Friday, May 12, 2017

Reno Wish List Update 2017

This is a repost of a yearly post I do for myself...

As I've mentioned before my hubby and I have a wish list of home improvements.

We've been in our house for almost 20 years now and we've done a lot.  But we still have some things on our list that "need" to get done and also stuff we'd "like" done

So each year, usually in the spring, we try to sit down and prioritize the list.  There isn't much left on this list since we've been knocking stuff off the last couple of years but I wanted to post an update.

You might not be interested but I like to use my blog as a photo album and place to record stuff.

Here's our last WISH LIST with updates in no particular order (*denotes Major reno):

*Kitchen - Cabinets/countertops, Knook (?) and move some REPLACE all appliances, resurface/flat popcorn ceiling (2019)
*Outside Front - Front doors/Landscaping/Rock work at Foundation and raised planter/lighting/driveway/replace grass with rock walk way (2018)
Family Room - Replace sectional & Repaint Walls (2017), Update Fireplace surround rock work - stacked stone? (2019 with Kitchen?)
Outside Backyard - Replace turf and some rock work, rework outdoor lighting (2017)
Outside Backyard - Repaint deck (2017), Replace Hot Tub (as needed)
Inside - Repaint/Update Room colours (as needed), Purge (ongoing as needed)
Living room - Repaint walls, Add Fireplace Mantel (?), and Replace Furniture (2018)
Convert Bi Fold Closet Doors to French - Laundry Room (2014), Hall (2017), Linen (2017)
Garage Organization - finish walls and install shelving/storage, Purge (ongoing and never ending)
Misc Repairs and Organization throughout house (ongoing and never ending)
Re-Do Den Flooring - Replace damaged cork with faux wood plank tile (2019 with Kitchen?)
Replace Kids' Bathroom Toilet - (2016)
Paint Jackson's Room - last painted in 1997!! (Summer 2017)
Master Bath - total gut (2016)
Laundry Room - total gut  (done 2014)
Paint the Exterior (done 2015)
Replace Windows - not all just 3 large ones on front of house (done 2015)
Replace Bathroom Windows - 2 in master ensuite and 1 in kids' bathroom (done 2016)

I just have to keep buying those lottery tickets so we can finish off this list...or move!

Until next time...
Marie

Paint Paint Paint

My hubby and I like to do one big house reno a year.

We get together at the beginning of year and discuss what we'd like to do and what we can afford to do.

We've been in our house for over 20 years and we are almost done our home reno to-do list.

The only big things left now are:
Kitchen reno
Front of the house reno

There are many small things to do on the list and then we start to re-do stuff that we did years ago but now need repair/updating.

Things like:
Re-paint
Replace furniture
Replace Hot Tub (now 15 years old yikes!)
PURGE closets and garage (this is an ongoing task!)

The kitchen reno comes up every year but every year we put it back on the list because we can't seem to agree on what to do.  I do believe it will be the last thing we do before my husband retires.  Which won't be a bad thing because then we'll have a new kitchen to enjoy until we downsize.

We're also not quite ready to do the front of the house - new doors, new end of the driveway lamp posts, new walk way, reface aggregate, replace cedar hedge etc.

One project that came up a few years ago was to replace the back yard grass with artificial grass and a putting green.

But that got side lined when we decided to do our LAUNDRY ROOM, then repaint the HOUSE EXTERIOR and then last year renovate the MASTER BATHROOM.

This year we decided to go ahead with the backyard project and also do a bit of updating inside.

So we replaced our family room sectional and got a new sectional with reclining end units.  We love it! But it's a different colour than our old one - both leather - new one is a dark taupe and the old was a dark burgundy.

This started a little domino effect because now the walls did not go well with the new coloured sectional.  Painting the family room also meant painting the kitchen - all one big space - with 2 walls meeting.

Picking paint colour is no easy task for us - hubby is colour blind but opinionated!

So began the trips to the paint store and testing out samples on the actual walls.

In the end we decided to use Behr Marquee Perfect Taupe (75%).  It's much lighter than what we had before but I like it.




For the kitchen we choose BM Niveous.

The two colours look great together and they brighten up the space.


I'll be posting my backyard putting green and artificial grass pictures soon!  

Until next time,
Marie


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hair Journey - Growing out my Grey



I'm posting this as a reminder to me and an inspiration to others you might be going through the same thing.

In 2009 I lost all my hair from chemo treatments for breast cancer.



When it started growing back in 2010 I was surprised at how grey it was.


March 2010




I let it grow in for a bit but it was short and curly and I wasn't ready for that look.


 May 2010


December 2010








I dyed it my "natural" dark brunette colour in the fall of 2010 and continued to do so until late 2014.






Me and my sister Yvonne summer of 2014


After a while, I got tired of that "skunk" line that would appear only 2 weeks after I'd done my roots.  It was getting costly and I started dying it myself in between salon visits.

