Category Archives: First Floor: Remodeling

Cabin Red

Here is a little insight into how Jason and I work.

One Sunday morning, as Jay and I sipped on our coffee we both came to the conclusion that our living room had “no flow” and it was driving us nuts. Remember, our home that was built in 1890ish was a single family home converted into three apartments, converted into two apartments and now back to a single family home.  Yeah, that could make the flow from one room to the next just a little awkward.

The picture below shows just how many doors we had leading into this one room that is in the center of the house. There is one for the basement, office, game room, and bathroom (which you can’t see in the picture below).


On the opposite wall you have a doorway into the dining room  which looks out of place.

So what do you do? Grab your tools and get to work. Note: things are about to get really messy!


After much deliberation, we decided to open up the room more and that meant widening the doorways that were already there. This was easier said than done due to the stacked plank walls that were poplular way back when.  It also meant moving a light switch further down the wall. This is where it is super handy to have someone (i.e. Jason) who knows a little something about electrical wiring.

Next came the dining room area. This is where we were torn on what to do: widen the doorway, center it? There were so many possibilities, all of which would be an improvement. We decided to move, widen, and center the opening on the wall. Our thought process being that this would look better with the dining room table centered in the room and again open up the “flow” of the house. With fingers crossed, Jay got to work started tearing down drywall.

Next came the taping and joint compound. Wow…things are starting to come together. 🙂

Now what colour to paint the room?  Ahh decisions, decisions. After much deliberation, we chose to go with Cabin Red from Valspar.  It looked like a pretty colour that wasn’t too dark and a nice change from the antique white walls that were painted over 5 years ago.

Eddie Bauer Colors by Valspar 8 oz Cabin Red Interior Satin Paint Sample

They say you should always test a swatch on the wall before you piant.  Did we?….Nope, per our usual way of doing things, we dove right in and got to work.  And now for the unveiling……








WOW! That is one red room. As you can tell, the colour didn’t look anything like the colour sample above. I guess this is where the swatch would have come in handy.  As the saying goes, live and learn. 


Red is defintiely a commitement but we actually really like it. The red is rich and warm.  These pictures don’t do it much justice since I took them in the morning with no natural light.


 Now comes the fun part: DECORATING!!! We have a ton of pictures to put back up on the walls to break the red up a little.  More DIY to come so stay tuned. Oh and by the way….


Stay tuned for some Hump Day humor!

Bathroom Musings

It’s not what you think. 😉 Although my best ideas come to me while I am in the shower, these musings are actually about my bathroom. You see, I want to freshen it up. A new coat of paint, maybe some curtains, lights….and this is where the daydream takes off.

This first image has a very similar set up as our downstairs bathroom.  I love how crisp and clean everything looks. Our tile is an off white so I’m not sure how well the blue wall colour would go with it but I love the white and the added touches.

Just the right amount of mint, not too much so that it starts to look like the Lizzie Borden house... a tad lighter for downstairs bath

I am in love with this paint pallet, what do you guys think?

BEACHY - PAINT seaglass paint pallet 

These looks are a little darker but the grey really works with the tan tile and deeper brown. Yet another possibility.

I love the tile & color ... however, I think gray is too cool for a bathroom.  The tile & porcelain already feel cool, you will end up always feeling cold in here.


And of course details matter, so I thought these little touches would be cute. I love the labels on the jars, adds that little extra and still keeps it very clean-looking.

Printable Bathroom Container Labels

I also love the idea of taking down the towel bars and using these hooks. To be painfully honest, we never use the towel bars anyways. At least this way the towels will be hung rather than slung over the side of the shower.

take out the bar towel rack and do this

Framed pictures of kids in the bath??? YES PLEASE!

Pictures of kids in the tub in the bathroom... great idea!   The Painted Home: { Home Tour by Grand Designs }

So how would you describe your bath room? Clean and crisp? Family friendly? What little touches have you added to make it personal?

And, of course, I just had to share this photo with you all. Look at the size of this tub. Can you imagine how much water you would have to use to fill that sucker up? IT’S AWESOME!!! Not really logical but STINKIN AWESOME!

Wine Barrel Tub.

Break Time Is Over

It isn’t that we’ve been dragging our feet on doing household renovations, it’s just that…….okay we’ve been dragging our feet. Who can blame us? Soaking up the nice weather with family has a way of taking over. But no worries….break time is over and it is back to work for us.

Where to start? Let’s talk the heart of the home: the kitchen.

Our kitchen is fairly small. The cupboards, countertop and appliances are out dated.

Here is a picture of the very small dinette:

Remodeling a kitchen can be extremely costly and frankly isn’t in our budget. So how do you make an old kitchen new? Throw up a couple coats of paint and VOILA!!! New kitchen…..or so I had hoped. Don’t be fooled, it isn’t as easy as it looks.

I attempted to do a makeover last year and (as I bow my head in shame) it was an epic fail! The colours I chose were pretty; they just weren’t pretty with each other. I wanted our kitchen to have a warm Italian feel. This was my vision:

So hideous was the outcome that I did everything in my power to hide the monster I created and yet it still found a way to sneak into photos. Prepare yourselves…..shield your child’s eyes….if you have eaten then you may want to look away…..

AHHHH THE HORROR!!!! Okay – so maybe it isn’t that bad but it wasn’t what I was going for. 😉 The orange with the black was just too dark, perhaps if I went with a lighter colour for my cupboards this would work. Or should I keep the black cupboards and change the colour of the wall? Or should I try to save this somehow by adding a different colour backsplash? Perhaps a new mood board would help facilitate this decision.

So while I work away on that, feel free to weigh in, offer up your suggestions, or share with us your stories of DYI gone wrong.

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