Monday, April 30, 2012

The Things we would LOVE to do to the house...

Below is a list of the jobs I would LOVE to do if we end up keeping the cottage for years to come.
(Not necessarily in this order!)

1) Install wood counter-tops with an overhang for a breakfast bar with some stools underneath.

2) Install a rainfall shower head.

3) Rock the entire shoreline with river rock.

4) Replace our traditional washer and dryer with front loaders and a counter-top.

5) Replace the existing crown molding (if you can call it that) with proper crown molding in the living room.

6) Replace the existing front door with a door with windows to let light in.

7) Replace our gas furnace with geothermal heating and cooling.

8) Replace our electric water heater with an on-demand, tank-less water heater.

9) Replace all the windows in the house with larger, UV protected windows. 

10) Replace the asphalt shingles with a black metal roof.

That's all the jobs I can think of for now!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

To paint or not to paint?

Now that we have our online thrift find in the living room we cannot decide if we should paint it cream (same colour as the end tables) or not. I like the natural wood and intend to have the seat recovered in something light. I also intend to re-finish the coffee table to match the floors and the current stain on the chair. On the other hand, it is a formal chair and painting it will make it look a bit more casual/cottagey (actual word?). What to do...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bathroom Storage Essentials for $350

My latest online thrift finds include a "sideboard and hutch". They are asking $350 for both pieces which are locally made and solid wood. I was thinking how nice they would look in a bathroom painted cream or just cleaned up- the sideboard as the vanity and the hutch as extra storage (assuming you have a large enough bathroom). I wouldn't even change the hardware!