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 😉

The Mac House project, has officially been completed!!! 😆🏚🛠

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

Now, since I’m trusting you did as I instructed and read that post, I hope your eyes are slightly scorched and the images seen won’t be quickly forgotten after seeing what the Mac House NOW looks like! 🙈

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 you’ll see something shocking and slowly get over it? Like, ‘oh ya that thing was crazy but like, it’s not so crazy now that I’ve had time to comprehend it’.
Yeah, we never felt that way… EVERY time we would leave the house with more trash and whatever else, we’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 😬

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 😜👍🏻

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 🤪


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 ‘big’ 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 🤪
Mike then took over and finished off the living room/kitchen/hallway 😬


The wiring was completed, outlets readied, drywall cut out and patched, water heater installed, flooring scraped and cleaned, trim removed, wall repaired where we’d removed a wall and I’m sure much more that I’m forgetting since I wasn’t always there 😬🙈

My brother-in-law, who’s the owner and operator of ‘High Caliber Construction’ moved here from Arizona at JUST the right time 😉
The time that we needed the house patched, skim coated and painted 😜👌🏻



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! 😱

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.

I’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 🙌🏻

Though the coloring is everything I could want in a floor, after working with it, Mike did find it wasn’t as nice of an installation quality as others he has installed, so that was a bit of a bummer. 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 ‘everything that could go wrong did’ kind of days 😬 The tub surround had two of the same corners, so a trip to town to replace that was in order.
The adhesive wasn’t working for some reason at first but then eventually they (he and our neighbour friend) got that completed.

A piece we’d pre ordered for installing the toilet was the wrong kind and the piece the store said they’d place outside for our bro-in-law to pick up, wasn’t found.

The hole in our vanity for the faucet piping etc, was smaller than the pieces on the faucet we’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 we’d ordered for the tub, didn’t fit either and was the only mat black one we’d been able to find so that needed returning and renewed searching as well 🤪

There’s more but you get the idea I’m sure 😉



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 😁👍🏻✨

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 was 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 bout 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 😜

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 😁

From there on out it was a smattering of major, minor things 😜

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’.

 I think almost every reno project tends to ‘take longer then anticipated’ though so was it really THAT surprising? 😜

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

Actually we fought about it if honesty is required 😜

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. 😜

The conclusion – to stage the main area fully but by using an assortment of already owned items from myself, my sister and my mother 😉

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 factor 😉

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?? 😜

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 😉


The totally redone and unrecognizable photo’s of how the Mac is looking these days 😉




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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 😉


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 it 😉

‘Mac’s’ Possession Appearance

December 1st, the day that our second house, officially became ours!

We are so thankful to the Lord for opening up this opportunity for us and those who supported us getting here 💕🏚🛠✔️

Before ‘Mac’ was ours, we actually helped the previous owner get rid of some things, after I got to go through and pick out things I’d like left, if he was no longer interested in owning them 😉👍🏻

Mike took multiple truck boxes and half cabs, full of throw away items to the dump, before I went over and helped fill up another.

Three loads later and the living room and guest room were emptier than before no doubt, but still no where near being empty😬🙈

So, now I will show you what you may have been seeing peeks of on my and my husbands Instagrams…the full ‘Before’ tour 😁

The previous owner of the house, had lived there his whole life, along with his wife, until she became sick and passed away.
Thus leaving him by himself and everything just majorly got away from him.
He has already told us he hopes to see the house once we are done with it, because he believes we will do some big things.
I sure hope so 😉👍🏻

– Viewer digression is advised if states of unsanitary living cause distress – Continue reading “‘Mac’s’ Possession Appearance”

The Mac Makeover

Come the time to renew my blogs payment, I hesitated.

Was it worth it? I wasn’t writing much anymore and I didn’t feel inspired to begin a new genre of… anything.
Then I talked myself into it and you know something must mean a bit to me, if I’m willing to spend a bigger then average sum of money on it 😉

Weeks later, an opportunity arose which in future times, would give an over abundance of material which would be worth writing down!

The time has come to announce the next ‘project’ of Mike and Jess.
Continue reading “The Mac Makeover”

Tropics Inspired Bedroom Reveal

It is finally time for the ‘master’ bedroom tour!
Actually a reasonably sized space for being an upstairs room with slanted ceilings ☺


Though it didn’t always feel as big as it does now😏


When we began renovating this space, there were cedar planks on the ceiling and an overly aggressive, built-in closet.
We considered leaving the planks and white washing them but they weren’t put on very securely, so it wasn’t worth it.



