When I bought this house, I was in a rough patch of my life. The house needed a lot of work, it was not what I wanted to live in but it was in my price range and in a great location. Six years later, this house has become my dream home. It is a very cozy and happy place for me and my pets. There is still a bit of tweaking to do - but isn't that always the case when you own a home??
It just goes to show that you can have your dreams come true, all you have to do is believe in yourself and it happens!
Enjoy the tour!
It will be nice when the plants and shrubs fill in a bit more.
My front entry has been insulated and painted in my fave cream and turquoise. I have a new front door with an old-fashioned screen door to let the breezes flow through and lots of storage for coats and boots and everything else that needs to be handy at the entrance to a home.
The living room has a fresh coat of paint making it much lighter and brighter. The previous colour was Benjamin Moore Stone House which is the perfect shade of paint for showing off artwork and pairing with wood, but too dark for my one-windowed room!
After Izzy decided to munch on the arm of the armchair that matched my sofa, I moved it out of the living room and added these wicker chairs and nesting tables to create a reading nook.
The dining room has been completely revamped with second hand, mismatched furniture in the style that I wanted and that I painted and/or refinished to make everything coordinate better. The walls are a creamy white and there is a new chandelier that fits the space better and has the cottagey look I love.
I knocked out the old tiny doorway from the living room into the kitchen to allow more light and airflow - what a huge difference it has made to the flow and feel of the house.
The kitchen was gutted and redone two years ago and now has white cabinets and butcher block counters. I love my new kitchen!
I painted the sides of my fridge in the same colour as the kitchen cabinets. It used to be black but the new light and reflective white paint makes this feel so much brighter.
The mudroom, laundry and second bathroom are accessed from the kitchen. They've been completely made over from when I first moved in and now are filled with light from the two windows I added and the creamy white paint on the walls and ceilings. I painted the back door with the trim paint and the ugly pipes that were exposed have been boxed in. I added a long shelf counter, tower shelving and kitchen carts to create a folding table and storage space for laundry and pet supplies. My recycling is kept in the wood boxes on my baker's rack.
A new industrial style fixture lights up my laundry sink.
My redecorated beachy spa bathroom.
The main bathroom has been made over every year since I first moved in until I finally hit it out of the park last summer adding bead board wallpaper and painting the vinyl floor white. What a difference!
The guest room has a vintage iron bed and a different vibe from the rest of the house, but it is warm and inviting.
The master is my refuge - turquoise and cream make me happy.
A makeover of my home office opened my eyes to the hoarding that has been going on ever since I moved into this house. When I packed up the space to allow me to paint the walls, I got rid of a third of the
junk accumulated possessions and re-positioned furniture to get a better flow and look. The result is a much more inviting and useful space.
I built this garden shed last year from all the wood and vintage doors I had stored in my workshop. As it turns out, it's the perfect size for a tiny potting shed and keeps all my garden tools and paraphernalia out of the sawdust haze that is always going on in the shop.
To get a few more years out of my existing deck, I flipped over all the boards and sanded them. They're less checked and cracked now and hopefully I won't need to replace them for quite a while.
On another note, Izzy has now taken over for Max in the photobombing department.
Life is sweet. Thank you for your comments, your support and for joining me on this journey!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!