September 22, 2016

Little Bit of Red

There's been a lot of changes to our new home since my last post! Look forward to more posts to come with the renos we've done.

First up I wanted to post a little update on the outside of our home! I haven't don't much yet as far as cleaning up the bushes and such, but I wanted to start with making the front door more welcoming! Our Original front door was white, but was chipping all over! Anyone who knows me well knows I love a nice painted front door. I've always wanted to do bold colours but in our old home because its a semi-detached, I HAD to keep the same boring green colour.

For this home I'm limited because the siding is a light blue colour. If it had been white I may have been more daring or bold, but I had to pick something that would look nice with the siding. So I quickly decided a nice bright red would look nice! I headed to Shermin Williams to get a couple sample colours, then came home and checked Pinterest to see the colours I liked best to see how it looks on a door or larger space than the little samples.

 

 


After checking a few sample shades out, I settled on Positive Red! What a great omen to choose a shade with the name Positive in it! I also read online that the Chinese consider red to be a lucky color and that in feng shui, a red door symbolizes the mouth of the home allowing chi to be drawn to the house. So a red door basically welcomes people into your home, which is exactly what I would like a door to say ;)

The weather finally cooperated and I was able to spend the day painting the door. Took a few coats to achieve the shade I wanted. It's far from perfect but its an improvement and I love it so much already!

Midway Through Painting


The real problem I ran into is that I purchased a new lock and handles but had the worst luck trying to install them! I just couldn't make it work! So I decided to just put the old ones back on until I could get someone to help me, then couldn't get those back on either. This isn't the first time I've replaced these I quickly got frustrated and the tears came lol. I sat it could for a few minutes then called in some reinforcement! A friends husband quickly came by to rescue me and install the new deadbolt and door handle. Now its perfect! I'm so lucky to have good friends in my life to help me out!



I'm so pleased with the final result! It's bold and welcoming, just as I had hoped it would be! Come on in! You're Welcome here!!






Now on to the next project!

July 8, 2016

A New Start

Exciting things are happening in our home, or should I say our NEW home! That's right! We are moving!





Jaime and I had been wanting to move for a long time now, tried to sell 2 years ago but wanted to finish a couple things around the house before selling. We were hoping to list our house last October and in September he started to get sicker, and he was diagnosed in October. So it obviously never happened. One thing he wanted me to do was sell our home and move to the neighbourhood our kids go to school in. While we love our house, its just not in a neighbourhood. We live on a dead-end street with about 12 Semis on it. There are no sidewalks, no kids to play with, no parks near by, cant walk to school. These are all things we wanted for the kids.

Two weeks ago a Bank Repo in the area we were hoping to move to came on the market and I just had to jump on it! We went to see it on the weekend, took my parents and the kids back later that night and made an offer the next day! After some back and forth, its mine! Its a big step for me, as we havent yet sold our home, but it was just such a good opportunity I couldnt pass it up!

So we are closing end of July, then first week of August we will be getting the floors done and painting done. We're hoping to be moving in by mid August. Its a big of a fixer upper, mostly cosmetic work needs done, so lots of new projects to distract me with lol For now I thought Id share a couple pics of our before home! Im going to take more pictures soon!

This is our new home, our new start!








Livingroom






Kitchen and Dinningroom, lots of changes coming here! Including painting the cabinets! oh and see the Dishwasher!!! I will finally have a dishwasher! Jaime would be thrilled!










Mudroom off the dinning room! Excited to make this more functional for the kids!




Main Floor Bathroom!


Oy this need some work ;)




Master bedroom & Master bathroom! EEK! My own bathroom! lol








Lincoln's Room




Aria's room






London's room in the basement! Yes his own room!! Boys are so excited to have their own space!!




Aria's playroom, yes her own playroom!




Boys Playroom!





Basement bathroom... needs some work....



Storage room!





Backyard and the deck!







Side shed!



So all in all not the best pics but you get the idea! Stay tuned for our new adventure! Clearly its a fixer upper and needs lots of love and work! I cant wait to get in and improving, making it more our home!!