Clearing out the Mudroom

While there are still so many big things to do in this house, there are also a lot of small things.  To start, there are zero pictures up anywhere.  I know that sounds like such a dumb thing, but to me, pictures make a house a home.  We also have spent thousands in photographers, so you bet your bottom I will have those pictures displayed!!

The next thing that bothers me, and it is so petty, but there is no place to put our shoes.  We have a pretty small foyer and entry way, so when we put 4 pairs of shoes at the door, it becomes messy and cluttered. Not to mention, one of us is always tripping over them.  In normal homes, people would put their shoes in their mud rooms or whatever room is off of their garage.

We can’t use our garage at the moment, so we decided to clear the mud room by going through this hot mess, and re boxing and organizing everything.  This really kills two birds with one stone because it gave us the opportunity to find all of our decor and pictures to put up around the house, and it also gives us a pretty empty mud room to place our shoes in so nobody gets hurt.

Now that the mud room is cleaned out, I think I know what I want our next major project to be…

Not sure how much we will get done with Father’s Day this weekend, but knowing David, he will want to work on something. Have a great Father’s Day weekend!

Closet Doors

We had such a great time with family and celebrating my ONE year old’s birthday! He loves to eat and has never had sugar up until his birthday party, lets just say he wasn’t amused. I was really shocked actually.

Now that things are starting to calm down, I have some progress to share.  Eli’s room is complete, yes you read that correctly.  It has been a long long long time coming, but it looks amazing and we all love it so much. Once I fill all of his picture frames, I will share the adorable room with you.

As you all know by now how much my dog pees everywhere. It is just so beyond annoying, but I don’t really blame him.  He is probably stressed, plus he’s an old man.  Not sure if you have ever seen or listened to an 11 year old pug, but they are literally like grumpy old men! So cute.  What’s not cute, is the fact he likes to pee on anything that isn’t wood floor.  He was so used to peeing all over the carpet, and we ripped that out months ago.  Now, his only option is the carpeted basement (which is closed off so he can’t pee in there anymore), or on piles of clothes, towels, sheets, etc.  No, we don’t keep piles of stuff on the floor, however closets tend to have all of those items in them, and our closets have no doors.  Are you piecing his together yet? The pug goes to all of the doorless closets, and pees on everything he can possibly lift his leg on.  It’s been fun to deal with.

When our photographer came to take Dax’s one year photos, and my family coming in for Dax’s birthday, it was time to get those closets up and running. David managed to put up all of the doors except for in Dax’s room.  With Dax’s nap schedule, it’s hard to get in there to put the finishing touches on his room.

The doors look great, and make the halls and Eli’s room look so much more complete. They still need moldings to cover the track, some readjusting, and hardware, but the fact the dog can’t pee on everything anymore is a win for me!

I am looking forward to a weekend of getting more stuff done! Happy Friday!

Bye Bye Spiders

My family starts to arrive tomorrow to celebrate Dax’s first birthday! I still am in such disbelief that he is going to be one.  This year has been one of the craziest of my life and I really think that I deserve a celebration more than Dax does- sorry Daxy!

Before all of the chaos happens, I thought I would share a basement update.  With the weather changing to 95 degrees and humid- we are seeing a lot more bugs around here. Specifically- spiders. I absolutely hate spiders, and it’s shocking Eli does too since “Itsy Bitsy” is his favorite nursery rhyme.

My friend here has serious arachnophobia, so she told me about this man who apparently is a bug guru. He can smell your house and tell you what bugs you have. He came over last week and he is quite the character. I kind of want more bugs just so I can hang out with him again. He walked through our entire house and sprayed inside and out in all of the places where Dax wouldn’t be able to get to. When he took a look at the basement he commented on our open wall.

We had a flood in our basement around when we first moved in. We got everything fixed properly, but David decided to save money and patch up the dry wall himself. Go figure, right? We obviously have had so much going on, so fixing the wall just didn’t seem important and we have had opened walls ever since. The open walls also mean many spiders according to the bug guy. He informed me that he could spray and spray and spray but until that wall is closed off, there’s no way the spiders will stay away.

David got a ton done this weekend- all of our closets have doors now yay!!!! There’s obviously still major projects and minor details too but we thought it was time to finally close up the basement walls. It didn’t take him long, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing the spiders will stay away for the most part now!

Obviously we still need to mud, sand, paint etc, but the most important part is done so that’s what counts- for now!

Organizing the Pantry

Our pantry was built a couple of months ago. We loaded the shelves but we never actually organized them. It was starting to become really chaotic- especially for Eli. He couldn’t find anything and then would put things back wherever he felt like it.

If I had my perfect pantry- everything would be in bins. Everything. There would be no boxes, no bags. It would look so clean and perfect. Unfortunately, spending $1000+ on bins just isn’t in our budget at the moment. Instead, we purchased a few just for items that often are out of place. It is hard to tell which items are in bins because they are clear, but it looks great.

