One Room Challenge: Week 3

Stuff is happening in the kitchen! I’m a little behind on the One Room Challenge schedule- week 1 was supposed to be the plan, week 2 was supposed to be progress, etc. But I had my certification exam for work right around the time I decided to be a linking participant so that kind of delayed me. I’m happy to report that I am now a Certified Cytometrist, so my weeknights and weekends are no longer taken up by studying!

Deciding to participate in the ORC has really made me take a hard look at our kitchen. We are planning a full renovation in a few years time, so when we moved into the house our goal for the kitchen was to make it bearable until then. Painting the cabinets white and updating the hardware made a huge difference, but there’s no getting around the non-standard height and overall aesthetic of the angled design. I’m still not sure if I will be able to do the Ardex overlay on the counters… I think it will look really great and make a huge difference, but not having a kitchen for the few days it will take to do it is a big deal. Looking at pictures like this from Little Green Notebook make me think it would be worth it though!

LGN Ardex counters

I’m hesitating because I don’t want to do something just for the sake of having a great “After” shot, and I need to decide if it’s really necessary as a stop-gap until we renovate it. Participating in the ORC has given me a great kick to get started on a project that I have been putting off for months, but it’s also made me a little self conscious about other people looking at my house, and I feel a bit of pressure to make it look as good as possible. We have a ton of stuff on our to-do list over the next few months, like installing carpet in the bedrooms, starting our bathroom reno, and working on the basement, so I have to think carefully about the cost:benefit of refinishing the counter tops before I dive in!

Apart from all this introspection, we have actually gotten some work done. The holes have been patched, including a rather tricky one in the bulkhead above the sink. I also got the ceiling, trim, and 3/4 of the walls painted since my last post, and it’s looking great! I had a last minute change of heart with the wall colour and took it back to HD to get adjusted, and I’m glad I did. Truth be told I wish it was darker still but this was as dark as I could get it without buying a new can. Here’s a sample kitchen from Behr painted with the colour I chose, Pale Celery.

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We also ordered in our floor tiles, and I think they are going to make a HUGE difference. Like I said, down the line we will plan a major kitchen reno, so for now we just want a more attractive alternative to the beige and rust linoleum. Peel and stick tiles fit this bill nicely and the ones we ordered are pictured below.

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They are TrafficMaster Ceramica in Coastal Grey and can be used with or without grout. Now that the walls are mostly painted, I’m starting to visualize how it will look and I’m pretty excited to have it come together! If you missed out, check out my Week 1 post to see what our kitchen used to look like, and my Week 2 post for the general plan. You can also follow along in real-time(ish) for my Instagram updates @cathyatdeardiy. Be sure to check out the other week 3 posts too.

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I won’t be posting next week because I’ll be in Mexico with some of my favourite ladies. So I’ll catch up with you on Week 5!

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One Room Challenge: Week 2

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As I mentioned in my last post, I am a linking participant in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge, and for my room I chose to focus on our kitchen. You can check out the Week 1 post for the photos of our kitchen from the real estate listing- it has come a long way!

Today I’m going to share some photos of how our kitchen looks now and my plan for the ORC. Our kitchen is not huge and it’s hard to take good photos from all the angles, but here is my best attempt.

The view from the dining room:

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Kitchen makeover before

Kitchen makeover before

Kitchen makeover before

And the view from the hallway on the opposite side:

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Kitchen makeover before

Because I am a list-lover, here is the breakdown of my plan:

  1. What I’m definitely doing:
    – Painting the trim, ceiling, and walls
    – Changing out the light fixture
    – Pulling up that awful lino and putting down peel-and-stick tile
    – Hanging a curtain
    – Fixing the cabinet doors that don’t close properly
    – Organizing our sink with a soap dispenser and a holder for cleaning supplies
  2. What I might do, time/patience permitting:
    – Paint my fridge?!?! (Sadly, replacing it is not an option- ditto the old-school portable dishwasher)
    – Use Ardex to turn the faux-bois counters into faux-concrete counters (you didn’t think that was real butcher block, did you? Noooo, my friend)
  3. What I would love to do but am having a hard time convincing my husband probably won’t:
    – Replace the sink
    – Replace the faucet (complicated by the fact that it is super old and it will be hard to retro-fit without having a hole somewhere- one of the cold taps is hooked up to the softened water and the other isn’t. #hardwaterprobs #ruralprobs)

Note that #2) and #3) are interchangeable. Also, I am buggering off to Mexico in the middle of this so that might throw a margarita-drenched curveball at my plan!

