Love My House!

Do you love your house?  We bought our house almost 14 years ago.  At that time Hubby and I walked through with a toddler in tow, looking at our would be/could be dream home through rose coloured glasses and the planning began.  We would paint our daughter’s room right away.  We would replace that old carpet ASAP.  A little love and care to those old floors and they would shine right up.  A little creative decorating would make “their” old house “our” perfect home.  We took the leap, even though it was far from perfect; the neighbourhood was ideal, the backyard fantastic, we jumped and we bought that house! 

We moved in.  Our “To Do” list was a mile long and we really did try to tackle some of those projects.  The problem; our house had other plans for us. We quickly learned our “quaint” wood windows were painted shut.  Do you know what happens when you break the seal on painted windows?  It gets a little breezy in your home!  Breezy is okay in the spring and summer.  Not so much in the fall and winter.  Job number one became replace the windows.  Job number two became replace the furnace.  Job number three was the roof.  I won’t bore you with what came next.  Our wee house became a money pit and all the things I wanted to do, soon became things I had to do.  So now, nearly 15 years later, I like my house, but most certainly I do not LOVE MY HOUSE. 

Now it is time to change that.  Shouldn’t every person love where they live?  I think so!  It’s time to find my decorating diva, pull out my hard hat and make some big changes to this house that is firmly stuck in the 80’s.  Do you want to hear what I have planned?  Of course you do!!  I am over the top excited to announce that thanks to The Home Depot I am finally taking huge steps to #LoveMyHouse !  I have now made countless trips back and forth to our local Home Depot.  I’ve taken, pictures, samples and picked up the biggest order ever of……HARDWOOD FLOORING!  Eek!  I’m so excited! 

The SassyHubby and I are renovating almost the entire main floor of our home!  We are replacing cracked dull tile with Dubeau Prestige Series Maple Hardwood.  We’re fixing the front hall and the bathroom.LoveMyHouseEntry We are ripping out stained and yes, burnt rug in the family room.


We are completely tearing out the chipped, and worn out tile in the kitchen. 

This renovation is soooo overdue! 


Our floors are sort of embarrassing! I will admit, I’m just a little overwhelmed and a complete home reno newbie, so this could get interesting!  I hope you will follow along with me on my journey as I shop for my final product, rip-out the old cracked and forever stained stuff, and ultimately replace and reveal my brand new house!  You can find me chatting away and asking for opinions on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all with the hashtag #LoveMyHouse Wish me luck!


  1. Good Luck! Can’t wait to see all the changes!

    • Thanks so much!! I will take all the good luck wishes I can get! Thankfully Home Depot Canada has been very patient with my million or so questions so far 🙂

  2. Good luck to you, I love watching those shows but cringe at being able to do it myself. =)

  3. It’s stressful but loads of fun at the same time. We are currently renovating our house top to bottom. Thankfully my handy hubby can do most of the work himself and I get to take care of our 4 & 6 yr old girls in the process. Hoping to be back to somewhat normal this winter. 🙂

    • You are SO lucky to have a handy Hubby. I can honestly say I don’t have one of those so this could ge very interesting! It’s a big project so we are going to call in some friends to lend a hand. 🙂

  4. Best of luck with this!!! We replaced all our floors a few years ago; it was daunting but SO worth it!!

    • Daunting might be the perfect word, but we are ready. I’m so tired of being unhappy, almost embarrassed of my cracked, chipped super ugly floors. I’m sure hardwood is going to make a dramatic difference in this old house!

  5. Having been through the same type of reno a few years ago, if you need words of encouragement feel free to ask.

    • Thank you!! I’m starting to pack up my kitchen right now! It’s one thing to think about putting in the new floors, another to realize you have to take out all the old one’s and move all your crap around in order to do it. One step at a time right?

      • You need to think about are you going to be able to wash dishes? We used the bathtub, sounds silly but it worked since I didn’t have a second kitchen. Will you eat take-out during this time, or bbq everything?

        • Oh good point!! We are going to have to move ALL our appliances around and can’t survive on pizza for too long:)
          Hoping for good weather for the next few weeks so we can BBQ, and may be doing a lot of sandwiches!

  6. I’ll admit it. We did the same thing. Bought our house and swore we would update it right away. Now here it is 5 years later and we have not done one darn thing. Can’t wait to see how your renovation turns out. Maybe I can get my Hubby off his butt to do some of his Honey Do list!

    • I knew I couldn’t be the only one!! Sometime life just gets in the way, and for sure those projects get bumped way down the list. Hopefully my reno will inspire you to tackle one of your projects! So far, the excitement alone makes it worth it!

