Monthly Archives: June 2011

Kitchen – 1st update

We still have lots of updates to do, but things are going fast here and we always finish the day too tired to post anything…

The kitchen is, by far, our biggest challenge right now. It is an old kitchen, what means no installation for dishwasher, no place for appliances and so on. That was the kitchen when we bought the house:

We decided to paint the cabinets, take the upper cabinets doors out, installing a splashback, change the faucet, change the counter, install a gas range, scrap the linoleum floor and finish the wood that is under it and paint the walls.

First step: fighting with old screws and getting all the doors and drawers out of the cabinets:

Then we needed to sand it to prepare to paint and get rid of some old linoleum glue (the dark stains on the bottom shelves). That is not a cute job, as the remover smells badly and you get a creamy dark kind of gel as result… Anyway, a big cleaning was also necessary (I might write a special post on cleaning because it has been something to clean around here).

Second step: painting the cabinets. We decided to paint the upper cabinets the same color we are using for the trimmings as well as inside the bottom cabinets. The outside parts of the bottom cabinets will be a sort of greyish-green-beige…

As it can be seen in the picture, we removed the counter to make painting easier. In the meantime the gas company come to make the installation (the range is at right corner of the picture above, just waiting). And now we have 120 days to install a range hood due to the very sweet construction code. That means we will have to remove the cabinets on the right side of the picture and make a full installation (apparently the stuff has to go out of the house, we are double checking info on the code to make it right…).

Ikea delivered the counter we bought online and we had a tense cutting session (not for me as I was painting the cabinets, but the guys were measuring, and checking, and going to buy new stuff and checking everything again…):

It is a beautiful counter, isn’t it? Well, the cutting was perfect and as we still have to install the backsplash and prepare a platform for the range, we decided to not install the counter completely. We just put it over the cabinets (actually nobody can really notice that):

The orange stripe on the wall is some old painting that we found out after removing the old backsplash. The painting is well advanced in this picture: white inside and the greyish-green-beige, that looks completely different by the way… We “installed” the counter on the friday before moving, so we had to stop our work at this point and get as ready as possible to start using the kitchen. 

That is all for now, pessoal.



First floor bathroom – 2nd update

After removing the affected wall parts, we got a nice base to reinstall the shower:



Then it was time to reinstall the plastic stuff, paint ceiling, walls, trimmings, pipes, heater and floor, clean taps and other metal pieces and some other finishings…




We still have to finish same details and decorate, but we have a new, better smelling and almost ready to use bathroom (we still have to make the final cleaning). And before the final result, a picture to remember were we started:


And now:

Some other before and after:



We are very happy with the result. And I am very proud of my guy (that made almost all the work). Now it is time to have fun decorating it!


Moving day

After a huge week of works in the house (we will post on it during this week) we finally moved to our new old house. We started at 9 am and around 1pm we were finished thanks to amazing friends and family.

And now we are camping among boxes and tools 🙂




Petite pause pour grand-papa

C’est ce matin qu’on allait mettre grand-papa Boudreau en terre. Pour aller lui dire un dernier “salut”. Il faut savoir s’arrêter 🙂

La cérémonie, toute simple, a été un beau moment avec la famille. Le diacre nous a proposé un moment de recueillement sur Ave Maria.

J’en ai profité pour me remémorer de beaux souvenirs : sa cigarette au bec, il est au salon et pitonne les postes de télé, je le revois bougonner avec son p’tit sourire en coin ou encore embrasser grand-maman. Je me rappelle aussi quand on est aller cherche crème-glacé, mon premier chat et aussi mon vélo bleu avec un panier. Et la meilleur, le jour qu’au même moment que le lui ai donné un coup de point au derrière et qu’au même moment “prout”, un beau gros pet! Il m’avait vu venir j’en suis certain! 🙂

Merci grand-papa, bye 🙂


First floor bathroom – 1st update

We have bigger plans for this bathroom, but at the moment it is the only bathroom with a shower in the house. Considering we are 6 people ever other week here, we have to make it functional for the moving. Here is a ‘before’ picture:

The initial idea was to glue some vynil tiles on the floor, scrap and replace the grout, paiting it white and left the rest for the future bigger plans.

Finally, we decided to not use vynil anymore because the floor is very uneven and, as we had to scrap the old vynil, we found wood floor that could be used. It will have to painted due to stains and damage but it is coming nice:


It is missing the final photo after all the glue was removed, I will updated it later.

The grout scrapping also went further then expected… After taking the grout out, we also had to take out some parts of the drywall and the plywood underneath:

Here you can see WHY we had to take the drywall out… The smell was not nice at all! Little surprises in house renovation, I supposed, especially old ones 😉

And now where we are:


Next step: replacing drywall/plywood, deep cleaning, painting walls, replacing shower finishing, grouting and painting floor!


Contagem regressiva

Well, we got the keys on the 1st, and we are moving on the 19th. During these few days we have a to do list to “endeavor”:

– temporary renovation/1st floor bathroom

– renovation phase 1/kitchen

– renovation phase 1/Cedric’s room

– electricity, butane and oil installation/renovation

– little adjustments around the house

– HUGE cleaning..

We will make some post on the different fronts to help follow-up. Pierre has already done a before & after post on electricity and oil renovation here.

Day 13 is finished and we are very proud of our results. We have no idea if it will be ready for the moving, but things are going very well. And a lot of what we achieved it is thanks to Pierre’s parents. Merci beaucoup! 🙂

Tired and happy,






A lot happening in the new house front this weekend. We will make a detailled post later, but here some pics to give an idea of what is going on:


And now we go to bed, because tomorrow we start early!

Boa noite,