Feature Paint Colour!!

I absolutely LOVE my work being featured on various sites, it reminds me all my hard work making things pretty again is worth it!

Our home has been a labour of love for 5 years now. Although it seems our home is constantly changing, it is a true passion of mine to repaint, redecorate and renovated. Sometimes I think it drives Ryan insane, however he has grown up with a mother who has done exactly the same as me… you would think he was used to it by now! 😉

A few weeks ago I posted about my “go-to” paint colours (refresh your memory here!), they are neutral colours that make any home fresh and welcoming.  Recently, our bathroom was featured on a popular blog that showcases paint colours called Favourite Paint Colours.

You will find Cement Grey by Benjamin Moore all over my home, it is truly my “go-to”!

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Bathroom Reveal!! #2

A few months ago during a typical chaotic morning, Ryan accidentally dropped a cologne bottle into our bathroom sink. The moment the bottle hit the sink it cracked in a hundred different directions.

When we went to fix the top of the vanity, we found out the sink couldn’t be bought separately. So…. that meant an entire new vanity was required. There were parts of the bathroom that needed paint touch ups, so it was a perfect time to do that as well. The whole thing was rather unexpected, unplanned and unbudgeted. Not my usual approach but one I needed to deal with.

As a reminder this is what I started with…

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I wanted to match this bathroom with the other bathroom we recently renovated. The style of the vanity we purchased was in line with what we did in our other bathroom and the paint colour was the same (Cement Gray- Benjamin Moore).

Here is the bathroom after!!

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I still haven’t found the perfect photo or art dĂ©cor to put above the toilet. Nothing is grabbing my attention, so I am leaving the wall blank until I find the piece that was meant to be there!

Here are some side by side comparisons…

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Tomorrow I will share the cost breakdown and a few concessions made to get the most for our money!

Stay tuned 🙂

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Tips When Renovating Your Bathroom

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You see beautiful renovations of kitchens and bathrooms on popular networks, your mind starts working… I would LOVE that in my own home. The episode on television shows a 10 minute clip of the work actually being completed. You think, “how hard could it be!?”, right?

Wrong.

Bathrooms and kitchens have a significant amount of components, making them logistically complicated and time-consuming to complete.

Going into our bathroom renovation, we knew it would be a lot of work. The reality of how much work was actually involved was the shocking part, more specifically, how many things could go wrong.

Up until this point, my husband and I have had relatively painless renovations. I suppose, we were “due” to have a nightmare.

Here are a few tips to help avoid a nightmare situation:

1. Know when to hire a professional. Seems obvious but renovation “gone-wrong” shows do not exist for nothing. Have you ever noticed the renovations that typically go wrong are bathrooms or kitchens? I am a firm believer we have experts out in the world for a reason, use them! Hiring a licensed electrician or plumber is the best investment you could make when completing a renovation. Can you imagine having the project finished, looking pretty and new, to only find out the “do-it yourself plumbing” is now leaking? Horrible. Bite the bullet, hire someone.

2. Have a vision. I can’t stress enough the value of creating vision boards with paint swatches, tile and countertop samples, etc. Your end result will have the effect you are dreaming of if you have some “method to your madness”. Quick side note… I was in the home improvement store and overheard a lady actually changing the entire colour scheme of her kitchen based on a change in countertop. Pretty expensive change in heart if you ask me…

3. Start the renovation when it makes sense. In hindsight, my husband and I started the bathroom at a horrible time when we didn’t really have the proper amount of time to complete the work. Being down a bathroom, super stressed with work and life in general, then add living in chaos… just a horrible decision on our part.

4. Be realistic on timeline. If you are completing the renovation yourself, make sure you are honest with yourself on the amount of time you can dedicate to the project. Are you taking time off work? Can you only complete the work on evenings and weekends? Do you have a friend that can help? Is it the start of hockey season and your kids are starting to travel? etc…etc…etc.

5. Stay on budget. Let me clarify, stay on budget for the right things. In our recent bathroom renovation I went over budget, but they were on fundamental aspects that made sense, i.e.: fan installation, new toilet, hiring professionals to fix discovered problems, etc. Do NOT go over budget on the “pretty” things. You can very easily research the cost of fixtures, tiles, material supplies, etc. There is no reason to stray away from budget with the “pretty” stuff just because you see something on a whim.

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Bathroom Renovation| Inspiration

My husband and I started our bathroom renovation about 7 weeks ago and let me tell you , it has been a long 7 weeks. Not only did we need to share 1 bathroom (I know, first world problems… but he is a boy and I am a girl… enough said), our home was a complete disaster throughout. We are not foreign to the renovation stage in a house, we have lived through it before. Unfortunately, our other renovations haven’t been in an area that is such a big part of our daily life.

When we bought the house I would consider our bathroom “fine”. Not terrible but far from a room I was proud of. You will hear shows on television and real estate agents (my mother-in-law being one of them!) that kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that sell a home. Those are the rooms people fall in love with and develop an emotional attachment.

I will be honest, I wanted a “pretty” bathroom. My husband didn’t really care to endure the chaos of a renovation. But… as most women tend to do… I pushed on and the renovation started! 🙂

This is what our bathroom looked like going into the renovation:

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As I have done in the past, I started an inspiration board and developed the look I wanted.

Cement Gray- Benjamin Moore

Cement Gray- Benjamin Moore

White vanity. White subway tile. Gray marble.

White vanity. White subway tile. Gray marble.

Wood accent. Vassal sink.

Wood accent. Vassal sink.

Feature tile wall. Gray and white mosaic tile.

Feature tile wall. Gray and white mosaic tile.

Stay tune for the bathroom reveal!!

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