9.27.2011

Bathroom Reveal!!!! (#1)

This IS IT!!!! The first big bathroom reveal!!

As you may know, we've been in the process of renovating 2 (yes 2) of our bathrooms over the past 5 months. It was a long process (and by long, I mean LOOOOONNNGGGG) and a lot of blood, sweat and tears were put into these renovations.

Renovating was one of the biggest challenges we've had to face in the world of homeownership. It takes a lot out of you, and in the end I am happy to say that things have turned out just that way we hoped they would :)

We moved into this house with the idea that we would renovate these bathrooms- we just had no idea it would take as long as it did!
After watching countless renovation tv shows, reading tons of magazines and being inspired by some of our favorite designers we had a lot of ideas and thankfully they all worked together fabulously!

This reveal is for the first bathroom we started- the Main Bath (or "Kids Bath", as I usually refer to it as).

Here it how it began:







We replaced everything. Tub, toilet, vanity, countertop, sink, fixtures, lights, floors, walls (thankfully only 1!) and hardware.

The tub was replaced with a white square tub which we sourced from Home Depot. We wanted something that was square in shape for a reasonable price. We put white 3x8 subway tiles on the wall in the shower and a band of grey mosaic tile throughout the shower.

The toliet, we managed to get on sale (for a great deal!) at the Grand Opening of the first Lowes store in our city for under $100.00. We actually got the store at 7:00am when it opened and managed to get 4 toliets in our cart, as people were grabbing them left, right and centre! When you replace a toilet with a low-flush toilet in our city, you are offered a rebate from the city, so we managed to spend less than $90 on each toilet.

The countertop is its own story. We actually went through 3 countertops to get the one we have. The first company we went with cut the first 2 tops wrong...horribly wrong. However, Graniteworx came to our rescue and cut us a beautiful quartz top for a great deal and installed it beautifully. We love the quartz- easy to clean, great for a bathroom and looks awesome.

The undermount sink was done by Graniteworx as well. We love the shape and its definitely a good quality sink that we know will last us while. The sink we had to replace was steel and had actually rusted out, so this was a mandatory change.

The faucet and shower fixtures were by Lowes and Rona and we love how they look. We got the sink tap on sale for a good price, and I love that its water efficient.

We installed potlights in the ceiling, ceramic tiles on the floors, replaced a wall that needed fixing and new hardware on the doors.

Here is our new tub:









New countertop and vanity:







New toilet:



 And some new accessories:





We're really happy with how it all came together :)





Thanks for sticking with us through this major project! We appreciate all the suggestions/support and help we received from some great friends and family :)
Ive listed all the sources, but if you have any questions or comments on anything we've done feel free to ask!

Sources:


Tub- Maax (Home Depot)
Subway Tile/Mosaic Tile- (Dantes and Tile Master)
Toilet- American Standard- Dual Flush (Lowe's)
Cabinet above toilet- Allen + Roth (Lowes)
Vanity- Allen + Roth (Lowes)
Countertop- Caesarstone (Quartz)- (Graniteworx)
Sink- Kohler
Faucet- Price Pfister (Lowes)
Shower Fixtures- Uber Haus (Rona)
Vanity Light- Icecube Wall Light (Lowes)
Floors- Ceramic Light Grey- (The Source)
New Door Handle- Weiser (Home Depot)


Accessories:
Mirror- (Urban Barn)
TP Holder, Towel Bar - (Home Sense)
Picture Frames- (Ikea)
Flowers- (Home Sense)
Cotten Ball Jar, Soap Dispenser- (Home Sense)
Shower Curtain- (Home Sense)

Paint:
Trim- Simply White- (Benjamin Moore)
Walls- Misty Moonstone- (Dulux)


1 reno down, 1 to go! Stay tuned for the Master Ensuite reveal!! :)

9.23.2011

Please Vote for Our Office Make-Over!

A while back we won a contest for our Office Makeover with an organization called One Project Closer!

Remember this Office Transformation:

We went from this:


To This!




To read about our entry click here!
We were thrilled to win the first round, and so happy that this contest donates money to a great cause- Habitat for Humanity.

We are now in the running to be the Big Winner!

There are some amazing entires- everyone did an incredible job. If we were fortunate enough to win, this would allow us to FINALLY finish our bathroom make-over much faster and post the reveal- yippee!!!!

To read about the contest, see the other entries and if you like what we've done, please VOTE for us (we're #6) click here!


