Sorry it’s been a few days now since our last post but we have been all go for the last little while and exhausted by the time we got home each night. So here is our update, we reigned victorious over the living/dining room staples but lost the battle against the stairs, currently at 2-1 against the carpet staples and regrouping for the final hurdle.
We decided after losing our cool with the stair-staples to go out and find coffee for the energy needed to continue the war. We pulled into our driveway and sat in the cool confines of our air-conditioned car to talk about our strategy when I noticed sparks coming from our back garden. Further inspection showed them to be dozens of fireflies floating around, it was really magical. I don’t remember ever seeing fireflies in England and having so many around our house makes me really excited for when my family comes and stays with us!
The following day we came back to finish the pulling up the tackless and found that Jeff’s data is pretty spotty in the area, 4G! Heaven forbid! So we brought my first gen iPod with us and it still works perfectly after 10 years. Unfortunately it is no longer supported (or was it ever supported by iTunes? It was Music Match Jukebox back in the day) and so it only plays the 2000+ songs I had back then, lots of angsty pop-rock and Frank Sinatra apparently.
For some reason whoever put the tackless down thought it needed to be REALLY secure and hammered 2-3 nails in every 3-4 inches. This took a long time and I am still mildly traumatised by the experience.
Luckily we were able to have some fun and go shopping for our choice of laminate, we found that we are getting more and more into a cottage-style theme, more light and airy than we had originally thought but we feel that the look really suits the house and we like it, so we wanted to find a washed driftwood look for our flooring.
When we found this colour we loved it and were able to find a great deal on a similar product which we forgot to take pictures of…the real thing will be posted later.
In the meantime our counter-tops were devastated by the Paul-effect which is felt through homes in the Niagara region when pieces of wood/tile/laminate/drywall is bashed to pieces by a very determined and hammer-happy dad. We found new tops which we loved at Niagara Counter Tops. As much as we found the granite and quartz to be beautiful we realised very quickly that the price was really crazy considering we are only replacing the tops and not the whole kitchen. Formica has just brought out a new product (180FX) which mimics real stone by only repeating the pattern every 8 feet, so our little counters will not have a repeated pattern on them at all. This is the colour we chose:
We also had some sad news; the couple we bought our beautiful vanity and washstand from called to let us know that the little washstand had some issues with the stain running through the new paint. They weren’t sure why and tried to fix it for us but unfortunately were going to have to paint it darker and we weren’t sure if we would like it so much, so we decided to just take the vanity which arrived with one half of the re-finishing couple, Alex, who helped Jeff bring it in the house. We will be keeping an eye on their blog to see if we want to snap up anything else instead!
Finally a confession; I have cheated on our kitchen tiles. When we first embarked on the decisions we were making for our house design I fell in love with these mosaic herringbone marble tile but we could not find them anywhere in Canada at a reasonable price, so we went for the subway tile instead which we both really liked. However, during our search for the perfect laminate, I found them in the new collection at Home Depot and so we bought them lovingly from the store to our house and returned the subway tiles. I love them so much!!!
Until next time!