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!

Softening Up The Master

This house is the first one we have lived in where there is no carpet in the bedrooms. I personally don’t like the look of carpet in a bedroom, but I love the idea of it in a bedroom.

We wake up super early in the morning because…kids.  When I finally stop hitting the snooze button and take my first step out of bed, the last thing I want is to step on a hard cold floor.  Maybe in our next house we will have heated floors, but that just wasn’t in the budget in this house.  So, instead, we finally purchased a rug for our master.  We struggled with what type of rug we wanted, and how big we wanted it, but at the end of the day we went with white (surprise surprise). It’s really cozy on our feet and it really brightens and softens up our room.  We are so happy with it and feel like this room is finally coming together. All we have left to do is decorate and organize everything, and once that closet is done, we are officially finished with our master suite!

Sick

I know I promised for some updates, but I have been so unbelievably sick.  So sick that David had to take off work, and he even slept in the basement all week. Poor guy.  Anyway, because our room was quarantined, he couldn’t finish my closet like he swore he would this week. He also was on daddy duty all week so he was too exhausted (I assume) to do any other projects in the house.  It’s always something.  I don’t care how sick I am this weekend, the closet is going to be finished. Period.  I also really don’t know what project should come next, so let the stress continue.

Have a  great weekend!

Vacation

I swear I’m not neglecting this blog, but we just got back from a much needed vacation. Since we were gone there wasn’t much progress going on, but I swear our closet will be completed by next week. Well, it better be!!

If I had a choice, the closet will be completed, and next up our kitchen, pantry, Eli’s big boy room, laundry room, family room, office/playroom, mudroom, and then the exterior. But let’s be real, it totally won’t go that way.

Anyway, be on the lookout for a closet update- hopefully it isn’t two months from now (kidding!). In the mean time, look at these little cuties in vacay mode…

Pantry Floors

David says everything will take “a few hours” or “a couple of days”.  I am starting to figure out that “a few hours” means a weekend or two, and “a couple of days” means a couple of weekends…minimum.

Anyway, we got our IL drivers licenses on Friday, and David got his stitches out from his little fireplace accident, so that left him with tons of time to get stuff done.

There was a little progress on our walk-in-closet that was supposed to be done last month, and lots of progress on our pantry floors.  They are looking great!!  Now, as soon as these are completed, we can get our pantry shelving unit built which will help us clear out all of the other rooms from our food and small appliances.  I can’t wait!

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?

Custom Closet

After we purchased Scoria, we knew it wasn’t worth it to get a custom closet built.  David promised that in the next house, we could.  Well, that next house was Owl, and we were there for a quick minute, so I never got around to getting my closet there either.  Too bad because I had my own huge walk-in.  Darn! We built Compass Pointe and we had companies come to give us closet bids, but at the end of it all, we decided it wasn’t a forever home, so to pay a few thousand in a custom closet was ridiculous.  That ended up being a good thing because we ended up moving from there too, blah! Finally, we are here in the new house and we built a brand new walk-in, so we really had no chouce but to get it customized for us.  We researched a ton of companies, considered IKEA, looked at pre-made closet systems that just needed to be drilled in, etc.  Some were more expensive than others, but we didn’t even care about price at this point.  What annoyed us- well me, was that even though all of these closets were beautiful and semi-custom, non of them really fit 100% of our needs.  We decided that one more project for David is really NBD, so this past weekend he started building us a compltely custom closet. My clothes are currently taking up Eli’s temporary room, Eli’s big boy room, our future laundry room, and the basement.  David’s closet is currently the pool table in the basement- and we discovered the cat has been sleeping on all of his clothes during the day and also vomiting all over them.  Pleasant!  Hopefully this upcoming weekend we can maybe move our things in? I think every single room is filled with our clothes.  A5BF5C58-FAA9-4C9B-B2B7-09EE5BC0616CBE566834-0E64-4E3F-A15C-906C0FDE7CD6

Gray Tint

First of all, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Our threenager made it difficult to fully enjoy ours, but the food was amazing.

We are in full on remodel mode now that the holiday is over.  Apparently our house will be done in two weeks.  Not sure I believe this, but fingers crossed I guess. Things are a little stressful as we have people working on every floor in the house.  No place to hide! Our room still isn’t complete which is a little frustrating. No, that’s a lie, it’s really frustrating, but I keep telling myself it will all be worth it. At least I am able to shower in my new bathroom, and let me tell you, it is amazing.

Since the bathroom is about 98% complete, and the floors in our room are also about 98% complete, our contractor agreed that it was a good idea for David to start painting our bedroom.

I think I talked about my love for Repose Gray before, but if not, let me recap.  I love Repose Gray.  We used it in our last house and it was amazing.  Unfortunately the natural light in this house isn’t great, so Repose just doesn’t work.

