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!

Softening Up The Master

This house is the first one we have lived in where there is no carpet in the bedrooms. I personally don’t like the look of carpet in a bedroom, but I love the idea of it in a bedroom.

We wake up super early in the morning because…kids.  When I finally stop hitting the snooze button and take my first step out of bed, the last thing I want is to step on a hard cold floor.  Maybe in our next house we will have heated floors, but that just wasn’t in the budget in this house.  So, instead, we finally purchased a rug for our master.  We struggled with what type of rug we wanted, and how big we wanted it, but at the end of the day we went with white (surprise surprise). It’s really cozy on our feet and it really brightens and softens up our room.  We are so happy with it and feel like this room is finally coming together. All we have left to do is decorate and organize everything, and once that closet is done, we are officially finished with our master suite!

Sick

I know I promised for some updates, but I have been so unbelievably sick.  So sick that David had to take off work, and he even slept in the basement all week. Poor guy.  Anyway, because our room was quarantined, he couldn’t finish my closet like he swore he would this week. He also was on daddy duty all week so he was too exhausted (I assume) to do any other projects in the house.  It’s always something.  I don’t care how sick I am this weekend, the closet is going to be finished. Period.  I also really don’t know what project should come next, so let the stress continue.

Have a  great weekend!

Pantry Floors

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!

Custom Closet

After we purchased Scoria, we knew it wasn’t worth it to get a custom closet built.  David promised that in the next house, we could.  Well, that next house was Owl, and we were there for a quick minute, so I never got around to getting my closet there either.  Too bad because I had my own huge walk-in.  Darn! We built Compass Pointe and we had companies come to give us closet bids, but at the end of it all, we decided it wasn’t a forever home, so to pay a few thousand in a custom closet was ridiculous.  That ended up being a good thing because we ended up moving from there too, blah! Finally, we are here in the new house and we built a brand new walk-in, so we really had no chouce but to get it customized for us.  We researched a ton of companies, considered IKEA, looked at pre-made closet systems that just needed to be drilled in, etc.  Some were more expensive than others, but we didn’t even care about price at this point.  What annoyed us- well me, was that even though all of these closets were beautiful and semi-custom, non of them really fit 100% of our needs.  We decided that one more project for David is really NBD, so this past weekend he started building us a compltely custom closet. My clothes are currently taking up Eli’s temporary room, Eli’s big boy room, our future laundry room, and the basement.  David’s closet is currently the pool table in the basement- and we discovered the cat has been sleeping on all of his clothes during the day and also vomiting all over them.  Pleasant!  Hopefully this upcoming weekend we can maybe move our things in? I think every single room is filled with our clothes.  A5BF5C58-FAA9-4C9B-B2B7-09EE5BC0616CBE566834-0E64-4E3F-A15C-906C0FDE7CD6

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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Minor Dissapointment

So far we have been really lucky with things going our way during this remodel.  We had a vision for the bathroom, and we had to make some minor tweaks to that due to being way over budget (according to the contractor), but I know it will still be beautiful! Other than that, we only have came across one problem.  To me, its a pretty big dissapointment, but David thinks its no big deal.  There really isn’t anything we could do about it anyway, so hopefully we could make the best of it.

Remember this window? This is the window before construction started…DSC_0103This is the window after the closet was framed…DSC_0010The plan was to move the window to the other side of the closet so that we have two windows in the bedroom, one on each side of our bed.  We budgeted for it and were all set to go, but when the contractor went to scope out the exterior of the home, he discovered that our chimney was exactly where we wanted to move the window. We didn’t budget a bajillion dollars to basically move and rebuild an entire chimney, so unfortunately this window has to stay in the closet.

This means we will have only one window in the bedroom.  No big deal, right? To me, what I am nervous about is how asymmetrical the room is going to look.  I feel like it is going to look so weird with just one window on one side of the bed, and nothing on the other. We might have to rethink furniture placement. Wouldn’t you agree?DSC_0002Fortunately we have some time to think about how we want to go about this, and hopefully we will have a clearer vision once the room is more complete.

Master Update(s)

As I mentioned before, when our contractors leave, they lock our bedroom door so that our crazy toddler can’t somehow get in and get hurt.  Trust me, I really really appreciate this, but sometimes it’s a hassle and I just want to sit and stare at the progress when they go home for the day.

I always look forward for David to get home because not only does he take the boys off of my hands, but I need him to get the key to open the master door.  The contractor puts it up really high, and I am really short- so you know how that goes.

Last week, David was gone for a business trip and I couldn’t see the room for 2 whole days.  Thats a long time considering how fast they work. So much gets done in a day, it baffles me and makes me feel really unproductive as well.

The dry wall is up for the new walk in closet.  These are the doors we are going to be using throughout the home and we thought it would be a good idea to put them on sliders for the closet so that we don’t lose space with the typical swing out door. We love the look, but when David got home he realized it’s a little bit of a struggle to fit through that doorway, and that could become annoying on a daily basis.  It probably wouldn’t be the best thing for resale either.  We decided that we are either going to do smaller closet doors with the same look if possible, or see if the contractors could shave them down.DSC_00072The bathroom is looking amazing. This is a view of where the tub and toilet will be going.DSC_00022Our shower! Don’t mind the attic access.  This used to be my walk in closet so it didn’t look tacky to have the attic access in there, but now that it is in the bathroom it doesn’t look right, so we are moving it to the future laundry room.DSC_0004All of our wrapped up furniture was moved into the future laundry room this week because they started sanding everything.  We also saw the cabinets, floor tiles, backsplash, and counter last week. The floors and cabinets will get installed this week- I can’t believe how fast it’s coming together.

