Major Progress

I finally have a major progress update! The painters are officially done, and all that our contractors have to do is the wallpaper in Eli’s room. It is so unbelievably refreshing to not have workers in our house all day.

The paint made all the difference in the world to this house. I am so beyond happy with it and can’t believe how fresh and bright it looks!  Now that it’s done, David can focus on his projects, and boy there are a lot. I am looking forward to focusing on one room at a time, and completing a room before we start another.  Next up, finishing our master closet! *We went with Benjamin Moore Gray Tint throughout the house and Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray on our front door and stairs

Remember Me?

Oh hey there! Remember me? Sorry I’ve been MIA. So much going on here I really can’t explain it. But what I will explain is how much progress has been made. So so much! This place is finally looking like there is an end in site but today, I’ll focus on the fireplace. I already mentioned it a while back (feels like decades ago).

Let me back track a little though. The painters started yesterday. We scheduled it two weeks ago so it’s not like it was a shock and last minute that they were coming this week. The problem was that David made other projects his priority and so all of the things that had to be done for the painters weren’t. To say it was an extremely busy weekend is an understatement. David was up until about 2 am Sunday night trying to get everything ready for the painters. He had to install all of the trim, the doors, the fireplace, and all of the moldings. Most of this got done but more on that in another post. This is about the fireplace- man I get sidetracked.

He shiplapped the entire fireplace and even though I originally wanted tile, now I’m in love with it! One decision we were contemplating was if we should put crown on the top or not, but we decided to do a small trim instead of a thick molding and I think it turned out great! The painters painted it today and it looks gorgeous. So so impressed. Also, not going to lie, David is soooo obsessed with his work. Ok, maybe proud is the better word choice. But either way it’s a great accomplishment and we are in love with it. I guess the only sucky part is we don’t get an actual “fireplace insert” until next year. Oh well, we can just look at it for now!15f278ee-43de-4c5e-b7fd-c89c200d80a2d4a05625-62c2-419c-ba76-e9db099f3ef6c719f09b-5bb2-4a3f-a74d-d3b7dd6ee96475fbaf10-6146-49f4-8cb6-d4fb8bdadae3029fda21-daa3-400b-9d2f-1624d11bfa39952e6b43-a3db-4f5b-9be1-cbd2bcb75ddb6eb07be8-770c-4597-9183-78ee030bd9ce

Pantry Paint

I was really hoping that I would have more progress to report today, but unfortunately you just get to read about pantry paint. Yippee!

Originally, the plan was to hire a painter to do the entire house.  The contractors ended up painting the master bathroom and our kitchen, so that they could take pictures for their website.  Since things are going a lot slower than we hoped, there are certain rooms that need to be painted immediately in order for them to get completed- specifically the master walk-in and the pantry.  We can’t clear all of the rooms were our clothes are being stored until the closet is done, and we can’t get all of the food out of our kitchen, and the appliances out of the family room and dining room until the pantry is done.  That being said, David had to paint the closet and pantry.  The closet is just primed right now, but the pantry is pretty much done and ready for shelving and floors! We went with Benjamin Moore- Gray Tint and I think it looks great.Have a great weekend!!

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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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We observed Yom Kippur but unfortunately I couldn’t fast this year due to nursing and pumping- darn it!!

I was going to post this yesterday, but given everything that was happening in Vegas, I just didn’t feel right about it.  I am so sick and sad over what happened, I really don’t have the words. I am thinking about everyone who has been affected by the awful event that occurred yesterday.

On to something much lighter, there is so much progress to be shared on our master, but I thought I would show off the amazing floors in Eli’s room first!

Besides priming the walls, the next thing that had to go in Eli’s room was the floors.  Well, in the entire house really.  The carpet is just awful and it doesn’t help that our 10 year old pug literally goes potty on the carpet a minimum of 3 times a day.  We have gotten to the point where we don’t even clean it in some places because we don’t know if it is a new spot or just a stain that didn’t come out with our carpet cleaner.  It doesn’t help that the color of the carpet is brown, so you can’t even see where there is a stain most of the time.  So gross, I know.  Just know that we don’t allow the baby on the carpet- ever, so don’t go reporting us now!

