Back entrance

I am so late in updating what is going on around here. Lets try to get back on posting!

Back in 2017 we tackled some big projects. One of it was refinishing the floors of the back entrance and the adjacent office. Before starting on the floors we demolished a little awkward space used to access the basement. It didn’t really have a purpose and just took space. So we demoed it.

I was always a little on the fence on demolishing it because we didn’t have the door to the basement. And I didn’t want to add building a door that matches well with our house to my renovation list. But them we got the news that a neighboring house, built around the same time as ours, was being demolished. We asked if we could check if there was anything that interested us. They said yes. There was not much. The house had been heavily changed and it was in very bad shape. But we left with some hardware and a door! It was almost the perfect size, needing just some little adjustment. And here it is installed.

I still have to strip and finish it (still) but it is just perfect for the place. Walls gone, we could address the floor. There was a layer of old varnish, so it needed some striping.


Then we sanded, but not to heavily to keep its patina. I also had to fix a broken board. It was not a great job and it is moving now, so I will have to fix it again. Anyway, it was our first floor job, so there some of a learning curve there..

And here it is finished!

And just to remember how it was when we had just moved..


Very happy with the result. We have since finished the floors of two other rooms, and there are some other still to come. The back entrance is a big mess right now because it has become my working area for the windows restoring during winter (I will try to post about it soon).





Dining room 2.0

Busy months around here. For great reasons, new jobs, nice contracts! No time to update the blog.. and a little slower on the renovation front, but some stuff happened.

Some months ago we decided to switch the dining room with the living room. It started because I wanted a new sofa but I want it to be just for humans. What looks like a legitimate wish for a sofa. But the idea really works well!

So this is the old arrangement. With the dog owned sofa.

And now as the dining room!







2017 Summer Garden

I did not have a lot of time for my garden during 2017. It was a year full of projects, most of them I still have to post here, and some bumps in the calendar. But as most of the garden is well set, it put a beautiful display nonetheless.


Entryway – panel

As I said in the last post, instead of fully closing the wall with drywall, we opted for a movable panel for the little wall in the corner, the little bump by the door. Behind the mix of wood and drywall covered in wallpaper, all the plumbing and electricity of the second floor passes.

So it is wise to have an easy access to them.

First I built a little side wall, in drywall.

Then, I built the panel in 2 pieces to reducing risks of warping and also to be easier to move. The panels are very light, just 1×2 and pine paneling.

After painted in white and installed, we could see quite well the line between the 2 different panels.

To conceal it and also to be a landing space, I installed a little shelf. And there it is. Another finished projet in the entryway.

I still have to finish the baseboard in the little corner, stripping and repainting the radiator and decorating.



Entryway – the walls

Couple years ago I decided to start a fast project: strip all the wallpaper from the entryway walls. It is a small space, so it should be fast, but I knew there was a risk. As some of the walls are original plaster, you never know exactly what you are going to find.

Obviously, there was several layers of wallpaper over crumbling plaster..


And from a dated entryway we went to a horror movie one.

The problem was that I just had some weeks available to this work so we had to live for a very long time with a construction zone entryway. The first thing to address was repairing de walls by stabilizing the plaster with washers, then patching holes with drywall and a lot of mudding after.

Same thing on the walls by the front door.

The wall on the corridor to the back of the house was in better shape but had its own challenge. At the back, by the door, there was a big patch (that is a sort of built-in on the other side inside the office). The patch was part drywall and part wood.

I also didn’t like the office side of it, so finally we decided to demolish it all.

And patch it properly.

On the opposite side, by the front door, there was a bump on the wall, just behind the radiator. Again it was a mix of drywall and wood.

Under it, it pass all the plumbing and wires of the second floor.

As we will have to rewire most of it at some point and it is always wise to keep this kind of things accessible, I decided to build a removable panel to cover all the pipes and wires. So no closed walls here.




Pierre’s office


We have a new office in the house! If the new houses arrangement, we decided to separate our offices, as both of us work from home and extra space would be nice.  So, the previous TV room, that was initially purple…


And then passed through a fast makeover..


First, we had to address the floor. As most of the house’s floor it was in need of refinishing but in good shape.


I stripped the old varnish mixed with glue and whatever else was mixed there.


Then we cleaned up and sanded everything.


For finishing we decided on staining and oiling. I found an interesting product, that needs just one coat and can be reapplied without stripping or sanding (what is particularly interesting in a house with two running dogs). And here are the floors finished, just before painting the baseboard.


And after furniture and deco went in.

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The new den

A lot has happen this last year and so. I finished woodworking school after two years (I’m not attending the final year) and we bought a second house. We decided for a particular home arrangement and we are now leaving in two houses. So the use of rooms here are changing.

First room to be reassigned was the previous twins rooms. It is now a TV room and also a guest room. It will be also the house library, when I build the bookshelves.

The room is quite small, with sloped ceilings. It had beige walls and floors and bordeaux trimmings.


The plan was to make it lighter and fresher. A cozy, comfortable space to watch movies, read, relax. Walls, trimmings, windows and doors are now painted in white. The tin ceiling got a new coat of white. The floor kept beige. We changed the light fixture.


The radiator got a coat of antique brass, and it is so much nicer.


I also stripped all the painting on the windows pull back to the original brass.


A day bed, that was previously in Kyana’s room, got a lot of pillows to double as sofa, mostly, or bed when the kids come to sleep over.


I am still working on decorating the room, and the other side will get some built-ins to be a sort of library. We might get a new post soon on all that!