French Farmhouse Build Updates – Five on Friday

We have been busy building our house and I haven’t given you an update in a little while.  Let’s look at five different things because it’s Five on Friday!

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Chimney Caps 
I quite like this copper one. 


We can order it with either with the fresh copper color or we can order it as above with the patina.

Cabinet Colors

Thinking about kitchen cabinet colors….

Farrow and Ball Blue Gray – I like this a lot and I have painted a sample BUT I don’t like the price of Farrow and Ball so I am looking for alternatives.

Sherwin Williams Front Porch – a great alternative. 

Do YOU know of any similar colors (that are not Farrow & Ball)?? Please leave me a comment!

My main kitchen inspiration are these two pics: 

This one is actually Farrow and Ball French Gray – but it looks sooo green at times.  I also love the cerused/limed island.

 Same thing below. Love the grey/blue cabinets and the cerused/limed island.

Cabinet Doors

The cabinet door I chose is this one below but the door edge will be straight.

And also, I confess, for instance, I bought door handles that were different than the ones I said I previously chose, but now it seems I have forgotten which were the final ones! HA!  Guess I’ll find out in several months…


These barn lights are going over the garage doors. Picked them up for a song at the RH outlet.

As for the master bedroom I am having a dilemma. 

I hate can lights BUT I need to have a fan in my master bedroom because it gets so hot here in the Summer.

I cannot find a fan I like that has a light on it so I was thinking instead of putting a few can lights and doing a fan without a light attached, like the picture below.

What do you think? 


Going to go with this fireplace below without the scroll work on it.  

I had looked at Francois and Co and Chesney’s but they are soooo expensive. I was able to find someone local who can make similar items for much cheaper prices. 

I was looking at antique mantels but to fit the exact fireplace we want and have it look good is a challenge.

So there ya go! Not posting pictures of framing because wood is wood. 

Stay tuned for more updates.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 17, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Why don't you just have the Farrow and Ball color-matched into whatever paint you'd prefer to use?

    • March 17, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      oh! Well that is a great idea, and much simpler than me trying to match them! Geez, feel silly for not thinking of that! Will do!!

  2. March 17, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    I love, love, love your kitchen inspiration photos!!! As far as the ceiling fan goes, we're also building a house and are putting ceiling fans without lights in the guest rooms. For the master bedroom we're going to use a tower fan instead of a ceiling fan. We found they provide a lot better airflow than a ceiling fan and it gets crazy hot here in Dallas! Also, I can hide it when it's not in use.

    • March 23, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      We keep it tucked in the corner of the room where it's not in the way. We'll do the same in the new house and when guests come over I'll put it behind the heavy drapes.

  3. March 18, 2017 / 6:01 am

    Whatever fan you select, be sure to check the cubic feet per minute that the fan moves air. Also, the number of blades affect the efficiency of the fan. I bought a ceiling fan for my covered porch last August. My research showed a particular Hunter fun was the best at moving the most air (in my price range.)

    Cannot wait to see your final house… I know I am going to love it!


    • March 19, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Oh good to know! I have taken the advice of Antoinette above and I am trying a tower fan to see how I like it as right now I have a ceiling fan so it is a direct comparison. But I will look at the CFM!

  4. Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Love the chimney surrounds! For the fireplace (which appears to be open), have you thought about one that has a door? These are far more fuel efficient and safer, as well!

    • March 21, 2017 / 5:52 am

      Our fireplace itself is closed. We are not allowed to have an open fireplace per our county code. Thanks for the tip!

  5. March 24, 2017 / 2:45 am

    I have yet to see a ceiling fan that can come compare to a pretty chandelier. I LOVE a beautiful chandelier so I use a portable fan for air flow. I'm usually comfortable with the AC and I can tuck a fan away whenever I want to.