a-frame renovation

A-Frame Full Tour + Announcement!

DESERT A-FRAME FOR SALELast year we finished the work on our desert A-frame and earlier this week I shared the last room makeover but today we have some exciting and somewhat bitter sweet news that I wanted to accompany with a full tour, so you can see everything in one post, and to bring this renovation chapter to a close. Because… we are putting it up FOR SALE! Or rather it is currently on the market as of this week!!


A-frame Kitchen Before & After

We finished our A-frame cabin awhile back, just in time for the Sunset Mag cover shoot in August (still pinching myself on that) but we had quite the busy end of the year trying to wrap up a bunch of projects before our Clover girls’ arrival and I realized I never got a chance to share the full kitchen reveal!

Well almost full reveal. We still haven’t put hardware on the cabinets because I had the hardest time deciding and now that I designed my own, I can’t wait to get over there and put them on. I am also dying to put a rug down in there as well, but you get the picture. I’ll share the fully styled photos when I have them but I wanted to post these before I make an exciting announcement tomorrow! Plus I HAD to share this before and after. It is definitely one of the more dramatic transformations.  READ MORE

DIY headboard + before & after bedroom tour

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelI’ve got a double whammy post today with the reveal of our A-frame cabin finished guest bedroom (with before and afters) as well as the DIY info for the headboard which you got a peek of a couple weeks ago when I posted on the DIY wood paneling. I love how this simple small space turned out!


DIY faux wood paneling

bedroom nook - DIY wood paneling We are working our way through the A-frame putting final touches on all the rooms (if you missed the finished living room check here!) and now I’ve got a peek into the finished guestroom nook. When we first bought it, this space was SO dark and had a crumbling basketweave texture on the walls and ceiling which matched the ceiling in the entryway/dining room. The ceiling was in OK shape and we painted the gold material white to match the rest of the house and to clean it up. We were hoping it would be enough to save the walls which were looking pretty rough but paint couldn’t rescue them. The texture was coming off in places and there were holes that just looked really bad no matter what, so we decided to cover them up with a DIY faux wood paneling.

Here is a peek at the way before…  READ MORE

A-frame Main Bedroom

a-frame cabin bedroom - progressHooray for a bedroom in the A-frame… finally! We spent our first night there a couple weeks ago (after owning it for over a year) and once we got used to hearing coyotes howling in the night we started realizing that we might just love it here. Everything is starting to really come together. There is still a bit of work to be had in the bedroom but I couldn’t help but give you a sneak peek (i.e. a shot of the corner of the room that is the most finished and not a disaster) and to share my design plans.


A-frame cabin update!

We recently spent a full week at the A-frame! It was our first overnight stay since we bought the place however when I say “at the A-frame”, I mean we camped in a rental RV in the driveway, so I am not sure if that really counts as out first night there. Construction is now relatively finished but we had no furniture and still had A LOT of clean-up to do.

Once the clean-up was finished we started moving in some of the furniture inside and out, and these two hanging chairs from Candelabra were the first to go up. Even this relatively small addition of furniture let me breath a sigh of relief and gave me a glimpse at how good the place can and will be when it is finished.

I just want to sit and swing on those beauties all day long. You might remember the sweet moment I captured with Rupe and Archie enjoying them from Instagram.

In other patio news… we made a small paint change since the paint debate a couple weeks back. First thank you guys so much for all of your input! It was great to get so many opinions and a few different ideas I hadn’t thought of. We took the first step towards painting more, by painting the rock that didn’t match the rest of the rock (and was mostly mortar) at the entry way and I have to say I do LOVE me some white paint. Who knows how far I will go but we are taking baby steps and living with it like this for a while.

Sources: Paint Color is Vapor by Benjamin Moore // Chairs from Candelabra

a-frame cabin kitchen // renovation // sarah sherman samuel a-frame cabin kitchen // renovation // sarah sherman samuel Meanwhile… in the kitchen we installed our Cedar & Moss sconces and the Semi-handmade floating shelf to pretty much finish things off in there. Now it just needs hardware and accessories oh and the doors to the tiny pantry (not shown) and its done!

I couldn’t love the handmade quality of the Fireclay tile any more and the super simple sconces keep things streamlined while still feeling special.

a-frame cabin kitchen // renovation // sarah sherman samuelWe got the refrigerator straightened out since my last post, as well as the doors on the white upper cabinets. In such a small kitchen I wanted to hide as many appliances as possible so we used a panel ready fridge (the refrigerator is behind the cabinet at the bottom left of the image) and used Ikea’s built-in extractor fan so we could hide it away in an upper cabinet and have a seamless bank of cabinets.

Sources: Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts by SemiHandmade (in the DIY slab style. Info on how I painted them, here) // Countertop is from Ikea // Sink, Ikea // Faucet from Homary // Tile by Fireclay (2 x 6 in Calcite) // Floating Shelf from SemiHandmade // Sconces by Cedar & Moss

bedroom nook - progressAnd finally… we have the beginnings of a bedroom – nook. So far all we have done is changed the flooring (from carpet to the wood-look tile) and paint, but I’ve got some plans for in here, just wait! It will still be simple but with a good amount of DIY to put my personal stamp on it. Also, yes it is sparse at the moment and needs a rug and such to warm things up, but if you want to see the power of that good ole white paint, check out the last photo in the before tour. Like the rest of the house, it too is on its’ way to somewhere good.

Sources: Interior Paint is Polar Bear by Behr // Bed from Urban Outfitters // Bedding from Urban Outfitters // Mobile from Target 

Catch up on all the progress in the A-frame here and see the before tour here.