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Showing posts with label Room Makeovers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Room Makeovers. Show all posts

Monday, November 22, 2021

If The Walls of This Old House Could Tell a Story…Another Trip To the Bathroom…

In my last post in this series, I finished showing you around My Cowboy’s 108 year old house.  
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Until today you all have only seen the BEFORE photos…and have taken a weekly tour through the progress in each room. 

Today…we are going to start the best part of the tours to date….TODAY WE START THE DECORATED SPACES!

I have so much to show you guys, that I had a hard time deciding where to start!   I could have started with the first small bedroom that I showed you weeks ago…or the master bedroom…or the living room…or the hallway/staircase…or the kitchen…or the bathroom!   They are all looking SO good that it was a hard choice to make!

After much deliberation…I decided that in spite of the fact that it is not completely finished yet…(there are still a few little things that the Cowboy needs to do,) I would pick up right where I left off…in my favorite room of the house…the one where I got to have as much fun creating it as I wanted to …the bathroom.

Lets get started:

When last we met I left you in right about here.
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And NOW…

…are you ready to help?????

Let’s decorate!!!

The first thing I did when the construction part of this room was finished…was head to the storage unit and grab a few things that I had been plotting and scheming to use in this house.   I am a decorator…and that means I more than likely have a few things kicking around that are not in use in my own house right now…(I like to rotate things once and a while…that way I don’t get sick of them…) What?  Doesn’t everyone do that?  Smile

Once I had a good selection of “stuff” to choose from established…I loaded up and headed back to Minburn to get the fun started!    I unpacked the boxes of my Cowboy’s things that he had collected to use in this house…and after I mumbled several times about his ‘cowboy taste’ and how silly some of his decorating items were…I got to work. 
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Do you recognize the piece holding the towels ?   Yep…it is the one I used in my old house in the main floor bathroom!   I don’t have any space to use it in my house right now…and I love it…so…why not use it in this house???   I added some towels in the color scheme of this room…and finally added some ‘hunting towels.’   Yes…you are seeing things correctly…that IS a hand towel with Deer on it.   Yes it is for real…it is one of the Cowboy’s favorite towels….and NO I was not surprised that he had it.   Smile   
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A wooden tool box tipped upside down, becomes a great place to hang towels, and the top can be used as a shelf!
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We found this old wooden crate in the basement of the house.  It came from a grocery store that used to be in Minburn a long time ago…makes a great display for old medicine bottles and his Deer toothbrush holder…
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This baby hangs in the bathroom above the door.

I had to do a little imaginative thinking when it came to the shower area of this room…The tub is teensy…but we intended it that way.   We need some type of shower curtain that will go all the way around, and since we live in a small town... we could not find one that was already made…so…
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…Until such time, that we find one, I made my own!
It works great…just not as attractive as the ones you can buy…but for now it is just right.
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Since we don’t have a traditional tub and shower…the shower curtain that Cowboy has, needed to be put up as a decoration.   I found this old wooden hanger in a closet upstairs…it works great as a fun way to hang the “loyal to the hunt” shower curtain. I simply drilled a hole in each end and added some twine.
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Ta-Da!
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I went outside and found myself a fairly decent looking chunk of tree trunk in the fire wood pile…cleaned it up and sprayed it with a sealant.  It will be PERFECT to hold…
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..This baby!
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The original plan was that we were going to plumb the old pump in and make it the water spout for the tub…but decided against it as there were no fittings that we could find to make it work…so…it is there as a decoration…and placed so as to appear that it is the tap.
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This old ammunitions box from the military base here in our town, was a gift from the old poop that lives next door to me…I cleaned it right up…and put a sealant on it.    It now not only functions as a bench to sit on…
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It now holds the towels and spare toiletries for the bathroom.
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I still need to put something on to finish the countertop around the sink, but we are not sure if that sink stand is going to stay, so I am waiting.  
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This bathroom is coming together!

Everyone who walks into it LOVES it.  It is filled with such personality...and so much whimsy!

I will leave you with a couple of photos of the interior of this room.   I had SO much fun creating this bathroom!!!   It just makes me smile to look in here and see all the fun finishing touches…it’s definitely a room with a great sense of humor…
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I searched and searched my computer for even ONE good photo of the Cowboy’s bathroom that did NOT have the toilet seat up…but to no avail…so I have to share this photo…and start training that Cowboy to PUT THE SEAT DOWN!!!!!