You can also check out my Pinterest board to get a more visual representation of what I’m scheming:
Follow Cathy @ Dear DIY’s board One Room Challenge: My Kitchen on Pinterest.

Be sure to check out all the other Week 2 posts from ORC participants, as well as the featured designers!

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Chat to you in a week,

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One Room Challenge: Tackling the Kitchen

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I’ve always wanted to participate in a blog linking party, and the One Room Challenge sounds like a great way to a) get to know some other bloggers and b) give myself the kick in the pants I need to finish our kitchen. Since we moved in, we have painted the cabinets, removed the scalloped border above the sink, replaced one of the light fixtures, and installed new hardware; but it is still far from done.

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The ORC challenge involves sharing progress of your room each week, from the planning stages to the failures, modifications, and (we hope) eventual triumphs. I’ll be posting each Thursday with my progress on our kitchen, so be sure to check back to see how I’m doing, and also check out some of the other linking participants!

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I’ll be sharing more photos of what the kitchen looks like now in my next post- I’m in the middle of studying for a certification exam for work and I don’t have time to drag out my Nikon to do it justice.

To tide you over until then, here are the pictures of our kitchen from before we moved in:

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I’m looking forward to getting this off my list and can’t wait to see how it looks in 6 weeks time!

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Front Entrance Shelf Styling

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First things first, hope you like my new theme- I was getting tired of the cutesy pink bunting banner. Time for a more modern and streamlined layout! I’m still tweaking things so let me know if anything strange happens. Ok now for the actual topic of today’s post:

Hooray! I have a shame shelf no more. Do you remember what our front entrance shelf used to look like?

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Womp womp. Pretty sad, right? It’s been on my list of things to improve around the house for a while and I’m really happy with how it looks now, after unpacking our (many) books and adding in a few decor pieces- most of them functional! A while back, I shared my Winter To-Do List, and it’s helped motivate me through more than a few slumps where all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my cat and Season 5 of Gilmore Girls. I’ve managed to tick a lot of things off, like finishing the paint in our third bedroom. So I rewarded myself with a little retail therapy courtesy of Home Sense, and now it looks like this!

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My inspiration for styling the shelf came from good ol’ Pinterest, where I found this from Up to Date Interiors:

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You can check out Kathy’s post for her great tips, which I loosely followed. Basically, start off with groupings of books and then add in whatever objects (or “tchotchkes” for the Lorelai Gilmores of the world) you want! What makes this look for me is grouping the books by similar colour, and also using a variety of finishes/colours on the items on display- gold, silver, black, white. I opted to stick with black and various finishes of silver and brass since I haven’t quite hopped on the gold bandwagon yet.

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I love the little wooden men with the hearts- they came from my mom’s last visit to South Africa. The lantern and the silver picture frames all came from HS, along with the wood/brass boxes. The black collage frame was one my husband made for me a few years ago. I just noticed all the photos feature either a canoe, a lake, or my cottage- can you tell I’m missing summer?!

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As great as it looks, it’s still super-functional. The cubby on the bottom shelf holds our gift cards, receipts, Canadian Tire money, spare change… anything that usually collects here! Al and I each have a spot to put our phones and keys, as well as stuff like receipts and other paper that hasn’t made it to the filing cabinet. I’m still on the lookout for a couple more things to finish it up, like a big metal “H” and maybe a terrarium??

But for now, I’m calling this one a mission accomplished!

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Why I Love Second-Hand Furniture

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I’m sure this isn’t going to be a startling revelation for most people, but I wanted to share how much I love finding the potential in slightly worn (but solid) furniture. While I definitely have a few things from Ikea in my house, like our new KIVIK sofa, and occasionally cheap will trump quality, I usually try to buy solid wood pieces. Buying solid wood furniture doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money if you keep an open mind and consider buying second-hand. I have had a lot of success by routinely checking thrift stores like Value Village for steals. One of my favourites to date has been these chevron-backed wooden chairs that were only $11 for the pair.

