Before and after first post!

Hi everyone!

Wow, the last few weeks have been exhausting and went by so quickly we really had very little time to even think let alone sit down and post. As always there is never enough time in the day but here is the long awaited update on our now finished kitchen, the bathroom and our laundry room. We will be posting before and after snapshots of each room as they are finished, still lots of work left to do.

So, after the teaser in the last post regarding the kitchen we have finally unpacked everything and took some more detailed photos for you guys, these were taken at midnight last night after we built our new entertainment unit so please excuse the mess!

Before.
Before.
During.
During.
All done!
All done!

Here’s a close up of our beautiful hardware (who knew drawer pulls could be so enticing?!)

Drawer hardware.
Drawer hardware.

And finally:

Before.
Before.
During.
During.
Ready for the counter top.
Ready for the counter top.
Closer to finished!
Closer to finished!
After!
After!

We love our kitchen, there really isn’t any piece of it which wasn’t redone, whether it was a full tear out of the back-splash (then the dry wall and insulation behind the tile) to the counter tops to painting the walls, ceiling, cupboards, inside the cupboards and new floors! What do you all think of the finished room?

We realised whilst checking through our last few posts that we did not really give you all the finished pictures of our bathroom which looks lovely so here’s yet more photos.

Before
Before
During.
During.
During.
Almost….
All done!
All done!

The bathroom was really a labour of love, from the vanity to my beloved tile floors to insulating the entire attic to connect the room to the rest of the house for temperature regulation, but nothing was as hated (for me) as the shower doors. They were not installed properly and were covered with silicone in order to make them fit. This silicone was mouldy, dirty and generally gross and took 4 days of continuous scrubby, scraping and several coats of toxic smelling silicone remover to finally get clear of! It actually looks ok in the photos and unfortunately I was too frustrated to get photos when we were removing the goop but trust me, it was bad!

However, now they are installed properly and look lovely.

Before.
Before.
Shower door!
Shower door!

Jeff was on insulation duty and here are a couple of photos of him in the attic, this was an even more miserable job than the shower doors because at least I had our adorable vanity to look at, Jeff was sharing space with a million spiders and had no head space at all in some places!

Poor Jeff.
Poor Jeff.
Dirty job.
Dirty job.

Finally we have started in the lower level, we had originally planned to finish this room first but it has been our workshop for the past 3 months and so I’m glad we have left it until last. We started in the laundry room first with the intention of clearing out the tools and general junk in the dining room into the smaller room whilst we paint and clean up. Picking the colour for the laundry room was fun because it does not really need to match anything in the house, we could be as bold as we liked and as we are indifferent to the actual finish of the room I could be as inventive as I liked. These photos are not of the finished room, there are still touch ups on the ceiling, a final coat of the cupboards and a set of pretty curtains to be made before it’s done but it’s almost there and I adore the colour we picked!

 

Before!
Before!

The room was where the kitty box was situated and I’m not going to lie, it was pretty nasty, there was a unique border around the top of the walls which wasn’t really our style and easy access from the crawl space through a little hole in the wall for any and all creepy crawlies.

The cupboard doors were not on straight and in my opinion cannot be saved so we have taken them off and bought really nice fabric to make little curtains instead.

You can see from this photo the pipe leading along the back room, that is a gas pipe from our boiler as this is also our boiler room and so there are pipes everywhere on the other side of the sink. We did not really know how to paint in behind the pipes and finally I decided to just paint over top of them (after researching that you can do that first!) and I think it looks great.

Laundry room during.
Laundry room during.
Deep blue.
Deep blue.
Almost done.
Almost done.

The colour is ‘Blue Danube’ by Benjamin Moore and I just love it! I will post photos with the curtains just as soon as I can but now we are on to our dining room, just that one room left thank goodness!

Thank you all for being so patient with us as we work through the house and we hope you’re enjoying the process with us.

-Alethea 🙂

7 thoughts on “Before and after first post!

  1. Well done you two and Paul!!! It looks fantastic and the transformation is wonderful. I didn’t know you were such a DIY’er Jeff – you have done such a good job! The finished kitchen looks so homely and the vanity is first class! I must say, good choice with the tiles – I actually prefer these and the look they give. One question from me – I thought you had a turquoise kettle? I just can’t wait to come and see it in person. The photos are great though and more the merrier! Lots of love to you both and may you be very happy together in your new home xxx

    • Hi Aunty Ali, we did not get our kettle yet, we actually ordered it a couple of days ago! We were not sure if we wanted to match my pot or if we wanted to stainless steel one but we decided we do want the turquoise one and I could not find it anywhere locally or online which delivered to Canada but Amazon.ca just got the colour in a few weeks ago 🙂 I will post pictures of it when it comes in!
      xx

  2. Well babes, what can I say? It all looks so wonderful. However, I would have liked to see more of the flooring in the bathroom! I can’t wait to see it all finished, you have all worked exceptionally hard. It will be exciting to see how those lovely fabrics you purchased, fit into the rooms. I will ca you later for a nice long natter about what your doing next, I really have missed these posts! Loves you both xxxx

  3. You two are amazing!! I just love what u have done with the redo..a labor of love for sure. You should be very proud of yourselves for all that you have put into it and how great everything has come together..Long hours of hard work and love for a home that will truly be outstanding! Kudos on a job well done!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the home when done. Take care

  4. Love the laundry room colour 🙂 can’t wait to see the place! Good work guys

  5. Very impressive work, Jeff and Alethea. I’m look forward to drinking your beer and looking at the finished house in person.

  6. The laundry room looks great! Nice color choice!

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