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House walkthrough, year two

How much have we done with our house in two years? The answer is somewhere between “not much” and “heaps and heaps”, so I figured it might be worth another look through. Jamie and I have had plenty of projects to keep us busy, but not so much that the house has started to own us.

Like I said last year: we feel very fortunate to have our little piece of suburbia. The house was in great condition when we bought it, so we’ve just been giving it cosmetic updates to make it feel like ours. Before we moved in, we repaired the cracked plaster walls, removed the carpet and refinished the underlying floorboards, and gave most of the rooms a fresh coat of paint. The bathrooms want full renovation, but that’s it for major reno plans, really.

(This tour is also my to-do list, so expect a good amount of words and pictures.)

Entryway / Hallway

Mostly finished, but for a few tiny tweaks. The entry is a small, dark space with a low ceiling and three doorways, and I’m happy with how it turned out.

Accomplishments: Painted walls (Dulux Grand Piano quarter), trim and door; new low-profile LED light fixture; functional decoration including hooks, shoe racks, a large mirror and a blackheart sassafras landing shelf. In the hallway, I stripped doorway trims back to varnished timber and hung some fun prints.

Plans: Replace hall fixture with three globe pendants. Replace deadbolt for one that matches the doorknob. More substantial, modern hooks? Big decisions, obviously. A skylight in this hallway would be awesome.

Living room

Next to the garden, this is where we spend most of our time at home. The cozy couch and the gas heater make it pleasant in winter, and the workbench-like table has worked well for parties, games nights, and when I need to spread a sewing project out somewhere. It also gets a good northerly light for growing an indoor habanero.




It’s seen a few minor updates, but I’m hoping that 2016 will be the Year of the Kitchen. It desperately needs floor tile instead of the gross vinyl, but we haven’t been able to take time off in order to install it yet. Here’s hoping for Christmas?




I got lots done this year! It’s a better workspace than ever, and with a heat pump in place it’s extra-comfortable. Feels good man.


Plans: Finish off standing workbench; replace dated light fixture; transfer futon to spare room and transfer foosball table to curb (???)

Master bedroom



Spare bedroom

Accomplishments: Wall repairpainting a deep blue-grey (Taubmans Thundercloud); stripping the texture off the ceiling; replacing the mismatched, carved-up old baseboards with new ones. If you’re thinking “this hasn’t been touched in the last year”, you are 100% correct.

Plans: Finish off corner nook and add shelving; new light shade and window treatments; pretty up the fireplace. Transition from foosball parlour and junk storage locker into a guest room.

Laundry/WC; main bathroom

Accomplishments: Literally nothing?

Plans: Ooooh, big plans here. Both of these spaces need an overhaul. We’re planning to split the laundry in two; one section will be a small ensuite (connected to spare room) with a shower and sink, while the other section (connected to the kitchen) will be a laundry cubby that neatly stores the machines and whatnots. I’m pretty sure of the configuration I want, but we’re not ready to commit the necessary time+expenses to a full renovation yet.
As for the main bathroom, that won’t see any changes until after the future laundry reno, so we’ve got a couple years ahead of us with the peachy-beige tile in our lives. Jamie did replace the old toilet and its leaky cistern, though.

Exterior/ Front yard

The front yard is in transition from rosebush-lined paths to low-maintenance modern, using more and more native plants. A before/after is cheating a little when one photo is in winter and the other is in spring, but I’ll allow it.



Exterior / Backyard

Notice anything different on the house? Like… the wall colour?! House painting is GO. We’ve tackled a quarter of it so far, which included half of the most laborious section (the wall that needs to be stripped to bare timber).



And that’s the lot! Bless you if you read through that entire house walkthrough.

I’m over two years in now, and I’m not sick of keeping this journal going. It’s cool to document our process and I’m sincerely grateful to everyone who reads, follows, comments, or shares my posts. (Tell your friends!) It means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to sharing more of the same with you all.

Here’s to the future. <3

Initial house tour: House introduction!
Last year’s tour: Year 1 tour – the foundation year

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