WE’VE MOVED!! BEFORE & AFTER PICTURES

 

Vintage kitchen ad that I can relate to - adding all the final touches after moving in.

Vintage kitchen ad that I can relate to – adding all the final touches after moving in.

Happy New Year! It has been so long since I last posted on our progress and here we are 2017! I am extremely happy to say that after a long two year process (and labour of love); we finally moved into our new (old) house. As most people building a house or doing a major renovation project find, there are always more jobs to add to the to-do list but for now the interior is just about complete and we are finished with renovating for a long time. Come spring we’ll be focusing on all of the many outdoor projects including landscaping, a front walkway and step, and a back deck…and if we happen to win the lottery – maybe a kidney shaped pool and a retro camper pool house? A girl can dream can’t she?

To give a quick background, the original home was built in 1965 and was well loved but sat vacant for a few years. The owners thought they may have to tear it down but we happened to find out about it at the right time and after liking the layout of the home decided it was worth moving and renovating. I don’t think we realized at the time just how much work, time and money it would take to transform it but it was worth it in the end.

While I’ve enjoyed writing each post, this is the post I’ve been waiting to put together. So here are some before and after pictures of our house project. The photos aren’t perfect and the house still needs some final touches so keeping that in mind, hope you enjoy.

The house originally sat in a lovely spot with a long tree-lined driveway but you could see that it was deteriorating, as any empty home or building does.

'before' of the house front

‘before’ of the house front

Many weeks of work went into removing the bricks and preparing the house inside and out for moving. On a cold February day the house was moved to it’s new location through a plowed path through snow covered farm fields having to cross only one main road.

The house on moving day.

The house on moving day.

The house then sat through the winter and into the spring until the frozen winter ground thawed and the spring rains stopped, then we could begin digging the new basement and foundation.

The house waiting to be worked on.

The house waiting to be worked on.

Eventually the weather cooperated and we were able to pour the foundation and basement. A short while later the house was moved onto the new basement.

The house being moved onto the new basement.

The house being moved onto the new basement.

Once the house was settled onto the foundation the exterior work began. The work included a new metal roof, siding and brick work, windows (with the exception of the large front bay window) and doors. Inside, the home was taken apart down to the frame and then the process of rebuilding the house from the frame out began including new insulation, drywall, electrical, plumbing and heating.

The house exterior just about complete

The house exterior just about complete

And finally…here are the before and afters:

House before.

House before.

And after a lot of work:

All moved in.

All moved in.

The back of the house also looks much different with it’s new siding, doors and windows.

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And the back of the house after:

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Inside, the changes are almost unrecognizable although the layout stayed basically the same. The entryway which is also the laundry area and includes the tiny powder room is now much lighter and more spacious. We had to remove the large built-in cabinets which had water damage.

The mudroom 'before'.

The mudroom ‘before’.

And after…

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The entryway after.

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The original placement of the door and window were switched.

The entry to the kitchen had a door which we removed.

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The entryway follows through to the kitchen and dining area.

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The entryway and laundry room after showing the door to the powder room.

We kept the basic layout of the powder room the same but went to a pedestal sink to give a little more room in the tiny space. I decided to use some fun retro style wallpaper for an accent wall which gets lots of compliments. A vintage light similar to the original one, added some vintage flair.

Bathroom 'before'.

Bathroom ‘before’.

Powder room after.

Powder room after.

From the entryway/laundry room, you walk into the kitchen and dining room which is now a welcoming space with clean lines and a fresh and minimalist style. The aqua accent wall brightens the room and our many vintage furniture pieces fit in the space nicely. I still need to find the right piece of art for the accent wall in the dining room…all in good time.

'before' of the dining area

‘before’ of the dining area

The dining room has an aqua accent wall and is the perfect space for all my retro kitchen furniture.

The dining room has an aqua accent wall and is the perfect space for all my retro kitchen furniture.

The original kitchen had knotty pine cabinets which we were originally going to try to reuse with a fresh paint job but they were not in as good shape as we’d hoped. We did keep the basic layout of the kitchen very much the same other than adding an island.

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The kitchen before was not a bad layout. We kept it pretty well the same other than our island on castors so we can move it around.

