Home Renovation Update

Home renovation update!


So, it’s hard to keep track of the progress in the house area when so much is ripped up, put back, more ripped out and more put back and so on and so forth 😜


I just took a glance at my last home reno update and realized I pretty much only said Mike was levelling out the floors 😬😳

Well… ladies and gentlemen, the floors have been levelled! 😜

The kitchen, living room, bathroom and upstairs bedrooms have been levelled out and plywood sub floor put down, helping make everything more sturdy and in the process, tighten up some of the old boards which erased much of the squeaks and creaks! 😁

The bathroom is the most changed/closest to completion at this point.

It shrunk by a few feet and is STILL a decent sized commode 😜

The shower and toilet were moved and installed and Mike built a built in shelf beside the shower.


The second hand vanity we bought, has been repainted after a light sanding and primer and the vanity top was recovered with self levelling cement mix, for a faux stone look, that hurt the wallet waaaaay less than a custom 60′ inch countertop we could have found anywhere else πŸ˜‰


The few feet of space and window that were added to living room because of the slight bathroom shrinkage, made a big difference!!
That room now feels plenty large.

I ripped the drywall from the living room ceiling, being so covered in dust and who knows what else by the end, that Mom wanted me to ride home in the truck box πŸ˜‚



The doorway between the living room and kitchen got a makeover as well, growing in height and width, again making everything feel bigger and flow better πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

The kitchen is now the main focus and we are so thankful for the helpful neighbour that decided to take on the task with us 😳

The whole ceiling drywall ended up needing to be ripped out and that wasn’t the plan but it’s good it became the plan, as there were many, live wires in weird places, all reacting to the electricity tester from over a foot away, when the tool generally needs to TOUCH the wire to show if it’s live or not 😬

The ceilings in the living room and kitchen also needed some levelling out and the guys fixed that as well and now have the kitchen/living room ceiling and walls, re wired and drywalled AND mudded!

You can actually see how the new house will look and that is exciting 😁

We went with rounded corners and I’m loving the little bit of class they seemingly add ☺️

With the space gained from a few things being moved around, we decided to make a cutout for a built in fridge, thus giving me more counter space.


The bedroom upstairs has a newly hinged door and sub floor, as well as the cedar planking removed from the ceilings, as they weren’t staying nailed in to the drywall and looked much messier on, then off.
Plus Mike knows how to mud now, so he can fix the damage we thought we were avoiding having to hire someone for πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

The wood around the one window was rotten so Mike and our neighbour took it out and rebuilt the frame.



A new back door was bought and installed and another of the same door is waiting to be put in the front, the little window adding some nice extra light.

The back porch was rotten and has since been ripped off  πŸ˜

Depending when we get in the house and are able to use a fire pit in the yard, I see a lot of scrap wood fires in our future 😜

I still have my two chandeliers from Holland but since the ceilings are lower in our place, I’m still contemplating where exactly I’ll be able to hang them.

Our flooring has been chosen and purchasedπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

 A lovely, wooden and glass door with a crystal like knob, was purchased for the pantry at the habitat store πŸ˜„


Two dressers, one from a garage sale, one from the habitat store, both needing redoing but already perfect for places in my brains idea of the house layout πŸ˜‹



We plan on having an island in the kitchen for our table, as the layout is big for cupboards but not really table and chair friendly.

I want something that keeps the space feeling open and can fit four or more if that is needed and this is kind of the style I’m thinking we may attempt.


A wooden tree slab Mike grabbed from the lumber yard, will become a gold coffee table top 😁



Mom redid her kitchen last fall and kept the cupboards they took out, thinking we would maybe be able to make use of them sometime.
She was correct and I will be repainting them white for our kitchen ☺️

This is a rough example of what I want to do with our entry way/built-in closet area.





Here is where I want opinions! Suggestions! Comments!

On all of the above if you want but mostly on what I say below πŸ˜‰

The trim… I have been drawn to light, charcoal toned, grey trim and doors with white walls for a bit of a change-up from the usual, neutral trim colors.

Though I do wonder how that would look when I do decide to add a colorful accent wall here and there?
What are everyone’s thoughts on this? 😎

Go to my older post Living Room Coming To Life,  to see the general colors and style I’m hoping to aim for.

A  few things have changed from the first thought out plans.

The bathroom backsplash tile though pretty, was returned since we were able to redo the vanity top and it already has a built on backsplash.

The barn wood I thought would frame some doorways was decided against for multiple reasons but it is likely the barn wood look will be added in a few other places.

I know pictures are hard when dealing with home spaces and whatnot but hopefully this gives a bit of an idea about what has been filling our last couple months  πŸ˜‰



I owe a big thanks to our neighbour, who has been teaching, lending and helping tremendously, all while keeping Mike informed on the town goings ons πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

My bro for the wiring, plumbing, lighting, town errands and everything else he did that I’m not totally aware of 😬

Our friends from church who willingly lent some time to come help Mike with the areas he couldn’t manage alone.

Mom and Dad for housing us and lending us stuff we didn’t always ask if we could borrow 😜
For the meals prepared and vehicle usage etc.

John (Mikes dad) for financial and paperwork advice and suggestions 😎 πŸ“‘πŸ“ˆπŸ“ŠπŸ’΅

Mike, for trying his best to stay positive and patient even though he’s having to harness a lot of disgust at how wooden building are put together in an ever changing climate, compared to the cement and structurally sound buildings he was more accustomed to in Europe.
For all the work and hours he has put in, when I’ve pretty much just been the idea giver, garbage hauler and occasional food deliverer 😜

Couldn’t be doing this place without you all!


Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans 😊 This is where you learn about me I suppose, though anyone reading this right now most likely knows all the boring details ;) I am Jessica Rose Peters-Hagenouw. (Always thought I'd be able to pronounce my married name but hey, life doesn't go as we plan.) June 11, 1995, tis the day Robert and Bonnie Peters received the most adorable, amazing, wonderful, surprise 3rd child they could have dreamed of. Speaking of being the third child, I have an older brother and an older sister. Both of whom are married and have wee little families of their own, making 'Aunty Jess' another name I go by. I grew up and have lived all of my years up till November 2015 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Making summers that are extremely short and winters that never end, vast open spaces, northern lights, unthinkable amounts of mosquitoes, lakes, forests and people waving to you on the grid road all different things that mean = Home. But Home is not where I'll be for some time. My husband is a Dutchman, living in Europe. Therefore I too have been living in Europe for the last few months. The reason I started this little blog/journal/writing thing, is to document a bit of my "whole new world," for those at home who wont be awake at 3:00 am wanting to hear about how I couldn't find flour at the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life 😊

12 thoughts on “Home Renovation Update”

  1. I was just thinking about your hous and how there hadn’t been picture updates!! So exciting. What a huge amount of work. I love the inspiration pictures!! Love the grey trim too 😍

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    1. I’ve been trying to write this post for like.. a week! But so much changes so often I had to keep editing and finally just pop it up here!😜
      It’s seeming like grey trim is unanimous πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»


  2. Really exciting! I like rounded walls…(my cousin who is doing some reno on their house, which looks just like yours, decided on them and they look great!) I love the doorknob and an accent wall could look lovely!
    xx K

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  3. Love the white walls and gray trim…with gold accents that is going to be stunning πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ You have a wonderful eye for putting pieces and color schemes together πŸ€“

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