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!

Seven Minutes in Heaven

You actually only need one minute in my closet to realize you’re in heaven!
This is the first time that the hubby and I have shared closet space. In our first home, the master had two closets and in our last home, I kept all my clothes and accessories in an entirely separate room. But, after six years of the marriage, the time had finally to come to share a closet!
As mentioned in my previous posts, we took space from the master bedroom and bathroom to increase the overall size of the closet. The result was totally worth it – we both have a lot of space and room to grow into it (i.e. I can buy more shoes and clothes, right honey?)!
We did a “his” and “hers” space, using the closet from Sex and the City 2 as inspiration. We worked with our cabinet maker to get the exact  look and function we envisioned.
Here’s a couple before shots of the closet:

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And here’s what the closet looks like now ( I tidied it up just for you guys):

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Andrew’s side is panelled entirely in walnut. His drawer fronts are made from glass and the pulls are stainless steel.

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We went more feminine on my side with painted white cabinetry and crystal knobs. I also incorporated open shelving to display my jewellery and my shoes. My cabinet maker suggested I add in the mirrors, bench, and little drawers to the awkward space at the entrance of the closet – those little drawers have actually come in handy for storing all my extra makeup! I planned on making a cushion for the bench, but right now that area just tends to collect junk!
I have one more room to share up stairs and then we’ll move onto the main floor which is where some more dramatic renos took place!

As always, thanks for reading!

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!

Gettin’ Crafty

There is a fourth bedroom upstairs that’s a little awkward shaped as the ceiling is quite low in some places due to the shape of the roof. On the house plan, it’s called a “bonus room.”
Here is a few pictures of the “bonus room” before we started the reno:

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Because of the built-in shelves, you can’t really make it a media room – there is no wall space to put a TV! There is no closet so it wouldn’t make a great bedroom either. It would make a good playroom, but we don’t have any kids.
I decided to use the space as a craft room. I thought it would be a great place to store my craft shiz, do my DIY projects, and blog. I also work from home quite often so it will also double as my home office.
The renovations in the craft room were the same as the guest rooms:
  • Replacing the door, trim, and baseboards
  • Scraping and retexturing the ceiling
  • Replacing the carpet and the light fixtures
  • Painting the walls (including the built-in shelves). The walls, trim, and baseboards were painted Cloud White (Benjamin Moore) and the shelves were painted Coventry Gray (Benjamin Moore).
Here are some photos of the renos in progress:
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You can see in these photos some painted squares on the wall. I buy samples of colours and paint them on the wall because I like to see how the colour is going to look in the room at different times of day in different lighting. This lessens the chance of getting the whole room painted and then realizing you don’t like the colour!
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Right now the craft room is pretty empty with just few odds and sods from my old makeup room in it:

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My plan is to furnish it with two large tables, a desk, and a few low storage consoles. I am hoping to find everything I need at IKEA! I’ve included some links below for craft rooms that I am using for inspiration:
Sarah Richardson IKEA Craft Room
Soothing White and  Minty IKEA Craft Room
Turquoise Plantation Inspired Craft Room
I will do an updated post when I get the craft room completed (which could be awhile)!
My sister will be guest blogging again about her newly renovated laundry/mudroom soon and I think my next post will be about my favourite “second-hand finds”.
As always, thanks for reading!

 

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:
Guest Bedroom 1

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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.
Guest Bedroom 2

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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!