9.7.15

So this happened

We bought a house. Specifically, this one.


Backing up a bit, we really enjoyed our townhome but it was time for a change. More space, more privacy and NO strata. We wanted to move before Chace got older as we didn't want to change his little world mid-grade three (he just finished Kindergarten). So, we made the leap and listed our townhome.

The good news is that it sold in a day - with three offers which created a bidding war. The bad news, we didn't have anywhere to move to! The market in our area dictated this plan of attack as places for sale were going into multiplle offers and if you had "subject to sale of our place" in your offer, you might as well not even bother.

Long story short after a few panic attacks from me and some serious market stalking, we purchased the above home which met most things on our wish list. We did have to compromise on a few things but we ended up with a few bonus things that more than made up for it.

We take possession this Saturday! I couldn't wait to share with you all though so here are the photos from the listing (as we saw it). I also put together a little floor plan of each level. They won't be completely accurate as I was going off memory and the specs on the listing sheet, but you will get the idea I'm sure!

Main level:

entry


living room


dining/living room


dining room


kitchen - what will Chef Kev dream up here?




kitchen/family room


family room


(future) playroom!


powder room


laundry


Here is the main floor layout to give you an idea of where these spaces are in relation to one another…


top level:

looking down towards the front entry


master bedroom


master bathroom



the other two bedrooms (Chace's and a spare - TBD which is which!). We're going to let Chace choose on moving day.



"Bonus room" - future craft room/office area



top floor bathroom


top floor floorplan…


basement/lower level

Down here is where we encountered one of the 'compromises' as mentioned above. Part of the basement is a suite which we were not looking for. However, we decided since we have more than enough space at the moment, we will leave it 'as is' for now and renovate in the future to make it our dream recreation room space - complete with wet bar and a bedroom/bathroom on that level. The income from the suite will allow us to do some of the updates a little sooner than we otherwise would have been able to.

First up, the current recreation room (on our side)...



And here is the suite which consists of a living space, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (I don't have a photo of the kitchen though).





Here is the baseement floor plan to help you visualize how it all works together…



Last but not least, our backyard. This was another area where we had to compromise. We had dreams of a large backyard but reality told us that the house we wanted, with a big yard, was not in our budget. The fact that this particular house had been nicely updated, was in a great neighbourhood, backed onto a greenbelt and (total bonus) was only a few houses away from the elementary school that Chace will attend made us decide this was the one. 

Oh, and did I mentinon that the school is adjacent to a huge park which has an awesome playground and walking trails. We figured our 'yard' was steps away so we were covered.

We have big plans for this small space. For the whole house actually. But, we will save and tackle each project as our budget permits and I will happily post about the journey here if you'd like to follow along :)

the backyard…




So, there you have it! If you need me you can find me unpacking, orgnanizing or skipping down our new street. There's a new girl in town...

Stay in touch and follow along...

    

15.10.14

Lattice improve these chair cushions shall we?

Our kitchen chairs needed a serious upgrade. The fabric was SO dingy, dirty and stained. Ugh. I have no idea why I don't have a close up photo of them as I am positive I took one, but you can sort of see what I mean here.


Chace eats his breakfast at this table every morning and the spills and stains that come from a toddler to child have taken their toll on these little chairs. Time for a refresh!

The main thing I wanted here was a fabric that looked like an indoor fabric, but was really an outdoor one. I wanted something that could stand up to the dirt and spills that are inevitable with a five-year-old.

The winner? This amazing outdoor fabric called "Secret Gate - Pewter" from Tonic Living. It's an awesome gray/cream lattice pattern - now the title makes sense right? I only needed one yard so at $15.95/yd this was an inexpensive upgrade. My favourite kind!

Now, the chairs look like this…


I had never reupholstered anything before but my friend Natalie had, so she came up to help me. It's not an overly hard process but with the stapling and pulling the fabric taught that is involved, it's great to have a second set of hands. Natalie's help was invaluable! She's got a really good eye too for keeping things straight and uniform.

First, we unscrewed the seats from the chairs. The screws were easily accessible on the bottom.



Then, we draped the fabric to see what layout we liked the best.


After we had decided on one, we used a few T-pins to hold the fabric in place. These will come out later.


Flipping the cushions over, we started with the corners, making sure they were pulled good and tight.


We used a staple gun to secure the fabric to the chair cushion base.

Then we continued around the cushion, pulling the fabric taught and securing it in place with staples.


When we were done, it looked pretty much like this. Not the prettiest 'finish' but since no one looks under a chair, I think it's okay. I may try to finish it off a bit cleaner but to be honest, it's been this way for a few months now and isn't bothering me too much.


We removed the T-pins, and then draped the next cushion to match.


T-pinning that in place, we repeated the whole process.

We screwed the finished cushions back on to the chair frames and..

DONE!


I love how the chairs now look updated. The fabric is modern, fresh and fun. And stain resistant!


You would never know it's an outdoor fabric by looking at it would you?


And it looks great when looking down on it through the glass table top too.


Overall I'm so pleased with how they turned out.


It's amazing how a simple and inexpensive upgrade can yield such a high-end look. Talk about 'bang for your buck'!

Have you ever tackled any reupholstering before? How did you finish the bottom of the chair if so? Any experience bringing an outdoor fabric inside?

Stay in touch!

    

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