Since we’ve been on the move since December and are only just starting to get settled, I thought I would share a few photos from the condo that I spruced up in February.

When we moved in, it was full of old furniture, hockey art, and brass… oh… so much brass. With a very limited budget, I spent a few weeks hunting and trading on kijiji to bring in some used pieces that better suited the space. I painted tables (like the grey side table below), sourced artwork, and filled in the gaps with things I already had on hand. Some of my best finds included: two black and white chairs ($40 for the set), stripped pillows ($3.50 each!), and that great elephant sculpture (FREE, from a relative).


The dining room was trickier, because I had to work with the existing student-grade furniture and beige paint. I opted to hand stencil the walls with some left-over paint and did a quick swap-out of the brass light fixture with a cheap (>$10) shade from Homesense. No question it would have been nice to go further, but I am really happy with how my stencil turned out. It really added a pop to the otherwise beige open-concept living space. Here’s a close-up of my hand-made stencil that took a few days to put up.




Here’s a bonus photo of Ohia (our mascot) snoozing on the old fold-out sofa that I removed from the condo (it was structurally unsound, so recovering wasn’t an option, despite those great lines!).


I also replaced flooring in the kitchen and bathroom; installed baseboards throughout the condo; sprayed out the giant brass curtain rods and brought in two cheap grey panels to tie the existing sheers into the new colour pallet; and brought art and organization to every room in the unit.

The condo was originally bought for my brother-in-law as a student pad, it’s low-end and could only hold the value of minimal cosmetic upgrades (no granite & stainless steel here!). After my brother-in-law moved out, the unit had been sitting vacant for a few years. When we moved in (December), the building had 5 other units that were also for sale, which made for lots of competition. But, I’m happy to share that after we finished our mini-reno (March)… the unit sold in less than a week, and all of the other units are still on the market! Whoo hoo!

Another proud moment that proves a little design goes a long way.

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