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Main Bathroom Update

Our Main Bathroom Update was done probably about 18 months ago (I know… WAY overdue post!!). We are SO busy updating our house (and doing life), that sometimes I just don’t get around to blogging about it… and then, when I do get time, I’m so overwhelmed by the HUGE amount of things that I want to share, that I end up not doing it!!

Not today!!! Although this post is 18 months overdue, I am going to show you how much we have changed in this little part of our house!! So without further ado, I give you our main bathroom update!!

Just for funzees… here is the ever popular before photo! Pictured here is the previous owner’s setup!! But this is basically what it looked like until we started changing it!!Main bathroom updateYes, I am cringing as I am looking at this!! It is crazy to think how much this room has changed! Just have a look at the highlights!! We started with the floor… remember how I have mentioned that everything was white? We had this white linoleum (vinyl?) flooring throughout our main floor! (As of now, the only part left of this floor is on the stairs!! – I know, it is a slow process!) We also painted the cabinet white!! (This was around the time that I was painting our kitchen cabinets, which I haven’t showed you yet, because yes, I am that behind, and I have THAT much to share!)Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom updateAlready a great improvement!! 😀 The next part was that horrible tile, wood cabinet above the toilet, wood accessories and wood/mirror vanity!! It all had to go!!

Lucky for me, my husband has a hard time not bashing holes into our walls – which I won’t lie, sometimes speed up our renovating process somewhat!! On this particular day I came home to a hole where there once was tile!!

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Once I completed the drywall and removed all the other uglies from the walls, the next part of this project was paint. Colour scheme was simple – grey and white! My biggest decision was whether I was going to paint the ceiling… As I was going to paint the top half dark grey, I was worried that it might be too dark with a dark ceiling. But I buried the fear (because it is just paint after all…), and I went for it!!

When we moved in, the whole house was white – but all the rooms were shades of white… and all different shades of white… some had a green tinge, others a pink tinge, some – you get the idea… I prefer untinted white! White white!! You can see the difference in the photo below!

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The next step was the border and trim. I used a simple thin border for separating the white from the grey, and “filled in” the trim with peel-and-stick mosaic. I bought a couple of sheets which I cut into strips and just paste into place. We also bought a beautiful grey-on-white rose shower curtain from Ikea (oh how I love that place!) and mounted it onto a new shower curtain rod – the kind that bends outward and make the shower feel huge (similar to this one – although I can’t remember where we bought ours)!!

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As you can see from the photo above – the next step was to update the counter top! Although we would love to upgrade this to a pretty stone-type top, the money just is not there for this type of an upgrade! Our ‘Plan B’ is to finish this with Ardex feather finish product, to give it a concrete look – this however takes a couple of days worth of dedication, which we did not have time for a the time (and have not found the time for this in the meantime…)

Instead, for our main bathroom update, we opted for ‘Plan C’ – spray paint! Yes, it seems unconventional, but for a fraction of the cost, we could temporarily update our countertop!! So we did it!! We used Rustoleum Forged Hammered  in Antique Pewter in silver. Afterwards I sealed it with a Minwax Polycrylic water-based sealer (which is pretty much my go-to sealer for just about anything, because: water based, and no discoloration).

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Although it is not perfect, and not what we prefer, it turned out great. And as it has been 18 months since this upgrade, I can give you some feedback on how it is holding up! It doesn’t look quite as good as above. But we have been using this bathroom a LOT…. leaving soaps, razors toiletry bags etc. on it for long periods of time!! It definitely shows signs of wear… but really, I never expected it to last as long!! It is due for either a “re-spray” or a brand-spanking new countertop!! I vote for the latter…. however, for now, we’ll just leave it as it is!! (Too many other projects on the go!)

We (semi) finished the look of the main bathroom update with some new hardware and a few pretty touches to the wall!! Overall, I am still SUPER happy with my pretty bathroom!! We do have a couple of updates in mind for it though (read countertop, low flush toilet, tub with tile surround etc). For now though, it is a huge improvement (and I’m going to try to get a pretty mirror up there before too long to!)!! And we’re still pretty chuffed with this project!! Just for good measure, I’ll post the before shot again before I share the final look!! 🙂

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You likey?? Because I do!! 😀

Foyer Progress #3

For now, the final part of the foyer update involves that big white wall that has been staring at me for the last 2.5 years!! If you missed part #1 & #2 of this update, follow the links below (opens in new window):

Read ‘Foyer Progress #1’ here.

Read ‘Foyer Progress #2’ here.

So this wall… In my mind this wall has changed so many times. For the longest time I wanted to make this a gallery wall. A wall for our travel photos – the first thing you will see when walking into our house (because who doesn’t like photos?). Then I started looking at some pretty stencils (and oh my word are there pretty stencils available!). But what put me off stencilling this wall was mostly the labour and time… Here is what we started with:

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These walls have been bugging me for the longest time. I was just about to order a pretty (and pricey) stencil, when a Facebook add from Lowes caught my eye. The prettiest of wallpaper that I ever did see… So I head on over there to check it out. Yes, yes it was pretty. It was perfect. All the supplies cost me just under $90 CAD – this includes the wallpaper, wallpaper glue, scraper thingy, and the utility knife. Yes, this was what I wanted!!

