Safety Hazard, No More

Hey…remember that time I shared our embarrassing dumpster/garage/landfill situation here and here?

Well this weekend I had a scary revelation that besides it being gross, embarrassing, unsanitary, etc it’s also a huge safety hazard.

David surprised me with a new car on Friday and I really want to park it in the garage this winter, so obvi this is my main reason for getting the garage cleared.  No, not really, in all seriousness, what if there were an emergency or fire and we couldn’t get out of the house through our front door? What if there is so much trash, that the trash catches on fire?

I decided David had to put the laundry room on hold and bag up all of the trash. The garage is finally clear enough to where we could walk safely inside and soon enough park at least one car in it. We eventually want to paint and do the floors in there, but temporarily this will do!

Laundry Room Cabinets

David shouldn’t have to feel bad when he misses a workout, because he probably burns more calories and gains more muscle working on this house than I do during my Peloton workouts. Last Saturday, he finally brought up the cabinets for our laundry room.  This excites me because it cleared some space in our dumpster…I mean…garage and it means more progress in the laundry room. Of course, we had to come across some issues though.

Our contractors did the drywall and the plumping, electrical, and venting for us.  They had to build a false wall which in reality is a brilliant idea.  However, instead of putting the washing machine outlet box deeper into the wall, they put it over the wall. There are two problems with this.  The first problem is that because it’s built over the wall, everything from the machines connecting to the box sticks out really far, so we can’t put either the washer or dryer against the wall.  Instead, they are pretty far, which creates an awkward gap that we will have to cover up by getting a deeper counter.  The second problem is that the box is extremely high.  We want to put in wallpaper or tile, but the box is fairly large and kind of looks random and out of place. It should have been put in lower so it can’t be seen.  David was able to fix it a little, but not enough to make a huge difference.

The other minor issue we came across is more of a David mistake than the contractors.  He pre-measured the space but didn’t account for the moldings and trim in some areas, and that messes with the measurements for the cabinet space, specifically for one cabinet.  The cabinet between the dryer and the window is supposed to have drawers instead of doors, but once the window trim is in, there is no way that the drawer would be able to open. We thought that we could do some messing around with spacing, but ultimately decided to rearrange where each cabinet goes and it completely solved our problem.

We now need to build a base for the cabinets to go on, so that they are level with the washing machine and dryer.  We are eventually going to put in a counter, and want it to be one surface instead of having two different levels.  This weekend we went to pick out counters, and left with about 50 samples. Oy!!

I really feel like this room is coming together, and will hopefully make doing laundry more enjoyable for me, since I feel like I do it 12 hours out of my day. Hah!

Brightening Things Up

Don’t get me wrong, I love a bright white house.  If we didn’t have kids, everything in my house would be white with some navy, black, and gold accents.  Obviously, that didn’t work out for me since we have two messy monsters to raise.  We still have our white kitchen and bathroom, but we didn’t want things looking too sterile, so we thought it was time to purchase some art for our giant blank wall.

We wanted either two giant pieces, or three large ones.  I like odd numbers when it comes to home details, so we went with three large pieces.  We actually had one piece of art that I was in love with from our Compass Pointe house, and it was one of my favorite things in the house.  I told David to unbox it (yes, it was still in a box) to see if I still loved it, and sure enough, I did. We purchased it from Joss and Main, so I thought it was a good idea to search the site for similar pieces by the same artist. With my luck, I couldn’t find any, so I did some stalking and was able to at least find out who the artist was.  I e-mailed her (she is actually in Chicago), and she emailed me two pieces that would go great with what we already owned.  I was so excited because I loved what she sent, and this meant we only had to purchase two more instead of three.  Talk about saving money- art is not cheap people!

When our two new pieces arrived, I instantly fell in love.  They were gorgeous and looked so amazing with our current piece.  We headed over to Hobby Lobby to get them framed and made it very clear that we wanted the frame and matting space to be identical to the current one.  We didn’t want it to look like we just bought two new pieces and called it a day.  We left confident and excited for the artwork to be framed so we could bring it home to hang.

