our ENGAGEMENT story

One month ago today, I woke up to what I thought would be an ordinary Sunday. I had worked late the night before and we had brunch plans with my dad and my sister and brother-in-law who were in town for the weekend. After a lovely brunch, we were heading to TKs parent's for a pool day and BBQ but it was forecasting rain so we didn't know how this would affect our plans. We packed up with our pup in tow and headed to his parents. As we pulled in I noticed tissue paper pom poms by the pool, not thinking much of it but it was cute his mom had decorated for us to come over. As we walked towards the pool, I stopped dead in my tracks, covered my mouth and started to cry. I hugged TK as he was softly nudging me from behind to move closer to the chalkboard that read "Doods Will You Marry Me?" sitting beside a pillow with a ring box on it. (Yes my nickname is doods, long story:) At this point I am half laughing, half crying and asking what is happening. Then I noticed our best friend Elise pop out from where she has been hiding, recording a video of the whole thing. TK got down on one knee and said "well, will you marry me?" I said yes, we hugged and kissed and he almost got up and walked away without putting the ring on my finger. I'm surprised we didn't drop it because we were both shaking so much! I then noticed that the pool area was decorated and there was a sign that said "Jess & TK's Engagement July 16, 2017" and was told that our family and friends were on their way to celebrate with us!! TK's parents were looking down on the whole thing, taking pictures from the upstairs windows. I was still in shock that this ordinary Sunday had now turned into our engagement party! I couldn't stop staring at the ring on my finger and asking TK details on how he set the whole thing up. He had bought the ring just before my birthday in June and had asked my parents for permission the week leading up, along with telling our friends to join us for the party. He had our family and friends help him set up and decorate the night before while I was at work. He had trouble finding a weekend where we didn't have plans or I wasn't working so he was happy to finally lock down a date. I always thought he would do something simple at home, involving the dog somehow. He always leaves gifts and cards on my pillow so he made sure the ring was on a pillow and Poppy was running around right beside us as it all happened. He did such an amazing job surprising me and I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate! We enjoyed lots of champagne, swimming, BBQ and only a small amount of rain came through around the time we cleaned up.  I am so incredibly excited to plan our wedding (which in reality is really already planned :) I am the luckiest girl to get to spend the rest of my days with this guy and I can't wait to call him my husband!! Get ready for lots of wedding planning and DIY decor !!

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Jess xx

DIY Stencilled Kitchen Floor

I am trying my best to catch up on blogging about some projects I already shared already shared on Instagram. Since I completed stencilling my bathroom floor I was fixated on the idea of making over my kitchen floor the same way and I am so happy that I did it!! Our laminate kitchen floor was so so gross! It was dated, stained, chipped and all together horrible! When I made over our kitchen by chalk painting the cabinets and replacing the counter top, we considered replacing the flooring but never did.

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Eventually, I would love to replace all of the main floor flooring for a consistent look throughout. Until then, painting the existing laminate gave it the updated look I was going for.  

To start, I swept and vacuumed the floor a few times, then cleaned it using a mop, hot water and TSP. I let it dry and taped off the bottom of the cabinets, appliances and trim and applied Zinsser Bathroom and Kitchen paint + primer. For my bathroom I used Zinsser's Bullseye 1-2-3 primer that I love! Unfortunately, I didn't have enough on hand when I decided to start the kitchen so I went ahead with the paint and primer and it did the trick!! I used a brush around the edges of the room and then applied two coats with an extendable roller. Painting floors is the best because it is so easy! You literally just dump a small amount of paint on the floor and spread it out with your roller. Make sure you don't paint yourself into the corner!

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My planning for this project wasn't great so I ended up leaving the floor painted white for a few days. Unfortunately someone walked over it with very dirty feet so I had to sweep and apply another coat of paint before stencilling. My bad for not planning my time better to avoid the additional steps. 

I bought a stencil from Michaels for $8 (originally $16 with a 50% off coupon) that was larger than what I used for my bathroom and had 5 of the designs in the stencil. I used Behr Silver Drop because I had it on hand since it is the wall colour throughout most of my house. The kitchen walls are Dolphin Fin which is one shade darker than Silver Drop on the swatch. I started in the corner, laying my stencil down and securing it with painters tape. I used a small foam roller to apply the Silver Drop. I was amazed by how much easier it was doing a light colour on top of white in comparison to the bold contrast using black and white in my bathroom. Additional details on the stencilling process can be found in my bathroom floor makeover.   

I worked my way throughout the room in approximately 5 hours. I was determined to get it all done at once since I had to work that afternoon so I didn't even take any progress photos!

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This is a project that requires patience but it is so so so worth! And because I had all of the supplies on hand except for the stencil, it only cost $8!! You cannot beat that price for a kitchen floor makeover! 

I applied a thin coat of minwax polycrylic with a small foam roller to seal it. I haven't decided on a new rug for in front of the sink yet. I would love a jute one but am having the hardest time finding one. 

I absolutely love the look of my new floors and am so thrilled that it was also such a cost effective project.

