New Window

So glad it is Friday, this felt like the longest week ever, didn’t it?  We had a really nice big sliding door in our old family room/new kitchen.  There really wasn’t anything wrong with the door except for that it was a bitch to lock, but it just didn’t work with the new kitchen layout.  It also was bigger than we really needed it to be.  We knew we wanted the door gone, but were unsure what we wanted to do instead.  Do we do beautiful french doors somewhere else? A single door? No door? After the dog started peeing everywhere, we came up with many excuses and conclusions to why he was doing it. One of these excuses was that he is so used to a sliding door leading to a nice dog area, and he doesn’t have that in this house.  That is how we came up with our “door” solution.

We had to keep a sliding door because that’s all that works for the dog.  We decided on making the old slider a window because that is where the sink is going.  We also decided to build a new slider, but a much smaller version.  It will lead to a better part of the yard to make a dog area. Win win. The process to remove the old door, build a new window, and build a new slider was messy to say the least, but it looks so clean and brings in so much light.  I am really happy with what I am seeing so far!

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New window

Looking More Like a Kitchen

Hello hello, to say I have been busy is an understatement.  What day is it again? I feel like I can’t keep track of anything anymore.  The remodel is still supposed to be done before Christmas, and I still don’t believe it.  I sure hope it is though.  I am ready to have a clean and quiet house.  We had some major dust last week after finally getting our housekeeper back and David had to let our contractor know that he needs to do a better job at sealing off the mess.  We totally understand there will be dust, but there is no need for there to be as much as there has been.  Eli went to brush his teeth and I noticed his toothbrush was brown from the dust, his tub was too.  David cleaned everything off and last night when I went to get towels for Eli they were covered too. Bleh!

The floors upstairs are finally complete (except for the laundry room), but the biggest thing that happened was in the kitchen.  We have lights, plumbing, and walls! It was kind of hard to envision the space, but now that we have walls it is so clear to me how it will look and I am so so excited. It might not look much to you all, but trust me it’s pretty major!

This week the cabinets are apparently going in, we get to pick out countertops and back splash, the sliding door is getting torn out and the new one is going in, and they are walling off the old kitchen from the new kitchen.  Hallelujah! Get excited….

Dust on Eli and Dax’s counter…yuckE4735B2C-59B8-4A94-A8C8-FA233791F23FUpstairs floorsBE46D67E-BBFA-49D9-BC52-577307A5673BC772CC5C-9BF3-49A3-87F0-5513A94AAF2C9B3E9497-5A3A-47AF-9908-E537893DC24DKitchen wallsD7B17E0F-450E-46E7-9782-CC125D875A3E5149FEB6-CC0C-4F44-8D6A-A22AD6A08183

Safety First

Eli is becoming taller and stronger every day.  Now that we have two kids, I can’t focus on Eli 100% of the time.  Dax naps multiple times a day and I can’t have Eli sit in the room with me while I put him down or else Dax will never go down.  Eli just doesn’t have the concept of “quiet” down quite yet.  His new favorite thing to do is to lean over the railing to look at what is happening downstairs.  My biggest fear is that I would be tending to Dax and Eli would have an accident over this railing.  So, David and I decided that it just was way too unsafe to keep our railing as is, we thought it would be best to build a half wall.  He shouldn’t be able to climb it or fall over it.

David is a man of all trades, but we learned that building this wall was a two man job. Thankfully my dad was in town last week and helped him build the wall.  We couldn’t be more appreciative of his help last week because this project wouldn’t have gotten done.

Here is the progress for the wall.  It doesn’t look like much now, but it’s going to be beautiful when it’s done.  I have lots of ideas and I can’t wait to execute some of them!

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Gray Tint

First of all, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Our threenager made it difficult to fully enjoy ours, but the food was amazing.

We are in full on remodel mode now that the holiday is over.  Apparently our house will be done in two weeks.  Not sure I believe this, but fingers crossed I guess. Things are a little stressful as we have people working on every floor in the house.  No place to hide! Our room still isn’t complete which is a little frustrating. No, that’s a lie, it’s really frustrating, but I keep telling myself it will all be worth it. At least I am able to shower in my new bathroom, and let me tell you, it is amazing.

Since the bathroom is about 98% complete, and the floors in our room are also about 98% complete, our contractor agreed that it was a good idea for David to start painting our bedroom.

I think I talked about my love for Repose Gray before, but if not, let me recap.  I love Repose Gray.  We used it in our last house and it was amazing.  Unfortunately the natural light in this house isn’t great, so Repose just doesn’t work.

