The Red Wall

Men used to own our house.  There is nothing wrong with this, however, their decorating choices were…well not to my taste.  Thankfully, some paint, curtains and pretty pink things wipe away that masculinity. ha.

There was a red wall in our front sitting room:

Pre-us moving in: Red wall & massive black couch.

Pre-us moving in: Red wall & massive black couch.

It was so dark and overpowering, plus with the big ol’ (working YAY!) fireplace, it was just too much. I hated it.  So I set to painting it. We went with Duo Inspirational White from CIS.  It has undertones of Grey in it, which works really well with the rest of the sitting room, which are a lovely (shockingly) light grey.  As the paint was a primer/paint in one, it only took two coats to cover that horrible red.   Painting the walls white made a drastic difference.

Already looking better!

Already looking better!

Woo! Both sides painted and painters tape removed!

Woo! Both sides painted and painters tape removed!

Then, we came to all this wasted space. We searched  long and hard: we looked for pre-made bookshelves, but they were all so deep (we are working with a 9″ wide area because of how the window is situated).  We then went to pre-made shelves, but they were too expensive for what they were offering.  After that we decided to DIY it.  We attempted this shelving unit thing…needless to say, we all have projects that take a total dive bomb and this was one of them.  The  shelving unit is now tucked away in the basement and I’m using it to store crafts on.

After hemming and yawing a little longer, we decided floating shelves were the way to go.  Thank goodness for Young, House, Love and Build it with Ana, we did not have to search long! Check out the fantastic post here!

Anywho, our space was 52″ on one side and 53″ on the other (from wall to wall), so we decided to make them 48″ and centre the shelves.  There might have been some math mis-calculations on my end, which the Mister had to adjust…twice. Oops.  Good thing he loves me! 🙂

Please ignore the mess:) The TV will eventually find another place, just haven't gotten there yet! :)

Please ignore the mess:) The TV will eventually find another place, just haven’t gotten there yet! 🙂

It’s a work in progress, but I think it looks a MILLION times better! What do you think?

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Yellow, neighbours!

We’ve moved in (both of us…post about the PR process coming soon)!! I am so excited to finally be a homeowner, as is the Mister.  We made a long list of things to do, but, I decided to stray from the list while he is travelling for work:)

When we first met, the Mister lived in a flat that had a bright pink front door and I forever fell in love with coloured doors.  I knew that once we finally owned a house, I’d be painting the door.  I looked all over for inspiration (‘ell pinterest) and just loved all of the colours I saw.  So I went to the local Home Depot and picked up a mess of paint chips in a range of colours (blues, greens, yellows and reds).

I taped them to the door and made the Mister and my brother (who is visiting) stand back until we figured out which way to go.  The greens I had picked out were too dark, the reds looked funny (although I do love Behr’s coral colour and hope to use it elsewhere in the house), the blues (a beautiful peacock blue) just didn’t pop enough.  I mean, if you’re going to have a colourful door, it should pop! So then came the yellow: Yellow happens to be my favourite colour, it makes me instantly happy.

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“Sundance” by CIS

We took the door off the hinges, took off the hardware and sanded it.

Brother getting his sand on

Brother getting his sand on

Then we got to painting. We had a primer/paint combo, so priming necessary. (Sorry about the limited number of pictures…getting  your brother to slow down for photos ‘your blog’ is rather difficult).

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Jasper wanted to be involved in the process

We did 3 coats of paint because it the brown was so dark, which means extra drying time.  Thankfully it is so dry and hot here that it took no time at all.

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Drying door

So here is the before:

Before

Before

And after (Please excuse the quality of this photo…took it from the iPad):

After!

What do you think? Do you have a colourful door?

Making The Move!!!

I’m making the move in so many different ways!

  • I’ve decided, after toying around with Blogspot and essentially abandoning my previous blog (http://lemoninlove.blogspot.ca), to make the move over to  Wordpress.  There are several reasons for this: I worked with WordPress at a previous job and it was super user friendly and Lemony Love left off in our pre-married life.
  • We’re married now! We were wed on June 15, 2013 in an adorable ceremony in central New York.  It was everything we’d hoped for and more! The weather was BEAUTIFUL and we were surrounded by our family and close friends.  (I’ll post more about the wedding and how we saved money!!)
  • The Mister was offered his dream job in Calgary, AB, so we’re making the move to the Great White North! We’re waiting on a couple of things to finalize, but are SO excited to start this stage in our lives.  We’ve even bought a house! 🙂

So this, will be the adventures of the newest chapter in our lives from DIY, to cooking, to anything that tickles my fancy to post about.  Enjoy the ride, I know we will! 🙂

Kiss!