We’ve been at our new house for almost two months now! Where does the time go? We are pretty much unpacked and have a game plan for most areas of the house. This post is picture heavy so I’ll let the photos do most of the talking, but I wanted to offer you a glimpse of what it looks like ‘today’, along with our ‘to do’ list for each area. I thought it would be handy so that when I start to roll out the projects for you (I have some FUN things planned – coming soon) they have context.
Backing up a bit, we really enjoyed our townhome but it was time for a change. More space, more privacy and NO strata. We wanted to move before Chace got older as we didn’t want to change his little world mid-grade three (he just finished Kindergarten). So, we made the leap and listed our townhome.
The good news is that it sold in a day – with three offers which created a bidding war. The bad news, we didn’t have anywhere to move to! The market in our area dictated this plan of attack as places for sale were going into multiplle offers and if you had “subject to sale of our place” in your offer, you might as well not even bother.
Long story short after a few panic attacks from me and some serious market stalking, we purchased the above home which met most things on our wish list. We did have to compromise on a few things but we ended up with a few bonus things that more than made up for it.
We take possession this Saturday! I couldn’t wait to share with you all though so here are the photos from the listing (as we saw it). I also put together a little floor plan of each level. They won’t be completely accurate as I was going off memory and the specs on the listing sheet, but you will get the idea I’m sure!
kitchen – what will Chef Kev dream up here?
Here is the main floor layout to give you an idea of where these spaces are in relation to one another…
looking down towards the front entry
the other two bedrooms (Chace’s and a spare – TBD which is which!). We’re going to let Chace choose on moving day.
“Bonus room” – future craft room/office area
top floor bathroom
top floor floorplan…
Down here is where we encountered one of the ‘compromises’ as mentioned above. Part of the basement is a suite which we were not looking for. However, we decided since we have more than enough space at the moment, we will leave it ‘as is’ for now and renovate in the future to make it our dream recreation room space – complete with wet bar and a bedroom/bathroom on that level. The income from the suite will allow us to do some of the updates a little sooner than we otherwise would have been able to.
First up, the current recreation room (on our side)…
And here is the suite which consists of a living space, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (I don’t have a photo of the kitchen though).
See what I did there? ‘art’ instead of ‘heart’. Ahh… never mind.
But speaking of art, that’s the topic of today’s post!
Not long ago, I shared Chace’s new bedroom dresser that I scored for cheap on Craigslst and refinished with chalk paint. It replaced two dressers that were along that wall. Originally we used the dressers as a diaper change station as well (see that here). A few years ago I created some cute robot art that hung above one of the dressers.
Well, now that Chace is WAY past the diaper stage (ThankYou.ThankYou.ThankYou) and we have a new sheriff dresser in town, the babyish robot art wasn’t quite working anymore.
Hi little guy. Bye little guy.
Hello new gallery wall for my budding five-year-old artist!
I was originally thinking I might put some quirky animal prints up on this wall but when I came across these picture frames last week I quickly changed my focus. Chace comes home with new art daily (which I love) and I had been thinking it would be nice to find a way to feature it. So when I spotted these frames that were made for interchanging art I quickly scooped four of them up.
They open easily at the top and have an affixed bulldog clip to make switching out art really easy (which I will detail below). The frames are from Real Canadian Superstore.
But first I needed to hang them. I knew I wanted to centre them above the dresser so I started by measuring the dresser length: 64″. Then I measured the width of each frame: 11.75″. I had four frames so had a combined frame width of 47″. Subtracting 47″ from 64″ I was left with 17″. I divided that by 5 (I wanted equal spacing between each frame and also on the left and right) and was left with 3.4″.
I grabbed my laser level and aimed it across the wall at a height of 68″. As a general rule the middle of artwork should be about 5′ from the ground. Since my frames are 15″ tall I added half of that height – 7.5″ – to five feet (60″) and then just rounded up half an inch to 68″.
Then I marked the wall based on my math.
To hang them, I used my trusty Command picture hanging strips from 3M which I have blogged my love for in the past (no, this post is not sponsored I am just obsessed with this product). I seriously wish I had invented these. I also removed the screws on the back of the frames so that they would sit flush to the wall.
To easily place the art inside, the frame opens in the front by lifting the top edge which slides out the sheet of plexiglass.
Then I had Chace choose four pieces of art and clipped each one in.
The bulldog clip is attached to the back of the frame which makes switching art a really easy process – I don’t even have to take the frame off the wall!
And then I simply hung them all up.
As for what art Chace chose? I’m glad you asked.
Next we have a picture that Chace drew for me. Inspired by his love of the show Cake Boss, Chace drew me a dog cake with a candle in it and a heart. Picture Perfect! That’s how we roll BAYBEE! (that was Buddy talking incase you weren’t sure).
