A place for Everything Mudroom

I am Chez Sharah’s guest blogger today and sister!  We moved into our 1987 home two years ago and we have been slowly renovating.  When you came in from the garage originally, you came into this empty room that the previous owners used as an office:

It had some sad hooks on the wall

It had some sad hooks on the wall

It was holding all the random things we didn't have a spot for when we unpacked

It was holding all the random things we didn’t have a spot for when we unpacked

When we looked at the house I knew right away that it would be our mudroom to keep everyone organized.  So we had it painted the rest of the house color and left it sitting for 8 months.

Meanwhile, next door was our cramped “laundry space” in the powder room in a dark closet:

It was dark and had no room to sort or fold the laundry

It was dark, and there was no place to sort or fold the laundry

Fast forward 8 months where the renovation began with moving the washer and dryer next door to our empty room.  This required a plumber to move the pipes over, electrician to put in new wiring, and even a new dryer vent cut to the outside of the house.  These are a few pictures of the moving process:

Hole in the wall to move the plumbing and electrical over

Hole in the wall to move the plumbing and electrical over

The wall is repaired and the washer and dryer are moved over

The wall is repaired and the washer and dryer are moved over

Once the washer and dryer were moved over, it was time for the cabinets:

Cabinets were built to the ceiling to give optimum storage

Cabinets were built to the ceiling to give optimum storage

Now, I’m sure that I took more pictures, but I couldn’t find them, so let’s get straight to the good stuff, shall we?  The final product:

Washer and dryer tucked under a countertop, deep sink for handwashing clothes, or filling car washing buckets, a spot for my laundry basket, and an organization station for all those papers!

Washer and dryer tucked under a countertop, deep sink for handwashing clothes, and filling car washing buckets, a spot for my laundry basket, and an organization station for all those papers!

The upper cupboards hold the off season items, and the hooks and drawers hide everything.  The big cabinet holds the ironing board.

The upper cupboards hold the off season items, and the hooks and drawers hide the everyday stuff. The big cabinet holds the ironing board.

Full view of the room, and yes, I made that roman blind!

Full view of the room, and yes, I made that roman blind!

One thing you can’t see in any of these pictures was the closet.  Before the renovation, it was the basic 80’s closet with a shelf at the top and a long bar across for coats.  I had the cabinet maker rip it out and make me very specific shelves.

Lots of shelves for shoes and a very small area for coats since we keep our coats in our lockers on the hooks

Lots of shelves for shoes and a very small area for coats since we keep our coats in our lockers on the hooks

Now back to the old laundry room.  There was not a lot of shelving  or closet space on our main floor, so I had the cabinet maker also build me shelves:

Front view of the closet

Front view of the closet

Side view of the closet

Side view of the closet.  Sometimes the teacher in me happens to shine through with organized pencils, and markers!

The next step for our renovations is to add a light in the closet above and completely renovate the powder room.  Thanks for reading and happy renovating!

Stairway to Heaven (and Delores)

There is one more room to share upstairs – the spare bathroom. It’s kind of small on it’s own though so I thought I’d throw our new stairway in this post too. If you are wondering about the title of this post, we named this bathroom “Delores” because my husband and I kept getting confused when referring to it or the ensuite. I suggested we name it and that’s what my husband came up with. Does that make us odd? Possibly.
Anyway, here are the before pictures:

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So “oak”ed out!!
And here is what the stairs/Delores look like now:
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IMG_3581 We tried to colour match the banister and the posts to the existing hardwood floor. The balusters are Benjamin Moore’s “Cloud White” and the walls are Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Gray”.
We replaced everything in Delores but the bathtub which was still in good condition:
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And just because I can’t resist, here is a sneak peek of the nursery theme:

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We aren’t finding out the gender so I had to pick something that would work for a boy or a girl. I have lots of ambitious projects for the nursery. Hopefully, they all come to fruition before baby is born!

Thanks for reading!

 

Master Bedroom Update

I am slowly making progress on decorating the master bedroom. Here’s what it looked like the last time I blogged about it:

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I am hoping to get the master decorated and fully furnished before moving onto the nursery. When we first moved in, I was going to go with a taupe, cream, and grey colour scheme. I just felt it wasn’t interesting enough though so I scouted out a fabric that could be a jumping off point for a new scheme.
I found this:

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And my new colour scheme was born: navy, grey, blue, white, and a hit of chartreuse!
I bought some new throw pillows for the bed and had some custom drapes made. These were both courtesy of Tonic Living which is fast becoming my favourite place to visit on the internet!
Here’s what the master looks like now:
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We ordered a sectional sofa for the bedroom back in January and we’re still waiting for it to arrive! Once the room is totally finished, I will share another update.

Thanks for reading!

I’m back…I think…I hope!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a shitty blogger (sorry to my mom and mother-in-law for the foul language but it’s the most appropriate adjective here). My last post was over six over months ago. That’s really not acceptable, is it? Good thing I am not trying to make money at this blogging thing!

I’ll be honest with you folks and tell you that today is the first day that I felt like blogging in a long time. This is not because I’ve lost interest in decorating, renovating, organizing, or the blog itself. The truth is that the last several months have been a little rough because I am with child!