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I try to look beyond the colour/finish of an item, because it’s easy enough to throw on a coat of paint or change the upholstery. Stripping, sanding, and restaining takes a bit more work, but for the right price it can be worth the hours of elbow grease. I’ve also been really lucky to inherit some great pieces from family members. I scored our dining room chairs as well as my dresser from my sister and her husband; the chairs have been reupholstered twice and the dresser got new hardware and a new paint job last year. I’ve never touched the wood on the chairs- some of them are a tad worn in places so it’s on my “eventually” to-do list, but overall they still look great.

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dresser before and after restaining and painting with chalk paint

My sister also gave me the old coffee table that they had bought when she was finishing school and just needed some cheap furniture in their rental unit (actually, writing this post has made me realize how much of my furniture originally came from my sis and bro-in-law… Thanks guys! Maybe I should have called this post “Why I Love My Sister and Kev”!). The colour and style left a lot to be desired, so I painted it and asked my husband to install a shelf to make it prettier and more functional. I found storage baskets that fit our board games and it became a functional storage space too! I can’t forget to mention the sectional sofa that my in-laws gave us, which I slipcovered with canvas- my biggest sewing project to date.

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In the past year I’ve been on the hunt for a few more pieces, and two success stories that I am pretty proud of are a solid maple dresser from Kijiji for $40 and a cute little end table that I found at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $21. As soon as the snow melts, you can bet I’ll be in the garage giving them some love with a bit of paint and stain.

If you are looking for a “new” piece of furniture, make sure you check in first at your local thrift store, browse Kijiji, or ask family and friends… maybe they have something they are looking to get rid of that you can rejuvenate with some new paint or fabric. Try to get creative with how you can change the look of something that isn’t exactly what you want, and you might score a deal on something solid that will last a lot longer than a lot of stuff you can buy brand new, for a fraction of the price.

Have you found any great steals second-hand that you transformed with some elbow grease and paint? Are you a hoarder like me with a garage full of projects for the Spring/Summer?

[Side note: I’m always careful when buying from a stranger online; I bring a friend or meet the seller at a public place, like a Tim’s parking lot. Safety first! Another thing I’m wary of is the possibility of bringing bedbugs home with used furniture, so I treat stuff before it enters my house.]

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Bathroom Hopes and Dreams

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Since we finalized our bathroom plans, lately we have been tackling the next hurdle: deciding on our fixtures. Our goal was to order the vanity, tub, and faucets by the end of January but we had a bit of a setback; when we got the quote prepared from the bathroom warehouse, the cost of the vanity we liked was quadruple what we were willing to pay. Yep, I said quadruple.

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Wetstyle vanity, Frame collection

Actually when we first saw it we weren’t 100% convinced, but the more we looked around the more we wanted it. It had an option for putting a cupboard on one side instead of the 2 drawers, and I liked the combination of the warmth from the wood with the coolness of the modern white. Plus it was the size we were looking for and had really great use of the storage space- a lot of the 48″ double vanities we’ve seen left hardly any room for toiletries due to the space allocated for the plumbing or poor layout design.

But we were not able to stomach the hefty price tag. So we went back to the drawing board to try and find a different vanity that would do the job but not completely break the budget, and settled on this one from IKEA.

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Godmorgon / Odensvik sink vanity with 4 drawers

Compared to the vanities we saw at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Bath Depot, and many others, the IKEA one actually has the best design and use of storage space, the lowest price tag, and highest build quality (solid wood drawers as opposed to MDF). We could even modify it to put a cupboard on one side with a piece of walnut to emulate the look of the too-rich-for-our-blood Wetstyle vanity.

We’re going to pair it with the Godmorgon tall cabinets and mirrored medicine cabinets for lots of storage space. I haven’t decided yet on lighting… we will probably do some recessed lights above the tub and shower, with sconce lights on either side of the vanity similar to this:

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[from Houzz- click on photo for source]

For the faucets, we decided on the Delta Trinsic collection in chrome. I don’t love the hand shower attachment for the tub but none of the collections we saw were completely perfect, and I’ll use that less than the vanity, shower, or tub faucets.
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As far as the tiling and general aesthetic of the bathroom goes, you may remember this photo that I shared in one of my previous posts- our tub and shower will be perpendicular to one another, with a glass partition separating the shower area from the rest of the bathroom, and a sloped floor for drainage.

