4 Months Later

Our table has arrived…for the second time! We ordered it in April/May-ish and it was on backorder until August. There was a specific date, but I don’t remember when it was. That date rolled around and we were so excited for the table to be delivered, but were disappointed when we got a phone call telling us that it was time to schedule our delivery. Apparently the date on our invoice wasn’t a delivery date, but a date to confirm that it would be shipped out. We only had to wait a week for it to get here which seemed like another 4 months.

Finally the table arrived. The delivery guys said for 20 bucks they would bring it into the house, but David wanted to do it himself- typical. The box looked really damaged but it was hard to tell if the table was damaged too. You guys, this table is heavy. It took a long time and a ton of strength for David to get it inside by himself. We were actually shocked that he was able to do it on his own.

Once it was safely in the kitchen, we opened it with excitement and were disappointed yet again at how incredibly damaged the table was. We were nervous that it would take another 4 months to get a new table. And we weren’t sure if it was the shipping company’s responsibility or the shop where we purchased the table, but after amazing customer service, they shipped us a new one and told us to keep the damaged one.

Our new table arrived (mostly) damage free and we couldn’t be more happy with it!

Laundry RoomWallpaper

I personally am ok with wild patterns and bold colors in any room, but for those who are skeptical about that, I think the laundry room is the perfect room to go crazy in. ¬†I had a very specific wallpaper in mind, and have seen it used on so many Pinterest pins. ¬†It is truly stunning, however for some reason I have been hesitant to use it. ¬†It definitely isn’t the most neutral pattern, and it isn’t the cheapest. ¬†It makes me nervous that a future buyer would look at it and maybe use it as a deal breaker not to buy the house. ¬†It’s one thing if it was the only room with wallpaper in the house, but both kids rooms have pretty busy patterns, so this room should be a little calmer.

Over the long weekend, I was searching through a bunch of Labor Day sales and came across what I believe to be the perfect wallpaper. ¬†We got really lucky because it is officially sold out, and I can’t even find a picture of it to show you all. ¬†I guess that means you have to be patient and wait to see it once we start installing it, but it is fabulous!

Have a great weekend!

Progress Plateau

Oh hey, remember me?! It has been way too long. Now that David is doing the majority of the work, our progress obviously depends on him.

Right when Eli finished camp, he got really sick. Awful fever, awful cough, it was the worst. Naturally, Dax got sick, and then just when you thought I would be the one to get sick, David got sick. He actually had it the worst. Eventually I got sick and we all just kept passing it back and forth.

Because of us all being out of commission, it made it kind of impossible to get stuff done around here. This weekend, we were finally back in action. David worked long and hard on the laundry room and got so much done. This room became a lot bigger of a project than we planned for so it’s also taking a lot longer to finish than we planned for.

Since the laundry room was previously a bedroom, it had a closet. We don’t really have a need for a closet, so we ripped it out, carpet and all. Still not sure if we will use the area to hang dry clothes, but I’m thinking that it’s a good space for that. The goal was to have the cabinets installed, they aren’t finished because there was a lot more to installing them than we anticipated. ¬†David built the bases for the cabinets to make them level with the washing machine and dryer. They don’t look “level” in this picture yet because he hasn’t finished screwing the levels on the legs of the cabinets, but I promise that they will be!

After looking at it, David thinks that he needs to raise the cabinets a little higher. ¬†I honestly can’t tell, but what’s one more thing to do?¬†I think we decided on our counters, and after months and months and months, we finally decided and ordered wallpaper. We decided to go bold and fun since it’s a laundry room, but more on that later.

Hopefully now that we are all better, there will be more progress which means more blog posts. Stay tuned!

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.