It’s hard to put into words just how awful our bathroom was. We had been talking about renovating it more or less since we moved in two summers ago, but we kept putting it off for a number of reasons until winter came rolling around again and the prospect of making the two-storey trek to the basement for showers was too much for me to bear.
As with many houses in Montreal, especially ones that were built 60, 70, 80 years ago, there aren’t very many bathroom options. There’s usually one bathroom in the upstairs, and if you’re lucky and your place got renovated some time in the past 20-30 years, there might be a second bathroom in the basement.
Well, our upstairs bathroom was kind of a mess. It was a pale beige-y yellow with a purple ceiling and pansy wallpaper trim. Yeah. I have nothing against bright and colourful rooms, on the contrary, I think paint can do wonders for rooms where decor is minimal. It essentially acts as the decor. But not all colours and wallpaper are created equal. Even if they had chosen a canary yellow with white trim in the form of crown moulding or something, well, that would have been scores more attractive.
The vanity and storage cupboard was all laminate off-white while the floor was a lumpy black tile with white splotches. Good for hiding stains, I guess. The sink glugged and drained slowly, the window frame was just some pieces of wood nailed around the opening and the best part? The tub wasn’t a bathtub. It was a whirlpool tub. With no shower attachment, no way to affix a shower attachment, mirrors instead of tiles or some kind of protective enclosure on the surround walls….And the cold water didn’t work. Needless to say, it was less than ideal.
After a recent excursion to one of my favourite secondhand haunts for used/vintage furniture, we came home with a couple of new dining chairs, one of which had some pretty dated upholstery with several unsightly stains. But it was only $20 and the wood frame was lovely, so we got it anyway with the idea that I would reupholster it.
I’ve never tried reupholstering before, but I think this was a great introduction to it. It was super easy to take the seat off, slap on some new fabric and make it look like a million bucks. Here’s how I did it: Continue reading “DIY Reupholstery”→
In my opinion, buying a dining table without a set of matching chairs is an ideal opportunity to elevate your home decor game. I’ve already mentioned this in my post about my eclectic dinnerware collection, but my life philosophy is that there are just so many beautiful things, how can I not collect them all?
2017 was a bit rough for me, but I’m thankful for a lot, not least of which is this blog. I had been toying with the idea of starting one at the beginning of the year. Then, due to my freelancing workload going down, I found myself with a ton of extra time on my hands that I tried filling with painting, playing with makeup, going for bike rides etc. And eventually figuring out how to get a small corner of fulfillment in my life by going back to some of my favourite hobbies (I have many) that I had put by the wayside in the past couple of years, namely writing and photography. Continue reading “Happy New Year!”→
I made a “real” garland for the first time last Christmas and was super happy with how it turned out. I was really looking forward to making another one this Christmas, but to be honest, I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out. It’s way bushier than I intended it to be, but I also don’t care enough to redo it, haha. I’m learning how to be less of a perfectionist. There’s a time and a place to be relentless, and a time and a place to accept things and move on.
I still think it looks good, and anyway, the process was still super satisfying, as DIYs tend to be. Here’s how I made my Christmas fireplace garland from real evergreen branches!
You may have noticed by now, but I love decorating the front door with the seasons and holidays. It just adds a little extra something special to the joy of coming home after a long day out. This year for the holidays/winter season, I decided to use my trusty porch planters to create a lively evergreen porch display. Here’s how I did it! Continue reading “DIY Holiday Planter Arrangement”→
Halloween’s not my favourite holiday, but it has its moments. I have a weird fascination with the possibility that ghosts might exist. And I actually like horror movies (good ones) and being scared from time to time. Also….any excuse to decorate, amirite?
This year, along with some standard dollar store bits and bobs, I wrote a little story about ghosts and recorded it with spooky music for your listening pleasure. It’s not super scary, if you’re too afeared to listen. I was trying to create a mood more than actually scare anyone. As you may have gathered from the title of this blog and the many times I have reiterated it, my tastes are somewhat eclectic and I like trying new things. Let me know what you think.