Sunday, April 02, 2017

A Little bit of Spring on the Porch

Hello again!  Another month has gone by already - time is flying by so quickly isn't it?

McG and I arrived home yesterday from a two week trip to sunny Florida.  We go each year for the last two weeks of March.  Let me tell you, the weather was FABULOUS!!! The sun shone everyday and the temps were in the high 80's.  So different from here in Ontario where we live.  In fact the week we left we had snow here and temps in the 30's.

When we arrived home yesterday the sun was shining and the temps were in the mid  50's.  All the sunshine in the previous weeks prompted me to do a little spruce up on the front porch.  We haven't gotten the furniture out yet, but I did pick up some faux flowers to freshen up the place.  First though I had to take down the wintery flowers of red, white and green to make way for this new beauties!

I spent $15 on these flowers, mixing them in with some that I had from last year's arrangement.

I even had a few leftover to add to the pots on the wall as well.  The yellow and purple are new, the white I left in the from the winter arrangement.

Just a little bit of spring and some happy colours on the porch!  Have you added some spring touches to your front porch yet?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Progress on the Bathroom

This week we have really worked hard to get this bathroom into the homestretch.

As I told you last week, this is the main bathroom in our home and the one that McG and our son share.

We knocked the following projects off our to-do list this week...

1.  sanded and re-stained/varnished the door and added new hardware - we used a satin varnish instead of the high-gloss that was on them previously

2.  Painted the walls a soft grey called "just chillin'" by Beauti-tone from Home Hardware.  It was a kitchen and bath paint in a velvet finish. We also painted the ceiling and trim a fresh coat of white.

3.  We installed a new counter-top but kept the same sink.  We also added new faucets.

4.  McG installed the new light that we purchased at IKEA - the VIPPARP

 5.  Next McG mounted the new wall hooks I purchased from Home Sense, along with the new toilet   paper holder and towel rack.  He made mounting blocks for the toilet paper holder and towel rack and stained them to match new cabinet color.

6.  He re-attached the cabinet doors and hardware, while I added the new shower rod and curtain. We also added a smaller mirror that we purchased at Home Sense.

Next up we are replacing the flooring and adding new baseboards - then we can mark this room off the to-do list!

Here's a look at the room so far...

Here's a side by side view of the before and after...

I'm loving the transformation so far and can't wait to show you it fully finished with the new flooring and trim!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Moving at a slower pace...

Like many of you I follow a whole whack of bloggers...and I am amazed at the pace they seem to get their projects done.  McG and I worked at a fast pace when we first moved here, but these days projects seem to take a whole lot longer to complete.

We started our main bath reno right after Christmas...we seemed to get the cabinets refinished quickly but the rest of the room has been moving at a snail's pace...

Here are some BEFORE photos to give you an idea of what we started with.

Green walls, walnut cabinets that were pretty tired and worn.

Pretty 1980's...(I didn't even crop out that empty toilet paper roll...that's how real I'm keeping it today!)

A great big mirror..

And some slate tile flooring and pretty worn trim.

Now for the plan.  I had wanted to enlarge the bathroom by stealing some square footage from a small bedroom that backs on to the bathroom.  McG, however, felt that we should keep the bedroom as is for a storage/weight room option.  I have to confess that I don't usually give in, but for now, I'm letting him think that I did.  I agreed, for the time being, to give the bathroom an overhaul without changing the footprint.  So this room is getting the following updates.

1.    Paint - a light grey called "just chillin'" - in a Beauti-tone kitchen/bath paint
2.    Sanded and re-stained the cabinets in a weather grey/brown finish
3.    New white trim and baseboards
4.    New counter top
5.    New faucets
6.    New light fixture
7.    New mirror
8.    New flooring
9.    New fan/light switches/ground fault electrical outlet
10.  Sand and restain the bathroom door and add new handles

We have purchased everything and are in a state of limbo.  The cabinets are done - we didn't replace the hardware because we did that when we moved in.  The door has been sanded, stained and the new handles are on.

We have done some patching and sanding of the drywall and new electrical and a fan was put in.

The first coat of paint went up today (Saturday) and the second will go up tomorrow morning (Sunday).  WE ARE WEEKEND WARRIORS!!!

I am hoping that if we can pick up the pace, the bathroom will be completed and put back together 
by the end of next weekend!!

Finally, to really let you know that DIY is not glamorous, I had a counter top and sink, along with the upper tank to the toilet as decoration in my entryway today!

I can't wait to be able to show you the finished room!


Saturday, January 07, 2017


Hello Friends!!

The New Year is well under way and I'm popping in to apologize for being away so long!

Work and holidays has really slowed any progress we have made around here...that and the fact that
our to-do list has dwindled.

We started our Master bedroom in November and although it has seemed to be really slowly progressing, we are at a point now that I can share it with you.  Those of you who follow on Facebook and Instagram may have already seen the progress but I will walk you through our process.

Back in the summer you may remember that McG secured some free pine tongue and groove flooring from a work friend who was ripping it out of his living room.  I knew that I wanted to tackle a "ship lap" wall in the bedroom, but it really wasn't high on the list at the time.  We took the wood and stored it in the garage.  We cleaned it up by passing each board through the table saw to cut off the edges with the nails/nail holes.  One side of the wood had been varnished so we flipped the wood over and McG nailed it to the wall behind our headboard with his nail gun.

I selected the boards, keeping in mind, to vary the sizes and the woodgrain to get the best patterns. We left it plain for several weeks, until I could decide whether I wanted to paint it white or stain it.

After finding this inspiration photo, I knew that stain was the way to go.  First we painted the ceiling a fresh coat of white and the walls a soft grey almost white called Glacier Stream by Sherwin Williams.

I stained selected boards with a special walnut stain by Minwax first.

Next I used Weathered Grey stain by Minwax over all of the boards to give the wall an aged wood effect that I just LOVE!!

At first I was worried that the room would be too "dark" because of the stained wall, but with the light grey, almost white color on the other three walls, to room is actually much brighter than the dark caramel that was in here when we purchased the house.  You can see the old color in this photo we took just before we started to add the wood.  Although a warm caramel color, it really made the room feel small and dark.  The room also previously had dark walnut stained trim.  We painted out the trim around the doorways a bright white and we are in the process of replacing the baseboard trim as well.

We knew that we needed to paint our closet doors, but now that the weather is too cold to paint outside in the garage, we decided to temporarily replace our closed doors with curtains.  I found these panels on clearance at our local Walmart for just $11.00 per panel.  We purchased a $12 rod kit as well.

McG also used some of the wood to frame a mirror that we had previously just had hanging on the wall with mirror clips.  We stained the wood to match and now we have a custom frame.

We are in the homestretch on this project and then we will be heading either into the spare bedroom next door to our room or the main bath.

I'll keep you posted as we move along!  This home is quickly becoming my favorite home so far!