Working Through the Weekend

Things are moving along quickly for the bathroom reno. We had two guys here Saturday working throughout the morning and afternoon. They got a lot done in a short amount of time!

All of the cement board is up, dry wall is patched, and the tub is installed.

When it was time for the boys to take a bath on Friday night, Dax was hysterical and confused why his bath wasn’t in his bathroom. It was a full blown meltdown, so even though he can’t use his new tub yet, he’s very excited that it is in!

While the Boys Nap

I am so thankful that the boys nap so well.  Eli still naps from 1:30-3:30 and Dax naps from 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-3.  This break is so needed during the week, it is my only chance to workout, prep meals, catch up on emails, etc.  During the weekend, this is the time David likes to get projects done.  Lately, a lot of these projects require cutting and loud noises, so we are trying to avoid that during nap time.  It’s crazy because the boys lived through noise and chaos when the contractors were here for months and months.  But, now that they are used to peace and quiet again, one loud nap might throw them off for a few days, and this mama doesn’t need that!

Obviously the mudroom is the current big project that we are working on, but David said it will be really loud, so this is on pause and we started the laundry room up again. He mudded some of the wall on Saturday, and then sanded it on Sunday.  Even though it made a dusty mess (right after the housekeepers came of course), the walls are smooth and are ready for priming.  This will make the room look so much lighter and cleaner and will take us one step closer to painting, wallpaper, and cabinets. Is it weird I am so excited for a laundry room to be finished?A little sidetone, Eli is having surgery on Thursday, so I will be taking a short break to take care of him, but hopefully recovery is quick and I can post house updates ASAP.

Have a great rest of the week!

Bye Bye Spiders

My family starts to arrive tomorrow to celebrate Dax’s first birthday! I still am in such disbelief that he is going to be one.  This year has been one of the craziest of my life and I really think that I deserve a celebration more than Dax does- sorry Daxy!

Before all of the chaos happens, I thought I would share a basement update.  With the weather changing to 95 degrees and humid- we are seeing a lot more bugs around here. Specifically- spiders. I absolutely hate spiders, and it’s shocking Eli does too since “Itsy Bitsy” is his favorite nursery rhyme.

My friend here has serious arachnophobia, so she told me about this man who apparently is a bug guru. He can smell your house and tell you what bugs you have. He came over last week and he is quite the character. I kind of want more bugs just so I can hang out with him again. He walked through our entire house and sprayed inside and out in all of the places where Dax wouldn’t be able to get to. When he took a look at the basement he commented on our open wall.

We had a flood in our basement around when we first moved in. We got everything fixed properly, but David decided to save money and patch up the dry wall himself. Go figure, right? We obviously have had so much going on, so fixing the wall just didn’t seem important and we have had opened walls ever since. The open walls also mean many spiders according to the bug guy. He informed me that he could spray and spray and spray but until that wall is closed off, there’s no way the spiders will stay away.

David got a ton done this weekend- all of our closets have doors now yay!!!! There’s obviously still major projects and minor details too but we thought it was time to finally close up the basement walls. It didn’t take him long, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing the spiders will stay away for the most part now!

Obviously we still need to mud, sand, paint etc, but the most important part is done so that’s what counts- for now!

Drywall and Prime

A little while ago I shared the project that David and my dad were working on upstairs. We removed the railing and built a half-wall on top of the stairs.  I personally like how it looks more, and it is 1928730473847x safer for our wild toddler.

David spent a few hours mudding the wall since it wasn’t the smoothest, and our contractor offered to help finish it off.  I think that was their way of saying they didn’t like David’s work, but I could be wrong (I’m probably not though hah).  Anyway, the wall looks great now and David went ahead and primed it this weekend, along with some of the hallway.  Even with primer, the hallway looks so much brighter and cleaner. I know I mentioned this before, but I just don’t understand how mustard yellow, and bright blue walls does any house any favors.  Covering this all up has been such a disaster, but it makes us appreciate this process that much more.

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Closing Off the Kitchen

As you all know, we are building a new kitchen and are converting the old kitchen into a pantry and the old laundry room into a mudroom.  We knocked down the wall separating the old kitchen eating area from the old family room (new kitchen) which basically created one giant room.  We love the old eating area because there are such pretty bay windows, so we decided to build a wall to separate the old kitchen from the new one, but we kept the eating area in the new kitchen. Confusing, I know. Basically, we just moved a wall if that makes more sense.  This wall will separate the new kitchen from the new pantry. The wall looks great and makes the kitchen look so much more complete. I am loving the look, but am even more excited for the amount of space we will have in our new pantry.  It is going to be absolutely insane!

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Looking More Like a Kitchen

Hello hello, to say I have been busy is an understatement.  What day is it again? I feel like I can’t keep track of anything anymore.  The remodel is still supposed to be done before Christmas, and I still don’t believe it.  I sure hope it is though.  I am ready to have a clean and quiet house.  We had some major dust last week after finally getting our housekeeper back and David had to let our contractor know that he needs to do a better job at sealing off the mess.  We totally understand there will be dust, but there is no need for there to be as much as there has been.  Eli went to brush his teeth and I noticed his toothbrush was brown from the dust, his tub was too.  David cleaned everything off and last night when I went to get towels for Eli they were covered too. Bleh!

The floors upstairs are finally complete (except for the laundry room), but the biggest thing that happened was in the kitchen.  We have lights, plumbing, and walls! It was kind of hard to envision the space, but now that we have walls it is so clear to me how it will look and I am so so excited. It might not look much to you all, but trust me it’s pretty major!

This week the cabinets are apparently going in, we get to pick out countertops and back splash, the sliding door is getting torn out and the new one is going in, and they are walling off the old kitchen from the new kitchen.  Hallelujah! Get excited….

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Moving on Up

I am pretty sure I mentioned this before, but if not I will now.  I hate having my laundry room downstairs.  In new builds, laundry rooms are often built upstairs, so that is really all we know.  In this home, the laundry room is right off of the garage and I can’t even explain what a hassle it is.  I know, first world problems, but with 2 kids (one who poops through his clothes 238927483 times a day), and loads and loads and loads of laundry, having the laundry room in this location is just such an inconvenience.  Since this house is 5 bedrooms upstairs, we figured we would convert the smallest room into a laundry room because it really is too small to use as a bedroom.  The room was a fully paneled room which made it look dark and dated.  That was obviously the first thing to go after the carpet was ripped out.  There was some damage to the drywall under the paneling, so instead of replacing the drywall, I think we might do shiplap but we are still going back and forth on it.  I feel like I am losing sleep over these decisions more and more every week!DSC_0123DSC_0125When we decided on moving the laundry upstairs, we first thought that we would tap into the plumbing from the boys’ bathroom, but our contractor thought the washing machine and dryer should go on the other wall, so they built a false wall to make all of the plumbing work. To save some money, David will be doing the floors, cabinets, and painting.  Honestly at this point, I don’t even care what the room looks like, I just am looking forward to not walking up and down the stairs all day in between laundry loads!5458F624-1675-4F8C-BF25-4B34DB12728150C7C110-F86D-44DB-83AE-38174713C875Happy Friday, I hope you have a much more easy laundry experience this weekend than I will have!