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We will stick to something pretty similar for the flooring and accent tile, except in grey tones. We are leaning towards white subway tiles since they are relatively cheap and easy to keep clean, providing we use light grey grout like in this bathroom (who wants to spend their life scrubbing white grout with a toothbrush? Not this girl!).

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Whew! Now that the major decisions have been made, the only thing standing between us and starting this reno is installing our water softener to take some of the iron out of our water- no one wants a brand new white bathroom only to ruin it with rust stains.

Tell me what you think of our plans and if you have any other suggestions!

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Salvaged Wood Frame Gallery Wall

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I’ve been waiting a long time to get my beautiful salvaged wood frame collection up on the wall- 1.5 years to be exact! We never had the room in our apartment. These frames were given to us as a wedding present from my extended family in South Africa- my aunt and cousins found them at a flea market in Johannesburg. My sister got the same gift at her wedding, so it was a very special present. As a South African-born Canadian citizen, it means a lot to have a piece of South Africa in my home.

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Salvaged wood frame gallery wall

The hardest part of hanging my frames was figuring out what size to print the photos and how to crop them; the frames were non-standard sizes, like 20×15 cm (roughly 5.5×7.5 inches). Printing at 5×7 inches would have been too small for the frame, and printing at 8×10 would have changed the photo too much after cropping it to size. In most cases I just edited the photos in Paint.NET, adding borders so I could print at the larger size without changing the size of the actual photo, like this:

Bride and groom on the beach

I then played around with the selection size, setting it to the size of the window in each frame, so I could preview exactly how it would look (’cause I’m picky like that). I took it one step further and took a photo of how I wanted the frames laid out, and then inserted tiny versions of each photo to get an idea of where I wanted to put them all!

Gallery wall frame layout

I know, I’m a little nuts.

Once I had that figured out, I ordered the prints and then cropped them to size. I had to switch one or two of them, but for the most part it worked out exactly how I planned.

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Hanging them was a snap thanks to a tip I read online somewhere. I traced each frame on to newspaper to form a template and stuck the templates to the wall using masking tape, centering them on the frame I wanted in the middle. Once I was happy with how it looked, I measured the back of each frame to figure out where to put the holes, and marked this with an X on each piece of newspaper. Then I drilled right through the newspaper at each X. If you’re curious about the specifics, I used a 3/16″ drill bit for the holes, then tapped in a #8 wall plug (dry wall anchor), followed by a Robertson 1- 1/2″ screw. And I did it alllllllllll by myself, with no mistakes! If you follow me on Instagram @cathyatdeardiy, I shared this photo of the process a little while back.

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Here are a few more close up shots of the frames. Check out that stamped plaster, and the tiny flakes of different paint colours.

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[Photos courtesy of LilyCreek Photography and Art Studio]

I’m so happy to finally have our wedding photos printed and framed! (psst… more details on our wedding here)

Have you tried hanging a gallery wall? Did you eyeball it or were you meticulous like me?

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Living Room Progress Pics

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Hi there! I’m back after a much-needed break. It was great to relax over Christmas and New Year’s, and then get back into the swing of work for a few weeks. And then I swear I tried to get some posts up, but turns out my domain name expired because someone hacked my credit card and the auto-renew didn’t kick in! Oops. I know it cost one friend a lost argument with her husband, and for that I am very sorry.

Today I thought I’d share some pics of how our living room looks these days. It’s easy to forget how much we’ve actually done when it changes a little bit at a time, so it’s nice to see the comparison with the “before” photos from the real estate listing!

Dining Room Before:

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Dining Room Today:

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Dining room with lantern light fixture

I really love that light fixture. I splurged on it and I’m so glad; the initial anger about how much it cost has been replaced by a warm fuzzy feeling about how awesome it looks. You can read about where I got it here! The chairs were a hand-me-down from my sister and I’ve reupholstered them twice now; the fabric is from fabric.com.

