Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Changes in the Master Bedroom

Hello friends!

A couple of weeks ago it rained almost everyday here in Ontario.  I was feeling a cooped up and did some retail therapy to get me through it.

It all started during a trip to Winners where I saw this sign...

I loved the deep dark navy background with the gold lettering and the saying...well let's just say I needed an adventure after feeling cooped up with the rain!

Here's the before...

Not terrible...I still very much LOVE this quilt set and it will be kept to change out for a different look down the road, or go into a spare room.  But it didn't look quite right with the new navy sign.

Our son had given me a very generous gift card at Christmas.  I had been holding off using it in case I found something BIG that I wanted.  Then on a trip to Homesense I found just what I was looking for...

It was just what I was looking for!  And I only used a portion of my gift card!

I added some navy blackout curtains that I purchased at Walmart.  I also stole two lamps from the family room to pick up on the gold in the print above the bed.

Here's a closer look...this is the table on McG's side of the bed.

It makes a big difference in the feel of the room.  I find that it feels more masculine without the flowery quilt.  And it gives off a cozier vibe in our room.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lighting up the Night!

A few weeks back McG installed a new dining room light for his sister.  When he was finished they said that they were just going to throw the old one away.  He knew that I would most likely be able to find somewhere for it to go and so he hauled it home for me.  I tell you that man knows me so well!!

I had him cut out the wiring.

He drilled holes in the cups so that they wouldn't hold water.

I purchased five solar lights from the local Dollarama - a total cost of $15.  He then cut down the posts to cover the white electrical stems on each arm of the light.

They were a little bigger in diameter, so he first covered them in a few turns of electrical tape.

 He cut the posts to length with a hack saw and added them to the fixture.

Then we hung it from a shepherd's hook by the patio in the back garden.

It's the perfect compliment to our yard and light's up the night with soft white light, and....

adds some elegance to our backyard for very little money!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Refresh for Summer...

Hello Friends!!

This past weekend was the first official one of the summer season here in Canada - Victoria Day weekend.  We celebrated the weekend with a wedding and some projects out in the yard.

McG has been working hard to get his garage insulated and walls up.  It was basically a metal pole barn when we purchased this place almost three years ago.  He has since had the ceiling spray foamed and now he wanted the walls to be insulated too.  I didn't take any pictures of this process since I didn't find it to be worthy of a blog post, but I did want to mention it, as it is the reason we haven't really worked on too many other projects.  I'm trying to be patient as he finishes this up and I'm hoping it will be done and put back in order this week.

In the meantime, the weather co-operated for me yesterday and I spent most of the day in the yard getting the grass cut and working on some small projects of my own.

There were a few garden art items that needed a fresh coat of paint so I worked on getting that done.
I also wanted to give our old patio chairs a refresh.  We've had them for several years now and while I wanted to get new ones I just couldn't bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars, when I knew that I could make them work at least one more season.

They were looking pretty drab and I wanted to add a burst of color to the backyard so I used the cheapest trick I knew of - SPRAY PAINT!!

First I cleaned the chairs with soap and water and left them in the sun to dry.  Once they were dry, I sprayed the metal structure  a shiny, gloss black.  That alone made a huge difference.

Next McG took a break from his work and helped me to tape off the metal so that I could paint the plastic mesh seating and backs.

The side entry to the garage is under the covered patio and the door is painted red, so I chose Apple Red gloss Rustoleum  paint that was made for plastic.

They turned out gorgeous!

First we sprayed the back of the backrest, and then we sprayed the front of the backrest and the seat of the chair.

We then pulled off the tape as soon as they were done and then left them in the sun to dry for about a half an hour.  

I will be back later this week to show you how they look in the yard.  I am quite impressed with how they turned out.  I will keep you posted on how the painted seats hold up for the summer.  

For chairs that were on their way out of here, they really do look brand new - and it only cost $25 to paint seven chairs!!


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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!