I was nervous, but had read on SO MANY BLOGS that wallpaper these days are SO easy to work with. And they were right!! It turned out beautifully!! I am in heaven right now!! Here are the details – I chose this wallpaper:

Superfresco Easy Nottingham Wallpaper in White/Grey

I decided that this would become a statement wall. The wallpaper would do the talking!! So I painted that big wall above the stairs the same grey as the rest of the entry/dining/kitchen. This happened last night at 20h00 (that is 1 April 2016)(also, it seems I have a thing for painting at night!) ;). Hubby helped me with the really hard to reach places!! (Please do not comment or preach about safety!)

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And this morning started the wallpaper upgrade to this foyer! I was nervous!! Very nervous!! With my first plumb line drawn on the wall for guidance, I started painting the glue to the wall (this is/was “paste the wall” type wallpaper! So easy to use! See here my setup:

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The very first sheet too a while longer than the rest. But once I got the hang of it and came into a rhythm it went pretty fast! Here is the first installed sheet:

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I am not going to show you the in between steps. It is so basic, glue the wall, line the paper up, scrape out the bubbles, trim, repeat. And finally – Here is our finished statement foyer wall…

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Small updates remain – like now we have to replace that hideous light fixture to something pretty and modern; we still have to paint the door leading in to the garage; some mirrors on the wall above the steps; and other small things!! Likely I will only post one more update on this space, and by the pace we are doing these upgrades, it will be next year this time!! Hahaha!

Foyer Progress #2

If you missed part one of the foyer update, you can follow this link (opens in a new window!). Update #2 for the foyer was a something small that made a huge difference – light. As you have probably noticed, our walls are very dark, and the only light coming into this part of the house is that little semi-circle in our front door!

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We had previously installed a Half Lite into our kitchen door and it made such a huge difference, that we decided to install the same Half Lite into our front door (WAY cheaper than installing a new door!). I tried finding the same one online, but it does not seem to be in their stock range anymore (but it might still be in store). We brought ours at Home Depot.

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We did this upgrade end of October 2015 – Just in time for those long dark days!! Hahaha! It made a HUGE difference! We just loved how much light was/is coming through this part of the house right now!! So if you have been thinking of doing something like this – don’t be intimidated, it really is SO easy and only takes about 2 hours (very start to finish!).

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Read ‘Foyer Progress #3‘ here.

Foyer Progress #1

Our little home is a work in progress, and nothing was different when it came to the foyer updates. We have lived in this house for about 2.5 years now, and we seem to be updating the foyer area in ‘smaller-than-baby’ steps!! Today we have made HUGE progress, so I thought I would quickly do a couple posts to show you what we have done so far!! You can follow links to the next updates at the end of this post!

Before we look at all these pretty (budget) updates to our foyer, here is a look at some before photos!! (These photos were taken shortly after we moved in)(…check out all the white!!)

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The door to the left is our front door, and the door to the right leads into the attached garage. You will also see these cat (I guess) scratch pads?? all over. We have mostly gotten rid of most of them!! We do so as we update the place!!foyer update

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Here is a view from the kitchen… White white white!!! Ugh!!

Ok, for the foyer specifically, update #1 involved painting of the door (this happened way back in October of 2014 – we have been in this house almost a year by then!) We painted our front door the same colour that we painted our kitchen door – a teal colour!

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Hmmm, it seems I had some dirt on the camera lens! Just look past the dust flecks!! You can see that by that time we had already done some painting and made some updates!! The next update involved finally painting the wall around the front door. We stuck to dark grey (dark colours really make me so happy!!). This update happened end of March last year (2015), so almost exactly one year ago!! As a side note, I was painting this at around 21h00, so the light in these photos were not good!!

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And the final step in the first part of this foyer progress update was removing the horrible old coat hanger that was left on the wall!!

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Some progress made!! Here is another look at the before and after… For old time sake!! 😀

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Read ‘Foyer Progress #2‘ here.

Read ‘Foyer Progress #3‘ here.

Painting our Office

The first step in updating our office, was to paint it. As previously mentioned, ALL the walls in our house was a slightly different shade of white. Although this might please some people, we really are colour-type people. This room used to be a guest bedroom – I guess. But we really wanted a space where our computer and other admin stuff can be stored (this room, after living here for two years is still a while from being done!!). Baby steps… I guess! 😉

Here is a before shot (of the previous owner):

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A tiny update that I haven’t posted about yet – I painted all the interior doors on the main floor black!! I also updated the hardware to these doors with chrome spray paint! They have been holding up great – but I’ll share a post about that in the future!)paint office

Sorry for the poor lighting! We chose a teal colour for the office (and to date this has been my favourite paint upgrade!!) It is super vivid without being overwhelming (although I do not mind super bold colours!)
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This was our first upgrade in this room (a couple has followed since!), but I’ll post them one by one when I get the time!! Do you like bold colours?