Victoria Day recap 2018

Wow where did those 4 days go? It was wonderful to be back in Waterside! I hope you all had a lovely long weekend. I had so many projects to tackle that the 4 days just flew by. I wanted to get them at least started before the season got underway. I hope some of you got to visit some of the  businesses in Albert County who had an open house for the Fundy Studio Tour or maybe you got to Fundy or Cape Enrage for some of their grand openings and celebrations.

Here is a little recap of what we did:

This is our dining table and a chair in its current state:

I love the base but don’t like how my original paint job is looking on the top- I wanted a driftwood look but I am not loving it and wanted to try something different.

I sanded the table and seats all down to the original finish. I was going to try a new product by Homestead House called Stain and Finishing Oil but I couldn’t get the look I wanted on my samples.

So I went back to a layered look with just Fusion mineral paint. That way if I still don’t like it down the road I can still paint over it without any trouble. I’m still not sold on this look but it looks much better than my 1st go round. The kids think it looks the same as what I had before. I will keep you updated on what I do next. Any suggestions are appreciated!

The second project I wanted to do was reseal our IKEA counter tops. They are still looking good but I hadn’t sealed them again since we 1st installed them in 2015.  When I went to take a soap dispenser off the counter when I got to the cottage Friday there was a slight black ring beside the sink and I knew some water had gotten under  the surface. The counter tops just have a thin wood veneer on top and I was scared to sand too much but I heard you can do that to try to get stains, water damage ,etc out of it. I sanded it lightly but not sure I made much of a difference.

These are a couple before shots:

During: putting on the tung oil.

And the after: I don’t know if I see a difference. The counters appear richer and renewed in person but that spot beside the sink is still noticeable. I will need to be more careful with what gets left on the counters!!

We did get out for a short drive on Monday- I wanted to see the new pavilions and Visitor Center at Wolfe Lake and the  Chignecto Recreation Area  across from Chignecto campground.  This new recreation area will have bikes for rent for many new trails that have opened up for bikers.

Here is the new visitor center at Wolfe Lake- it will also have a smaller version of the Fundy Guild’s gift shop here too.

The new outdoor recreation center isn’t completely finished but is in a similar style to the Visitor Center. We had a lovely chat with a staff person and I even tried out a couple bikes!  I love bikes! One was a Fat bike and one was a Plus bike. It felt like I could ride anywhere or over anything with one of those! See the smile on my face 🙂 Would be fun to ride on Waterside beach! Even a couple of those kids behind me pretending not to know me tried out the Fat bike.

Outdoor Elements is the company from Sussex who will be in charge of bike rentals. They are also now in charge of boat rentals at Bennett Lake. We will miss “Sinc’s Boats” but look forward to what Outdoor Elements has to offer Fundy for further use and enjoyment of the Park. You can check out the Outdoor Elements website for information on rentals under their “Fundy Adventure Center” tab. (https://www.outdoorelements.ca/rent ) It looks like you will be able to book your bike, boat or camping experiencing online  in the future. They are  going to have a small retail outlet in Alma to hook you up for your outdoor essentials. They are hoping to have some packages in the future as well, teaming up with some local businesses for an even better experience! They will be offering winter adventures too so those of you who love to get out in winter will have choices in Fundy to stay active as well. They also have a Facebook page ” Outdoor Elements” or “Outdoor Elements-Fundy Adventure Center” so you can follow along with their updates and services as the season progresses. We love what they are doing so far!

Welcome to Fundy “Outdoor Elements” !

 

 

Where it all began- part 5

Time for another look at our finished cottage. We are moving to the master bedroom. I was going for a peaceful, French inspired feeling in this room with lots of whites and neutrals and a touch of black.  Again we used lots of collected pieces from yard sales and kijiji and the magic of paint and fabric to make them new and pretty.  I will show you some of the projects we also made ourselves to keep costs down.

A bed was 1st on our list. This simple design was off the Ana White/Shanty 2 Chic websites. Besides finishing off trim in the cottage, this was one of Mark’s 1st forays into building furniture. I think he did a great job!! We love the bed, I remember feeling so rested when we had spent the 1st few nights down there. It’s peaceful and quiet and dark. Some nights we keep the window open to hear the fog horn from Cape Enrage and the waves off the beach.  It’s so easy to sleep there!!

