Major Wallpaper Progress

We still have a long way to go, but I can finally share some major laundry room progress with you all! David was up until midnight the other night installing our wallpaper and it looks absolutely amazing. I hate doing laundry, but I feel like this wallpaper puts me in a good mood and maybe I won’t mind it so much anymore.  Hopefully he is able to finish the cabinets this weekend so that we can order our countertop, sink, and other fun stuff.

Have a happy great weekend!

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I personally am ok with wild patterns and bold colors in any room, but for those who are skeptical about that, I think the laundry room is the perfect room to go crazy in.  I had a very specific wallpaper in mind, and have seen it used on so many Pinterest pins.  It is truly stunning, however for some reason I have been hesitant to use it.  It definitely isn’t the most neutral pattern, and it isn’t the cheapest.  It makes me nervous that a future buyer would look at it and maybe use it as a deal breaker not to buy the house.  It’s one thing if it was the only room with wallpaper in the house, but both kids rooms have pretty busy patterns, so this room should be a little calmer.

Over the long weekend, I was searching through a bunch of Labor Day sales and came across what I believe to be the perfect wallpaper.  We got really lucky because it is officially sold out, and I can’t even find a picture of it to show you all.  I guess that means you have to be patient and wait to see it once we start installing it, but it is fabulous!

Have a great weekend!

Progress Plateau

Oh hey, remember me?! It has been way too long. Now that David is doing the majority of the work, our progress obviously depends on him.

Right when Eli finished camp, he got really sick. Awful fever, awful cough, it was the worst. Naturally, Dax got sick, and then just when you thought I would be the one to get sick, David got sick. He actually had it the worst. Eventually I got sick and we all just kept passing it back and forth.

Because of us all being out of commission, it made it kind of impossible to get stuff done around here. This weekend, we were finally back in action. David worked long and hard on the laundry room and got so much done. This room became a lot bigger of a project than we planned for so it’s also taking a lot longer to finish than we planned for.

Since the laundry room was previously a bedroom, it had a closet. We don’t really have a need for a closet, so we ripped it out, carpet and all. Still not sure if we will use the area to hang dry clothes, but I’m thinking that it’s a good space for that. The goal was to have the cabinets installed, they aren’t finished because there was a lot more to installing them than we anticipated.  David built the bases for the cabinets to make them level with the washing machine and dryer. They don’t look “level” in this picture yet because he hasn’t finished screwing the levels on the legs of the cabinets, but I promise that they will be!

After looking at it, David thinks that he needs to raise the cabinets a little higher.  I honestly can’t tell, but what’s one more thing to do? I think we decided on our counters, and after months and months and months, we finally decided and ordered wallpaper. We decided to go bold and fun since it’s a laundry room, but more on that later.

Hopefully now that we are all better, there will be more progress which means more blog posts. Stay tuned!

Laundry Room Decisions

A couple of weekends ago, David started mudding and sanding the drywall in the laundry room. It was obviously dry and cleaned up by this past weekend, so David was able to prime and paint the ceiling.  The room looks so much brighter, and we are officially ready for the fun part of this room.

We still need to decide if we want to use wallpaper or tile.  We keep thinking that with the busy floors, wallpaper will look better, but we really are going back and forth.  I actually think this might be the toughest decision we have faced so far with this renovation.

Hopefully David will be able to get the cabinets upstairs this week, I think that once we see them installed, maybe it will be easier to make a decision.  Once we decide on wallpaper (or tile), we can get a light fixture, sink, hardware, etc.  I seriously can’t wait to have a completed and organized laundry room.

Eli’s Big Boy Room Reveal

A couple of weeks ago, we finally tied up most of the loose ends and Eli’s room is 99.99% complete! Even though his room is tiny, it is so adorable and we are all so proud of it. Eli loves it so much that whenever he has a friend come over for a playdate, the first thing he wants to do is show it off.

I got my inspiration from Pinterest,  but there were a few things that I wanted for this big boy room.  First and foremost, I wanted the room to be a room that could grow with Eli.  As much as I love decorating, I don’t want to redo his room every 3 years as his interests change.  So we went with more of a color scheme rather than a “theme”.  It was really important to me to use a lot of the furniture and accessories from Eli’s nursery without it looking too babyish.  We worked really hard on both of his nurseries on Owl Lane and Compass Pointe, and we were really fortunate to get some of his furniture made and gifted by family members, so it is extra special.  Lastly,  I knew that I wanted him to have a bed that he could grow in to, unlike a toddler bed, so we went with a full-sized bed and a more mature headboard that he (hopefully) won’t get tired of.