The shelves are looking 10x better and they are already so much easier to navigate. Hopefully we can keep the cleanliness up. There’s still a ton to do in here. We need to finish painting, moldings and trim, switch out the lights, and go to Costco to buy even more to fill those naked shelves. If we get enough done this summer- maybe we can start on the second part of the pantry- the planning center! We are currently using our basement and kitchen island to store junk so the planning center will come in handy.

We have family coming in next week to celebrate Dax’s first birthday, which also happens to be our one year anniversary in this house. Time sure does fly. I’m hoping there is lots of progress during this long weekend, but I most likely won’t be able to share it for a little while, I’ll try though!!

Have a great weekend!

Officially a Big Boy

And just like that, Eli is all moved in to this big boy room.  Well, not all moved in.  His clothes aren’t in there yet, but he has been sleeping in there since this past weekend!  He is doing great and absolutely loves his new room, and he loves telling us over and over what a big boy he is!

On Saturday, David kind of blew it and asked Eli if he was wanting to sleep in his big boy room that night.  Of course a 3 year old is going to say yes to something that exciting! Even though it was definitely time to move him in to the room because of his ripped mattress, the room wasn’t 100% ready.  We were working on it during naps and after the boys go to sleep at night, but now that Eli is in his room, this causes a slight problem for finishing it.

The closet still needs to be done, there are some minor paint touch ups, we need to hang his book shelf, install some more shelves, and decorate decorate decorate! It might take months before the room gets completed now that he’s moved in, but oh well what can we do?!

I am just thankful that he is staying in his bed until I tell him it is time to get out.  I guess I won’t need that padlock for his door any time soon.  Kidding!

Ghost Chairs

I have big boy news for you all but that will have to wait. Let’s talk ghost chairs!

When we built Owl Lane, we hired an interior designer to help furnish that giant home.  We thought we were going to be living there forever, so I really feel sick about how much we spent on her.  It was 4 years ago and I still can’t get over it.  Anyway, one of my favorite items we purchased was a new kitchen table and really awesome chairs.  To make a long story short, we ended up having a lot of issues with the chairs, so we decided to return both the table and the chairs.

In comes Compass Pointe

We loved the look of the Owl Lane dining set, so we looked long and hard for a similar one that was either better quality (which is shocking since we spent an arm and a leg on the entire set), or less expensive.  We ended up finding really inexpensive upholstered chairs which was also a bonus because the company David used to work for sold them.  However, we not thinking about the repercussions of our naughty cat Cheers.  While the new dining set looked great, the chairs were destroyed within a year.  The cat literally ripped them to shreds so we promised never to get upholstered anything again.

So, we didn’t hold up to that promise, but we did finally purchase chairs for the kitchen table that are not upholstered. In fact, they are ghost chairs, and I am in love.  The only issue we came across, is that the new chairs don’t work with our old table.  And by old I mean our 2-year-old table.  Yikes! We ordered a new table as well, but that is backordered until forever.  So, for now, we have beautiful new ghost chairs (minus one because it arrived damaged).  I think that they look great in the new kitchen and they will look even better when that new table arrives! The biggest bonus is that they are super easy to clean, and as uncomfortable as they look, they actually are really freaking comfortable.  Win win!

Wallpaper Dilemma

Before our contractors were finished here, they started working on Eli’s wallpaper in his big boy room. They noticed that it was bubbling up a bit, so they decided to stop until the weather became warmer.  Apparently freezing cold walls can mess up wallpaper installation, who knew? Our contractor told us to call them once it got warmer so they could finish the project.

I mentioned this week, that we decided to make Eli’s new room our next priority, and that meant finishing up the wallpaper install. Instead of calling our contractor, we decided to look for a professional wallpaper installer since there were more projects in the house that will eventually need wallpapering.  This way we could test them out and see if we wanted to hire them again in the future.  After receiving a few quotes, we were shocked with how much it would cost to do a tiny portion of a room.  I looked on Thumbtack and TaskRabbit, that was a no go.  So, our next best option was…David.

David thinks he can do everything, and he can, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can do everything extremely well. Cough cough closet cough cough. He was convinced that he could do this project too.  So after searching Pinterest, watching some YouTube videos, and reading some articles, he decided to do it himself.  I was super nervous considering wallpaper isn’t cheap, but if he thought he could do it, I trusted him.  Oy.

After we purchased the materials, it was time to get to work.  As David was setting up, he noticed that the contractors completely screwed up the wallpaper. They didn’t cut correctly- you are supposed to leave an extra two inches on the top and bottom. They didn’t line it up well according to the pattern, and the seams didn’t look good (which could be weather related).  David had to work some magic to make the remaining wallpaper fit properly. He had some issues with creases, and the seams, but overall it looks really good.

Because of the botched cut job, there wasn’t enough wallpaper to cover both the top and bottom.  We had to choose if we wanted the top of the wall to have “wall” showing, or the bottom.  We decided to leave room at the top, because we can always add crown molding to cover up the cutting flaw. Yes, this will take up more time and is essentially another project, but I think crown will look so good in this room!

Besides the top having some wall showing, you would think that a professional installed the wallpaper, so that is great.  Would I allow David to do it again, eh probably not, but it saved us some money in the meantime, and now Eli’s room is that much closer to being completed!