Monday, 30 November 2015

Guest Room Reveal

Hi there!

Ian has been super busy working on the guest room and we can officially say that it is all ready for guests!

This room was quite honestly the ugliest room in the house.  The horrible stained ceiling, ugly paneled walls and nasty fluorescent lighting, all needed to go. We felt bad that any one would have to sleep in here.  So it became a priority.

If you recall, we shared in this post the planking of the ceiling in this room.

The bed and mattress are new, but the almost all of the other furniture was re-purposed from other rooms in previous homes. The head board is quite tall and the mattress sits a little higher than usual.

The paneled walls, were painted in "Revere Pewter" by Benjamin Moore. It really freshened them up!  As with the rest of the house, this room is done in cream and grey.

We will share the information on the blinds later on but, the drapes were a pair we used in a previous home.  However, they were shortened for this room.  Normally we are not fans of short draperies but it was sort of necessary for this room.  The use of fabric on the windows helps to soften the room.

There is a wicker chair and a reading lamp.  The dresser holds some spare linens but has room for guest to use, as well.

We found a reproduction peanut jar, which is perfect for corralling toiletries that guests may need.

A small wardrobe is also available for guests.

The bedskirt is a DIY project that was a little tricky due to the footboard.  In the end, we created it in two pieces, the sides are attached to a centre panel that sits under the mattress as usual, and the piece at he foot of the bed, is held in place by velcro.

Although, this room is in the basement, the window is large and provides good light.


All in all, this room is one of our favourites, it has come a long way!

The light fixture came from Home Depot, we loved the cottagey look it offers.  It was only $80. and it looks great with the planked ceiling.

Now we just need to hang the art (etc.) we have saved for this room!  That will help to pull in some of the green from the rest of the house, too.  Maybe next weekend!

There is an adjoining half bath (we will share it another day), which needs a makeover but it is functional.  We would like to add a shower to it as soon as it fits into the budget.  This is a priority as we only have one full bath in the house.

Thank you for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Drop Cloth Advent Bags | Tutorial


Today we are sharing some super simple DIY Advent bags, created using some drop cloth fabric - yes we are still using up that first drop cloth we picked up a while back!

The first step to creating these bags was to determine the height that we wanted them to be, we figured 8 inches was a good size.

Utilizing  the pre-hemmed edged on the drop cloth, we cut a strip that was 8.5 inches tall, allowing a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

We repeated this step using as many pre-hemmed edges from the drop cloth as possible.  This saved the step of  finishing the tops of the bags.

 Next we cut the strips into sections

We actually ended up creating two different sizes of bags, most of them are 6 inches wide.

Folding the fabric in half and cutting along the 6 inch mark, means only one side and the bottom need to be sewn together.

After cutting one bag, I layered it on top of the strip of fabric and used it to eyeball the cutting for the rest of the bags.

It only took a few minutes to get a stack of advent bags cut.

Some of the sections ended up being about 1.5 inches narrower, it seemed a waste not to use the end cuts, so we went with it.

The stitching part was super quick, too.  After folding each segment in half (right sides together), I stitched down the side and along the bottom.

Prior to turning the bags right side out, I snipped off the corners for a tidier look.

This is what they looked like once the stitching was complete.

24 little bags all stacked up, love that!

This whole process of cutting and sewing only took me an hour for all 24 bags, so super quick and easy! Creating these bags in assembly line fashion helped to save time.

I gave some thought to how I wanted to add the numbers to the bags.  I thought of creating a printable or a paper crafted tag, but in the end, I wanted something that would stand the test of time and not require any work in future years.  So I decided to stitch the numbers on with fine crochet yarn.   Embroidery floss would work well, too.

I sketched each number on with a pencil and then stitched over that using a back-stitch technique.

I loved the look!

1-2-3 .... 24! Done!

I won't lie the stitching took a while. Two hours of TV time to be exact, but it was easy, fun(ish) and it looks amazing!

Here they are all complete.

I left them laying stacked up for a bit, just to admire them! haha!

Now they are all ready for filling!

Our youngest has had a homemade Advent calendar for several years now.  His previous one had tiny little drawers that were basically just big enough for a Lindt chocolate ball - he didn't love them - but we did!

