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!

 

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!

 

Be Our Guest

I will start off the tour of my new and renovated home upstairs and today, I will share with you our guest bedrooms. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs – one is the master, one is my craft room, and the other two are guest rooms (until or unless our family grows, if you get my drift)…
This is what the rooms looked like before:

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Renovations to these rooms included:
  • Replacing the baseboards, trim, and doors. We stained the baseboards, trim and doors with “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore. We chose 5 inch baseboards- in hindsight, we wish we would have went for 8 inch for more drama.
  • Scraping the “popcorn” ceilings and painting/retexturing. Again, we used “Cloud White”.
  • Painting the walls. Both rooms are “Stonington Gray” by Benjamin Moore.
  • Replacing the carpet
  • Replacing the light fixtures
Here’s how they turned out:
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Most of the furniture from our old guest room fit nicely in here so I don’t have to spend more money on getting this room furnished. I have plans to strip the white desk in the corner, make  a window treatment, and make a cover for the window seat.
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I moved some of the furniture and all of the decor from the old master into this room because our new master has room for a king sized bed. This room is basically complete except getting a nightstand for the other side of the bed.
These rooms were not the most dramatic before and after of our renovation, but I am pleased that the decor turned out so well without having to buy anything new! So, who wants to come and stay for a visit now?!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

Some Updates to the Bathroom

It’s the little things in life that bring me the most joy. Hence, why I am super pumped about some changes in my shower! I recently purchased a new shower curtain from Target. I had been wanting to replace my tatty old one for awhile. Here’s the old one:

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I had my eye on this one from Etsy:

My motto is you can never go wrong with ikat and chevron! Okay, I just made that up, but don’t you agree?

While I was down in Phoenix last week, I spotted a pretty darn awesome shower curtain at Target (I can’t wait for Target to get to Canada!). It’s from their new Threshold line and it was only $19.99. What’s not to love?! So I bought it and stuffed it on my carry-on for the ride home!

After purchasing the new curtain, I decided it was time for a new rod and shower rings (the ones I had have some serious rust going on). I purchased a brushed pewter rod from Canadian Tire:

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And these rings from West Elm (you can purchase these almost anywhere though). These are the only kind of rings I use because they slide across the rod so nicely:

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While I was at Canadian Tire today purchasing the shower rod, I spotted this Simple Human shower caddy that I’ve had my eye on for the last 4 or 5 years!  It was kind of pricey as far as shower caddies go ($39.99), but it has a bunch of cool features. Don’t take my word for it – check out this delightful little video about it!

It has now has a beautiful home in my shower and holds everything so the shower ledge is no longer cluttered with items that don’t fit.


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Here’s what the bathroom looks like now:

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The new shower curtain matches great with the accessories I purchased from West Elm several months ago:

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One more look:

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And here’s a project that will keep me out of trouble over the next few days:

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Thanks for reading y’all!

Where The Magic Happens Part II

So I began showing you the master bedroom a couple of weeks ago and I had left off showing you the drapes. Here’s the rest:

The espresso wood bedframe was swapped out for a cream fabric headboard with a silver nailhead detail:

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The headboard is from Urban Barn and the style is “Duchess” – I was able to pick the fabric and the colour of the nailheads.

I purchased the fabric for the pillows from fabric.com and Designer Fabrics and had my drape lady whip some up for me (I, unfortunately, cannot sew to save my life).

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There was really no need for a dresser in the master as both the mister and I have separate closets, but I wanted a piece of furniture for the wall that the bed faces. I spotted this console table from West Elm and lusted after it for several months:

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Unfortunately, it was too long for the space. Well, then I got a bee in my bonnet that I needed a console table for that wall. It seems that most are a standard length though and I couldn’t find one short enough to fit. So, the mister and his father took matters into their own hands and built this spectacular piece:

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Apparently, it took some 8 cans of high gloss white spray paint to achieve the desired result. It now has a beautiful home in the master:

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Finally, in the corner of the room I added in a sitting chair and this little ceramic side table:

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One final view:

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I still need to tweak bits and pieces. I want to create some sort of vignette on the console table, spruce up the items on the bedside tables, and add in some more art…another project for another day!

Thanks all for reading!

Where The Magic Happens Part I

On MTV Cribs, whenever the celebrity leads the audience to the master bedroom, they always say, “And this is where the magic happens.” I am not sure what kind of magic they are referring to (wink wink nudge nudge ) BUT I am referring to yet another amazing transformation in my crib.  I’m going to talk about the master bedroom in two parts because there’s a lot to tell you and I don’t want this post to go on forever.

When we moved into the house, the master looked like this:

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(this isn’t our furniture – this was one of the pictures in the real estate listing)

And then there was this atrocity:

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What can I say about this? Well, I guess I don’t like the idea of taking a dump in a bathroom without a door. It kind of ruins the magic when your spouse accidentally barges in on you. I’ll leave it at that.

Needless to say, we closed in the master ensuite and added a pocket door so that it now looks like this:

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Once that was done, it was really just a matter of a decorating it to my taste. I’ve mentioned before that I am a huge Sarah Richardson fan and I took my inspiration from this room she did several years ago on Design Inc.:

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I love the yellow and grey colour scheme. I was so infatuated with the wallpaper that Sarah used that I tracked it down and purchased it myself. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son and it’s called “Rajapur”.  I found it online and discovered that the best price was through a UK company Fabrics & Papers. Here’s a better view of the wallpaper:

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We painted the walls “Spider’s Web” by ICI Dulux Paint (which matches the lighter colour in the wallpaper) and then wallpapered the wall which the bed sits against.

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(sorry, the picture was taken on an old cell phone and it’s not the best quality).

I had the drapes custom made with a fabric that I purchased from Fabric.com (I love this website – great deals and you can almost always find a discount by googling “fabric.com promo code”).

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The only things to do after were this were replace the headboard, finish furnishing the room, and add some artwork – I will share that with you next week.  Thanks for reading!

Also, would anyone like me to list the places where I bought my furniture/accessories?