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[29 Feb 2012 | 8 Comments | ]
SOS Pads Are The Bomb!

Alternate posts titles – I can’t believe it took us 3 months to clean this thing or Wow, that’s disgusting.  Let me defend my poor housekeeping.  Our first order of business when we closed on the house was to remove the carpets, which smelled awful and get the kitchen cleaned up so we could use it.  While we were washing every surface in the kitchen I went over the range hood with diluted bleach, Lysol, Mean Green and Mr. Clean.  Nothing removed that yellow tint.  I thought that it had …

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[28 Feb 2012 | 10 Comments | ]
Blackout–Kitchen Window Treatments

I feel like our kitchen is evolving on it’s own.  My plan was to focus on sanding, priming and painting the furniture piece and having that completed (haven’t even brought it upstairs yet) before I made any other decisions on where the kitchen was going.  But when I was out the other day I came across two curtain panels that were the perfect colour for our kitchen windows.  They are a pretty close match to the paint I purchased for the furniture.  And they were a great price.  We have …

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[24 Feb 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
Taking My Sweet Time…

Yep.  When it comes to my puffy paint vase I’m taking my sweet time.  I’ve only done one coat of paint.  And here I thought I would have a finished project to show you last Monday. Ha!  Here is what my little vase looks like today…

I mentioned in the comments a few days ago that I have a really bad habit of rushing projects like this and ending up disappointed in the results.  I think we can all agree that I’m not rushing this one.  Maybe, I’ll be able to …

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[23 Feb 2012 | 12 Comments | ]
The Painted Kitchen & The Next Item On The To–Do List

I realized today, after my extra long weekend that I never posted any follow-up pictures of the kitchen after our big paint job.  And although the lighting isn’t great I thought I would at least give you a shot of our utterly beige walls from another angle.  Remember our kitchen when we first moved in?  If not, here is an ugly reminder.  Blue trim, dirty caulking, stained wallpaper and a generous amount of food left from the previous owners – delightful. And above is a similar angle …

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[17 Feb 2012 | 13 Comments | ]
My Newest “Pinterest”

My newest “pinterest” seems to be the puffy paint vases that have been popping up all over the land of blogs.  You know the ones… 

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I have a blue swirly vase that I’ve been towing around with me since I was about 18.  It’s blue and white and swirly and not at all my taste anymore.  I decided it would be the perfect canvas to attempt the puffy paint phenomenon. 

I’m not done yet.  I still have a few rows of dots to paint and I’m waiting for …

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[15 Feb 2012 | 11 Comments | ]
Kitchen Painting Progress

We wasted no time trying to make our kitchen look a little bit better when we first bought our house in the middle of November.  We started stripping wallpaper the day after we got the keys.  And of course, that exposed a, better than stained wallpaper, but still ugly paint job and walls in need of some attention.  We lost a little bit of steam in the kitchen while we worked on other things (carpet removal, basement demolition, mudroom sprucing) and the kitchen had pretty much sat with globs of …

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[14 Feb 2012 | 9 Comments | ]
Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

This is one of the easiest cheesecake recipes I’ve ever made.  And the most delicious if you ask me.  Of course, I grew up with this recipe so I’m bias.  Whenever we visited my Grandma as kids she would have a batch of this whipped up and waiting for us.  She always topped hers with cherry pie filling, but it is easily altered to suit the tastes of your guests.  I had a house full of blueberry lovers last night so blueberries it was!  Blueberries, cherries, it doesn’t matter.  It …

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[9 Feb 2012 | 15 Comments | ]
Vintage Photographs

I have a thing for old stuff.  When I see it, I want to photograph it.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in a store, at the cottage, or on the side of the road.  There is something so special to me about capturing the beauty of something old and simple with new and complex technology.  And when I get home I could edit these pictures for days.  I have a group of four photographs that I absolutely love.  They’re edited entirely to my preference so I understand if they’re not …

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[8 Feb 2012 | 9 Comments | ]
Back Bedroom–A Really Late Progress Report

When we first closed on our house we decided we were going to make the back bedroom our room until we complete our renovation of the other side of the house – where the master with ensuite bath is.  I had mentioned that work had already started on the room way back at the beginning of December and I promised that updates were soon to come.  Here it is, February already and I haven’t shared a single picture of this room after we ripped up the carpet.  Shame on me.  …

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[6 Feb 2012 | 12 Comments | ]
In The Meantime Kitchen

I’ve finally moved from the mudroom (still no decision on what to do with the floor) in to the kitchen.  I’ve only painted a first coat on one wall but I can already see that a darker wall colour is what this room needed.  Well it’s one of many things this room needs.  I’m hoping to get started on the rest of the walls this week.  The to-do list doesn’t stop at the walls.  I want to give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint, spruce up and move the …