Sharing a surprise farmhouse bedroom makeover… from top to bottom including aaall the shiplap in this mobile home renovation for family. This room is full of texture, neutrals, painted taupe doors and trim and lots of greenery.
Last summer, I shared how to install a fan on a sloped ceiling and I told a little bit about our plans for a full farmhouse bedroom makeover. I’m so excited that we are totally done this space and I get to share the reveal with you today! It totally reflects the people that live here and the farmhouse style that they love… on the farm that they love.
Let’s flash back and look at the before of this room as well as the story behind the makeover (spoiler alert… it’s not our house!).
The story behind the space
This room is my brother-in-law and sister-in-laws. Two summers ago, they bought a farm just outside of our city and have been working so hard towards their dream of being full time farmers. They are totally living that dream this year and we are so proud/admire them so much for their dedication to their dream.
Before farming, my sister-in-law had gone to school for interior design and they’d built a couple new homes to sell as they saved for the property of their dreams. She’s REALLY good at these things. Her style is amazing and after looking at Pinterest with her for years, I knew what she’d dreamed of when it came to their farmhouse. When they found this property, it came with a double wide trailer for the home.
They’ve spent all their time and resources pouring into the land to get the farm to where it needed to be for them to go full time and so when we had the idea to do this makeover for them and I started reaching out to sponsors and realized we could actually make it happen… we were so excited to be able to do that for them.
We’d originally planned to do this makeover as a surprise. We somehow thought we’d be able to get this done in a long weekend with our kids roaming the farm (we have a toddler, you guys… I’m not sure why we thought this would be so easy).
We ran into road block after road block from shipping times to rain storms and loss of babysitters and it turns out doing a complete room makeover with a commute is not a little weekend job. Either way… we’re done now!
It didn’t end up being such a surprise as it took so long to finish off, she definitely knew about most of the ‘surprises’ by the time we were done. But I did save that sign above the bed as a surprise!
Shiplap + Farmhouse Trim
Since the home had typical panelled walls like most modular homes, we were originally just planning on painting the doors and trim to modernize the space a bit and give it a softer farmhouse feel. When Metrie committed to the project we were so excited- this meant we could completely make over the room… top to bottom with that farmhouse charm. The shiplap on the whole room and the new trim and crown moulding makes this room an entirely new space. You would never know from looking at it that this is in a modular home.
We pulled off all of the strips of trim that joined the panels and marked all the studs, then got going! First thing we did is add the baseboard and trim. I have always loved flat stock trim and thought that is all I would really like. It’s what we’ve put in both of our own home remodels. We decided to get a bit more detailed in this space for that cozy farmhouse feel and ohmygoodness, you guys I’m obsessed with this trim.
As Shane and I were putting it up we both agreed we need to use this trim if we ever make over another house… it’s so gorgeous. It has detail which makes it feel super high end but not in a dated way. Just so classic. The exact pieces we used from Metrie are: base MFPU161 / trim MFPU003 / crown MFPU900.
We painted the baseboard, trim and doors a taupe colour. I love how this pops against the white walls and adds character and colour without being bold and bright. The shiplap came prepainted in a cozy shade of white and the most perfectly smooth finish.
The shiplap is the Metrie Complete Pre-Painted Shiplap which made putting it up so simple. Once it was up, we just went over any nail holes still showing (most were hidden by the next piece of shiplap) with a paint matched patch stick that Metrie provided.
We shiplapped from the bottom, making sure we were straight and level, up to the top where the ceiling was sloped. A couple tips as we worked through this process… take care at the corners to make sure the lines line up. Nothing will make your project look sloppier than corners that don’t match up. This is especially important on that last wall when you’re going to be lining up to both finished walls.
Also take care to level before you get to the top of windows and doors where you’ll have to match up to another section of shiplap. It might take spacing the four boards or so before the match to make sure that board that goes over the door doesn’t have a gap before it. You won’t notice a bunch of tiny spacing adjustments, but you will really notice one large adjustment.
We finished it all off with crown moulding which pulled the space together so beautifully. Angles scare me (math isn’t my strong suit, you guys) so I did painting while the boys tackled this. They both love this stuff but that means I have no tips to pass on to you.
Once the bones of the farmhouse bedroom makeover were complete… time for decor! We replaced the clip light with a fan… the piece that started this all. We removed a super dated fan from our boys bedroom a year ago and they asked if they could take it for their bedroom. I had worked with Emerson in the past so reached out to them about partnering for this space. They provided the most beautiful farmhouse style fan that gave them the function they needed without sacrificing any of the style. The fan is called the Highpointe and it has the LED option. You can read more about it and the installation on a sloped ceiling in this blog post.
The other big piece we wanted to give in this makeover was a bed. We had picked this one from Wayfair Canada and were so grateful when they agreed to partner on this space as well. We love the classic details of this bed with the modern flat black finish. We used her bedding which included a linen duvet cover and bedskirt. She had an old grain sack sewn into a pillow for decor on the bed as well, I love the texture this adds!
She swapped her curtain rods for more modern black ones with the same linen look curtains and then we pulled in some rugs from other parts of her home. The cow skin is such a fun and unexpected pattern in here!
As for art… she had these two gorgeous silver frames stacked beside her closet with photos of horses she’s had. I love how it takes advantage of a small space in the most beautiful way.
Over the bed is the one piece we managed to keep a surprise until the reveal. The Hazel Collection, a local sign company partnered to make this gorgeous piece custom for this project. This is one of my sister-in-laws’ favourite quotes. It is so special to be able to give this sign to them almost more than anything else in the room.
The quote is, “Love grows best in little houses with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, You can’t help but communicate. And if we had more rooms between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.”
Over on the other side of the farmhouse bedroom makeover, my sister-in-law painted the dresser this beautiful green colour. It’s called Hampshore Grey from Benjamin Moore and adds just enough colour to the space without competing against all the neutrals in the room. We styled the dresser with a family photo (this is one I took of their family ages ago, I love the pretty golden hour light!) and an old photo of her great grandpa farming hay.
The other pieces are vintage that she’s collected over time. Many of the small bottles used here are ones that my grandma had collected that I was able to pass on to her. We filled them with seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus and ranunculus. I love that so many pieces in her home have a story behind them.
Speaking of a story… we decided this wall was just too empty so as we were photographing the space, pulled in her banjo with a stand her brother-in-law made for her. We also pulled in some of the hats they use regularly in the summers and put them up on the wall with command hooks.
All in all I’m so pleased with this makeover. It’s not a style I’d take on in my own home but that’s what’s so fun about getting to work in other people’s homes! I think a home should reflect the people that live there and this space really does that so perfectly. It was not only fun to get to work in a different style but also humbling to be able to bless someone in this way. It was all feel good for us, that’s for sure!
Big thank you to the sponsors that helped make this room makeover possible- it was such a privilege to be able to work with you in this way! Also a big thank you to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who trusted us to destroy their room before we made it better. And paint their doors anything other than white. We had so much fun in here!