Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Happy Tuesday everyone! 

I'm just checking in quick with an update on the house work. I've been slowly getting some painting done. The color the contractor put on the walls did not work at all with the dark maple trim. It was called ghost grey but against the brown it pulled out too much of a beige color instead of grey. 
Sorry for my poor photography skills, taking a picture of a wall with a huge window letting in a bunch of light just makes the wall look really dark. I hope you can get an idea of what the color looked like. (In hindsight, I should have closed the blinds)

I've picked the color Rainwashed from Sherwin Williams to replace that boring color! I started with one wall. Waited a couple days and then decided to finish all the walls in the kitchen area. It's been a few weeks since then but I just finished the rest of this back wall leading into the living room. 

I've left the ladder out because I'm hoping to get the rest tackled in a few days. Our house is open concept so I'm trying to decide where to stop this color. The outside corners are also rounded and I am not convinced I want to change colors on an edge. I think that might look weird. But I also know I don't want this color leading down to the entryway. 

Also, can you tell how much shorter the ladder is then my vaulted ceiling?! That was a bit sketchy painting the peak of that wall. Haha. I had to ignore the warning on the step where it says "do not stand on this step or above".

Some days it feels like it's taking forever to make this house a home. But life is busy with little kids, so we'll just keep working away at it slowly when we can find the time.

Hope you all have a great week! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Entry Way

Hello everyone. I wanted to share with you all the first project my husband and I have finished for our new house. Our entry way bench. I love love Love how this turned out. My original plan was to upholster an old coffee table to use as a bench but our entrance is quite big and we were worried a small bench would get swallowed up in the space. So we decided on a built-in. 

I wanted a clean looking bench with no leg braces so my husband built a frame for it to sit on and securely mounted it to the wall. He built the bench and added the sides and back to give it the built-in look. The shelf was made with different pieces of baseboard and crown molding and regular pine wood. 

We removed a piece of our maple trim and took it to a paint store to have it matched. This took a few days  but we wanted it to flow seamlessly with the rest of the trim throughout the house. I sanded it all down and stained it!

Next was the chevron accent wall between the bench and shelf. I calculated the width I wanted the stripes to be and drew the pattern on the wall. Once I calculated the length of wood I needed I headed to our local lumber store to see what would work for the space. I found screen moulding to be the perfect width. 

My husband set up the saw at the right angle and I went to work cutting and nailing the molding to the wall on my drawn out pattern. Once it was all up I filled in the nail holes and every place the molding met. The edges on screen molding are curved so it left gaps where they joined up. Once the wood filler dried up I painted it all white. 

I marked out where I wanted the hooks and my husband drilled the holes for me. 

Here are some pictures of the entrance way. I'm not done the other half of the room so these pictures only show one area.
The wreath and baskets are from Canadian Tire

Rug from HomeSence

Planter from Canadian Tire. Jade plant from Home Depot

I picked up these wire cages from a local green house.

I made the pillow from an old shirt I had. The color matched the rug perfectly.

These hooks are from IKEA.

The Mass Cane plant is from Home Depot. 

The entrance is the first thing you see when you enter a house so I think it sets the feel for the home. I think ours is shaping up to be warm and inviting. I can't wait to finish the rest of the room!