Here is the before shot:
And here is the after shot:
The whole process took 3 months, due to our tile never being in stock. After my aunt and uncle picked it up for us in Saskatoon, we got to work as soon as our company left after the weekend. This morning I just finished applying the last coat of sealer to the tile, and we love it.
We really do, and I'm glad I decided to surprise Mike with that hole in the wall 3 months ago.
Three big things that made the change great for me and what I learned:
1. I sure don't notice the ugly black slate lino anymore, I actually kinda like it.
2. Painted cupboards are worth the hassle if it means saving $10,000.00.
3. Giving an outdated 1980's kitchen a facelift is fun if your reno partner is fun to be around.
This summer I plan to tackle the main bathroom, as it is the only room in the house we never touched when we moved in. It's in need of a proper coat of paint and new fixtures as well. The toilet and flooring is new, and the tub is still ok. I'd like to replace the vanity and light fixture though. Other than new flooring and doors and baseboards, the interior of our home is done. Some day we'd like to re-side, and get new windows, but for now our backyard is taking precedence over those renovations.
Our backyard is huge...65 feet by 100 feet. WAY too big. We've drawn up a few different ideas for designs we like, one of them being this one:
|a view of just the deck, but the lower part will actually be one step off the ground and covered with a pergola as the main eating area.|