Monday, August 29, 2011

My little bunkie guest house

I am so happy to have our bunkie complete and to be able to share it with you. We started back in May and have slowly worked away as funds and time would permit . We just need to break it in with a real over night guest now that it is complete.
Welcome , come on in .
I left the ceiling open with a lofty feeling , I bought a Wagner sprayer and sprayed the ceiling , this was a huge time saver. The bed wall is clad in bead board panels and the other walls are horizontal v-groove pine the trim is all MDF sheets cut down to size.
Bold window casings and lots of white.
I used cottage pine wood flooring readily available at Home Depot, painted Jamaican Bay by Behr in high gloss floor porch paint, latex.
the only new pieces for the interior are the lantern on the table $10.00 and the two art pieces , the rest were all items I had. I will be replacing the table and chair with a wall shelf to allow for one more sleeping space on the floor.
I used existing quilts from the house and extra furnishings as well as a donated bed from a client that I painted the same floor color , the other bed is a trundle frame covered in a green quilt. I used simple inexpensive foam mattresses.
I was happy to find a spot for our candle chandelier from our dining room , it was a perfect addition to the bunkie.
All accessories are from Homesense , like these two art pieces which were $6.00 on clearance.

The exterior is clad in cedar shakes from Lowe's stained Cape Cod grey by Behr, the wrap around step is cedar , my husbands little creation which I just love , stained with Australian timber oil in the deepest tone I even used it on our pressure treated deck and it now looks like an exotic wood, we just need to finish up a stone pathway from our deck to the bunkie and a little sod to clean things up.
My favorite feature would have to be the painted floors , I would love this in the girls bedrooms for sure , so charming.
A little sign I made from roof scraps and hand painted .
Well there you have it , a little tour of our little bunkie , if you have any questions please feel free to ask in comments.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jamaican Bay

I am so happy to be back and to be able to share that the bunkie is complete, from the roof top to the bottom , even a lovely cedar wrap around step is done , all the trim is done the painting too , the furniture is in and all the decorative touches as well. I am beyond happy with this addition to our home , a little guest house for two , a hang out a nap spot or a place just to chat on the phone...
Our little backyard getaway , something I have dreamed of having is finally complete.
The last decision was the floor colour , I on the fly chose Behr's Jamaican Bay , it is the most perfect aqua ever, it is so cheerful .
I used gloss latex porch and floor paint , I would love this flooring in my bedroom , what a happy colour.
I am working on the photos doing a little editing and I will work on a Bunkie post for tomorrow , it has been hard to keep up with blogging this summer , its been really busy , working on the bunkie when I wasn't working one of my two jobs or doing fun things with the family and enjoying a really beautiful summer , but boy does it feel over today , it is cool and really windy , of course it is nothing compared to what is going on on the east coast , my thoughts are with all those going through such a disaster causing storm , scary stuff, keep well and safe , see you tomorrow .

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sneak peek before it's complete

I just wanted to show you one last time how things are coming along for the little guest house we are building that we started back in May , these things take time since we are doing this all ourselves in our spare time . But I am happy to share this past weekend we made a lot of progress , we are almost finished the soffits , oh soffits now that is not fun stuff, my hands were so sore from using tin snips , ouch. Look here at my beautiful floor , it is just so lovely , it is 5" cottage pine tongue and groove flooring from Home Depot, I have used it in the main house and I just love it , $1.62 a sq foot, I am painting it , to keep it light and fun , I have decided on that colour but I am keeping that until the reveal.
All the walls are clad and painted , well it needs one more coat , and trim work still needs to be done , but I will have to rent a table saw for that job , coming soon .
I love how the bunkie looks a glow of light at night , I am getting very excited , the end is near.
I couldn't help myself to decorate just a little , next step is to rent a sprayer and spray out the ceiling , that should be interesting for sure , then the soffit finishing , and cladding the back ( our poor neighbours) and spraying the interior , trim , paint floor , exterior trim , building beds , just a teeny tiny bit of work right !!!! then we can give it a spin , sleepovers !!!
I should be taking some reservations soon , now no more peeks until it is all complete , I promise.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Roller coaster rides of life...

