Saturday, August 27, 2016

Art Challenge : Room

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was when Nadine put up a new Art Challenge with the theme "ROOM"! My life the past few months has been all about rooms. Cleaning them, packing them, saying goodbye to them, saying hello to new rooms, accepting the challenge of decorating them and finally now loving these rooms! Here's the tale in photos. 





BEFORE: 
Blue absolutely everywhere, every room, every door! 




So the first thing we did was paint out all that blue. It took Jeff and Rick, of Little Boy Blue Construction, three coats of paint and many days of hard work. 





Then the kitchen cupboards got new paint and the tiles were chiseled off. 


The laundry room cupboards and walls were also painted and those ugly blue knobs got the heave-ho. 



AFTER: 

New hallway and bedroom closet doors were built and installed with gorgeous black hardware. 






All the windows got new blinds and then the artwork was hung. 



The kitchen tiles, counter tops and a new door (above the stove) are now finished. I LOVE the black grout with these pretty tiles! 


The studio/guest room is set up. It's a lovely place to paint and ponder and relax. We've already had to sets of overnight guests who seem to like the new set up. 



I think the studio is my favourite room in the whole place.



Although this corner in the living room is my favourite place to read or watch a movie. 


But this is where the grandkids enjoy playing. 


On Monday, the last of the renos will be done. One strip of wood to glue down. That's it. DONE! 

Thanks Nadine of tinyWOLF for hosting this week's Art Challenge. Perfect timing to give you all a view into our new rooms. 





35 comments:

  1. Love it! Death to all that blue! I've thoroughly enjoyed following your reno and it's all turned out so brilliantly. I'm so glad you have your own studio in your new place.

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    1. I love it too. Now my husband needs to find some hobbies before he drives me nut!

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  2. my goodness, what a tale! and isn't it wonderful to be able to say : "on monday the renos will be done." oh lordy, far cry from my job here... i really need to set my priorities straight again. i actually have too much on my hands. but anyway.
    i'm so happy for you both you are now installed in a dream haven, and so close to that other, endless room : the sea! :-)))
    n♥
    thank you so for playing. you made us a wonder-ful reportage!

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    1. Well, we have a little leak in the kitchen so Jeff has to come back to work on that now. Mr Reid is having a harder time settling in. His misses his lawn! MEN!
      Thanks for the great theme, Nadine. xo

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  3. ...of cause the Studio!
    Dear Carole, lovely home you have x
    Stefanie

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    1. And many thanks for your interest in my calendar, I will let you know!
      x Stefanie

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  4. Wow. It all looks clean and fresh. A nice peek into your place. - eric

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  5. Hi Carola, what a lot of work to get all the rooms done, I think your roooms look very nice to live in! I wish I've had a studio like that! My studio is just a tiny desk were I do everything!! Enjoy your "new rooms"!

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    1. Thank you! I feel very grateful to have this space. I plan to enjoy it for many years.

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  6. You've been clearly doing good things with rooms. I could enjoy these rooms.

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  7. I love your studio space. How lucky you are to have such a room!

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  8. OH!!!!!!!!!!!! what a place!!!!!!! and the light everywhere!!!!!!!!!!! Oviously... i like your studio too!!!! What other room in the house of an artist may interest us???????? :)

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    1. Well thank you, Roberto! It has been a labour of love and creation. Now I get to paint again.

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  9. Wow - love seeing the transformation, all of it looks beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I'm loving all the bright light here and the sea breezes sure help on the hot summer days.

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  10. Fantastic work you've been doing, no wonder it's been a while since you blogged. A very crispy new look & wonderful studio space.

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    1. Thank you, Emma. It took a while to even find the studio table! My easel is still at another artist's place but I'll get that later this week.

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  11. HI Carole,
    oh, wow, that was a whole lot of work and it turned out so wonderfully, I'm totally in love with your kitchen tiles and your studio looks so inviting, light and all the art work and creativness - just a w e s o m e.
    Obviously this theme was made for you.
    Well done girl (and boys!)
    Thanks for your nice comment.
    Barbara bee

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    1. Awww thank you, Barbara! It has been worth every inconvenience to see this place come alive again. xo

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  12. Carole, thanks so much for sharing your re-do with us; I love seeing things like this, and it was certainly perfect for the theme. That certainly was an overdose of blue, wasn't it? Your new rooms look wonderful, and I love those tiles on your kitchen backsplash. My kitchen is black and white also; you've inspired me to think about doing something like this!

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    1. Thank you, Sharmon. Black and white kitchens and bathrooms are my favourites so with this blank canvas I got to fill a dream. Some days I just stand here and actually shake my head at all the changes…..especially getting rid of that horrid blue!

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  13. It's Monday so that strip must be glued. Congratulations! Did you move to a different town?

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    1. The stripped got glued but there's a leak in the kitchen so back he comes! Thank you. We only moved a few blocks away from our old house and across the street from the sea. (we can see the sea from our balcony and dining room!)

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  14. Pure magic is what you did to this space. Together with the amazing view, I am so happy for you. Transformation isn't easy, with such an outcome, it is all worth it!

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    1. You make beam with pride that we created magic! Thank you, Annton. You and I both have new homes….yours in the country, mine by the sea. Lucky us!

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  15. It always takes time to make a new house into a home. You've achieved a wonderful transformation! Your studio will be the perfect place to create your unique art.

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  16. wow, that does look like a lot of work.
    I am so happy that you are happy with it all.
    I also like that black grout in the tile.
    Wishing you so much happiness in your new home!

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  17. This is such a great post! Have a nice day:)

    irenethayer.com

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  18. hard work, but it is great now! my fav room is your studio too :-)!!
    love, mano

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  19. hello carole,
    wish you a good time in your new rooms. all looks realy good and friendly. a lot of work but well done
    thank you for your visit on my blog
    I 'm always pleased to hear from you . Yes , the holiday season is over and I 'm going to work now again more . wish you a good start and I hope you are doing well .
    greetings from bavaria
    petra

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  20. Congratulations Carole, you've done (with help of great painters) an amazing job of transforming this home into a space you and your family will cherish. I'm sure you are enjoying your new studio too, it looks bright and inviting.

    Much happiness and joy is wished for you and your family in this beautiful home.

    With smiles and happy thoughts, Jenny

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