Number of paint cans to date = 11

I really wish a professional painter had been in the budget. The paint-covered hands and clothes are getting old. Alas, today is paint touch-up day. Not only am I painting the whole place myself, I am also a messy painter. This means I make even more work for myself by allowing mistakes like these to happen….

I also got the 2nd coat on the white shelves for the bathroom finished!


Living Room Wall

Our living room’s measurements are 9 1/2 ft by 18 ft and we have one very large wall in our living room behind the 3 seater couch. We are still undecided as to what we should put on that wall.

Some inspiration photos should help….

Framed patterns?

via Apartment Therapy

Oversized mirror?

via Apartment Therapy

Photo Gallery wall? (This particular example is Wedding-themed)

via Ian Johnson Photo

Built-in bookselves?

living rooms - living room bookshelf  Painting the back wall behind my bookshelf.

via decorpad

Floating Shelves?

via Young House Love

Not sure yet but I will keep you posted. If you have any ideas, please send them my way!

Photo Friday

I rewarded myself for all the hard work painting and renovating with some beautiful tulips. Although spring is far off, the tulips and the sunshine are making my day.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Bathroom Before and After

The bathroom is one of the first rooms we tackled in the house. How could we not, with all of that blue? Very few of the features in this photo remain. The toilet has been replaced, we have a new showerhead, the blue cubby has been removed, and the room has been repainted.

This next picture shows the brown door through the mirror, and… more blue!

These shelves were behind the door, completing the look. There was also a toilet paper holder and a line of broken hooks on the blue door.

The toilet paper holder is gone and has been replaced by a freestanding unit. The two-toned shelves are gone for now and are going to be repainted white.  The broken hooks were removed to make way for two new stainless steel hooks.

The one thing that is not yet completed in the room is the replacement of the trim. Please ignore the bare door frame and lack of baseboards for now!


I had forgotten to take a before picture of this part of the bathroom. It is sort of an open linen closet and is basically our only bathroom storage because of the pedestal sink. It was a little too messy to snap a full-on shot so you’ll have to make do with this one and look past the robes and towels. 🙂 

We have enough room to store our toiletries and towels on the upper shelves and we keep our laundry basket at the very bottom.

We decided to keep the mirror and the pedestal sink but installed an eco-efficient toilet and a new faucet.

Here is the new shower head and shower curtain. The whole look of the bathroom was transformed by paint first, and this shower curtain second. Can’t wait to see how it looks once the baseboards and door trim are re-installed.

Let me know what you think!


I’m not the craftiest person in the world, but I fell in love with decorated magazine files from The Cottage Home and Apartment Therapy. How difficult could it be?

A little Mod Podge, some scrapbook paper, and some gently used cardboard magazine files might make something excellent for my new office space.

This project was much more time-consuming than I expected. Either that, or I am much less crafty than I expected. But, the end result is quite nice!


I can’t wait to put my books in here!

NO! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Walls have layers.

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Living Room – BEFORE

I apologize for the terrible quality of this photo…. we started working on the living room so soon after possession that this is the only true “before” picture I have of this room.  Note the dark brown ceiling, stained carpet, sponge-painted wall and overall beige-ness. Have no fear! When we’re done with this room, none of those features will remain.

The very first thing we did when we got in the house was get rid of that awful sponge paint. Not only was it painted this lovely faux finish, it was covering up some equally lovely metallic wallpaper. Covering up instead of replacing is a recurring theme in this house… They must have used tons of glue when putting up the wallpaper in the first place, because we’re still picking off pieces of glue 2 months later.

New colour scheme:

All walls will be done in Misty Surf, and all trim and ceiling in Popped Corn. New crown molding will complete the look someday soon.


Old house, new look. Join me as we renovate our first home together. Built in 1921 with only 712 sq. ft, our bungalow is undergoing quite the transformation! One of the house’s unique features is this built-in milkbox. Old purpose: home dairy delivery. New purpose: inspiration for this blog’s title.