Laundry Lighting

The laundry room used to be an office/bedroom and it had a really ugly ceiling fan. Not only was it ugly, but it was dirty and just old. We knew that this would have to be replaced but I wanted to see the room come together before I decided on what type of light fixture to choose. Since the wallpaper is so busy, and such a statement piece, we wanted to go simple with the light.  We decided on chrome since the hardware and faucet is chrome.  I know that mixing metals is totally in and okay to do, but the OCD in me constantly pushes me to stick with one metal. Anyway, we love how the new light looks.

David is finishing up the grout, and starting to paint as we speak.  Once that is done, we can move on to installing the closet, organizing, and bam…laundry room complete!

This is Four

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Is it just me or does it go by so fast? David took last week off because not only was it Thanksgiving, but it was also Eli’s 4th birthday. I seriously can’t believe he’s four, where has time gone? It’s been a long week celebrating and I’m relieved to get back to our routines- especially with eating, holy moly we ate a lot all week. We didn’t get as much house stuff done as we hoped for, but there was definitely some progress here and there. Stay tuned!

Anyway, happy belated Eli! We love you!!

MIA

You guys, it’s been about two weeks since I gave an update. It’s not that there hasn’t been any progress.  David installed the hardware and the light fixture in our laundry room and I will post about that soon.  But,  all of a sudden the season has quickly changed from Fall to winter, and with the snow and coldness, I needed him to clear out the garage so that I could park in there.

To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated to write or even read the blogs that I try to keep up on.  Not sure if I have mentioned this here or not, but I am from Los Angeles. I was born and raised there and lived there until I got married in 2011. I grew up in a suburb called Calabasas which is really close to Thousand Oaks.  The horrific shooting that occurred last week just put me in such a funk.  Between that and the shooting at the synagogue, it was just getting a little depressing looking at happy Instagram photos and reading blog posts about recipes and beauty and fashion while so many people were suffering.  I totally get that you have to live your life and unfortuntely these disgisting events are becoming the norm here, but I think that these two specifically hit home to me since my kids go to a Jewish preschool and since T.O is my home.

Then the devastating fires started.  It was heartbreaking to watch the news and read about the “Camp Fire”, but then the “Woolsey Fire” started.  I am so thankful that all of my family is safe, but it was really scary that they all needed to evacuate and to see the damage that has been done to my hometown.  My sister lives in Malibu and she still can’t go back to her house. It all just made me feel so helpless being so far and not being able to do anything. It also made me feel extremely unmotivated to do anything on the computer except for pay bills and check some emails.

Now that things have somewhat settled down, we have a very busy and fun weekend coming up and an even busier week next week! It’s Eli’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, and we are so excited that my dad is coming into town to celebrate.  He turned 60 today, so we will celebrate him too! Next week we have E’s birthday celebration at school, and then his actual birthday Wednesday, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and my family Hanukkah celebration on Saturday! Oy.

So bear with me as I am slow on the updates these days, I promise there will be more soon.  David is taking the week off so I am putting his butt to work!

Doors and Drawers

We are one step closer to our laundry room being completed.  Last weekend, David worked on installing the doors to the cabinets and drawers. We thought that this would be a simple task, but of course we came across a little issue.

Since all of our walls are completely not straight in this house, it makes it hard to have counters, moldings, trim, window treatments, etc. that are all level.  When David went to install one of the drawers on the end, it was so crooked and off, that it was difficult to open.  He ran out of time, but planned on having to make some adjustments with the cabinet base, and shave some of the top off in order to make it fit evenly. Last night he had some time to work on everything and to our surprise, there was a much simpler way to adjust the drawer with adjusters that came attached, duh!

We also noticed that the cabinets are not as white as they looked in the store.  Hopefully that will change with better lighting, but we will have to think about paint colors if it continues to look off white.

I have been researching what type of hardware I want in there, and surprise, I have no idea.  Hopefully I will have that figured out soon!

Have a great weekend!

Plumbing Problem

Not sure if you all remember or not, but I told you guys to ask me if everything in our laundry room was still standing in a few months. Well, you don’t need to wait a few months, because we already are having problems.  Not huge problems, just some plumbing issues.

I had about 9123892743974 loads of laundry to do, so I started my first load early Monday morning as I usually do.  Everything was going well, but I suddenly heard some “dripping” that turned to “pouring”.  I ran into the laundry room and saw that there was water coming out of one of the pipes that is under our new utility sink.  I instantly texted David and he told me to put a cap on it, or stuff a towel in there until he got home from work.

I did just that and walked away, took one kid to school, the cat to an emergency vet appointment, and then back home.  When I checked on the leak when I got home, I saw that there was a ton of water.  A lot more than before I left the house. I was told to stop doing laundry (there went my day) and he would fix it when he got home.

It was a pretty easy fix, but this incident reminded me that David will not be remodeling the boys’ bathroom when it is time to.  Plumbing is just not his thing.

Utility Sink

Besides having our laundry room upstairs, one other deal breaker for us was a utility sink.  We had to have a utility sink. Until I had kids, I never knew why having one was so appealing, but after tons of diaper blowouts, and stains that I cannot even explain, it is so important to have a place to rinse off clothes that is not in our kitchen, bathroom, or outside.

David installed the sink and the plumbing and besides the excitement of finally being able to use it, I think it looks great, especially the faucet. We went with a chrome finish, even though I really wanted gold tones.  I just felt like it looked cleaner in a laundry room, and better with our washing machine and dryer. Now bring on the laundry!