Bathroom Reno's....correction- DEMO'S!

In an earlier post, I mentioned that we are getting ready to renovate our first bathroom or the "kids bathroom" as we like to call it (I know, we dont have kids, but ONE DAY they will be using it-lol!).

Here are some pics of the demo process.
Ian will probably say I doubted him and his abilities to do the demo (and I must say I MIGHT have questioned his abilities...a little) but he did a great job, and I even helped carry the tub down the stairs! Thank you pump classes at the gym! lol...

The actual renovation started today, so it wont be long before I'll be posting the "after" pictures.

Let me remind you of what the bathroom looked like before:

And now for the demo pics:

Toilet gone:

walls around shower getting taken down:

vanity gone:

tub fill of wall reminants, but soon to be removed:

Ian doing an awesome job, and pretty proud of his accomplishments! :)

Everything removed (walls, tub, etc):

Demo complete!
Stay tuned for some more updates on how the progress is coming along....all I can say right now, is that the sub floor is down, tub is in, and its coming along very nicely ;)


Ikea Glam Monogram

In honour of the Royal Wedding coming up this week (between Prince William and Kate Middleton) I wanted to post about someting 'regal'....or at least somewhat 'royal' in terms of decor...lol. What came to mind? Monograms!

Last night I was watching an episode of CityLine that I PVR's and I thought they had a neat segement on how to take something old (or inexpensive) and make it personalized.

I had seen this desk at Ikea before:

wasn't crazy about it. It was nice, but nothing special I thought.

Now, see what designer Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault did to transform this desk to make it unique:

All she used was a can of paint, changed the hardware and added a monogram. As well, some neat accessories and a very interesting chair.  See how she did it here.

Although, I dont tend to be someone who has done a lot of monogramming (is that a word? lol!), it seems to be popping up everywhere:

OR, if you'd rather not monogram, you could add a few letters elsewhere ;)

Even Sarah Richardson's jumped on this bandwagon:

I think it looks so cute in a kids room to feature a wall with a monogram of some sort.
My wonderful friend Shawna's mom is an incredible artist and painted this monogram for Shawna when she had her beautiful baby girl. Its perfect! Im sure Peyton loves it ;)

Here are some other adorable baby/kid room ideas (a few of which I may be keeping in mind for the future!)

Monogramed change table:

Now....to think of something to monogram ;)


Gallery Wall

I had wanted to do a gallery wall for a while, and the office seemed like the perfect room to put it in. It might have also been partly because of the fact that the office is the only room we have almost completed so far ;)

Let me tell you, doing a gallery wall is not as easy as it seems. It pretty much took us an entire day to do it.

Here is how we did our gallery wall (step by step)- thanks for the tips Young House Love!:

Step 1: Lay out your frames the way you want them to appear on the wall. I used a white sheet to help me get a better idea of how they would look.

Step 2: Take paper (or old newspaper) and cut pieces exactly the same size as your photos and lay them out in the same pattern. This will be helpful, since you can tape these directly to the wall.

Step 3: Go back to your frame layout (picture #1) and measure the width and length of how big your square will be. Now, Ive seen many gallery walls that are not done in a square, but it makes your life a lot easier if you do (for measuring purposes). My square measured 50" long, by 43.5" wide (or tall).

Step 4: Then we measured the middle of the wall, made a few pencil marks and taped out the square with painters tape on the wall.

Step 5: Once my square was taped out on the wall, I started to tape the newspaper frames into the square:

Step 6: Once each newspaper frame, has been taped to the wall, you can measure and mark on the newspaper where you are going to drill the holes for hanging:

Step 7: Then drill the holes, or get your WONDERFUL husband to drill the holes for you ;)

Step 8: Remove newspaper and add wall hanging hardware, and you are ready to hang your frames!

Step 9: Remove all newspaper from the wall and start putting up your frames!

Here is our wall, almost finished:

The reason why ours took so long as well, had to do with the fact that I hadn't printed any of my photos yet. So I still had to find and print all the photos for each frame.

And here is our finished gallery wall:

We're pretty happy with how it turned out (although Ive already changed a bunch of the pictures in the frames ;)

Oh, and here's a picture of our filing cabinet I mentioned we were getting in a previous post!

A great and interesting way to decorate a wall!

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Cabinet Reveal!

Ok, Im on a roll with the reveals right now-lol.
Ive been dying to finally post these pictures for a while now, so please bear with me, as many reveal posts are still to come.

Ive mentioned many times about searching through kijiji for great finds. Well recently I haven't seen much, however, when we first started looking on kijiji for furniture for our new home, we came across this cabinet:

Ok so It doesn't look like much, and to be honest, it wasn't in the best condition and we probably over-paid for it a little....we just felt bad for the seller I think-lol! She was the young, single mom with a little boy and an adorable golden retriever, and it was Christmas time, and she said she was trying to sell things to make money for Christmas presents.... (I swear even the dogs big sad puppy eye's were saying "please buy our cabinet so we can have money for Christmas" lol).

Maybe I caved...maybe. Plus, she lent us her car to drive it home in (who does that?!) so we really felt bad saying no. We did like it, we just weren't totally sure, but as the reveal shows, it actually turned out pretty good ;)

The cabinet is made out of walnut and has dovetail joints, however, part of the cabinet is veneer and this made for a difficult time when spraying it with paint.

We took this piece to a painter we have been working with for some of our other pieces and she has been fabulous. This piece gave her a lot of grief though, unfortunately. Apparently back in the day (whenever that was, yesteryear, maybe?! lol) they used a shilack to cover wood and it was partly composed of bug guts?! Anyho, this composition does not react well with paint, and often after painting you will see pink or orange colours bleed through the paint.

So of course after lugging this thing home (in our painters van, which she lent us- again, such nice people out there!), after a few days we began to see pink spots all over the cabinet. We had to bring it back (again in her van) and she primed it 2 more times before painting it again.

Now, it only has a bit of a yellow tinge to it in some places...but only if you really stare. So I just dont stare at it....for long.

We thought we could just leave the inside unpainted, but of course when I saw the outside sprayed all gleeming white, I had to paint the inside white...myself. That actually turned out ok, but it does make the drawers stick a bit, so I would not recommed doing that.

The inside had 3 pull out drawers, and there are 2 large drawers on the bottom. Our plan was to use this piece in our office as storage for the printer, paper, etc.

The final product:

Again, we matched the crystal knobs to the ones on the desk, and we are so happy with how it turned out. Office almost complete!

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Chair Reveal

A while back, I posted about picking fabric for the chairs that we found on Kijiji. So here is the final reveal! The hardest part about doing these chairs, was honestly sourcing out the fabric. Previously I mentioned finding some amazing fabrics on Tonic Living and I love what they carry. Make sure to check out their site! Once I found the fabric the rest was easy.

First let me remind you of how the chairs looked before:

We took the seats off, and the topic layer of plaid fabric to reveal this:

Then I began to measure and staple the new fabric on:

All the chair frames were painted white:

And then the finished seat cushions were added! Voila!

Upcycled dining chairs complete!

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