Monday, 29 April 2013

Basement Progress

Our basement still looks like a hot mess...

But projects are have gotten done. We still have sooooo much to do still. But I can show you what we have done so far.

We re-painted the walls Glidden's Autumn Haze:

Then we planked the fireplace wall:

Here's what it looks like today:

That wall looks nuts right now. I know. But I have a big picture in my head. We will be re-facing the fireplace and possibly putting built in's on either side. 
I want the basement to have a rustic/farmhouse/nautical feel.

But we love how bright and cozy it feels anyway. We have a mix of area rugs on the floor temporarily. Once we built a hearth on the fireplace then we can pick some carpet to be installed.

Much better, don't you think??
We are so glad to be able to go down there and use it. 

Slowly but surely we are getting things done all over this house :)

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Powder Room Progress

Well we have made progress in the powder room. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let me give you a peek at what it's looking like.

Here's where it started:

This one is before we moved in.

This is the day we ripped it apart:

Here we are during the reno's:

Walls were painted BM Palladian Blue

We installed beautiful tile floors:

We added bead board:

New vanity, counter and sink is in:

So we have made great progress. The tap is in but I still need to take a picture of that. 
We are waiting for the vanity doors to be done. We have to put some art up and find a mirror plus some accessories.

Check in again soon for more progress as well as what we've been doing in the basement.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Gettin' Funky In The Powder Room

Our powder room is funky. It smells funky, it looks funky. There's no other way to say it nicely. 
It is original to our house, so after 32 years it's gotta go!! We knew when we bought the house that all the bathrooms needed gut jobs. But those are big projects and while they are all dated, they all still function. Why ruin a good thing right?? 
Well slowly the bathrooms have been showing us that they wont sit quietly and wait to be done. 
Our en-suite bathroom only has a giant useless jetted tub (that takes up the whole room), a pedestal sink and a toilet. Well the toilet decided to over flow one day before work. That wasn't fun, let me tell you! Lets say water went everywhere...soaked into our bedroom and closet and down through the ceiling making some marks in the kitchen ceiling. How'd we fix the problem you ask?? We just stopped using the toilet. Gutting a bathroom isn't in the budget right now. 
Our man bath (kids bathroom)...well it works. But the hot water taps on both the sink and the tub need to be cranked shut with all your might just to stop dripping. So I never even use the hot water for the sink. But to re-do that bathroom we have to do our en-suite first. The kids bathroom is the only tub/shower in the house. So ours needs to be done first, then theirs. OY!!!
Then recently our newly potty trained Abby decided to overflow the powder room toilet. Water went everywhere. It even soaked through our newly finished basement ceiling. Seriously?! Can't things go easily for us??
Anyway, that powder room has always smelled funky. I clean it all the time hoping to get rid of the smell, but no such luck. So now that Abby has flooded it and it stinks, my hubby decided that now's the time to rip it apart. He had to make a whole in the basement ceiling when it flooded and there is no point in patching it up until we fix that room.
Que my awesome hubby...
I come upstairs last night around 9pm after I finished my run on the treadmill, sweaty and ready for a shower...only to find that the water to the house has been shut off and he is ripping out the vanity. How's that for awesome? :P
Anyway, so now I have to come up with a plan for the powder room. 
I found these floor tiles at Home Depot. We have always wanted bead board in our powder room, so that will be done. We replaced the light last year, so that is done already. I need to patch up all the holes, sand and prime them. I got some paint samples today hopefully one is a winner.
I can't decide if I should do a light grey vanity or a white one with a grey counter top? I lean towards white because it is always fresh a crisp. Plus we have no window, so the brighter the better!
I have a picture in my mind of what it should look like...hopefully it turns out!!

Powder Room

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A little Abby update

Here's a little update of Abby's room.
We didn't get much done on it this weekend. Just getting everything together for her birthday party and Easter was nuts. Plus my sons birthday party is this week and his birthday this weekend.
But I now have a master plan! :)
I had some left over paint that I mixed together and it looks exactly like Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue. So now I need to patch up some holes and prime them so I can start the painting process. I don't work on Friday...I know what I'll be doing that day!
This week I made a quick trip to Ikea and got her the pink Aina curtains. They are so cute and she loves them.
So hopefully I can get the bookshelves made sometime soon. 
I'd like to make some colourful art for her walls. I have some chunky frames already that just need painting.
I found a beautiful room here. She did such a fantastic job on her daughters room. It gave me some great ideas.
We already have a great white iron daybed. But it seems boring to me and maybe I have some ideas on how to spice it up ;)
Abby is a spicy little girl and super sweet things just aren't her, so she needs a room that reflects that.
I found some fabulous bedding on Pottery Barn...but I will need to save up for that.
So I am just trying to hold onto my sanity and get this week over so I can get the ball rolling again!