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Rustic Meets Chic

17 Feb
4 day long Weekend ahead of me – woo hoo!!! I have lots planned!!

Tomorrow I have some projects to finish so that I can show you guys soon. I will be fixing up an old Chandelier & DIY headboard for our second bedroom, and then it will be good to go! I am also going thrift/Antique hunting with my mom on Saturday. We are gonna head to the Peterborough area and hit up Gypsy Barn, Legacy Vintage & Habitat 4 Humanity. So I will make sure to take lots of pics for you guys!

Here is a Sneak Peak of the Before…(bought the Chandelier off Kijiji for $50 :))

Oh and I forgot to mention, I got this wicked new Camera, so no more crappy quality excuses!!!!

I am a loser I know, but man I love this Nikon!!! so easy & I got a wicked deal…..

Now here is a little inspiration……Mix of Rustic & Chic



Kitchen Makeover Inspiration

27 Jan

I had a request to give some Kitchen makeover ideas for a friend of mine who has a beautiful old farmhouse in the country. Of course I jumped at the chance to look at ways to update her space!

Currently her Kitchen looks like this:

Her main WANT is black granite counter tops with specks of gold of beige

Here is some inspiration photos

I would love to have the colours match the kitchen below…

Wall Colour = Benjamin Moore Linen & Cabinet Colour = Benjamin Moore Bennington Grey

Farmhouse Sink & Copper Faucet:

Now for her dining room I think she already has great bones. The table is an old work bench her dad had from when he first started working as a mechanic, and I love the old chandelier. I think with some really nice upholstered chairs it could take this room to the next level.

Here is a little inspiration for it….

and here is a little more rustic inspiration ….

I think the mix of Rustic Black, Creams & White are perfect for her country home!!


Updating a Kitchen on a Budget

14 Jan

There are so many inexpensive ways to update your kitchen!

  • Paint
  • Hardware
  • Counter top
  • Backsplash


I have a friend that has melamine frameless cupboards & a counter tops she hates and is looking to update the space on a budget. I have suggested painting her cabinets white to freshen up the space because she has dark hardwood floors and dark leather furniture. And her kitchen/living space is open concept.

here is the type of cabinet she currently has: These are a little more difficult to just paint because she doesn’t have any trim or framing to work with.

Here are some pictures & ideas I came up with to help…….

In the pictures below they just painted & added new knobs….

Although I am not a fan of the turquoise colour for cabinets, I think even this picture shows just a little bit of paint can really freshen them up!

Here they updated the cabinets with trim & added stainless steal pulls, which i love!

Check out the before picture for the Kitchen below, it’s incredible! http://www.younghouselove.com/photo-gallery-2/our-first-house/


I have even stumbled upon a budget friendly way to create your own butcher block counter tops at http://loraine-breakfastfordinner.blogspot.com And she did it all for $56, pretty amazing!

Her Counters went from this:

To this…

Another little upgrade is to add cabinet feet, to make it a little more professional looking – I wanna do this in my kitchen!

I love the before & After…

Check these Before & Afters out…

Wish I knew the link for the Reno below…. Just found it on pinterest

Here’s another great site that gives you step by step on painting kitchen cabinets.


And last but not least, here are the pictures from my own Kitchen Reno 🙂

Check out our Kitchen Reno here: https://twobertis.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/our-kitchen-reno/

Happy Painting!


Life in Grace

19 Dec

I need to introduce to you a wonderful blog I just stumbled upon. Not only does this family have a life changing story, but their house is so beautiful & inspiring. The author Edie writes about restoring their house that was horribly destroyed in a fire. The house they have built in it’s place is stunningly gorgeous. Edie gives a lot of inspiration and is an incredibly modest writer. She makes you understand what being thankful is all about.

Click on the link below to check it out:

Here is a sneak peak @ her beautiful home…..

Hope she inspires you as much as she does me!


Gotta Love Ikea!

9 Dec

I ALWAYS look forward to the Ikea catalogue coming in the mail…. It is always filled with amazing room inspirations that can be re-created in your home on the cheap! And I always like doing my research before heading to their crazy packed store! Here is a little Ikea Room Inspiration for you!


Ikea’s slipcovered EKTORP Furniture is by far my favorite, I definitely need some new couches & chairs from there!

Check them out: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/categories/series/07488/

This Daybed is perfect for a guest room or in a kids Playroom, it be used as both a comfy couch & bed for sleepovers!

Almost Friday Everybody!!! Thank goodness, because this has been a LONG week!