Following that we have a colourful Octopus and some 8’s – a workbook page that Chace brought home from daycare.
And last but not least we have a cute clover. May the luck of the Irish be with us.
As Chace creates new art that he wants to feature, we simply swap one out!
And Chace is pretty proud of his new gallery wall. I’d even go so far to say he ‘arts’ it. See what I did there again?
Any new art creations in your home? Do you have a gallery wall or special spot for displaying children’s art? I think this has seriously given the fridge a run for its money.
You may recall in this post where I updated you on Chace’s ‘Big Boy Room’ progress, that I had another project in the works for this big blank space of wall…
It all started when Chace got this awesome ‘card’ with one of the gifts from his 3rd birthday – a little multi-jointed robot (who also happened to fit his bedroom colour palette perfectly AND play off the robot art I created in his closet nook).
Then I began adding some little foam ‘bumpers’ to the back of robot so that he sat elevated slightly. These are also from my scrapbooking supplies. They are simple to use since they are sticky on both sides of the foam. You apply one to your surface, and one to your ‘subject’ and this is what you get!
The cool thing about this is that the robots hands, feet and antenae are free to move since I didn’t need to add any there. That way Chace can manipulate them if he wants to play with it. Interactive art ;)!
How about you? Ever start a project only to revise it every second step? Ever made art of out of something that wasn’t? Found any old school projects
shoved lovingly stored under the bed that came in handy when least expected?
I thought it was high time I offered you all a ‘Big Boy Room’ update before my little guy outgrows it! Ha. Kidding. That won’t happen for some time (thankfully)!
For those of you following along, you may recall my grand master plan for turning Chace’s nursery into a room fit for a growing toddler that I shared back at the beginning of the year. I’ve been slowly picking away at it since, and now there are only minimal things left to do before it is complete. Luckily all the big items are done so time to share!
From the doorway, the room looks like this:
The cute owl bedding is what inspired the whole ‘scheme’ – that and trying to use as many things as I could from the nursery – dressers, shelves and curtains. The furniture was white and ‘birch’ toned so those few elements were my jumping off point. And of course I wanted to be able to do all of this on a pretty tight budget (enter Ikea).
I got the bed off of Craigslist but it is this one from Ikea. However, mine wasn’t $179 for just the frame, it was $60 for the frame AND slats!
I’d also like to add art above the bed but don’t want anything heavy that could fall down and hurt my little sleeping angel so would like to put up these sweet clouds from Umbra. I love how they play off the owl and trees and think they will look great on the blue wall.
I’d also like to add a little area rug for cute 3-year-old feet as they get out of bed and have found these two that fit the bill. Not sure which I will go with but will decide based on which one looks better with the bedding in person. I hope it’s the round one as that is my fave. Both are from Ikea.
Recently we got this little table and chair also from Ikea here and here for some hardcore colouring/crafting/block building/car playing sessions. Chace loves it and I do too. I really wanted his room to have ‘zones’ – and being a pretty basic/smallish room that was a bit of a task!
Behind that you can see a glimpse of the toy storage station that we brought in. Also from Ikea (are we seeing a theme here)? All of these are from the Trofast line that they carry. The nice thing about this product line is that it is so versatile. You can literally build to suit to fit your own specific needs.
Yes. I made labels. So what? Sue me… or make fun of me. Your choice. Chace likes ’em.
Above the toy storage are the two shelves that Chace had back in his nursery – moved over and refreshed with more toddler friendly things.
I already had this frame but loved how it tied together the ‘birch’ and ‘white’ furniture elements of the room into one thing. Plus these frames are free standing and chunky – light but still masculine.
Chace loves pointing to this and saying “Daddy and Chace with Elmo shirt!”
Looking at the room from over by the window, it looks like this.
The only change I’ve made to the nook since I blogged about it is the addition of the soccer bean bag chair – before it had some pillows from our bed as a stand-in. My coworker gave me the bean bag chair as her sons had outgrown it –
SCORE GOOOAAALLL! Daddy is a soccer goalie so very fitting.
There is one shelf at the very top of the closet which I’ve yet to add some storage bins too (not shown in the picture above but you can see it in the one before that).
Opposite to the books, the other corner of the closet has a little chalkboard which I shared here. (This picture is from that post which is why you see one of the ‘stand-in’ pillows in the foreground.)
And last but not least, the other wall looks like this – oh how we can’t WAIT to get rid of the change table… baby steps-breathe-baby steps (potty training isn’t going so well).
See that blank wall? Well I have an idea for that which I’m currently working on and will share very soon!
So that’s it. Only a few things left to do but almost there – and a loooong way from his nursery (you can see some old photos of that here if interested).
What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts :).
UPDATE: the special project I was working on for that blank wall is now complete and can be found here!