Starting the Mudroom

A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.

Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.

Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!

Never Eating Chives Again

I feel like it’s been forever since I gave an update. Last week totally messed me up with David’s birthda, and the 4th, but I’m back!!

Now that David (mostly) finished the dog run fence, it was time to focus on the inside area of the dog run. Our dog is super picky about where he goes potty. It’s so ridiculous how high maintenance pugs are. He goes fine in grass, but when he poops, he digs it all up. He has long claws, so the dirt or mud after the snow or rain gets stuck in his paws and then he runs around like a Tasmanian devil while we try to clean him up. It’s just too much when I also have an insane baby to chase around. In our Scoria Lane yard, we had grass and replaced it with bark chips that were easy to clean, and the dog had no issues doing his business in them.  We thought that putting some mulch in this yard will make less of a mess when he goes outside. Of course in some areas there is grass, but the main portion of his dog run is now mulch.

Let’s take it back a notch though…

The area that we planned on covering with mulch, was covered with chives. Yes, chives. So random because there is no garden there. Maybe the previous owners started a garden and didn’t maintain it, but I still don’t understand why anybody would plant so many chives. I mean the area was completely covered. It just doesn’t make sense. So obviously the first thing that David had to do was remove the darn chives. This was a lot more work than he anticipated which should’nt be a surprise to anyone.

We had to get all of the chives by the roots, but while he was working on that he noticed some old tree roots, and the sprinkler system wiring that was cut, spliced, and exposed. So after removing the tree root, digging a trench for the wires, and the burying the wires, it was time to dig out the chives. We wanted to make sure they stayed away…for good. So David sprayed the crap out of the area with some type of chemical so they won’t grow back (hopefully).

After he sprayed, he laid out some weed block, and then started to pour the mulch.  We went with black because we hope to paint our house.  We figured black would work with the colors we are debating between.  It might look weird now, but the space already looks 10x better, and we aren’t even done! There are still more areas with chives, as well as some areas where we need to plant some grass.  We really need to find a landscape architect to come help us with the ridiculous concrete situation as well.  Ah, the things we do for our pets!! If we continue to have no rain, hopefully this dog area will be complete within a week or two, and then on to the next project!

Until then, and most likely forever, I will never be eating chives again!

Dog Run Progress

This week really felt like it was super long.  Maybe it is the anticipation for a short week next week.  David’s brother is in town this weekend, so I doubt we will get much done.  I would say that we could use him for help with certain projects, but he isn’t really the handy type. So we shall see what happens!

Last weekend David made a little bit more progress on the dog run.  One side is completed, and one side is almost done but he ran out of materials mid way through.

So far, the dog has been enjoying marking his territory on the posts, now if only he will poop out there!

Dog Run

A dog run really hasn’t been a priority to us with all of the other stuff we have going on. However, with the dog still going potty in the house at least once a day, it was time to get this dog run started.

We truly need our yard completely redone, but that just isn’t happening this year. The dog run might have to change when we redo the yard, but for now, this will hopefully work. Even if it doesn’t, David’s making the fence really cute, unlike the nasty wiring he has up now. Poor neighbors probably feel like they are looking at such an eye sore when they look into our yard.

David put up posts this past weekend. Eli helped him mix the cement, so hopefully they stay up. Kidding. Maybe. He started nailing the wood to the posts once it set.

One mistake we made at compass pointe (which David didn’t tell me until last weekend) was that we didn’t use pressure treated  wood. It all makes sense now, we remember the paint peeling and the wood chipping and cracking shortly after building it. With the wood we are using this time around, it will surely remain put together.

Closet Doors

We had such a great time with family and celebrating my ONE year old’s birthday! He loves to eat and has never had sugar up until his birthday party, lets just say he wasn’t amused. I was really shocked actually.

Now that things are starting to calm down, I have some progress to share.  Eli’s room is complete, yes you read that correctly.  It has been a long long long time coming, but it looks amazing and we all love it so much. Once I fill all of his picture frames, I will share the adorable room with you.