Our DIY Kitchen Backsplash

30 Oct

Adam & I went to home depot just to price out a backsplash and ended up coming home with everything and tackling it last weekend. I think it was a tad more work than we anticipated, instead of just being a weekend project it turned into a week long project. However, I have to tell you – I LOVE IT! it was so worth it. If I didn’t have Adam though I never would have been able to do it myself (which I think I had convinced myself earlier). There are so many cuts to be made – which also means you need a good tile cutter. And it just so happened Adam’s dad had one! *Phew*

We watched quite a few Youtube video tutorials on how to do it, and then just went with it!

For everything – tiles, grout, glue, sponge, hand cutter, chalk, spacers = $170 (which we thought was a steal)

Before: Getting everything out of the kitchen (I have noticed I need some new kitchen lighting… YIKES)

Tiles Spacers = Very important/A big pain in the butt

We chose the small spacers because we wanted the tiles to be close together. A trick when using these is to dip one of the corners in the glue before placing it. If not, then they will just keep falling out and become a HUGE pain.

Each box of white subway tiles = $42 (we needed two)

Step 1: Wash the wall surface, and put painting tape on the areas you don’t want the glue to touch. Make a line in the middle of both focal points. This will be your starting point

Step 2: All the video tutorials we watched said to line up the tiles on your counter as they will be lined up on the wall – we decided not to do this half way because with the spacers and having to cut the tiles it was just better to do it as we went….

Step 3: Start where you made your line in the middle and work your way out…

Adam put the glue in sections instead of putting all the glue down at once – this was way better because  it is very time consuming you don’t want the glue to dry before putting on the tile.

Adam started in the middle for the second wall as well because the middle is your focal point.

Step 4: Once all your tiles are up, they need to dry for 24 hours. Then comes the grout! This is where we got nervous because after Adam put all the grout on, it seemed to be uneven. The sponge didn’t seem to help much either. So after we let it dry a little, I took a damp J-cloth and ran my finger along all the grooves. This made the biggest difference. It made everything even.

We also used a bright white grout because then you don’t see the spaces as much, and it is more blended.

I am so happy with it, and it’s all thanks to my Handyman!! ♥

Our Kitchen Reno

16 Oct

When I first moved in with Adam, the house was in a true bachelor pad state. Very bare, lots of brown and wood finishings, along with large speakers and tv’s. Your typical mans world.

As I moved in, Adam was leaving to go play hockey in the states for 8 months. So of course in order to keep myself occupied living alone with our doggy, I decided to work on the house in my spare time. Here are the before & after pictures of our Kitchen:

This is my granny’s old dining room set…

There were many steps in this process.

I took off all the kitchen cabinets and added wallpaper bead board (from Benjamin Moore) to the middle of them. I also added wallpaper bead board around the bottom of the counters. Although this seemed like any easy DIY project, I realized quite quickly it was very time consuming. First you need to measure the piece needed to go onto the cupboard, then I wet the wallpaper and placed in the middle (very carefully). Once it was sitting in the right position I took an exacto knife to do the finishing cuts to make it even (this was the most time consuming, as there was the odd mistake in which I had to throw the whole piece out, :)).

  1. Here is a picture of our garage during the process. I had them all lined up like a factory….

2. Then it was time to paint… first I primed and then I used Benjamin Moore Opaline

And then for the finishings – knobs!

(We have since added trim to the bottom)

Final Product….

Next was to move on to my granny’s dining room set which I was going to paint and do an antique finish to use as our kitchen table. I have had so many meals over the year’s at my granny’s dining room table, I just thought it would be so special to re-use her furniture as my own.

I primed and painted the hutch and top of the kitchen table.. I left the bottom of the kitchen table the wood finish that was already there. I thought having both the paint and the wood made it more unique and kept that vintage feel. I’m not a huge fan of the matchy matchy.

I then painted the chairs, and recovered the seats in a new checkered fabric. My mom then took steal wool and rubbed some of the paint off to give them a vintage feel, I think they turned out awesome.

Then for the chairs on the end that were flowers from top to bottom, I bought white Ikea slipcovers which are amazing! And super easy to wash.


Although there is still more to be done: New kitchen light, backplash, new faucet and maybe even one day new granite counter tops… I think we have a pretty good start! Like Adam would say “one step at a time Katie” (He thinks I want too much all at once, lol.. doesn’t every girl?)


Here are some pic’s from after we did the backsplash…

Hopefully this inspires some future Kitchen reno’s for the reader’s!! xo