Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

September 13, 2013

First Lakehouse Project!

Things are progressing at the lakehouse, but I'm kind of a crazy person and that impedes things.  It seems to me a lot of people move into a house, then tackle projects room by room.  I opt for a marathon makeover session before moving in.  With the townhouse, the weeks before moving in saw carpets and bathrooms ripped out, new flooring installed, more than 12 gallons of paint applied to walls, and bathrooms re-installed.  Frankly, it still looked awful when we moved in, but it felt so good to get such a big chunk of work done before we lugged in all of our stuff. 

This time around, we don't have the funds for big makeovers right away.  We're relying on paint to make a major impact, and give us a blank canvas for fun projects.  But gosh, do we ever have a lot of painting to do!


I've partnered with Canadian Tire to paint out the skinny oak trim, dusty rose, pale green and taupe walls, and . . . shudder . . . the greyed popcorn ceilings.  Plus we've partnered to see my turquoise kitchen plans come to fruition!  The place is a mess right now, but after the first stripe of white went on the walls it immediately felt like our home (and not like someone else's home).  I actually brought in the same paint chip we used for the townhouse (Behr Snowfall) and had it custom matched at Canadian Tire.  I like bringing a piece of the townhouse to the lake.


It's plain, but it's an enticing blank canvas.  I have some really bold projects in store so this fresh white backdrop is exactly what I need.  Plus, the dated trim disappears when painted white - wait until you see the living room windows!!  More details on de-oaking next week, plus hopefully we'll have all of the boob lights replaced too.
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  1. How awesome to partner with Canadian Tire! And I feel your painting pain. We are moving tomorrow and painted the whole house before we moved in. SO much work, but it was so much easier and faster than working around furniture.

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    1. I'm so excited to work with them because I'm there every weekend shopping for supplies - it's a natural fit.

      Go you!! Painting the whole house!! So tiring, right?

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  2. Bring on the white! I can't wait to see more of the Lake House.

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    1. We're setting up scaffolding Sunday, to reach the peaked living room. Should be an adventure!! Good-bye wood beam and awful ceiling fan!!

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    1. We've been using leftover paint from our rollers on the hallway and even though it only has patches of white, it looks so much brighter! I thought it was a dreary hall but it was just the paint. Happy me.

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  4. So much difference already! I love it!!! I cracked up at "boob lights." :)

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    1. Lol. That's how I think of them. Does that make me a weirdo :)

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  5. Okay, you're teasing us, now. I wanted to see all the rooms before and after painting- plus a peek at that kitchen plan. But we have to wait ~pout~

    I love how the white transformed that room- doesn't the wood floor stand out beautifully against the snow white. I love it. And I'm pinning this to show my hubby when it comes time for updating our new house. Whenever we see one with loads of wood, I imagine painting it white but he squawks.
    We're one step closer- he accepted a position in the area we were looking. Now, we're putting final touches on this house to list and next wkd we get to go look at some of these properties in person.

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    1. Haha, then you'll have to wait! It's slow going because the walls have needed three coats of paint, plus the trim needs prime and three coats. SO. MUCH. PAINTING. But I'm working like a fiend! I promise.

      My Mom and I also noticed the floors are prettier now - they don't reflect the green and taupe from the walls so they look brighter.

      Congrats on moving closer to your goal! Congrats on Hubby accepting a new position. Good luck home hunting . . . :)

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  6. Are you painting the trim the same as the walls??? And what is that white square low in the corner by the baseboard?? PS...my builder wanted to use those "boob" lights too...and that's exactly what he called them!!

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    1. The trim is the same colour. I am leaving the very inside of the window for now because it's a mess of closing mechanisms and seals. I am debating whether to stain them black, paint them white . . . plus it is too cold to leave the windows open now where the lakehouse is and I can't reach it all closed so I left it for now. Decisions, decisions, decisions, lol.

      The white square is access to the bathroom plumbing. I thought only older homes have them but, nope, mine does!! Weird, I know, but a built-in desk is going there soon so no one will be the wiser.

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  7. Yay, it looks so much cleaner and so fresh and bright! Amazing how much difference a coat of white paint can make! I'm super exited to see the lake house evolve into your home!

    Elv

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  8. Wow, 12 gallons of paint? Looking good!

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  9. Yahoo! Congrats on making progress! I'm in the midst of painting my place as well. I went with Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace after much deliberation. I feel the same way about the blank slate business. Fun times ahead! I'm looking forward to seeing how your lovely lakehouse develops.

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  10. It would be a lot of work for you and your hubby Tanya, way to go! The newly painting walls look better than the old pale green walls. You did a good job!

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  11. Wow! You guys did a great job on your walls. It looks like it was painted by a professional. Keep it up!

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  12. Nice paint color! It's a good way of bonding too... I really love painting!!!

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