Hiring out the Basement

I’ve mentioned multiple times now that the new rule with our home renovation is that if David doesn’t finish by the timeline I give him, we will be hiring out the next project (or portions of it).

I will admit I’ve been giving him some wiggle room with certain things, but when it comes to the basement, it’s a non negotiable.

Months ago David agreed to hire the basement out. I allowed him to knock down and build the new bar, build the built in media unit, redo the floors, and some other minor things. He said we can hire out the drywall and paint. Not completely sure what happened, but we never followed through with our painter, and the basement has been at a standstill since February/ March.

We spent so much time organizing and going through a lot of our stuff and finally felt like we were in a good place for the kids to play down there and have play dates down there. Well, that went out the door…quickly.

The basement is beyond a hot mess. It gives me so much anxiety even being down there. I pretty much am down there just to work out with my boyfriend, I mean Peloton. Not to mention the spiders down there. Yikes!!

After David finished Dax’s big boy room by his deadline, he admitted that he really didn’t want to do the basement. Not sure if it was my lack in pressure or what, but I couldn’t be more relieved, thrilled, happy, ecstatic that we are hiring out this project.

They start in August which means we have to go through everything. I’m tired of just organizing boxes and bins. I want to use this as an opportunity to go through every box and every bin and purge purge purge.

So far we have gotten through the storage closet and have a long way to go, but by doing a little bit each night, we are sure to get this done before August!

I can’t wait to finally have a clean and organized space that doesn’t give me anxiety, and yes I know I’ve said this before!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: All Moved In

You guys will never believe this, but…David finished Dax’s new room by the deadline I gave him! Woohoo! Best miracle ever!

Once the paint was finished, we we started moving Dax’s things into his new room.  We are keeping all of his furniture the same until he is ready for a big boy bed, which hopefully isn’t for a long time.  I love how the white paint looks with the black, gold, and green accents.  It is a perfect room for our wild boy and definitely one that he will be able to grow into.  It is so hard to believe that it used to be dark wood, and blue, and now it is light, airy, and bright.

The room is a lot smaller than we anticipated, so it is a good thing we decided to make this Dax’s big boy room instead of the new nursery.  There is no way the glider would have fit in here, so it couldn’t have worked out better.

We are still waiting on the closet doors and closet door hardware to arrive as well as a mirror for above Dax’s dresser.  Since the room is 98%, it’s time to get that nursery competed as best as we can so we can feel fully prepared for the baby.

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Paint

How is it already Monday?! Did you all have a good holiday weekend? Since the 4th was on a Thursday this year, David took Friday off and we headed to the city for the day with the boys.  We are trying to take in everything we can before this baby arrives here soonish.

Obviously, the other reason I love long holiday weekends, is because David gets stuff done.  He finished painting Dax’s room and it looks so clean and bright.  I am really happy we decided to do moldings instead of wallpaper and keep it all white.  I know white can be boring, but I think it looks super cool in this room.

We went with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and I really think this is my new favorite white.  We are going to do our entire basement in this as well, but more on that later.

With the painting being done, all that is left to do is clean up and move Daxxy into his new room! He is so excited, but it is definitely bitter sweet for me since it means he is that much closer to not being my baby anymore.

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Accent Wall

As you all know by now, I am a huge fan of wallpaper. If I could, I would have some in every room of this house.  Right now, we have wallpaper in Dax’s nursery, Eli’s room, and the laundry room.  I eventually want to have some in our half-bath when we redo that, and potentially the kids’ playroom- but we would wait until we used it as a office. I really wanted to put some in Dax’s big boy room, but even though we are moving him out of his black and white nursery, we are sticking with that color scheme in the new room too. Well, it will be more of a white room with accents of black.  That being said, I thought it would be too much to have two black and white rooms- actually three if you count the boys’ newly renovated bathroom. So, we decided to not use wallpaper this time around, and to do a cool accent wall of moldings instead.

Fortunately, moldings are much cheaper than wallpaper, and a lot easier to install. So far they are looking really good, and I can start to see the room coming together. I am in my third trimester now, so we are on a strict time crunch to get this room ready.  I want Dax moved in and settled long before the baby arrives. I don’t want him feeling like we are kicking him out of is nursery to make room for the baby, even though that is totally what is happening, let’s be real!

