Lakehouse Tour

After a bit of a roller coaster, Hubby and I purchased our a beautiful, if slightly dated, home on Lake Superior.  A delay in selling our townhouse, 1500km away in Ottawa, meant we didn't actually move in until January 2014 - six months after purchasing it!  We have big plans for our new abode, including gutting the bathrooms, kitchen, and guest house.  We want to turn the carport into an enclosed garage.  We have a bonus room itching to be used for something other than gutting fish.  Plus there are many rooms - living room, dining room, office, bedroom, and laundry room - waiting to be decorated. 

Big plans indeed!

Our budget has other ideas though, so we're coming up with affordable, temporary solutions while we save our pennies.  Like our house, this tour is a work in progress but here's a peek at the "before," (some photos with the former owner's furniture and some taken once the house was empty), plus a glimpse of where we've gotten so far . . .

EXTERIOR

We didn't have a chance to touch the exterior before the snow fell.  I'd love to paint the exterior dark grey so the faux stone, wood, and beige siding are all the same colour.  Ooo, and let's refinish the deck at the same time.  Maybe pale grey with black railings?

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HALLWAY

Welcome!  This is our main entrance.  Note the abundance of boob lights and oak.  Nothing a little paint, some elegant new hardware, and a quick trip to Ikea couldn't fix.

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One quick and easy change was painting the front door aqua!

 

I re-purposed the small pantry beside the door for shoes, and it makes me so happy to open the door and see this:


KITCHEN

Our smallish, u-shaped kitchen is slated for a full renovation, but we figure it might take five years or more to save up.  In the meantime, the kitchen didn't look, or function, the way we wanted it to so gave it a mini makeover.  We removed the small, awkward upper cabinets and dated tile, and put up some inexpensive and cottage-appropriate paneling, painted CIL's white on white.  The cabinet bases were primed and painted CIL's Niagara Mist, courtesy of Canadian Tire.  We increased our storage with open shelving and an open pantry stocked with large glass canisters, also from Canadian TireThis post include links to all of the DIY projects (from installing paneling, to building an open pantry, and even making wood counters from scratch), as well as a budget breakdown and full list of sources and supplies.
    
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DINING ROOM & LIVING ROOM

I love our open kitchen/dining room/living room space, with all three rooms facing the lake.  But the home was built in the late 1990s and these rooms looked a little tired and bordered on lodgey.

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Without all the furniture, the potential was much easier to see:


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Painting the walls, trim, wood beam and ceiling a bright white have helped make the space seem fresher (so did a fun new ceiling fan).  Dark grey paint on the faux concrete brick, and matte black paint on the gold fireplace door and vents, updated the fireplace inexpensively.  Marimekko pillows and a bold teal velvet chair really stand out against the dark grey.











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100 year old postcards of Lake Superior and the area look perfect framing either side of the fireplace.  Lucky I found them in the first place - even luckier when I completed my set of eight!



DINING ROOM

The dining room is sweet but also needed some modernizing. 

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We created a floating credenza using three Ikea cabinets which we finished off with a DIY waterfall top and sides, made from grey-stained Carribean pine plywood.  See the tutorial here.






We also bought a new light fixture for the space.  We're stilling using our vintage teak table and brown leather chairs from the townhouse.  I love the table, but I'm thinking about replacing or re-covering the chairs . . .





MAIN BATHROOM

The main bathroom is first on the list of spaces to gut.  While we save up, and figure out what we want, I needed to say goodbye to the oak.

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After the walls, trim, and ceiling were painted white, I removed the trim piece from the top of the cabinet for a cleaner look.  Then the cabinets were painted, the tile backsplash was painted, and the gold light and hardware were even paintedSome large scale art and accessories to make the minty counter seem planned, and we can definitely live with this until the reno.  Just one more tweak on the horizon: window coverings.

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MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom was originally a pale pink confection with oak trim.  The mirrored closet door was broken, hiding a terribly worn out closet fitting with missing areas of hardwood flooring.  

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So far, the bedroom has received its allotment of white paint on the walls, trim, and ceiling.  The closet doors and fittings were removed.  The hardwood flooring was repaired, the closet was painted bright orange (Hubby's choice), and a new closet fitting has been installed.  A new ceiling light and closet light were little adjustments we made.