I am excited about the piece that I picked to use as a shower head…it is super fun…I wish we had not run out of time to do all of the finishing touches before our deadline…but that gives me something to do in the spring…baseboards, trims etc are things that a Cowboy can live without for a few months.   (I guess that means that I will be taking you on another tour of the bathroom once there has been more work done)  Hopefully by the time the photos of the completed work is done…one of us remembers to PUT THE DAMN TOILET SEAT DOWN!
 
          -just sayin’

Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!

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Did you miss a post or two in the 108 year old house series?
Article #1  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.

Article #2   If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside

Article #3  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Small Bedroom In The 108 Year Old House

Article #4 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Master Bedroom

Article #5  If the walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Kitchen In The 108 Year Old House

Article #6 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Staircase/Hallway of the 108 Year Old House

Article #7  If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Living Room In the 108 Year Old House
Article #8 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Bathroom in the 108 Year Old House

 

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Living Room in the 108 Year Old House

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For weeks now…7 to be exact, I have been sharing one of the biggest and most enjoyable projects I have ever had the privilege to work on!  For those who missed a few posts, I have been working on a total transformation of the inside of this wonderful little old house in Minburn Alberta!

The house is owned by my very own Cowboy…a kind, sweet, gentle, practical, and simple man.   He did not want to see the old house where he grew up, go to waste, nor did he want to see it get restored to original…or worse…to frilly excellence.   What he wanted for the old place, was a transformation into a rustic, relaxing, country retreat.   He does not intend to live in the house full time, but does want it to be “liveable” for weekends, and during hunting season.

The work in the old house began in Sept. of this year, and has been ongoing.   We were working to have 2 of the 4 bedrooms, the bathroom, living room and kitchen renovated for the month of November…hunting season.   We pretty much achieved our goal, and that Cowboy is right now in his old house with one of his 7 siblings, for hunting season! 

I am currently sharing the transformation of the house, to BEFORE furniture state, and today I will share the living room.
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This is the living room during the clean out.   It was filled with all sorts of “lovely” things…such as a huge bathroom vanity, a bunch of nick nacks, old books,  boxes of papers…and a huge pile of cheap laminate flooring that was given to the cowboy by someone.   He didn’t have the heart to say that he didn’t want it, so here it is.     We have our work cut out for us, just getting the room cleared.
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We also had to remove the wall in the living room for a bit, so we could fix the electrical and get some power into the bathroom…(I am so excited to share that bathroom…you have no idea)
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I think the biggest improvement in this room…might be the removal of this carpet!  I suppose at the time it was put in, it was very trendy…the 70’s are not known for their good taste now are they…haha
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Carpet gone…stove pipe still needs to go…but I can work around it for now.
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We are not sure exactly WHAT this is on the living room floor…but we ARE sure it needs to be removed…It is hard as a rock and didn’t really seem to have a purpose…lol

The way this room happened…was sort of funny.  I finally got that Cowboy on board to do the transformation of this house.   We managed to get a little work on the bathroom done…toilet installed…YAY!  (no more Tootsie being forced to pee in the trees!!!) …we got the living room emptied out, and that carpet ripped off the floors…then the Cowboy had to go back to work for his 2 week shift. 
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By this time I was super excited to get this ball rolling and see some shifts in the way the old house was looking…so…I sneaked out to Minburn a couple of days in a row…and I painted in the living room…

This is the very first room I painted in this house.   I just could not wait to show my Cowboy!
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When that Cowboy got home from his shift at work…here it was!   All painted and looking rather different from what he left behind!   He was pleasantly surprised!
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After getting the thumbs up on the walls…I started working on the floors.  Lots of little bits of carpet backing to remove.
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LOTS
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The floor would have to be painted, as there were a few too many issues for us to resolve if we were to try to restore it.  
So I whipped out our “accidental color” and got busy!
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…but even better with the top coats! 

I have been doing a lot of planning while I paint in this house…and I have a few items that I cannot use in the house we live in right now, so I think they might be happy additions to this living room…
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I think this rug seems to fit right in!

I also have some pretty curtains, and a few odds and ends kickin around that I think I will bring to the project house and see what I can do with them!
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Each time I come to work on the house I bring a few little items from the storage unit that belong to the Cowboy.   His Rocking chair…and a few of his trophies are already in the room.  I am not a fan of the dead things on the walls…but that is what he wanted this place for…so that is what he gets.   I am glad they are hanging, as I don’t want to ruin them when I add other items to the d├ęcor!

That is ALL I am sharing with you all today!!! 

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this room so far!
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The next share of this old house is going to be of the bathroom…I am MOST excited about it…as it is a room like none I have ever had the chance to do.   I LOVE the bathroom in this old place…it is WAY fun!

You do NOT want to miss seeing what my imagination cooked up in there!
Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!


