The Mac Makeover Reveal!!!

Another short story in the book of our lives, is coming to a close… by short I mean 4 months worth ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Mac House project, has officially been completed!!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿš๐Ÿ› 

Now, if you havenโ€™t seen the first post about us getting possession of The Mac House, stop now and go read this ->ย Mac’s Possession Appearance

Now, since Iโ€™m trusting you did as I instructed and read that post, I hope your eyes are slightly scorched and the images seen wonโ€™t be quickly forgotten after seeing what the Mac House NOW looks like! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

So, December 1st is the day we gained official possession and after many loads of item removal, the process of remodelling the house began.

You know how usually youโ€™ll see something shocking and slowly get over it? Like, โ€˜oh ya that thing was crazy but like, itโ€™s not so crazy now that Iโ€™ve had time to comprehend itโ€™.
Yeah, we never felt that way… EVERY time we would leave the house with more trash and whatever else, weโ€™d pause, look at each other and just kind of mutely shake our heads at one another in a state of continual disbelief at the amount of disgusting stuff we removed ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

After emptying the place out as much as we could, we did a light sweeping off of walls and floors.
Removed a multitude of tacks, staples and nails from the walls and then gave a kind of mopping to the whole upstairs in efforts to remove smell more than actual filth.

Then we knocked down a wall ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

We wanted to open up the kitchen and living room layout so we decided early on that the wall would have to go.

From there on out it was planning and re-planning and then re-planning the plans ๐Ÿคช


The kitchen layout took awhile to decide on, as every new layout brought out a new problem or pro and things are continually being noticed that are needed or missing but we eventually nailed it down and ordered up the kitchen from Ikea.

We hired a fellow from church to come do the electrical work and Mikes brother lent a hand for a day as well.

The bathroom was gutted and we began the โ€˜bigโ€™ purchasing during a trip to the city.

A toilet, a bathtub, a bathroom vanity, a kitchen island, the appliances etc. were all purchased in pretty rapid succession and we settled in to working on the continued demo/prep of it all whenever Mike had the time.

I scraped off the popcorn ceiling in the bedrooms and bathroom and could hardly move my arms the next two days ๐Ÿคช
Mike then took over and finished off the living room/kitchen/hallway ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


The wiring was completed, outlets readied, drywall cut out and patched, water heater installed, flooring scraped and cleaned, trim removed, wall repaired where weโ€™d removed a wall and Iโ€™m sure much more that Iโ€™m forgetting since I wasnโ€™t always there ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™ˆ

My brother-in-law, whoโ€™s the owner and operator of โ€˜High Caliber Constructionโ€™ moved here from Arizona at JUST the right time ๐Ÿ˜‰
The time that we needed the house patched, skim coated and painted ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป



So, while Mike was busy working away from home, the Mac House was still progressing.
Once Mike returned home, the guys got the house painted up, trimmed, patched and prepared for the seemingly final stages of the reno! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I love how the wall color turned out and how it keeps it nice and clean looking by having the trim and walls the same color.

Iโ€™ve also been super happy with the appearance of the chosen flooring ever since we first spotted it, so seeing it getting laid down and installed was extra exciting ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Though the coloring is everything I could want in a floor, after working with it, Mike did find it wasnโ€™t as nice of an installation quality as others he has installed, so that was a bit of a bummer.ย The company was super pleasant to deal with and their customer service was top notch though, which does count for a lot in the overall experience!


He had one day off work specifically to work on completing the bathroom and it was one of those โ€˜everything that could go wrong didโ€™ kind of days ๐Ÿ˜ฌย The tub surround had two of the same corners, so a trip to town to replace that was in order.
The adhesive wasnโ€™t working for some reason at first but then eventually they (he and our neighbour friend) got that completed.

A piece weโ€™d pre ordered for installing the toilet was the wrong kind and the piece the store said theyโ€™d place outside for our bro-in-law to pick up, wasnโ€™t found.

The hole in our vanity for the faucet piping etc, was smaller than the pieces on the faucet weโ€™d ordered. So special cutting tools and some stressed anticipation occurred as a the porcelain was cut a bit larger.
Thankfully that went smoothly.

Another piece weโ€™d ordered for the tub, didnโ€™t fit either and was the only mat black one weโ€™d been able to find so that needed returning and renewed searching as well ๐Ÿคช

Thereโ€™s more but you get the idea Iโ€™m sure ๐Ÿ˜‰



All in all, the bathroom did finally get installed and it looks so fresh and clean and I do really love the black fixtures we decided on ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโœจ

Then began the Ikea fiasco.