Closet doors are imminent!  So is a dresser to replace the one we've borrowed.  For now, adding the headboard my Grandpa welded (along with side tables), mid-century Hungarian posters, minty green vintage teak chair and table, plus some colourful pillows make us feel at home.  DIY back tab drapes are the most recent addition.







OFFICE

What we plan to use as an office was a second bedroom for the former owners.  We're feverishly working on making this room brighter, cheerier and more fun with a functional desk for two.  Photos soon.

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So far, we've turned the office closet into a handy nook for our filing cabinet.  Our office supplies are stashed in a sentimental, antique trunk.






LAUNDRY ROOM

The laundry room has some serious pros and cons.  Pro: mainfloor! Con: it's the first room you see when you come into the house, and a thoroughfare for getting to the powder room.  It houses the electric panel and attic access, so it's a busy room.  Plus, it's Szuka's space and needs to have things she favors (like bland carpet). 

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We made a huge improvement just painting the walls, ceiling, oak trim and wood door a bright white.  We also swapped out the light fixture for something prettier.
 
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To hide the old washer, dryer and laundry tub we devised a simple solution: heavy drapes on an easy-to-slide curtain track.  My Mom and I sewed in some gathers so the curtains can be quickly closed and look great - no fussing with folds, they billow just so!  We made a matching puppy quilt, added a white Eames Hang-It-All (courtesy of EQ3) and already the space looks a little less dismal.





One day we'll fully renovate the laundry room, but for now this was a quick and affordable solution.  Next we'll build a more attractive cabinet for the electrical panel, and add some more art and accessories.


POWDER ROOM

When the kitchen gets a full renovation, so will the adjacent laundry room and this powder room (which all share the same flooring).  For now, I've given it a look to match the main bathroom
  
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FISH ROOM

Welcome to our infamous "fish room":  a narrow room with two doors, a window, and sink - perfect for gutting a particularly stinky fish.  I'm not sure we'll be gutting enough fish to dedicate a space to the art, so we plan to give it a facelift and make this a fun hobby room.  It's wee (really, really wee) but is a nice little bonus.

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GUESTHOUSE

It feels strangely fancy to type "guesthouse" but here it is!  It's a small little building with the teeniest three-piece bathroom, a ratty old sauna and small living area that will just barely fit a queen size bed (but you have to dive onto it from the foot of the bed).  I'd really love to rip out the sauna, enlarge the bathroom and make this into more usable  guest space, but for now I'm turning it into the headquarters for my Etsy shop.


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More photos and details coming soon!

26 comments:

  1. A bunky...you were holding out!

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    1. The little guest house is quite atrocious. Wait until I snap a photo of the sauna and the three piece bathroom! Something right out of Criminal Minds, super spooky! Right now there's too much snow to get in there, lol. SO much potential, though. I want to do all black, white and bleached wood - super Scandinavian. But maybe by the time I get around to it I'll change my mind.

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  2. Can we get a floor plan? Kinda hard to visualize the space when you can't figure out the layout

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    1. Sorry, but no :(
      I had one ready but Hubby wasn't comfortable with me publishing it. He really struggles with my sharing so many details, which is why I don't post my last name or even his first (his request). Most days he thinks the blog is neat, but sometimes a specific detail will make him uncomfortable and he'll ask me not to share. If he ever changes his mind about posting a floor plan I promise to include one right away. Until then, I have to respect his wishes because it's his home too. But I agree, a floor plan is always nice to see to better visualize a space.

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    2. Totally understandable. I'm the same with posting about my child on FB.....no mention of what school he goes to, I don't use my last name on there and rarely use his first name. Even though my profile is private, with how often FB changes their settings you never know what is out there.

      Usually over time on a blog one can figure out where things are and curiosities are fulfilled. I was just mostly curious where the fish room was located and the main bathroom because it seems like the powder room off the laundry room would only be feet away from the main bathroom if they all come off the hall way......actually was more curious if my detective skills were right or not lol.