I am 21 weeks pregnant and, well, I felt really shitty (again, sorry mom and M-I-L) for about 14-15 weeks. It felt like eternity! When I finally got over the nausea/morning sickness, I still didn’t have the energy to tackle projects to blog about or just blog period. Apparently, growing a human being takes a lot of energy! I am beginning to feel like myself again and am back to tackling some projects around the house – hallelujah!

I still haven’t finished sharing pictures of our new house which I will continue to do over the next few months. We are also doing some work in our backyard this spring and, of course, there is the nursery which I will be decorating in the summer when I go on maternity leave. So, there will be a lot to share with you!

Anyway, that is the update from Chez Sharah and thanks to all who are continuing to read despite my absence!

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Here we are, showing off the baby bump (there is actually a decent sized bump there – just hard to tell in this photo!). As you can see, we take ourselves pretty seriously 😉

Stay Tuned!

Rub a Dub Dub

The master bathroom was quite the sight to behold when we bought the house – the carpeted floor was the icing on the cake! A picture says a thousand words so I will let the “before” photos speak for themselves:

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Everything (and I mean everything!) in the bathroom needed an update. It was also in need of a better layout – as you can see, the old tub took up (and wasted) a lot of space! The original layout looked like this:Screen shot 2014-08-23 at 12.40.37 PM
We moved a few walls and stole some space from the bathroom and the bedroom to make a larger closet. The layout now looks like this:
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We ripped everything out and put in new tub, tile shower, toilet, vanity, hardware, and flooring. The only thing that didn’t change was the placement of the plumbing – it’s too pricey to start moving that shiz around!
I opted for a scheme that was clean and calming – white and grey. How surprising, hey? All of the tile is Carrara marble with white glass mosaic as an accent. There are two huge windows that let in a lot of natural light from the morning sun. We haven’t even had to turn the lights on in the morning yet (too bad the days are getting shorter).
Anyway, here she is in all her glory:

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Just look at that view – I wish I could keep the blinds open to enjoy it while in the tub. Unfortunately, there is a walking path right outside our backyard and peeps be creepin’ all the time, man!
 This turned out to be one of my favourite rooms in the house – I hope you guys enjoyed the dramatic before and after transformation. This post was getting too long to include the closet so I’ll do a separate post about that one next!
Thanks for reading and enjoy your long weekend!

Mister Master

Or is it a missus?
So far the renovations I’ve shown you have been pretty basic. The master bedroom/bathroom were where the major renovations happened upstairs. There is a lot to go through so I’ll show you the master bedroom this week and the master bath/closet next week.
This is what the room looked before:

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This was the only room in the house where we moved walls – to accommodate a larger walk-in closet! We also took out the double french doors and replaced them with one door that matched the rest of the doors in the house. The layout used to look like this:

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 And this is the layout now:

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In addition to moving the walls and taking out one of the doors, we also:
  • Replaced the baseboards and trim. We stained the baseboards, trim and doors with “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore.
  • Scraped the “popcorn” ceilings and painted/retextured. Again, we used “Cloud White”.
  • Painted the walls. The colour we used was Spider’s Web by Dulux.
  • Replaced the carpet.
  • Replaced the ceiling fan with a chandelier for a little bling.
Here is a few pics of how the room progressed:

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This guy was hanging out in the room when the clean up began. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of him. I kinda wish my vacuum came with a face and a name (are you listening, Dyson?!)
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Here is the room now:
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Obviously, the room needs some work! We bought a king sized bed and used our night tables and console table from the old house, but we’ll have to buy more furniture. We’ll do that when we’ve saved some money again! I would like to putting a small seating area in the corner and perhaps a low long console table for display items on the other wall. Then of course, I’ll need to get drapes, artwork, new bedding (we’re using our queen sized coverlet still), etc., etc. I’ll post an update when I finally get the money/time/energy to finish it off! In the meantime, it’s a good place to have pre-bedtime dance parties (yes, that happens)!

Thanks for reading y’all!

 

One Woman’s Trash…

You know what they say – one woman’s trash is another DIYer’s treasure! Or something like that.
In recent years, I’ve really gotten into trolling second-hand stores for furniture, dishes, and other decor items. I love the thrill of the hunt. You know, that moment when you find something really good and it’s only $5! Thrilling, I tell ya!
My two main reasons for second-hand shopping are:
1. I’m looking for an item to upcycle into something better – furniture, lamps, etc. or
2. I’m looking for an item with character or a vintage vibe to it.
These are some of my favourite second-hand finds:

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Brass Bar Cart – $15 from Kijijii

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Crystal Decanter – $20 from the Post (a local second-hand store)

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Silver creamer and sugar bowl – $10 from the Post
This is what they looked like before a good polishing:

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Nightstand – $15 from Value Village
This nightstand was originally stained yellow wood of some sort. I jazzed it up with glossy white spray paint and some nifty stencilling (sorry – no before pictures). It’s missing knobs because I think I’m going to paint it again with chalk paint this time.

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Assorted glass dishes – $1-$5 from the Post
I think that second-hand pieces are a great way to decorate your home because they are inexpensive, but they also add a layer to your design that makes your space look less one dimensional – like you didn’t go out and buy everything from one place but rather that you curated everything over time. I hope that makes sense!
Anyway, thanks for reading and happy second-hand shopping!