House Tour 2013 - Updated!

Welcome to my little 1930s bungalow!   This post includes all the work I've done on the place up to the end of this year.  

Come on in, enjoy a cup of coffee and I'll show you around!

Here is my new front facade complete with diy shutters, fresh aqua paint and new landscaping.

My kitchen, where to begin??  When I moved in, it needed cabinets, counters and appliances.  I couldn't live with it the way it was, so the kitchen reno kicked off on the week after moving day.  I bought stock cabinets and counters to save money and did a galley plan.  I brought my sideboard into the kitchen for additional storage and counter space and painted it with a homemade paint that gives a chalk like finish.




Then I hung my pot rack on a wall beside my stove.  It gives me so much hanging space and it's so handy!


and I made a little sign to put above it - I just love the way this turned out!

and I stuck an inexpensive Ikea desk lamp into the rack to give me 
task lighting on the surface below.  Works like a charm!

I installed a really deep one bowl sink, beautiful faucet, magnetic knife rack and extra lights. Then I added a veneer panel to the side of my fridge & painted it white to reflect more light.  I don't like black appliances...


I built some shelves from reclaimed wood and brackets I bought from Ikea.

I built a pantry cabinet.  I needed a custom size to fit the space I had, so building was my only option (plus I'm too cheap to pay those prices for a crappy MDF cabinet.  Mine is solid wood!).  ps this cabinet is only partially finished, still needs paint and a door for the bottom shelves.



I painted my bedroom and all the furniture in it, built a headboard from a vintage 5 paneled door and bought new linens for the bed.  So love the space now!


I found a candle chandelier and painted it white to match the trim.







 Then I tackled my spare bedroom, making curtains and shams from tea towels I got in a clearance bin.




I added a shelf desk and painted some grain sack stripes on it to dress it up.

The redesign really began when I painted my armoire - that decided the colour scheme!



My laundry room was next on my list.  I added a closet organizer and attached some salvaged doors to the tower to hide the "uglies".


I moved the dryer vent and stacked my washer & dryer to save space.


I dragged my potting bench indoors and hung seed catalog covers on my dryer to doll it up a bit.  My curtains are another clearance bin find - a twin sheet that I folded in half and attached to a rod with clips.


Then I bit the bullet and installed my own window over my new laundry tub - oh what a difference it made!!  I built working shutters as a window treatment.  Love it!



My biggest challenge so far was tearing apart the original 1930s bathroom and rebuilding the whole thing from scratch.  





The main bathroom got a makeover based on a tablecloth I found in a clearance bin.  I used it as a shower curtain!


I painted all the ugly orange wood trim in the house.  It looks amazing now!


I found my coffee table at the dump - a little sanding, new stain and paint and it's good as new!
My industrial-style side table (made it for $30!)
That little table redesign gave the inspiration for my dining room redesign.  I refinished my table and found a second hand baker's rack that I refinished to match - voila!  New dining room!


I have plenty left to do, but I'm so happy with how the house looks now.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

If you want more information on the transformations, click on one of these links:

Curb Appeal on a Dime
Kitchen
Guest Bedroom
Bathroom
Main Bathroom
Laundry
Master Bedroom 
Living Room
Sideboard Makeover
Industrial Side Table
Coffee Table
Install a Window
$10 DIY Shutters
Dining Room

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59 comments:

  1. Your house is just so darn neat ... Love it all. Beautiful ... you are one talented lady.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.
    @ Timeless Treasures

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  2. Your home is BEAUTIFUL and the part that makes it even more beautiful is all of your handiwork! I love, love, love every. single. thing. you've done to make it your own. I love the quilt and shams in your master, did you make them, too? If not, I'd love to know where you got them, but I'm afraid you're going to say clearance bin. Hahaha I wish I had the gumption to tear out bathrooms and walls, but I get so afraid and I'm a chicken. Ican't wait to see more photos as you go along.
    Have a great day!!

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    1. The blue/green quilt and shams I got at Target a month ago - Rachel Ashwell's Ikat collection. The white matelasse quilt and shams I've had for a while. I got them at Home Sense (Canadian version of Home Goods). I LOVE them. Thanks for your sweet comments - so glad you popped in xox

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  3. You must have the prettiest home in BC.....I know my place didn't look anything like yours when we were living out there! Love the laundry room.

