Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Front entry - complete!

I am so pleased to report, the front entry is complete! It's bright, functional and even abit unique.

The improved before.

The coat rack is an original horse gate given to me from a neighbour that had planned to burn it. The bench is a re purposed piece of truck apparatus that fit the space perfectly. All doors and woodwork received a fresh new coat of sparkling white paint.

The improved before.

The dresser is a hot $5 find from a garage sale that stores tons of mitts, hats, etc. The lines on it are so pretty. The finishes on the bench and dresser are lightly distressed so extra marks and dings simply enhance the finish more so.

Thanks to Vic's quick thinking, the frames are old barn windows from a recent demolition. I LOVE them! The letters inside are CNC routered samples I painted up from a few of Dan's router workshops I helped with. Art is individual and should speak to us. There's nothing but good thoughts and memories when I look at this wall.

AND the floor. Wow, the floor. It took me AGES. (mainly from pure procrastination) However I'm so pleased to report it turned out awesome! This has been my wildest pattern designed and implemented to date. And I hope it's my last but I highly doubt it somehow..

This was just last night. The grout is finally ready to go on. The dog clung to me pretty tight as there was a thunderstorm going on. And she was such a good girl not running through the muck.

And the floor comes to life!

The stairs and moldings still need to be placed in this room. And the inside of the closet and around the back corner still needs the floor finished. However for today, we are happy to have a beautiful, bright and functional front entryway!


This post is shared with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before & After Sept 6 2009 party! Many more befores and afters are there for your viewing pleasure!


  1. You are so good at decorating! Kudos to you, I admire you!

  2. you make Bob Villa look like a complete novice-beautiful work Donna!

  3. Wow, I feel like I'm looking at something in Martha Stewart's Living mag! Very cool design ideas, and the presenation here is beautiful.


  4. Speechless, simply speechless...

  5. wowza! now that is an AMBITIOUS tile job! i LOVE the horse gate on the wall and the long bench. love how the dresser makes boring storage into abeautiful showcase for art and trinkets. great job!

    found you from TDC. love her too.


  6. That looks gorgeous! I wish we had a real entryway.

  7. Wow--lovely!!! Great little touches..tfs :)

  8. Fantastic job - I can't wait to look around your blog more.

  9. Love the new style! Great job! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic


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