Hi, I am super excited to be talking part in the $100 Room Challenge for September 2017!!! Thank you to Erin at Lemons Lavender and Laundry for hosting this challenge! If you would like a bit of background on the challenge click here:$100 Room Challenge [Read more…]
Shopping for my future bedroom
Since I am waiting to find a home to buy, I don’t have very many home renovation projects on the go. My condo has had almost everything done, since I purchased my place in 2008. So I am perusing through some duvet covers to brighten up my future bedroom, in my future home!
In planning my new master bedroom. I am taking my own advice from this post – Master Bedroom, and planning my colour scheme around the bedding.
King of the jungle
The plan is to upgrade to a King sized bed once we move, since there is limited wiggle room with Greg, myself, the cat and the dog. The animals aren’t very large, but always seem to lie in the most inconvenient locations. Lately when I come to bed, Sage won’t even move out of the way, unless I pick her up and relocate her. I guess she figures that if I’m not using my side, its fair game 🙂
So, my starting point is to choose some bedding that makes me happy 🙂 My current bedding looks like this. I love it, but white is tough to keep clean, and it is starting to show some age. Plus it is queen sized, so won’t work with our ‘future bed’. Time to search for some new duvet covers.
Do you watch the Big Bang theory? I have always loved the styling in Penny’s apartment, It is just a cacophony of vibrant colours, and it’s pretty fun 🙂 I probably wouldn’t put that much colour into my room, but I am definitely moving in the direction of bright colours!
I probably won’t actually purchase until we move, as I just don’t have the storage space for a big box of duvet covers that won’t fit my current bed. But it sure is fun to “window shop” in the mean time!
I bought the bedding for Greg’s condo seen here from Wayfair and I love it. There are just so many more choices online, and when they give you free shipping, what have you got to lose!!
Here are my favourite choices for bright happy bedding:
Which one is your favourite?
Well its been three months now, and we have only looked at a few places. We put an offer in on one of the first ones we viewed and lost out. Then, nothing…for a long time. Recently, we viewed 2 more places. One was completely done, and one was a renovation project. The completed one was a 3 level townhouse with 3 levels of decks. It had fabulous views. Take a look: [Read more…]
I used to have an elliptical trainer sitting across from my dining room table. I kept thinking how much nicer the space would look, with a pretty buffet sitting along that wall. Plus it would give me extra storage space, who doesn’t need more storage space?Besides I already had a gym membership 🙂 [Read more…]
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This is a project that I finished last summer. I have wanted an outdoor daybed with a canopy for YEARS. I kept looking at them but didn’t want to spend $500 or more. Then I saw a Pinterest post for an Ana White pattern and since I’m adept at using a chop saw and paint brush I thought – what the heck!. [Read more…]
Here is the follow up to our vet appointment in Vancouver. It was a very long and stressful day. We left Greg’s brother’s at 9am. It took us a full hour to get to the vets. Since we don’t live there, we did the whole thing with our faith in GPS – Unfortunately we used my phone, and it wouldn’t talk to us, so we just had to keep checking the screen to see if we were going the right way. A very frustrating way to navigate. Our appt was at 10am. First they did an examination of Sage and took her history. The course of action that they recommended was to start with an x-ray and see if there was anything skeletal. Following that if nothing showed up on the X-ray, they would go ahead and do an MRI. [Read more…]
But that is only step one. Next step is to go SHOPPING!!!!
It’s been a while since I bought a place. I love the automation of it all now. Every time a new listing that meets my criteria comes online, I automatically get an email to my inbox. Seriously, it’s like getting little presents. So exciting to open that email up and see if my dream house is inside, actually in my case, it’s more of a dream townhouse. [Read more…]
Yes, I’m one of those people that takes their dog to the neurologist. On the bright side, I have pet insurance. We use Trupanion. I have a $400 deductible. I pay about $47/month, which includes about $4.99 a month to cover off peripherals, such as acupuncture, chiropractic and physiotherapy. One I reach my deductible, the insurance pays 90%. I am almost at my deductible. I knew that based on my past history with my beloved little hamster Gizzy, that I would spare no expense when I got a dog. So, I had Sage insured within about 3 days of getting her. And thank goodness I did, because now we are needing it. [Read more…]
Finally! I made it across the finish line of my condo reno project – Wohoo! From a project management perspective, I blew my timeline. I originally thought I could pull this reno off by Feb 28th, but that date came and went. and then March slipped by…Well, It’s May , and the condo is listed.
It was fun. Here is a quick reprisal of what I accomplished.
This was the largest part of the condo reno project. Here is the starting point
The counters were painted with ‘make it stone’ paint, and coated and sealed with Envirotex Lite epoxy. Greg replaced the sink and tap. The plastic covers on the cabinets just peeled off, and I painted those with Behr Frost on the uppers, and Behr Silver Bullet on the lowers. For some reason this really amused me, despite the fact that I don’t dink Coors Lite. I’m a Corona girl…A little free advertising here 🙂
A fresh coat of paint on the walls: Behr Graceful Grey, my favourite paint colour. New laminate floors: Shaded Oak. I tiled the backsplash. I could not convince Greg to swap out the appliances, except for the fridge, which was destroyed and we took to the dump. The one thing I did do, was to paint the top plastic piece of the stove, as it had yellowed substantially, and it looked terrible. For that matter so did the dishwasher, but it is not directly in view like the stove is.
In the living room, we didn’t do much renovating. Mostly just cleaning. Shampoo the carpets, wash the windows, scrub the blinds. freshen up the trim paint. And mostly de-cluttering and staging. Clean and tidy is key when selling.
The Bathroom and Den were also just a matter of cleaning, de-cluttering and staging. These are not the big selling features of the place. And I won’t include them here.
We upgraded the existing laminate floors which ran through the entry way and into the dining area. It was the beech variety and was dirty and showing gaps. We used the same Shaded Oak flooring that we did in the kitchen. For the dining room, I added a new area rug under the table, and cleaned and staged.
The Master Bedroom is my piece de resistance. I’m super happy with how this turned out.
Go here: Master Bedroom Reveal for my full Master bedroom post and to see how I pulled this look together.
So, there it is, My condo reno project complete. We listed this on a Thursday and it was sold by Tuesday for $21.6k over asking! This real estate market is crazy hot. Yikes, not looking forward to being a buyer in this market.
My budget for this project was between $2000 – 3000. I spent just over $2200 for this whole renovation. Pretty cheap really. I think the value added was in the tens of thousands.
Next step is packing and getting my place ready to sell. And SHOPPING for our new home!!!!!
Here is my favourite room from my Greg’s Condo project.
This is the Master bedroom reveal. And this was my starting point
See my original post here: Master Bedroom
Here is how I pulled this together
First thing: Clean and get rid of all of the junk. Greg had really not been living here for a few years, and when you don’t live somewhere, it never gets vaccuumed or dusted. So, the accumulation of dirt can become overwhelming. [Read more…]