Category Archives: Apartment Therapy

Kitchen Nip Tuck

By Kyle

It all started with a crack in the counter top next to the sink. Every time we did dishes, water would leak into the cupboards. After showing this problem to my landlord, one thing led to another and we got a new sink, faucet, counter top, and backsplash. Pretty awesome, eh? Check out some of the before and after pics below.


Original counter top and sink.

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New white counter top, sink and faucet.

This was a fun project for Kevin and me, and it got us excited about owning our own place. My landlord let us choose the tiles for the backsplash, which was a little more overwhelming than you would think. He sent us to Tuiles Olympia and asked to us to choose something dark which helped narrow down our choices. Before heading to the tile store, we spent some time looking at pictures on Houzz of kitchens with similar colour schemes to give us some ideas. There were tons of tiles in the showroom to choose from so we took pictures of the ones we liked and then slept on it. It was easier to make a final decision while revisiting the pictures in our apartment. We ended up choosing this grey glass tile.


We chose the dark grey glass tile in the center of this photo.

The display at the tile store was a little misleading because it didn’t have visible grout. In case there would be visible grout (which there was), we asked for a dark grey that would not distract from the tiles and look as closely to the display as possible.

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Grey glass tile backsplash installation in progress.


The glass tiles with light grey grout.

The grout ended up drying lighter than I hoped it would but, nevertheless, I think the final result turned out great.


The final result! Complete with new hardware on the cabinets.

Life Tip: Avoid this type of straight handle. It’s nearly impossible to install them so they look perfectly even. For someone with a minor case of OCD, this could will drive you bananas. Just sayin’!


ON Route to Toronto

By Kyle

On our way to visit Marie and Mitch for an evening in Toronto and then off to Kentucky to visit family and to hunt down some beautiful southern furniture.


We’re on the lookout for a dining room buffet, a media stand, a free standing light and a dresser. We won’t be able to get (yet alone afford) all of these items, but it’s what we’re looking for to spruce up our apartment.

I didn’t think much of antiques before because, where I’m from, there are none to be found. But having been around them more and more since being with Kevin, I’ve really developed an interest and an appreciation for them. They have so much character, are usually well made and one of a kind. Pretty cool if you ask me! Pics of southern antiques and finds for our apartment soon to come!

PS: I love the new On Route stops that have been built on the side of the highway in Ontario. They’re really nice and convenient!