We decided on Benjamin Moore Gray Tint for our master bedroom.  It is not too light not too dark and it is the perfect shade of gray with our lighting. I am loving the paint and we are just one step closer to the master being completed! Since my family was here last week, we did move our mattress into our room, so we have been sleeping there and it’s a complete mess with all of the paint supplies and not having our closet finished.

Our goal, or my goal, is to start really moving in this week and be officially moved in by next weekend.  We finally ordered our window treatments, our light, some bathroom accessories, sheets, towels, etc.  I don’t want to show it off until it looks complete, although with us nothing is ever complete because I am constantly changing my style and my mind on how I want things. Poor David!

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The Wall is Down

Even though today is Monday, it’s a short week because of the holiday and it’s Eli’s birthday, so I am looking forward to this week! We have been enjoying our time with family, and are sad to see them go tomorrow!

After so much anticipation, the wall that separates our current kitchen from our future kitchen is finally down! I think I was expecting this crazy demo experience just like you see on HGTV, but it really wasn’t that dramatic or eventful.  Honestly, I was putting Dax to sleep and by the time I went downstairs to clean his bottle, the wall was down. The room looks absolutely huge.  We are going to have one massive kitchen.  Although, we thought that the master bathroom was going to be huge too and after the shower, tub, and cabinets went in, we realized it really isn’t big at all.  At least this kitchen will be larger than Compass Pointe. For now, the only stressful part of the kitchen remodel is that we are using our dining room/office as our eating area.  Since we are basically building a new kitchen, we can use our current kitchen as long as possible which is really helpful.  The downside is that because our new kitchen is being built, our storage room for all of our kitchen appliances is gone.  This means every single kitchen appliance we own is in our tiny kitchen, and without a pantry- there literally is zero space.  It’s sort of a nightmare but I am so thankful to still be able to use our kitchen. Now we have some serious decisions to make like how many recessed lights we want, how many pendants we want above the island, what size our table will be, faucets, backsplash, etc! Oh my!

It’s been a real struggle taking good pictures these days.  The workers are here during the day, and there is no lights right now.  So obviously it being almost winter, it is really dark by the time the workers leave!

Here you can see where the wall used to be that separated the kitchen from the family roomDSC_0001These picture are taken from our current kitchen looking into the new kitchenDSC_0004DSC_0005This is the wall that separates our new kitchen from what will be our family room.  The wall is getting expanded as much as possible to give it that “open” layout.DSC_0006

Laundry Room Progress

We need to move everything out of our current downstairs laundry ASAP so that it can be demolished and our new mudroom could be built.  That being said, Eli’s big boy room is on hold…still. Dax’s room is also still not completed, and our room still needs to be painted.  Just when you think one thing is a priority, another pops up.  So, David started another project- the laundry room.  I mentioned before that the contractors did all of the plumbing, but David is doing everything else.  In order for them to move the washing machine and dryer upstairs, the floors need to be done.  David actually started last week and when the contractor was looking at them, he noticed some changes that needed to be made.  Luckily David didn’t get too far so it was an easy fix.  This past weekend he started the tiling and it took a bit longer than we anticipated.  He didn’t get really far, but now that he knows what he is doing, it should be an easy process.  I think it is going to look really cute in there.  We just need to decide on what color cabinets we want, grout, and what type of backsplash we want too.  I just can’t make up my mind! Happy Friday!IMG_4358IMG_4371IMG_4372

Goodbye 70’s Panneling

We weren’t totally expecting to start our new kitchen last week, but the workers move quick, so I really should have expected it since the upstairs is winding down.  Last Thursday they started demolishing our current family room/future kitchen. This room was pretty  much our giant storage room.  So many boxes, junk, and even some kitchen stuff that didn’t fit in our current kitchen.  It seriously is a disaster in there.  On Wednesday night they told us to pretty much empty the room out because they were starting Thursday.  I think I assumed they were just measuring, taking some stuff down, maybe starting to take down the paneling, but they full on starting to demo it.

The room had some lovely dark brown 70s paneling and I was so relieved to see what the room looked like without it.   I was shocked at how much bigger the room already looked just because the darkness was gone! So impressed.

I am not sure if I want to admit this but the one thing I will miss here is the beams.  I thought they were really pretty and all they needed was to be painted, but with us knocking down a wall in the future, it didn’t work to keep them.  The room would have looked off balance.  Our contractor also said that aesthetically the ceilings are not tall enough to have beams, and that they make the room look smaller.  He’s usually right so I trusted him and was happy they were knocking them down.

You can see how much the look of the room changed just from taking down the paneling, crazy right? This week they are knocking down the wall that separates our current kitchen from our future kitchen.  No words can describe my excitement for this, and my nerves.  We have a bunch of family coming in this week/ next weekend and I am still trying to figure out the logistics of how this will all work.

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