Fresh Paint and New Lights: The Easiest Family Room Makeover

Many moons have passed since I last wrote and much has changed for the better. In January I started a new job in a new city and in February we moved into a new home. It's amazing how quickly time can pass when you're keeping busy and faster still while you're having fun. With under four months to go until our wedding day, Roger and I have been devoting all of our time to being three kinds of people: intellectuals by day, fixer-uppers by night, and event planners in between and on weekends. There is no shortage of excitement (or Excel spreadsheets) here! I've been itching to show everyone our new house ever since we moved in (at the end of February); however, I made myself wait until the before and after pictures had enough "oomph" to warrant sharing. We've been painting up a storm here (thanks to Roger's mom and her expert painting skills) and everything is starting to come together quite nicely on the main floor. If you've been following my blog, you know that I love home makeovers. If you're just joining, WELCOME, and stay tuned because there's more in store on the DIY front. Roger and I upgraded quite a few rooms in our last house before we moved and we both fell in love with our new home because of its executive feel and potential to sparkle with a little TLC. What I love best is that we made the decision together to make it our newlywed home--a place where we can see ourselves raising a family and inviting friends for fancy dinner parties. Can you tell I'm excited to make it pretty? So far, we painted the walls in our kitchen, living room, dining room, and family room as well as most of the trim. Here's a sneak peek at what we've done to our family room! The first thing we did was do away with the wood panelling. I grew up in a log home with wood floors, wood walls, and wood ceilings, which I loved, but the wood panelling just didn't do it for me. It had to go. So did the lights. Don't even get me started on the light fixtures... all the tall boys that came to visit almost poked their eyes out before we upgraded them. photo 2 Family room before My absolute favourite part about the new family room is the wood-burning fireplace. It's perfect for comfy nights at home with wine! My parents came to visit us the first weekend and they agreed. photo 2 (2) j It took us a handful of days to pick the right paint colour for the family room. We played around with the Benjamin Moore Personal Colour Viewer and finally settled on "Cloud White" for the bookshelves and trim and "Ashley Grey" for the walls (which is more like a nice greyish brown.) The colour viewer is a virtual tool that allows you to upload a picture and make surface colour changes on the screen before committing to them in reality. The art of mentally projecting a small paint chip onto an entire wall is not one of my strengths, so the Benjamin App was my best friend. DSC_0191 Oops... all that paint inhalation must have gone to my head! I've been taking all the credit for painting the bookshelves, but this picture proves otherwise. I did do the finishing touches. DSC_0213 Ta-da! It turned out to be a relatively easy family room makeover. Paint really is the cheapest form of decorating; we can now enjoy our cozy space feeling content that we didn't break the bank. Even the light fixtures were decently priced from Home Depot. Our next step is to dismantle the mantle (sorry, I had to!) and replace it with an awesome wood beam. DSC_0209 I am so happy you stopped by to read my blog and I can't wait to share our next projects and adventures with you! There really isn't a dull moment when you're planning a wedding, learning a new job, and personalizing a house. My goal is to find the time to write it all down! Here's a teaser picture of our kitchen update. Painting the door blue might have been the highlight of my week. DSC_0211 Now if only we can convince Tunders to love the new house as much as we do... photo 4 Thanks for reading everyone! 🙂 xoxo
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Our Newest Home Accessory: A For Sale Sign!

Sooooo last weekend we decided to sell our house. In attempt to make a lazy day at home more productive, I suggested to Roger that we paint the interior doors and replace all the light fixtures. One thing lead to another and the next thing we knew a real estate agent was in our kitchen giving us tips and listing possible price points. Soon after that we installed a new garage door, nailed down trim, cleaned every nook and cranny, and BAM our house was up for sale. Umm... did we really do all that in one week? Our original plan was to wait until after the wedding, but with Roger commuting two hours every day, it didn't make sense to delay the move for another nine months--especially with winter drawing menacingly near. We love the home we've built together; however, we're both excited for a change of scenery and the prospect of planting our roots somewhere entirely new. We already have our heart set on one particular place--it's somewhat older, executive-looking from the outside, super dated in terms of decor (I'm talking wood paneling on the walls)--in a great neighbourhood with lots of mature trees. The sad news is that we're not the only couple bidding for it. Our offer is conditional on the sale of our home. As crazy as we may be for listing so quickly, the reality of selling a home is that it doesn't happen right away. It's not unusual to go weeks without getting a serious offer. That being said, we're optimistic about our open house tomorrow--hopefully we get some interest! It'd be lovely to move into a new place (and start renovating!) before Christmas. 551515_1 551515_3 551515_4 551515_6 551515_5 551515_13 551515_14 551515_16 551515_19 551515_22
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Finally Finished: Blue Bathroom with Black and White Accents

