See this ancient farmhouse go from tattered to tranquil

When singer-songwriter Holly Williams stumbled upon this tattered 1800s Tennessee farmhouse for sale on Craigslist, she wasn’t looking for a project. But the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. couldn’t resist the impulse buy and decided to give it some much-needed TLC.

The home is the star of this year’s installment of Country Living’s makeover series, where readers helped Williams transform the place by actively voting on major design elements. The magazine’s editors also assisted in the execution of the new look, bringing life into this historic, albeit haggard, home. And the results are absolutely stunning.

Enhancing the exterior

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Before: the exterior of the home lacked curb appeal

The team gave a facelift to the century-old home, adding fresh paint, new wooden doors and green landscaping that gave it instant curb appeal. And for a subtle pop of color, Williams painted the porch ceiling a light blue (Borrowed Light by Farrow & Ball), a fun surprise when guests look up as they enjoy the outdoor space.

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Fresh paint and landscaping gives this home major curb appeal.

Kicking the kitchen up a notch

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The kitchen before the makeover

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Mint green walls and white cabinetry with dated hardware made up the kitchen decor. The team gave the color palette an update by painting the walls a crisp white and adding a ceramic subway tile for texture. The cabinets were replaced with light gray ones featuring on-trend brass hardware.

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Fresh paint, new cabinets and updated hardware bring this kitchen to life.

Designing a dreamy dining space

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The dining room before the makeover

The kitchen opens into the dining room, with an enchanting distressed brick fireplace separating the two spaces. The honey-colored wood furniture was inspired by the hue of the bricks. Above the large table hangs a rustic chandelier, and below lies an oriental rug that gives the room a bit of femininity.

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The team incorporated the honey-hue from the fireplace bricks in the furniture.

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Beautifying the bedroom

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Before: The closet-less bedroom needed some TLC

Williams discovered old pine floors under the carpet in the bedroom. Unfortunately, they weren’t in the best shape, so she chose to save money on a costly fix and paint them instead. The result is a cozy and colorful look. The room also featured an open closet space which was carved out between the wall and fireplace. Williams took out the rods and added a desk, creating a perfect spot to work on her songs. Her clothes are now hidden away in a gorgeous antique armoire.

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Instead of a costly floor renovation, Williams painted the pine a bold blue.

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To see more pictures from the farmhouse makeover and find out Williams’ rules for renovating, check out the full feature at countryliving.com.

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Country Living Magazine, October 2016 issue.