Ceiling Continued

Jeez Louise, this ceiling has been more work than I could have imagined!  The space is 600 beautiful square feet, with a peaked beamed ceiling, no furniture, an empty room and an unfinished floor.  We have borrowed a set of scaffolding on wheels and because there is nothing in the room, no furniture or cabinets to work around it makes the work that much easier.  My vision was that all of the boards would fit together with ease, much like installing laminate flooring, but instead it was more like installing hardwood flooring.  Because the boards are in much more of a raw state than hardwood there were warped and chipped pieces and not everything fit together like I imagined.  But after the first 2 rows were installed I was in LOVE.  It looked perfect.


We had to use nail guns and pry bars to get the wooded boards to stay in place while we nailed it in place.  We also used small wooden biscuits and a biscuit joiner to keep the ends of the boards together.  A biscuit joiner uses a small circular saw blade to cut a crescent-shaped hole (called the mouth) in the opposite edges of two pieces of wood.  An oval-shaped, highly-dried and compressed wooden biscuit,  then each biscuit was dipped in water and is immediately placed in the slot, and the two boards are hammered together.



Each section of the roof is approx. 20′ x 8′ and each section took 8 hours from start to finish.  This included cutting and prepping each board and then getting the board securely in place.  The boards had to be cut specifically around the electrical wire for the lights and the pot light cans (which Mr. J has been installing this week).


After two weeks of work from start to finish the ceiling is completed.  along the edge of the ceiling and top of the wall we needed to put up wooden trim to cover the edges of the boards as there was a small gap between the end of the boards and the walls.  It came together perfectly!!!

A can’t breath a large enough sign of relief – its done and looks better than I expected.  It adds the perfect beachy touch!


A New Ceiling – A Labour of Love!

With the new beam in place and the spray foam filling the gaps on either side of the beam our ceiling was ready for the makeover.  You can see in the top left of the photo where the cupboard and laundry area was removed.  

Mr. J installed the new pot lights and installed the electrical where the pendant lights would be going.


We looked all around town for the right product of the ceiling, I knew I wanted it to look like wood, but wasn’t sure if it actually needed to be a wood product.

There was the bead-board panelling, but everything I found seemed to be too narrow. Our ceiling covers about 600 square feet and I didn’t want the texture of the ceiling getting lost in the size of the space or look out of proportion to the area.  The bead-board seemed like a very efficient way of getting the look I wanted, but it wasn’t the exact look, nor was it a cost effective option.

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Secondly, there was particle board, which is engineered wood made of wood veneers, particles or wood fibers bonded together with head and pressure.  My issue is that there wasn’t any wood grain or character and each piece looked the exact same.


I wanted each panel of wood to have its own individual character and charm, I wanted knots, grooves and splits .  I found grooved wood slats at a wood mill.  My husband built a few A frame supports and screwed in hundreds of screws evenly spaced apart so I could paint each board and get all the right sides.  Our uncle lent us his spray gun and I went to town covering all the boards in an Benjamin Moore Cloud White egg shell paint.




It got really windy at 7 that night and the boards started to rock, it was then that my dear Mr. J decided to bring all the wood inside.  Not all the pieces were dry yet, so in the house they came to spend the night.  Since our flooring had been torn up there was no concern about ruining the new floor.



It was a long day of painting, but its going to be an even longer process of putting the ceiling up!



Renovating our home has been the most wonderful experience for Mr. J and I.  It has been wonderful exploring all the magazines, blogs, Pinterest boards, websites and hoards of shops for inspiration!  When we first walked into that 40 year old house all I could see was potential and I hardly noticed the green ivy wall stencil, gold flecked purple tiles and paneled walls. My vision for the house has come from my desire to make the house our own home, a place that will truly reflected who we are.  I want it to be a place where we would not only love to come home to, but also a place that was inviting for our friends and family. We have vacationed to Tofino B.C., California, Florida, Cuba, Mexico, and Hawaii and all the whie it has reinforced  just how relaxing and tranquil the beach is to the soul and it is this feeling that I wanted to bring into our home.  We are half way into our project and I have enjoyed every aspect of it, although the research is one of my favorite parts of our adventure and I just wanted to share some inspirational pictures!


These beautiful beach wood is really the jumping off point for our home. I love the smoothness of these edges, the subtleness of the colours and the worn feeling.

ceilingI love the colours of the floors, I would like our floors to have more grey in them.  The texture and the cozy feeling that the ceiling gives provides that Cape Cod influence I enjoy so much!


