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!

Master Bathroom Reveal

Ok, so as you probably know, our bathroom was the first room that we renovated.  This began in September and they finished in November, however they didn’t complete their punch list until December.  No words can describe my love for our new master bathroom.  Even though it is a lot smaller than I anticipated, and we decided against the gold hardware and finishes, it still is absolutely gorgeous.

If you are wondering why it has taken so long for me to post this reveal, it’s because David finished painting it last night.  I talked about this before, but we were 100% set on using Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.  We used it at Compass Pointe, and just assumed we would love it as much in this house.  Before even sampling it in the bathroom, we told our contractor that was the color we wanted.  So they painted the entire bathroom Repose Gray, and it ended up looking really beige.  We tried to live with it for a few months and realized that we really needed to change the color.  We decided to go with Gray Tint by Benjamin Moore.  This is also the color we used throughout the entire house.  The new paint makes such a difference, it’s crazy!

As much as I am loving the new paint, the floors are my favorite part of the bathroom.  We went with zebra marble and they are definitely a statement floor. We went simple and clean with the mirrors, the light fixtures, and the faucets and shower head.  I am really happy with the overall look and probably wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again!

It’s been so nice walking and showering in a clean and pretty much brand new bathroom.  I shockingly even have used the tub, so David is really happy about that because he didn’t want to put one in.

Enjoy!

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…

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?

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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Almost There

Monday is here again which means I am so excited because more work on the house will be done.  The bathroom is looking awesome and we are so close to the finish line- my tub is calling my name!  So much progress last week.  The cabinets went in, our mirrors and vanity lights were installed, the toilet and tub are in, and half of the shower door arrived as well. It is hard to remember what the bathroom used to look like, but that is not a bad thing! The only concern that I truly have for the bathroom is the size.  I thought it would be significantly larger than it is, and it’s probably the smallest bathroom we have ever had.  The plus is, it is a very functional bathroom.  We have so much storage, two sinks, a tub and a shower, and a separate giant walk in closet instead of the tiny one that used to be in the previous master bathroom.  We are so used to storing some of our toiletries and other bathroom necessities in Eli’s bathroom or a guest bathroom, so it will be nice to have it all in one place. I would be counting down the days until we can use it and move back into the master, but I still don’t have an accurate timeline.  Hopefully soon, especially since we have family coming to stay with us in two weeks!

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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

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!