A Waterfall for the Powder Bath 

When Max and I last went around the house to talk about upcoming and future projects, he was very surprised to learn that our powder room was not completed. 

I have spoken before about how I wanted a waterfall faucet for that room. When I bought the vanity top at Lowes I got a free faucet for it, which was much better than our old one and worked in the meantime while I saved for the new one. 

But when Max learned that the bathroom was not done he told me to just finish it. So I found a deal and ordered it. 


And it is super cool. It has a brushed nickel finish so it matches the rest of the bathroom hardware. 



The opening in the top and the square shape make it feel modern. 


And I made some updates to the other side of the room as well, replacing the crappy outdoor bench we had in here with this wood one that max sanded down and stained to make the wood grain really shine. 



I may have some pictures of the refinishing process that I can include in another post but I will have to dig them up. 


And above that bench I hung this shelf from Homesense. I love the metal work on it. 


Toilet paper is a great decor tool. 


Meanwhile, as I took all these pictures (plus some of the dogs), Max installed the free Lowes faucet upstairs in the main bathroom. The old faucet there was pretty sad so it was a nice upgrade. 



I’m excited about these faucet changes. Now all the powder room needs is a new light fixture and I will be painting the ceiling when that is installed. I hope to pick up the fixture on my next Thunder Bay trip. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

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Future Plans for the Main Bath

Max and I recently decided that the next project we are going to tackle is the garage workshop.

Which is painfully boring. It is a garage after all.

It is absolutely necessary for us to finally finish our workshop, especially with winter fast-approaching. We really need a place where we can work on projects and plus if the garage doesn’t get organized soon I will likely develop a hernia. Unfortunately this is not going to be the prettiest project we’ve done. And it’s not really going to require a lot of design and decorating on my part.

So in the meantime, I can dream about future projects.

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I have talked about all the problems I have with this main bathroom in the past, HERE, and I painted the mirror black HERE. And while I had a lot of ideas as to changes I wanted to make, it was about damn time I made a real plan.

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I think one of the main problems in here is the wall colour. I had thought that the vanity needed to change, but it turns out it was the walls. I was trying to blend beige and grey too much, and I needed everything to get a little bit cooler toned in order to match better.

In this spirit of simplifying, I will paint the walls Blank Page by Beauti-tone, and leave the vanity as My Favourite Sweater by Beauti-tone. The vanity in my design plan is just a representation of my painted vanity, I will not be switching it out, just putting a new topper and faucet on.

For further cohesiveness, I want all of the hardware to be black. And right now I’m thinking hooks instead of a towel bar, which Max says he prefers because they are “easier”

I also am sticking to my black mirror, but changing the shape to a circular mirror that I already picked up from Homesense.

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Another one of the larger changes will be lighting. You can see the vanity light right now is off centered and just in the way. I would love a sconce on either side and am eying these from Wayfair right now.

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I already have the shower curtain, so the last thing I need is that beautiful cement tile. Unfortunately it is only available in the states so I may have to figure out a creative way to get it (or go for a shopping trip across the border).

I’m excited to turn this bathroom around and make it something I love. After I finish the boring garage project.

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Bye Bye Green Couch

The couch is gone the couch is gone!

Three years after first obtaining our green couches from a friend upon moving into our first apartment, we finally got rid of the last one.

And it is awesome.

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Forgive me for this photo, it is pre-DSLR, but it shows both our green couches in their full glory. I bought these guys third-hand off a friend a few years ago, when I was desperate for furniture. By the time we got them, they had been well-loved. Not the greatest quality in the first place, the support was shot in both of them, and they were too cheap to even think about replacing the foam.

Oh yeah, and they were green.

I like to think I made it work pretty well, and things blended so much that you barely noticed the sage colour. And last Christmas when I got my nest chair, I got rid of the loveseat.

And it was glorious.

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But I still had one green couch, and I knew just the thing to replace it.

A $3000 Urban Barn leather couch.

So I waited. And I dreamed about it in this post.

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When we got married and were given wonderful monetary gifts from our family and friends, I told Max I already knew what I wanted to buy before we put the rest in savings (see beautiful couch, above).

But I still wanted a deal.

So, when we walked in to Urban Barn in Winnipeg after our honeymoon and saw this guy on sale, I had to have it.

The salesperson gave us an additional hundred dollars off, and so we ended up getting it for 66% off. DEALS.

This was a floor model and no longer produced (hence the deal) but there are a lot of similar Urban Barn couches HERE.

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I just love the warmth the leather brings to the room. I’m looking forward to the patina over time, and this kind of couch just gets more beautiful with age. The leather is not bonded either, but real leather, so we really did get a steal for the quality.

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The lady also asked if I had pillows for the couch or if I would like to pick some out. Please.

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Now between this couch and my nest chair, Urban Barn is taking over my living room.

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There are a few more changes I want to make in here (including curtains, a rug, new bookshelf, move the piano in, you know, just SEVERAL things), but this is a great step towards my dream living room.

