Master Bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 1

It’s that time of the year again when your social media feed is filled with room makeovers and DIY projects! Yes, it’s the first week of the One Room Challenge. If you haven’t heard of it, this is a challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. She challenges home interiors bloggers to totally complete…

French provincial desk makeover using general finishes milk paint

Desk Makeover Using White Milk Paint

I found this vintage french provincial desk at a yard sale quite a few months ago.  I just can’t help myself, whenever I see a piece of furniture at a yard sale, I have to rescue it. Especially if I know it’s a solid piece of furniture. This desk was fairly dirty and had some…

My experiences growing a wildflower meadow

Growing A Wildflower Meadow

If you remember from the spring I had plans to grow a wildflower meadow this summer in the front corner of our property. Today I’m going to share with you my experiences with my first year growing a wildflower meadow, what I learned, and what I will do next year to continue getting colorful blooms…

DIY Chalk Paint Picture Frames

I love using chalk paint, but it can sometimes get expensive to buy the name brand paints that are out there. I’m generally a sucker for all those paints, and I like to try them all out. But when the budget doesn’t allow for expensive chalk paints, you can make your own chalk paint using…

Pineapple-pillow-cover-tutorial

Watercolor Pineapple Pillow Cover

Welcome to the pineapple week blog hop, which is the kick-off to pineapple week at The Weathered Fox. Today we’re going to see lots of great ideas of how to incorporate pineapples into your recipes and home decor. Have you noticed all the pineapples around home decor lately? I kind of love them! They are…

6 Inexpensive Ways To Increase Curb Appeal

Are you in the process of putting your house up for sale? Or are you just looking for ways to spruce up the exterior of your house and increase your curb appeal? We have sold four houses in the last eight years, so we’ve had a bit of experience finding inexpensive ways to increase curb…

watercolor art using resist and watercolor fabric paint

Watercolor Art On White Cotton Canvas

Hi friends! I’m finally getting around to sharing with you a tutorial for the watercolor art that I made as part of my hallway makeover during this year’s spring One Room Challenge. For the challenge I finished installing, caulking, and painting a lot of the trim and doors in our house, but mainly focused on…

How To Plant A Wildflower Meadow

Remember back in February when I wrote about how I was going to grow a wildflower meadow this summer? Well we finally got around to planting it. There’s an area at the front of our property that was full of weeds and small shrubs. It seemed like a natural location for a wildflower meadow. It’s…

Gourmet grilling planks

Make Your Own Grilling Planks!

I’m not even going to pretend that I’m a gourmet cook. I generally make the same meals over and over each week because it’s easy, the kids eat it, and really I just get in a cooking rut. But sometimes I like to mix things up, especially in the summer when it’s barbecue season. I…

Aqua Blue IKEA MERETE Curtain Hack

The perfect pair of curtains can be a tricky thing to find. I had been searching for matching curtains for our open concept living room and dining room, and was very specific with what I wanted. My checklist included: long cotton canvas grommet curtains that fit within my budget, and were a pale aqua blue…

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod, Brackets and Finials

I’m going to show you how I made a heavy looking industrial curtain rod from inexpensive hardware store supplies. I was on a fairly tight budget for my curtains rods for the dining and living area, but I still wanted something that looked solid and substantial for our seven foot windows. There are so many…

Organizing Children’s Bedrooms

Do you have trouble keeping your kids’ bedrooms neat and tidy? I know we do here at the Vanderveen house. So I’ve come up with a list of 7 tips that can help to keep your children’s bedrooms organized. I have had the pleasure to write this post for Ola Bloom, the blogger at J’adore le…

Ombre Dip Dye Drop Cloth Cushion Covers

Here is a simple tutorial on how to make a pair of dip dyed ombre cushion covers using canvas drop cloths and light blue fabric dye. I bought some painter’s drop clothes that are 4 feet wide by 15 feet long to use for this project. They are perfect for pillow covers because the sides…

Not Your Typical Barnboard Clock

*This post is also featured on Up The Old Barn Road as part of the Fabulous Friday blog series. Click here to check out some of the other posts in this series* The rustic reclaimed look for home decorating is so trendy lately, and I’ve totally hopped on that bandwagon. I love how some old wood can add character…