 

You can see a bit of the bed peeking out here. I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Schloss- I love this color! I have used it quite a bit in the cottage. Topped it with an old door for a headboard. It was starting to chip and peel in places so I just took off what wanted to come off and left the rest of the old paint as is.

I took this little old table/desk and lamp and turned it into this:

I painted the table with Fusion mineral paint, made a little skirt out of drop cloth and stencilled a French script over it.I also painted that little luggage holder and gave it some new webbing.

Next we had to put a door on the utility closet. I loved the look of the barn doors everyone seemed to be doing and we thought it would work the best in the space so decided to try to make one ourselves.  We got the hardware from our local Coop farm store on the advice of Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile. She had done a sweet barn door on her bathroom in her shop in Lower Coverdale so she let me in on how they had hung theirs for a fraction of the cost of commercial hardware.

Here is the prep for the door: just plywood and 1×3 ‘s and used a decorative faux tin panel for the top.

Here it is in place, painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Farmhouse White and more Schloss. The hanging hardware is quite plain with the bare metal. I still haven’t decided whether to paint it or not.

A few more shots from around the room- The license plates were found in an antique shop in Halifax representing the years we were born. The New Brunswick sign was made by Follow Your  Heart Woodworking in O’Leary,  PEI.

I still love our room. I wish I had a bit more room for extra furniture but it is definitely comfortable for a cottage bedroom!

Next week we will be focusing on projects and ideas for Mother’s Day! Thanks again for stopping by.

Remember our new blog address is simply www.theroadtowaterside.com !

 

 

Where it all began – part 4

Welcome back to our cottage adventure! We are now getting to the fun and pretty part of the construction. We had fun emptying our house of collected stuff, seeing if things would fit where I thought they would and had fun decorating the space in a coastal/farmhouse vibe. Totally different from our home in Moncton!

Let’s start with the main living space which has a vaulted ceiling and floor to ceiling windows facing the Bay. We wanted to be able to enjoy the view and seat as many people as we could so we painted and slip covered this scary looking chair ( along with 2 other chairs and a 3 seater couch ) with Fusion mineral paint and drop cloths. I made a few cushions, made some end tables ( at a short lived woodworking class) and painted those in Artissimo milk paint. I painted and stencilled a basic wooden chest and some foot stools with Fusion paint and milk paint again.

We then move on to the eating area. I took our kitchen set and painted the chairs and base in various shades of blue with Annie Sloan chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. I love the commode I got at an auction and painted it in a pretty shade of milk paint. I painted a few crates, hung up an old door that already had a matching colour on it ( another Kijiji find ) to use as a coat rack and also painted some oars for coat hooks as well.

Let’s next move on to the kitchen area! This area really came to life after we got more shelves and things on the walls. We used basic brackets from the hardware store, some rough cut lumber for the the bottom shelves then got some lovely old barnboard from Phillips and Chestnut http://www.phillipsandchestnut.ca/ in Truro , NS for the upper shelf along the top of the kitchen area.

 

Remember the IKEA stool the kids put together? Here it is painted up in different milk paint colours to match our decor. The brackets under the countertop also came from Phillips and Chestnut- made with raw wood and then painted to match the cupboards.

Well I think that is enough pictures for 1 day! This was the largest space to decorate. As you can see, you can repurpose a lot with a little paint and stay within a budget!!

Thanks for visiting!  Leave a comment if you spotted the name of our cottage! See you next time on the Road to Waterside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where it all began – part 3

2015 saw us pushing to get this place liveable. Many weekends and vacation time was taken that spring to get floors cleaned, painting done, kitchen installed and painted, trim work and baseboard done, electrical finished and lights hung (All mostly done by Mark!). I did do a lot of the painting of walls and floors ( check out the bathroom floor! ) . Amazingly we were able to have it ready to have guests for Rebecca’s birthday at  the end of June.   I knew I would need to find creative and inexpensive ways to fill the cottage and scoured the internet for ways to do this.  By the time we were ready to move stuff in, our house was getting filled with pieces I had collected off Kijiji and various yard sales. I jokingly call it the Kijiji cottage.   It just so happened that Wendy opened Front Porch Mercantile ( http://www.frontporchmercantile.com ) and Melanie opened Carte Blanche ( http://www.cbupcycle.com )about the same time, selling  different kinds of decorative and furniture paint.  It was providence! It was just the kind of thing I was looking for to make over some pieces affordably and in colors I wanted. I have done lots of different creative pursuits over the years and couldn’t wait to decorate the cottage and try my hand at up cycling furniture, sewing, stenciling,etc.  I will post some before and afters in a future post. Here is a look at how the spaces were coming along that spring.