A few weeks ago I shared photos of the beginning stages to our main floor bathroom makeover. Today, I am happy to announce that the renovations are complete! Guests can now be directed to the powder room without me apologizing in advance for its datedness--a truly wonderful thing. I hope you all like the new look as much as we do! July 19 - Flowers Is it just me or do these artificial flowers look surprisingly life-like? They are a collection of old and new finds. July 19 - Toilet Paper We chose to accent the blue walls with pops of black, white, and chrome. My excitement over this space-saving toilet paper holder reminds me how old I am getting to be. July 19 - Yoga Ladies These acrylic yoga ladies were very expensive at one point in time, but we were so lucky to get them for free! Roger's mom gifted them to us and now they have a happy home atop the toilet. I searched every hardware store and what felt like every corner of the internet for weeks before finding the perfect floating shelves in the dimensions that we wanted. July 19 - Mainfloor Bathroom

The finishing touch? Trim! We're installing it tomorrow when the weather is a bit nicer. I just couldn't wait to show you the big reveal today! Let me know what you think in the comments and be sure to check out the before pictures.

July 19 - CarpetVanity & Toilet: {Rona} Floating Shelves: {Lowes} Decorative Mirror: {Home Sense} Hand Towels & Accessories: {Home Sense} Photo Frames: {Michaels} Toilet Paper Holder: {Canadian Tire} Rug: {Walmart}

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Main Floor Bathroom Makeover

I'm almost embarrassed to show you the "Before" pictures from our most recent home renovation project. Talk about a disaster! Our home was built in 1987 and some facets of it are still stuck there--the main floor bathroom being one of them. I love our home to bits; the front entrance is bright, the layout is great, the rooms are big, but the previous owners either gave zero cares about its appearance or did not have the funds to make changes. I'm assuming the latter--trips to the hardware store are certainly not cheap! Since we bought the house in 2012, Roger and I are slowly going from room to room making necessary updates as our budget allows. Save up, do a project, save again, do a project, repeat. When you are marrying an accountant, there is no other way than the cost-effective way. I feel as though we're being rather smart about it; we're only spending money on the things that add definitive resale value to our home. For example, in 2012 we built a deck, installed hardwood floors, and put up a backsplash in our kitchen. In 2013, we painted the living room and dining roommodernized the bannister, and installed bamboo flooring. We experienced a renovation slowdown in 2014 considering Roger was in New York for three months. While he was away, I painted the office and bought a few accessories for the bedroom, but that was the extent of my home improvement activity. We're getting married next July (eek--just 13 months to go!), so our saving strategy has changed dramatically; almost everything is going towards the big day/honeymoon, etc.! Recently inspired by a 15% off bathroom accessories sale at Rona, we decided to dabble once again in DIY project work. This room of choice this time? Our main floor powder room. It was in desperate need of some makeover magic. Pictured below is what the bathroom looked like before. I tried to get a picture with the mirror and sink still present, but Roger was too fast for me. The toilet is new and we saved a ton of money installing it ourselves. May 27 - Before Bathroom We had to repair quite a few big holes in the walls to prep for painting. I almost used a whole container of putty. May 27 - Putty The toilet paper holder left a massive crater in the wall and mesh was not enough to reinforce it. When in doubt, use a raisin box. Roger and I were quite proud of our makeshift solution. Are we amateurs or what?! May 27 - Raisin Box The fun part was choosing what colour to paint the walls. I considered a few blue paint chips, but ultimately fell in love with the hue on a bridal business card. I took the card with me to Rona and the paint expert mixed me up a can in the very same colour. Yay! May 27 - Paint Pictured below is the end result, which we are quite pleased with. I still need to soften the look with some finishing touches: A set of floating shelves above the toilet, a vase with flowers, and some pretty soap and towels would pull it all together. We were very fortunate that we decided to renovate when we did because the vanity was originally $400 on sale for $250. We ended up paying only $220 because of a small scratch on the surface. I picked up the mirror at Home Sense for $40. May 27 - So far All in all, it was a pretty cheap fix. The entire project cost us less than $600. This included the toilet, vanity, faucet, paint, and mirror. I'll post another photo when it's 100% done! May 27 - Dog around the corner This is kinda the look I'm going for... except I went with the blue walls instead of white because our entire front entrance is white. A pop of colour is always nice!
 Black and White Bathroom
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