Thursday, December 17, 2015

Reno Project Update | Entry Progress



Another project update for you today! I'm sharing the before's & progress shots of the entry way of this lovely little 1989 gem :) Above is a photo of the space before we got our hands on it - complete with wallpaper, borders, pink carpet and honey oak. We knew we wanted to add structure and 'good bones' to totally recreate the first space you see when you enter the house. Trim and interior finishings would do just that! So I got to drawing up my vision, in a very amateur and non-AutoCAD way (ie. random scraps of paper):


I knew that the dated curved staircase wall had the potential to be a show-stopper. Just needed the ingredients to get it there. In came a truck-load of trim from Metrie, oh happy day! We selected a gorgeous panel mould combined with flat stock to create a recessed look, I love love love the profile and high-quality of the trim we chose!


We got to planning out and prepping the space. I decided to paint the banister and just the horizontal footings in a deep brown (Benjamin Moore's Black Bean Soup) - I was very proud of my meticulous taping job :) Everything else would get a nice fresh coat of BM's Chantilly Lace.


It's amazing what you can do with flat stock on a curved wall! Our fabulous trim guy Mark notched out so many points that we were able to literally bend MDF:

 
Ok, so cue the dramatic music - another before shot in it's 'honey-oak glory':
 
 
Banister sanded and sanded and sanded:
 
 
And a nice new lick of paint!
 
 
We hummed and hawed over the idea of staining the banister but after lots of research we figured out that we could get the look we wanted to achieve with paint and 2 clear polyurethane coats. I am happy with the results and it was much faster and easier. We've yet to add the flooring, baseboards, and lighting to the space. Here's a peek into the powder room, before & after:
 


 
 
The old doors got a coat of paint as well, a budget-friendly option! (Sherwin Williams Black Magic):
 

Front exterior door was replaced with a solid fir door that I am quite thrilled with. We lost light coming through, which I realize many people would hate to do, but for me privacy was more important (Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black):


Here's a peek at a few other things about to go into this space, we've selected a lovely patterned wool carpet for the stairs, a medium brown oak wood flooring, and these gorgeous ceiling fixtures from Shades of Light.


I'll share the final space when it all comes together! You can hop back to see our living room and kitchen progress in case you missed them.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the progress, you can follow along with current updates on my instagram account as well ;)
 
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Winter Babe Is On The Way

 
 
 
Our little family of two is about to grow! I can't believe I'm in week 37 of pregnancy as of today. Time has flown by with this reno taking place, but we simply had to pause, soak it in, and try to capture the moment with a maternity photo session. It's been so hard to just stop and realize all that is going on around us. And as of about 2 weeks ago we've learned that baby is in a breech position and this may mean an earlier arrival via C-section. I'm still praying he'll turn around but I'm also realizing it's all in God's hands and I'm just going to take it one small step at a time.
 
Here's a little tid-bit of our photos for you (by Trina Lianne):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for coming along this journey with me! More updates on baby & reno to come soon :)
 
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Designer Profile | Amy Berry Design



I'm in love with the spaces created by Amy Berry. Her style is clean, classic, and very "young traditional" - all my favorite traits! Here's a peek at her portfolio:











That's some good stuff, and I see a lot of details that really speak to me. From the little touches of blue & white, to the paneling and trim, to the fabulous furnishings, I see many aspects I hope to accomplish once I finally get to the decorating stage of our new place!!

Hop over to see more from Amy Berry Design here. Have a great Wednesday!
 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Reno Project Update | Kitchen Progress (With a DIY Twist)



Another week, another progress post for you! This time I'm honing in on the kitchen - the heart of the home. Above you can see the real estate photos as the kitchen appeared when we toured & purchased the house. Fairly typical layout, wood box fluorescent lighting, and the same oak cathedral-style cabinets that I had to tackle in my last home! They're following me!!


You can see the kitchen is separated by a bit of a partition in the wall, however due to the fact that this is a load-bearing archway, we opted to leave it alone as we knew our budget was tight. The kitchen is a space that can suck-up budget money (and fast!) so I knew I had to get creative on a few aspects in order to make it work without blowing it all in one space. The kitchen really turned out to be a lesson in learning which items to save on and which to splurge on to get the highest design and function impact, and of course the most bang for our buck.


Above you can see a spanned out view past the archway, there was this super-awkward and random cabinet door off on one wall (to the very right of the image), that opened into a mini-pantry. It looked totally out of place! Another problem to tackle. And of course one of the first things to go was the box-lighting:


Then we started to rip out portions of the cabinets, the little open shelves on either side of the window, and the decorative wooden-dowel railing off the top:


So now to get crafty. I couldn't afford all new cupboards, and I hated the empty space above the cabinets! Enter in my father-in law who just so happens to be a dry waller and was kind enough to appease my crazy ideas. We boxed in the cupboards to the ceiling with drywall!



And now for the dramatic side-by-side, we wanted this boxed-in drywall header to appear as a natural extension of the cupboards to the ceiling, so with the help of Metrie and their incredible trim and mouldings, we created a polished and modern look using a crown, panel mould, and screen mould build-up:


The trim finishings will also be wrapped around the cabinet on the far left to meet flush with the new Calacatta backsplash. We painted everything out in BM Chantilly Lace, and ordered new oak shaker-style door fronts (and at a whopping $1200, this budget-friendly alternative was a steal!).


Here's an inspiration shot that I used to get the look of extending the cabinets to the ceiling:

 
Another close up of those gorgeous Metrie pieces, we utilized 4 1/4" crown, combined with French Curves Collection panel mould.


Bright pot lights in place, and a lovely marble island counter that I'm sure we will stain like crazy, but I'm so excited to have!


This spot is going to have the wooden stove hood returned once painted, and a stunning jewelry-like Brizo Traditional pot filler on the wall! I can't even believe I'm going to have my very own pot-filler, is it weird to say that that's the stuff kitchen dreams are made of? It'll be paired with the new SmartTouch Technology faucet that I so cannot wait to test out, no more dirty hands touching the faucet lever!


I've also got French doors going in within the eating area, more on that to come soon! I plan on a little DIY using a frosted self-adhesive product from d-c-fix that can be removed and reapplied multiple times without leaving any sticky stuff behind.


The yucky pantry door before & after - we chose a Masonite wood 5 panel shaker door to keep things looking clean and modern:


Here's an inspiration photo to give you an idea of the style of lights that will be going above the island:


And a few other kitchens that have inspired me along the way, light bright and lots of polished nickel!



Some of the items going into our kitchen space are linked below, more to come soon! Thank you for following along with our adventures in renovating ;)

 
No. 1 - Metrie 4 1/4" crown combined with French Curves Collection panel mould trim and pine screen mould | No. 2 - Circa Lighting Darlana Lantern | No. 3 - Shaker cabinet fronts | No. 4 - Brizo Talo SmartTouch Technology faucet & soap dispenser | No. 5 - 3x6 Calacatta polished tile | No. 6 - Brizo Traditional pot filler and Traditional 18" towel bar
 
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