Thursday, July 31

Boys Bathroom


Mirror was installed in the boys bathroom this morning.

Once the mirror went up it became obvious we need to tile around the window - finish that entire wall in tile. sigh.

I love the floor tile, even though the black grout is super dirty and turning white.  I need to get a scrub brush since the grout is sunk into the floor, not level with the tile, and debris gets trapped.

The tub is the bomb. It is six feet long with drain and filler in the middle, allowing a child to sit at each side. The hand held shower should come in handy for washing the kids.

The cubbies make me happy! The shelf is a beautiful solid piece of wood. The sconces are vintage from etsy.

I want to love this room, but, in equal parts I like the wall tiles and want to rip them out. I guess it's not the tiles, it's the thickness of the grout. The grout is too chunky and way more graphic than I had intended (or maybe I was just wrong). I guess that's something I can and will get used to. The real 'problem' is that the black grout emphasizes the chipped edge of every single cut tile - every tile that is not whole is chipped/frayed at the edge. I don't know what they can do about it. We will wait until September and see. I can probably get used to this too. Is it normal?

ps. The sink is on back order.
pps. Likely using this light
Boys bathroom

Wednesday, July 30

Move in ready


The contractors left for summer break! Coming back in September.

They worked two weeks past their original end date to make the new master move in ready before they left. When they come back in September, they will take care of everything still outstanding (rads, lighting, some door knobs, millwork in old hallway, paint touch ups, tile back splash in master, etc...)

The walls and trim are Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. The floors are quarter sawn red oak to match the existing house. Faucets are Riobel.

I am VERY happy with the room. I want to move the furniture in right now! I will start with the nightstands...

ps. the boys bathroom mirror went back to the shop for a minor adjustment. It should be installed tomorrow morning, and then no more workmen in the house until September!

Monday, July 28

DIY Daybeds with Trundles


Last week, we built two daybeds with trundles for the cottage. The beds are styled after Donald Judd's daybed design. Apparently, beds built during the architect's lifetime now go for $100-150,000 at auction! They are the real deal!

I am soo happy with ours. I love the size! We assembled them in the room, and they will never come out.

We started with the trundles, making them a perfect fit for our mattresses. I didn't want any extra space between the mattress and the sides of the box. We followed Ana White's plans, changing the sides to 2x6's from her 2x8's, and 1 1/2" casters (not 2"). It's a perfect fit, not too tight - still easy to change the sheets.

Then we designed the daybed around the trundle, leaving  1/2" on the sides of the trundles to slide them in and out. We used 2x4's for structure (holding up the main bed), and maple veneer core plywood for the walls. The plywood has a good side and a knotty side, which was fine by me!

We bought everything from Home Depot (not sponsored), and had to rent a van to get the backboards home (48" x 71.5"). All the cuts were done at Home Depot.

The total cost, including van rental, but not including the clear coat was $105 for the trundles and $215 for the beds (plus tax). Compare these costs with IKEA Flaxa, $90 for the pull out bed and $149 for the bed frame. We could have done it differently and saved:

Potential Savings, overall: $132
1) We could have used the off cuts from the plywood base as the front face of the trundle bed. Making it all match and saving the cost of two 2x6's. Savings: $17
2) We could have used a cheaper plywood. The cost per board was $55 each, you could get away with the 3/4 inch fir ply ($35-40) if you like a busy grainy look (like the base of the trundle). Savings: $60-$90
3) You could make the height compatible with your SUV. Seriously. Measure your truck first, you could save $25 and some hassles by making them 46" tall instead of 48" tall.
4) If you are in the USA, my numbers probably won't mean much since you can get everything for less!!

ps. There was a version of this bed in last month's Canadian House and Home Magazine and I first saw it in Sofia Coppola's living room
pps. I am not really great with writing a step by step tutorial because I will probably forget steps and you will fail and blame me. Plus my mistakes would live forever online! and my boys are hopping on the back of my chair..so here are some photos I took during, in case you want to try it out. Also, you can get ideas from the assembly instructions for the Ikea Flaxa Daybed:
Note: We tacked the 2x4's to the walls with screws. Then we drilled holes and added three carriage bolts along the sides and six bolts at the back. The bolts with nuts are holding it together, these screws helped us get to that point. We also put in a few screws to attach the back to the sides. Everything was glued first.

Friday, July 18

What's the most exciting thing you did this week?


Please tell me...tell me something saucy! Or at the very least, tell me that we are all middle-aged and boring together!

We are almost done the renovation. We went past our due date and the end is getting closer...but still so many little jobs to complete.  I was getting jumpy this week, because I thought they might be able to finish by Friday. It didn't happen. The house is exactly what you expect it to look like at the end of renovating. Oh, and with a living room full of condo crap. Clutter everywhere.  We rented a van to haul the cottage stuff away this weekend (small win!). Unfortunately the couch is staying in the centre of the living room until September*. The bottoms of my feet are sooooo dirty*. I am ready for whatever comes next...