This new Advent Calendar allows us to tuck in small toys, candy etc.

The surprises were tucked into the bags after being wrapped in tissue and then I tied them with pretty red and white bakers twine. Then they were stacked up in an antique rec centre basket. I love the way this looks. 

 I may decide to add a bow to it.

A few of the books and gifts were too large for the bags (mostly due to their packaging), so they got wrapped up.  There is a little note inside of each corresponding bag directing our son to ask mom for a surprise that day.  I think I will keep these hidden out of site so that he can't guess what he might be getting!

We are already for December (can you believe it is less than a week away).  For now these pretty little bags are all hidden away. They will show up on December first, along with our Elf on the Shelf!

We love traditions! They add to the magic of the season, and help to keep it alive for kids that are getting older!

For more of our drop cloth projects check here and here.

Thanks for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Monday, 23 November 2015

Large Scale Art on the Cheap

Hi there!

Recently we shared a sneak peek of our living room, in this post, as you saw it is not quite done, but getting there.  Did you notice the antique tin ceiling art pieces to the left of the tv, in this photo?

We have had them for a little while, though they have never been hung together.

Ian picked up both tins at a re-use it shop several years back for $12.50 a piece.  You can still find them at flea markets and antique shops for $10-$20 a piece, and they make really great and inexpensive art pieces.  We especially love the ones with chippy paint.

Ian mounted ours on some really simple frames he made from 2"x2" lumber.  This helped to straighten out the pieces and give us something to hang them from.  I made a quick diagram to give you an idea of the frame that he created.

Since you can see the framing if you are looking at the tins from the side, he painted them a green colour that coordinates with our home.

Here is a straight on view of the tiles, aren't they great!

Thank you for visiting today!
Ian and Laura

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Kitchen Lighting

Hi there!

Today we are sharing our new kitchen lighting with you.  Do you remember in this post we said that we have always been able to find lighting that we like for about $100.00 well this time we splurged a bit.

We have been long time lovers of the old school house style fixtures, we had some in our previous home, picked up from Home Depot on budget.  They were traditional with an antiqued and dark bronze metal and white shades.

However, we recently came across a bit of a modern spin on these fixtures here.  We loved that they were available in a white metal (satin nickel) with clear shades.

They take the funky retro LED bulbs, which are so pretty.

And although theses bulbs come with a $25.00 a piece price tag, they give great light and are supposed to last for 10 years, plus they look amazing in these fixtures.

All total led these fixtures and bulbs came in at around $500.00, so still not terrible all things considered, and we really love how they look with the other fixtures that are on the main floor.  No to mention they look fabulous with the newly planked ceiling!!

We are down to one more fixture change to do in the main living areas, but we still have yet to find the right one.   I am sure in time, it will show up on our shopping travels!

Thanks for visiting today!
Ian and Laura

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Planked Kitchen Ceiling


We have finished planking the kitchen ceiling, do you recall we mentioned that we wanted to do this in this post,  and we shared this picture of the damage to the ceiling once we took down the old lighting.

Here is another look at our ceiling of shame from another angle.

We briefly debated planking right over the old ceiling but decided for our kitchen pulling the old ceiling down was a better choice.

Before we began pulling down the ceiling, Ian taped up plastic to cover the openings to the other rooms on the main floor to contain most of the mess.  This worked great!

Then he started pulling the old drywall sheets from the ceiling, they came down pretty easily. AS you can see, some of it came down in big chunks.

 We filled up totes with the smaller pieces and carted the debris outside.  Later on Ian took it all to the dump.

There was a fair amount of dust and smaller chunks on the floor.

I was in charge of corralling as much mess as possible!

When we were done with the demo, we were left with a clean slate to start from.

As luck would have it, the beams were going in the perfect direction for the way we wanted to run the planks.

After a couple of planks went up, we had to stop and admire his work ;) !

As he planked across the ceiling, Ian relocated the wiring for the lighting so that is was centered over the island. He also added a junction box.

After running all the planks, he added 1/2" x 3" trim, caulked all around them and then applied a coat of Killz primer and 2 coats of ceiling paint.

It really brightens up the whole space, we are completely loving it, it turned out as great as we imagined it!

Just wait until we add lighting, it will be really great then!

Thanks for visiting!
Ian and Laura