Home Tour



Hi and welcome to our home.




We purchased our house from the original owners back in 2006. It was in great shape but needed a face-lift, inside and out. All renovations were completed by us (& grandparents) one DIY, budget friendly project at a time. In 2010 we added new siding, windows, and a small addition to the porch. We also added the peaks for a little more character. Door Colour is Earthenware by Beauti-Tone.

Before

Here is what our home looked like when we purchased it in 2006.


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A peak inside our home


We moved into our home in January of 2006. As soon as we moved in we striped the wallpaper from the porch and the bathroom and painted the house throughout. Skip ahead 9 years and two kids later and every corner in the house has been painted (many times) and decorated (and redecorated). We are finally growing into our own style and all I can say is it takes time to build a home. All our projects were completed over many years as money and time allowed. Below are a few before and after pictures

Entry

Before


This is our entry when we moved in. Pink walls and wallpaper were in need of a little update. We striped the wallpaper and put on a fresh coat of paint. In 2010 we built a 6 x 8 foot addition on the porch. At that time we also put up grasscloth wallpaper (a favorite), new lighting and flooring. Here is a picture of the transition before we added the small addition.

During



This is our entry in 2015! I changed the light fixture (again). Found this one at HomeSense and fell in love. It reminds me of the ones at Restoration Hardware but at a fraction of the cost. We also scraped the stucco off the ceiling, not a fun project but necessary.

After




SOURCES
Light, bench, rug, & coat rack- Winners
Wreath - Target
Basket- Wicker Emporium
Fiddle leaf plant- Holland Nurseries
Mirror- Bombay
Curtains- Sears
Paint colour- Sico's Nunavut

Living Room

This is what our living room looked like when we viewed the house, not our style but I could see the potential. I put this picture in here just to show you that it is every easy to transform a space you just need to have an open mind. We knew we would paint out the pink the walls and replace the blue carpet (all of which were in style at one time).


The picture below is from the first year we lived in our house. It was a very hectic year getting pregnant the month we moved in and having a baby boy (Parker) 3 months early! Everything turned out great and we now have 2 beautiful healthy boys. While I was in the hospital my husband and Dad laid and finished the hardwood floors. The floors are birch hardwood which we finished in a Minwax Jacobean stain and three coats of varnish. The wall colour in the living room is Butter Cream (CC-260).



Move forward to 2015 and here is what our living room looks like today. We replaced our apartment furniture and now I finally feel like this room is complete. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage (2142-50) and the wainscoting is Moonlight White (2143-60). 




SOURCES

Rug- Rugsusa.com
Fireplace- Canadian Tire (painted in Moonlight white)
Mirror- Canadian Tire (Spray painted gold)
Bench, coffee table & end table- Bombay
Pillows- etsy.com
Chairs- Pier 1
Deer picture (DIY project)
Curtains- HomeSense
Curtain rod- Kent
Accessories- Winners/Target

Dining Room

Next up is our dining room. Below is a photo of when we first moved in, this table was from our apartment in Halifax. I could not wait for a new set but until that was possible we used Mom's old set and re-worked that. The pocket door is also gone as we took down the wall in 2010.



This is my Mom's set pictured below. We painted the hutch black (which I later painted green) and added foam to the back of the chairs and made new covers



This look stayed for a while but as with everything in our home, evolved when time and money allowed. This room got the most attention in 2014. I decided to move the dining table from its vertical position to fit horizontal in the room. To do this we also had to move the light as it was centered with the table going the other way.


The dining room is almost complete. Our plan for 2015 is to build a banquette on the back wall. I am very excited for this project! I made the curtains short for this reason. I am not usually a fan of short curtains but I thought these would look great with the new banquette. Just before Christmas my husband built these great picture ledges for me, you can find a tutorial for these on the Anawhite website, http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/ten-dollar-ledges.





SOURCES

Curtain facric- Tonic Living
Blinds- Walmart
Frames/pictures- HomeSense
Rug- Rugsusa.com
Chair covers- Sears
Table- Pier 1
Curtain rod- Kent

Kitchen

Our kitchen is probably the room that has changed the most. When we moved in the kitchen looked like this, and it continued to evolve every year! 



After about a year I painted the cupboards and removed and replaced the hardware, added crown moulding, new lighting, new floor and put up beadboard for the backsplash. 



This worked for a while but eventually we had a big budget to work with we decided take down the wall that had the fridge and stove on it in December 2010 (few weeks before Christmas!) and open the kitchen up. 



The living room and dining room had stucco on the ceiling and the kitchen didn't, which also meant we had to scrape all the stucco off the ceiling and plaster it again. Oh the joys of renovating! Eventually I hope to do a coffered ceiling (a future project). 


We kept the same cupboards but moved them around and added a backsplash, new appliances and countertops. My husband also built a new hood range to replace the oversize microwave! Move ahead to 2015 and here is a look at our kitchen now.








SOURCES

Faucet- Costco
Backsplash- Homedepot
Countertops- Interiors plus
Flower pots- Dollarstore
Rug- Dash and Albert
Kettle- Canadian tire
Utensil holders & cutting boards- Winners
Lighting- Laura's Lighting & Decor
Fabric for Roman blind- Designer Fabrics
Cabinet paint colour- Moonlight White (2143-60)
Green paint wall colour in kitchen (HC-122)
Growth chart - DIY project
Built-in ovens & stovetop- Ebay
Fridge- Cohens
Stools- Canadian Tire (painted  BM AF-280)


Bathroom

The upstairs bathroom probably had the least amount of renovations done. I am waiting till I can fully gut this bathroom and start from scratch, this hasn't happened yet. As soon as we moved in, Nan and I stripped the wallpaper (she had years of experience doing this) and my husband added the wainscotting. The cabinets and walls got a fresh coat of paint and we installed a new toilet. The sink, floor, faucet and shower are all original to the bathroom. I will show you my ideas for the bathroom in an upcoming post, stayed tuned!

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Basement

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Basement Bathroom

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Master Bedroom

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Guest Room




Backyard

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Summer 2014





Thanks & we hope you enjoyed our home tour!




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