The power of paint is unbelievable and has been the key to updating and improving the interior of my home! This can be seen in my last post on my laundry room makeover which was primarily updated with paint. I am almost running out of things to paint... just kidding, I'm sure I will find something else :) 

Jess xx  

Laundry Room Makeover Part 3- The Finishing Details

HELLO friends. I am SO EXCITED to tell you that my laundry room is FINALLY DONE!!! It was starting to feel like I might not ever be able to say these words. This room makeover started off strong and I was keeping up a good pace and making lots of progress. I posted part 1 and 2 of the process which detailed the demo, prep and painting of the room but it has taken me almost two months to finish the room and share the final details. But I am so happy to finally share as I am thrilled with how it turned out! 

You can read about part 1:  demo + prep here and part 2: paint details here. Part 3 or this makeover was really the most fun! It was the finishing touches and styling of the space that brought everything together which is always the best part.  

I re-hung the trim, made and hung open shelving and gave a few pieces of furniture a facelift. 

I hummed and hawed for quite awhile on what to do for shelving above the washer and dryer. I wanted something that would look good but also be sturdy for storage and not cost an arm and a leg. I decided to use Everbilt shelf brackets from a Home Depot as they are sturdy and came in black which saved me from spray painting. I also used some 4inch corner braces for added stability. For the shelving, I bought a 1x12x8 whitewood laminated panel for the bottom shelf and a 1x10x4 pine board. I used 12x14 brackets for the bottom and 10x12 for the top   I cut the 1x12 board down to 6ft and the 1x10 down to 3 ft. We have plumbing pipes in the centre of the wall above the laundry tub so I used our jigsaw to notch out a section of the 1x12 board to fit around the pipe. I stained both boards with Minwax Dark Walnut.  I determined where I wanted the shelves hung on the wall and then hung the brackets accordingly, ensuring I was driling into the stud or using drywall anchors. This was a bit tricky to ensure everything would be level so I was surprised that I managed to get everything straight and even since I did this all on my own (yay me!!). I used small screws to secure the boards to the bracket. The biggest challenge of the shelving was ensuring that our heavy dehumidifier could be stored on the shelf and so far it hasn't come crashing down so I think we are good!

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I styled the shelves using some decorative pieces from around the house as well as some dollar store finds that fit with the "laundry" theme. I am so happy with the look of the shelves and I know I will continue to enjoy styling them. 

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I had my old IKEA desk sitting in the laundry room which typically became a spot for random items to gather. I decided to keep it and repurpose as a folding table. I painted it with my DIY white chalk paint (Plaster of Paris + water + white latex paint). I distressed it and added 1x4s to the top. I stained them using Dark Walnut to tie in with the shelving and attached them using wood glue. I also added a tension rod and some fabric from the dollar store to the front to hide the items underneath. This was a really great and inexpensive way to makeover this piece and I  love the farmhouse feel of it! 

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We replaced the laundry tub which was so gross as well as the faucet which I am so happy with! Thanks to my handyman for his plumbing work :) I also added a tension rod and the same dollar store fabric to the front in order to utilize the space underneath for storage that can be hidden.  

This space it a bit tricky to photograph as the only natural light is the door (behind me from this angle) and the overhead light is fluorescent -yuck!!  

This space it a bit tricky to photograph as the only natural light is the door (behind me from this angle) and the overhead light is fluorescent -yuck!!  

My favourite furniture makeover in this room is the storage unit turned bench. We were given this storage unit by friends who were getting rid of it. Unfortunately it also became a spot for random items and junk to reside and the ugly orange laminate had to go. Rather than getting rid of it all together, I decided to cut it down and repurpose it as an entryway bench. We used the jigsaw to cut it down to the size we wanted and I sanded the edges down. Again I used my DIY chalk paint and distressed it and added Dark Walnut stained 1x4s to the top. I found the metal baskets at Walmart for shoe storage and grabbed the pillow covers from the dollar store to update some old pillows for the space. I love that the wood all ties in together along with the white and black accents for a farmhouse inspired look.

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The mirror was left by the previous owners above the dryer. I gave it a fresh coat of black and white paint to add to the distressed look. I also hung black coat hooks along the chair rail for storage. The wall art is  inexpensive black frames I had on hand and free online printables. I also made the DIY laundry sign. 

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I also grabbed a few decorative floor mats from a Walmart as well as an outdoor rug from the Real canadian superstore shown in the middle. I thought an outdoor rug was perfect for a laundry room/basement entrance.

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Again, not a great photo but it shows the view from the other side :)

Again, not a great photo but it shows the view from the other side :)

The majority of the cost for this project was on paint (wall, floor, cabinets, furniture) as well as the materials for the shelving, the new laundry tub and faucet and some decorative items. I tried to be as cost effective as possible when choosing materials because after all, it is a laundry room so I didn't want to spend a fortune. But given that it is a good sized room as well as the entryway from the backyard, I wanted it to get the attention and updates that it deserved. I am so thrilled with the finished look and to say that it is done!! Summer is flying by as always so I plan to spend all of my free time outside so all indoor projects are on hold...for now :) 

Jess xx