Living Room Before:

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Living Room today:

Living room fireplace and KIVIK sofa

A very realistic portrayal of a typical Saturday in our house (without me in my usual spot on the chaise). I’m surprised the cat didn’t waltz through the shot actually.

Living room entrance shelf

My shame shelf is less shameful these days- putting up the mail organizer really helps cut down on the crap. I still haven’t quite figured out the books/picture frames/knick knacks to display here, but I’m on the look out for some cool looking bookends and maybe another basket or two. Al actually found a neat looking old wire basket in the basement so I might scrub it down and give it a facelift with some spray paint if it fits!

Front entrance organization

We put the mail organizer on the wall inside the front entrance closet so it’s right at hand when we walk in the door.

Closet organization

Not mentioning any names, but one of us has a shoe problem, so we bought a couple of chrome shelves from Canadian Tire to keep the closet organized and get the shoes off the floor.

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And here’s what I’m most excited about: we finally put up our salvaged wood picture frame gallery wall! We got these frames as a wedding gift, but there was never room in our apartment for them, so I’ve been waiting for 1.5 years to put them up.

Salvaged wood frame gallery wall

I love them! I’m going to be posting about how to hang a gallery wall soon, so stay tuned.

I’m really happy with everything we’ve done so far in this room. We still have a few things left to do, like mounting the TV above the fireplace and figuring out window treatments. We also need to put the quarter round/shoe molding back on the sideboards now that we’ve officially decided not to sand and refinish the floors (maybe one day, but not now). They are actually in great condition, they’re just a bit on the orange side for my tastes. But you gotta pick your battles, right?

Next up: we’ve finally made some decisions on our bathroom reno and will be placing orders for our vanity, tub, and faucets in the next week or so. Yay!

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My Winter To-Do List

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Christmas is in 5 sleeps and I have 2 more work days until 1.5 weeks vacation! I am really looking forward to some time off, and time spent with family. I’ve had some health problems lately that have caused a lot of emotional and physical stress so I am totally due for a break! Looking around the house, there is a ton of stuff that hasn’t been getting done, mostly due to the aforementioned health problems. When I feel crappy, all I want to do is camp on our new sofa and watch Gilmore Girls (thanks Netflix!).

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Stop being so dreamy, Jess.

I’ve been baking like crazy too… it’s like therapy for me. Cookies, brownies, gingerbread, shortbread, chocolate bark, cakes, cupcakes… it’s been out of control. My husband was actually complaining that I’m baking too much. The other night I was in the kitchen and he actually said “Are you done baking yet?!” and it wasn’t because he wanted to eat the cookies.

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Recipes: Espresso brownies | Candy cane chocolate bark | Rum cake

But it’s time to pull myself out of the funk I’ve been in and get back to work. As much as I still love our house, I am starting to realize why people buy brand new houses that need zero work; it kind of sucks living in a house full of half-started renovations! I was chatting to my mother-in-law and she said something that I’ve been thinking about. I had mentioned how we hadn’t put any pictures up in the house because it’s just another thing to dust, and we are generating a lot of dust while we work on various things. She laughed and said but then you’ll start the kitchen… and then the basement… and then something else. She’s right- I’m tired of living in limbo. Our basement is full of half-unpacked boxes that get opened when we need something (and can remember which box it went in…). We have pretty much only unpacked the essentials, like our furniture, kitchen stuff, and clothes. Realistically, it’s going to be 3-5 years before the big stuff like the bathroom, kitchen, and basement are tackled. I don’t want to wait that long to hang up the reclaimed wood picture frames we got as a wedding present from my family in South Africa!

