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!
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!
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…