Friday, October 28, 2011

Lez Get Ducty - VIDEO


Happy Friday! And what happens on Fridays? A new video!! Yayyy

Lez Get Ducty


Now, I don't know about you but, creating a ducting system from scratch is something I have never done before. It's all so riveting. 

Have a fabulous weekend. Oh yeah, its Halloween! What are you dressing up as? Well, whatever you do - be safe out there!

LL

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bathroom renovation is taking for *@#%ing ever!


So the bathroom renovation is taking for *@#%ing ever! And to be honest, I have emotionally moved on from it. I know physically I haven't, since I have a band aid on my finger from the recent mishap in there the other day. No, I have moved on to thinking about another project. One that will give me somewhat immediate satisfaction. Well, it won't take 6 months to do.

We, as renovators, are always looking around our house to see what we can get up to next. I know there are a couple pressing issues that we need to deal with, but it needs to be nice outside to do them. Well, it doesn't NEED to be but, I am not working outside in the rain. Remember, we don't get paid to do this!! So lets do some indoor work over the winter and make our little house even comfier than it already is...minus the bathroom.

We had discussed that re-organizing/painting the living room would warm things up. Also, getting a cozy couch. So we are going to do that, soon. But - I found something else that can immediately change the aesthetic in our kitchen and nicey-nicey up the area we spend a lot of time in.

The kitchen is the last on our list of things to change, since its not too bad. The cabinets are the thing to change but will cost the most money. So, we thought that changing the face of the kitchen will do the trick until we really do it up.

We replaced all of our appliances when we first moved in, which was a great treat to ourselves. The last time I had a dishwasher was when I was living with my parents.

Lets meet our appliances:

Franz - because he's European

Newman

Stacey
We have steel appliances. Fine. And they all have names so we treat them with respect and last longer. Well, that's my hope anyways.

And our tile is white with gross grey/yellow stained grout. We were thinking of dying the grout a different colour. I also got some advice from the internet that letting Oxygen Bleach sit on the grout line, eating away for 30 mins does the trick. And it did! But, I think we want to dye the grout a different darker colour because white gets dirty so fast! Take a look at the before and after shot.

AFTER ----------------------------BEFORE
So yes, that trick works. Probably do the rest to clean it up but then dye it. Also, we want to put a new backsplash up around the counter, maybe like the one we put in the basement:

Remember this? Nice silver backsplash.
We also want to replace the hardware on the kitchen cupboards and couple other things.. So lets take a look at the list of things we want to do:

1. Clean grout lines
2. Dye grout lines
3. Put up new backsplash
4. Replace cupboard hardware
5. Replace faucet
6. Replace tile-laminate transition

How long do you think it will take to do all of these things? In Lez Renovate time?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lez Go Green-E - VIDEO


Season 3 - Episode 4

Have you ever had to race against time? We have....a few times. Ya see, if it weren't for our tenant being away for weeks at a time, we wouldn't have been able to do this bathroom renovation. Not only because he allowed us to use his bathroom while he was gone but it also allowed us to rip out his bathroom ceiling when we busted a pipe and was told by our plumber that the sewer line had to be replaced.

So, things have to happen quickly. But, we are far from quick with our renos. To be honest, I just want to sit around a sip lattes on the weekend, not rent a van and go pick up very expensive and very heavy Green-E board to put in the basement bathroom. You see, we picked Green-E because of its eco-ness, durability and resistance to mold. Perfect for a bathroom. But, holy heck - its heavy!!!


So, if you choose to install Green-E board in your bathroom, workout for a couple weeks first.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thanksgiving and birdies


Ok, so its gobble gobble weekend for us here in Canada. That means we get to stuff our faces with friends and family while we reminisce about the good 'ole days when we stuffed our faces with friends and family. Of course we could use the weekend to work on the bathroom but stuffing our faces must not wait.

What is left to be done on the bathroom you say? Well, finish installing the floor, build recessed shelving, stain the wood on the medicine cabinet, install a sink, stain/install wainscotting, cut a hole out the roof for the fan. Stuff like that. And the last one has been on the "research" list for quite some time now.

Let me tell you a little how Cool J renovates. First off, if she doesn't know how to do something, she watches a bunch of videos on the internet. Then, if she still doesn't feel confident, she starts asking around to get advice. If she still doesn't feel confident, she watches more videos and asks more advice. Convinced that she can do anything, she usually does a fine job but sometimes, well, not. And then, eventually a professional is called in. It takes a bit of hemming and hawing before she comes to that conclusion.

Case in point. She wants to climb the roof and cut a hole out of it to run the venting for the bathroom ceiling fan. Yes, she has used many cutting devices. Yes, she has run venting for a ceiling fan before. And yes, she has watched many videos on how to install a roof cap. But she hasn't been on a roof before.


I have. Back in grade school (speaking of reminiscing). It was the roof of my dad's garage. I was playing badminton with my best friend in the backyard. I think it was one of my lobbing moves that landed the shuttlecock (heehee) on the roof of the garage. We only had one. It was the 80s. Anyways, we fought back and forth on who would get it. "You get the birdie!" "No, you get the birdie!!". Eventually it was decided that I would climb the ladder and rescue the birdie. As I climbed we could hear our neighbour yelling over the fence, "You kids leave those birds alone!" To this day, he probably thinks we snatched some birds out of their nest. Kids.

Anyways, I got onto the roof, grabbed the shuttlecock, turned around and noticed that my best friend, soon to be ex-best friend, removed the ladder, layed it on the ground and ran into the house giggling. Leaving me to rot on the garage roof with a birdie in my hand. I had no way to get down. I think she left me up there for 5 mins but it felt like 5 hours!! I'll always remember the feel of roof shingles on my thighs as I sat up there. Of course short shorts were all the rage for badminton. I eventually came down, was mad for 5 mins and then we resumed playing.

That is my experience with being on a roof. Not sure Cool J has any experience being up there but I feel nervous about her "giving it a whirl" and then falling flat on her face before she calls a professional to do the job.

Have you been up on a roof?