The Things We Do For Neighbors

You guys, I have been trying to get David to clean out our garage for months.  It is a complete mess, it’s really unsafe, and I imagine it’s probably a fire hazard as well. There was/is so much to be done with the house, that the garage just hasn’t been a priority. It really should be though, since our kids are in there a million times a day getting in and out of the car, and I can trip on everything and anything which isn’t great for a big ole pregnant lady.

David’s usual excuse for not working on the garage (rather than the fact he has 1983298397493849384 other things going on) is that it will take an entire day to take everything out, go through it, and then re organize back into the garage.  I guess I agree with the fact that if you are going to take everything out, you might as well go through everything before putting it all back in.  So, he has been working on every other project except this and I totally understand why, even if it bugs me.

A couple of weeks ago, our neighbor asked me if we could store all of her kids’ vehicles in our garage because they are redoing theirs. First off, no fair!!! Second, how could I say “no, ours is used as a landfill and we have no room”? She gave me almost a months notice, so I told her that it was no problem and we would be happy to let them store their junk with our junk.

I informed David of our neighborly plan, he wasn’t thrilled but I couldn’t go back on my word, so this forced him to somewhat organize the garage. He spent the good half of Saturday in there and I have to say I am more than impressed. You can walk in there, breathe in there, and now we don’t have to be embarrassed every time we open our garage.  There still is a lot to be done (organize the entire back of the garage, paint, redo the floors), but for now this is perfect and its a huge sigh of relief.  Thanks David, I mean neighbors who forced this project on him.

Hiring out the Basement

I’ve mentioned multiple times now that the new rule with our home renovation is that if David doesn’t finish by the timeline I give him, we will be hiring out the next project (or portions of it).

I will admit I’ve been giving him some wiggle room with certain things, but when it comes to the basement, it’s a non negotiable.

Months ago David agreed to hire the basement out. I allowed him to knock down and build the new bar, build the built in media unit, redo the floors, and some other minor things. He said we can hire out the drywall and paint. Not completely sure what happened, but we never followed through with our painter, and the basement has been at a standstill since February/ March.

We spent so much time organizing and going through a lot of our stuff and finally felt like we were in a good place for the kids to play down there and have play dates down there. Well, that went out the door…quickly.

The basement is beyond a hot mess. It gives me so much anxiety even being down there. I pretty much am down there just to work out with my boyfriend, I mean Peloton. Not to mention the spiders down there. Yikes!!

After David finished Dax’s big boy room by his deadline, he admitted that he really didn’t want to do the basement. Not sure if it was my lack in pressure or what, but I couldn’t be more relieved, thrilled, happy, ecstatic that we are hiring out this project.

They start in August which means we have to go through everything. I’m tired of just organizing boxes and bins. I want to use this as an opportunity to go through every box and every bin and purge purge purge.

So far we have gotten through the storage closet and have a long way to go, but by doing a little bit each night, we are sure to get this done before August!

I can’t wait to finally have a clean and organized space that doesn’t give me anxiety, and yes I know I’ve said this before!

Mudroom Update

Oh hey, remember the mudroom? While our contractor and his crew are working on the bathroom, David is working on the mudroom when he gets home from his real job.  I showed you the molding and trim progress a couple of weeks ago, but since then, David installed some cabinets for storage.

Since this room used to be the laundry room, there is a big bulky gas line.  We thought that it would be pricey and annoying to remove, so we figured that covering it was our best option.  At first, we were going to install a single cabinet and sink, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that would look a little weird.  We decided to do a row of cabinets instead, because you can never have enough storage and it looks much better than a single cabinet.

The built-ins unit is white, so we went with a light gray cabinet.  I am wondering if the gray walls are a bit much now, but at least painting the walls is an easy fix.  Once the painters come to paint the built-in, they can always repaint the walls as well.

This room is really coming along! The thought of not having all of our junk piled up on our kitchen island because it will finally have  a place in the mudroom feels so so good!