We decided on Benjamin Moore Gray Tint for our master bedroom.  It is not too light not too dark and it is the perfect shade of gray with our lighting. I am loving the paint and we are just one step closer to the master being completed! Since my family was here last week, we did move our mattress into our room, so we have been sleeping there and it’s a complete mess with all of the paint supplies and not having our closet finished.

Our goal, or my goal, is to start really moving in this week and be officially moved in by next weekend.  We finally ordered our window treatments, our light, some bathroom accessories, sheets, towels, etc.  I don’t want to show it off until it looks complete, although with us nothing is ever complete because I am constantly changing my style and my mind on how I want things. Poor David!

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The Scent of Urine

Hello November!!! We had a blast celebrating Halloween with the kids yesterday, even though it was so cold out.  I guess I would take the cold over rain any day on Halloween. This year Eli dressed up as a UPS man and a hamburger.  Dax was a hot dog and the dog was dressed as french fries.  Speaking of our dog…

We have a 10 year old dog who has been potty trained pretty much since we got him 10 years ago.  Of course he has accidents here and there, but he doesn’t pee all over the house.  We have been fortunate enough to build all of our homes, but when we were in a temporary house during our stint in Minnesota, we noticed that the dog was having more and more accidents.  We came to the conclusion that it was because there were probably numerous dogs who stayed in the temp house before we did, and he was just marking his territory.  Once Compass Pointe was built, he rarely had any more accidents and was back to himself.

Let’s fast forward to our current home.  As you probably gathered by now, it is an older home, I think it was built in the 70s but I could be wrong.  The previous owners had two huge dogs and from the moment we moved into this house, the dog has peed multiple times…a day.  Oh but wait, he also poops at least once a day as well. No words can describe how disgusting I feel living here.  I can’t walk barefoot because who knows what I will step in, and I don’t let either of the boys roll around or play on the carpet.  It is so unsanitary and it smells so bad.  Thankfully it is colder out now, but can you imagine 80 degrees and humid with pee soaked carpets? The smell is just frightening.  Obviously we cleaned the carpet if we saw him pee, but there were so many times we didn’t catch him and unfortunely the carpet is such a dark tan with lots of texture in it, that it is pretty impossible to spot any stains.  Thats a good thing and not so good thing! We were so convinced this was happening because he can smell the dogs that used to live here, but our vet actually thinks he is just anxious with another move, new baby, and construction going around the house.  She prescribed him some prozac and bam…not one accident since he’s started taking it.  Granted he’s drugged out and exhausted for the majority of the day, at least he is using his yard to go poop and pee when he does have to go.  Such a big accomplishment especially since the house will be in perfect condition soon.  We don’t want him to ruin it!

With all of that being said, we decided we were through with carpet.  The only room in the house with carpet will be the basement, and we are planning on ripping that out eventually as well.  The contractor said they were going to start ripping out the carpet on Tuesday, but they actually started Monday and it seriously was more exciting than demo day in my opinion.  I didn’t realize how bad the house smelled like urine until the carpet was gone.  I feel like a new woman and like this is a new house.  So refreshing.  We are putting in wood throughout the house except for the boys’ bathroom which David will eventually tile, and the guest room upstairs (aka Eli’s temporary room).  The dog hasn’t peed in that room (yet) so there isn’t a need to replace the carpet until we actually redo the room.  We also are going to do some cool tiles in the laundry room and the mudroom and pantry downstairs.

Here you could see the lovely carpet, my sincerest apologies that you can’t smell it as well.DSC_0110DSC_0112DSC_0116DSC_0009DSC_0011DSC_0012DSC_0015

Minor Dissapointment

So far we have been really lucky with things going our way during this remodel.  We had a vision for the bathroom, and we had to make some minor tweaks to that due to being way over budget (according to the contractor), but I know it will still be beautiful! Other than that, we only have came across one problem.  To me, its a pretty big dissapointment, but David thinks its no big deal.  There really isn’t anything we could do about it anyway, so hopefully we could make the best of it.

Remember this window? This is the window before construction started…DSC_0103This is the window after the closet was framed…DSC_0010The plan was to move the window to the other side of the closet so that we have two windows in the bedroom, one on each side of our bed.  We budgeted for it and were all set to go, but when the contractor went to scope out the exterior of the home, he discovered that our chimney was exactly where we wanted to move the window. We didn’t budget a bajillion dollars to basically move and rebuild an entire chimney, so unfortunately this window has to stay in the closet.

This means we will have only one window in the bedroom.  No big deal, right? To me, what I am nervous about is how asymmetrical the room is going to look.  I feel like it is going to look so weird with just one window on one side of the bed, and nothing on the other. We might have to rethink furniture placement. Wouldn’t you agree?DSC_0002Fortunately we have some time to think about how we want to go about this, and hopefully we will have a clearer vision once the room is more complete.