Custom Closets With Built In Shelving

Another thing on our to-do list was to finish up the built in shelving in all the closets. I’m going to show you how we designed our closets, built all our custom shelving, and organized the spaces so you can draw some inspiration for your own home. After we moved into our house we still…

laundry room and mudroom with hooks for kids clothes

Mudroom and Front Hall: Before and After

When we designed our house, we knew we wanted a mudroom between the garage and the main living area. This would give us a place to drop all our coats and boots, and have the mess contained within a defined area. If you remember from our house plans, we built a raised bungalow with a split…

Unfinished Basement and Future Plans

When we were building our house, we decided to finish off the upstairs first and leave the basement finishing for sometime in the future. We don’t need the extra finished space at the moment. For now, a wide open area in the basement is great for the kids. The kids can practice their sports in…

En-suite Bathroom Plans and Progress

We are trying hard to get a few more things done yet before Christmas. One of the major projects we would like to complete is the master bedroom en-suite bathroom.  Here is a mood board with the components we are planning to use for our bathroom. I think the last time I showed a picture…

Week 22: Trim and Interior Doors

My parents came to visit a few weeks ago to help us with some things around the house, including the trim and interior doors. My mom took care of the kids and made meals so Tony and I could get some stuff done at the house. My dad worked non-stop on installing the trim and doors.…

Week 19: Drywall and Mudding

Once we had all the electrical and plumbing and HVAC finished in the upstairs, and once it all passed inspection, we were able to get our drywall contractor in. We hired Rattray & Sons Enterprises Ltd from Ottawa to do the drywall, and we couldn’t be happier with their work. The drywall guys came in…

Week 18: Permacon Lafitt Exterior Stone

We started building our house in the spring of 2016. We decided to be our own general contractors and do all the organizing ourselves. You can find out more about us and our houses and renovations here. Exterior Stone Over the last two weeks we’ve had our stone mason install all the exterior stone. We…

Week 17: Insulation and Septic System

Last week in-between all the packing and moving we were also working on getting the insulation done.  We decided to go with R22 fiberglass insulation. We decided not to do spray foam because of the higher cost. At this point in the build we’re trying to scale back where we can so we can hopefully…

Moving Day!

Yesterday was moving day! We listed our third house way back in March, thinking that it would take all summer for it to sell. But thanks to our amazing real estate agent, Vicki Vanderveen from EXSELLence Realty, our house sold within 5 days! That may not seem like that big of a deal, but in…

Week 15: Soffit and Fascia

Last week Steve and Matt from Dovetail Carpentry started installing the fascia and the soffit around the house. The front of the house is finished and I think it really tidies up the roofline. We are going to have three potlights above our front step where those holes are cut out. We decided to go…

Week 14: Plumbing, Electrical, & HVAC

We had a lot going on last week, including plumbing, electrical, the furnace was brought in, and the ductwork for the furnace and HRV was started. Nothing is finished completely, but here are some progress pictures. Here is the chimney for the furnace. We bought a wood furnace with propane backup, so we needed to…

Week 12: Basement Concrete With Heated Floor

Last week the guys finished pouring the concrete slab in the basement. Before that was done though there was quite a bit of prep work, which included dumping more gravel into the basement, and leveling it off. Amvic Insulated Panel Then we laid down Styrofoam insulation on top of the gravel. We used the Amvic insulated panel…

Weeks 10 & 11: Interior Framing and Plumbing

The last two weeks have been a mix of a lot of different things, mostly including interior framing as well as the plumbing rough in. Our main contractors, Dovetail Carpentry, did all the interior framing over the last two weeks. We hired a plumber from Chesterville, ON to do all the plumbing rough-ins, and he will…

Week 9: Tin Roof – Part 2

Here’s just a quick update of what was done last week. The tin roof on the house is finished, other than where the tin needs to be cut. The ladders and strapping were completed on the garage, and then almost all of the roof on the front of the garage was installed. And the back…

Week 8: Trusses and Vicwest Tin Roof

Roof Trusses Last week Monday we got started putting up the trusses. We rented a crane for the day to get the trusses up there. It also ended up being kind of cold for the middle of June, and very windy! The trusses were flying around like kites. The guys spent a good amount of time…