I got to demo the closet and because they are used to making use out of slanted ceiling spaces in Holland, Mike had the great idea of putting in, built-in dressers, which we got from Jysk 👌🏻
Keeping the room as spacious as possible, a feature all who have seen, love. ☺





Mike redid the drywall on the ceiling and it got white walls and grey trim like the rest of the house, for a start 😉





We found this antique/vintage mirror at our local habitat store for a steal of a deal! $30 from an original $100 😎👌🏻

We also got the window blind from there, finding one the perfect size for just $3 😏

Actually, we got a fair bit of our bedroom stuff there now that I think about it, because our bed frame with six drawers was found there too! 😜

It got painted the same grey as our trim and the extra storage was again, very handy 👌🏻





I’d kept the paint chip of the color we’d had in our apartment while we lived in Holland because I loved the it and it’s a good thing I kept it because the paint store here, didn’t have one even close to it!

After a paint chip match at Sherwin Williams, I painted the room while Mike was working away from home, as a surprise for when he returned and he was surprised indeed 😉





I usually say things can be painted or spray painted or that paint would fix it and I’m never actually painting… he finds it annoyingly entertaining.
So the fact that something ACTUALLY got painted was pretty wowing 😉😜



Our light was found at Canadian Tire and I love it, though it for sure warned me of any future ‘clear glass’ light buys, which I now know require A LOT of dusting 😜



I found the two accent pillows from Wal-Mart.
When checking out, one was $8 and one was $16 even though they were the same brand/size etc. so customer service gave them both to me for $8 each 😏👌🏻


Michiel made our nightstands!
I couldn’t find anything in stores or online that fit my needs/style/budget… so where to go then? Pinterest of course 😏
I showed Mike some pictures and he made these.

Big enough to use easily, small enough they don’t crowd the space ☺

I stained them using a variety of things 😜
Firstly, a layer of strong, black tea, next a layer of coffee and lastly a layer of steel wool and vinegar.
The tea is needed to create the reaction of aging from the vinegar and the coffee was to help bring out some browns.

All in all I’m pretty happy with the effect and I think it brought the room together nicely ☺


We had the geometric gold candle holders from Holland still and there are a couple art pieces still waiting to go up.



Mike turned this little cut out space we had, into a small closet of sorts, small to look at but big enough to hang a few coats, dresses and shirts!



(As per my instruction… I get the good end of the deal, as I only have to imagine and then he has to create, as I am sure you’ve figured out by now😜)



Decorative necklace hooks were created too, which I stained using the same method as I did for the nightstands.



I’m telling you, he is pretty useful to have around



The most recent additions are the duvet and the SUPER soft blanket atop it 💕

We had a very nice, down filled duvet but for whatever reason, the square panels it was sewn with to keep the fluff in the right spots, created lumpy square designs that showed through the duvet cover and made for a ‘messy looking-even when made’, bed. So a new duvet was bought and it’s proving to ‘make’ much smoother 😉

Then, just as I was contemplating buying a new duvet cover, which I doubt I need to remind you, don’t come all that cheap for a queen size bed, I found a sale bin holding treasure, at Superstore of all places! ☺

I bought the dusty/blush pink blanket, that is splendidly soft and a FULL queen size, for $14, regular $50!

And so, that about sums up that grand room reveal, my inspiration for the room was that it would have a kind of dark tropical feel and I think for the sources available to us, it worked out well ☺






Jem Moment: Pinterest Dream Becomes Reality

Michiel gave me the disheartening news that the grey couch I liked at Jysk, was no longer.
So I had glanced online to see if anyone happened to be selling anything that would work for us.

First, I spotted a ‘kidney’ couch, in good shape and for only $50, which we considered unique and well priced enough to look into the cost of re-upholstering.



$1200, plus material, was the estimate we received back and that was more than I was willing to put towards a couch that was not only used, but not my dream couch 😏

So, I kept scanning, looking at the listing for the larger city until finally deciding I might as well peak in the town 20 minutes away from us, though it usually didn’t hold as much.

This is the first thing that caught my eye after one little scroll of the thumb… 😍 Continue reading “Jem Moment: Pinterest Dream Becomes Reality”

Hartelijk Bedankt Opa

(Title in english: Heartfelt Thanks To Opa)


Friday Oct 14th –



Breakfast, IKEA for a bed frame Inge had spotted for us in the sale corner, Gamma for paint, apartment.

We needed paint for the bed frame as it was going to go from gray ish to gold 😉👌🏻

We hauled up another cart full, including our two chandeliers!

So happy we can finally utilize them 😄

Oma and Opa stopped by to check out our little place and then a bit later Opa returned to help us out with electrical stuff and some fixer upping that had to happen.

The guy who lived there before us, reeeeeally liked to pretend he was a good handy man.
Wires were hidden with plastic covers, going multiple directions, (what he considered) nifty little boxes built to hide things when really it just made it look more tacky, odd placements and lots of glue, the list could go on 😟

It was Opa’s brilliant idea to get rid of the grey boards/cupboard space the same guy had built above the actual kitchen cupboards.
I knew I wouldn’t use them but I never would have thought of removing them myself.


Continue reading “Hartelijk Bedankt Opa”

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