We bought a bus :)

I’ve wanted a school bus since the first day I stepped foot on one. For years, my dream was to be a school-bus driver, but as I got older, I had to forgo that dream since I’m not very tolerant of children.

Now, 30+ years later,  it lives again!

We recently bought a Ford B-800 short bus and plan to convert it and join the #vanlife crew on the road. However, it’s in Jacksonville and we are up near Pensacola, so stay tuned for the journey home and the Redneck Renovation soon to come!


“I supplement my outdoor decor with colorful, durable elements that brighten my day.”

Living in a small space means making the most of every square inch, so at KearceCrafted Farms we love our great outdoors.

Even if the lilies aren’t in bloom, this metal sunflower smiles up at me when I get home.

Here in northwest Florida, we spend most of our summer outside, and while I love pretty flowers, my green thumb sometimes goes dormant. So, I supplement my outdoor decor with colorful, durable elements that brighten my day. These pops of color and fun do not, thank goodness, need to be expensive. The copper-colored sunflower above, was a hand-me-down from my mother, and she probably bought it at Ace Hardware years ago. It wears its age well and is a cherished addition to my outdoor decor.

Tractor Supply, one of my favorite spots to shop, is currently offering free UPS ship to store on all Tractor Supply Company orders, so now is the time to order outdoor ornaments as well as seeds and bulbs.


This salvaged, broken boogie board makes a great tub tray table.

Believe it or not, someone abandoned this broken boogie board on Panama City Beach last year, so, of course, I salvaged it. What a perfect tray table for the redneck hot tub, a 100-year-old claw foot tub that we bought at T&W Flea Market and have cherished ever since.

I never throw away an old bedspread.

While this round chaise lounge has been with us for quite some time, it’s original upholstery was bland and boring, so I dressed it up with an old bedspread and throw pillows. Now it brightens my back deck and my day!

So, if you have beautiful flowers and a full-time green thumb, bravo. But if not, don’t be afraid to experiment with your own outdoor decor.

… 🙂 Tk


“We don’t want to make them shiny or chic. They have become a part of our life and our decor as they are. So, I’ve decided to call this style Rustic Renaissance. ” 

For years James and I have been collecting old things that we use for purposes other than what they were originally intended. Some become art while others take on a new life with new purpose. From old camera equipment to a bird bath rusted through, we find them beautiful as they are and use them to decorate KearceCrafted Farms.


During the past few weeks I’ve been trying to decide what that style of decor is called. We see it everywhere: restaurants, retail stores, television, photography… But it doesn’t seem to have a name.


Shabby chic is the closest style I can find, but even that dresses old items up with paint and accessories to make them “chic.”

We love these items when we find them and don’t want to reinvent them.

They have become a part of our life and our decor as they are. So, I’ve decided to call this style Rustic Renaissance . 

… 🙂 Tk


A Blast from the Past
This week we revisit one of our first Redneck Renovations, Tiger Lily II. She is a 1968 two bedroom/ one bath mobile home with a 360 sq. ft. addition which includes a master bedroom, living room and Florida room. She is vacant once again and about to get a KearceCrafted facelift.

At less than 800 sq. ft., Lily II is an efficient, comfortable home just six miles from Mossy Head Elementary School.
In the bathroom we replaced the subfloor and reinforced the tub.

When we started, she didn’t need much. But by the time the renovation was over, we had gutted the bathroom down to the studs in order to reinforce the tub and subfloor.

After many hours of work and much love, the bathroom shines with a custom tile floor, tub skirt, shower surround and toilet.

The bathroom got a new custom shower surround, tub skirt, floor and toilet.

In the kitchen, we found four layers of old linoleum. Between two of them was a newspaper article about the Watergate Hearings. Ironically enough, it was election day 2016 (absolutely no judgment intended).

We took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, creating an open concept for the small space. I cleaned the original cabinets with a mixture of mineral spirits and Old English Oil to bring out the natural patina and seal them for future use.

We used Durock brand cement board to provide a clean, smooth surface for the tile.

We removed all the old floor covering, used Durock brand cement board to strengthen the floor and provide a clean, smooth surface for the 18″X18″ glazed ceramic tile. It gives the small space a clean, airy appearance.

The light colored tile and open concept give the kitchen and dining area a clean, airy appearance.

Because of past water damage, we also wainscoted the walls with Luan plywood, which is a tropical hardwood plywood product. At $22.48 for a 4’x8′ sheet, it is a durable, attractive and inexpensive option.

Unfortunately, we stained the wainscot a color that doesn’t match very well. So this time, we are going to give it a coat of bright white paint with a decorative chair-rail and trim to lighten and brighten the walls. We are also going to pull the carpet out of the addition and replace it with matching ceramic tile, remove the ancient gas heating unit  and build a coat closet in the hall.

Again, we are telling each other, “She doesn’t need much.”

We’ll see…

🙂 Tk


Work continues on the USS KearceCrafted

In the course of the past week, James has rebuilt the Treetop Loft’s front porch, a.k.a. the Upper Deck, which is now bigger and stronger than before.

James chose hog wire fencing panels for the railing, since they fit into our redneck cruise ship theme.

The Treetop Loft was built with a ship’s design in mind. There are custom built bookshelves, cubbies, nooks and crannies throughout the house. We have porches on the front and back, which serve as fore and aft upper decks.

In keeping with our redneck/cruise ship  theme, James decided to replace the wooden picket railing with hog wire fencing panels. They only cost $21.99 for a 16 ft. panel at Tractor Supply  and fit right in with our design. Tractor Supply is currently offering free UPS ship to store on all Tractor Supply Company orders, so order now.

Downstairs we have a 1,000 sq. ft. back patio (the Lido Deck) made of brick pavers, forming a cobblestone patchwork. However, there will be no photos of that until after the KearceCrafted Clean Up when we get the grass cut and the patio ready for the summer season. Maybe next week.

Yes, that’s still the scene in the front yard. Stay tuned next week for the KearceCrafted Clean Up! Click the photo to play Redneck Roulette with us at Facebook.com/kearcecrafted and win a KearceCrafted sun visor.

For now work continues on what James calls the “Stairway to Heaven.”

🙂 Tk