These beautiful none offensive colours are just the touch I am looking o come home to, to me it feels like a retreat.

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I am so in love with the shape of these tiles!



I want to crawl right into that bed!!

I have folders stuffed full with clippings and samples from show homes, magazines, print offs, sales centres and home shows!  These shades, shapes and the feeling I get when I look at these images is what excited me to no end.  Even if these specific item as beyond my price point, I am going to find a way to replicate the mood they produce, search until I find the best deals and use my connections as a decorator to get what this home is destined for – greatness!

Down Comes the Wall

There was this terrible wall in the center of our house, it made the space feel cramped and  although it housed the washer and dryer, provided more storage and more wall space for the baseboard heaters (no gas in this house), it needed to go.  When we first walked into the house I saw the wall and knew it had to go!  It has a small opening from the front room to the Kitchen, but for the most part it split the house in two.  The two small rooms were awkward dimensions and  I knew as soon as the wall was down the entire space would brighten up!  Below is the wall from the Kitchen side.DSC_0026

Here is the wall from the Living room side.


Mr J. and my Father-In-Law got a little stir crazy one day (this happens often) and made the executive decision to cut a hole in the wall.  After a few hours of sawing, cutting, electrical inspection, crawl space crawling and clean up, there was a decent sized hole in the wall.  I didn’t want the wall, but I also didn’t want a big hole in the wall either.  To me it felt as though it was a small solution to a larger problem and I felt as though taking the entire wall down was only going to be delayed further. The image below is looking into the family room from the middle of the Kitchen.



Little did I know Mr. J the “new” Renovating Master had arrived!  This wasn’t a stall in tearing down the wall, but a much needed cost free breathing hole while we waited for the beam on order.  4 weeks past and we were given a couple weeks notice before the beam arrived.  The center wall was striped down to the 2×4’s, electrical moved and flooring torn up!

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Within weeks the engineered beam had arrived!  With the fridge stalked with beer and the friends on their way, the room joining adventure was almost complete!  The boys had to build ceiling supports on either side of the beam location and then with all the strength they could muster, the beam was hoisted into place.



Taadaa! The supports where taken down and the ceiling didn’t fall to the floor! As you can see there was soo much dust to clean up, but it was done and my heart was floating! The greatest thing about removing a center wall is that a stippled ceiling is basically irreparable, the flooring is ruined and the living space is now in need of a complete re-haul!!!  Fantastic, it is exactly what I envisioned for the house!

Wall Paneling and a Brick Fireplace

The wall beside our front door was something straight out of a 60’s magazine, it was not only difficult to look at, but it was the most ridiculous design I had seen in a while.  Sweet mercy, this thing was ugly!  Have yourselves a look at the fireplace stand, the vent hanging from the ceiling, the half wall and the wall paneling behind the brick.  The paneling  itself wasn’t bad, but the wall was flimsy and needed to go.  Yeah, that’s my Dad Rick in the picture and it is quite a feat to find a photo of him, that he knows is being taken, without his hand in front of his face!  Anyways, he’s a huge help and was rip rearing to go!


With a good sledge hammer and some man power this unsightly thing was coming down!

DSC_0182DSC_0188Now that the brick was gone, My Dad stripped the walls to the studs and him and I started the horrendous job of drywalling.  Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hate mudding – its honestly the worst part of renovating for me.  The grit in my hair, eyes and mouth, the driest hands I have ever felt and waking up in the morning and still having white drywall dust film in my eyes from the night before!  I digress, I knew what my vision was for this wall, I wanted a space for our TV, a fireplace and art.  After consulting the internet and devouring my hoards of decorating magazines, I had it down!  I wanted the center portion to come out 8-10 inches, with the fireplace recessed under the TV.


After days and nights of mudding, sanding and perfecting my not so perfect job, we were ready to paint.

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We still have to arrange the furniture and get everything back in order, but it gives you an idea.  We didn’t tackle the entire vent, but it was filled and the hole was covered.  And the floor is missing under where the brick was, but it provided a great eyesore, which is another great reason to keep moving!  Exactly what I want – an entire overhaul!

Something old into something new!

