Wednesday, June 19, 2013

House Purchase: Major Renos done!

Well folks, before you read this, go to this post. As you read that post make sure you imagine smelling old socks, unshowered humans, dirty laundry and crusty boogers and poop.

Ok, so we are moved in! We now live in our house and we LOVE it. We really do. Now begins the process of making this our space and truly getting comfortable in it. So here, as promised, are the photos.

Also: I have tried coding this to make the photos side-by side, but am failing miserably at coding. I REALLY want to have it that way but I just don't have the patience right now. Sigh.
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Here are some misc. photos of people who helped us over the past two weeks. It was a VERY ambitious undertaking to do all of that in two weeks. Between ripping up carpets, priming, laying new floor, painting and CLEANING (it took well over 40 (wo)man-hours to clean the house alone.) We COULD NOT have done it without the support of some of our friends and family. We are REALLY lucky to have people in our lives who will donate so much time. From the guys who helped Todd lay the floors, to my parents, his parents, my aunt and uncle, my cousin, Todd's co-workers....It's been a CRAZY hard two weeks. We have had 14 16-hour days in a row, and somewhere in there I went toe the JDRF Canada AGM (that post is coming.)

I got really emotional about all of this today, I had a moment where I just had to cry because my body and brain didn't know what else to do. Overwhelmed and happy to be a homeowner with Todd! And then there's being overwhelmed at the outpouring of help and love from everyone.


T and D start ripping the baseboards off.

First coat done

L-R: Claude (T's dad), Tom (my uncle) and my dad tore out and built us a whole new front step in 1.5 days!


T's parents have some lunch. Starbucks and Sushi! mmmm



I have had quite a few compliments on the colour pallet I chose. I will start by saying that we chose to go with Benjamin Moore Paint. It's more expensive, but IT IS SO WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY. We only had ONE coat of primer throughout the house! ONE! Even on the red and orange rooms! Here are the colours I used from Benjamin Moore:

Main colour for most of the house: Coventry Grey. A cool, true grey.


Office (was the red room) Ylang Ylang. Nice creamy and sunshiney yellow



Kitchen and basement accent wall: Anchor Grey. Deep, dark almost Navy-charcoal. LOVE this colour so much I got it for my shutters outside too.


Master and spare bedrooms: Nimbus Grey. A beautiful cool grey with a hint of blue.



Bathrooms and laundry room: Jamaican Aqua

Trim, baseboards, anything light: Distant Grey. A cooled-down version of an almost pure white.










Okkkkaay. So that's it for now! I will update again once I tackle my yard and get all of our artwork up and new furniture in.

I feel great and OVERJOYED about all of this. What an AWESOME experience (minus the cleaning of dried boogers and poop off the walls)



















7 comments:

  1. Love all the changes you've made! And also, I can totally relate to how it feels to have amazing friends and family that come and help out during this process. We also could not have done it without all of them and the support is amazing!

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  2. Enjoy the house! I like how you moved (it seems) the octagon-shaped mirror from a bedroom to the bathroom. It works much better that way. Very nice floor too.

    And I see you're not afraid to leave the toilet seat up :)

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  3. Everything looks great! Always smart to paint once with the good paint rather than painting twice with the lousy stuff. Thanks for the update.

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  4. Love the colours! It's a great looking house.

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  5. Wow - what a beautiful transformation! Love the colours!

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  6. looking awesome. Doesn't it feel good. Heres to new beginnings.

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