IKEA counter-top, light from Front Porch Mercantile, Floor model cabinets from Kent. Painted and sealed embossed wallpaper for back splash from Home Hardware.

 

 

Eek, here goes nothing- cutting out hole for sink.

Putting kids to use- IKEA step stool

 

 

1st coats going on those 9 foot walls!

A peek at my stencilling job in the bathroom. Dresser re-purposed into a vanity and finished with milk paint. Recycled vanity mirror and bookshelf painted with 2 types of chalk paint and Fusion mineral paint.

Remember the photo of plaster dust all over the floor!! So much better! Love that simple trim- Mark did a great job!

This was one of our Kijiji treasures- came with couch and 4 chairs- Solid wood Vila brand but a little hideous. Wait until you see the after!

 

Next post will have some prettier photos with rooms decorated and some of the projects we attempted for the 1st time! That was the fun part of this whole adventure! See you down the road!

Where it all began – part 2

Let the fun begin!  We spent the winter of 2013  planning for design, room layout,etc. I spent a lot of time looking on the internet for inspiration and ideas and drafting lots of plans for how we wanted to finish the cottage.  2014 was the year we put in the most work to  get the cottage looking more finished. Our kids were troopers that year- we spent most weekends and our vacation time working on the cottage so they didn’t really get a family holiday that year and it was boring just hanging out in a construction zone most of the time.

 

 

Sticky buns helped keep us happy!

 

 

The last night we stayed in the trailer- driven inside the cottage by swarms of mosquitoes. I think we still have nightmares!

Mark getting some help with these high ceilings and tricky angles.

Those 12 foot sheets were heavy and hard to manoeuvre. Thank goodness for the lift from our neighbour.

 

 

 

By the end of the year, we had the insulation, electrical, drywall, and priming done. We did most of it ourselves ( meaning Mark with some help from his Dad and me) with the exception of the drywall plastering, priming, and hooking up electrical which we hired out. Mark was impressive learning all these new skills. We take a lot of pride when we look at the finished product and know we did it ourselves ( and we saved money!)   You can see what we had to deal with after the sanding and priming ( Argh). The bathroom fixtures were installed that year too and we were ready to make it pretty and liveable. Finally!

Stay tuned for part 3 of our cottage adventures!

Where it all began- part 1

Our adventure in Waterside started in 2010 when we began to dream about having a place to go for our vacations. At first we just wanted a place to take our trailer because we were tired of camping in close proximity to other people, using communal washrooms,  and constantly packing and unpacking to go anywhere. We have both had a long history of heading to the Bay of Fundy area for day trips, camping trips, hangouts with friends and I even worked  at the Fundy Park pool for 2 summers after high school. It was inevitable that we would be drawn to start looking for land along the Bay of Fundy. After scoping out a few places, even all the way to St. Martin’s, we happened to see a small sign that said “Land for Sale” in Waterside the summer of 2011. After lots of patience and work, we finally acquired the land in October of 2012. We camped on it the next summer with the tent trailer but the bugs and the wind won out and we decided to try to start building a place. At first we thought it would just be a cabin or camp to go to. But then we kept dreaming of the future and how we would use this property, were determined to do a lot of the finishing work ourselves to save money, and so the plans kind of evolved into something bigger.  Plans were drawn and contractors found and ground was broken to start the build in September 2013!

“Pre-view” We could see the dream. Lots of work taking down those alders out front!

After some mowing and clearing. We have a driveway!

Much better view already!

 

Breaking ground, September 2013

 

Within 6 weeks or so the floor was poured and the shell up. Mark did all the organising and planning for the trades we needed to get. He did a great job getting them in the right order of when we needed them. It all seemed to go smoothly from my vantage point.

One of the 1st things I painted were these Adirondack chairs I had collected at various yard sales.  Our dreams were coming true!

 

Part 2 of the dream to be continued…