As for excitement? I want to buy second hand textiles for the deck. Second hand or Target, I suppose. Plaids and southwestern and more pillows. The squirrels ate 6 of the 12 pillows (or 7 of 12?) two winters ago, and I really miss them. Time to buy more stuff.*  Hipster it up!

Actually, the fact that we got the deck back is pretty exciting. We reclaimed this area six days ago.

Anyways, I have to run again. Again I hear the boys. I am going to chop up that half melon and put some 5 minute fries into the oven and carve up a chicken.Voila.

ps. I am going to light a bon fire tonight. That's exciting. Maybe hang some of those globe bistro lights we all have. Dinner Al Fresco? Maybe even wash my feet. 
pps. I want to invite you all over for my bon fire! 



 *not my favorite

Life is all about the kids and the house and the cottage right now...that's ok...I will take my excitement in small doses! 

Monday, July 14

Near the end of construction


This is the last week of the reno, more or less. The contractor leaves Saturday and returns in September.

The master suite will be complete. The hardwood gets installed tomorrow, as does the bathroom vanity. The marble tile will be grouted today.

Lets talk about the bathroom a little bit!

- We put up a wall between the vanity and the toilet, for privacy, also, I saw this bathroom by Thom Filicia that I adored and I wanted to copy.

- They trimmed the mirrors out in simple shaker panel. A last minute change. I wanted to trim them in marble, but the contractor thought it might be too clunky chunky. They are both good looks. From this angle it would have worked, but looking the other way, at the door, you would have run into problems with the light switches and the door casements. Plus a lot of grout lines.

- The marble is calm, sedate. The best marble the contractor has worked with in thirty years! He speaks in superlatives, we get along.
 

Monday, July 7

Trim work complete


Doors, casings, and all trim work was finished today. The electricians are done. Plumbers come back tomorrow to install the tub faucet (centered on the six foot tub), then the tiling in the boys bathroom can be finished. There is marble in the master bathroom!

Tomorrow they are going to build the shelving system inside the master closets. The glass guy is coming to measure for the bathroom mirrors (I am also setting mirrors inside the master closet doors again). The contractor wants to take away all the garbage and make space for the aluminim guys. That crew will be here Wednesday/Thursday to do the soffit, facia and eaves. (I picked the colour, pretty close match, cross your fingers)

The contractor is leaving next week for the summer, coming back sometime in September. He is confident we will be done in a week. I don't know about this. That's not a lot of time.  

The vanity in the master bathroom is coming soon. I am bracing myself for disappointment. They couldn't give me the wood doors I was requesting. Why? Because I am vague as hell and don't really know what I am talking about. I sent him several sample photos of wood I adored, but none of said wood happened to be on cabinetry. Plus we aren't spending a million dollars, and he would rather not get into exotic veneers. I ended up okaying bookended maple doors today.  I have no idea what stain colour. I gave them this olive wood container I love the tone of and they are going for that...but it had many tones in it. I asked for photos...you know? Can you send me a photo of this thing being built? Can I go see it? ...Nope. I guess I have to trust them and be prepared for something average. The plus side is that it is a custom floating vanity with lots of storage. Even if it's ugly (it wont be ugly), at this point I am still spoiled. Really, it will be fine. Worse worse case I throw up and cry a bit before I fall in love with the drawer space and forget that anything else mattered. It's odd to invest so much emotion into a stupid built in (very un-buddha, but I don't have to tell you)...we all do it, don't we?    

The floors are supposed to be a perfect match. They will arrive tomorrow or Thursday and get installed early next week.

Bathroom tile, mirrors, fixtures, painting, flooring, exterior. I think that's it.

ps. I still do not have light fixtures for the boys bathroom. I need two sconces and a ceiling light.
pps. little feet again...have to run!

Friday, July 4

Thrifting in Barrie


We hit up the Goodwill, Value Village and 400 Antiques Mall in Barrie and came home with a ton of new stuff! Most of it will be sent up to the cottage. I have maybe seven minutes to type up a quick post when I should be a) washing my feet, I cleaned the floors but my poor feet! b) folding laundry c) washing dishes

Oh well, let's go, here's what I bought and why!
1- Chunky acrylic painting. Fell in love. It's the chunky goopy paint. Who doesnt love a good thick gob of dried paint on canvas? From the 400 mall $45. You will find a bunch of small landscape paintings there in the $35-50 if that's your thing!
2- plant watering dodad for cottage so I can have a plant without actually watering it
3- pretty dish
4- covered basket that makes me cross-eyed. to put ugly stuff in, obviously.
5- basket with handles, for other stuff to go in
6- tablecloth
7- cutlery
8- bowls. I need cereal bowls, these brown ones (ridgeway?) are a nice size, the amber bowls I don't need but couldn't pass up because matchy matchy*.
9 - wooden bowls and a perfect salad dressing serving thing
10 - 3 West Elm hammered metal bowls and a little copper dish

 Ok, I hear little feet running up the stairs...later!

*I posted a picture of my cottage dishes on IG earlier today.