Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse's Profile

Display Name: Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
Member Since: 12/5/11

Latest Comments...

@MaedchenT,
Thank you so much!! Your comment totally made me smile :)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/25/14 02:33 PM

@sealbeachy,

Ontario building code does not require an extractor fan and we adjusted the position of the shelf to meet building code (we originally made a mistake). We have no plans to sell, which is why we have felt free to design a space that feels good for us. It's such a privilege.

But you raise a good point: building code can vary greatly provincially in Canada and, of course, it's different in America. It's important to read it before making modifications - something I learned the hard way!


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 02:14 PM

@dkl,

I stained them white. It's a very sheer, water-based stain.

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/04/kitchen-progress-no-stain-no-gain.html

I lived with so much wood in our last kitchen, this was my rebellion!


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 02:09 PM

@funkytown

Those are incredible!! I am seriously going to consider one of those (they are a bit out of my price range at the moment). I love that they are three dimensional, and the wood would add some warmth. Thank you so much for the link, I really appreciate it.

Haha, I DO hate houseplants. Only because they refuse to live for me. But some herbs would be nice. I have a huge vintage planter collection that puzzles people because I'm plant-less. Maybe I should put some to work (do you want to guess what colour they are?)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 02:06 PM

@MelanieRose,

I do sit and stare, it's terribly embarrassing. It took us a long time to makeover the kitchen, so it's just so novel to have things out of their boxes!


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 02:01 PM

I am currently making over my lakehouse, morphing it from 1990s blah to mid-century mod. I feel your pain, but I think this room has lots of potential.

Quality primer and paint will do wonders to brighten up the wood and the brick fireplace. It will take some time, but will be well worth the effort. Don't think you have to stick to white, either. You could go with creams or greys - any colour you like. I painted my fireplace grey and I really love the look:

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/10/fireplace-before-after.html

If I were you, I would put some money toward a new ceiling light/ceiling fan. It really dates the space. If you can't afford new flooring right now, I'm sure it won't even be noticeable once you paint the walls and add in your furniture. However, something cost-effective and vintage-inspired, like Marmoleum flooring, might be something to consider. Even a laminate flooring in a light wood-tone - even grey or white - would be refreshing. Maybe there's even something pretty (or at least, paintable?) lurking beneath the carpet. I've painted both concrete and particle board subfloor with cheery results:

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/05/diy-painted-particle-board-floor-mmmm.html
http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/06/basement-update-laundry-room-floor.html

The space has so much potential and I promise you won't even recognize it once your splash on some paint.

Good luck and have fun!!


Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/23/14 01:59 PM

Thanks jonnifer!!


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 10:50 AM

I'm equally confused, but I think when you're used to something you can't imagine how to live without it. We don't long for an extractor fan at all and we cook all of the time. I just open a window.

Once I left something on the stovetop in our last place to answer the phone and forgot about it. When I came back it was everywhere. Maybe the trick is to hang out in the kitchen and watch the pot boil?

Thanks for commenting. I like knowing I'm not alone :)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 10:49 AM

We LOVE spaghetti sauce. From the jar or homemade - both yum. But when I cook, I keep an eye on it so it doesn't go rogue and splatter everywhere. I got a couple drops on the counter last week (and the stove top) but it doesn't go flying like it's a spaghetti Western. But then, I was a weird kid. Apparently, if I got any food on my hair/face/person I refused to keep eating until someone cleaned me. Maybe those are the babies that grow up to have white kitchens and open shelves, but the babies who practically sit in a bowl of food and smear it all over their faces cannot.

;)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 10:46 AM

I just open a window, the same thing I've done for years and years in homes with non-functioning fans. Exhaust fans are a relatively new invention in the grand scheme of things, and millions of men and women have lived without them.


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 10:42 AM

Thanks, everyone, for all of your kind and constructive comments!! I'm so glad you let me share my kitchen makeover with you.

I've tried to answer questions/explain perplexing decisions above, individually.

Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse (formerly Dans le Townhouse)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 12:00 AM

Thanks @Tweetie Pie! The stove now lives in a cupboard below and a micro will be added to the open pantry. This is exactly how we live with it (except right now there's a bowl of fruit and a vase of flowers on the counter - even better!).

