Mudroom Reveal

I never thought I would be writing this, but our mudroom is complete. I repeat, the mudroom is complete. I gave David a strict deadline, and he got it done. Ok, two days later than the deadline, but baby steps right? It looks beautiful and I love it, but I do think it would have been worth a few thousand dollars to have hired it out so that it would have been done months ago. Oh well.

He basically built everything from scratch and it’s so nice knowing there is a place for muddy and wet shoes and coats now.  I also feel confident that we will have a designated place for keys, especially for David’s since he is always losing his.

The cabinets were a great addition since we have so much random stuff in the garage that would go better in here. The sink will be great to rinse off after playing outside.

Now that the functional stuff is done, we get to decorate! The wall behind the sink needs something, as does the blank wall between the bench and the cabinets. I am thinking a mirror will make the room look bigger, but I have to play with different ideas.

Next up, the planning center! Yep, David had a deadline for that too, and it’s complete as well!

Patio and Retaining Wall Reveal

I finally have a completed project to share with you all! We all know how long it takes for David to do complete something, so it’s been so nice having a finished patio to enjoy.  It took the guys about 5-6 days between demo day and building it out and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.  The only thing that we aren’t the most happy with is the retaining wall.  That is completely our fault though.  It’s 15 feet and it just looks really small against the giant patio. I think we assumed it would go all the way to the dog run, but we figured that we could always add onto it if it really bothers us, or we can build in the BBQ like we planned between the dog run and the retaining wall.  I know that the dog run looks really ugly and out of place next to this gorgeous patio, but once we paint the exterior of the house, we will paint this as well.Since the patio has been finished, the boys have loved playing on it.  They bring out their trucks and cars, play soccer, basketball and t-ball.  It’s been so fun to see how happy they are outside and finally enjoying their safe space. I can’t wait to get our outdoor table and chairs out here so that we can have dinner outside this late spring/ summer. I also am looking forward to do the landscaping, it’s looking a little bleh out there.

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!

It’s a May Miracle

There are two things that I can’t believe. Actually, there’s a bunch of things I can’t believe.  First, I can’t believe that it is May, that we have been here for one year now, and that Dax is 11 months.  Where the heck did time go? Yikes.  Second, our master closet is done.  Yes, you read that correctly, the master closet is done. It’s a May miracle! David started this project in December and told me that it would only take a weekend or two…HAH!

We came across some issues while “building” this closet.  To start, we never really designed the closet. David had a vision in his head, and for some reason I assumed that he counted my boots, my shirts,  jeans and hanging clothes, so obviously there would be just the right amount of boot space, shelving, and hanging space.  Wrong.  He just estimated, and he was off.  Not way off, but definetly enough to annoy me.

Another issue we came across was how annoying it was to paint the shelving.  Let’s just say painting isn’t David’s strong suite, and the amount of time it took to paint all of these pieces was ridiculous.

Lastly, our contractors kind of messed up where they built the wall to our new closet, and it is way too late to fix it. I doubt you remember this situation we came across.  But this little blurb might make more sense if you read it.  Anyway, I totally got over the fact that our room looks absolutely stupid with one window, but whatever.  What is annoying me now is that they built the new closet wall so close to the closet window, that there can only be moldings on one side of the window.  WTH? I didn’t notice it at all until David went to put our window treatments up- because you know, the neighbors were probably tired of watching us change twice a day.  It looks so awful and weird, but there is literally nothing we can do.  Because there are only moldings on one side, the window treatments can’t be centered to the top molding because you will see an inch or so on the right side.  So, the blinds have to be off center and it looks ridiculous.  Just one more thing we hope future buyers won’t notice.

In the end, I truly thought that this closet would be the death of me and if we could do it again I think we would hire it out.  At least I would hire it out.  I can’t speak for the husband. The closet isn’t what I was envisioning, but it works and is functional.  It’s also pretty, so that is a plus too!

Master Bathroom Reveal

Ok, so as you probably know, our bathroom was the first room that we renovated.  This began in September and they finished in November, however they didn’t complete their punch list until December.  No words can describe my love for our new master bathroom.  Even though it is a lot smaller than I anticipated, and we decided against the gold hardware and finishes, it still is absolutely gorgeous.

If you are wondering why it has taken so long for me to post this reveal, it’s because David finished painting it last night.  I talked about this before, but we were 100% set on using Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.  We used it at Compass Pointe, and just assumed we would love it as much in this house.  Before even sampling it in the bathroom, we told our contractor that was the color we wanted.  So they painted the entire bathroom Repose Gray, and it ended up looking really beige.  We tried to live with it for a few months and realized that we really needed to change the color.  We decided to go with Gray Tint by Benjamin Moore.  This is also the color we used throughout the entire house.  The new paint makes such a difference, it’s crazy!

As much as I am loving the new paint, the floors are my favorite part of the bathroom.  We went with zebra marble and they are definitely a statement floor. We went simple and clean with the mirrors, the light fixtures, and the faucets and shower head.  I am really happy with the overall look and probably wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again!

It’s been so nice walking and showering in a clean and pretty much brand new bathroom.  I shockingly even have used the tub, so David is really happy about that because he didn’t want to put one in.

Enjoy!