The new kitchen has gloss white cabinets which we chose to look similar to the vintage metal cabinets that were popular in the fifties. I found original Youngstown chrome boomerang hardware for the cabinet pulls – you can see them in the Youngstown ad at the top of this post. Vintage lights hang in the kitchen and dining area…as well as in most other rooms of the home.

We also opened up the wall between the kitchen/dining rooms and the living room/front entry area. This creates a nice open and airy feel. We did leave some of the wall though so it is not completely open.

With the wall opened up it creates a more open concept main floor.

With the wall opened up it creates a more open concept main floor.

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The view from the now open hallway.

One of my favorite vintage finds in this room is the red metal pendant light that was originally hanging up in a little old country corner store nearby and probably had been there along with the matching red and white asbestos floor tiles since the 40s or 50s.

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Vintage metal red pendant light purchased right from the country corner store it hung in since the fifties.

The front entry area houses two coat closets and opens to the living room. We kept the closets but did have to replace the front door…using it inside instead.

'before' of the front entryway...and the door I love

‘before’ of the front entryway…and the door I love

And after…

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A new front door and closet doors brighten up the space. We replaced the light with a $3 vintage hallway light.

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We removed part of the wall between the entry way and living room to open it more but there is still enough of a wall for privacy. The living room is a good size and we were able to keep the big bay window which our dog has claimed as her spot.

'before' of the living room

‘before’ of the living room

Unfortunately there wasn’t any hardwood under the carpet so we ended up doing the main floor all in vinyl plank.

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Vintage furniture, accents and lighting give this living room a mid century feel.

I am still re-arranging furniture and accessories in this room as you can tell from the two slightly different living room after photos. I decided to move the wood picture above the credenza instead of above the sofa and recently found this colourful area rug which adds some needed warmth to the space.

Living room after.

Living room after.

This corner of the room is perfect for listening to records. It also has a few of my favorite finds including the record stand, the Herman Miller chair and the swinging teak Danish light.

The record player corner.

The record player corner.

A few more of my favorite things in the living room are:

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This mid century frame I found which I used to frame some vintage wallpaper.

 

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The stereo credenza was a garage sale find as was the painting. I used a hand made loose knit scarf as a table runner.

 

Vintage cocoon light.

Vintage cocoon light.

A cacoon light.

The vintage cocoon light close up, showing the cool veins and texture.

Moving out of the living room this is the view that shows the main floor taken from the hallway.

The view of the main level now open.

The view of the main level now open.

Heading into the hallway, this was how it looked before:

There is hardwood under the green carpet...can't wait to tear that up.

The hallway before.

And after…

The hallway after.

The hallway after.

The main bathroom which had been updated was a tight space so we took the closet from the bedroom next door to create room for the bath/shower.

The main bath 'before'.

The main bath ‘before’.

The bathroom after

The bathroom after

The shower side of the bath.

The shower side of the bath.

The bedrooms are the typical size of a modest 1960s home but are still spacious enough. We kept the original hardwood flooring that was in all three bedrooms and had it redone.

Master bedroom before.

The master bedroom before.

 

The master bedroom after.

The master bedroom after.

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before…

Master bedroom after.

Master bedroom after.

Vintage dresser fits perfectly.

A $10 garage sale find, this vintage dresser fits perfectly in the corner nook.

Bedroom two before and after, a room now fit for our princess:

The second bedroom.

The second bedroom.

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Lots of colour were added to the walls in this room.

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We created a fun reading corner with a little bird cage light and a vintage kids chair.

I don’t seem to have a before photo of the third and smallest bedroom. We took the closet to add space to the main bath but it is still large enough for an office/art room. As you can see I have a lot of retro treasures in this room including most of the furniture, the light, the typewriter, princess phone and lamp.

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Old Arborite tables make great art tables and work desks.

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A vintage 1960s light and painted vintage desk and accessories make this a fun work space.

I wanted to use the original front door somewhere in the house. We thought it would work as the entrance door to the basement stairs.

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The original front door.

And now,

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The old front door has a new life.

 

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Looking at the basement door from the stair landing.