Once the moldings are sanded and perfect, we can paint!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Flooring

David actually completed the flooring in Dax’s room before our babymoon, but things have been so crazy since we got back, that I haven’t had a chance to share the progress.  We used the same flooring we have throughout the entire house, so it was pretty easy and familiar for David to install.  This room is really small, but the flooring makes it look a bit larger which is nice.  Most importantly, the toddler of the house approves. He checks on his new room every time he walks upstairs!  Next up, moldings.

 

French Drain

Pregnancy brain is real. So, I have a bunch of progress updates on Dax’s big boy room- starting with his floors being completed, but I forgot to take pictures of the floors. David has moved on to painting, so the floors are completely covered with paper which means I can’t take pictures. You’re just going to have to wait a little while longer. David does have until July 1 to complete the room, so hopefully that means I can take the pictures this weekend!

Moving onto another topic…we had some rain drainage issues with our last patio, and David has talked about getting a french drain put in for months. I was a little surprised that  he didn’t mention it to our contractor when we put in the new patio.

Of course, once the patio was completed, we had some major rain over here and we started to notice how much water was building up next to the patio.  David said “Well, we need a french drain put in”. No sh*t!! I reminded him that he mentioned that before, multiple times and was confused why he didn’t have one put in while we were building the patio.  His reasoning was that he wanted to see where they put the patio, the elevation of it, and if it made a difference with the water problem.  So, now that the patio is done, it apparently is time to get this french drain in, or else we will get this mini pond every time it rains.  No thanks!

Babymoon 3: Cayman Islands

We decided to take a trip to the Cayman Islands to kick off summer, celebrate Dax turning two, and to have one last hurrah before the baby arrives. We did a “babymoon” in Maui while I was pregnant with Eli, and Kauai while I was pregnant with Dax.  Hawaii is just a bit too far from Chicago, and flying with a 4 and 2 year old for that long sounded miserable.  Everyone we talk to seem to love Grand Cayman, so we thought it would be fun and different to try it.  We absolutely loved it, and are already counting down until when we can go back! We stayed at the new(er) Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa and it was not only clean, gorgeous, in a great location, and have unbelievable service, but it was so beyond kid friendly that we were actually feeling like we were on vacation and not just a trip.  I highly highly recommend this property!

Now that we are back, reality is setting in and this baby is coming a lot sooner than we are prepared for.  It’s time to buckle down and get sh*t done! hopefully there will be plenty of updates coming soon.  Until then, enjoy these pictures of paradise

HBD Dax!

Happy second birthday to our Daxy boy!!!! You are wild, strong, stubborn, persistent, brave, hilarious, and smart, yet you still happen to be the most sensitive and sweet boy.  We love you more than words and can’t wait to celebrate with you all week…island style!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Bye Bye Carpet

I mentioned earlier this week that the carpet in Dax’s big boy room would be the first to go.  This carpet wasn’t the original, but it was dirty, stained, and smelled like pee. David took such pleasure in removing it, and I swear the room smells 10x fresher with it being gone. We decided to go with the same floors we have throughout the entire house (main floor, hallways, and bedrooms), and I think that it will make the room look a lot bigger.  Now, if only David could take the same amount of time putting in the new floors as he did ripping out the old carpet…stay tuned!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Before

I hope that you all had a nice long weekend. We spent a lot of time working on some projects, eating way too much food, and celebrating Dax’s second birthday early.

After a lot of going back and forth, we decided to move Dax into a big boy room, and we will make his current nursery the new baby’s.  This room is the last guest room of the house, and is also the only untouched room since we have moved here two years ago.

The room is painted in Chicago Cubs colors, and the carpet is beyond nasty.  I’m glad we have an urgent excuse to redo it.  I say urgent because we want to get Dax into this room ASAP.  I want him in here and settled a while before the baby comes, because I don’t want him to feel like we are kicking him out of his room for a new baby to take it over.

The first thing to go will be the carpet, and I am sure the room will look better immediately!