Home Renovation Update

Welcome to our disaster zone!

Okay, it’s not that bad. But.. on television, renovations are a beautiful thing. We watch homeowners scoop up a fixer-upper with wonderful plans for their new home, maybe see a 30 second clip of conflict that is quickly resolved, then finish the show smiling as we watch their beautiful reveal.

This is so far from real it hurts. And of course we knew that as Tom does home renovations for a living. But what they don’t tell you is how exhausting doing your own renovations is, how it can really take a toll on a relationship, and how you live dust-covered itchy scratchy uncomfortable for months.

So how do we deal with this? We’re still figuring that out. There are moments where we’re at each others throats fussing over our reno, and moments where we enjoy it and end the day feeling so accomplished. The biggest lesson I’m learning is to recognize that we’re in this together and to not stress over every tiny detail but instead enjoy making every detail our own. The most difficult part of all of this is simply finding the time to work on it but we’re getting there, and by the end of this half our home will be complete!

I’m very overdo for an update. I was hoping to have some wonderfully beautiful photos ready to share, but we just need a few more weeks to get there. So for right now, I’ll show you the dirty side of a home renovation. If you need a refresher of some before photos, click here.



Our wall unit is the biggest feature of this space. We decided to use a 9′ stretch of ikea cabinets for the lowers. This was a much less expensive route than having doors and boxes made and sending them away to get sprayed etc. because with our ikea cabinetry came the doors and hinges (which also really add up!) We used pine to make our own counter, and Tom then built the upper half out of MDF. Which is when we then decided to also back it in pine as well, and add potlights!
Of course the doors are still to be put on, but we are waiting until the room is complete to do that so they aren’t damaged.


Our first paint colour is the light one that Tom is covering over in this picture.
I can’t tell you how long it took for me to choose a colour. I’m my own worst client! We picked Winds Breath, and after putting it on the wall, Tom wasn’t happy with it because he felt it washed out the wall unit. I think he was looking to have the wall unit pop with some contrast but didn’t know it until the light colour was on the wall, whereas I WAS looking for that light soft look.
So back to the drawing board and we ended up with Thunder, a colour I love, but did not plan on using anywhere in our home! We’re happy with it now but it took a lot to wrap my mind around a darker colour, and a re-evaluation of all decor & furniture I had already selected.
Our staircase mid-makeover. After stripping, sanding, and re-staining the treads, we’ve also now primed all the orange wood you see in this photo so we can paint it out white!
One upstairs bedroom that still has a long way to go 🙂
And we have already purchased a new glass insert for our front door, and will be painting the interior of it a colour other than white (to be determined!)
We’re getting there!
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