Friday, 31 October 2014


Welcome to the final segment of my INTRODUCTION series that began here.

We moved into this house back in May of 2009.  It was the worst house in the best neighbourhood we could afford.  It was a 'fixer' in every sense of the word.

Okay, here we go!

The entrance back then and the entrance now.  This little area was crying out for a transom and after some discussion, my husband kindly obliged!

The living room.  Yup, hot pink again!  It was everywhere! This picture was taken just after we had refinished the oak floors.  They were in pretty bad shape but we're very happy with the way they turned out.  I found the electric fireplace on Kijiji for $70.00!  I painted it and the handyman did the tile surround.  We love what it does for the room.

The dining room floors were badly stained and we were unable to bring them completely back; a sisal rug saved the day!

Sanding the floor in the hallway; the messiest home improvement job you ever want to get involved in; well that and mudding.

The master bedroom was the least offensive room to deal with; no hot pink here, but the ceiling was badly stained and smelled of smoke.  We used a stain blocking primer throughout the entire house.

The tiny guest room (well all the rooms are small).  That built-in is an Ikea dresser that we worked into the wall for that very reason.  I painted it and gave it new hardware, and my handyman added the little arched shelving.

And this is my office.  I would love shelving along that back wall for all my books ... someday.

Ah, the bathroom!  The 'before' picture is really a 'during' picture.  The original state of affairs here was too gross to photograph, so we didn't.

We wanted the bathroom to look like it would have back when the house was built (1957) and we are very happy with the results.

And finally, the kitchen.  Ripping out this kitchen and starting from scratch was a nightmare, but it's the prettiest kitchen I've ever had.

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking to:  A Joyful Cottage, The Dedicated House

Thursday, 30 October 2014


Good morning!

The basement stairwell is looking VERY good today and in the bargain, I conquered my fear of heights (there were some very shaky moments on that ladder during the painting of these walls).

Anyway here's how it looked when I started out a few weeks ago and how it looks this morning!

It's a relief to have this project completed.

Tomorrow I'll conclude my Introduction series with a home tour.  I hope you'll stop by!

Sunday, 26 October 2014


Hello all!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday afternoon.  I've been puttering about all day with this and that, and right now I'm running up and down the stairs, doing laundry.

Well, the day has finally come!  It seems I've been working of this project for EVER, but here it is, looking pretty good, I think.

So that's the walls taken care of.

Next, we have the stairs.  Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I will be priming these babies in preparation for a new coat of paint.

Aren't they sad?

The next time you see them, they will be much happier!

Linking to:  Tweak It Tuesday

Saturday, 25 October 2014


Welcome to my 'introduction' series.  For the previous post in this series, please go here.

The garden was a wasteland when we moved in.  As you can see, there was little more than weeds. The bird feeder was one of the first things we installed.  

Today the garden is a much nicer place to be.

A view from the previous owners' deck (below) before we tore it down.

And the patio today.

And now the front garden ...

This is our neighbour's boat.  He's since found proper storage for it.

  The fence is a much prettier option, don't you think?

The sad front entrance, before.

And now, with my favourite greeter on duty!

The air conditioning unit's previous spot.

And how the area looks today.

I hope you've enjoyed this series.  So you don't get completely sick of me, I'll give it a break and take you inside next time.

Have a great weekend!