicate a bathroom to them! I found a bear vanity light online at Black Forest Decor and cute bear light switch plates on eBay and that sealed the deal. Bear theme it will be!

You can see the black bear vanity light that I ordered Here and the same bear light plate switch cover Here.

I will also paint the guest bathroom in light tan with white molding to offset the dark bears.

The master bath I have claimed as MINE! It will be a soft mint green and white and have a spa like feel to it. As stated above the countertops have already been painted a soft grey mist and now the big challenge is choosing what flooring to add in there.

Rust-Oleum countertop paint
Grey Mist Rust-Oleum countertop paint main bathroom


The Chicken Coop!

I have ordered my new chicken coop and it should arrive in the next 2 weeks. The colors I have chosen, which are not in the pictures below yet since I still have to paint it, are shaded fern for the building and country white for all the trim.

chicken coop
chicken coop
Hubby checking out the coop for delivery
chicken coop
nesting boxes
nesting box

nesting boxes
coop door
coop door


The coop is made with 6 nesting boxes and is 6’x8′ and very sturdy and solid. We have already laid the 6’x8′ cement slab to place the coop on when it finally arrive at the homestead and will begin building the “Fort Knox” of security fencing around the coop, including laying wire on the ground and covering it up so “critters” don’t dig under and then we will bury hardwire all around the parameters of the coop 12″ deep. Once the chicken coop is in place on the homestead, then I will begin painting and sealing it and show the after pictures. We purchased and had the coop designed by a local company in our town and they have worked with us every step of the way to make sure the coop is to our specification.

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for my updated photos coming soon as we complete the projects. We are at this time of posting painting every single room in the home. What is on the walls now is a very slick coating, so we first have to put on a flat white paint and then we will be able to paint over the flat paint easily. We decided it would be wise to invest in a small paint sprayer since we have to paint all the walls and ceilings. It has been well worth the investment!

At the time of this posting, we have had all the cement laid around the front porch and around the back deck. The front deck has been completely taken down and is ready for it’s beautiful transformation. The cement pad near the back deck is ready for me to build my outdoor cooking area on it, once all the chaos is completed on the inside of the home.

We will then order the new carpet and kitchen flooring. My husband has decided he will tear out the old carpet himself to save money, so we can add the Pergo flooring to the kitchen. We have 3 large dogs, so we have to choose wisely (and pay more) to make sure our kitchen floor can stand up to the abuse our beloved pets will likely put it through. Please stay tuned and sign up for my blogs so you don’t miss the updates!

Getting ready to pour the cement