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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.





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!

Recap – Atelier

The second room in operation beautification was the little kitchen that has became the kids atelier. It had very red wall, half solid red, half sponge painted…


The main goal here was to get rid of all the red.


We had already got some nicer furniture there, and I have some future plans for it that requires some work, so we needed to have it a little nicer till future arrives…

So here is where we are now:

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Recap – Petit salon

First room on the list of the beautification project that happened during my January break was our tv room / guest bedroom downstairs. I just couldn’t leave with the purple blue lilac sponge paint anymore. It was mainly painting and new furniture and decor.


We painted the walls a dark taupe. The sofa still the old one, but now it is covered in a white bedspread. We added a bookshelf and Bonbon (our snake) moved here. And then it moved out, back to our office…



And we finally decorated the room. Soon, we will change the sofa and rearrange the things, but for now it is much cozier, more beautiful, everybody happy!



Well, it has been almost one year since my last post. Last august I started school (on woodworking!), kept working and family life went a little bit nuts around here, with 3 kids full-time here and some other challenges…  Additionally, my partner in crime was even busier this last months, so the renovation plans have changed a little. But things kept going!

During my summer vacations I will update on what has happened here the last months as well as tackle some projects, what I already started doing.

Novo canteiro

It is a very rainy and chilly spring around here.. We had some wonderful days last week, but mostly it has not been like that. What makes everything move slower outside. We have 3 projects, besides the regular gardening, going on now:

– finishing the front porch (it is mainly painting so..);

– building a small patio with benches in the sideyard (that led to the third project);

– building a new garden bed.

I had a plan of making a shade garden in one of the yard corners, but as we had to relocate several rocks and a lot of land from the patio area, we decided to build a raised bed instead. The rocks were part of a previous garden bed and come originally from the fireplace the house had before being moved to this location. So obviously it had to be use. And it would be some work to get rid of the land. All solved!!

We can see the corner in the picture below. It was a huge mess of wood and branches. Part went to trash (they have old paint, possibly with lead) and the branches are waiting to be stored and used in summer fires.


So we used the rocks to build a wall, justing piling them up, very cottage-y.


And filled the space with land from the patio area.


It will take time to be covered in plants, but most of them are already there: hostas, astilbes, heucheras and bleeding heart. Not sure the bleeding hearts and heucheras are coming, lets see.. I want to plant a blueberry bush next spring too.

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Garden update – 08/05/14


Things are moving fast in the garden. It is sooooo nice! Long days, sunny and less cold, plants sprouts and flowers popping everyday.

The Chionodoxa is on the lawn (but the Scilla is lost.. and after planting I was scared that I had planted a very invasive bulb but it is not surviving in our terrain..)


Some of the little crocus appeared too, and there lots more on the way..


There is also several Muscari. This one is a two colors one..