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  4. Such a gorgeous home, Anne--I love all the personal little touches you've built into it, all the lovely artwork, and the beautiful color schemes in the rooms!

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  5. What a perfect tour Anne. You are so brave with all your projects!! Love the chalkboard with the pots hanging

    Cynthia

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  6. I just adore every little nook and cranny of your sweet bungalow. I featured your beautiful blue writing table and darling vignette today on Friday Finds. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. It's so sweet and a labor of love! I love your colors and your creative solutions for a small home.

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  8. Anne, I adore your home and I'm so impressed with all the work that you've done yourself! I could take lessons from you about the way you efficiently use space to its maximum! You are one creative and talented gal!

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  9. Love it, Anne! You get better and better with your photography! I love your bathroom and can't wait for my reveal! I'm using the same colors as you! You're such a trendsetter! Love 'ya!

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  10. Just lovely!! Great evidence of all that hard work!! I recognise so many of the rooms that you have shown us as you worked on them. I don't know how you do it...but you do it so well!! Joan

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  11. Anne I enjoyed the tour of your lovely home.It has been fun seeing your changes you have made along the way.Love your pops of color through out your home too!
    xx
    Anne

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  12. Your house does look amazing, Anne, you've created a really cozy cottage for yourself. You can be proud of it! I would be if it were mine.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  13. Your home is beautiful! Love it all!

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  14. I really enjoyed the tour of your charming home! The little antique chest of drawers that your tv sits on is wonderful. Your laundry room is so cute too! I wish mine was that neat and pretty to look at. Your home is full of cottage charm because it feels gathered over time and it all works together. You've done a great job!

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  15. Your home is lovely, Anne. Everything is fabulous!

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  16. Oh Anne - you should be so proud of yourself - it's just fabulous and your attention to detail is amazing - I LOVE every single room :)
    Gorgeous home!
    XOXO

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  17. What a lovely post:) and thanks for sweet words on my blog.

    If you want to see an amazing Swedish hotel..check out my new post:)

    Have a great week dear

    LOVE Maria from inredningsvis.se

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  18. I love a good house tour, Anne. You've put in an amazing amount of work on your home and shown a mammoth amount of creativity! Fantastic.

    -Karen

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  19. So cozy and I just can't get over all the work you've done. Your floors are amazing!

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  20. Just loved our tour at Debbie's Anne...you have certainly created a beautiful home inside and out!...

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  21. Beautiful, Anne! I just want to come over and hang out there :)

    (But not in a weird, stalker-y way...)

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  22. Loving the freshness of it all :) !

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  23. So charming and so much character. You can tell you've put a lot of work and love into your home!

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  24. I feel like I already commented on this..but maybe it was over at Debbiedoos. Anyway....I love it all and I love that you did it all even more!

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  25. So many details and space saving ideas in every project, it's hard to pick my favorite! I think I'll need another cup of coffee before I decide :-)

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  26. Your home is lovely. Anne :-) It looks like a very relaxing, happy, and welcoming place to be :-) And I love that you've done all the work yourself! The desk & chair in the guest room are two of my favourite pieces - love the striping detail.

    Thanks for being us on a tour of your home :-)

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  27. Oh, I enjoyed this tour very much, thanks!
    so many things you have made yourself, you should be very very proud :)
    your home looks wonderful!

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  28. I think you have done an amazing job creating such a beautiful home Anne. I can hear the love and pride in your voice, and you should be very proud of yourself. Your home exudes a lovely peaceful ambiance with a calming colour palette that just seems to flow from room to room. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and look forward to your next exciting room reveal.

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  29. I love your home, Anne. So many pretty details ... I can't pick a favorite. Of course, you know I love your bedroom ... but the other rooms are all fabulous looking too. Great choice of colors throughout. Everything just flows together. :)

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  30. Your home is amazing Anne. It belongs in BHG (on the cover). I want to try that spinach pasta on your chalk board...yum yum. I saw your FB message...I'll miss you terribly if you go :( I do understand. Blogging is tough man. You must do what's best for you. I'm here if you need me~ XO Julie

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  31. What a lovely home you have and I enjoyed touring it! You are so creative and may I add you are one awesome decorator. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    Wishing you well,
    Nenette Popiela-West

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  32. Your home is beautiful! Love that bedroom :)

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  33. Your home is absolutely lovely. I really liked every single room, and I love your choice of paint colors on the painted furniture. Thank you for the tour!
    Thanks, Patty

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  34. Your cottage is charming. I love both lamps you have on your desks.