Week 7: More Framing

Tony and I bought 30 acres of land in a small community south of Ottawa, ON, and we started building our forever home in April 2016. We have been planning our dream home for a few years, and this year we decided to build our house and act as our own general contractors. We are…

Week 5: Steel Beams and Floor Joists

Last week we had two ~30 foot steel beams delivered and installed. I wasn’t there, but I was told they were very heavy. We got the beams from Quintan Products in Winchester, Ontario.  By the end of the week all the floor joists were installed. We decided to go with the webbed floor joists. This…

Week 4: Framing the Knee Wall

This week Steve and Matt (Dovetail Carpentry) started framing the knee wall above the concrete foundation. We are building a raised bungalow, so the concrete foundation is about five feet in the ground. The ceilings in the basement will be nine feet, so they built a four foot knee wall all around the outside of…

Week 3: Concrete For The Foundation

It doesn’t look like a lot of progress was made this week, but pouring the concrete for the foundation was a pretty big deal and we feel like we’re getting closer to finishing the foundation. Before doing the concrete the insulated concrete forms (ICF) had to be braced so the wall didn’t fall over. (Last…

Week 2: Insulated Concrete Forms ICF Foundation

After the foundation footing concrete was poured last week, it was left to dry for a day or two before removing the forms. This past week the guys got everything ready to start the foundation walls – this included installing the weeping tile all around the footings, and then covering the weeping tile with more…

Rustic Wood Mirror by L. DeVries Designs

I had a plain mirror left from when we redid our laundry that I thought was the perfect size to use above my dresser. All it needed was a frame, but I didn’t have a whole lot of extra time to make one. My friend makes beautiful hand painted signs with rustic wood frames, and…

Breaking Ground!

The build has officially started! Our contractor for the civil work added a new entrance to the land today, as well as started digging the hole. It doesn’t look like much, but this house building thing is really happening, and we are very excited about it!  

Completed To-Do List For Our Third House

I would say we have finished all the major things on our to-do list for our current house!  I love using lists because it keeps me organized and helps me keep track of the goals to accomplish, and it also feels so satisfying to cross something off when it’s completed. Here is a list of…

Super Easy DIY Cushion Covers

An easy way to add pops of color throughout the house is with colorful and patterned throw pillows. Cushion covers are so easy to make, especially if you already have a few old or unused throw pillows. To start you need about half a meter (or 20 inches) of home decor fabric depending on how big…

Master Bedroom Makeover

The master bedroom really only needed a few changes to bring it up to date. Like the rest of our third house, there was lots of dated 90s oak on the floor, trim and doors. Here are some of the before pictures before the master bedroom makeover. This was when we removed everything from the…

The Second Bedroom Makeover

Our house has three bedrooms, and two of them are used for the kids. This room is a little smaller than the other kids bedroom, so we have always used it as the baby room. There wasn’t too much to do other than paint and flooring, but it made such an improvement. Here are the…

Colorful Kid Bedroom

The bedrooms in our house are fairly large, and currently we have our three oldest children in the biggest room. When we first moved in two and a half years ago Nathan had this room all to himself. Then when we had Rebekah, Nathan and Mackenzie shared. Now that we have four kids, Rebekah is in there…

Laundry Room Reno With Birch Tree Shelves

We started the laundry room renovation in October 2014 and it took about three months to complete. It doesn’t look like it needed much work, but the vanity had a lot of water damage around the bottom so we knew we had to replace that. And then we replaced the almond coloured toilet to match the…

Living And Dining Room Renovation

When we moved in, the living and dining areas felt very small and dark and outdated. There was a funny half wall between the dining area and living room that was really unnecessary. We wanted to take down that wall to make it all move open. Before we could do that though, Tony had to remove…

Front Hall Painted Wood Trim

It’s amazing how much a bit of paint can update a space. The front hall was fine other than the wood trim and wood bi-fold doors on the closets. All we did in the front hall was replace the closet doors with some white colonial bi-folds, and paint the trim white. I painted everything with the…

1990s Outdated Oak Staircase Makeover

The stair renovation was by far the most difficult project we did in our house. In hindsight, we maybe should have gotten a contractor to sand and stain our upstairs floors and the stairs, but I guess our attitude is “why would we hire someone when we can do it ourselves?”. The stairs were all…