Sunday, February 20, 2011

Peach Palace, the finale - Day 141

You heard it here first folks.  The Peach Palace is finished.  We actually wrapped most of it up a week ago.  We just had a couple of final little details to finish.  Although I would have liked to have finished before my trip, I did feel a little guilty about leaving when there was one more door to paint, bedroom blinds to install, a garage full of tools and wood to bring back to Red Gate Farm.....

I don't have a complete breakdown of what we've spent at the Peach Palace in this redo.  We originally budgeted $5000 but didn't include sales tax in the budget.  I do know that for the entire interior we went through 3 gallons plus 1 quarter of oil-based primer, 4 gallons of latex primer, 3 1/2 gallons of ceiling paint, 4 gallons of oil-based paint and 14 gallons of latex paint.

And now, to recap all the befores and afters.....

The full bath.  The bathtub doors were removed, the tub was tiled, vanity painted, broken vanity drawers were fixed, hardware replaced, light replaced, laminate-y walls removed, walls skim coated, new sink and faucet, heater replaced, ceiling exhaust fan installed and of course... the walls, ceiling and trim were all primed and painted.

Half bath.  Fake laminate walls removed, multiple wall cabinets removed, walls sheet rocked (which then required tapping and mudding), floor replaced, toilet replaced, vanity painted, vanity hardware replaced, faucet replaced, light fixture replaced, ceiling light added, exhaust fan installed, light switches moved from outside the bathroom to the inside, new mirror, trim added/replaced and of course all the walls, ceiling and trim painted.

The Dining Room.  Windows replaced, popcorn/cottage cheese ceiling removed, ceiling light replaced (with an actual dining room light fixture), laminate floors were finished, curtains and rod hung, trim installed around windows and floor.  Finally walls, ceiling and trim painted.

Front porch or perhaps sun room... Sliding door replaced with more appropriate french doors, front door replaced, side window replaced, popcorn/cottage ceiling removed, and ugly orange carpet replaced with fir floor.  Then of course we painted the ceiling, walls and trim.

Living room.  Window replaced, previously mentioned slider replaced with french doors, built in cubby replaced with vintage window, popcorn/cottage cheese ceiling removed, window and door trim added, carpet replaced and curtains and rod installed.  The final touch is all the walls, ceiling and trim were painted.

Kitchen.  The fake textured walls were removed, walls skim coated, cabinets installed around stove area, 3 new cabinets built and installed, refrigerator with water and ice maker installed, over range microwave installed (with venting), a portion of the counter tops replaced/installed, existing laminate flooring finished, cabinets all primed and painted, trim replaced or added, hardware added to cabinets, all light fixtures replaced and new vintage cabinet added.  The walls, laminate back splash, ceiling and trim were all painted as well.

I didn't include the bedrooms.  They're fairly small and a little difficult to take pictures of.  One bedroom just required painting, replacing light fixture, removal of popcorn/cottage cheese ceiling and replacing the carpet.  Another bedroom upstairs was just painted, walls repaired and the window replaced.  The final bedroom required the removal of a closet, the moving of the entry door, removal of paneled walls and ceiling tiles, sheet rocking, tapping and mudding, adding a new closet, replacing light fixture, sanding and painting existing painted floors, adding trim and finally the painting of all walls, ceiling and trim.

One of the largest projects was the redesign of the stairs/ladder (see more here) to the upstairs bedroom. Originally the stair/ladder was inside the back bedroom, common in old houses.  It was replaced with actual stairs that start in the dining room.

The exterior, well it's currently still peach.  The plan is to paint it a "regular" house color in the spring or summer... then it really will be good bye to the Peach Palace.

On Friday, my husband listed the Peach Palace for rent.  Thanks to all of our hard work, it was snapped up quickly by a young family with a baby.  Just the kind of family I imagined.

We also need to thank our work crew....

  • my father, Henry
  • my father in law, Mike
  • my mother in law, Lonna
  • my sister in law, Laurie
  • my son, Zach and
  • my husband's co worker, Gary.

Thanks guys for all of your help~

Still here in Toronto... on our way to Niagara Falls today....


  1. You did a fantastic job! The little place is unrecognizable as the original Peach Palace!

  2. This IS NOT the same house! Seriously, the transformation is incredible! It reminds me of those "Flippin Houses" tv shows that are on all the time! Every inch of the Peach Palace was lovingly restored and brought back into the 21st Century by you and your crews' hands! It just goes to show what some imagination and hard work can accomplish. GREAT JOB WORK CREW! Have FUN at the Falls! I just got in from walking the dogs and although the sun is shining ... it's chilly out there so dress warmly. BTW - Yesterday was SO MUCH fun! You and your family are so very LOVELY!!! xox

  3. Chris, this is amazing. I knew it would go quickly. How lucky this family is to get it. It is a fabulous renovation!! Awesome work crew too :)

  4. Wow, what a difference! You did a great job. Hope you're having a great trip!

  5. That was one amazing transformation...and at that price!! all I can say..;j

  6. Chris, This is one of those posts that just amaze me! Not even close to the original house! I would love to have this!!!! If I was ever lucky enough to be able to have another home, this is EXACTLY what I would want to buy! The kitchen is my favorite room! Love how you kept it vintage!!!!! Again, I am just amazed! :):) Sandy

  7. Yipeee!! It looks awesome, what a great job with just the basic paint and cosmetic touches. Love it! How are you enjoying our wind storm and freezing temps in the big city of TO?? :)

  8. Chris,
    Great job!!! Oh my goodness, what a lot of work you guys did.
    I love the lines of the little house - they are darling.

  9. You guys did a phenomenal job. What a sense of satisfaction you must feel.

  10. You all did an amazing job and congratulations on the renters!!!
    How was your trip?? Home just in time for possible snow here!
    Have a great week!

  11. Fantasic job it looks great! A sweet little house.
    Have a great day !

  12. I love this little house! Yall did an amazing job and it looks like all the hard work paid off. I love the new tiled shower, it looks so much cleaner and serene!

  13. Yikes what an enormous amount of work!!!!!!!!!!!It looks 100% better, perfect for a little family.....well done are you going on The Maid of the Mist?

  14. So my husband was reading your blog posts tonight, and he has plenty of questions for you....what kind of wood was used on your barn redo? What do you do with all 20 acres? Crop farm, etc? What does your husband do for a living? Builder? He was peppering me with all kinds of questions about you!

  15. Chris, this looks amazing! You did an incredible job!!! I have been working long hours lately and I've been visiting but haven't had time to leave many comments. Congratulations to you on a job superbly done! You deserve the vacation you are on. I hope you bring back lots of stories and pictures.

  16. Cutest ever I wouldve rented it as well .

  17. Cute cottage and great transformation! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

  18. Yay peach palace people helpers!

    Congrats on the young couple with baby - nice family for a nice little house...:)


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