David and I got into countess arguments and fights about our pantry. I really wanted to hire it out, obviously David didn’t. We got numerous quotes, the highest being 9000. Yep, you read that right. No matter how much money we have, there is no way we could justify spending that. We got many other quotes and David was becoming more and more annoying. I think at one point he even told me he could have built the pantry by the time we finished getting quotes and making a decision. I doubt that is true since he’s still not finished with our walk in closet. Finally, after all of the arguing and fighting David decided to get his own quotes. Go figure, the quote David got was the winner. We got a great price and the pantry looks amazing. We finally are starting to fill it, and once we finish filling it we will make it pretty! It will be a busy and productive weekend for sure. If you have any good organization bin recommendations, or organization recs in general, help this girl out!
One thing I have always wanted in my homes was a grand entry way with beautiful moldings and a long staircase with a tall landing to see downstairs. Unfortunately, our staircase kind of sucks. It’s choppy and dark, and makes the house look and feel really small. Oh well. Since I couldn’t have the grand feeling like I wanted, David installed fabulous moldings to give it a little something something. It looks beautiful and makes such a difference to the entry way. The moldings are the first thing you see when you walk in and they definitely give that wow factor I hoped for.
Oh hey there! Remember me? Sorry I’ve been MIA. So much going on here I really can’t explain it. But what I will explain is how much progress has been made. So so much! This place is finally looking like there is an end in site but today, I’ll focus on the fireplace. I already mentioned it a while back (feels like decades ago).
Let me back track a little though. The painters started yesterday. We scheduled it two weeks ago so it’s not like it was a shock and last minute that they were coming this week. The problem was that David made other projects his priority and so all of the things that had to be done for the painters weren’t. To say it was an extremely busy weekend is an understatement. David was up until about 2 am Sunday night trying to get everything ready for the painters. He had to install all of the trim, the doors, the fireplace, and all of the moldings. Most of this got done but more on that in another post. This is about the fireplace- man I get sidetracked.
He shiplapped the entire fireplace and even though I originally wanted tile, now I’m in love with it! One decision we were contemplating was if we should put crown on the top or not, but we decided to do a small trim instead of a thick molding and I think it turned out great! The painters painted it today and it looks gorgeous. So so impressed. Also, not going to lie, David is soooo obsessed with his work. Ok, maybe proud is the better word choice. But either way it’s a great accomplishment and we are in love with it. I guess the only sucky part is we don’t get an actual “fireplace insert” until next year. Oh well, we can just look at it for now!
Let’s talk doors. To start, we agreed that we would replace all of the doors in the house except for the front door, door leading to the garage, and door leading to outside. We temporarily were just going to paint those doors to save some money. However, we noticed that the previous kitchen and laundry room (current mudroom and pantry) are absolutely freezing. Because those rooms are so cold, the cold air gets into the new kitchen and honestly it is just uncomfortable to be in. We love the new kitchen so it is painful to be so cold while we are in there. We decided that it was time to replace the doors leading to the garage and the backyard. When David took out the old doors, he discovered that they were installed incorrectly. There was a giant gap from the moldings/door to the wall which was letting all of the cold air in. He filled it with some foam and put in the new doors and you can already feel a significant difference in the temperature. Replacing the doors was definitely worth the money now that we know how much air was getting in, but it also makes me a little afraid of what else in the house wasn’t installed correctly. Only time will tell, I guess! Have a great weekend!
Guess what?! The pantry floors are done. Woohoo!!! Can’t wait to show you the finished product, but incase you all were wondering, Eli’s big boy room has not been touched since November. This room has served as my temporary room while David was living in the basement, to my closet, to David’s closet, to storage, etc.
Obviously I love Eli more than anything, and want him out of his nasty temporary room, but it is just not a priority for us right now. We discovered that it is really expensive to get wallpaper installed on the North Shore, so our contractor told us that they would install the wallpaper for us. So great of them, but the only problem has been that the weather has been so freaking cold, that the walls are cold which is making the wallpaper bubble up. They installed one little piece before they realized what was going on and decided to stop until the weather warmed up. Well, now the weather is warm ( I mean how to we go to getting a foot of snow to 60 degrees?)and I am not sure when they are returning to our house. Hopefully soon because I can’t wait to see this wall finished. It looks amazing so far!
David says everything will take “a few hours” or “a couple of days”. I am starting to figure out that “a few hours” means a weekend or two, and “a couple of days” means a couple of weekends…minimum.
Anyway, we got our IL drivers licenses on Friday, and David got his stitches out from his little fireplace accident, so that left him with tons of time to get stuff done.
There was a little progress on our walk-in-closet that was supposed to be done last month, and lots of progress on our pantry floors. They are looking great!! Now, as soon as these are completed, we can get our pantry shelving unit built which will help us clear out all of the other rooms from our food and small appliances. I can’t wait!
So, remember when I mentioned that David did the floors in the pantry? Well…we had a little hiccup. Ok, not a little hiccup, a big(ish) one. It’s hard to make this long story short, but I will try.
Our contractor was supposed to do the floors in the pantry and mudroom. I heard him say it and I heard David tell him during the walkthrough. In fact, they were supposed to do all of the floors on the main level- pretty sure the pantry is included on that main level. Anyway, our contractor told us that it was never discussed and blah blah blah. The specific word “pantry” is not in our contract so there really is no way that we can get what we want (the floors done). Our bad for not making sure we had proper wording in our contract, but again main floor means every room on the main floor in my opinion. Otherwise, wouldn’t the contract just say kitchen? Or family room? Am I crazy?!
Once David and I had to accept the fact that David was now responsible for installing the floors, the contractor explained how David should install them the easiest and most functional way. He told him that we should lay the new floors right over the old tile. David was excited because he really could have gotten this room done in a couple of hours if this was the case. More on that later. A red flag should have gone off because our contractor refused to install the new floors over the tile in every other part of the house, so why was he telling David to do this now? Was it the lazy or shortcut way? Was the tile in the pantry different than the rest of the house? Who knows, all we know is that we trusted him.
On Sunday, David got to work on the pantry. He installed a bunch of planks and as he started to walk over them he quickly realized that the floors felt completely uneven and wobbly. There was no way we could install the rest of the planks over the tiles unless we wanted to take “shortcuts” and be annoyed every time we walked into the pantry. The only solution was for David to rip out all of the tiles and then install a subfloor. This meant more work, more time, more money, and more mess. The further along David got, the more pissed I was about our contractor not doing the floors. In fact, I am so pissed that it might be the deal breaker for me on whether or not we use him again for Eli and Dax’s bathroom. This fiasco also means more delays because we can’t get a quote for the pantry until the floors are done, and we can’t clear out the family room, dining room (future office), or kitchen until the pantry is complete, which means the painters can’t start!!!!! Ahh! Blood. Is. Boiling.
David’s list seems to be growing and growing, and all I can hope for is some form of completion by March. I know I am starting to say this every post now, but really I am at my breaking point!
Thanks for reading my rant and letting me vent. Let’s all hope for a nice progress post next week.