Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great News!

I haven't had much time to blog this past month its been another CRAZY one, lots has happened. I will catch you all up on everything.....The biggest news is......We finally sold our house! closing is July 31 and I am counting the days.  We also bought a new house, No more townhouse, it is a single family home with a backyard! I will have lots of pictures to show you.

But for a sneak peak here is the exterior of the house.

Another busy month ahead with lots of packing and moving....3 more weeks!! I will try and squeeze some more posts in and keep you updated.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Get Inspired- Painted Kitchen Cabinets

An excellent way to improve your kitchens appearance without spending a fortune on replacing the cabinets is to paint them! Here are some great inspiring painted kitchen cabinets...

I love the idea of adding the colour to the cabinets in a pantry closet.
A popular thing in kitchens is to have the island a different colour than the perimeter cabinets. In this kitchen they did that but painted the island and the oven vent a light green. It really adds a pop of colour to the space and breaks up all of the white.
I love this colour! The charcoal gray looks so good on kitchen cabinets....I think I want to do that in my next house.
Another common thing you see in kitchens is to paint the top cabinets one colour and the bottom in another colour.... In this kitchen they did white ontop and a nice vibrant red on the bottom. Only doing the bottom cabinets is a great way to add some interest to your cabinets with out going over board with red.
I love how this kitchen has the painted cabinets on the perimeter and they left the island in a nice wood finish instead of painting it the same or different colour.
All a kitchen needs sometimes is a new paint colour and add some new knobs and you have a whole new looking kitchen!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Finishing the House Tour

Sorry it has been one busy month and I haven't had much time to blog. It's not easy living in a house that constantly needs to look like it is staged! Our house is still for sale but we have had a lot of people come and look so hopefully an offer will come soon!

I thought I would finish off the house tour from last time. (Kitchen, Bathroom, House tour)

Here are the before pictures of the basement powder room.

After ....You can read all about the bathroom Reno here

This next picture is of the office and I didn't have a before of J's room but it pretty much looks the same. We didn't really change anything in the office just filled it with furniture.



J's room After
The basement before....


And there you have it! The whole house....Now it is just a waiting game...and then on to the next house and another list of Reno's. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

House Tour

I haven't really shown many pictures of my living room to you before, mostly because it was complete before I started blogging. Since I am going to be moving I will just give you a full house tour so you can see the rooms that you haven't seen before. Previous posts Kitchen, Main Bathroom

Living room before...


The only thing we changed in the living room was the carpet for hardwood and I painted of course. The carpet was very gross when we moved in and I am sooooo glad we took it out! I wouldn't have wanted J crawling around on it.

Next I will show you the master bedroom before....


The one thing I didn't like about the house was that everything from floor to ceiling was painted the same colour. There wasn't much to change in the master bedroom except that we refinished the parquet floor in all the rooms upstairs and I painted the walls and painted the trim white.

I will leave it at these two rooms for now...Next time I will show you a couple more rooms.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Big News!

I have decided to not keep you in the dark anymore and share with you some big news.....

Yup! Our house is officially up for sale!!! I am so excited and can't wait to move. We have been looking at a few other houses but haven't found anything we really like yet, but I will keep you updated. More pictures to come of updates to the house....maybe I will show you the living room next.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mini Bathroom Reno #2

I have all my pictures for my bathroom reveal! You may remember I did a mini Reno to it awhile back....I thought I was done but, I decided to do more to it to improve its look.

These are the before pictures....

After mini Reno....
Goodbye ugly counter, black floor and stainless steel.

After mine Reno #2....
Good bye pink and green!!!

I decided to paint the pink and green tile (I'm not to sure why I didn't do it sooner!). It turned out great! Once I decided I wanted to paint it I  tried to think of ways I could cover up the shower area because you can't paint were the water hits the wall....It will just wash the paint away. Then it popped into my mind...a tub surround...PERFECT! So off I went to The Home Depot and found a simple 5 piece tub surround that could be glued over tile..... All my problems were solved! and it was only $100.