David did some great modern looking moldings, similar to Dax’s room (almost complete BTW) and our stairway.  I wanted to give the room something special, so we went with this amazing wallpaper.  From the moment I came across it on Pinterest, I was instantly obsessed.  I think it looks amazing on this wall, even though it took us a while to figure out which wall we wanted it to go on!  His bed looks fabulous against it in my opinion.  I am super into mixing patterns, and we found his comforter at IKEA of all places.  I am loving the blue and green combo. We purchased a cute decorative pillow, but with the amount of stuffed animals Eli loves having in his bed, it just looked to cluttered, so we returned it.  I am still on the hunt for a blanket or quilt, but I think for now the bed looks fine without one.We weren’t going to use this bookshelf that was in Eli’s nursery, and we purchased a new one, but as we were setting the room up and noticing how many books our book-worm has, we decided to use the bookshelf from his nursery.  It actually looks great in the room, and holds the tons and tons of books he has. We decorated it with my favorite bookends, the invitation from his baby shower , and some other cute accessories from Target (duh).Besides the wallpaper, one of my favorite parts of this room is the dresser.  My uncle built it for us and my grandparents bought it for us.  It is gorgeous, the best size, and we will never get tired of it.  When Eli was a baby, my uncle had built a changing table topper for the dresser, so the room officially felt like a “big boy” room when we took the topper off. Sad!  We replaced the topper with some photos, some special books that were my mom and dad’s from when they were children, and a boat that my Zayde (that’s yiddish for grandfather) made Eli before he passed away in January.   Eli is in a monster phase right now, so we obviously have a nightlight on there too to keep the monster’s away- except for Dax, he’s here to stay.I spent hours looking for artwork for this room, hours.  After wasting way too much time, we actually opted out of artwork because the room is so freaking small.  Having a ton of stuff on the wall just would make it look way too cluttered.  Instead, we put these amazing signs that were made for him from my Bubbie (yiddish from grandmother), and my dad.  I think it looks great.One of my least favorite parts of the room is the roman shades.  I love the look of the navy, but I hate that they are cordless.  We chose this for obvious safety reasons, but they are the most annoying shades to deal with, in fact I leave them down 100% of the time because of the hassle.  You can see in these photos that they are both up and uneven.  Yes, this is because I was struggling for 30 minutes on how to get them both up all of the way. So embarrassing! We didn’t want to do custom shades in this home, but we won’t be purchasing these ever again that’s for sure.  Oh, and sidenote, ignore the awful screens on our windows, they all need to be replaced hah!The only things left to do in this room is get some hardware for the closet doors, and David needs to scrape off some of the paint on the floors.  I also need to unpack and find the photo of me and my mom that was up in Eli’s nursery to put up in his new room. Eli is named after her and I love that her picture is overlooking him when he sleeps.

I can’t believe what a transformation this has been, and how long it took, but it was all totally worth it! You can see the before photos here.

Officially a Big Boy

And just like that, Eli is all moved in to this big boy room.  Well, not all moved in.  His clothes aren’t in there yet, but he has been sleeping in there since this past weekend!  He is doing great and absolutely loves his new room, and he loves telling us over and over what a big boy he is!

On Saturday, David kind of blew it and asked Eli if he was wanting to sleep in his big boy room that night.  Of course a 3 year old is going to say yes to something that exciting! Even though it was definitely time to move him in to the room because of his ripped mattress, the room wasn’t 100% ready.  We were working on it during naps and after the boys go to sleep at night, but now that Eli is in his room, this causes a slight problem for finishing it.

The closet still needs to be done, there are some minor paint touch ups, we need to hang his book shelf, install some more shelves, and decorate decorate decorate! It might take months before the room gets completed now that he’s moved in, but oh well what can we do?!

I am just thankful that he is staying in his bed until I tell him it is time to get out.  I guess I won’t need that padlock for his door any time soon.  Kidding!

Wallpaper Dilemma

Before our contractors were finished here, they started working on Eli’s wallpaper in his big boy room. They noticed that it was bubbling up a bit, so they decided to stop until the weather became warmer.  Apparently freezing cold walls can mess up wallpaper installation, who knew? Our contractor told us to call them once it got warmer so they could finish the project.

I mentioned this week, that we decided to make Eli’s new room our next priority, and that meant finishing up the wallpaper install. Instead of calling our contractor, we decided to look for a professional wallpaper installer since there were more projects in the house that will eventually need wallpapering.  This way we could test them out and see if we wanted to hire them again in the future.  After receiving a few quotes, we were shocked with how much it would cost to do a tiny portion of a room.  I looked on Thumbtack and TaskRabbit, that was a no go.  So, our next best option was…David.

David thinks he can do everything, and he can, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can do everything extremely well. Cough cough closet cough cough. He was convinced that he could do this project too.  So after searching Pinterest, watching some YouTube videos, and reading some articles, he decided to do it himself.  I was super nervous considering wallpaper isn’t cheap, but if he thought he could do it, I trusted him.  Oy.

After we purchased the materials, it was time to get to work.  As David was setting up, he noticed that the contractors completely screwed up the wallpaper. They didn’t cut correctly- you are supposed to leave an extra two inches on the top and bottom. They didn’t line it up well according to the pattern, and the seams didn’t look good (which could be weather related).  David had to work some magic to make the remaining wallpaper fit properly. He had some issues with creases, and the seams, but overall it looks really good.

