Thursday, April 27, 2017

Faux barn board faux platform bed...White wood cronicles...#1 entry design plans

 I have been very slowly making progress with some aspects of our home....I have completed a barnwood style rustic bed frame for Mason....the ceiling height in the basement is pretty low so we have had this bed sitting right on the floor so I came up with a simple faux platform bed frame design to create a headboard from rough lumber that I stained with many shades of minwax stain...classic grey, special walnut, ebony and weathered be exact
I simply wrapped the box spring with more planks and used brackets to attach all the pieces... it looks like a platform bed but it is a faux platform be is the perfect industrial rustic boho look we were going for..

 this is one of those simple two day projects... a bunch of 1x12" rough boards cut to length, sanded, stained and clear coated with a flat top coat...

I have a list as long as my arm to do of changes to make to turn this house into a home...well to make this old church into a home, one thing I want to convey from the design is that this is undoubtedly a home, there has been enough confusion....would you believe that we have had many people walk straight in the front doors...not even a knock.....even though I have installed a plaque saying private residence.... and now I have installed a bizarre
We did not have any wiring for a doorbell so I ordered a replica old fashioned door bell...but you get what you pay for because it lasted about 2 after I'd say 6-7 people walking right in I thought enough is enough...I'm getting a doorbell and I found this one from's so neat, you choose the bell tone and the speaker can be installed or brought anywhere up to 150 feet away, so it can be brought where you are, basement, the garage the back deck, no more missing someone or a package at the door, especially great if I am working in the shop and waiting on a delivery...and it lights up...only $60 (not sponsored)

I have been working on the curb appeal, having a church/house has it's challenges...people not realizing it is a home being a big one...I am going for a modern farmhouse vibe for our new home...we love the beautiful white clapboard siding and simple lines...I fell in love with these big contemporary numbers from decide the font, color and size.
I think they are so much nicer than what was there and they are bold and clean....our new front door will be installed tomorrow which I am so excited is one 36" door, no more squeezing in a 24" door, no more leaks...I'm hoping, it has a 3/4 window and seeded glass and is black...I am so excited to see how it looks on the house...the current doors will be used indoors...because they are interior pine doors...I will paint them and put them on the closet in the entry because I hate the sliding mirrored doors....that would never be my choice....
I will be planting limelight hydrangeas and boxwoods in the front beds as soon as we figure out where the water that is leaking in is coming from, I am hopeful it is just the doors that aren't functioning.
We have installed all the farmhouse lights with the exception of the one above the front door...we have to figure how to get up there safely.... I have the paint to paint the garage door it will be collanade grey a sherwin williams color....a soft grey...

Our home is heritage so we want to respect this and work with the committee to have alterations approved...we were just approved to paint the wainscotting a creamy white...which will be a big job but one change that will be like a breath of fresh air....and it will help us to upgrade the baseboard and the moulding under the chair rail that is currently missing and this will allow us to add more of this v-groove. 
you can see here just how bad some of the wainscotting condition is....and that baseboard well that isn't what this place deserves...oh and I finally have a house that really really warrants using this brick

This entry is a sad mess....
here are the current problems
-cords running across the floor
-leaking, narrow front doors
-tiled area is too small
-mirrored sliding doors

I painted the pew that came with the house a white chalkpaint...and it is a useful appropriate piece for the entry...but that big rug covers all the tile in the entry I can probably switch out that big rug stops in a weird place in my opinion....this would have made a great one room challenge space....the smaller rug covered the electrical cord to power our not practical and it is a temporary solution, we are waiting for a new internet satelite and that will be relocated to the back of the house where it should have been all along but it was installed in a snow storm on moving happened.
Once the new door goes in then I will start demolishing the tile...
here is my entry to do list
-new door
-remove mirrored doors
-create mini mudroom with hooks and shoe shelving
-paint wood doors and install on closet
-remove tile and expand tile bed
-install thin brick in herringbone
-build a custom entry table

look at this fresh white canvas...I can't wait to paint...

until next time....

just to be clear in case it's not obvious, there are not sponsors for any of these products I have mentioned...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

hello friends

Welcome to White Wood...
I know it has been a long time since I have blogged and it has been something I have toyed I continue to blog, do I have anything to blog I have decided to give it a go again... we have all been going through a lot of changes over the last 5 months...selling our house and moving to the country...its been a BIG adjustment...lots of changes...
I wouldn't recommend making big life changes in the bleekest months of the year...I think we really need spring and the sun to make us feel really at home...we have been shut in and that makes it harder to settle in I think...but slowly we are setting settled and things are getting prettier.

