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!

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…

Pantry Floors

David says everything will take “a few hours” or “a couple of days”.  I am starting to figure out that “a few hours” means a weekend or two, and “a couple of days” means a couple of weekends…minimum.

Anyway, we got our IL drivers licenses on Friday, and David got his stitches out from his little fireplace accident, so that left him with tons of time to get stuff done.

There was a little progress on our walk-in-closet that was supposed to be done last month, and lots of progress on our pantry floors.  They are looking great!!  Now, as soon as these are completed, we can get our pantry shelving unit built which will help us clear out all of the other rooms from our food and small appliances.  I can’t wait!

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!!

Custom Closet

After we purchased Scoria, we knew it wasn’t worth it to get a custom closet built.  David promised that in the next house, we could.  Well, that next house was Owl, and we were there for a quick minute, so I never got around to getting my closet there either.  Too bad because I had my own huge walk-in.  Darn! We built Compass Pointe and we had companies come to give us closet bids, but at the end of it all, we decided it wasn’t a forever home, so to pay a few thousand in a custom closet was ridiculous.  That ended up being a good thing because we ended up moving from there too, blah! Finally, we are here in the new house and we built a brand new walk-in, so we really had no chouce but to get it customized for us.  We researched a ton of companies, considered IKEA, looked at pre-made closet systems that just needed to be drilled in, etc.  Some were more expensive than others, but we didn’t even care about price at this point.  What annoyed us- well me, was that even though all of these closets were beautiful and semi-custom, non of them really fit 100% of our needs.  We decided that one more project for David is really NBD, so this past weekend he started building us a compltely custom closet. My clothes are currently taking up Eli’s temporary room, Eli’s big boy room, our future laundry room, and the basement.  David’s closet is currently the pool table in the basement- and we discovered the cat has been sleeping on all of his clothes during the day and also vomiting all over them.  Pleasant!  Hopefully this upcoming weekend we can maybe move our things in? I think every single room is filled with our clothes.  A5BF5C58-FAA9-4C9B-B2B7-09EE5BC0616CBE566834-0E64-4E3F-A15C-906C0FDE7CD6

Master Update(s)

As I mentioned before, when our contractors leave, they lock our bedroom door so that our crazy toddler can’t somehow get in and get hurt.  Trust me, I really really appreciate this, but sometimes it’s a hassle and I just want to sit and stare at the progress when they go home for the day.

I always look forward for David to get home because not only does he take the boys off of my hands, but I need him to get the key to open the master door.  The contractor puts it up really high, and I am really short- so you know how that goes.

Last week, David was gone for a business trip and I couldn’t see the room for 2 whole days.  Thats a long time considering how fast they work. So much gets done in a day, it baffles me and makes me feel really unproductive as well.

The dry wall is up for the new walk in closet.  These are the doors we are going to be using throughout the home and we thought it would be a good idea to put them on sliders for the closet so that we don’t lose space with the typical swing out door. We love the look, but when David got home he realized it’s a little bit of a struggle to fit through that doorway, and that could become annoying on a daily basis.  It probably wouldn’t be the best thing for resale either.  We decided that we are either going to do smaller closet doors with the same look if possible, or see if the contractors could shave them down.DSC_00072The bathroom is looking amazing. This is a view of where the tub and toilet will be going.DSC_00022Our shower! Don’t mind the attic access.  This used to be my walk in closet so it didn’t look tacky to have the attic access in there, but now that it is in the bathroom it doesn’t look right, so we are moving it to the future laundry room.DSC_0004All of our wrapped up furniture was moved into the future laundry room this week because they started sanding everything.  We also saw the cabinets, floor tiles, backsplash, and counter last week. The floors and cabinets will get installed this week- I can’t believe how fast it’s coming together.

I probably am going to kick myself for saying this, but I am shocked at how stress free this is going so far.  Knock on wood- we haven’t really had too many problems, just a few minor and annoying issues.  It’s also pretty loud but the boys are doing much better than I thought with napping and such.  If the rest of the house goes this smoothly we are one lucky family!