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…

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…

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…

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When we moved in, the living and dining areas felt very small and dark and outdated.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…

90’s Oak Painted Kitchen

When we bought our house, the kitchen was very orange. The cabinets were solid oak and they were in great shape, but the colour just made them look outdated. The wall colour didn’t help either, more orange. And of course the trim was all 90’s wood too. At one point we talked about removing this wall, in…

The To-Do List for Our Third House

This is a list of everything that we have done and would like to do on our house yet: Front hall Replace and paint closet doors Replace front door New front door handle Paint trim Play room Replace patio door Replace laminate floor with hardwood Install trim Paint trim Paint walls Update fireplace Change light…

Third House – Before Pictures

Our third house was a 1990s split level on a 1 acre lot on a quiet street in Ingleside, ON. We bought it in November 2013. When we first saw the house we thought it was dark, dirty and outdated, but it had lots of potential for improvement. We knew we didn’t want to live…