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Reclaimed wood frame gallery wall

You know we are currently working on our plans for the bathroom- we’ve been to showrooms and have pretty much decided on the type of vanity and tub we want, we just need to commit to one and get it home so we can start knocking walls down. A lot of this will get done by my husband and maybe a friend or two if he does some arm-twisting. I’ll probably be helping more with the tiling, painting, and finishing touches than sledgehammer wielding and pipe installing, so here’s what I’m going to aim to get done this winter:

  1. Third bedroom: finish sanding and patching the holes left from the wallpaper removal, paint the walls and trim, and rip up the carpet.
  2. Kitchen: patch the walls, paint trim and walls.
  3. Guest bedroom: hem the curtains, put some pictures up and get it “guest ready” so we stop using it exclusively as a laundry storage room.
  4. Living room: touch up some of the paint, figure out window treatments, organize the front closet with a shoe rack, install the wall-mount for the TV above the fireplace, work on my shame shelf (I need to hang up the mail organizer that is still leaning against the wall… my shame has multiplied), and figure out what to do with this piece of furniture that came with the house.media playerWe can’t seem to find the right spot for it. It’s an audio cabinet that has a record player and radio player with built-in speakers. I wanted to turn the front wood panels into doors somehow with shelving for extra crockery and maybe a liquor cabinet?? But maybe we should just sell it on Kijiji.
  5. Master bedroom: finish hanging curtains, find a chair for the corner for the cat to sleep on as an accent piece.

Aaaand if I get all of that done, I’m definitely going to deserve the trip to Florida that I am still working on convincing my husband we should take! Are you suffering from winter hibernation yet? Want to motivate me to get started at all? Leave a comment below!

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Living room furniture decisions

Ikea KIVIK loveseat and chaise

While we procrastinate about finalizing decisions for our bathroom reno, I have been distracting myself with thinking about our living room. You may remember the modular sofa that we made a custom slipcover for- and while it has endured pretty well, it’s still 30+ years old and a bit saggy. It’s also really low to the ground and feels small for the space. I’ve been on the lookout for its replacement for a little while, but I’ve been having a hard time getting my husband to commit to one. I found this gorgeous navy blue sofa at a local interiors store back in the summer, and it was on crazy sale because it was a floor model… but realistically it was still out of our price range, and we weren’t convinced that it was the right colour (thanks to the lovely Krista for modelling).

sofa at MyHome interiors

When we asked around some of our friends and family for furniture store recommendations, we found out that my sister and her husband had scored their gorgeous leather sofa in the as-is section of Leon’s for a few hundred bucks; since hearing that, it has become hard to justify spending a lot of money. Plus we would like to have kids eventually, so we decided to focus more on cheap and durable than a high-quality investment.

A couple of weeks ago I happened to be at our local Ikea helping a friend shop for her nursery (so exciting!) when we spotted the KIVIK sofa and chaise sectional for 25% off in the as-is section. I called my husband to try and and convince him to let me come home with it, but being the rational guy he is, he wanted to take some measurements and do some comparison shopping first (ugh, I know, right?). Thanks this time to Sarah for modelling.

Ikea KIVIK loveseat and chaise
So when I got home we looked at similar models online from other furniture stores, and realized that we could spend upwards of $2000-3000 for a sectional from a store like EQ3, Structube, or Urban Barn… or we could spend under half of that on the KIVIK sectional. We didn’t even need to get the saggy, faded floor model to score a deal, because they were having a BOGO-50% off sale on living room furniture, and it comes as two separate pieces! I know Ikea is not the greatest quality, and the other stores sell Canadian made, hardwood frame sofas which explains their higher costs- but at this stage in our lives, the 10 year warranty that Ikea offers is sufficient and while we save money for our bathroom reno, we need to pick and choose where we invest carefully.

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Porter sectional from EQ3- $2299.00; assembled dimensions 100″w x 66″d x 33″h

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KIVIK loveseat and chaise from Ikea- $929 CA (regular price); assembled dimensions 110 1/4″w x
64 1/8″d x 32 5/8″h

I looked up online reviews for the KIVIK like the good little GenY-er that I am, and people seem to be pretty happy with it. The cover can be washed, the cushions can be removed and flipped, and the chaise can go on either side of the loveseat to form the sectional. I also really like the style of it, it’s neither super modern nor traditional. Possibly the best thing I read about it is that it’s a great napping couch. Sold! It’s pretty similar in style to our old sectional, but it’s firmer and not as low to the ground, which had always been my biggest complaint about the old one. We opted for the Tullinge grey-brown colour, which I think will work with a lot of different décor options.

Do you have any as-is furniture steals to brag about, or any feedback about the KIVIK sofa? Ever make your friends model sofas for size perspective? Tell me about it!

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