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  35. Oh Anne....is there anything you CAN'T do? You are one very talented DIYer! I love all the changes you've made to your home. Your bathroom still blows me away. Thanks for the tour, can't wait to see what you're up to next! Have a great day!

    Debbie

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  36. I came over from Happy Hour, and this is VERY cute. I love all the touches of grain sack you have done throughout. I also like the painted kitchen cabinets. Lots I like but those were my fav's. Hope you can check out my blog at bohemianjunktion.com

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  37. I love your sideboard - I can never resist farmhouse style.

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  38. You have lots to be proud of there, all those special little details go a long way to making a house a home

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  39. Such an adorable, inviting home. You have done a great job. Love all of the personal touches and all your handmade touches.

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  40. Anne, I love every charming bit of your beautiful bungalow!! What a talented lady you are! You have done so many gorgeous painted furniture pieces! Wow! I love every single room! The kitchen is so great with the open shelving, and the pretty painted side board. I love your bathroom, and the grain sack painted desk and chair as well!

    You have quite a knack for painting and DIY! All of your hard work and love shows in every corner of your home!

    xo-Lisa

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  41. I love your house! I could move right in! And I'm so impressed that you've done most of the work yourself. I do have a question about that adorable desk. How long is it? I have a place where a desk like that would be perfect but I need one about 60" long. I wonder if that is too long to be supported by only two braces. I've signed up to receive your postings by e-mail so I won't miss any of them!

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    1. Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for your sweet words!

      That desk is 15x42 cut from 3/4 inch plywood. For a 60" desk, I would do one of two things:

      1 - Run a 1x2 cleat all along the back of it, screwed into the studs with 2" wood screws. If you're putting it in a corner - even better! Run a cleat from the corner to the edge of the desk as well. Use at least 3 brackets and make sure they're screwed into studs - not just drywall using anchors. You'll have to use 1x2s behind the brackets as well.
      OR
      #2 do the cleat along the back and use table legs from Ikea for the two front corners. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=legs

      Either one of those should properly support a desk of that length.
      Hope that helps!

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  42. Your house should have been on the home tour that ran last week. It is beautiful, you have so many clever ideas and did a wonderful job making your house yours.

    I hope you are sitting back and enjoying all your hard work.

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  43. it's all just so lovely, anne! your hard work and creative touches have made your home beautiful:) thanks for the great tour!

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  44. I so much enjoyed touring your cozy home!

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  45. Featuring next Friday at Bacon Time, I love your house, it's dreamy!

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  46. Beautiful home! I love your wood floors -- do you mind if I ask what kind of wood floors you have? Lovely blog!

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  47. What a georgeous home! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

    Shelly @MinettesMaze

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  48. So many pretty projects you've completed (doesn't that phrase have a nice ring to it???)! Wonderful transformations--I'm loving that desk swing-arm light that you've used so creatively and well in your kitchen work space.

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  49. The before and after of your dining room table is awesome. What a different look! You must be so thrilled. Merry Christmas! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Tanya! My whole house makes me happy now! Merry Christmas!
      xox

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  50. Beautiful Anne! I can't even pick my favourite part- but I love those bathroom transformations! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas:)

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  51. I just love your house more than ever! I want to live in it!

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  52. What a great tour Anne! You've done so much in your cozy home, just lovely! Hugs and happy new year - all the best to you in 2014!!

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  53. Your house is as adorable as you are! What a pile of work you've done! Amazing job, it's just perfect! Not sure what could be left on your to-do list, I love it just the way it is!

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  54. I love your home! I love what you have done. A lot of work, but so worth it! We completely renovated a house in Revelstoke, and I still ache for 'my' home...I am forever trying to put that character into our more recent homes.
    Can't wait to see what you do next :).....I am pinning your 'Hot Bath' sign. :))

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    1. Thanks so much Abby! So glad to meet you!

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