I am planning to add a vintage map of Lake Superior to the right of the window, so we can show people where we live on the lake. But I'm waiting to find the right one... Although, herbs would be fun too!! Great idea :)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/22/14 11:47 PM

@cagey11,

It didn't work at all, and was such an eyesore (it was a large, silver, wall mounted fan behind the wood cover). We've never had one that actually works - it's going on my bucket list. We've gotten used to life without one. One day...


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/22/14 11:44 PM

@Dulcibella,

Good eye!! When we bought the house it seemed like a decently sized kitchen, but we realized once we moved in that the cabinets were so narrow and awkward. The one above the oven was fake and when the door was open, I couldn't reach anything inside the ones to the right of the window. I'd have loved to kept closed cupboards, but this was the best, affordable option and we gained so much space. We don't have grease build-up because, like you said, we use and wash everything. Even the less used items just get a smidge of dust, but nothing sticky. Plus, I'm loving seeing the pretty dishware that was previously hidden in our last place.


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/22/14 11:42 PM

@ sally305,

I am going to make my Hubby read this comment because he thinks we have too much dinnerware and glassware. At the ready we have three sizes of plates, four sizes of bowls, 5+ sizes of glasses, plus the "good" china in the dining room credenza (not pictured). I also have a whack of mixing bowls, serving platters, casseroles, jadeite baking pans, etc. on the open shelves. We cook and bake daily. We live an hour from the nearest restaurant, so dining out isn't an option! It's just that everything is neat and tidy, plus a lot of the dinnerware white so it blends in.

We actually gained a TON of space with the open shelving, which we desperately needed.

The toaster oven lives inside a cupboard now (below) and we are going to move a smaller micro to the bottom shelf of the open pantry. We don't use the microwave much (not a lot of T.V. dinners, and we warm leftovers in the oven).

So far, this is all working so much better for us than the previous arrangement.


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/22/14 11:39 PM

@Jutta Jacobs Frei,
The old fan above the stove didn't work, but neither did the one in our last place (or the place before) and we've never had an issue. We try to eat healthy so we don't deep fry or do greasy things. We never had an issue with stickness in our last home, and we haven't had an issue yet but hopefully one day I can have a fan that works (dream big!), haha. I've seen other folks live without one happily, but I know removing it isn't for everyone.


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/22/14 11:29 PM

No coin to replace, no desire to cover. Seriously I am a sucker for mint, and I can live happily with it for a year (less a day!) until everything goes. Across from it as a sweet piece of art with mint and turquoise in it. There are some great options for covering laminate counters, but I made it work (for me). You can see it in this post:

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/02/a-prettier-bathroom.html


Before & After: A Bold But Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover
4/13/14 04:50 PM

Isn't the tile blah? I thought about paint but Hubby vetoed it because he's not confident that it will wear and clean well. We've only painted concrete floors before - never linoleum. It's his space too so I put away the rollers and brushes. Now I'm just biding my time until I can replace it with something great. Luckily it's in great shape and it's a snap to keep clean.


Before & After: A Bold But Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover
4/13/14 04:44 PM

@Tracyandrook, I used Danish oil on the arms, but the legs were very yellow and light once sanded (they are different woods and had different finishes in the first place) so I tried to match with "walnut" stain. I'll keep my eye our for dark Danish oil. I didn't realize there were different versions - it was my first time using the product and I loved the results. Although I'm scared about the maintenance and the required reapplications to condition the wood over time. Not happy about having to go near that velvet with the stuff :)


Before & After: Beat Up Chair Finds Way Back to Beauty
4/12/14 12:52 PM

@Margie B and @CanadianMango, my Fabricland is hit or miss. I have found some nice drapery fabric and am sewing some fun curtains right now but the selection is typically really slim. I think they really vary from store to store. I bought my velvet at a local shop, and they also did the upholstery. I'm really trying to shop local when I can, and the selection and advice at my local source couldn't be beat.


Before & After: Beat Up Chair Finds Way Back to Beauty
4/12/14 12:49 PM