Log cabin luxe ala Colin & Justin

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Nov 9 2014
Dining, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

I so love these blokes and lovelovelove their ‘little’ holiday getaway in Muskoka, ON. I hope you can source recordings or be able to watch it. I also love seeing the boys put their hands to sanding, cutting, painting and working machinery.

Since this blog is also my way of documenting homes and things that inspire me, I have to include their beautiful log cabin renovation in Muskoka. Now this post I’ve truly enjoyed putting together although it took quite a while.

Has to be noted that it is far easier to put something that looks cohesive and beautiful when you are able to empty the house and start from scratch, rather than what most of us have to face with, that is… dealing with one piece of furniture and/or aspect of the room/house at a time. And then wait to save up for the next, which may take months/years!

(I’ve listed the photos below by episodes and included my comments as well as the lessons learnt in each.)

Episode 1: Buying the log cabin

Lesson learnt: What’s the worst thing you can do when you’re looking at a house? Already pre-buying it in your mind.

Makes it such an emotional decision. But then again, when you are looking for “dream” houses, don’t you need to be a tad emotional? Do you emotionally pre-buy when you look at houses for sale? I sooo do. Which is why buying houses at auction

Episode 2: Guest bedroom

Lesson learnt: Minimise the different flooring throughout the space.

Yes I’ve always thought that multi flooring cuts and slices the space so much. One unified flooring gives the illusion (or adds) of vastness. Also gives the kitchen its own beauty and space as well as giving the logs their presence too. The result isn’t overwhelming.

Lesson learnt: In a space where you are wanting to retain the wooden walls, going for a painted finish in the kitchen minimises the effect of “too much wood”.

One thing I had to laugh and nod vigorously was when Colin & Justin exclaimed in disgust at the “hellish net curtain” covering the vistas out to the glorious lake and trees.

Myself, I HATE net/lace curtains. The first thing I did when we moved into this current rental was take down ALL the lace/net curtains which were hanging in every window. Our views were fortunate enough to be extremely private with glorious views of the Australian bush.

Guest bedroom before makeover - Justin &  Colin's Cabin Pressure

Guest bedroom makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

I love how most things were chartered away for resale, junk shops, bedding and soft furnishings sent to a dog-and-cat home and some furniture sold on eBay or their local Craigslist.

In this room, Justin and Colin sanded the boards on the wall and floorboards to apply a grey tone varnish to the walls and darker stain on the floors. (Tip: when sanding the floors, do a good job, otherwise the varnish won’t go on uniformly.)

They painted a soft grey over the dated granny wallpaper. “Painting the walls just plain just gives you the perfect backdrop. So you put a kind of older piece in front of it and stand back and actually see it for what it is,” advises Colin.

(Yes. They’ve gone back to using greys for their own living spaces. I think these two boys turned me onto 50 Shades of Grey (paint) single handedly.)

Read their article in the Huffington Post.

Episode 3: Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bathroom before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Bathroom renovations are never easy, but they make it look so easy. First things first. Gut the entire thing.

Then sand the “orange Swedish sauna” out. Thumbs up for that. I really don’t like the orange tint to the wood panels. Then they painted it 80% strength white paint (add water). Bath surround covered in marble. Same dark grey tone to the flooring. A vintage table repurposed as a sweet simple vanity sink, dressing and the result? Luxe!

Vanity in upstairs bathroom after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Bath in upstairs bathroom after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Storage wall in upstairs bathroom after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Read the boys’ article in the Huffington Post.

Episode 4: Upstairs bedroom

Making two small bedrooms into one large bedroom for Colin & Justin’s partners in the cabin. This is the dated before shot, including the vibrating and folding bed that almost ate Colin.

One small upstairs bedroom before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

The gorgeous high roof in the one small upstairs bedroom before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

The plan was to knock through the wall the bed is against to open up two rooms, taking advantage of the A-frame roof line.

In this room, they tried different latex paint and water mixes on the wood panelling in this room to achieve a “ghosting” effect. I think they finally settled on a 30-40% paint 60% water mixture. It’s nice, keeps it from being too cottagey. Up close (in the recordings), you can see the grain of the wood despite it looking like pure white paint in the photos.