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Did you miss a post or two in the 108 year old house series?
Article #1  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.
Article #2   If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside
Article #3If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Small Bedroom In The 108 Year Old House
Article #4 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Master Bedroom
Article #5  If the walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Kitchen In The 108 Year Old House
Article #6 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Staircase/Hallway of the 108 Year Old House

 

 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Kitchen in the 108 Year Old House.

Over the past month or so, I have been sharing the biggest project I have ever done.  I have been working on a 108 year old house in a tiny little village called Minburn Alberta.   This house is owned by my Cowboy.  It is the house he and his 7 siblings called home since he was born, and it holds a lot of memories for him.
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We spent some time discussing what this house used to look like…and what he would like to see it as, after we fixed it all up.   He did not want it to be restored…as he wanted it to reflect his personality today.   So…the plan was made…to renovate and fix up this old house to be a rustic retreat, filled with his rodeo/cowboy memories, hunting trophies and comfortable soothing colors, textures and style.   My Cowboy is one of the most gentle, patient, calm people I have ever met.  His personality is not one of an extravagant man…but one of a hard working simple country boy…with a love of family, nature and a heart of gold.
While I have been diligent in  working on the upper level of the house, fixing and fine tuning two of the four bedrooms, Cowboy has been changing the light fixtures, and repairing/ upgrading the electrical, and upgrading the plumbing to the kitchen and bathroom…he has been doing all the parts of this project that I do not know how to do myself, and/or refuse to learn or attempt to do! 
When my Cowboy finally had enough of “his work” done in the old kitchen, I was able to do some of MINE!  Today I am going to share the kitchen.
Lets get started.
I need to say that my photos are lacking in this room…I was excited to get this done, and simply forgot to take as many shots as I should have.   Bare with me…
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This is the kitchen…it is NOT pretty.   In this photo, we have got all sorts of tools and supplies laying around…there is a lot of space in this room.  It has great potential.
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The fridge and stove still work, but not reliably. They need to go.  The upper cupboards are not overly functional anymore…and are not going to stay either.
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There is the start of a nice big window on this wall.  It will stay, and we will have a window made to fit the space.  That porch, if you remember me mentioning it before, is going to be removed in the spring…so that window will look out onto a deck and into the back yard.  It will be wonderful!
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I am sure that the Cowboy won’t miss the pink paint or wall paper in this room…lol
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This table has seen a lot of family meals, and has been repaired several times…but will not make the cut.   It will be taken out when we get started on the floors.
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The floors…I think this photo pretty much says all that needs saying.  There are nails, lifts, tears and damage all through out the kitchen lino.   It will be removed for sure!
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The ceiling is just as bad as the floors…so it will need to be changed.
As you can see…this room will offer a challenge.   It needs a lot of work.
We got started…
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OUT goes the old damaged linoleum…revealing…
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…and equally ugly tile floor.  
This tile floor would not be removed.   It would serve as a base for something much nicer…and more comfortable.
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There!   That’s much better!  It is just simple peel and stick tiles from the hardware store.  They were inexpensive and will do what we need them to do!  They will also look great with the wall treatment we decided on.
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The walls…are being covered with an overlay of 1x6 spruce boards!   They are treated with the same “brew” of rust, vinegar, baking soda and black tea, that I used on the dresser that I re-dressed to fit into this house.     I brushed the mixture onto each board one at a time, and let them dry.   Once they were dried enough, they were cut and pieced onto the walls to create a wonderful rustic look!
We originally wanted them to look like old barn board…but this is what we got.   We both love this look and decided that it would be a nice treatment for the ceiling too….
So…I got busy and did more walls, and the Cowboy did the ceiling and the remaining walls.  We are very happy with the look.
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Now…the cupboards…
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We ripped the top cupboards out…removed the old appliances…and finished the wall with the wood treatment.
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Where the old appliances and upper kitchen cupboards used to be, I put up plank shelving.  These will be on the walls on either side of the kitchen window, and will hold all kinds of wonderful things. 
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My Cowboy installed a couple of new light fixtures, and we are almost ready for furniture!   All that remains, is to put some finishing touches to the wood walls…and clean up the mess that construction seems to create in spite of how careful we try to be!  lol
That’s all I am going to share for today…I can’t hardly wait to share the finished room…it is SO perfect!  I also have lots of great photos!  lol 
Stay tuned…the next chapter of this project is about to get VERY cozy!

Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!

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Did you miss a post or two in the 108 year old house series?
Article #1  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.
Article #2   If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside

Article #3If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Small Bedroom In The 108 Year Old House

Article #4 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Master Bedroom

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