As I was helping a friend plan her wedding this summer I came across this ugly frame for free in front of our neighbours house.  It has been sitting in the garage for some months until I could decide exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I came across a few ideas on Pinterest and with my husbands help we have some new art.  And part of me felt bad painting over another Artists photo, someone put time and energy into painting this masterpiece and all I wanted to do is toss that painting and makeover the frame. I got over this feeling quick and was ready to start creating!

So here she is, just BURSTING with potential.


My vision for this DIY was to create something that could fill a few voids in our home.  I wanted somewhere we could put up family pictures because we don’t have a single picture up in our house of our family.  I also wanted it to serve as the front of our fridge.  Our beautiful LG doesn’t have a magnetic surface, thus there is nowhere to put up little bits of art or birth announcements.   Seeing as it is still the middle of winter, it’s minus one and there is snow on the ground.  It was pretty easy to come up with an excuse to put it off, but I figured that while I had a strong artsy drive I might as well make it happen.  There is a section along our fence line where the ground is exposed to the sun all day and thus the snow has all melted, its the only dryish spot on our lawn.  With the painting remove, I laid a sheet of plastic on the ground and with the high gloss spray paint I bought, I went to town on the frame.  Painting the frame was merely the first step to the process.  I wanted wire to span the expanse and I knew I wanted to add something more than pictures, but I didn’t really know exactly what I was looking for.  Mr. J was a huge help – figuring out how this was all going to work out and with his brain power and patience for my indecisiveness it all came together!


I wanted to make sure that I could have the pictures both vertically and horizontally and I love that it can hold the standard 4×6 photo.  Its going to be great for adding christmas cards, I can easily add and remove pictures without trying to store awkward sized photos once I am done seeing them everyday and when we get photos in the mail of our friends and family we have somewhere to put them up.  Its going to be an ever changing piece of art for our house – perfect!


I am going to move some pictures around a little and make sure that where they are is perfect, but for now its done!

Here Comes the Cabinets

Our Kitchen cabinets were delivered yesterday and I don’t know if I have ever been so eager to renovate a space in my life.  I love re-doing spaces, but I don’t think any other reno will feel as satisfying.  It seems as though the moment we bought the house all I have been thinking and dreaming about is a new kitchen, I sketched and sketched until I had my vision right and couldn’t wait for it to come true!  To me, it’s the perfect marriage of feminine and beachy and as far as I can tell I am going to love every aspect!!  My slim, well kept folder is now busting with papers and samples. The papers are now so worn and so loved that they appear to have come through the centuries, instead of only being a couple years old.

Here’s what we started with and yes, it came with the amber plastic ‘glass’!

Just over a year ago I could stand it anymore, the Kitchen was just too ugly and was draining my love for the house, so I decided that I was going to take things into my own hands for a little bit.  Redoing the Kitchen consists of redoing the ceiling, leveling and replacing the floors, new lighting and then the actual cabinets.  Being that the Kitchen renovation was going to cost an arm, a leg and our first born, it was something we were going to have to save up for.  I figured that we could afford a couple cans of paint and so one afternoon I took all the doors off and painted my heart out.

It was better than the sweetest ugliest Kitchen I could have imagined!

In January we decided that it was time to start taking the Kitchen apart.  One portion of my vision included removing the existing window above the sink (because that is where the stove and range hood were going) and add two new windows to the wall overlooking the park.  There was already one window, but it was gross, old, half of it made of Styrofoam and a serious eye sore.  So, Jordan moved my turquoise Kitchen into the dining room and our dining room table along with the chairs and rug were piled onto our guest bed.  Jordan worked and worked and worked until the project was completed.

Here is the hardware I have chosen, isn’t it sweet!! I love the elements that the glass and chrome bring to the Kitchen.

This Kitchen is a seriously longtime coming and I when the truck arrived yesterday to drop off the cabinets it was all I could do not the hug them.  As soon as the delivery man left I madly ripped open one of the boxes and peeked at my new cabinet doors.  It was like Christmas Eve and I was forced to wait until the next day to see them and so when no one was watching I opened a gift. Look how excited the cabinets are, they are soo happy to finally be home!

I know that they are still in boxes but I can’t help be in love already!

I just can hardley wait to tear into these boxes! It should only be a couple days until the cabinets are completely installed!  The install is happening as I type and all I can think about is running home and watching it unfold.  It’s a good thing I have a meeting all morning because otherwise I would not get anything done.  I am so excited that if I got into my car after work and it wouldn’t start I would kick off my stilettos and run home!  Can’t wait!