Mudroom Molding and Trim

David worked on the mudroom a little bit last night after the boys went to sleep.  He put up the crown molding, and some of the trim.  He decided that he wants to raise the horizontal piece a little bit, but other than that it’s looking more and more complete.

I feel like we have a million projects happening right now and I can’t keep them straight, but hopefully we will be able to be 100% with one room soon , maybe?! It will probably be the boys’ bathroom because we hired it out.  Sorry David!

Starting the Mudroom

I am not sure if I mentioned this or not (my brain is a little off right now from the long winter break), but David finally agreed to hire out the mudroom. We have so much going on, and you all know about my little basement breakdown, so we thought that it would be worth it for somebody else to do our mudroom.  Even if it meant spending thousands instead of hundreds, totally worth it.

We got quotes from carpenters and were pretty set on hiring one that we both agreed we liked.  One day while the kids were napping and my sister and I were watching Bravo in the basement, David asked me if he could start the mudroom.  I was super annoyed because I knew that this would happen. He totally wasn’t planning on hiring anybody! Since the boys were napping I stupidly agreed.

He built the start of the mudroom in the garage and had to hire somebody to help him carry it inside.  That thing is heavy, and there were noises coming out of David that I have never heard before.  When he had me come look at it, I was a little surprised to see that he had not built a bench.  Well, he did, but it was really short and kind of hard to sit on.  One thing we agreed on and pointed out in photos, was that we wanted a big bench.  At least bigger than the one he made.  It was apparently an easy fix and David whipped a new one right up.  He definitely got a lot of it done and it looks great, but it’s still not done.  Go figure. We will see how much longer it takes to finish, but my vote is 2 months. Any takers?

Take a look though, because I will admit it looks fab!

Breaking Point

I can’t believe that Hanukkah has been over for a week already, and that Christmas and New Years are coming up. Seriously, where has this year gone? I know I promised that there would be updates, and there will be. The laundry room is (was) coming along just fine, but we have decided to take a break on that room.

Cabinets are done, hardware is in, David finished painting and just has minor touch ups, and this weekend he installed a closet system. Even though everything is looking great, now that the room is mostly cleared out, I am noticing that there are some issues with the spacing of the floor tiles and the grouting. The only solution is for David to rip out some of the flooring and redo it. This is obviously annoying, because we have been working on this room since July, but it just has to be fixed. When we go to sell this house, I would hate for somebody to think anything looks DIY.

Let’s backtrack a little bit though. A couple of weeks ago my oldest had a play date. We rarely have play dates here because the house has been a construction zone, and Dax was napping twice a day until recently. But, I thought we were in a good place to finally have friends here, plus I was doing my friend a favor by watching her son. To say that Eli and his friend destroyed our house is an understatement.  I took pictures of the damage, but I deleted them because I wanted no memory of what the house looked like that night.     The thing is, I wasn’t even mad about it, it just made me realize that we need to readjust our priorities (again), and focus on getting our basement and playroom done.

I definitely think I hit a major breaking point with this house and I was totally distraught after the playdate. I want for my kids’ friends to come over and destroy the house, I want them to come over and think that they could have so much fun and not me nagging all of the time.  I expect nothing more than a total mess, especially with these wild boys.  The problem is, we have zero organization system in any play area in this house.  There are toys piled on toys, piled on toys, and it must be just as chaotic for the kids to play and not be able to know where things belong, as it is for me.

So, while there is still work to do in the laundry room, we had to get our act together with the basement.  We headed to IKEA to get some major storage solutions and David built them all within 45 minutes.  They are not complete yet, and there is so much work to be done down here, but it is an absolute necessity at this point, and everything else can wait.

Enjoy the hot mess “before” photos of the basement, I hope it doesn’t stress you out as much as it stresses me out!

Plumbing Problem

Not sure if you all remember or not, but I told you guys to ask me if everything in our laundry room was still standing in a few months. Well, you don’t need to wait a few months, because we already are having problems.  Not huge problems, just some plumbing issues.

I had about 9123892743974 loads of laundry to do, so I started my first load early Monday morning as I usually do.  Everything was going well, but I suddenly heard some “dripping” that turned to “pouring”.  I ran into the laundry room and saw that there was water coming out of one of the pipes that is under our new utility sink.  I instantly texted David and he told me to put a cap on it, or stuff a towel in there until he got home from work.

I did just that and walked away, took one kid to school, the cat to an emergency vet appointment, and then back home.  When I checked on the leak when I got home, I saw that there was a ton of water.  A lot more than before I left the house. I was told to stop doing laundry (there went my day) and he would fix it when he got home.

It was a pretty easy fix, but this incident reminded me that David will not be remodeling the boys’ bathroom when it is time to.  Plumbing is just not his thing.

Asking for Help

As you all know by now,  David isn’t too big on asking for help.  He likes to think that he has superpowers and can do everything by himself, but this weekend I saw a different side to him.
David has been building the counter for the laundry room, and he finished it last week.  He mentioned to me that he might need help carrying it upstairs, since he built it in the garage.  I do workout 6 days a week but I am not sure if I could help carry a 200 pound counter up our staircase.  I told him to let me know when he needed me.  On Wednesday night as I am getting out of the shower, I hear all sorts of noise.  Grunting, walls getting bashed, stairs getting scraped.  I quickly realized that it must be my husband with those superpowers of his, carrying (or dragging) the counter up the stairs. David runs into our bathroom and tells me that he needs me to lay down towels on the stairs as he goes up them so that he doesn’t damage anymore steps. Keyword being anymore. I agreed to help, but if he was struggling that much, was it worth it for him to carry this thing on his own?
I felt like it made more sense to just hire somebody and ask for help.
After damaged steps, damaged walls, and an extremely sore David, he agreed to carry the counter back down the stairs (he only made it halfway anyway) and find somebody to help him.  We used Dolly and found a guy to help him when it was convenient for us, and within 5 minutes, the counter was safely up the stairs and shortly after, placed on top of our cabinets.
The length of this counter is getting me super excited to have a place to fold laundry!

Our Almost Flood

Living in the Midwest, we have some crazy weather.  I love it because you never know what you are going to get.  The weather report can say rainy all week, and we are surprised with sun…or vice versa!

Last night we had some crazy rain, but not really anything we aren’t used to.  At about 10 PM our power went out which was so annoying.  All of our devices had about 10% battery except for mine, so between that and no TV, what were we supposed to do? I decided to brush my teeth and go to sleep but as I was brushing my teeth it dawned on me that I hadn’t heard the sump pump go off for a while.  Ours is super loud, so you can hear it from the basement all the way to the top floor. I mentioned it to David and he jumped up as if I told him our house was on fire, and ran to the basement.  He soon sent me a picture that sure enough, the backup battery was not plugged in and was dead, so there was no back up and the water was filling up quickly.

For those who don’t have sump pumps, if they stop working, and the water fills up, you can most definitely expect some flooding.  Well, ours was just about full, so David called his dad all the way in Oregon to figure out what the heck to do. The power wasn’t expected to come back on until after midnight, and the rain wasn’t getting any better.  David got a bucket, and literally started filling it with water to avoid the sump pump to overflow.  He filled over 3 buckets, and saved the night because we didn’t have any flooding. Phew!

If we learned anything from this event it’s that a. always make sure your backup battery is working b. have working flashlights c. maybe make sure at least one cell phone has at least 70% power in case of a real emergency or longer term power outage

So fortunate for my spur of the moment thought,  because the last thing I wanted to do or spend money on is more basement carpet.

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!