As you all know by now how much my dog pees everywhere. It is just so beyond annoying, but I don’t really blame him.  He is probably stressed, plus he’s an old man.  Not sure if you have ever seen or listened to an 11 year old pug, but they are literally like grumpy old men! So cute.  What’s not cute, is the fact he likes to pee on anything that isn’t wood floor.  He was so used to peeing all over the carpet, and we ripped that out months ago.  Now, his only option is the carpeted basement (which is closed off so he can’t pee in there anymore), or on piles of clothes, towels, sheets, etc.  No, we don’t keep piles of stuff on the floor, however closets tend to have all of those items in them, and our closets have no doors.  Are you piecing his together yet? The pug goes to all of the doorless closets, and pees on everything he can possibly lift his leg on.  It’s been fun to deal with.

When our photographer came to take Dax’s one year photos, and my family coming in for Dax’s birthday, it was time to get those closets up and running. David managed to put up all of the doors except for in Dax’s room.  With Dax’s nap schedule, it’s hard to get in there to put the finishing touches on his room.

The doors look great, and make the halls and Eli’s room look so much more complete. They still need moldings to cover the track, some readjusting, and hardware, but the fact the dog can’t pee on everything anymore is a win for me!

I am looking forward to a weekend of getting more stuff done! Happy Friday!

Artwork

I brought in an interior designer to help me tie up loose ends in terms of furniture we couldn’t decide on, furniture placement, and just other random details of the house. There is an area in our kitchen and I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the empty space.  The designer suggested that we didn’t put anything there except for either one giant piece of artwork, or three big pieces.  I am really bad at choosing art, and I am super indecisive once I find things I like.

After what feels like searching for months, I finally found an artist I am obsessed with on Etsy.  The prices didn’t seem awful, and they do custom work.  I have specific colors I want to use, so I reached out to the artist about potentially doing three custom pieces or one giant piece for us.  I got back a quote for almost $2000.00!!!!!!! Are you kidding me?! Is this normal?! I have no idea since I haven’t really ever purchased art, but to me this seems like a ton of money for one wall.  Am I being unreasonable? Crazy? Help!!

Anyway, we obviously decided not to go forward with this artist, so I am on the hunt for another.  Any recs? In the mean time, after a lovely knee injury, Eli’s adorable table and chairs are now in the kitchen.  I thought it was a good idea for him to eat on it, but that just makes things more accessible for the dog.  So, he will use it to color and draw instead of use his iPad while I am in the kitchen.

We have a busy weekend coming up, but I still am hopefully we will get some stuff done around this house.  Closet? Closet anyone?

Unexpected Projects

Hello hello! Dax and I are still trying to kick our colds and coughs but nothing seems to be helping. I’m really starting to wonder if we are constantly getting sick from all of the dust- although David’s healthy (knock on wood) and he’s inhaling much more dust than we are.

Anyway, our contractors didn’t show up yesterday, but apparently they will be finished with our house in two days. Still lots for David to do, but the freedom of having my house to myself during the day seems heavenly.

We had a little incident in the basement on Friday. I won’t go in to details, but let’s just say it involved our dog, his mouth, and a mouse. This freaked me out and disgusted me more than anything, so David agreed it was time for new carpet. We got a quote on Saturday and they installed it yesterday.

This is not something we planned on doing or budgeted for. In fact, we weren’t even going to touch the basement for a couple of years. But, since we knew we were getting new carpet, we decided we wanted to start completely fresh in there. We sold our giant movie theater chairs which creates so much more space. And even though David wanted to get rid of the pool table, I thought we should keep it. Especially since we have two boys who most likely will want it when they are teens! Since the chairs are gone, we quickly realized that we would have no place to sit. We promised ourselves we were done with IKEA, but who are we kidding? We ventured over there and pretty much purchased enough furniture to temporarily complete the basement until we want to buy better quality stuff. Once David has time he will be doing some IKEA hacks but until then, we will have a clean and organized basement. I can’t wait for it to be all set up!

IKEA loadBeforeAfter:

It’s really hard to tell in the pics but the carpet is a really pretty gray

The new carpet is making me so excited to paint these blue walls. Yikes!