I have a boat load of changes planned for this kitchen...and I am hoping this summer we will get things started...painting the cabinets a real white and replacing the island top becuase the seams are gapping and food gets in there...gross...we will repurpose the top for my husbands desk top after a little size adjustent...we will be moving some of the uppers and adding more tile and open shelving and replacing this modern rangehood that is not exactly my style.

We will be sanding the floors and staining them a medium brown to bring out the character and poly to seal them nicely so I can actually mop these floors. I found these beautiful lamps at Lowes recently and I just love them....

                   We brought home this piece yesterday as I just had to have it, on the way home we realized it would be the perfect coffee bar piece, I am using it for extra dishes and bowls, I love that I can see my pretty things.
I was able to build this sofa table using left over flooring from the church and these old turned pedastals I had been hanging onto for just the right project.

 We did have a few nice days and we were able to explore our new environment a little bit....come on spring...I heard a pack of wolves howling away in the distance last night...that and the gun shots take some getting used to.

Although we do not have a lot of land there is this wonderful feeling of space out here...its a good thing

I have to share this pretty...we can't keep these doors any longer as they are not exterior doors so it turned out so we have ordered a new proper door that swings is super weird to open a door out towards guests...I'm really excited to add a bit of a modern touch to this new home of ours that we have named White Wood.

We needed to have some landscaping done, the gravel that was here was a mess so we called our trusted landscaper that we used at our last house and he did a beautiful design, classic grey bricks in a herringbone pattern and lots of stable gravel...I love that crunchy sound of cars driving on a gravel driveway.

I ordered these beautiful gooseneck lights from Home Hardware and these modern large house numbers from number my house...I have a lot of painting coming up...gotta paint that garage door a soft quiet grey...these changes are exciting

So there you go, I am back...I want to share my journey turning a 140 year old church into a home...and I even have a lot of other fun news coming up soon.... stay tuned

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas 2016 Station Gallery Holiday House tour

Welcome to Christmas 2016 at Park Ridge.... in early November I set out to give our house a fitting farewell Christmas...days after the tour all of the Christmas prettiness was packed away and some of it sold for our move to our new home.
New home

 We had the most beautiful greenery I have ever seen thanks to VanBelle Whitby...I mean look at this urn...I added a bucket from Ikea filled it with wood and added old skates and string lights.
 I bought this adorable flag garland from Micheals and I made the Christmas tree from scraps of rough wood.
The closet was the most fun to dress...that great Santa Sack from The Little Details was a huge hit as was the closet itself

 Second would be the dessert bar from Sweet To The End

 I picked up this farmhouse style sign at Walmart...they have really stepped up their decor game

 I picked up this gum ball machine second hand and painted it chic and easy

 Mason worked her magic for our chalkboard, she is so talented

 I used dollar store signs to write out the word Christmas...I wanted a simple clean look...nothing too fussy or traditional

 My favourite tree is the my gold tree from Urban Barn...I don't think I could even fit one more ornament on it...I can't wait to set it up at our new house.
This tree skirt from The Little Details makes this tree and I will treasure it always

I shopped the non Christmas parts of Micheals and found the burlap tags and made a garland by tying them to some twine and stampled them with the days of December and wrote Christmas words on black tags that I accented with rose gold paint

 The outdoor arrangements were such a nice touch.

 I set up a little wrapping station for fun in the laundry room
 Every barn door deserves a wreath

 This was our tree in the master bedroom...a 10 year collection of beautiful ornaments
 I made another tag garland simple inexpensive and farmhouse style

A few festive touches for Sophie's room


 The pillow cases are from Walmart
 I created a candyland themed three for Mason's room.

 The line ups were fun to see...our neighbours must be so happy we are, we had roughly 1000 people through and it was so very nice to meet and talk to everyone and especially my blog readers....
 How can I forget the dining room....
What an arrangement....
Well there it is a fitting farewell Christmas for our beloved Park Ridge house...its been a crazy time moving after this...we will be gone from here next week...I can not wait to get settled into our new house...I am itching to get this move over with...although its been a really stressful time and things have been going to wrong left and right but I think my luck is going to turn around has to. 

I wanted to also share for my longtime followers that we lost our sweet Dolce a week before this tour...decorating was a great distraction...we decided that Dolce didn't need to suffer another harsh winter and a move as he was deaf and blind and just not in a good condition and was having a very hard time finding his way around and was constantly crying we are guessing from aches and was devastating to say good painful but it was the right decision and I feel ok that he is at peace and we loved him to bits as he passed...he had 13 good years and everyone kept telling us they don't normally see Boston Terriers at that that was comforting.