Office Reveal-Finally!

Hola Shiplappers! It’s been awhile since I have posted-my apologies! Time continues to run away from me as the days turn into weeks so quickly! The Christmas and holiday rush is well behind us, and in pursuit of working on my many new goals for 2017, I finally completed…my office area!

I am so excited to share it with you all, because I feel like it is a space that truly represents me on such a personal level. I really wanted it to be that way, because like the old adage says “find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. A lot of what I hope to do moving forward will require a fair amount of time being spent at a desk. Not only do I now have a beautiful space that I am comfortable in and that functions for my needs, but it was also a pleasure to plan and execute this personal space for myself (seriously, I live for this stuff!).

After purchasing our home, we knew that we would dedicate a space for Mr. Chasing Shiplap to have an office, due to the nature of his work. For him we decided on some extra space in our basement/man cave and that has been perfect for his needs. I mulled for awhile over where to put my office. I knew that I didn’t want it in our main living area, as offices and desks can get a little wild with “stuff/junk” and I dislike clutter in our main living space.

Before: Empty Nook Area

I ended up deciding on a little hallway nook leading to our master bedroom, that didn’t serve much of a purpose aside from being a segue area. The space is small, so I had some trepidation about being able to pull it off as an office. A quick search of small office areas on Pinterest bolstered my confidence about making the space work so I decided to go for it! Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

I opted for IKEAs Table Bar System which allows you to mix and match various table tops and legs to create your own custom desk. I added 2 IKEA wall shelves with brackets and that was the starting point for my new office. The pieces that I selected are practical and economical, and also give a custom look and feel because I was able to pick exactly what works for the space.

The decor and accessories is a mishmash of office supplies and pieces that I already had, plus things that I thrifted from Value Village and purchased from places like the Dollarama, Michael’s, Winners, Homesense, and Wicker Emporium. You will recognize some Dollarama office supplies from my “Office Organization- Spray Paint all of the Things” post. I splurged a bit on a mint green vintage school house light fixture. I have to say that I find that one of the quickest ways to transform a space is to swap out the basic builder grade lights and replace them with something custom. This does not have to be expensive! There are beautiful lighting options in many price ranges if you are willing to shop around!

I have to admit that I am very much an “old lady” at heart (I have Pinterest board titled “35 going on 76”, haha). I love florals, pink, vintage-y, soft, feminine, and shabby chic decor elements. I am the only female in our household of 5 people, so feminine elements ended up being very strong! I used various pieces of art work and mirrors to create a gallery wall. Here she is, my completed office space!

Chasing Shiplap Office Reveal

Maybe someday I can find a way to add some shiplap to the area, haha. I hope that you enjoy the space as much as I do! Thanks to everyone who voted for me to complete this space, and to all of you for continuing on this Chasing Shiplap journey with me!

Kitchen Reveal + Bringing it all Together!

Friends! I apologize for the hiatus. I never intend to be away as long as I am. Life continues to be a whirlwind, but in so many wonderful ways! We have had so many fantastic visits with friends and family since we have arrived on the island. Our boys love their new home and have transitioned as well as we could have hoped for with all of the changes. We now have the first week of back-to-school under our belt, and we continue to move forward.

Amidst the busyness, and rush of life, we managed to live through our kitchen remodel. It was not a major renovation so it really wasn’t that bad. The hardest part was waiting for all of the elements to come together (e.g. carpenter, plumber, tiler, electrician, and supplies to arrive). Renovations are a lesson in patience! It was nearly a 6 week process, and in the I am extremely pleased with how our vision came together. I am very excited to share the [almost] finished product!

First, I’d like to remind you what the kitchen looked like when we purchased the house. When we viewed the house initially, the kitchen was lovely but not my style. Despite that, I knew that I had something good to work with and that the changes that I wanted to implement would be mostly cosmetic because footprint and layout of the space worked. We started with a deep red wall colour, dark tone wood cabinetry, a two tiered island with a breakfast, and built in spring opening spice racks flanking the stove. The countertops were a dark laminate, and the sink and faucet were a standard builders grade stainless steel and chrome. The backsplash tile was a beige stone, and we were grateful that the stainless steel appliances were included in the sale of the home.

Kitchen Before

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The first thing we had done to begin our kitchen transformation was have the walls and shaker style cabinets professionally painted white (walls are Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, and the cabinets are colour matched to Benjamin Moore’s Simply White).. It was a much more economical choice than replacing or even refacing them. We also had the wood beams stained in a dark walnut colour.

Painted Walls & Cabinets

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We then had the island cut down to remove the breakfast bar tier, and we replaced the laminate countertops with quartz, making the island level and increasing the usable surface area. The stainless steel sink was replaced with a fire clay apron sink, and the faucet replaced with an oil rubbed bronze finished spray faucet. We also added an Insinkerator garbage waste disposal system. Although the builtin spice racks were a neat feature, we opted to remove them in favour of opening up the stove area and increasing our counter space. I have no regrets making that move!

Stained Beams & Island is One Level

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We replaced the beige stone backsplash with classic white subway tile with contrasting grout in a charcoal colour. We also added a herringbone pattern feature above the stove. Since we removed the existing tile and subsequently has to replace the drywall, we took advantage of the opportunity and decided to add plumbing for a pot filler faucet about the stove. We love it! We kept the original cabinet knobs and pulls since they coordinated with the oil rubbed bronze sink faucet and pot filler.

Subway Tile Installation 

imageFinally, we had the light fixture in the dining area moved about 8 inches to be centered over our dining table, and changed the fixture to a simple chandelier. That sums up the multiple changes that we have made to our kitchen and dining area. Alas, here is our new space that functions much better for our family’s needs. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we are!

