living room: before and after

Hello, friends! I must admit that I have been pushing this post back, only because renovation posts are a little daunting to both write and photograph. Now I’m finally ready to show you our living room makeover. (This will come only a mere two weeks before our kitchen makeover post, so hang on!) Above are the before pictures.

I began this renovation by ripping out the carpet, underlay, and tack strip. This actually took me two full days to do given the size of the room. I had to do it on my own as well since Geoffrey was away at the time. But between mom duties, I got it done! 

What a mess. The underside of carpet was covered in dirt, which of course became airborne with each rip. The underlay was stained and smelled incredibly old, and removing the tack strip is never fun. 

Yet, I was looking forward to exposing what I hoped would be hardwood floors that we could refinish. This was unfortunately not the case. Not only were there multiple holes in the floors where you could clearly see through to the basement, there was water damage, broken boards, and missing hardwood in the places where they widened the doorways. The old porch (which is now part of the living room) had no hardwood at all. Instead, it had OSB boards that were soft and moulded. It was not good.

I swept, vacuumed, and scrubbed the floors multiple times over the next few days. Then I put all of the furniture back. 

Painting came next. I took my time over the next few weeks to paint the walls and ceiling white. It took three thick coats, but probably could have used four. 

Next we picked out flooring from Flooring Superstores in Saskatoon. We chose a good laminate floor that was majorly discounted due to the store being down to its remaining boxes. It was only $1.65/square foot! We couldn’t have gotten a better deal than that, and it matched the surrounding floors so beautifully. We really lucked out. They brightened up the room immensely. I no longer felt guilty about not refinishing the floors underneath.

After they installed the floors, Geoffrey finally pitched in and installed the quarter round! I was so grateful to have his help. Then he painted the trim and did some finishing work to complete the room. He also hung the curtains that I purchased from Urban Outfitters. He did such a beautiful job with everything! Without him, the living room would still be unfinished.

Now for the after photos!

Here are a few details on our purchases:

1. IKEA Runner

2. IKEA Play Kitchen

3. IKEA Children’s Chair

4. IKEA Couch

5. Bamboo Chair

That’s it! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. I look forward to hearing from you guys.

Emory

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etsy: items i love

Mother’s Day is exactly one month from today! I actually got my act together in time to publish items that I love well in advance, just in case a certain someone might need a hint or two as to what to buy me. Who am I kidding? He probably won’t see this post. ;-)))

Nonetheless, it’s always great to browse Etsy now and again in search of cute items. Here are some that I would love for this upcoming holiday:

1. Smokey Quartz Studs by ElfiRoose.

2. Air Plant Hanger by GolemDesigns.

3. Solstice Dress by folkstead.

4. Really anything from CattailsWoodwork.

What are you hoping to get or do for Mother’s Day this year?

Emory

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no-bake chocolate & peanut butter cookies

These are tremendously delicious cookies to make that will probably remind you of your childhood. I made them when we had no stove, and relied on the use of our microwave instead. They came out great! Please try them out for yourselves.

No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies:

½ cup milk
2 cups white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup butter
½ tsp salt
3 cups large flake oats

1. Combine first six ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add oats until well combined. (You can also make this in a microwave. Put first six ingredients in a microwave safe container and cook on high for about 8 minutes. Remove and add oats.)

2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a spoon, drop mixture onto wax paper. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve chilled.

Emory

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easter

Today is Holy Thursday. 

We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
in whom our salvation, life and resurrection,
through whom we are saved and delivered. Gal 6.14

Last Easter, Geoffrey had chosen to braid the palm leaves that we were given through our church. Looking back, it seems like such a long time ago. We were in quite a different stage in our lives. Remy had just turned one, my job of nine years was ending, and Geoff was frantically searching for a different career. Even though spring had come early last year, we were so consumed with the stress over losing our jobs and our home.

I wish that I could go back and tell myself to enjoy those days. To have trusted more in God and that everything would work out in the end. Because it did. 

Sure, there were bumps along the way, but that’s life. I really believe that if you’re a good person, work hard, and have some sort of faith, good things will come your way eventually.

What do you believe?

Happy early Easter!

Emory

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what i bought: toddler tights

Do any other parents of little girls (or boys) love tights? I can’t get enough of them. Not only are they adorable, they are so practical as well. If I put Remy in socks and bottoms, she will usually find a way to take her socks off. With tights, she will leave them alone. It’s a win for both of us.

Normally I find that they are so expensive. What I usually end up doing is buying her thicker tights from the dollar store, of all places! Instead of spending over $20, I only spend a few. They tend to last a year, even with wearing them daily. The only downside is that they come in solid colours.

A few weeks ago, I ended up splurging on animal pattern tights from Amazon. I received a pack of three in the mail a few days after purchasing them. Guys, they are too cute! I chose green horses, beige pandas, and mustard yellow. They are 2T-3T, so they will hopefully last for quite awhile. Remy has already worn them quite a few times. I just love them!

Please excuse the state of our home. The pictures were taken when we were renovating our living room. We have since completed it, and I will be revealing the living room makeover to you in a few weeks!

This was not a sponsored post. To purchase Remy’s tights (or similar), click here.

Emory

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