Weekend Progress

Hopefully you all had great weekends.  I have been fighting off another sickness. I swear it’s never ending.  The weather was also kind of gloomy and really cold, so that meant we had to stay inside and work on the house.  By we, I mean David (Eli helped too).

Kitchen: We decided that we want different pendants.  The ones we were eyeing became available again, so we ordered them! Hopefully we like them more.  Here are the current ones we are switching out.Fireplace: The fireplace is almost done being framed.  David built it so that it could withstand a lot of weight.  AKA a giant TV.Doors: We are replacing all of the doors in the house.  The contractor is charging us more money to install the doors, than the doors actually cost, so David is installing them himself.  He installed the half bathroom door and the basement door.  Maybe now that the basement has a door, the dog can’t run in there to take a pee.  Oh wait, he went twice today.Master closet: Our clothes are still all over this freaking house, which makes it hard to keep the house clean and organized.  I still can’t find the majority of my winter stuff.  Anyway, the shelving and priming got done in our master closet.  Which means it needs painting and then we can officially move into our room.I talked to our contractor today and he mentioned they would be done this week.  Thats great, but there is still so much more for David to do! I just hope that we are 100% done by June. That seems really far from now right?

All About Lighting

First of all, I cannot believe that it is already Monday.  These weekends just go by way too quickly! I also am in denial that it is going to be November this week, but I can’t wait for Halloween.  Eli and Dax are going to look so cute in their costumes and even though it is going to be freezing, we will still take them trick-or-treating.  Well, at least Eli will go, Dax is only 5 months old and probably shouldn’t be out in the cold weather. Anyway, let’s talk renovation progress especially since I am writing this in a house that is so unbelievably loud right now because so much is getting done. More on that later.

Last week our contractor put up some paint samples. He gave us three options, I loved one and David loved another.  The problem was that David really didn’t like the one that I loved, and I really didn’t like the one that he loved and neither of us liked the third option.  We absolutely loved the paint that we had throughout Compass Pointe.  We used Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray and it was seriously the perfect gray.  There were no undertones, just gray.  I was obsessed with it, so when we were deciding what color we would do the majority of this house, we really didn’t even need to discuss it.  I told our contractor that there was no need for other color samples in the bathroom, we were just going to paint everything Repose.  His crew actually isn’t doing our painting because their quote was higher than David thought it should be, but they offered to paint the master bathroom because there is such little wall space, so why not?  The bathroom looks amazing, I am seriously so happy with it, but the paint doesn’t look so amazing.

David and I were shocked that when we walked in, our beloved Repose looked beige, not the beautiful cool gray we remembered or looked back at in pictures.  We made sure it was the right color on the can, and sure enough it is.  After stewing on it during the weekend, and researching more about Repose Gray, we came to the conclusion that it looked beige because this house has the worst natural lighting ever.  I can’t even tell you how dark the house is and how little windows there are.  Compass Pointe was full of natural light, there were many windows and huge windows as well throughout the house, it makes sense now why Repose looked like the perfect gray  there and like beige in this house.

So, we spent Sunday paint shopping.  We got some colors that were recommended on multiple blogs and on Pinterest, and we headed to Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore and picked up five or six paint samples.  David painted the samples on many areas in almost every room, but it became a bit frustrating because every room has such different lighting that it is diccifdult to choose one color to use throughout the house.  One color might look gray in our bathroom, but beige in the hall, or vice versa.  Finally, we decided on the perfect colors by Benjamin Moore called Gray Owl and Gray Tint.  These two are the ones that don’t seem to have any undertones regarding the light situation.  I am so excited to get rid of our dark walls and to get this house brightened up, but in the meantime I can’t wait to replace the Repose in the bathroom with the Graytint.  It is going to look gorgeous! Until the bathroom gets repainted, take a look at what got done last week.  IMG_4062IMG_4074IMG_4076I have a feeling I will have a couple more progress posts this week, fingers crossed!

We Have Light…And a Few Other Things

I am not sure if I mentioned this before, but we didn’t have any lights in our master besides the two dinky lamps on our nightstands.   The room was so dark, even with the lamps on. We budgeted for a certain amount of recessed lighting and as our contractor has been working on our master, he thought we needed more than we budgeted for, especially in our bathroom and closet.  We got to see the progress and I am so happy we ended up putting more in.  The room is going to be so bright and pretty, and it’s going to be so nice to not have to pull a string in our closet for the light to go on.DSC_0011You can see there is some more canned lighting, and here my friends is our new walk in closet!DSC_0016DSC_0010

This window is currently in the new walk in closet, but we are moving it to the other side of the closet so that we have even more light in the bedroom.DSC_0013No words can describe my excitement for the light that will be in our bathroom.  We had one light, dark walls and floors, and beige/yellow tiles in the shower.  It was so dark and dirty looking.  Not to mention, our fan.  Holy moly, the fan in that bathroom was beyond disgusting.  It was so dirty that it made a creepy noise and didn’t ventilate anything in the room.  Because the fan was so awful, all of our towels and my clothes in the closet smelled like mildew and mold. So lovely.  David’s company carries intense fans, and when we told the contractor which kind we got he said it will literally suck up everything.  I can’t wait to buy new towels and to not feel dirty and smelly after I use them!

Future shower
Future double vanity

You can see with the marks on the wall, but we will have two mirrors and then light fixtures above them- yay, more light!DSC_0007Our contractor framed the wall behind where our bathtub will be going.  He inserted an area for us to store candles and bubbles and such.DSC_0002I am so impressed with our contractor and the rest of his team so far.  They are so respectful of our space, honest, keeping us on budget as best as they can, and doing an amazing job! You would think I would be excited at 5:00 when David gets home, but the truth is I am more excited for the contractor to leave than for David to take the boys off of my hands because that is when I get to see the progress!!