  7. You are going to love it! We have maple hardwoods in our house and they are fabulous! Love-Love-Love!

  8. Burnt rug … Hmmmm lol

    Home reno is so hard but so wonderful on the end side 🙂

    • Ha! Yes. My name is Stephanie and I am addicted to my wood burning fireplace. The problem; I like a BIG fire and my fire place is teeny! This can lead to a few sparks escaping once in a while!

  9. It is all so exciting. I know it won’t be fun but definitely worth it. I have a friend who did her house last year in wood flooring including the stairway and it is stunning!

    • Oh the stairway too!! It is on our list! I doubt we will be able to replace the rug anytime soon, but we are toying with the idea of painting all that wood!

  10. This is so exciting! I have crappy floors in about half of my home too. I love the hardwoods and carpet, but I hate my vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. Can’t wait to see the results at your place!

    • After chatting with family and friends it seems so many of us put up with flooring we just don’t like!! Can’t wait to see the difference this is going to make in our home. Thanks for following along:)

  11. Oh! Your front entrance! Those stairs! I am looking forward to seeing the renos – it’s going to be beautiful!

  12. nice…you have good stock to work with…i love the staircases….sounds like you are in for a bit of chaotic fun…we hope to do that in the not too distant future…

    • People either love or hate the staircase! Truthfully, I’m not a fan, after the floor goes in, we may paint that thing!

  13. Its looks like a lovely place. Can’t wait to get into my “forever home” hopefully in the next year or so!

  14. lisa Atfield says:

    Good luck! I love my house but also have things that when done would have me loving it more!

    • I recently hung a painting in my bedroom, it was a birthday gift, I can’t believe what a big difference that little change made!

  15. Can’t wait to see the results!

  16. S. Alison Beck says:

    You’ll do great! It will be a real relationship tester just like in the movie The Money Pit (which I just watched!) You can’t go wrong with Home Depot though for advice and materials.

    • LOL I remember that movie so well!! Perhaps my Hubby and I should watch the Money Pit again tonight just to remind ourselves to stick together as we tackle this home reno 🙂 I’m already so grateful to Home Depot for all their help!

  17. Good luck!!

  18. I love a good home reno, and it looks like you’ve got a beautiful house to work with. Good luck – looking forward to following along!

    • Thank you!! We’ve done a little tiny reno of our main floor bath and didn’t fight too much lol, so hopefully we come through this with flying colours! Can’t wait to see how hardwood transforms our house! 🙂

  19. So excited to see what you do with your place! Your house is beautiful to begin with! Can’t wait for updates on your home renos!! Exciting!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks so much Christine! Right now I’m feeling a Little overwhelmed but I just know it will all be worth it in the end 🙂

  20. OMG I love the stairwell

  21. So excited for you!! Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  22. I can’t wait to see the after!

    • Stephanie says:

      Eeek! Thanks, me either! I just finished brewing coffee in the basement and creating a kind of make shift lunch out of the office. This house is a disaster right now!

  23. wow that staircase is breathtaking!

  24. Victoria Ess says:

    That’s such an exciting project!! Renos are always overwhelming, but I have faith that it will work out and be TOTALLY worth it!

  25. kathy downey says:

    I have to admit it’s a lot of work but work it in the end.We just redone hardwood floors right through the home with the exception of bathrooms and laundry room.

  26. Sounds a lot like our house. We’ll get there eventually but time is hard to come by around here so it’s one little job at a time. I shouldn’t complain, my husband can and has tackled every job imaginable but it’s too slow going for my liking….I just wish we had more time to devote to renovating…someday, I’m sure.


  1. […] one exception, my poor SassyHubby.  Let me explain.  As we prepare our house for the big #LoveMyHouse makeover, things have gone into overdrive around here.  This has meant there is no idle […]

  2. […] rug, replacing it all with glorious shiny new hard wood!  Woot!  Oh yes, it’s a full on #LoveMyHouse Reno!  Bye bye ugly front hall!  I am fully prepared to get my shop on, and not stop […]

  3. […] Take my five tips, dive in and get dirty!  This renovation has been a lot of work, but I can already tell you it has all been worth it!  Hubby and I pulled together, made The Home Depot nights into date nights.  Spent time talking wood floor selection, paint colours and dreams for the future.  It’s exciting to tackle a project together and I’m thrilled to tell you it’s coming out even better than I had hoped!  I just have to dust one more time, call in a few more friends to help move back some of the heaviest furniture and then I am ready for the big reveal!!  Squee!  Come back next week for my big reveal!  I am so happy that I finally #LoveMyHouse. […]

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