I've been trying to take a little relaxation time , even if only for a few minutes at a time , time to put up my feet and enjoy this summer weather , I really love summer , I would trade Christmas for all year round to be summer I love it so much . I found a little bucket BBQ on sale for $9.00 , perfect for roasting marshmallows , I even found one in a lovely blue , but they also had pink, yellow and green to choose from at the Superstore.
This little guest house bunkie has really become a second job , I want to get it done so that it can be enjoyed before this warm weather disappears, so the pressure it on . I have the two side walls to clad inside and flooring to lay , and most importantly the soffits to install to keep the mosquito's out, very important.
I finished the door and window wall with horizontal pine v-groove , I figured the large panels of beadboard would be a nightmare to cut around the windows and door , everything will be painted out the same white and it will look great , the jury is still out on the bead board panels , I know a lot of bloggers use the big sheets of bead board but I love the real thing better , it is just nicer finish and nicer to work with , but because of the way the studs are I would have had to install horizontal supports and I wanted to give the panels a try just to see what they were like . So far they are heavy , pricey and rough the only plus is that they are quick to install and cover a large area in a short time, so I am not a fan but I will finish the bunkie with them and they will be fine but will require lots of sanding for sure.
I finished the bulk of the window wall trim and primed and painted it as well, there is still some finish trim to do , I just needed to see it a little brighter and finished . I know its not the right time but I did hang the candle chandelier just to see how it looked and fit in the space ,love it ! I must get a fire extinguisher for the bunkie for sure ... this will only be lit when I am in the bunkie , never for when the kids will use it , they will have battery operated candles and lanterns...
You may recall this chandelier from my dining room , its so perfect for the bunkie ...I am so anxious to get this room finished and pretty ...
We took some time for the beach again just me and the girls , they had just had a big sand sculpture contest , check out this amazing dinosaur , incredible.
The day was sunny and gorgeous , but seriously windy ...I blew up our tube for the girls and sent them off to play in the water and normally they stay safely near the shore , but to my horror I took out my binoculars to peek at the kids and to my horror I saw them out WAY too far , right out at the buoys ,are you kidding me , this is lake Ontario a GREAT LAKE, I wasn't sure if they were out there on purpose , Sophie was in the tube laying and Mason was hanging off the side , I freaked out , I couldn't get to them so I alerted the life guard and they sent one life guard out on a boogie board to check on them and to bring them back , while I watched I saw one of my girls fall into the very deep water , how helpless I felt ... They didn't see what the big deal was , apparently the wind brought them out about half way , and so they thought lets go touch the buoy and go back , are you kidding me ....yeah nothing bad could have happened ...the tube could have popped as it was already leaking , Mason could have become too tired , someone could have fallen into the very deep cold water , which happened , I was so freaked out , everything turned out fine he brought them back in . Although Mason said it was fine , but later admitted she was tired and Sophie did slip off the tube into the water trying to reach out to the was all bad in my opinion, I didn't think I needed to tell them the buoy was TOO FAR TO GO ... no wonder I have grey hair , Sophie later admitted she was scared out that far...and the life guard was quite cute to walk by us a little later and tease the girls saying " you got in trouble "!!!! apparently they were embarrassed , but I was not about to just sit there and wait for something horrible to happen .... oh kids , love em and want to kill em all in the same moment.
Onto lighter issues now , like my wee surf board shaped sign , it will say when done THE BEACH house , I should really get that done already ...I used the cut off of the ceiling to make this little sign .
So there you have it , a little to show , I hope we will have lots more to show you soon , I am still unsure as to the floor finish , do I make beds do I pick up metal daybeds I saw on kijiji ??? I just don't know ... I will keep you in the loop ...cheers for now !