During Christmas 2014 I decided that January 2015 would be the start of my Grey Grow Out!

So I've been growing out my grey hair since January 2015.

I started off by seeing a great hairdresser who was well known for dying young girls hair that popular lilac-ly grey.

He bleached out my dark brunette "box" colour and gave me some low/highlights to transition as my hair grew out.

And after a few months, it looked like this.




















I have to admit that it's taking a really long time to grow out all the colour - I'm surprised at how much "caramel" colour I had on the ends.

This was taken earlier this month (July 2016)


I finally decided to see another hairdresser and try to "frost" out the ends and add some highlights.

This is what it looks like today - a bit lighter than I expected but I'm happy with the brighter look for the summer!

Not sure I'll keep it this way but we'll see how it grows out...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I feel like I need a project....

I'm at loose ends right now...

It won't last long because I've got a lot of busy work around here - nothing major just small projects and chores to get done now that the weather is nicer.

I feel so scattered, but I'm sure that's because I've been focused on getting the master bathroom done.

Here's what I've been up to lately...


  • We've had some sunny days so I've been working in the yard weeding and building a moat (fixing some drainage issues).
  • I need to work on my garage!!!  I won't even share a pic of that with you - it's sooooo bad!  Lots of reno leftovers and stuff that's been dumped in there over the winter.  I have to empty it out completely and only put back stuff that I "need" to keep.
  • And I need to clear out my closets and storage in the house...My daughter came home on Sunday and filled 4 bags of unwanted clothing from her bedroom closet - she's filled 2 bags from her apartment closet too.  I've already dispersed the good stuff and dropped off the leftovers at the Sally Ann.  There is a bag of "fancy" prom shoes left and I'm trying to find an organization to donate them to for "cinderella" type projects.  If you know of any please leave a comment.
  • The bathroom reno is done and the kitchen planning/reno is too far off to put any time into it now.  But I am saving inspiration pics and asking for advice on some of the ideas I want to implement there.  Banquette or no banquette?
  • The crochet has been put away until the fall - not sure what I'm going to do with it all though.  I feel like it's time to move on to something else but I'm not sure the leather tassels will do it for me.
  • I had someone contact me through my other blog about COPIC colouring and that's got me thinking about clearing out my craft room so I can play with my colouring again.
  • I need to get some dog things pulled out of storage and sorted out because I've got a new puppy coming at the end of April and then I'll be real busy with him.
I just need to make a list and get to it before our new little one arrives!

What's on your spring cleaning/chore list?


Until next time...
Marie











Sunday, March 20, 2016

BKF continued...

After I wrote the post the other day on Bar Keepers Friend I cleaned my glass cook top to see if I could get the scorch marks off.

Here's the Before (top) and After (bottom)

I left the Bar Keepers Friend (cream) on the marks for a few minutes.  Then I used a plastic scrungey to work out the marks. 

I've used other products and even a ceramic cooktop cleaner but after several attempts I just gave up.  These marks would not come off and I thought they were going to be permanent. But BKF got these marks out!

I also did 1/2 of a stainless pan.

Here's the Before (left) and the After (right)

This pan had been used to saute something (?) and it was washed a few times but the white marks did not come off.
You can see by the pic on the right that the pan was clean and shiny on the side I washed with Bar Keepers Friend!

Until next time...
Marie


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Finally the Master Bath is Finished!!!

Here are the final pics from our "Master Bathroom Renovation of 2016"


Until next time...
Marie

Let me introduce you to....

Bar Keepers Friend!



I know there are other more popular creamy cleansers on the market (Vim, Ajax, Comet etc) but I personally found them to be gritty and leave a residue.

One day I came across Bar Keepers Friend at Bed Bath & Beyond and decided to try it out on my stainless sink and cookware.

I was so pleased with how shiny and clean my stainless steel sink and pots/pans got that I decided to try it on other things.

I use it on my glass cooktop too and it works really well at getting that burned on residue off.

But it's perfect for cleaning those "scratch" marks on your white ceramic dishes that comes from your utensils.

My white/off white ceramic cereal bowls and mugs often look like this after a while




It almost looks like they're cracked but really it's just scuff marks from my spoons (almost looks like pencil marks too).

After a quick scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend, and then a thorough rinsing and washing with dish soap they look good as new!

Here are the before and after pics




Here is my disclaimer - This product contains Oxalic Acid (naturally derived and found in leafy green things) but like a lot of cleaning products it is very bad for your skin so wear gloves and read the warnings before using.  
Also, before going to town and using it on your own dishes & cookware I would test it out on the back to see how it affects your finishes.  I use this on my Pottery Barn & Mikasa off white dishes (ceramic/stone ware) and glazed white ceramic mugs.  I have not had any of the finish come off and you can see in the bowl after pic above how shiny the finish is after I use it.
After you've used this product to clean anything make sure you wash it thoroughly with warm soapy water and remove all residue of BKF from the surface.

Until next time...
Marie