Fast forward to over a month later, we go to pick up our art, lay it up against our wall and I was shocked to see that not only were the two new pieces different from our current piece, but they were not even identical to each other.  It looked so ridiculous, I can’t even explain it. We noticed that one of the employees literally crossed out the measurements they originally took on the receipt, and wrote over it with new measurements.  We were super confused, so we had to go bring them back and get this annoying problem solved.

Sure enough, the employee who originally helped us, took it upon herself to tweak the measurements as she saw fit without asking.  Her reasoning made sense- if she put on the same amount of matting as the original piece, it would go over some of the painting. She was trying to compromise as little of the painting as possible.  Totally get her logic, but it looked absolutely ridiculous when all three were up on the wall.  So, she agreed to change it so that all three were identical and they look so much better. However, they still aren’t identical. The matting on our original piece is a lot whiter and brighter than the two new ones. The frame is also slightly larger.  We finally made the discovery that the Joss and Main piece is actually a blown up photo,where our new ones are real art. I am not sure if you could tell by these photos, but it is pretty obvious which two are our new pieces and which is our older piece.  I think once the entire house is done and we replenish some of our money from this remodel, we will buy a third piece from the artist to replace our Joss and Main copy.

Wow, that was a long post for just three art pieces.  Anyway, we now have a little color to brighten up the kitchen and I think it looks great.

Laundry Room Decisions

A couple of weekends ago, David started mudding and sanding the drywall in the laundry room. It was obviously dry and cleaned up by this past weekend, so David was able to prime and paint the ceiling.  The room looks so much brighter, and we are officially ready for the fun part of this room.

We still need to decide if we want to use wallpaper or tile.  We keep thinking that with the busy floors, wallpaper will look better, but we really are going back and forth.  I actually think this might be the toughest decision we have faced so far with this renovation.

Hopefully David will be able to get the cabinets upstairs this week, I think that once we see them installed, maybe it will be easier to make a decision.  Once we decide on wallpaper (or tile), we can get a light fixture, sink, hardware, etc.  I seriously can’t wait to have a completed and organized laundry room.

7 Years

I have some laundry room updates, but today I’m taking a break to write about our anniversary!

David and I have been together for 13 years (this upcoming October) but today is our 7 year wedding anniversary.

In just 7 years we have lived in 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois), 7 cities, have moved a total of 8 times and have owned 4 homes. We have traveled the world from Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Canada and so much more. And most importantly we had two beautiful but wild boys!

Although this is not our forever home, this is the first year out of the 7 that we are actually settled- well settled is a loose term but there are no pending moves on the horizon so that’s settled for us!

I can’t wait to see what the next 7+ years brings!

While the Boys Nap

I am so thankful that the boys nap so well.  Eli still naps from 1:30-3:30 and Dax naps from 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-3.  This break is so needed during the week, it is my only chance to workout, prep meals, catch up on emails, etc.  During the weekend, this is the time David likes to get projects done.  Lately, a lot of these projects require cutting and loud noises, so we are trying to avoid that during nap time.  It’s crazy because the boys lived through noise and chaos when the contractors were here for months and months.  But, now that they are used to peace and quiet again, one loud nap might throw them off for a few days, and this mama doesn’t need that!

Obviously the mudroom is the current big project that we are working on, but David said it will be really loud, so this is on pause and we started the laundry room up again. He mudded some of the wall on Saturday, and then sanded it on Sunday.  Even though it made a dusty mess (right after the housekeepers came of course), the walls are smooth and are ready for priming.  This will make the room look so much lighter and cleaner and will take us one step closer to painting, wallpaper, and cabinets. Is it weird I am so excited for a laundry room to be finished?A little sidetone, Eli is having surgery on Thursday, so I will be taking a short break to take care of him, but hopefully recovery is quick and I can post house updates ASAP.

Have a great rest of the week!

Starting the Mudroom

A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.

Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.

Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!