Thursday, August 29, 2013

Exterior painting has commenced!

The scraping, sanding, power-washing and other prep has started on the exterior of our house. After almost an entire summer of discussing possible colours, we made a decision and booked some painters (I will post more about that whole process later). We are very excited/nervous to see the colours start to go up on the house. This was one of the projects we really wanted to accomplish this summer, so I am very happy it is going ahead. I promise to post more as the painting progresses. I also have lots of other things to post about. Stay tuned.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Armoire - a piece of furniture older than the house

We've been looking for a piece of furniture to go in the front entrance since before we even took possession of the house. There is no closet on the main floor, which means no place to hang coats and put scarves, gloves, hats etc. We considered making some sort of built in unit, but decided we would like something that could be moved in the future and that would be a better fit with the feel of the house.

At Christmastime last year we visited two stores in Vancouver. The Antique Warehouse and The Antique Market. Both have great stuff, but we were unsure of the dimensions of the space in the new house and also our price point, so we didn't make a purchase.

After 7 months in the house and a lot of looking on Kijiji and in antique stores around Edmonton with no luck, we knew that The Antique Warehouse had what we were looking for. We just needed to find a piece in a price range that we were comfortable with. Thankfully they were having a summer sale! After a lot of back and forth via email, we chose an armoire, made the purchase, and arranged delivery. (Actually, my Mom made the purchase. Thanks for the wedding gift Mom! Sorry it took us so long to decide.) The armoire arrived with no issues and is a perfect fit. It is in great condition and was likely made in the early part of the 19th century somewhere in France.

I'd like to take the time to acknowledge how helpful and professional that staff were at The Antique Warehouse. We highly recommend them if you are looking for antique furniture.