Dax’s Big Boy Room: Paint

How is it already Monday?! Did you all have a good holiday weekend? Since the 4th was on a Thursday this year, David took Friday off and we headed to the city for the day with the boys.  We are trying to take in everything we can before this baby arrives here soonish.

Obviously, the other reason I love long holiday weekends, is because David gets stuff done.  He finished painting Dax’s room and it looks so clean and bright.  I am really happy we decided to do moldings instead of wallpaper and keep it all white.  I know white can be boring, but I think it looks super cool in this room.

We went with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and I really think this is my new favorite white.  We are going to do our entire basement in this as well, but more on that later.

With the painting being done, all that is left to do is clean up and move Daxxy into his new room! He is so excited, but it is definitely bitter sweet for me since it means he is that much closer to not being my baby anymore.

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!

Blue Tape and No Final Walkthrough

One thing that we were asked to do, was walk through the bathroom and blue tape anything we might need to be fixed.

David and I walked through and found so many things, it really wasn’t even worth blue taping. I figured that when Monday rolled around, I would basically tell the guys that they need to clean up their grout job as it is thicker in some places and thinner in others. It looked like David could have done it and the point of paying money for a contractor was so that it looked more professional than David’s grout job (not that there’s anything wrong with David’s grout job), we just wanted a professional look.

Fixing the electrical problems from the weekend was on our punch list, there was some bad dry wall work and painting that needed fixing, sealing the counters and shower, and then just cleaning up so that the bathroom could finally be used.

When the guys showed up they weren’t thrilled that we didn’t blue tape- understandably so. I showed them where the grout looked good which was pretty much one side of the shower, and explained that that was how I wanted the grout to look everywhere. He told me that because we picked black grout, it’s very dark and really hard to get perfect. He said if we looked at the grout in our master bathroom and kitchen we wouldn’t notice the imperfections because it’s white and light gray. That makes total sense but I still think that they could do a much better job considering they are professionals. They shouldn’t blame their work on our color choice.

I mentioned the dry wall and he gave me attitude about it, and lastly I said the electric needed to be fixed because we weren’t paying until it was fixed. He proceeded to blame us again and said that they have already done enough free stuff for me and they wouldn’t fix this too. Umm what?? What free stuff he was talking about I had no idea. I obviously asked and he said that they hung the towel bars and mirrors for us and that wasn’t in the contract. That was super confusing to me. Never met a contractor that doesn’t include hanging mirrors to complete a bathroom. Thanks for the free work I guess?? I told him that David cut his foot and wasn’t able to get the sealer for the bathroom. Don’t worry everyone, that wasn’t in the contract either so he wasn’t going to seal even if we had it. Ridiculous.

At around 2:30-3:00, the guys packed everything up, left, and that was that. Our main contractor, Steve, told David he would be over at 5:15 to collect the completion check and we also assumed he would do a final walkthrough like our last contractor (and I think most contractors?).

David rushed to get home in time and was pretty nervous to see Steve since we hadn’t talked to him or seen him since the previous week when he called and attacked me over the phone. 5:20 rolls around, no Steve. 5:40, no Steve. 6:00 and he finally shows up. Some nerve not letting us know he would be that late.

Anyway, he showed up, had zero desire to see the completed bathroom and just wanted the check. David was way nicer than I would have been. I would have demanded that he looked at the bathroom especially since David didn’t even see the final product yet!

Steve left without seeing the bathroom, with his check, and fortunately we never have to see this man again. Let’s just say, I was fuming and all I could think about was writing my review on this awful man and the horrific way he does business.

Tile and Black Grout

We contacted our contractor immediately after the counters were installed. We were just as anxious as they were to get this project going again.

David got a text Tuesday night that the workers would be there Wednesday to continue the bathroom. Wednesday comes along and nobody shows up. Then, David got a weird phone call from the contractor. He told David he wanted to come over that evening to collect a check. David was confused because all we owed him was a completion check, and the bathroom was absolutely nowhere near being completed. So, David said if enough progress got done he would consider a post dated check. That was that.

1PM rolls around, still no workers. Obviously we want the bathroom done so we could get the boys out of our bathroom, but we aren’t in the hugest rush. It finally gets to be 1:15 and the guys show up. I texted David and he was shocked they showed up that late, not that we care they showed up late, but that the contractor expected the job to be completed and for a completion check with a half days work.

There was still a ton to be done. There was no way the bathroom would be finished that night. No way. The tile wasn’t done, which meant the grout wasn’t done. The ceilings needed to be primed and painted, walls patched, drywall, and painted, fan switched out, hardware installed. That’s just to name a few.

David decided that he didn’t feel comfortable giving the contractor a check and this is when the real drama began. I’m going to save that for it’s own post since it’s a long story.

Until then, here’s some tile and grout progress from that day. We went with white long subway tile and black grout. The guys left our house by 6:30 which is really late for a weeknight, but it’s looking really good!

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!!