Dax’s Big Boy Room: Flooring

David actually completed the flooring in Dax’s room before our babymoon, but things have been so crazy since we got back, that I haven’t had a chance to share the progress.  We used the same flooring we have throughout the entire house, so it was pretty easy and familiar for David to install.  This room is really small, but the flooring makes it look a bit larger which is nice.  Most importantly, the toddler of the house approves. He checks on his new room every time he walks upstairs!  Next up, moldings.

 

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Bye Bye Carpet

I mentioned earlier this week that the carpet in Dax’s big boy room would be the first to go.  This carpet wasn’t the original, but it was dirty, stained, and smelled like pee. David took such pleasure in removing it, and I swear the room smells 10x fresher with it being gone. We decided to go with the same floors we have throughout the entire house (main floor, hallways, and bedrooms), and I think that it will make the room look a lot bigger.  Now, if only David could take the same amount of time putting in the new floors as he did ripping out the old carpet…stay tuned!

Spacing Issues: Part 3

You would think that after almost 8 years of marriage and almost 14 years together, David would know that I’m always right. One day he will get it (hopefully).

He took out the tiles that had the bad spacing, replaced them with new tiles, and spaced them much better this time around.

Once they were dry, he grouted. It looks so much better, and it was such an easy fix, but such a waste of time to even have to fix something that should have been done right in the first place. Oh well!

In these pictures, you can see the dark spots in the grout. They aren’t dark now that they are dry, but it gives you a good idea where the tiles needed to be replaced.

It’s such a relief to have this done- after all, its only been 5 months since I mentioned it needed to be fixed.

Spacing Issues: Part 2

It seems like ages ago that I gave a laundry room update. I think the last time david worked on the laundry room might have been in December. Yikes! Sounds about right though. Anyway, back in December I shared the spacing issues that we were having with the floor.

I warned David that I thought it looked off, but he insisted that it would be fine once the grout was in. Well, he was wrong, and it took one of his coworkers to notice the spacing in the picture to get David to agree with me.

We need our final bedroom upstairs cleared out so that we can start Dax’s big boy room. That means the laundry room has to be completed since the majority of the crap in the bedroom belongs in the laundry room.

David took apart the tiles that had funky spacing last weekend promising that he would be able to fix it. Fingers crossed!

Broken Tile, Messy Grout, Bad Vanity Planning, and Paint Splatters

I think that our contractor and his men wanted to be done with the bathroom just as bad as we wanted it to be done.

Besides not reading the reviews for this company, our biggest regret was not having the contractor do a final walkthrough because there was a lot more to be fixed than we anticipated.

Last weekend, David went to deep clean the bathroom so that we could move the boys into it. Who would have thought sharing s bathroom with two small children for 2 months would be such an ordeal?! As he was cleaning we discovered quite a few things that we would have expected to be fixed.

The grout is kind of mess but I really think if we used a lighter color it would have turned out great. I just expected more from a professional company. We noticed one broken tile and three scratched tiles in the shower. All which can’t be fixed but need to be chiseled out.When David was walking in the bathroom, you can hear and feel that some of the floor tiles are loose. Again, they need to be chiseled out.They did terrible planning when installing the vanity because the drawer on the end cannot be opened all of the way due to the window trim being in the way. Unfortunately, this is something that can’t be fixed at this point.Lastly (from what we could tell), there was ceiling paint splattered all over the counters. I’m not exaggerating here, splatters everywhere. Luckily the counters are light so it’s hard to tell, but it took a while to scrape them off and we didn’t even get all of them!I am so mad we didn’t have the contractor do a final walkthrough but I am so grateful that David could fix all of this stuff. We would be in big trouble if he couldn’t.

We learned so much during this experience and with all of the trouble and stress that came with it, at least the bathroom is done…but no the boys still aren’t moved into it yet!

Basement Floors

Excuse the long delay. We went through a major polar vortex here that put all kinds of delays on house projects. Most specifically the boys’ bathroom but I’ll save that drama for another post. It’s juicy!

The laminate in the basement is not only ugly, but it was sliding around and coming off the ground.  It just had to go. With the newly done bar and built ins, it didn’t really go with our style anyway.  We went with a tile that looks like wood.  We thought that it was most functional for a basement, and would hold our workout equipment well since we wanted to do tile in that area as well.

David did a great job ripping out the old laminate and I think that the kids loved watching it.  The new tile is looking really good.  I am not totally in love with our choice, I think the floor clashes a little bit with the carpet, but the blue paint is a little deceiving and I think that is what is throwing me off.  Once we use a fresh color, it will all come together (hopefully!).

Hexagon Floor Grout

I love the hexagon tiles in the boys’ bathroom so much.   I knew we had to have it when I came across an inspiration picture on Pinterest.  We couldn’t decide if we wanted to do a black grout, or white, and ultimately we went with white to make the black pop a little bit more.  I know that these floors are going to show every mark, and speck of dirt, but it is so worth it, because they look so freaking good!! Even the boys love it which makes me so happy.

Every time Dax walks by he goes “wwwwwwwwooowwww!!” and Eli also always makes a point to look at the floors when he goes upstairs.  So glad that we took the risk of having a black floor in a bathroom.

Spacing Issues

I mentioned on Monday that David messed up the spacing on the tiles in our laundry room.  Since we used dark gray grout, it is really obvious.  In fact, David showed a co-worker pictures of the laundry room and he noticed the floor right away.  David said that because he took so many days to complete the floor, it made it hard to get the spacing right.  Who knows, but it has to be fixed so this laundry room doesn’t look DIY.

Once we complete the basement, we can go back to fix and finish the never ending laundry room project.

Can you spot the spacing issues?

Tiling the Floors

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we also tore out the closet in the laundry room, and that obviously included the carpet that was left in there.

After David ripped out the carpet, it was time to prep the floors so that he could tile them. He spent a lot of last week prepping, and this weekend tiling. We ran out of grout, but after a quick run to Home Depot the floors should be done this week!

Between the cabinets being installed and the floors almost being done, this laundry room is hopefully on track to be completed in a month or so.

Wishful thinking, right?

Officially Fall

Well, it is officially Fall.  Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons, but when it comes to renovating this house, it probably is my least favorite because we are always extremely busy which gives us little time for the house projects. Between all of the Jewish holidays, sports classes for the kids, sickness, and birthday parties almost every weekend, it is hard to get a minute in to do much with the house.

Last week, it was Yom Kippur and David went away for a business trip.  I also got really sick during the weekend so David was on 24/7 daddy duty and couldn’t get too much done- although he thinks he got a lot done.

The air vent in our laundry room has just become this annoying problem.  We want to make sure that there is enough airflow, but between the cabinet and where the vent is located, it’s been really difficult to deal with.  David had to rip out the flooring and cut a big hole to make it work.  After a ton of dust, noise, and a lot of work, the vent is exactly how we wanted it.