Be Our Guest

The guest room/bathroom was our last ‘room’ to be completed, unfortunately so, since we had a fair number of guests before it was even remotely occupational and now due to 2020’s travel issues we’ve had none 🙈🤪

Here you see it in some of its former grandeur…

From left to right –  What is now the bed nook. What is now the little countertop area. What is now the bathroom.

Once a layout was decided on, the wall building and drywalling etc. began.

I wanted to make use of the space that was available behind the door, (the far right photo above) so a closet would be installed, new handles put on it from Amazon and then it was filled with bedding/home items, so our storage room could be used for more tool-y bits etc.

Due to a mishap from the store, we had one box of flooring that didn’t match the rest, so Mike did some super fancy puzzling and STILL managed to complete the floor without it, since he already had the glue on the floor and the store was over an hour away.
He literally used EVERY piece of flooring we had and I’m still not sure how he did it 😂
He said he’d never had so few scraps 🙈 I ordered peel and stick tiles from Amazon for accent flooring in the bathroom area… we really went for that ‘use all the leftovers’ and ‘peel and stick stuff’ in the basement 😅 Honestly though, I’ve been super happy with how the peel and stick tiles have looked and held up 🙌🏻

Here it is ‘finished’ but yet, far from it 🤪

And now, as it currently stands…

The vanity in the bathroom is from Ikea.

It was $70.00 or so dollars, came with the vanity top and I was happily surprised with how much room it actually has inside!
The legs were spray painted gold and the brushed gold faucet, towel holder and toilet paper holder were purchased months earlier, on sale from Home Depot. The mirror in the bathroom is from Winners.

A sliding door was installed for the bathroom.
Mike found the roller part of it on sale so that’s why we decided to go that route, though it makes sense to use that style, so that the floor space doesn’t have to be clear for a door to swing open.

A potential problem with guests being so slovenly with their suitcases and such 🤪
The door itself was purchased on the local buy and sell page and the exact style I wanted 👍🏻

We had these Art Deco style door plates from one of our many projects/finds/I don’t exactly know where but they worked as little finger pulls on the door, while adding much visual pleasure 💗

A shelf was installed in this open nook area to give some more space to place things upon/add some character to the room.
We covered it using marble drawer liner, so it would match the nightstands and brackets from Ikea were sprayed gold and installed as a decorative aspect.
The mirror is once again from Winners 😏
The blue vase is actually one we bought when living in Holland and the dried leaves are from the palm plant I killed 😜 Our extra bar stools fit beneath it perfectly, so that worked out wonderfully, storage wise👌🏻

I find a lot of simple pleasure in making up the ‘welcome basket’ and putting little oft forgotten necessities in the bathroom. Probably more pleasure in that preparation than the actual action of having guests 😂

The duvet cover is from Amazon and though there is something about it I’m not 100% sold on, it couldn’t be returned due to having been washed, so for now it will be kept ☺️
I love the colors in it and the idea of the tropical design but as I said… there just seems to be something that’s a little ‘off’ 🧐
Adding the headboard and getting rid of the pink rug helped a lot though.

The headboard was a $5.00 find at our local ‘Habitat For Humanity’ and after a light sanding, vacuuming and washing, Mike attached it to the wall and I’m super happy with it 😁

The little ‘nightstands’ were made using small leftover pieces of countertop from the Mac House Makeover! 😁
We also made sure to put power outlets on each side of the bed for easy device charging 🙌🏻

Walls/ceiling were also insulated where possible, since the room is below the kitchen and beside the laundry room, two decently high traffic areas that could hinder ones guests restful mornings 🤓

I still want to add a few finishing touches here and there, art above the bed for example. I just don’t know when I will get around to such things, so I decided it was high time to share this, the last real ‘made over’ space in our home ☺️

Below Deck – A Basement Renovation

To refresh your memory from long ago, we had completed the upstairs renovations in our home to a large degree but the basement was another story.

An unfinished, dirty and dark story…🤪

We decided on creating three ‘rooms’ in the area left over after having situated the laundry room under our stairs.

Mike moved the water heater from one end of the basement to the other, in order to keep all the utilities together and that opened up a lot more options for the rest of the basements layout.

A guest room with a small bathroom and an open, second seating area that could be used for a desk or couch or whatever the need would be and then the storage/utility room.

We got our basement flooring off of kijiji and it’s a nearly perfect match to our upstairs flooring (though for some reason it always shows footprints, so I’m glad our upstairs flooring was a different brand 😬).
It goes throughout the sitting and laundry area.

Glue down tiles from kijiji were installed in the storage room and then leftover flooring from our other houses makeover, was used in the guest room.

A window Mike found at the restore in Regina was installed, as the basement had no windows at all, so that of course let in much extra light👌🏻

As it goes and as you all know by now, the steps of finishing were taken.
Framing, insulating, drywall, finishing drywall, painting, floors, trim, doors etc etc. 😉

Lastly, the bro came over and helped wire the the new lighting/switches/outlets for the basement, so that Mike could install the floating ceiling to finish off the space!
Leaving it so much brighter & cleaner, in such a short amount of time 😁👌🏻

(‘Short amount of time’ referring to the ceiling install, not the reno… that took two years and counting )

The very last thing he accomplished in our basement space was the stairs!
We were tossed between paying for carpet and install or going through the work of sanding and painting them, in hopes they’d hold up.

We went for a cross between option one and three 🤪
Carpet, but it was installed by Mike on a day he had off work instead of by a company and the carpet itself was end roll pieces, resulting in a $130.00 (ish) stair treatment 😏👍🏻

I’ll share the before and after pictures side by side here, so the full impact can be… impactful 😉

There isn’t any other picture of the storage area because, well… storage. It holds not only our supply of stroopwafels, winter/summer apparel, shoes etc. but also our water softener, heater and some obtrusive plumbing.

I title the above shot, ‘Stairs’…

The washing machine and dryer were moved to live under the stairs and you can see that room here Airing Out Our Dirty Laundry .

The below photo of this nook ‘before and after’ is so satisfying to me…

And finally, the overall view!

There are still some little finishing bittles that need doing but that is to be expected… I hope 😉

The guest room is nearly done but missing just a feeeew touches so I figured I’d save that for another time, though it will be done pre June, as we have official visitors booked in for then #motivation  😉

Airing Out Our Dirty Laundry

Here I was thinking I’d told all there was to tell about our own homes Reno’s but somehow I failed to mention that our basement got (almost completely) redone?? 🙈

Well, it did and it’s about time you knew 😏 Continue reading “Airing Out Our Dirty Laundry”

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 🤪

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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 😬

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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 😜👌🏻

 

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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 😉

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Hope the lengthy read was worth it 😉

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”

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