Vanity Arrival

Happy Monday! Lots of progress to report this week!  The vanity for the boys’ bathroom was delivered and installed last week.  We did have a little bit of spacing issues, but they seemed to figure it out and make it work.  The vanity is two pieces and it is really long once put together.  We had the option of having a big space in the middle to fill with a wood filler piece, or the option to push the two pieces close together and have wood filler pieces on both the left and right sides.  Ideally, I wanted it that way, but they told me that there would have to be some plumbing rearranged for that to work.  So, David and I decided that having a space in the middle to fill was the way to go.

I was going about my afternoon and one of the men working on the bathroom told me that he realized he didn’t account for the door jamb, so he had to adjust the plumbing to make the vanity work.  This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is still looking amazing! Counters are measured and ordered, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Mudroom Molding and Trim

David worked on the mudroom a little bit last night after the boys went to sleep.  He put up the crown molding, and some of the trim.  He decided that he wants to raise the horizontal piece a little bit, but other than that it’s looking more and more complete.

I feel like we have a million projects happening right now and I can’t keep them straight, but hopefully we will be able to be 100% with one room soon , maybe?! It will probably be the boys’ bathroom because we hired it out.  Sorry David!

Basement Built-ins

Happy New Year!

So far, we are starting 2019 off productive. I mentioned on Monday that the basement built-ins are 95% complete.  We didn’t want to spend too much money down here, so we decided to do an IKEA hack on the Billy Bookcase. They turned out great and our old TV works with it perfectly  David bought a new TV for upstairs, and we moved the old TV up there into the basement. I think that once the entire basement is painted, the shelves are decorated, and the hardware is on, they will feel a lot more complete.  As much as I love them, I can’t get past this ugly blue paint.

I will say that it has been so nice having a place for all of the kids’ games, movies, and books that I used to read in our spare time pre kids.

Breaking Point

I can’t believe that Hanukkah has been over for a week already, and that Christmas and New Years are coming up. Seriously, where has this year gone? I know I promised that there would be updates, and there will be. The laundry room is (was) coming along just fine, but we have decided to take a break on that room.

Cabinets are done, hardware is in, David finished painting and just has minor touch ups, and this weekend he installed a closet system. Even though everything is looking great, now that the room is mostly cleared out, I am noticing that there are some issues with the spacing of the floor tiles and the grouting. The only solution is for David to rip out some of the flooring and redo it. This is obviously annoying, because we have been working on this room since July, but it just has to be fixed. When we go to sell this house, I would hate for somebody to think anything looks DIY.

Let’s backtrack a little bit though. A couple of weeks ago my oldest had a play date. We rarely have play dates here because the house has been a construction zone, and Dax was napping twice a day until recently. But, I thought we were in a good place to finally have friends here, plus I was doing my friend a favor by watching her son. To say that Eli and his friend destroyed our house is an understatement.  I took pictures of the damage, but I deleted them because I wanted no memory of what the house looked like that night.     The thing is, I wasn’t even mad about it, it just made me realize that we need to readjust our priorities (again), and focus on getting our basement and playroom done.

I definitely think I hit a major breaking point with this house and I was totally distraught after the playdate. I want for my kids’ friends to come over and destroy the house, I want them to come over and think that they could have so much fun and not me nagging all of the time.  I expect nothing more than a total mess, especially with these wild boys.  The problem is, we have zero organization system in any play area in this house.  There are toys piled on toys, piled on toys, and it must be just as chaotic for the kids to play and not be able to know where things belong, as it is for me.

So, while there is still work to do in the laundry room, we had to get our act together with the basement.  We headed to IKEA to get some major storage solutions and David built them all within 45 minutes.  They are not complete yet, and there is so much work to be done down here, but it is an absolute necessity at this point, and everything else can wait.

Enjoy the hot mess “before” photos of the basement, I hope it doesn’t stress you out as much as it stresses me out!