The old basement was separated into two sections. I included this photo even though we obviously poured a new basement so this is just to show how the original owners had their basement laid out.

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The original basement.

Our new basement in the works:

 

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Our new basement once drywall was up.

The basement is now a great place to hang out with the family and have parties. The disco ball may not be something from the mid century but it still adds a lot of fun to the space.

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The basement after.

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Another view of the finished basement.

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The area under the stairs is a comfy little nook and an extra bed for guests.

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We created a sitting area on one side which can easily be moved if necessary.

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The bar area.

The basement bathroom while being framed.

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framing the basement bathroom.

And after…

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The sink base and cabinet are from Ikea.

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In the future, we hope to put an infrared sauna in the nook. The flooring is a penny tile looking vinyl.

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Shadow boxes fill up the space on the long narrow wall.

Below is the spare room framed in.

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The spare room framed in.

After, the room is a comfortable spare bedroom (eventually we’ll have a bed frame for the mattress) and office area.

 

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Even though this is a basement room, there is still lots of natural light.

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The spare room is comfortable enough and will look better once we get a bed frame.

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There is enough room for a small office area.

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I created art for the room with Polaroids I took.

We still have a few more things to do in the house and I’ll be updating the pictures as we do. Since living in the house now for a few months, I sometimes forget what the house used to look like and that these walls have a long history. Now it our home sweet home.

Paint colour and product info:

Main floor and basement including the entry, kitchen, dining, living room and hallway – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Accent Wall in kitchen – Rona Collection Spring Stream

Daughter’s room – aqua is Rona Spring Stream, pink is C.I.L Exotic Pink and mauve is Beautitone Plum Cake

Master bedroom – Origins by Benjamin Moore Soothing Mist

Office/art room – Behr Pineapple Crush

Main floor bath – Behr Celadon

Door to basement – Benjamin Moore Chamomile

Basement stairs – Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray

Trim – Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Kitchen Cabinets – Thomasville High Gloss Thermofoil from Home Depot

Kitchen countertops – main – Formica Smoke Quarstone, the island – Wilsonart Nostalgic Grey

Kitchen drainboard sink – Blanco model 401653

Main flooring – Laurentian Flooring Drop & Done Flexiplank Catalina (grey)

Basement flooring – Laurentian Flooring Drop & Done Georgia Walnut

Basement bath flooring – Mannington Resilient Penny Lane in Quartzite with Granite

Exterior board and batten siding – Royal Building Products in Iron Stone

Exterior stone – Versetta Stone Ledgestone in Sterling

Front door – Trimlite Mid-Century Modern Designs Style #0808 in white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR – NEW HOUSE

The house exterior is almost finished

The house exterior is almost finished

Time has been flying by since I last gave an update on the house. I was hopeful back in the summer that we might be in the house by Christmas but that was just wishful thinking. I watch a lot of HGTV and I see houses completely gutted, renovated and decorated all within a few weeks time; which is not the reality for most people. Our original plan to move this house and do some renovations turned into what ended up being basically a new home build. And when you are your own project manager and don’t have a crew of tradespeople working every day in preparation for the big reveal, like on television, things move a lot slower than they do on a home renovation show. But after all these months things are really coming together and moving in to the new house doesn’t seem so far away.

There has been lots of activity at the house over the last few months, some visible and some not so obvious. The garage floor and porch concrete was poured, the septic system was installed, the gas lines are in and the siding and ledge stone around the front porch area is on. I’m very happy with how it all looks.

The stone looks great with the grey siding

The stone looks great with the grey siding

I was hopeful we could keep the original front door as I really loved it but we did end up having to replace it because it wasn’t very energy efficient. We are going to use the original door as an interior door though, so it won’t go to waste. I did not want to replace such a cool door with just anything and I managed to find the brand Trimlite, that has a line called Mid-Century Modern Designs which offers five vintage inspired door options. We opted for the diamond design which I will paint in the spring when it warms up.

the original front door

the original front door

The new door

The new door

Inside the house things are happening too. The electrical is roughed in, our radiant floor heating is running in the basement, framing is complete, the insulation is going in and vapour barrier is going on.

