Of all the rooms in the house that I was itching to redesign when we moved in, the kitchen was actually at the bottom of the list. Although it shared the same outdated, questionable style as the rest of the house, I didn’t mind it as much as other rooms. Not only that, but kitchens are really expensive to renovate, so I wanted time to consider my options and what would work in the space before making any remodelling decisions.
But it’s been about two years now and I’ve slowly started to make small, budget-friendly updates to the kitchen, starting with the backsplash. Like many things in the house, the backsplash was stuck in the past, which wouldn’t be so bad except it wasn’t even well done….The floral pattern looks like someone stretched an image poorly in photoshop and stamped it on some tiles. Not cute.
Now, re-tiling the backsplash would have been my ideal fix, but unlike the bathroom (which required a complete teardown), the kitchen was not in bad shape at all. My approach to remodelling the kitchen is really gonna be polishing surface imperfections, ie. working on a real budget.
With that in mind, I made the risky decision to repaint the existing backsplash tiles. I say risky because I had no idea if the paint would even stick or look good. Thankfully, it turned out better than I expected!
Here’s how I repainted our kitchen backsplash for under $20:
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I always find the transitional period between seasons to be so reenergizing. You might be changing your wardrobe, updating your house, working on your garden…I feel like I’ve fully shed the heaviness of winter and I’m embracing the airiness and joy of spring! It’s inspired me to discover some new products and re-discover some old favourites.
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I had been stalking these vintage tiered cake stands on Etsy for a while but they were pretty expensive to get a really nice one, so I hadn’t pulled the trigger quite yet. Meanwhile, we were making our way through New Zealand for our honeymoon and stopped in a random little town to go to take a break and stretch our legs.
We stumbled upon this cute little shop full of new and vintage kitch, and lo and behold, the lady was selling tiered cake stands that she made herself AND do-it-yourself kits! They came with all the hardware, a drill bit and a photocopy of her handwritten instructions, all for under 20 bucks. Needless to say, I bought a kit immediately! Continue reading “DIY Tiered Cake Stand”
I’ve never had a guest bedroom before and it’s been put to good use since we moved in. We’ve already had four people/parties stay with us and I hope to have more in the future. My approach with furnishing and decorating it was really quite simple.
I felt it would be too cluttered if I injected too many personal effects into the design or pieces of furniture or knick-knacks. So I instead placed the emphasis on colour in the room and that became the theme around which everything centered. Painting walls a bold colour is a great way to add personality to a space without having too many things on the wall or pieces of furniture. I went with a bright baby blue, which was the starting point to my whole “blue and coral” theme. I made sure to include lots of elements of white too, which I think is the best way to add brightness to any space and balance bolder colour choices, which stops everything from looking too chaotic. Continue reading “Blue & Coral Guest Bedroom”
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.
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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”