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).
Our kitchen chairs needed a serious upgrade. The fabric was SO dingy, dirty and stained. Ugh. I have no idea why I don’t have a close up photo of them as I am positive I took one, but you can sort of see what I mean here.
Chace eats his breakfast at this table every morning and the spills and stains that come from a toddler to child have taken their toll on these little chairs. Time for a refresh!
The main thing I wanted here was a fabric that looked like an indoor fabric, but was really an outdoor one. I wanted something that could stand up to the dirt and spills that are inevitable with a five-year-old.
The winner? This amazing outdoor fabric called “Secret Gate – Pewter” from Tonic Living. It’s an awesome gray/cream lattice pattern – now the title makes sense right? I only needed one yard so at $15.95/yd this was an inexpensive upgrade. My favourite kind!
Now, the chairs look like this…
I had never reupholstered anything before but my friend Natalie had, so she came up to help me. It’s not an overly hard process but with the stapling and pulling the fabric taught that is involved, it’s great to have a second set of hands. Natalie’s help was invaluable! She’s got a really good eye too for keeping things straight and uniform.
First, we unscrewed the seats from the chairs. The screws were easily accessible on the bottom.
Then, we draped the fabric to see what layout we liked the best.
After we had decided on one, we used a few T-pins to hold the fabric in place. These will come out later.
Flipping the cushions over, we started with the corners, making sure they were pulled good and tight.
We used a staple gun to secure the fabric to the chair cushion base.
Then we continued around the cushion, pulling the fabric taught and securing it in place with staples.
When we were done, it looked pretty much like this. Not the prettiest ‘finish’ but since no one looks under a chair, I think it’s okay. I may try to finish it off a bit cleaner but to be honest, it’s been this way for a few months now and isn’t bothering me too much.
We removed the T-pins, and then draped the next cushion to match.
T-pinning that in place, we repeated the whole process.
We screwed the finished cushions back on to the chair frames and..
I love how the chairs now look updated. The fabric is modern, fresh and fun. And stain resistant!
You would never know it’s an outdoor fabric by looking at it would you?
And it looks great when looking down on it through the glass table top too.
Overall I’m so pleased with how they turned out.
It’s amazing how a simple and inexpensive upgrade can yield such a high-end look. Talk about ‘bang for your buck’!
Have you ever tackled any reupholstering before? How did you finish the bottom of the chair if so? Any experience bringing an outdoor fabric inside?
Hello! Long time no type. I’ve been busy over here – both on and off blog-worthy projects – but am back to share some updates I did in our family room that is off our open concept galley kitchen.
To ensure that Chef Kev keeps making me fancy mouth-watering meals, I keep him happy by ensuring his wooden chopping block is in fine form. Nothing says ‘chop me baby’ more than a freshly oiled hunk of wood. Pinocchio’s got nothing on this bad boy.
Not those kind of drawers. And you’re welcome for that.
I love organizing. I’m an “everything has it’s place” kinda girl. Chef Kev rolls his eyes at me as he’s a “this sock belongs right here on the floor… In the kitchen” kinda guy. But alas, he’s married to me so he has to put up with it (or rather, I do I guess) and as I demonstrate the ‘ol “bend and snap” while retrieving yet another wayward sock, he opens up another drawer to discover that I’ve taken it over and organized it.
And he doesn’t even get excited in a stationery store. How is that possible? Anways…
Enter exhibit A.
These kitchen drawers weren’t crazy unorganized, but the ‘stystem’ (term used lightly) was not working that well.
And don’t even get me started on the grungy drawer liner that was there when we moved in. GROSS! It looks like we never wiped it but really it was just the texture of the stick on vinyl in it’s bad, bad state. It was horribly beat up.
I take full credit for the crumbs on the drawer lip though.
Nothing annoys me more than something that still looks dirty no matter how many times you wipe it.
And even better? This is what it looked like in each drawer once I peeled what was left of it out!
I should have just left it like this and played dumb.
But no. To remedy this, I made a quick trip to the dollar store and picked up a roll of fresh new drawer liner and a few cheap bins as well as a cutlery tray (which I didn’t plan on using for cutlery – I will explain that later). I think I spent about $7 total!
So after a very thorough cleaning of each drawer I began. Well, by this point I’d really already started but I’m sure you follow me here…
I used a tape measure to measure the inside of my drawers and then cut the liner down to size using the handy guide lines on the back. The cut I had to make didn’t fall on one of the guides, but they helped me to verify that my ruler was straight. Luckily one of my dimensions was the same width as the roll. Handy that! Not all too surprising since it was drawer liner after all but it doesn’t take much to get me excited.
To place the liner in the drawer, start at one edge of the backer and peel back an inch or two. Don’t pull the whole adhesive backer off at once or you’ll have more trouble than trying to put a piece of cellophane around a watermelon after you’ve been drinking sangria all day. Just. don’t. do. it.
Next, place the sticky edge at the front of your drawer and rub out from the centre, first to one side, then from the centre again to the other. This will help your liner stay straight as well as work out any bubbles.
Slowly peel the backer off while repeating this motion until your liner installation is complete!
After I had all my drawers lined, I set about finding a system with my new bins and cutlery tray. I wanted the tray as I loved the skinny nature of each section and thought that could be really good for organizing some of Chef Kev’s go-to utensils. That way he wouldn’t have to hunt to find them while cooking
I only needed to do this for two drawers as the top (cutlery) and bottom (tea towels, plastic bags, plastic wrap, tinfoil etc.) had existing layouts that were working okay.
Once I had those established, I simply reloaded the drawers!
Oh, and here’s a fun tip you may want to try? As a space saver, tuck your ‘special’ or extra set of cutlery in another tray under your regular-use set. Lucky for us, the drawer is just deep enough to accommodate our extra, nicer set that we use for guests and special occasions. Since the trays have similar footprints, I rotated the bottom one to make them stack better.
Organized City Batman. Me happy.
It’s not wrong that I love organizing like it were a pet is it? Feel free to lie to me to make me feel better. Thanks 😉