We picked out the flooring pretty much immediately after we moved in because we wanted it installed in the nursery.  We had that professionally installed because there was just no time for David to do it considering Dax was born on closing day.  He was able to see how the handymen were able to install it, so this made it easier when it came time for Eli’s room.

David removed the carpet in Eli’s room and started installing the floors.  Between watching the handymen install the floors and Dax’s room, and doing it  once before at Owl Lane , that makes him a pro, right? Wrong!

We were in such a rush to get this room finished because we had a timeline of when we had to move into Eli’s temporary room, which obviously meant Eli had to be in his big boy room by then (yep, he’s still not in his room!). David installed the floors in a really short amount of time, too short if you ask me.  He was done installing them and about to install the baseboards , trim, and moldings, but that came to a complete halt.

I have bad OCD and am a huge perfectionist.  I was sitting on the floor and noticed that David did a really bad job at installing them.  Some of the planks weren’t installed all of the way, which caused weird leveling when you walked.  Sure, you would really have to be sitting on the floor and looking for these flaws, but this didn’t fly with me.  The dilemma we were having, or should I say David was having, was that he had to install every single plank in order for this to be fixed- was it worth it?.  I think he was hoping I would say “Oh, it’s fine! Just leave it”, but there was no way that was going to happen.  So, David spent the entire afternoon aka nap time uninstalling and reinstalling the floors perfectly.

He is known to be a very fast paced individual.  He rarely stops to think about anything, unless it comes to his real job. I can’t even tell you how many times I have told him that if he just took his time, things would turn out the way he wanted them to.  David ended up spending 3x as much time to do the floors as it would have taken to do them right the first time, but at the end of the day- or night, they look awesome! I hope he remembers that slow and steady wins the race for the next projects.

*Excuse the iPhone pics, we had no idea where our good camera was at this point

Bye bye bye Cubs colors!IMG_2767IMG_2893IMG_2769IMG_2897See ya, carpetIMG_2895Installing the floors…the first timeIMG_2941IMG_2994IMG_2942IMG_2978After all of the work it took to get these floors installed, you would think I would have taken a picture of the finished product.  Well, we thought it would be a good idea to build Eli’s big boy bed and it is sitting in the middle of the room, which makes it nearly impossible for me to take a picture of the floors.  Don’t worry though, next up is baseboard and moldings and you will be able to get a better picture of the floors then.

Eli’s Big Boy Room

Since our master suite is being redone (I can hear the hammers, saws, and drills as I type this), David and I need somewhere else to sleep.  We have a fully finished basement but I refuse to sleep in there for more reasons than one.  Dax’s nursery is obviously taken, and our 5th bedroom is being converted into a laundry room.  The only two options we have are the room that Eli currently sleeps in, and the room we are making into Eli’s big boy room. Since this poor child has been sleeping in a nasty room with cardboard for blinds, we only thought it was fair to start (and finish) his big boy room so that he has somewhere peaceful and clean to sleep in.  This was supposed to solve our “where are Carly and David going to sleep” problem.

I had some health stuff go on during the past month.  I was unable to lift Dax, Eli, or pretty much anything for 10 days.  Once the 10 days were over it still really hurt (and sometimes still does) to hold my babies.  David had to take time off to help and when he went back to work we had to hire somebody to help me around the house.  Once David got home at 5, he didn’t have time to work on Eli’s room because he had to do everything around here.  That being said, up until last week, he really couldn’t get started on Eli’s new room.  He pretty much had last weekend to do it.

Here are the before pictures. Our previous owners had 4 boys, and were obviously huge Cubs fans.  Apparently they thought it was a great idea to display their love for the Cubs through their paint choices.IMG_2823We had an electrician here to do work on the nursery, so he installed the light fixture in this room before we even started redoing it.IMG_2896IMG_2824You are going to be so amazed at what this room looks like now. While it’s mostly done (by mostly I mean paint and moldings), it looks incredible and it’s truly amazing what even just a new paint color can do to change the look of a room! Oh, and incase you are wondering, since the room isn’t complete, me, David, the dog, and the cat, are sleeping in Eli’s full sized bed and Eli is still in his temporary room. Too bad we aren’t snugglers!