Insulation is going in

Insulation is going in

A steel beam was installed (with the help of a few good strong friends) on the main floor so we could open up the main living area between the kitchen, dining, living room and hallway. It’s hard to see here but there were walls separating the living room and dining room, now nicely opened up.

The main floor opened up

The main floor opened up

So I am happy with the recent progress and look forward to the drywall that will be going up next month. I am excited to see the drywall up because then it will really start to look like a home.

 

 

 

 

FALL PROGRESS REPORT

The roof is on!

The roof is on!

The last few weeks of summer flew by as they always do and then the craziness of September began with back to school and a new job so I haven’t been keeping up with the blog. But with all that will be happening at the house in the next while, I will be sure to keep the updates coming and do some more  more vintage inspired home décor posts.

It will be a while yet until we can start doing what I consider the fun part – painting, decorating and finding the perfect place for all of my vintage finds but there has been some noticeable progress in the last few weeks.

As you can see above, the exterior of the house looks quite a bit different with the chip board and Tyvec applied, roof completed, most of the windows installed and the siding completed on one end. After countless loads of fill the grading of the yard is looking good and our electrician has been busy hooking up the electric panel and installing lights like the pot lights you can see under the front overhang. The house is really starting to come together which makes me very happy.

The windows are almost all installed.

The windows are almost all installed.

The siding is done on one end - the colour is Ironstone, a nice dark grey.

The siding is done on one end – the colour is Ironstone, a nice dark grey.

I am hoping that we have a milder fall and winter holds off until December but as in past years, wintery cold and snow could come sooner than we want. So before the house is ready for winter weather there is still a long list of to-do’s. We need to complete the siding and stone on the front of the house, finish installing the windows, soffit, facia, eaves troughs, install the exterior and garage doors, finish the garage floor in preparation for pouring concrete and pour the front concrete porch. We should be able to get all of that done without a problem in a day or two right? Okay, it may take longer than a few days to complete this list but I know with all of the great workers we’ve got, it will get done.

COOL RETRO POOLS

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Ahh, there is nothing like a nice refreshing dip in a pool to cool you off on a hot summer’s day. We will be nowhere near ready to install a pool in our yard this fall – but a girl can dream right? We have discussed having a pool in our backyard one day so it can’t hurt to get some ideas.

I have flipped through my vintage home magazines and found a few fun pool landscapes that have inspired me to think about the style of pool we might like.

 

Mid century backyard pool

Mid century backyard pool

I love how this pool is right outside the home – an extension of the deck with the grass and greenery just beyond. These ladies seem to be enjoying the space.

The kidney shaped pool

The kidney shaped pool

I would love a kidney shaped pool like this with lots of deck space. Check out that aqua butterfly chair on the left.

vintage fiberglass pool ad

vintage fiberglass pool ad

And here is a mid century ad for fiberglass swimming pools. A modest and simple oval shaped pool is fenced in with a mix of iron rails and decorative stone walls, a lovely combination. Add some vintage metal furniture along the fence and you have a sweet enclosed pool area.

Maybe by next summer we’ll be ready to install a lovely pool like one of the above. And then, what does every retro inspired pool area need? A retro inspired tiki bar of course!

 

 

A SHELL OF A HOUSE

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The shell of the future living room

The fifty year old house we moved and are renovating was originally going to be a fixer upper. We thought it would be a big project needing lots of TLC but we didn’t realize just how much. It had more water issues from a leaking roof than we thought. To avoid any future mold issues we ended up tearing out all of the walls and old insulation until it was down to just the structure itself. What originally was going to be mere fixing of some old plastered walls and ceilings will now be a much larger task – completely re-building all of the interior walls and ceilings. This really isn’t a bad thing though because it will be nice to know that the house will have fresh insulation and new drywall. I suppose we could have built a new house but I still really like that this old well built house wasn’t demolished. The house was built by one of my close friend’s grandfathers; we were told it was the first home he built and he had a very long and successful career in construction. So even with all of the extra work ahead of us, this house still has good bones and was built to last.

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The future dining area

The future kitchen

The future kitchen

 

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The front entry way – I still love the door