Some Furniture Rearranging

I don’t know why, but our family room has become such an ordeal for us. We are used to having built-in shelving in all of our homes, and there just isn’t the space for that in this house. I brought in a interior designer and she was highly against putting in built-ins since they will make the room look extremely small.  What stressed me out about her vetoing the built-ins, was that I had no idea where we would put any of our pictures, decor, vases, etc.  I was banking on this room to display our pretty things.  She recommended some shelving above the couch, and at the time I loved the idea, but this was months ago. Now, I am over it.  I found a pretty shelving unit that would go over the couch, but it was really expensive, and if we can’t use it in our next house, it seems like a waste to me because it definitely won’t help with resale. David had some more ideas that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  I really was just losing hope and getting impatient with this room.

I decided to try out Modsy to see if they could give me a fresh idea. This site is super cool, you fill out a type profile, take photos and dimensions of your room, and they send you a design including items you could actually purchase!

This was the (unfinished)room before we used Modsy:They suggested moving the piano to the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room, also the wall the piano is perpendicular to. That seemed perfect when looking at it, but once we moved it there, it just made the room even more cluttered than it already was, and the piano was a little too big for the wall. This got our wheels turning, and David suggested moving the piano to the wall pictured below.  We thought we would eliminate one of our giant chairs, and we could replace it with greenery or a pretty lamp to go next to the piano.I sent Modsy a new picture of our layout, and they came back with the perfect design.  They suggested moving the chair we eliminated to where the piano used to be, but David thought that maybe we could do a built in corner unit there instead, that way we have a place to display our pretty things and it won’t take up too much space.

I still have no idea if we will go with Modsy’s idea or David’s, but it’s amazing how one change can give us a plethora of new ideas.  I think that we are on to something with this room, and I am finally getting excited about it.

Now, if only the laundry room, mudroom, and garage were finished…

Laminate Counters

When it came time to decide on countertops for the laundry room, I wanted to go with a white quartz similar to what we have in our master bathroom. It’s definitely not the cheapest, but after my last 3 homes, I said we would never have laminate countertops again. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that maybe laminate in the laundry room was the way to go. It’s really functional, and there are some pretty options that don’t look too cheap. We got a ton of samples from Home Depot and David and I instantly agreed on one that we thought would work with our bold wallpaper and busy floors.

This past weekend, David cut the laminate to fit our counters. He wasn’t able to finish the top, but he got the hardest part done- the edge. It was a two person job and after a few attempts we realized that we had to take out the washing machine and dryer for it to work. Eventually David finished and it looks great, especially for it being his first time installing laminate.

I can’t wait for the rest of the countertops to be installed because nothing seems better to me than folding laundry in my laundry room. I’m over carrying it to my pet hair infested bed. Gross!!!!

Asking for Help

As you all know by now,  David isn’t too big on asking for help.  He likes to think that he has superpowers and can do everything by himself, but this weekend I saw a different side to him.
David has been building the counter for the laundry room, and he finished it last week.  He mentioned to me that he might need help carrying it upstairs, since he built it in the garage.  I do workout 6 days a week but I am not sure if I could help carry a 200 pound counter up our staircase.  I told him to let me know when he needed me.  On Wednesday night as I am getting out of the shower, I hear all sorts of noise.  Grunting, walls getting bashed, stairs getting scraped.  I quickly realized that it must be my husband with those superpowers of his, carrying (or dragging) the counter up the stairs. David runs into our bathroom and tells me that he needs me to lay down towels on the stairs as he goes up them so that he doesn’t damage anymore steps. Keyword being anymore. I agreed to help, but if he was struggling that much, was it worth it for him to carry this thing on his own?
I felt like it made more sense to just hire somebody and ask for help.
After damaged steps, damaged walls, and an extremely sore David, he agreed to carry the counter back down the stairs (he only made it halfway anyway) and find somebody to help him.  We used Dolly and found a guy to help him when it was convenient for us, and within 5 minutes, the counter was safely up the stairs and shortly after, placed on top of our cabinets.
The length of this counter is getting me super excited to have a place to fold laundry!

Our Almost Flood

Living in the Midwest, we have some crazy weather.  I love it because you never know what you are going to get.  The weather report can say rainy all week, and we are surprised with sun…or vice versa!

Last night we had some crazy rain, but not really anything we aren’t used to.  At about 10 PM our power went out which was so annoying.  All of our devices had about 10% battery except for mine, so between that and no TV, what were we supposed to do? I decided to brush my teeth and go to sleep but as I was brushing my teeth it dawned on me that I hadn’t heard the sump pump go off for a while.  Ours is super loud, so you can hear it from the basement all the way to the top floor. I mentioned it to David and he jumped up as if I told him our house was on fire, and ran to the basement.  He soon sent me a picture that sure enough, the backup battery was not plugged in and was dead, so there was no back up and the water was filling up quickly.

For those who don’t have sump pumps, if they stop working, and the water fills up, you can most definitely expect some flooding.  Well, ours was just about full, so David called his dad all the way in Oregon to figure out what the heck to do. The power wasn’t expected to come back on until after midnight, and the rain wasn’t getting any better.  David got a bucket, and literally started filling it with water to avoid the sump pump to overflow.  He filled over 3 buckets, and saved the night because we didn’t have any flooding. Phew!

If we learned anything from this event it’s that a. always make sure your backup battery is working b. have working flashlights c. maybe make sure at least one cell phone has at least 70% power in case of a real emergency or longer term power outage

So fortunate for my spur of the moment thought,  because the last thing I wanted to do or spend money on is more basement carpet.

Tiling the Floors

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we also tore out the closet in the laundry room, and that obviously included the carpet that was left in there.

After David ripped out the carpet, it was time to prep the floors so that he could tile them. He spent a lot of last week prepping, and this weekend tiling. We ran out of grout, but after a quick run to Home Depot the floors should be done this week!

Between the cabinets being installed and the floors almost being done, this laundry room is hopefully on track to be completed in a month or so.

Wishful thinking, right?