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The low profile of this couch also makes a huge difference. This also makes me want a new basement couch as well #createdamonster.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Tile Reveals – Powder Bath and Master Ensuite

Oops I didn’t post for two months!

It wasn’t purposeful, it really wasn’t. At some point I just realized it was necessary to put the blog on the backburner while I got married and went on my honeymoon in order to not lose my mind. Because executing a wedding is hard. I need a nap just thinking about it.

The good news is soon I will have wedding pictures to share here.

Until then, I wanted to share a bit of an update and reveal as to all the tile work I had posted about starting back in the summer. Despite not posting about it, the physical work was completed in fairly short order. And I’m OBSESSED with the hex tile I chose.

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In the powder room we completed two rows of subway tile above the chunky white countertop we installed not long ago. I used grey grout (Delorean Grey) for some contrast and some caulking in the same shade finished off the edges. The wraparound of this tile is great for splashes, which is good because this bathroom is most used and often used by guests.

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In our master ensuite, we completed the floor tile in this beautiful black and white hex pattern.

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I love how white and clean it looks now compared to the old linoleum. A new white vanity top and white toilet also helped with the overall brightness of the room.

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In this bathroom we also installed a backsplash along the back wall only. It can go a little higher given the mirror placement in here and I finished it with the same grout and caulk.

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Now I can’t wait to change out my shower and get all the beige officially out of this room.

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The black tiles match the black vanity (Black Cat by Beauti-Tone) perfectly as well.

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I have some fresh new hammam towels in here as well.

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I am so excited to have one of my four bathrooms so close to being totally completed!

I still hope to find a new light for this space, it still has a dreaded boob light in the meantime.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cabin Updates with Paint

Years ago, my parents dragged our little cabin to the back of their property and built a new one in it’s place. This meant the back cabin or “party shack” was up for grabs.

So Max and I are moving in on it.

At the start of the summer, we purged the entire thing and threw out truckloads of old stuff. Next we cleaned and made some slight improvements with paint.

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I found this coffee table on the side of the road and rescued it. It was solid wood and I love the length of it, I knew it would be perfect in front of the couch. It is also the perfect height for putting your feet up.

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I painted this in My Favourite Sweater by Beauti-tone and finished with a quick coat of spray varathane.

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Next I painted the little storage cupboard where we keep the water cooler and dishwashing bucket. In the drawers are our food and some pots. This was actually the island for the new cabin but it came damaged so they sent a new one and my Dad built some pine drawer fronts to use this one in here.

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And finally, I painted the cabinets. None of the cabinets here match, the bottoms are all one piece but the tops are actually a display unit from the store with four different cupboard styles. Painting certainly helped make them more uniform, again I used My Favourite Sweater by Beauti-tone.

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We’re well on our way to updating this place. Next we need some new flooring and a screen door, but for now it’s great for us and the dogs.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Wedding Invitations Are Out!

If someone asks you to marry them you better think long and hard about how bad you want to because let me just tell you, wedding planning is the worst.

Luckily I really want to marry Max.

But the latest horrific wedding planning item was getting invites out. It took me three to four full nights of work to get these assembled, tied, sealed, addressed, stamped, and mailed. And it hurt my back.

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Our invites are all from Precious Invitations and match our Save the Dates, which I posted about here. I loved Precious Invitations and couldn’t recommend them more. When I had an envelope mishap, they expedited 50 new ones to me within two days. Great customer service.

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Our invites basically consist of three cards, the invite, reception card, and RSVP. I tucked the two smaller cards under the large one with a jute string because it would have cost a million dollars to get envelope backs (an extra flap of paper to tuck the smaller cards into).

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And I also tucked the RSVP into the RSVP envelopes to keep it looking classy.

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I used our stamp on the RSVP envelope as well as on the back of the large invite envelope as a return address.

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And then I ruined my poor little fingers writing addresses on each of them.

Needless to say I am glad it is done.

On to the next task (there are many).

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

The Master Ensuite Reno is Underway!

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Awhile ago we got a new vanity top, painted the vanity, installed a new faucet, a new mirror, and painted in the ensuite. More recently I added some art. And it looked really great from one angle. But there were still some glaringly ugly features remaining after that Phase 1 makeover.

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Like the floor. And the almond toilet. So when I found some hex tile on a recent trip to Thunder Bay I decided we should commence the Phase 2 reno.

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I started with a backsplash for this vanity because I had subway tile left so why the heck not.

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I ended up doing just the back wall here and went three rows high because the mirror was higher here.

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Then we removed the toilet. This was not difficult but it was HEAVY. Max just unscrewed it from the floor and unhooked the water, flushing it to empty it as much as possible.

Then you’re supposed to put in this powder to gel up the remaining water so you can carry it out without making a mess. We never got that memo. And we had no powder gel stuff.

So Max lifted it up and I pulled a garbage bag up around it and the water pouring into the bag and it was gross.

But it didn’t drip once on the floor.

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We cleaned up the wax ring and put a paper towel in the hole so no sewer gas can come up into the house. And then we started to remove the linoleum.