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    3. It's a shame we need to be so cautious. Hubby is protective of the fishroom - won't let me say where it is on the floor plan but it's a doozy. We were totally wrong about it when we saw the home for the first time, after pouring over listing photos. It's our little secret space, lol. The powder room/laundry room are separated from the main bathroom by a bedroom.

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    4. Lol @ protective of a fishroom. Yeah it is a shame but there is too many loonies out there just waiting for an opportunity I guess.

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    5. Hubby is strangely protective of it. Lol indeed.
      I hope he doesn't read your comment confirming that there ARE loonies out there, haha. I keep telling him the blog will prevent us from being targeted because it's so obvious we have nothing worthy - it's all DIY and thrift store scores.

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    6. Hahaha! Hope you rename the blog something similar cause I will sure miss saying Dans le Townhouse like Phoebe on Friends does Nestle Tollhouse (nes-lay toll-ouse)

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    7. You always make me laugh with that!! How about Dans le Lakehouse?? Then I'll be kicking myself if we move again, lol.

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  3. Hi Tanya,
    Your house is looking great, I am enjoying the transformations, especially the living room, looks fabulous.

    Quick query about the turquoise chair - I have one nearly identical that I found on the street but it desperately needs reupholstering. I have been hemming and hawing on what fabric to use. What is the fabric used on yours? Seriously, it looks fantastic - it was a sort of houndstooth before? Mine is a silk brocade that is probably 50 years old and is fraying like crazy. Definitely shabby chic, but more shabby, lol.

    Cheers,
    Alana

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    1. Thanks Alana!

      Funny enough: I found mine of the street too, lol!! The velvet fabric is: Elite Textile Renaissance, the colour is 760. It was a black and white check before. Actually a nice print, but in absolutely horrible condition. Here is a comparison of the before & after:
      http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/09/the-velvet-chair-is-done.html.

      I had it professionally re-done, but I tackled the arms and legs myself. So far, I've been happy with the quality of the fabric. Even with a move and an exceptionally large and dirty puppy, it looks brand new! It looks different as the light changes, sometimes more green and sometimes more blue. It photographs bluer and paler, no matter what I do.

      Good luck with your chair.! Are you planning to DIY or bring it to a pro? If you say DIY I am completely in awe of your skills. I'd love to see the makeover, whatever you decide to do.

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  4. Tanya, thanks so much for the details. That is so funny you rescued yours from the side of the road too!

    I am going to be brave and give the chair a go myself. If it ends up looking horrid (which is a distinct possibility), I have a good friend who is a crack upholsterer, she'll make it sparkle. I have a blog so when the chair is finished, I'll send you the link, k?

    Cheers,
    Alana

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    1. Happy to help! I just checked out your blog - I love that other chair you have too, from your family. Such great arms on it! I'll keep checking back, but definitely send me the link. It will be neat to see my chair's twin get a makeover. Poor little abandoned fellas. Happy upholstering!

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  5. I adore your grey painted brick wall! Usually I am not a fan of painted brick, but i think you did a beautiful job on it. Such an inspiration!

    Janie
    ohsweetjane.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm relieved it turned out so well. My sister in law loved it so much she wants to paint hers too.

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  6. Could you please tell me the brand of that wonderful yellow crossbody purse in your closet. I have been looking for a new summer purse and if that is leather it just might fit the bill, assuming I can find one on ebay.

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    1. Of course! It's from Danier Leather. It's lime green inside :)

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  7. Bernadine MIllerJuly 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I looooove your lake house. My favorites: the fireplace, the credenza and the painting above it, the open shelves in the kitchen, the curtain fabric in the laundry room, the pillow fabric on the couch, the brightness of every room, and of course everything turquoise. I found your site through House of Turquoise. I'm so happy right now! Thank you so much.

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    1. Thanks Bernadine! I'm so happy you said hello :) Thank you so much for your kind words. I love connecting with people who love turquoise as much as me!!

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  8. Wow! I love your style! My friend, Shavonda (ahomefullofcolor) told me about your blog and I just spent way too much time exploring it ;)

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I'm so flattered - I've been following you and Shavonda for awhile and you both have such great style.

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  9. You turned an outdated lake house into a beautiful cosy home. I absolutely love it.

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