• July 9, 2018

    The Stone House: March Update

    You've seen this photo before but something has changed.


    This is the part of the renovation where it becomes a runaway train.  Anyone who has done a large renovation before knows what I am talking about, right? You're busy patting yourself on the back because you are on budget and then all of a sudden you aren't and then you throw your hands up in the air and go all in like you're one of the Rockefellers. After giving the roof some thought we decided to invest in a cedar roof. Continuing the dreamer theme, we knew we wouldn't be satisfied by anything else. Don't worry, those green eaves troughs are being changed out too, because they either remain the forever troughs or you do it up with copper to avoid being angry every time you pull up the driveway. Very Mjölk of us.


    Inside, the painting with Pure & Original lime fresco paint continues. We decided to try the criss cross technique and it appears our painter found it challenging. The green guest room looks pretty good but the grey living room became over worked. We also found the grey wasn't what we intended, or maybe we simply had a change of heart...all I know is it was bugging us.


    Oh hello there. We've been here before. Now with pretty Pure & Original Lime Fresco paint in Skin Powder.


    We have made bathroom progress! John got the old timey styled toilet off of Wayfair, of all places. The sink is a Kohler. Originally we had bought an old stone sink from the same place as the tub but it broke before shipping. We had to scramble to find an alternative.  The sink console was made by Studio Junction.


    Favourite detail: the old door handle and latch. Heart eyes all around.


    Upstairs, we have been so fortunate to find some great workers for this project. Number one on our list is Mike from Great Lawns Property Care & Maintenance out of Belleville. Initially we hired him to do our outside yard maintenance and snow plowing but the timing was right and they were happy to take on extra work over the winter, doing odd jobs inside for us. Mike has an awesome worker, Scott, who did so much for us, including a lot of stone work thanks to his knowledge as a stone mason. He repointed sections of the interior stone and also finished off the window sills (pictured, the lime mortar is still wet which is why it's darker).


    Feeling so finished upstairs! Oh and note up in the top right corner, we added two new small windows. There were boarded up holes there so we figured the windows would finish it off well, aesthetically and also preventatively (critters). Can't wait to pull up the plastic.


    The small orchard (5 apple trees) and junk pile, looking perfectly bleak.

  • July 3, 2018

    The Stone House: Sanding Floors & Mouse Hotels

    Late February, the upstairs floors received some patch work repairs and sanding to attempt to even them out and clean the boards up.


    An exposed copper pipe was our solution to a plumbing issue that couldn't be buried.


    Finally, a mousy discovery was made under the wood windowsills: mouse hotels! We brought the window sill back to the stone while we thought about a finishing solution.


    Amazing how the sunlight transforms the space. Here you can see the smoked oak ceiling that was installed. 



    Downstairs, the bathroom is getting drywalled.


    Outside we are considering the roof, and how we can't seem to escape all the hidden leaks. Everyone says this is a tin roof for life ("they don't make them like they used to"). Originally we were going to paint it in the spring but we have decided to remove any doubt and put a new roof on.


    You may also notice that you cannot see the 6 over 6 lines on the windows. This is because we initially painted them a grey blue colour and you can't see it for the screens and bright white. In the end we decided we wanted to head in a different direction...stay tuned to see what colour we choose! 


    Ahhh February, that point in the year where you become very very done with winter.

  • June 13, 2018

    The Stone House: December Progress

    Wallpaper has been fully removed and plaster repair has begun. 


    Don't you just adore the mottled plaster? Maybe we should have kept it. We didn't. But our paint decision in the guest bedroom was informed by the current colour. We chose Pure & Original's Belgian Wilderness (and later we also chose the same colour for our back showroom at Mjolk!).


    Check out the simple but nice molding in the windows. We'll be keeping all the molding.


    Out in the living room, the walls also have an interesting texture and colour (which, spoiler alert, subconsciously ends up informing our colour choice as well).  The light continues to be beautiful, even in December.


    This side, not as much! 


    The summer kitchen is coming along! The concrete has been poured, and there is a new drop ceiling of whitewashed rough boards. We're thinking the beams need some refinishing now.


    The green tape on the floor is us trying to figure out how the kitchen will be placed. We've worked through many variations as the space is a bit odd, with several doors, and a low window.


    You can see here that one of the beams has been refinished. It's nice to have things fresh and bright. Originally when we started this project we wanted to head in a darker more moody aesthetic but we can't seem to help ourselves with the pale wood.


    Not much has happened upstairs, besides being cleaned up. There is frost on the inside of the roof...a worrisome sight since we have no aspirations to replace the roof...

  • June 12, 2018

    The Stone House: October Progress

    Wallpaper removal progress in the parlour. The demo team gave up and left the rest for the painter.


    The guest bedroom is at a stand still.



    The room that is designated to become the bathroom was in the worst shape on the main floor so we have decided to pull it back and drywall.


    Really nothing much happening in here except the gorgeous late autumn light. It's going to be so spectacular when we are settled in. A part of us wants to leave the plaster as is but we will be testing out Pure & Original paint instead.


    I just love the space, with the farmhouse staircase to the second floor. I still remember a similar stair at my grandparent's house.


    In other news, the fill was laid down and I didn't bother to photograph it. The insulation and pipes have been laid for infloor radiant heating. We figured it was the best way to maintain the temperature in this space. The main floor of the house is forced air, and in the upstairs bedroom we will be mostly relying on a wood stove. We may regret this.


    The summer kitchen is a big space! Next step is concrete.