Rough Rancher Made Modern Farmhouse | Season 3

Written by Jenny Marrs on . Posted in .

    Twilla Brooks is a close friend and over the last ten years, we’ve built four houses for her. This project was a unique one because it was our first chance to work with her on a renovation (rather than a new build). The three-bedroom house she purchased sits in a quiet neighborhood just a couple of blocks from downtown Bentonville and is within walking distance of Osage Park – a new park with trails, pickleball courts, a pavilion, and lots of other amenities.

    In spite of its ideal location, we agreed with Twilla that the house lacked both character and curb appeal. With this remodel on a tight budget and a tight timeframe, we were focused on stretching every dollar on this extra special project for our friend. This was a fun project for us because we know Twilla’s likes and dislikes since we’ve all worked together before. We decided to push the boundaries a bit with this one and take a few creative risks to surprise Twilla.  

    Front Exterior


    Twilla wanted this house to go from a bland rancher to a warm and welcoming modern farmhouse. Right away, we made plans to brighten up the brick and replace the plastic shutters with wood ones. We used crisp, white paint to cover up the dated brick, and black shutters to add sophistication and contrast.

    To update the lackluster entrance, we replaced the unstable brick column, wrapped the area in cedar planks, added lighting, and installed a charming new front door. We freshened up the rest of the outdoors with stamped concrete and a little landscaping. These improvements made a dramatic change to the front of this house. 


    Flag | Allegiance Flag Supply

    Landscaping | Ground Effects

    Exterior Paint | BM Simply White

    Garage & Shutters | BM Onyx

    Front Door Color | F+B Pigeon No. 25

    Kitchen and Dining Room


    The first thing Twilla wanted here was for the half wall that divided the dining area from the living room to be removed. This kitchen also felt cramped because of the dropped ceilings. Since these were merely cosmetic, we were able to tear them down. Basically, the theme for this kitchen demolition became: everything goes.

    The raised ceiling immediately gave the kitchen a bigger feel. And now that we had created an undivided space from the living room, we added seating under the window in the existing dining nook. Dave built wine racks to frame and complement the new dining bench. We really loved making efficient use of this space without any major changes to the overall structure.

    Twilla’s favorite color is blue and she has always loved a blue kitchen. I didn’t want to disappoint her and decided to paint the kitchen cabinets a warm shade of blue with a patterned tile backsplash to infuse the kitchen with personality. A new pantry area with a special barn door welded by Dave and his brother, Matt, was a fun surprise we were so happy to work in. We were able to utilize barn door hardware from our own historic farmhouse to add even more character into the space. 


    Backsplash | Lowe’s 

    Cabinets | Premier Wood Concepts

    Kitchen Knobs | Amazon

    Kitchen Pulls | Amazon

    Appliances | Metro Appliances

    Kitchen Cabinet Color | F+B De Nimes Blue No.299

    Dining Table | Howse

    Dining Light | Savoy House

    Dining Chairs | Better Homes and Gardens

    Dining Bench Paint Color | BM Edgecomb Grey HC 173

    Living Room


    We had a pretty spacious area to work with here, and a few ideas for a farmhouse style—with just the right touch of industrial elements for this city house. We replaced the old, dark floor with lighter wood to brighten and update and create a cohesive flow to other parts of the house. New lighting and brighter walls refreshed the whole look and pulled together this truly inviting living room.

    To update the old fireplace, we covered it in concrete and added a new steel mantle, custom-built by Dave and his brother, Matt. The new style really gave this city home some real farmhouse charm!

    From this living room, Twilla wanted a more open entry to her backyard and to a dedicated space for her to relax and host friends. We installed French doors for a simple, yet exquisite view that brought more light into the house.


    Couch & Side Table | Howse

    Leather Chairs | Better Homes & Gardens

    Chandelier | West Elm

    Coffee Table | Better Homes & Gardens

    Artwork | Buddy Whitlock

    Main Suite


    This main bedroom was in really bad, really smelly shape. The first task was to clean it out and pull up the old, stained carpet, and remove the dilapidated cabinetry in the bathroom.

    To take this bedroom up a notch, Dave and Matt installed a wood feature wall with fun angles that I painted a blue shade complementary to the color in the kitchen. We repurposed the giant window from the living room and installed it here, saving money and giving Twilla more natural light and a nice view overlooking the backyard.

    I chose a dark, modern tile for the bathroom to really set off the sophisticated look and feel. A larger shower and large vanity with double sinks (and a lot more storage) turned a once-rundown room into the grand finale of a fully updated main suite!              



    Main Bedroom Wall Color | BM Simply White

    Main Bedroom Feature Wall Color | F+B Oval Room Blue No.85

    Main Bathroom Cabinets | Premier Wood Concepts 

    Main Bath Cabinet Color | F+B Light Blue No.22

    Main Bath Light | SAFAVIEH

    Main Bath Mirror | Amazon

    Main Bath Cabinet Knobs | Amazon

    Main Bath Pulls | Amazon

    Exterior {Backyard}


    The backyard was Twilla’s favorite part of the house when she purchased it. She liked how large the backyard was and could see potential here. We poured a new concrete pad to give Twilla a nice place for entertaining guests. Tall, cedar planter boxes frame this space and tie in with the home’s front entry. They also add warmth and coziness to a place where friends and family can gather. Now, this is a space where Twilla can unwind at the end of a long day, just like she asked for.


    Outdoor Egg Chairs | Better Homes & Gardens

    Outdoor Dining Table | Howse

    Fire Pit | Better Homes & Gardens

    Exterior Lights | Kichler 

    Landscaping | Ground Effects

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    This renovation project gave us the chance to take a few fun risks on style with a repeat customer, and really good friend. Twilla trusted us to turn this into one of the best homes on the block with simple but functional updates, and we love how it all turned out. Thanks for touring Twilla’s home!