We Sold Our House!! Before and After Photos

It doesn't seem that long ago that we put our very first house up on the market. October 27th of 2014 to be exact. Cleaning and showings and open houses and one failed offer and finally after 4 months of uncertainty, it finally sold. Looking back, 4 months wasn't that long to wait, but it felt like eternity at the time. Roger had been working in our new city since September 2014 and by the time I had transitioned to a new job there in January 2015, we were tired of the commute and the 5:30am wake-ups. Also, we were sleeping on a mattress on the floor of our master bedroom (in preparation for the move) and we were tired of that too. We actually moved out of our old house and into our new house on the same day. During a snowstorm in February. My husband made 3 trips, over 90 km each way, to move all our stuff. Almost 600 km! He is crazy strong and amazing. I don't think we reflected on this scenario hard enough when we made our decision to move again!
Luckily the selling process went A LOT smoother this time around. We put our house on the market on a Tuesday, held off offers until Thursday, and received an official offer on Friday night. Just 3 days! The offer was conditional on a home inspection and financing, so we had a harrowing week and a half waiting for all the details to be finalized. It's now very much a reality - we are DEFINITELY moving! In three weeks! We're not stressing (too much) about our impending move because our new house is only a couple of kilometres away and we have 10 days between our closing dates. We hired a professional moving company to move our furniture and Roger and I will be able to make trips back and forth on evenings and weekends to move the small things. It'll be a lot of work, especially with a baby, but the light at the end of the tunnel is that our new house is beautiful! I'm giddy with excitement thinking about it. It has a bigger yard, an updated kitchen, and is overall smaller and easier to baby-proof. And there's a pond! Henry can feed the ducks.
With our last house, I really enjoyed sharing photo updates of various DIY home projects as they happened - new floors here, new chairs there, new powder room, etc., etc. I carried on the tradition in our new house for the first couple of projects, but then life ultimately got in the way (hi, Henry!) and long story short I have a backlog of updates to share. The best part about home makeovers are the before and after photos though, right?
P.S. Some of the photos (the good ones... you'll know) were taken by the professional photography company hired by our realtors. Their lenses work wonders! Front entrance
  • exterior door paint (Benjamin Moore)
  • wall paint (Benjamin Moore, Edgecomb Grey)
  • door paint (Benjamin Moore, Palladium Blue)
  • scraped popcorn ceiling
  • I SO wanted to paint the stair railing and balusters like I did in our last home, but in doing so, we'd also want to replace the carpet with laminate... too big and expensive of a project
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, Cloud White)
  • cabinet paint (Fusion Mineral Paint)
  • custom cabinetry above and to the right of the fridge
  • potlights in ceiling
  • updated light fixtures
  • new stainless appliances
  • subway tile backsplash
  • new windows
  • had we stayed, I would have LOVED to have installed (aka have someone build for me) a built-in breakfast nook below the window
Family Room 
  • wall paint (Benjamin Moore, Amber Grey)
  • bookshelf paint (Benjamin Moore, Cloud White)
  • new light fixtures
  • new windows
Living Room
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, Cloud White)
Dining Room 
  • wall paint (Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy)
  • trim paint (Benjamin Moore, Cloud White)
  • new light fixture
Powder Room
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy)
  • painted vanity and replaced hardware
  • laminate flooring
  • new above-countertop sink and faucet
  • new mirror and light fixture
Laundry Room
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, Palladium Blue)
  • new window
  • We did nothing to the cabinets because they are a HUGE selling feature to people with cats that love litter boxes in cupboards under sinks in laundry rooms.
  • new plank-style laminate flooring
  • wall paint (Benjamin Moore, Edgecomb Grey)
  • bookshelf paint (Benjamin Moore, Cloud White)
  • new cascading light fixture (oh how I am going to miss that bright orbital thing!)
  • new hardwood stair nose expertly varathaned to perfectly match the laminate
Guest Bathroom
  • wall paint (Benjamin Moore, Alpine White) - matching almond fixtures is tough, but I think we did it!
  • painted vanity and replaced hardware
  • new window with frosted glass
  • laminate flooring
  • new mirror
Master Bedroom 
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, Green Tint)
  • new plank-style laminate flooring (installed 2 days before Henry was born)
Master Bathroom 
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, Palladium Blue)
  • subway tile on 3 walls
  • new walk-in shower
  • replaced tub
  • new fancy hands-free flush toilet
  • hardwood-inspired tile flooring
  • new double vanity with marble countertop
  • new fixtures and mirrors
  • custom cabinetry
  • paint (Benjamin Moore, colour discontinued)
  • new window
  • plank-style laminate flooring
Now that we've sold, my biggest hope is that the new homeowners enjoy our home as much as we do.  We're not sure how many kids they have, but it would be ideal if they had a big enough family to really utilize all the space. It's bittersweet to move; however, our new house will suit our current lifestyle better and we're happy to have capitalized on all the work we did in t

