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These projects are for the experienced, intrepid, and foolishly brave D.I.Y’ers. The crafty creators, the relentless makers, and those brave souls who DARE to take on that floor sander.

Kitchen: Adding furniture style storage

Way back months and months ago (has it been a YEAR?) when we were staring work on the foyer, you might recall we removed the pantry that was in the kitchen (check out that progress here and here).  The pantry never functioned well for us. It was always messy because the shelves were difficult to access, and it took up space where more kitchen counter should have been. We also thought the pantry space would be better utilized as entry way storage,…

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Kitchen: We have a backsplash!

THE TILE I’ve had the backsplash for this kitchen selected for over a year.  I just wanted a simple, clean lined, WHITE, backsplash.  Nothing decorative, or detailed.  We went with a 3×11 in. white subway tile. A teeny bit different than the classic 3x6in subway, just a bit more modern with the elongated rectangular shape.  I know, just about anything might be better than this copper beauty: WHAT WE STARTED WITH There were actually two different backsplash finishes in the…

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Kitchen Cabinets: Painting Plastic Laminate

I was definitely hesitant to take on the challenge of painting out our kitchen cabinets. A.) because I knew we would not be spraying them and was concerned that we would not be able to achieve a smooth, quality finish and B.) the cabinets are a plastic laminate to which I believed NOTHING would stick. I absolutely think there are SO MANY things skilled and committed homeowners can take on and effectively DIY.  Refinishing a plastic laminate cabinet (which is not…

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NEW FLOOR FOR THE FOYER

After we installed the new foyer closet, we were left with a bit of a….mess. Removing the kitchen pantry to enlarge the foyer closet forced our renovation into the kitchen area (see that post here).  We were FULLY aware this was going to happen and already had a plan in place to do a little kitchen facelift along with the foyer update.  The floor, however, was not initially a part of that plan.  Well, it certainly is now…. The existing…

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THE CLOSET

Last progress post we left off with a great big hole in the foyer where the closet used to be.  Oh.  I mean a great big hole combined with a smaller hole where the pantry used to be.  SO.  Now what….. Typically at this point we would move any electrical necessary (there was an outlet inside the pantry closet) then frame, drywall, mud, and paint the interior of the closet.  We’d also frame the opening and add the doors; sliding, bi-fold,…

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HOW WE PLANNED AHEAD BEFORE RENOVATING

This foyer renovation has been on hold for a few years, life just takes over at times, but there was, and is,  another contributing factor that held up making these changes.  This was the consideration of making even BIGGER changes.  I always look at any space as a whole and am constantly assessing how we, as a family, use our home and what sort of changes could be made to make it function even better.  When it comes to the foyer, I have a grand plan…

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RENOVATING: IT’S ALL CONNECTED

THE HALL The messiest part of this project is OVER….and it actually ended up not being too bad.  Our decision to skim coat the terrible texture from the walls in the hall and up the stairs has paid off. These pictures do not do the change justice, but I can tell you, its the best change we’ve made in this space so far!! The carpet on the stairs and the railing are going, and the curved details on the stair…

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PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF IN THE FOYER

Does anyone remember THIS POST ?  That was over TWO YEARS ago!  We were just about to start a somewhat major renovation on our main floor when we were sidetracked by work, kids in sports, life. If you’ve been curious, no, the closet area did not magically begin to function for our family and, NO, the children did not learn to pick up their things and file them neatly away making for a beautiful, working entry way.  We just had a (disgusting)…

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Mini Trees for the Mantel

Gathering around the warmth of a fire, or setting stockings out in anticipation of a jolly visitor are great Canadian traditions at Christmas time. I love a good mantel display so we’ve created one with Scotch™ Expressions™ Tape! These mini trees were designed using simple materials then decked out with Scotch™ Expressions™ holiday tapes. The classic reds and greens have a nordic patterning that inspired this Scandinavian holiday look. The luxurious sparkle of the Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape in Gold…

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Polka-dot Door

This project with Scotch™ Expressions™ Tape really lets creativity shine! The back of a door becomes an oversized canvas when you let loose with your favorite tape colors and patterns. This bedroom door design adds huge visual interest inside the room when the door is shut. The polka dot pattern used here is bold and fun, but there are so many designs you could incorporate! sourcing: 1.) vase, small planter: homesense 2.)large black frame: jysk   To learn how to…

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