Thanks so much everyone, for your support :)



9.22.2011

Inspiration Board

I am so excited to share this new project Ive taken on, and I hope this might be a great way to inspire those of you who are re-doing  rooms in your homes.

Since starting this blog, Ive had a few people ask me if I offer decorating services. To me, that is the biggest compliment you can receive when writing a decorating/design blog. To those who've asked- thank you for inspring to do more, and to continue on this path :)

Although I dont have a business (yet), I love decorating and DIY'ing and love sharing ideas with others.
Recently, a friend was asking me some questions about her nursery and I was so flattered that she was interested in my ideas for her future little girls room :)

I am in the process of creating an inspiration board for her, but wanted to show you a few ideas that have inspired me for creating her board. It was somewhat easy for me, since some of her favorite colours for a baby room are also some of my favorite colours.

Without giving away too much yet, here are some of my inspirations:




And my personal fav:


More to come when this inspiration board is complete! :)

9.18.2011

Guest Room Project- Take 2

After making my first sunburst mirror a while back, Ive been thinking of ways to modify the mirror I created previously. I just found there were a few things I could have done better, plus I wanted to make another one that I could use for our guest room (once we begin to decorate it).

So here is what I started with:

- approx 24 small wood dowlings (2 different widths)
- acrylic paint (I used 3 different colours)
- saw (to cut dowlings)
- glue (glue gun worked well for me)
- wood filler
- embroidery ring
- 1 craft ring (you only need the smaller one)








Step 1: Paint your dowlings. I used 3 paint colours: gold, silver and a pearl white. I mixed different ratios of the paint colours to get a variety of different colours.

Step 2: Arrange your dowlings onto the craft rings to see how you want your mirror to look (I tried to space out the dowlings well according to colour and width).

Step 3: Glue your dowlings to the craft ring and then place the mirror on top. Glue your mirror onto the dowlings.

Step 4: Pull the metal pieces off your embroidery ring. This left holes in mine, so I had to fill them with wood filler. Once the filler was dry, I sanded it and painted the embriodery ring.



Step 5: Once the paint is dry, glue your embroidery ring around the mirror. This should be your last step!


The hardest part of this project was figuring out how long I wanted to wood dowlings to be. In my last sunburst I didn't like the ratio of wooden shims with the size of my mirror (I found the mirror to be a bit small/ shims to be a bit long), however I didn't have anything to cut the shims with.

This time, I was able to use a handsaw to cut the dowlings, since they are much smaller than the shims. Regardless, I spent hours cutting them, since I couldn't decide on a length and had to keep re-cutting them, which took forever.

And here is my finished project (still drying):




Im actually really happy with how this one turned out :)
Next time you see it, it'll be hanging on the wall in our guest room!

9.16.2011

Thanks!

I just wanted to send a shout-out to Megan over to Megan Brooke Handmade for the awesome feature today!

Shes got an amazing blog and an incredible etsy shop you can check out here!

Look at some of her super cute ideas:




So hop on over to her site/shop and check it out.
Thanks SO much Megan!! :)

9.15.2011

Hidden Gem

So a few weeks ago, we went to a local spot I have been wanting to go to for quite some time. A very close friend of mine, told me about a place her and her mom frequent for unusual finds, and of course I had to go check it out (thanks LC!! xo)

For those of you who live near me, you may have heard of a place called Timeless Materials. If you have not gone to check it out, you dont know what you are missing!

I wasn't sure what to expect when we went in, but I swore my eyes were moving so fast my brain couldn't process it all...I had hundreds of ideas crossing through my mind every second. This place is a treasure hunters dream!

I have to warn you, you need to think outside the box. You aren't going to find pretty done-up pieces in here, but you will find tons of ideas.

Timeless Materials is located in a 1840's 3-story restored barn in Ontario Canada. Along with their sister company Kieswetter Demolition they salvage building materials, furniture and architectural items and repurpose them.  

Here's just a peak at some of the treasures we found...





















Aren't those staicases amazing?! Been looking for an antique firehall bell?! Look no further!

The day that we went to check them out, there was a huge thunder storm and it was so unreal to be on the top floor of this 3-story barn hearing the rain thundering down on the rooftop. Very cool.

We had tons of ideas running through our heads when we left, but the one we both had in common was a reclaimed wood fireplace mantle. We'll be back!

Have any of you had the opportunity to visit Timeless Materials? If so, what was your favorite "find"? :)

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