Our New Kitchen

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We are really happy with how the kitchen, dining room, and living room flow and have come together!  I will continue to update the blog to reveal the changes that we make in the other rooms in our home. I hope that you will tune in as I continue on my journey of Chasing Shiplap!

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Fireplace and Livingspace Reveal!

Hola friends! I am trying to keep the momentum going and get back in the habit of posting more frequently. Thanks for your patience and continuing to follow along on this journey with me! I have begun my interior decorating course and I’m excited to share more about that another time.

As promised, I wanted to share our living room space and the fireplace remodel now that it is (almost) completed. You may recall in my update post that we didn’t plan to redo the fireplace when we bought our house.  After painting the builtin bookcases white, the existing stone facade no longer worked in the space. After deciding that we would redo the surround, it was a no brainer for what I wanted. You guessed it, we decided to add my coveted shiplap to our space!

Before: Livingroom and Fireplace 

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We are not as handy as we would like to be, so we contracted this job out to the big guns. They took care of everything related to the build, and I oversaw the design elements. The materials included cedar shiplap, wood for the mantle, and we had the fireplace surround tiled in a herringbone carrera marble. We also added shiplap to the back of the bookcases and switched out the shelves from glass to wood. The shiplap and mantle were painted white to match the bookcases upon completion of the construction.

During: Construction of Shiplap Facade

imageThe cumulative construction/build time too about 3 complete days, but due to carpenter and tiler’s availability the entire project was completed over about a 3 week period. The painting took 2 days.

After: From Cosy Cabin to Calming Cottage!

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We are thrilled with the end result! The lighter wall colour combined with the white fireplace and builtins really have transformed the space. The room in its previous form, while lovely, felt dark and heavy. The space now feels lighter, brighter, open and much larger! I like to say that the space has gone from a cosy cabin, to a calming cottage which is very fitting for us as we settle into island life!

After: Shiplap backing and wooden shelves replace glass shelves 

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We still have some accessorizing and decorating to do as we move on to the surrounding areas (foyer, dining area, and kitchen). It is important to achieve a flow and continuity between all of the surrounding areas when you have an open concept floor plan. More to come as I complete the others rooms and areas. Stay tuned!

After: A work in progress-Adjoining areas to come! 

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I’m Still Here + Our Fireplace Project!


Shiplappers! First off, I must apologize for the radio static and my lengthy departure. I honestly didn’t mean for it to take me this long to get back on the horse again. Life has been incredibly busy, with so much change over these last couple of months that I definitely lost my way on my blogging journey. My mind has been so inundated with thoughts, ideas, and projects that I want to share with you all, that I have become overwhelmed with where to start. So in in the interest of getting something (anything) out there, I’m starting small with a little update post.

We survived a cross-province move with 3 kids under the age of 5 (golf claps please!). We successfully packed up our little family and life  and moved across 3 provinces to our new home on Prince Edward Island. The transition has gone pretty well for the most part. We love the island, first and foremost! There is this special feeling that comes with being here. Everyone seems that extra bit nicer, relaxed, and friendly. It’s probably my idealistic optimism and bias speaking, but I’ll take it.

Chasing Shiplap Minis-Colour Coordinating with our New House

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We love our new house, or at least we will after all of the renovations and unpacking have been completed. We had almost the entire first and second level of the house painted prior to moving in. Paint colour selection is something that is super personal as I’m sure that you know. Most of the colours that were in our house when we bought it were deep, dark and in some cases, bold. The palette was nice, but just not my style or what I envisioned for our new home, so the dark colours were the first thing to go.  I am drawn to light and neutral colours, so the new palette is a mix of soft whites/creams with pops of neutral blues and greens. We also decided to have our fireplace remodeled and to do a partial kitchen remodel to get our home to where we envision it. Both are pretty sizable projects and we are so excited to enjoy and share the end results when they are completed. For now, I will share a few photos of the progress that we are making.

Fireplace Before

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Our first project is remodeling the fireplace surround. It really isn’t something that we planned to do when we bought our home. I knew all along when we purchased the house that I would be changing the dark wood kitchen cabinetry to white. The fireplace had a stone facade that is flanked by builtin bookcases in the same dark wood as the kitchen cabinets. To add continuity to the space because it is open concept, I opted to have the builtins painted white to flow with the kitchen. I immediately loved how they looked when painted white, but the crisp white next to the dark stone was not working for me. It was too stark of a contrast.  I then began to look at options for painting or whitewashing the stone, and even replacing it with a lighter stone but nothing was was really jumping out at me that I loved. It didn’t help that I never really loved the mantle either. After some discussion with the ever supportive Mr. Chasing Shiplap, we agreed that if we were going to spend money on the project that we should get what we (I) really wanted. I bet that you can’t guess what that is. You’ll be astounded and amazed to learn that we (I) decided on a shiplap surround (and custom shaker-style mantle) for our new and improved fireplace! Shocking, I know!

Bookcase Builtins Painted White

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Above is the fireplace after the builtins were painted white (see what I mean? The stone just isn’t working) and below is the work in progress. Stay tuned for the big reveal when it is all completed- I can’t wait to share! Friends, I have been Chasing Shiplap for some time now, and I am thrilled that I finally caught some! Shiplap dreams do come true! Stay tuned for fireplace updates!

Fireplace Surround in Progress

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The Unfinished Cedar Shiplap Planks are so Pretty! It will all eventually be painted white to match the builtins!

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