Monday, August 10, 2015

Kitchen Update

Lots has happened in our little house this past while....
The kitchen transformation is AMAZING.  And kinda cool at one point there was three generations mudding our wall; my dad, me and the Peanut :)

Remember what it looked like when we bought it?



A couple of girlfriends, some wine and a delivered ikea kitchen - voila  - a great cabinet building party was had!!!!  But then it all had to be covered so we could do some more destroying, and building :)

I wanted a breakfast bar, and an island.... it kind of turned into a peninsula, lol!!!


My dad did a great job at trimming the kitchen windows with barn board.... and the ikea appliances were moved into place....


My turn to try my hand at some masonry work...


A dear friend of mind had some wood that we planed, then I made this gorgeous 10 ft countertop with it.  Yup, I made it with my own little hands :)


Then dad and I installed the spiral staircase...


Boy we've come a long way...

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Vintage Industrial Bathroom

The Bathroom is coming along :) YAY!!! And I have made us a very cool toilet paper holder out of galvanized pipe.  Cost me under $10 to make, and looks way cool!!!


Also have gotten an old Singer sewing machine, and have taken the top off of it...


and have found a neat little inexpensive sink at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore...


And combined the two for a very cool vanity, indeed!!! Peanut loves that the push petal still works :)




More to come.....





Friday, June 19, 2015

The TIny Bathroom That Could

On the main floor there is the tiniest of rooms.  It isn't the ugliest bathroom I have ever seen... but it sure won't win any prizes for the nicest, either.

Encase you have forgotten, we are trying to do all of this on an extreme budget - and mostly ourselves. But to put credit where credit is due, my dad has been a HUGE help.  I am constantly amazed at his knowledge of all things.  He comes from a time where men used to be jack of all trades, and get their hands down and dirty.  You are what you know, and I can recall being shocked when going out into the world and finding not all of the male population knows (or cares to know, for that matter) about any of this stuff.  I also have an awesome contractor friend whom we are bartering services with, as he says he has always loved my art :)  He and some other close friends were paramount in the demolition of the walls and know how of all the load bearing stuff which keeps my little house from falling down :)

And Peanut and I are extremely thankful for that ;)


Back to my bathroom.  This is what the bathroom looked like when I bought it


One day I took a sledgehammer to the floor, and just started hitting, and picking, and pulling, and yanking, and twisting (because for once they actually did something in that house like they were supposed to, and there was that lovely wire mesh underneath the tile).  Which made it a pain in my butt to take out those tiles, let me tell you... But I did.  Bit by bit, tile by piece of tile....

And do you know what I found underneath that ugly tile? A beautiful hardwood floor.  The original hardwood floor.  Then I took out the tile around the toilet - and there was just plain ole plywood there :(

But - you know me, I never shy away from a challenge... I fixed that bit around the toilet (once that sucker came off, of course).  And I think I did a pretty darned good job, if I say so myself.


Here is the floor repaired.  But it desperately needs to be sanded and its hard to tell from the photo, but  the floor has a wicked slant towards the wall on the left hand side.  Hmmmm no wonder there was so much self-leveling cement I had to tear up...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lets Start With the Kitchen

So the closing date has come and gone.  Celebratory dinner had.  Peanut has already claimed a bedroom and a room in the basement to be her playroom.
She has even chosen her colours for her room.
Black and Lime Green.

But Our little (and they are little) rooms are holding all of our furniture while we take down a wall or two in the rest of the house.

My father has been a huge help as we refinished the original oak flooring.  That we did before they headed down south, and mid cracked ribs...

The biggest part of the reno is our kitchen.


Here is what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house...


I'll be honest, these pictures just don't do it justice... the yuck factor is way worse!!!  To the right of where the fridge used to be is I believe the original chimney.  That sucker had to come out!


Gotta love that flooring, eh?  And how about those cabinets?


Then there is this weird post that is in middle of stairs going to the basement... Can't beleive that nobody cut that sucker off, already?!?!!?  To the bottom left of the photo is a hole cut out of the floor to make for headroom on your way down the stairs.... not sure how to deal with that one...



Here is a better view of that crazy post and silly section of the house that has me stumped…  
Anyone with any suggestions, let me know…



First things first, those cabinets have gotta go..... and so does the chimney, that little half wall and the wall partially between the living room and the kitchen...


Bye Bye Chimney ...




Bye Bye walls and ugly kitchen cabinets :)  Space feels so much more open already...





Friday, June 12, 2015

Our Little House

So the Peanut and I are PROUD owners of our own little house.


The timing was Perfect and crazy.  The stars  were perfectly aligned as the price was right and more importantly so was our vision....  
With a wrap-around porch and oozing charm, we fell in love with this little home.

Its a cute little house that has a gorgeous loft which will soon be our ART STUDIO  :)

Sometimes life happens in a way that makes you realize you are on the right path.  Putting in your way moments that are meant to be.  This little house felt like ours.  It already fit the two of us.

The Peanut and I have a very moderate lifestyle.  Don't get me wrong, we are not wanting for anything.  But we also don't spend frivolously.  And we are very thrifty and frugal.  Mind you we are also extremely happy too :)  And so much more now that my ribs are healing :)  :)

THe house has no appliances... and it needs a LOT of work, might knock down a wall or two...

Thought I would document our progress...


I feel like we are up for the challenge... I figure how hard can it really be?!?!!?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

That Pesky Little Cough ...

Hello world...

It feels as if its been forever since I've come up for air.  The past couple of months have proven to be very interesting and challenging....

It started when the Peanut came home with a cough ... than this Mommy got that little cough - which turned into a BIG cough...

... fast forward where it turned into Bronchitis .... then that pesky little cough just kept on giving... causing broken ribs ... countless pulled muscles ... bruised rib-cage ... pneumonia ... and a near collapsed lung.  I became a frequent flyer at our neighbourhood hospital (which let me tell you is very tricky and precarious when you are a single parent).

Needless to say it has been a looooooooonnnng recovery.  But I am feeling much better now :)




Thursday, February 12, 2015

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