Before & After @ The Ranch


The last few weeks we have experienced some very aesthetically pleasing leaps forward at The Ranch! it’s amazing how it’s actually starting to resemble a REAL house?!? In today’s post I have some great before and after/progress shots from a few of the projects we have been working on.

BUT! Before that.. I want to announce that we have, ladies and gentlemen, A TOILET!!!!!!!!!!  This may be lost on you but I will explain…we took possession December 1st 2014 and the house was winterized, so no running water, no heat source, etc. Then we started renos and we have been working there WITHOUT a toilet for almost 8 months. We are also out in the country  so the nearest Tim Hortons isn’t super close or convenient, you catch my drift?! Last Sunday our first toilet went in and it may have been one of the most exciting days to date! Here is a photo..

IMG_3532Last weekend my sister (the better half of this blog) was visiting to help us with some of the renos. She kindly took on this little project and the results are to die for! When we originally bought this house we were thinking of re-facing this fireplace in a few years because neither of us is a fan of this type of stone. Pink is also my least favourite colour so the fact the brick looks sort of pink was not great.. especially with this fireplace being in the living room where we will likely spend most of our time in the winter months. Here is the before- with just primer- and then fully painted (2 coats)! Thanks, Mel!


Priming the fireplace really helped when it came time for the top coats, they went on much easier. 


The final product!! We wanted it to resemble limestone so I painted it in Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore. The mantle will need to be replaced eventually because last winter when there was no heat in the house it got warped by the cold.IMG_0698

IMG_3534Here is an exciting reveal- in my last McIlquham Ranch post we showed you our tiling results from two of the three bathrooms… this third bathroom floor was the bane of my husbands existence, but the results are GLORIOUS! It took a bit of a re-do and the tiles are not perfectly straight but I think he did an AMAZING job and I absolutely love it! These are the floors in our tiny master bathroom..

IMG_0672IMG_3538My sister and I also painted my office last weekend. We decided to leave the rest of the house in the White Wisp (Benjamin Moore) but I knew from the start that I wanted my office to be navy blue.. so we took the plunge and painted it. I love it a lot! I went with Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore . It will look much better once all of the trim is on and I’m set up at my desk plugging away explaining to people how life takes energy (plug for my colleagues)… or working on our blog 🙂 Super happy with this navy blue, just in case you are considering painting anything navy in your life 🙂 Here is the before and after.

IMG_0696 IMG_3536Another BIG and exciting progress update is that our pool is now up and running!!!!! YAHOO! We got a new liner and a few other things to get it up and running.. was super nice to have it last weekend with the heat wave. Our liner is called “black granite” and once the water got in it, it almost looks dark blue like lake water. Super happy about it! We have also FINALLY been enjoying our new patio set from Foremost. We purchased almost all of our bathroom fixings and our patio furniture through them and LOVE. IT. ALL! This set is called the “Kingston” – fitting, eh? Last weekend we enjoyed the pool and even had a little BBQ for lunch on Sunday on this neat little Vital Gourmet GrillIMG_3531 IMG_3527 IMG_3529
IMG_0723That’s all for now!! This weekend the rest of the bathrooms are being installed and we have some clean up work to do! While Melanie is off to Newfoundland (JEALOUS) with the rest of our family.. I’ll be here floating in our pool, wishing it was the ocean…

Anchors aweigh!

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