I probably am going to kick myself for saying this, but I am shocked at how stress free this is going so far.  Knock on wood- we haven’t really had too many problems, just a few minor and annoying issues.  It’s also pretty loud but the boys are doing much better than I thought with napping and such.  If the rest of the house goes this smoothly we are one lucky family!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We observed Yom Kippur but unfortunately I couldn’t fast this year due to nursing and pumping- darn it!!

I was going to post this yesterday, but given everything that was happening in Vegas, I just didn’t feel right about it.  I am so sick and sad over what happened, I really don’t have the words. I am thinking about everyone who has been affected by the awful event that occurred yesterday.

On to something much lighter, there is so much progress to be shared on our master, but I thought I would show off the amazing floors in Eli’s room first!

Besides priming the walls, the next thing that had to go in Eli’s room was the floors.  Well, in the entire house really.  The carpet is just awful and it doesn’t help that our 10 year old pug literally goes potty on the carpet a minimum of 3 times a day.  We have gotten to the point where we don’t even clean it in some places because we don’t know if it is a new spot or just a stain that didn’t come out with our carpet cleaner.  It doesn’t help that the color of the carpet is brown, so you can’t even see where there is a stain most of the time.  So gross, I know.  Just know that we don’t allow the baby on the carpet- ever, so don’t go reporting us now!

We picked out the flooring pretty much immediately after we moved in because we wanted it installed in the nursery.  We had that professionally installed because there was just no time for David to do it considering Dax was born on closing day.  He was able to see how the handymen were able to install it, so this made it easier when it came time for Eli’s room.

David removed the carpet in Eli’s room and started installing the floors.  Between watching the handymen install the floors and Dax’s room, and doing it  once before at Owl Lane , that makes him a pro, right? Wrong!

We were in such a rush to get this room finished because we had a timeline of when we had to move into Eli’s temporary room, which obviously meant Eli had to be in his big boy room by then (yep, he’s still not in his room!). David installed the floors in a really short amount of time, too short if you ask me.  He was done installing them and about to install the baseboards , trim, and moldings, but that came to a complete halt.

I have bad OCD and am a huge perfectionist.  I was sitting on the floor and noticed that David did a really bad job at installing them.  Some of the planks weren’t installed all of the way, which caused weird leveling when you walked.  Sure, you would really have to be sitting on the floor and looking for these flaws, but this didn’t fly with me.  The dilemma we were having, or should I say David was having, was that he had to install every single plank in order for this to be fixed- was it worth it?.  I think he was hoping I would say “Oh, it’s fine! Just leave it”, but there was no way that was going to happen.  So, David spent the entire afternoon aka nap time uninstalling and reinstalling the floors perfectly.

He is known to be a very fast paced individual.  He rarely stops to think about anything, unless it comes to his real job. I can’t even tell you how many times I have told him that if he just took his time, things would turn out the way he wanted them to.  David ended up spending 3x as much time to do the floors as it would have taken to do them right the first time, but at the end of the day- or night, they look awesome! I hope he remembers that slow and steady wins the race for the next projects.

*Excuse the iPhone pics, we had no idea where our good camera was at this point

Bye bye bye Cubs colors!IMG_2767IMG_2893IMG_2769IMG_2897See ya, carpetIMG_2895Installing the floors…the first timeIMG_2941IMG_2994IMG_2942IMG_2978After all of the work it took to get these floors installed, you would think I would have taken a picture of the finished product.  Well, we thought it would be a good idea to build Eli’s big boy bed and it is sitting in the middle of the room, which makes it nearly impossible for me to take a picture of the floors.  Don’t worry though, next up is baseboard and moldings and you will be able to get a better picture of the floors then.

Eli’s Big Boy Room

Since our master suite is being redone (I can hear the hammers, saws, and drills as I type this), David and I need somewhere else to sleep.  We have a fully finished basement but I refuse to sleep in there for more reasons than one.  Dax’s nursery is obviously taken, and our 5th bedroom is being converted into a laundry room.  The only two options we have are the room that Eli currently sleeps in, and the room we are making into Eli’s big boy room. Since this poor child has been sleeping in a nasty room with cardboard for blinds, we only thought it was fair to start (and finish) his big boy room so that he has somewhere peaceful and clean to sleep in.  This was supposed to solve our “where are Carly and David going to sleep” problem.

I had some health stuff go on during the past month.  I was unable to lift Dax, Eli, or pretty much anything for 10 days.  Once the 10 days were over it still really hurt (and sometimes still does) to hold my babies.  David had to take time off to help and when he went back to work we had to hire somebody to help me around the house.  Once David got home at 5, he didn’t have time to work on Eli’s room because he had to do everything around here.  That being said, up until last week, he really couldn’t get started on Eli’s new room.  He pretty much had last weekend to do it.

Here are the before pictures. Our previous owners had 4 boys, and were obviously huge Cubs fans.  Apparently they thought it was a great idea to display their love for the Cubs through their paint choices.IMG_2823We had an electrician here to do work on the nursery, so he installed the light fixture in this room before we even started redoing it.IMG_2896IMG_2824You are going to be so amazed at what this room looks like now. While it’s mostly done (by mostly I mean paint and moldings), it looks incredible and it’s truly amazing what even just a new paint color can do to change the look of a room! Oh, and incase you are wondering, since the room isn’t complete, me, David, the dog, and the cat, are sleeping in Eli’s full sized bed and Eli is still in his temporary room. Too bad we aren’t snugglers!