Monday, October 15, 2012

To-Do List

Thought I would create a little to-do list for our lovely abode and update it as we complete things!


Living Room

  • Finish baseboards
  • Storage for front entry
  • Picture wall

  • Countertops
  • Backsplash
  • Kitchen sink
  • New stainless steel appliances
  • Window trim
  • Window coverings
  • Kitchen table update
  • Wine barrel wine rack 
  • Cabinet storage

Master bedroom
  • Windowtrim
  • Nightstands
  • Lighting
  • Photo art
  • Closet
  • New door

Monique Office
  • Refinish dressing table
  • New door

Thomas Office
  • Closet
  • Baseboards
  • Crown moulding
  • Desk solution
  • Storage
  • New door

Bathroom #1
  • Flooring
  • New vanity/Sink
  • Re-grout shower tile
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Replace toilet for eco friendly
  • Remove wallpaper
  • Baseboards
  • New door


Home Gym
  • Paint
  • Flooring
  • Baseboards
  • Corkboard revamp
  • Towel and water station
  • Window solution

Living Area
  • Flooring
  • Baseboards
  • Paint
  • New couch
  • Install desk and bookshelves
  • TV storage
  • Beach theme art display
  • Window covering

Spare Bedroom
  • Flooring 
  • Baseboards
  • Paint
  • New guest bed
  • Window cover

Laundry Room
  • Storage (cabinets and shelves)
  • New flooring
  • Paint
  • Window cover
  • Hide Furnace/Water Heater

Bathroom #2
  • E V E R Y T H I N G!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Floors (Part 1 of 3) - Monique's Office

When we redid the floors throughout the upstairs we left the bedrooms alone. There were two reasons 1. Money! and 2. I was dead set on carpeting in the bedrooms. Fast forward to this past Friday where Thomas informed me the flooring we had purchased oh so long ago was on SALE again at Costco. GEF 12mm Laminate regular $40/box on sale for $32/box (more details on the flooring HERE). This exact flooring was installed in our house 2 years ago in the kitchen, living room, and hallway.

Our dog is a lunatic. As much as I try to keep her little toenails clipped I couldn't help but think about all the damage she was going to cause to our new floors. Chasing balls and running to greet people at the door (scratch scratch scratch!). TODAY: The floors are just as good as the day we installed them and boy can they take some major abuse! Everything from big spills in the kitchen to dragging furniture across them. This flooring is perfect for our house. I could not say enough fabulous things about how it has exceeded my expectations of a laminate flooring.

So anyways that same Friday Thomas did his calculations and we purchased enough boxes to complete the three bedrooms upstairs. ($559.00 for flooring in 3 bedrooms is pretty good!) and on Saturday the work began. Here are some photos of what went down..

Just in case you need a reminder, this is what we started with almost 2 years ago exactly..

And this is where we began on Saturday..

The rip up begins!

Sydney getting in the St.Patricks Day spirit?.. This is what I do while the men work.. Dress up my dog and take pictures ;)

This was taken this morning. Finished office product. I finally have a beautiful place to study and I don't have to worry about spilling my coffee on white carpet!!
Thomas and Ira did an amazing job. The floor is perfect and runs seamlessly from the existing laminate. Thomas and I could not be happier! Now we just have 2 more bedrooms to do.. Stay tuned :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cabinet Maker..

Something I really want to blog about is the TV cabinet Thomas made. He has pretty incredible carpentry skills considering it all has been self taught. I am increasingly impressed with his projects! But please don't tell HIM that. ;)

The whole project took him one day and the total cost was $150.

It always begins with a pile of wood..

Followed by cutting, sanding, and painting..

And finally the finished project..

The details..

 The cabinets open with a magnetic push latch and the hardware was purchased at Home Depot.

All together I am really pleased with how it turned out. Thanks Thomas! :)

Plans for this TV cabinet can be found here if you would like to make one of your own.