Our kitchen order was placed and later on we received a call telling us that the order would be delayed and we would get an email with the details. We never received an email so I called to find out when we could be expecting out order. I was told there had been some mistake and our order wasย actually already at the shipment location and we had one week to pick it up.

So Mike took off a day of work, we planned a trip to the city and went to get our kitchen so it could be installed later that weekend, only to get to the shipment location where we were told our order was indeed NOT there…

Thus began a week long boutย of much calling and trying to get in touch with Ikea about where our order was and when we could expect it etc. etc. They were very disappointing to deal with during this circumstance but finally it was located and we again went to pick it up.

They almost didn’t release it to us though because Ikea hadn’t sent them the proper paper work ๐Ÿ˜œ

Building an Ikea kitchen was probably the largest task I actually handled during this whole reno ‘she admitted with some slight self mortification’ but I got most of it assembled so it was ready for installation when Mike and a hired friend had time to do so.

Once the kitchen was up, countertops on, appliances in place, you could really start to see the progress… funny how it gets to that point where putting pieces in makes a place actually feel BIGGER.


Mike was just itching to tile so he scratched that itch by tiling the kitchen backsplash and accent corner with long subway tile, using black grout to tie in the hardware.

I think it turned out really nicely ๐Ÿ˜

From there on out it was a smattering of major, minor things ๐Ÿ˜œ

Installing the doors and their handles. Putting handles onto the cupboard fronts. Adjusting a tap. Touching up paint. Patching trim. Removing garbage from the yard that the melting snow had uncovered.

Etc. Etc…

The construction of some updated, front and back steps and railings… which due to manufacturers faults, resulted in being a MUCH longer project then anticipated, also had to occur before the house could be listed and truly approved as ‘finished’.

ย I think almost every reno project tends to ‘take longer then anticipated’ though so was it really THAT surprising? ๐Ÿ˜œ

We tossed around the idea of staging, or not staging, for a some time.

Actually we fought about it if honesty is required ๐Ÿ˜œ

I liked the idea of staging but not the idea of the potential cost/time/effort it would involve to do it well. As I didn’t want to do it half way and end up having the space look oddly empty rather than minimalistic. Mike wanted it fully staged. ๐Ÿ˜œ

The conclusion – to stage the main area fully but by using an assortment of already owned items from myself, my sister and my motherย ๐Ÿ˜‰

My time had come, I got to choose the colours, design details, hardware and whatnot up till the end but staging was something I could conquer fully by myself, in order to allow Mike somewhat of a break / surprise factorย ๐Ÿ˜‰

If this has been too much reading and way too many words and whatnot, I apologize but not super whole heartedly because how else can one put perspective on this size of a reno?? ๐Ÿ˜œ

All that to say, hold onto your seats because it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… well, I don’t know, maybe you haven’t been waiting but we sure have been ๐Ÿ˜‰


The totally redone and unrecognizable photo’s of how the Mac is looking these days ๐Ÿ˜‰




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New windows still have to be installed and two shelves will go above the toilet but I couldn’t wait to post, any longer ๐Ÿ˜‰


The basment was finished and painted but left empty for the buyers to do with as they please.



Lastly, some simple little side by side ‘before and after’s’ to once again bring to mind the space we faced four months ago, to wrap this home reno reveal up!


Hope the lengthy read was worth itย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans ๐Ÿ˜Š 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

14 thoughts on “The Mac Makeover Reveal!!!”

  1. *standing ovation*๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ wow, you guysss it looks SO good!! ๐Ÿ˜ the staging looks great ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ Great job to Mike for so much of the hands on work and you for the design/staging/all-the-little-things-that-make-it-amazing ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. Woooow that looks amaaaazing!!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ Absolutely unrecognizable! What an amazing jobs you guys did! You are a great team together ๐Ÿ™‚ well done!

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  3. Wow wow wow, what a change and what a succesful make-over.

    You both put in a lot of time and energy.
    Its realy a change from a ruin into a brand new house.

    I have seen the house in the original situation.
    A completed chaos, now it looks as a model-house.

    Iโ€™m so proud of you both.
    What a teamwork!

    One step to go: I hope the buyers are already waiting.

    Enjoy your trip to SA and Europe, you realy deserve it.

    A more than proud dad!

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    1. It wouldn’t have been possible without you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for your encouragement from afar, we are looking forward to seeing you and telling you all about it in person, soon!


  4. Wow that is really amazing work !!! You two are awesome !!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜
    How could you done this all in only 4 months??
    Now come over and make a makeover in my house please ๐Ÿฅบ!

    Love you, and canโ€™t wait to see you both soon!!๐Ÿ’•

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