Recreating Home: the ❤ of the home

Before... 

Before... 

After!! 

After!! 

First up I thought I would do the kitchen. Our new home in Lacombe was still as groovy as 1967 was. After much deliberation we decide to change it. Who am I kidding there was no deliberation. One thing I have learned through this reno is paint helps seal in whatever that was!!! So after we purchased the house I hit my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I knew we couldn't afford a full kitchen reno with having the entire house to do so I needed a quick fix but one that was functional and beautiful. The nice thing about collecting design pics you love for the past oh 7 yrs you can get feel for what you like over and over. And one thing was open shelving. It has become pretty popular but I always wonder if it was hard. To live with out doors to hide your junk or if there was going to be enough space for all my dishes. I also love wood plank walls. Shiplap or just plain wood. There was an ugly tile that I didn't want to take down or have to repair walls. So let's cover it with wood planks. We demolished the kitchen right away. Taking down the upper cabinets wasn't as fun as Demo Days on tv. You see I wanted to keep the uppers for storage in the garage. So no sledge hammer was used. Insert sad face.

 

Remember the house was built in 1967 so take yourself back and remember nails and flat head screws.. .this house was made of them. The cabinets were a struggle. I took a crow bar the forehead but managed to get them down in a few hours. And they are now hanging in the garage but more on that later. My Dad wouldnt let me put the wood plank over the tile. He was worried the nail gun would be an issue. Something about the nails not being able to penetrate the ceramic. So although I wanted to try he scared me into taking it all off. I didn't want to lose an eye. One good thing was no matter how it came off it didn't matter. Wood was going up over it.

 

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Now for the plank wall I just used plywood underlayment. It was thin and had a nice grain. I had the people at home depot cut 4' x 8' sheets into 6inch planks. It was perfect. Then I just used a nail gun and it was easy peasy.. I sealed it with a semi gloss white paint from Behr and it's perfect. I only did one coat cause I wanted to leave some grain coming through and water repels off it enough. I also pulled out and reset the plugs so they are flush with the wood and it looks like a quality job. I left the lower cabinets and painted with a high gloss Behr white. I sanded the cabinets down before but wish I used a degreaser like tsp or something harder. They cabinets are old and unlevel so they rub and the paint has come off. But I will live with it as it's not forever. We also replaced the tap to the beautiful black tap from Ikea. It feels so good to cook in the kitchen although I never cook. Little changes made a huge difference and in a few years we will replace the lower cabinets and counter top. And the fridge. We hate our fridge. It's a traditional fridge with the freezer on top and both Jason and I dislike it. Especially with a 2 yr old helping himself to eggs.  

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I also just watch a demo on how to cover laminate counter tops with a product that looks like cement! And I fell in love. So I added another project to the list. We love it, and it fits us so well. Hey we may never change it! Huh! Yah right!!

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The open shelving for dishes!! 

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Dining room

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Coffee bar and extra storage as you can see. 

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For the love of old doors!!

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Who loves old doors? I do and have always loved the idea of replacing existing doors with them. So in this new house that was the plan for the little pantry door. I had picked this guy up at ALL things Pretty Market in the Spring  from Smokin Bill's Salvage and hoped it fit. Well it didn't. I didn't want to keep looking for the exact size because it may never come along. So I decided to cut it down. I had to take 4 inches off. Which worked out to be the frame. So I cut it off then cut off 4" off the middle and reattached the frame. It was tricky to get all lined back up by myself but I managed. It was also easier not to have to worry about scratching or wrecking the door as it just added to the character. 

I added the inside trim back on and Voila! Looks like nothing ever happened. 

Now the door is old so getting it into a a hole with rough edges was fun. I first hung it to see what to do. I needed a millimetre more. So I removed the hinges and chipped away. Slidding the door over. 

Seriously that was it. It fit. Now it goes in a little rough now but I will watch over time for spots to sand down for more smoother entry.  

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Recreating Home: meet 5214

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I have no idea what made me feel like this was our home. It was old, stinky and everything needed replacing esthetic wise. The house has good bones and tons of potential. This was maybe the 11 th house we looked at and the pressure was on. We had sold our house in Penhold and time was ticking. The price was listed low because of the state it was in and we got it. There was another bid but ours won out. Now when I say we are going to renovate this house in 2 weeks and move in everyone thought I was crazy. We got possession 2 weeks before we had to be out of the house in Penhold. We walked into our new home at 12 on Friday and I was already tearing up carpet while our Realtor was still doing the walk through. By that Friday night carpet was up. There was so much dirt under the carpets my Dad joked we could have planted a garden. The next day we tackled the basement and tore up carpet, took down kitchen cabinets, and tried to get rid of the pee smell. Sunday we moved from Penhold to our garage in Lacombe. With an amazing group of family and friends it took 1 trip. Monday to Wednesday I painted the entire upstairs. Then the floors went in on the weekend while I had A market I organise. The following week we moved in. Set up our home.   In the first 4 weeks here in Lacombe we renovated 3 bedrooms , A kitchen, dining and living room, basement, studio, built a deck and fence, moved, unpacked, cleaned up 1000 dandelions, took down a satellite dish and we are not done yet. We have documented it all and are ready to share our process and ideas with you all. Stayed tuned.  

 

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The Art of Productivity as a Mom

Time is always hard to come by for an artist. You always feel like you have a lot or more time then you actually do. Just getting regular house chores and daily life activities done is a hard. Before O I was in my studio everyday, some days were productive others were a waste of time. Others were just me thinking.

 Now with O I do my thinking while watching UP or Finding Dory for the millionth time, driving or watching him play. So then when I do get out to my studio I can get right to work.  I find my productivity has increase and my art flows faster then it ever has before. Yes of course there are days where I don't want to create and it's the only day I get in my studio that week so I force myself to sit down with scraps of paper and glue and paint and just start. It is like my hands have memory. Just by starting it flows from within me. I find that once I am there I can create when I a suppose to. I have trained myself to turn it on and off. I can stop and pick right back up where I left off days later. I used to waste so much time sitting and thinking and now when I am there I create. I work when I am working.  

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