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We (by ‘we’ I mean the Dude =)) painted a chalkboard wall to chronicle the height of our growing Bean.  Can’t wait until she starts walking so we can begin…or maybe when she stands still enough. #33of365

Chalkboard wall

Chalkboard wall

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Part of our spring reno project.  Grouting in our newly tiled garage floor.

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Grouting

Grouting

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Sorry for being MIA, all.  We’ve started a new renovation project here at home, and have been plugging away every day since the long weekend (Happy belated Victoria Day!).  Some of the Pic of the Days will show our progress, and I am happy to say that we are finally at a stage where we can see the end of the light.

Between that and researching for our California trip, things have been hectic.

Thanks for your patience!

Here’s just java-nating (def. the act of consuming java) before beginning work for the day:

Javanation

Javanation

 

 

 

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The Dude spent a lot of time during the renovation of the master bathroom trying to figure out if the new water-efficient toilet that he wanted to get would fit.  He used templates, and aluminum foil imprints, and even asked both handy parents for advice.  In the end, he trusted his own estimates and put it in.  And it fit quite nicely, and the only requirement was cutting the hole for the water supply a bit bigger.  Nicely done.

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Where's my toilet?

Where’s my toilet?

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Lily the Kitten supervising the bathroom renovation from her step stool perch.  Sand faster, she meows!

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What do you mean you want a break?

What do you mean you want a break?

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So the Dude and I are finally moved back into our bedroom this past weekend, and I am super excited about the results!  Blog entry on that renovation to come soon. =)

All that’s left to do in there is to get some decorative pieces, and a queen-sized mattress.

It got me thinking on the next project already though.  And since the wedding is less than a month away, I’m currently trying to talk myself down from the ledge.  Who needs the distraction of new reno planning when there are flowers to be chosen and schedules to finalize?!?!  I DO.

So I’m thinking our next task will be the kitchen.  Now, to be honest, we do have a fair amount of space.  The problem is that a lot of it is not easily accessible (ie. cupboards that are 4 shelves high).  I need to rework the space from the drawers, and try to store everything in a much more efficient manner. 

The good thing is that we don’t need to re-tile the backsplashes, and the floors are hardwood that extend into the living area.  

I’ve been Googling ‘How to organize your kitchen’ the last couple of days, and have gotten some great ideas.  I’m hoping to get some measurements and drafts up, as well as an inventory of all our stuff in the next few weeks.

Here we go again…

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It’s amazing to me that these days, houses seem to have very little storage room.  The size of the closets in our extra bedrooms are laughable, and our linen closet is barely big enough to hold linens.  Our walk-in closet in the master bedroom was a reasonable size, but somewhat oddly shaped.  And it only had one rack.  One rack!  How was I….ahem, I mean how were we, supposed to fit all our stuff in there?! Cut to the before pictures:

Before shot 1

Before shot 1

Before shot 2

Before shot 2

See all of that untapped space above and below?  Wasted!  And to top it all off, the door didn’t fully open, leaving a gap behind it because the shelf above the rack jutted out a bit to far.  Argh! Thankfully, my Dad had remedied this sort of issue in my last closet at home, so I knew that we could do something to fix the problem.  I outlined what my Dad had done to make more space to the Dude, and using his engineering powers and general love of precision, mocked up a 3D layout of a potential solution.  Not bad, Dude, not bad at all:

Closet blueprint

Closet blueprint

Such attention to detail!  He even put hangers in there! Now I know that there are people out there that think Ikea furniture is flimsy and cheap, and that may be true to some extent, but I’ve always thought that there were some good pieces to be found.  And really, depending on what your budget is, it can be a real saver.  In this case for us, Ikea’s Stolmen line allowed us to mix and match pieces to our specific specifications. We got all the pieces that we needed to put everything together in one shot, to eliminate unnecessary trips:

The pieces

The pieces

After clearing out the closet, the first thing was to take out the existing fixtures and fill in the holes and sand down the walls.

Empty closet

Empty closet

The odd thing about the closet (other than the shape) was the it was the only place in the entire house that still had a speckled (or popcorn) ceiling.  Personally, I did not have an issue with this.  But the Dude was quite riled up about this.  So he took matters into his own hands and smoothed down the ceiling.  And before you go thinking that it must have taken forever, there’s actually a trick to it.  Instead of using sand paper and sanding it down, what you can do is spray a tiny bit of water onto the ceiling, and then essentially “shave” it smooth.

Smoothing out the popcorn

Smoothing out the popcorn

After everything was sanded out, it was time to take measurements and tape out the places to drill.

The Marking Begins

The Marking Begins

And after all the filling and sanding and sanding and taping and painting…

Our new hampers

Our new hampers

Double rows!

Double rows!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

I am super pleased about the result.  No more having to store stuff  in bags and boxes, and we are able to use pretty much all of the available space in there.  Huzzah!

Edit:  Just wanted to add the different products in case you’re thinking of renos too!

Closet system: Ikea Stolmen
Laundry hampers: Steele Canvas
Pendant light: Muuto
Light bulb: Plumen
Paint: Benjamin Moore Elmira White

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We’re well into our latest renovation project: the Master Bedroom.

Because we were going to sand and paint, we had to figure out where to sleep while the renos were going on.  Sure, we have a spare bedroom, but we had opted not to put a bed in there when we moved in, and it stayed that way.

So really the only option we had was to clear out the spare bedroom, move the mattress down and sleep on the ground.  We’ve been sleeping in there for a few nights now, and I’ve got to say, it’s been pretty relaxing.  I thought that it would be cramped and uncomfortable, but it reminded me of sleepovers and camping (or in my case “cabin-ing”).  I know it sounds s bit silly, but it made me feel like we were sleeping away from home, but we weren’t.  Does that make sense?

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