The large upstairs bedroom after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Love the custom linen headboard with the nails. The room feels so utterly luxuriously appointed but throughout this process, they’ve talked about being budget conscious…

The large upstairs bedroom after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Seating area to read, to relax, to regroup…

Seating area in the large upstairs bedroom after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Read the boys’ article in the Huffington Post.

Episode 5: Downstairs TV den

The den downstairs, before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

The den downstairs, before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

I learnt (vicariously) how to remove popcorn ceiling. Previously people would scrape it off. Now I know what time wasters that is, when all you need to do is cut the ceiling at the corners and find the tape that connects the two and rip that off and tear the ceiling down! (Note to self: wear mask!)

The den downstairs, before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Putting up a proper wooden French doors, giving the entryway a proper treatment is so classy.

What I found so interesting is that changing the direction of wood panelling and selecting wider planks gives the room such a different feel and elongates the room, making it larger. Of course, getting rid of the orange Swedish feel was also a big big big plus.

The den downstairs, check out the difference with panelling direction  - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

The fireplace has gone from dated brick to elegant grey local Muskoka stone. Understated elegance.

Lesson learnt: Using sliding door (they used a barn door) it allows more wall to be used for furniture and requires less floor real estate.

The den downstairs, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

I can’t believe what Justin used on the floorboards and walls. #1 who’d thought of it? #2 the aroma! #3 the minimal cost.

Coffee stained board, ala Colin & Justin's Cabin Pressure

INSTANT COFFEE! Watered down in different stages for different rooms, it makes a beautiful soft brown stain. In this room, they used “one 200g jar per half gallon of water produced this soft honey complexion”.

The den downstairs, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

What a nice, cozy, simple yet elegant area to enjoy TV, hot chocolate and to entry into the beautiful Muskoka room and Colin & Justin’s bedroom.

Read the boys’ article in the Huffington Post.

Episode 6: Lakeside dock

Who doesn’t want to live on the lake? Who doesn’t want a dock from their property right out to the lake? Who doesn’t want a private platform on which to sunbathe or kick their legs in the cool, clean, Canadian lake?

Lakeside dock before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Not the dock above, though. A bit rickety, a bit unsafe… A bit grotty. But after some magic by some very able men, the result is so breathtaking!

Lakeside dock after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Lakeside dock after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Lakeside dock after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Yellow, grey and white. Blue lake. Green trees that change into orange and red in the autumn. New dock.

Lakeside dock after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Like Justin pre-cabin, I can’t swim. But like Justin post-cabin, I’d be learning quick smart!

Read the boys’ article in the Huffington Post.

Muskoka room/sunroom

Muskoka room before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Muskoka room before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Muskoka room before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Muskoka room before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Muskoka room before makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Laying local stone pavers in the Muskoka room  - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Muskoka room after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Muskoka room after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Read boys’ article in Huffington Post.

Colin & Justin’s bedroom downstairs

It’s entirely masculine but so serene!

Colin and Justin's bedroom, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Colin and Justin's bedroom, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Colin and Justin's bedroom, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

I’m really loving that the wall cladding stained with coffee adds the softest ever sheen, but no shine!

Read the boys’ article in the Huffington Post.

Downstairs bathroom

Inspiration for Colin's bathroom decor scheme, entitled Bleak Chic

You know, most people see the picture above and think, ugly. Colin sees this and sees “bleak chic”. And dear me, does he deliver!

Colin and Justin's bathroom, bleak chic, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Colin and Justin's bathroom, bleak chic, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Colin and Justin's bathroom, bleak chic, after makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Read the boys’ article in the Huffington Post.

Kitchen

During:

Kitchen, pre makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Kitchen sink, pre makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

After:

Integrated fridge in kitchen, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Kitchen, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Kitchen, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Read the boys’ article at Huffington Post.

Family/living room

Living, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Textures, warmth, comfort, luxury, simplicity… all in the same space. I love the thought and detail that has gone into everything with a budget in mind.

DIning and kitchen, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Dining, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Living and dining, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Simple glass banister:

Glass banister, post makeover - Justin & Colin's Cabin Pressure

Read the boys article at Huffington Post.

All in all, it’s a cottage that is so sensitively decorated and renovated. It’s warm but serene. It’s a space to leave your troubles and work behind. To engage in relationship intimacy and building. To regroup.

(All/most photos sourced from Huffington Post.)

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