I was still a little worried about painting the tile in the bathroom because of the humidity so to get the paint to stick to the tile I knew I had to sand it but, it wasn't really working... More just polishing. So I skipped the sanding part and used a primer that is called Stix (it is suppose to stick to anything). Next I used a product called Perma-White (which is mould and mildew resistant, great for a bathroom) this product is also self priming so I knew it would be durable. I allowed for the proper dry times and kept the bathroom free from humidity for about 7 day while the paint cured.

The paint is standing up great in the bathroom on the tile so far, we just have to make sure it doesn't get to steamy that the walls start to sweat (you need a good strong fan).  The colour I used is Benjamin Moore's classic gray (oc-23).

Main Bathroom- COMPLETE  
  • Sand counter top and cabinet
  • Paint counter top and cabinet
  • Install new flooring
  • Buy new sink and faucet
  • Install new sink and faucet
  • Clean all the walls, tub and toilet
  • Spray paint the medicine cabinet white
  • Buy new white towels (just hand towels)
  • Buy white shower curtain
  • Accessorize
  • Paint the baseboard heater
  • Paint tile
  • Put in tub surround

Kitchen and main bathroom down..... next time I will reveal some big news!!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kitchen Reveal

I have pictures to show you! I am finally going to reveal all my hard work in the kitchen.

Before picture
The floors and cabinets were very worn and had scratches all over (its hard to see that in these photos)
Progress picture
New Flooring!

Painted cabinets
Making the cabinet doors
After picture

Kitchen List- COMPLETE
  • Install new flooring
  • Buy and install baseboards
  • Sand cabinets
  • Paint cabinets and new doors
  • Install new doors with new hinges and knobs
  • Buy fridge and stove off of Kijiji 
  • Paint touch-ups 
Here are all the progress posts to refresh you memory! (1,2,3,4)

I have been spending so much time running around finishing up all the little tasks and projects around the house but, after today it will be all worth it because we will be DONE EVERYTHING! Soon enough you will all understand why I have been on a time crunch to finish everything.

Next  time I will show you the main bathroom! You may remember I did a mini Reno on it but I decided to add more to that list.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Get Inspired Colour

Sorry I have been MIA again. I am just about ready to reveal my kitchen (I promise it is coming soon!).

In the mean time I have another great photo to share! I took it at work of the paint in the can after being dispensed. I like how this one created a veining effect as the paint spread. I played with the second one a little in Photo shop, I think the effect makes the veining stand out more. It would look great on a large canvas but, I can't decide which one I like better, which one do you like? (other colours- 1,2)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Playing Catch-up

I know....I have been MIA for all of March and part of April...Between work, chores, J, C, Fixing up the house and working  two weekends in a row with Britt at the Toronto Wine and Cheese and Hamilton Food and Drink in March.....I have had no time to spare. I wish there was more time in a day so I could get everything done!

To get you up to speed with everything that has happened throughout March here is a sneak peek of everything.....

Look how big Dakota is getting!!!

5 Months old

I painted my living room accent wall! Here is the before....

I picked this colour when we moved in, when I got it made it turned out to be the wrong colour. We have been living with it since....I wasn't very fond of it and C hated it.... Now it is a colour we both like and I think it looks great! The colour is... Benjamin Moore Black Pepper 2130-40.

After- Sorry the picture isn't the greatest quality.
We started to pull the carpet off the basement stairs. It is a very hard task the staples are so hard to get out and there is so many of them! I have blisters on my hands from doing it so we decided to do a couple stairs per day, now we only have 4 left to do.

I finally went out and bought new handles for the kitchen cabinets! The final reveal will be coming soon.

Sorry again about the bad picture.
C and his dad put up the trim in the house two weekends ago!! I am so happy that it is finally done.

We have a few more things throughout the house we have completed and a few more things we have added to our list. I will start to reveal room by room instead of adding it to this already long post.

One last big thing that happened on March 26..... C and I had our one year wedding anniversary! I can't believe how fast this past year went!