Because of the botched cut job, there wasn’t enough wallpaper to cover both the top and bottom.  We had to choose if we wanted the top of the wall to have “wall” showing, or the bottom.  We decided to leave room at the top, because we can always add crown molding to cover up the cutting flaw. Yes, this will take up more time and is essentially another project, but I think crown will look so good in this room!

Besides the top having some wall showing, you would think that a professional installed the wallpaper, so that is great.  Would I allow David to do it again, eh probably not, but it saved us some money in the meantime, and now Eli’s room is that much closer to being completed!

Priorities

I mentioned before that I had no idea how we would prioritize our punch list. It’s really hard to decide what is most important when everything is equally important, just in different ways. That being said, we kind of naturally just started finishing Eli’s big boy room. The room that was supposed to be done in September (or November- we have conflicting memories in our household).

Lately, Eli has been asking about his “big boy room” and he visits it 1826733 times a day. The kid is almost 3.5 and is still in his crib. To be honest, I’m totally cool with him being in a crib still. I’m all for the “cribs for life lifestyle”. I mean, who wants their crazy threenager getting in and out of bed all night? The second they are done with the crib, they have control. They can leave their bed or worse, leave their room and join ours. No thanks!

Our thoughts were to finish the big boy room and move the crib in there next to his new bed- just to get him comfortable with the idea. However, plans change obviously.

When we found out we were pregnant with Dax, Eli wasn’t even two yet. We didn’t like the idea of making him transition to a bed just because a baby was coming, so we let him stay in his crib. Eli’s mattress is very expensive. Like embarrassing expensive. It pained us to purchase another one for Dax, not knowing how much longer Eli would be in his crib. So, we decided to purchase a cheap mattress for Eli, and give Dax the expensive one. Problem solved, except for Eli is a jumper. He doesn’t climb out of his crib but he jumps. And jumps and jumps and jumps. His cheap mattress is finally falling apart because of the jumping and we really have no choice but to get rid of it. I refuse to purchase another cheap mattress for him, and that’s ok because the other day he woke up from his nap and said “ok mom, I’m ready for my big boy bed now”

So there you have it it, our next project is the big boy room. David worked long and hard on it last weekend and it is looking amazing. We definitely had some hiccups (I’ll share about those later) but I am so happy with how it looks and I can’t wait for Eli to use his new room because after everything he’s been through in 3.5 years- he deserves it more than anybody!

Big Boy Room Progress…Kind Of

Guess what?! The pantry floors are done.  Woohoo!!! Can’t wait to show you the finished product, but incase you all were wondering, Eli’s big boy room has not been touched since November.    This room has served as my temporary room while David was living in the basement, to my closet, to David’s closet, to storage, etc.

Obviously I love Eli more than anything, and want him out of his nasty temporary room, but it is just not a priority for us right now.  We discovered that it is really expensive to get wallpaper installed on the North Shore, so our contractor told us that they would install the wallpaper for us.  So great of them, but the only problem has been that the weather has been so freaking cold, that the walls are cold which is making the wallpaper bubble up.  They installed one little piece before they realized what was going on and decided to stop until the weather warmed up.  Well, now the weather is warm ( I mean how to we go to getting a foot of snow to 60 degrees?)and I am not sure when they are returning to our house.  Hopefully soon because I can’t wait to see this wall finished.  It looks amazing so far!

Trim and Moldings

Happy Monday! We are making so much progress on the master, and a little bit of progress on Eli’s room.  It is difficult since I am temporarily living in there, but we are doing our best to get it done.  I have a feeling Eli is closer to transitioning out of his crib than we hoped. We shall see!

I have a weird obsession with trim and moldings in a house so this is my favorite part of doing Eli’s room.  Maybe it’s because we have had so many different types in all of our homes, but for this house, we wanted to go simple and clean.  I think that the trim looks perfect against our new floors. David did a really good job installing them, but I am pretty sure he is relieved that the contractor will be installing them for the remainder of the house.DSC_0136DSC_0135DSC_0134DSC_0131DSC_0129DSC_0126I have yet to share the awesomeness that is Dax’s nursery but let me tell you, its freaking amazing in my opinion.  We did some fabulous moldings in there that we wanted to do in Eli’s room as well. David could seriously do moldings as a side gig now, he’s done Eli’s nursery/room about 3 times now and each time he gets better and better.518FB53C-2C17-46EC-AE35-4599F94EF3C9BC4BDA3D-C29F-4F6D-BF9E-0C2D6DF8B7441B7CCF4F-12C4-4566-A526-4B4DED3CEB40A72897DF-BDC5-411E-9E90-7320CC10C2007D50F929-8C89-44F5-A4D0-DD102818D35A4B675944-278A-4DBB-B185-7D34203A4E47Looks beautiful right? Once we are all moved out of Eli’s room after construction, we are going to install wallpaper on an accent wall.  I seriously am so excited! Stay tuned!B3F11D06-31E2-42B4-B8AD-9DDB36A5A7A3