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And it was the worst. Almost all glued down and needed to be scraped. We would score the linoleum and then use a multi-tool with a blade on it to pry it up.

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And in just four plus! hours it was gone. AND THIS ROOM IS TINY SERIOUSLY.

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We then installed cement board (1/4 inch thick) on to the subfloor to prep for tile, using mortar and screws to secure it. We finished the whole room in cement board and are ready now to start tiling soon!

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Let me know if you have any questions.

 

How to Tile a Backsplash (It’s Super Easy!)

I apologize some of the photos in this post are dark. My flash died (the speedlite I rave about) and I need to get some new batteries!

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A little while ago, when we replaced the countertop and faucet in the powder room, which I talked about in this post, I decided a subway tile backsplash would be great in here. We ended up finding subway tiles on the shelf in Home Hardware (unheard of!) and then we just had to borrow a tile saw. Which turned out to take much longer than anticipated.

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But we did it.

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I started by papering off the vanity so that I didn’t get mortar all over it.

The only other things I really needed for this job were tile spaces (I used 1/8) and mortar.

I already had grout, a grout float, grout sponge, and tiling trowel from a previous floor job.

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So, not knowing what we were really doing, we checked to make sure the vanity top was level and used that as a guide to start placing tiles. I would mortar the wall and Max would back-butter the tiles.

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We would just stick the tile on and put a spacer between each one. As I went I peeled back the paper where I has finished and there was no more mess so that it didn’t get stuck under the tiles.

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We only had to cut a few tiles, and Max would just measure and then bring it to the tile saw.

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Most of our cuts were for the corner and were relatively easy.

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I decided to do a brick pattern and therefore did the top row staggered by 1/2 a tile. I also decided two rows was my maximum height given the space the mirror takes up.

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Above is the finished tile job before grouting.

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I put down painters tape to avoid making a mess and then did some grouting! I love grout because it makes everything look so clean and finished. I think it is the difference maker in a tile project.

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I just smush the grout in with my grout float and wipe it with a sponge.

And that is where I left off! I still have to caulk it (I bought caulking that matches the grout colour) and reinstall trim but that will have to wait until we do a couple other tiling jobs because I only have one tube of the caulk for three different areas!

Let me know if you have any questions.

More Shopping and Upcoming Projects

In one of my last posts, I mentioned I spent a whole week in Thunder Bay and may have another post given all my shopping excursions.

And I do.

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The first thing I took note of was this rug in Homesense, which was on clearance. At only $150 it was a steal, so much so that I made Max measure our couch and chair to see if I could make it work. It was 5 x 7 and I think I definitely need an 8 x 10 for the space so I had to walk away from this one.

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I took a picture also of this interesting mirror in Home Depot. I liked the ornateness of the oval shape and am still on the hunt for a mirror for the main bathroom.

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And then I spent much too long browsing storage systems. I think these closet systems are so interesting and such a great idea for easy customized storage.

This Martha Stewart line was pretty.

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But this Closetmaid line was the clear winner. The walnut option was the best looking and I love the custom look of the drawers.

After all this dreaming though, I realized that a custom built closet would likely work best for Max and I, given the irregular shape of our closet. It will also be much more cost effective to build it ourselves. Now I just need to get my hands on a router and convince Max that MDF is not the enemy.

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But before I came to that conclusion I did play around with the design service.

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Also in storage, they had a lot of garage options. I love the Husky stuff and thought this option with the storage under the workbench was cool.

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And then I bought a toilet. Because it was only $108.00. And because it was WHITE.

When I bought the tile I knew that if I installed it I couldn’t very well put my almond toilet back on top. So I went for this deal.

Therefore, in upcoming projects we have a lot of tiling, toilet removal, cement board installation, and overall bathroom beautification.

Stay tuned!

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

Coffee Table Makeover and Yardwork 2017

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On the last Saturday of each month our town has a “Curbside Swap” in which people leave their old crap on the side of the road and I drive around and pick up ALL OF IT.

I have a problem.

But sometimes I get awesome stuff, like this wood coffee table that I thought would be perfect out at camp. It just needed a bit of work first.

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Max did a quick sanding of it for me to start, just so the paint had something to stick to.

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I used My Favourite Sweater by Beauti-tone, because I wanted a neutral and I had a lot of it. I also planned to paint the cabinets at camp this same colour so it would match.

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I did a first coat, let that dry for maybe an hour, and then added a second coat.

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To finish it up I did a quick couple coats of varathane just to protect it. This spray version is super easy, and leaves no streaks!

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It is now in the cabin and looks great. I may have to post some pictures of it and the painted cabinets in the future.

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On the yardwork front Max and I planted our gardens, added some flowers, did some weeding, and added new mulch. You can see our huge post on yardwork from last year with before and after pictures here, and this year was pretty similar. My flower boxes on the porch are my favourite because there are never any weeds thanks to their suspension in the air!

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I also did a bit of a cleanup of the porch, and vacuumed the whole thing, changed out my wreath and added a new mat.

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Let me know if you have any questions.