Henry’s Nursery Reveal

When we first decided to join "Team Green" and not find out the gender of our baby, I spent hours on Pinterest gathering inspiration for a gender neutral nursery. It seemed like most surprise baby nurseries were either painted grey, beige, or a subtle shade of blue. I really liked these colour schemes and considered all of them; however, I really like bold colours and wanted something brighter. After flipping through countless Benjamin Moore paint chips, I finally chose a favourite: Mayan Green! Baby Henry's safari theme nursery is the happiest room in our home. I love the way the sun comes through the window on cloudless afternoons. Henry sleeps in his bassinet in our bedroom at night, but he happily naps in the crib in his nursery during the day. Right now we use the nursery mostly for diaper changes and naps, but we're looking forward to nighttime sleep and family storytime here in the very near future. By then we should have baseboard trim! We finished installing new floors on the Sunday afternoon and on Monday Roger assembled Henry's crib. I think bending over to help him put in the lower screws is what made baby decide to come. My water broke early Tuesday morning. IMG_1833 IMG_2131 IMG_2333 We need to put something fancy above the change table! I'm fearful of putting anything heavy up there, so I'm thinking a wall decal quote or some light canvas prints. TBD. IMG_2092 Just some nursery essentials... IMG_2330 IMG_2045 IMG_2387 IMG_2171 Items I love: Can you guess how many giraffe items we have? Hint: It's over 8!

Same Furniture, New House! – Living Room Reveal

Out of all my attempts to makeover our new home with nothing but fresh paint, my favourite project by far has been changing up the colour in the living room. You might remember our old living room (the one with the red wall.) Well, we pretty much implanted the same design elements into our new living room BUT it is now much bigger, better, and brighter! We even got a plant so that we can breathe better when we're in there. The original walls were yellow. We decided to spice things up with... white! Now I know white is not a particularly exciting colour, especially not in comparison to sunny yellow; however, Macklemore once sang about white walls and I've been hooked ever since. Actually I made that up. We decided on white because it allowed us to go a bit more funky with the trim and artwork. Eventually we'd like to put up a faux-brick wall on one side and a picture wall on the other. I'm also on the look-out for fun curtains. Roger and I are going to take a short break from indoor fix-me-ups for the time being (at least until after the wedding.) We have our hands full with invitations, planning for the ceremony, decorations, and attire. I'm looking forward to the day when we can relax in our new front room! Before the paintbrushes came out... Lving room photo 1 (3) photo 1 And.... 2016-04-05 16.19.17 After! 2016-04-05 16.19.39 2016-03-26 18.22.14 2016-03-26 18.24.36 2016-03-26 18.24.17 2016-04-05 16.20.58 I hope you like. I love!

Kitchen & Dining Room Reveal

Hello everyone! In my last blog post I promised to share more pictures of our main floor makeover. Over the past couple of weeks we kept ourselves very busy indoors and managed to splash new paint colours on our new family room, kitchen, dining room, and living room walls. Our house looks so much better already!! We still have renovation plans in the works for inside, but with the beautiful spring weather here (hopefully to stay!), we've since shifted our focus to getting the backyard in order. I'm going to keep this entry short because we have friends coming over for caesars on the patio! Here's a few before and after photos of the kitchen and dining room area. The living room turned out to be my absolute favourite project, so I'm saving the big reveal for another day. When we moved into our house every single window had natural wood framing. We brushed on a couple of coats of white paint in the eating area, which we feel really brightened up the space. Painting over older window frames also preserves the wood until the windows can be replaced. DSC_0193 2016-04-05 16.26.42 One day we hope to build a breakfast nook beneath the bay window. We also hope to replace the weird light above the table... soon! 2016-04-05 16.28.11 I really like that our new home has a traditional layout. There is a formal dining room right off the kitchen which then flows into the living room. DSC_0187 DSC_0189 I love love love the navy blue that we chose for the walls. It's called "Mysterious" by Benjamin Moore. We saved ourselves a few dollars per can by purchasing Behr paint and using Home Depot's colour-matching services. I'm debating using this same colour in one of the upstairs bedrooms; I just adore it. 2016-04-05 16.23.10 Again, we painted the window frames, trim, and wainscotting white to accomplish a more crisp and clean look. We received the dining table and hutch from my cousin, having been passed down through my family from my great uncle. I love the white and blue with the dark wood. 2016-04-05 16.22.53 Making a house into a home is definitely a work in progress. Even if you love where you live there's always a room to paint, a door hinge to fix, or a kitchen to remodel. Styles change, tastes change, weathering happens. Six gallons of paint was enough for us to take some quick pride in our house without breaking the bank. I feel like we've found the perfect place to be patient about... little by little we're going to make it our own!