the DIY files: painting a screen door

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So remember this post back in May when I threw around some options for paint colours for our front door? And how I was trying to make it work with our uber-ugly brown screen door? The screen door that didn't match with our house numbers, mailboxes, or shutters? Well, I couldn't make a decision about the front door colour because I just felt like nothing would look good with that screen door. We didn't want to take it down as we leave our front door open fairly often, and it provides an extra layer of insulation in the winter. And we didn't want to replace it with a new one, since when we do our reno/second story addition, we are going to replace the whole front door area and will get ... CONTINUE READING

the DIY files: getting frosty


I am pretty embarrassed to admit that this project has taken us 3 years to do (granted we didn't live in the house for a year of that, but still!). You know our main floor bathroom that we renovated earlier this year? Well, you might have noticed that there is a window... and that that window has a great view out to our driveway and our neighbours house. Right into their kitchen window. Well, hello there! As you can imagine, there was a lot of quickly-hopping-into-the-shower-so-that-the-neighbours-don't-see-me behaviour. Doesn't really make for a peaceful, relaxing space. Haha. So out came some of the peel and stick frosting you can get from most hardware stores (ours came from ... CONTINUE READING

getting our roofing on


So on Friday you saw how we installed some new shutters on our little house, and I mentioned (among other tasks) that re-shingling our roof was on the to-do list. You can't see super clearly in the photo above how bad the shingles on the front part of our house had gotten. They were all peeling away and some had even flown off last spring with some gusty storms. Our garage, which is free-standing, was in the same condition and needed some serious re-shingling. See below how the shingles are peeling? Luckily though, it was just the front section of our roof and garage that needed re-doing. The two sides and back of the house were totally fine (you can also see a glimpse of the side of ... CONTINUE READING

we shutta done this earlier

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Okay, was that pun just way too cheesy? I said to Dan last night that I was trying to come up with a title for this post and couldn't stop thinking "just shut up, shut up" a la Black Eyed Peas, but that it didn't really make sense. So this one was what popped into his head. Serious giggles, some singing/dancing to Black Eyed Peas, and more bad puns ensued. Alright, let's get down to business. This is our wee house early this spring. Please ignore the black (and later red-ish) squares over our house number. There is SO much we want to do to amp up our curb appeal, and we have sort of neglected it to date, other than planting a few things. We always get so busy in the summers with cottages ... CONTINUE READING