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!

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!

Priorities

I mentioned before that I had no idea how we would prioritize our punch list. It’s really hard to decide what is most important when everything is equally important, just in different ways. That being said, we kind of naturally just started finishing Eli’s big boy room. The room that was supposed to be done in September (or November- we have conflicting memories in our household).

Lately, Eli has been asking about his “big boy room” and he visits it 1826733 times a day. The kid is almost 3.5 and is still in his crib. To be honest, I’m totally cool with him being in a crib still. I’m all for the “cribs for life lifestyle”. I mean, who wants their crazy threenager getting in and out of bed all night? The second they are done with the crib, they have control. They can leave their bed or worse, leave their room and join ours. No thanks!

Our thoughts were to finish the big boy room and move the crib in there next to his new bed- just to get him comfortable with the idea. However, plans change obviously.

When we found out we were pregnant with Dax, Eli wasn’t even two yet. We didn’t like the idea of making him transition to a bed just because a baby was coming, so we let him stay in his crib. Eli’s mattress is very expensive. Like embarrassing expensive. It pained us to purchase another one for Dax, not knowing how much longer Eli would be in his crib. So, we decided to purchase a cheap mattress for Eli, and give Dax the expensive one. Problem solved, except for Eli is a jumper. He doesn’t climb out of his crib but he jumps. And jumps and jumps and jumps. His cheap mattress is finally falling apart because of the jumping and we really have no choice but to get rid of it. I refuse to purchase another cheap mattress for him, and that’s ok because the other day he woke up from his nap and said “ok mom, I’m ready for my big boy bed now”

So there you have it it, our next project is the big boy room. David worked long and hard on it last weekend and it is looking amazing. We definitely had some hiccups (I’ll share about those later) but I am so happy with how it looks and I can’t wait for Eli to use his new room because after everything he’s been through in 3.5 years- he deserves it more than anybody!

Big Boy Room Progress…Kind Of

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!

Trim and Moldings

Happy Monday! We are making so much progress on the master, and a little bit of progress on Eli’s room.  It is difficult since I am temporarily living in there, but we are doing our best to get it done.  I have a feeling Eli is closer to transitioning out of his crib than we hoped. We shall see!

I have a weird obsession with trim and moldings in a house so this is my favorite part of doing Eli’s room.  Maybe it’s because we have had so many different types in all of our homes, but for this house, we wanted to go simple and clean.  I think that the trim looks perfect against our new floors. David did a really good job installing them, but I am pretty sure he is relieved that the contractor will be installing them for the remainder of the house.DSC_0136DSC_0135DSC_0134DSC_0131DSC_0129DSC_0126I have yet to share the awesomeness that is Dax’s nursery but let me tell you, its freaking amazing in my opinion.  We did some fabulous moldings in there that we wanted to do in Eli’s room as well. David could seriously do moldings as a side gig now, he’s done Eli’s nursery/room about 3 times now and each time he gets better and better.518FB53C-2C17-46EC-AE35-4599F94EF3C9BC4BDA3D-C29F-4F6D-BF9E-0C2D6DF8B7441B7CCF4F-12C4-4566-A526-4B4DED3CEB40A72897DF-BDC5-411E-9E90-7320CC10C2007D50F929-8C89-44F5-A4D0-DD102818D35A4B675944-278A-4DBB-B185-7D34203A4E47Looks beautiful right? Once we are all moved out of Eli’s room after construction, we are going to install wallpaper on an accent wall.  I seriously am so excited! Stay tuned!B3F11D06-31E2-42B4-B8AD-9DDB36A5A7A3

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!