We have learned so much on what type of paint should be used and where just by watching these guys. We just needed to pick the color and they knew the rest. I always battled on what type of paint we should use like using eggshell, flat… on each surface, so it was nice to not even have to give it a thought.
Today was special as well, after waiting for weeks I was finally able to go into the house for more than 10 seconds! It was the first time I was able to really take my time and look at everything. Some of the rooms have been completely painted on the walls and others are prepped and ready to go.
Here are all the rooms that are done:
Front Room – Finished Paint
I like how this gray came out. It has a little green tint to it, but it still pulls out a lot of gray. This room still has a few items on our to-do list, but it is near completion.
To-do List: Add all lighting; Tile the fireplace; Refinish the Hardwoods; Change the front door
Kitchen – Finished Paint
This was the first time I could really get up close to the cabinets and see them. Anytime I was in the house they had them covered up for all the other painting.
To-do List: Install appliances; Finish the hardwood floors; Install counter tops; Start the backsplash; Install the lighting
Mudroom – Finished Paint
They originally painted the bench on the lockers accidentally, so they had to sand them down and re-stain them. We wanted the dark bench to contrast with all the light colors in this room. The wall color looks blue, but it is a light gray.
To-do List: Install floors; Install appliances
Laundry Room – Finished Paint
We kept the same paint color in the laundry room that we used in the kitchen and in the mudroom.
This was the first room that they started the enamel coats on, so we knew how dark this gray would be for the cabinets. It matches with the living room fireplace and all the grays in our marbles and granites throughout the house.
Alexa wanted her walls to be gray, so that she could switch her bedroom colors easier. It also is something she can grow into and not be stuck with a little girl’s color. It is the same color we used in the Master and Baby’s room.
The final touches are coming together on the house. That means we have to decide on door hardware and get ordered and shipped in within the next couple of weeks. I am excited we are finally at this stage!
Our yard was torn apart with all of the construction, so it was nice to have it smoothed out again. This is also something Jay has wanted to do with our house for a long time. He has always hated our grass, so he loves that the grass is dead and we can start over. Throughout the next few weeks we are going to get our actual landscaping put in, so our house will feel more complete.
Front of the House – Excavation
Back of the House – Excavation
I still can’t get into the house, but Jay snapped some pictures for me. You can see a hint of what our kitchen cabinets will look like. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about the glaze, but I think we both like how it came out. I will really know for sure once the cabinets are all put back together. They are finally finishing the trim and cabinets this week and on to wall color next week. I still can’t get over that it took two weeks for just the trim and cabinets, but those guys were working hard at painting and sanding and painting again. I can’t wait until the smell goes away and I can go in and take a look myself. I have to sit outside and wait for Jay to go through to see the day’s work.
Kitchen – Cabinet Painting
Front Room – Trim Paint
Dining Room – Trim Paint
Living Room – Trim Paint
Laundry Room – Trim Paint
Mudroom – Trim Paint
Alexa’s Bedroom – Trim Paint
Doors – Trim Paint
Stairs – Trim Paint
Upstairs Hallway – Trim Paint
Maren’s Bedroom – Arch
Maren’s arch went in. I didn’t know how it was going to look with trim, but it gives it a unique look for her room and adds a small amount of detail.
Master Bedroom – Arch
I like how both our room and Maren’s room curved trim came out. I guess I never noticed any other house with curved trims, so I was curious throughout the process to see it. The idea of the arch was started out in our room and we reused the idea in Maren’s.
We had an early surprise today. We planned sometime in September to have our tree in the backyard cut down. To our surprise they showed up a little early and did it while we were at work. They had the whole job done by lunchtime. It was a little bittersweet. We loved the tire swing we had on the tree and all the memories we had with it. It was our kids’ favorite spots when we first moved in, but with the new addition we had to get rid of the tire swing. The tree itself looked like it could fall over any second, but it was still hanging in there. We opted to get rid of it just in case and we found someone that did the job at a really good price on a whim. They were doing a job down the street and we had just had a front tree removed next to the driveway and laying in our yard, so Jay stopped and asked them to haul ours off that day as well as chop the one down in the back.
They also added gutters to the house. They blend in so well you can barely see them in these pictures.
Front of the House – Gutters
Back of the House – Gutters
East of the House – Gutters
West of the House – Gutters
The house doesn’t smell as bad now that the stain has aired out, so I ran through and snapped some shots. I can’t really look over everything well to avoid paint fumes, so it’s nice to be able to come home and look at the pictures. Everything looks like it’s primed and ready to go. They even started in on the fireplace and Dining Room Cabinets. I like the Wolf Grey 2127-40 by Benjamin Moore that we decided to go with. I was worried it would have too much blue in it.
Dining Room- Primed Paint
Living Room- Primed Paint
Alexa’s Bedroom – Primed Paint
Kitchen- Primed Paint
Laundry- Primed Paint
Master Bedroom – Primed Paint
Mudroom- Primed Paint
The painters messed up on the locker bench and primed it, so they have to come back and sand the paint off.
After the staining and the stairs, they have moved on to priming for the trim and cabinets. They use enamel on this part, so it buys us another day to finalize the wall colors. We think we have the main ones, but I want to make sure it’s what we really wanted. Below are a couple snap shots I was able to get from the door. The rest of the house was way to dark too take a picture of since they have taped off all the windows and doors to be painted.
While they are busy painted the house, I am able to concentrate on some of the other areas we need to make decisions on. I finally found bedding for the baby and for Alexa’s room.
I wanted to keep the baby’s room really simple and use his colors from this post: Thoughts on the Nursery I opted not to do a bumper or quilt. I never used them in the past with the girls.
I also bought a few sheet colors to go with it:
Now I just have to figure out his curtains, window seat and changing table fabric.
I also got a great deal on Alexa’s bedding from PBTeen.com. They sent a 15% off card and a $10 off card, plus a lot of their bedding is on a major sale since its Labor Day weekend. I think light gray walls, coral and white striped curtains and this teal bedding is going to look great in her room and give her a teen room she can grow into.
We have been trying to come up with colors for over a few months now for our walls, but we finally buckled down for the last two evenings and decided on most of the colors. We already had to come up with the cabinet and trim colors, but the wall colors were hard to decide on. Technically our painters only gave us seven color options without an additional charge, which is not easy to stick with. Lucky for us it seems like we are on a gray kick. Either gray blue, gray green or plain gray – it was still all in the gray family. Even Alexa wanted gray in her room. Maren is the only one that ended up doing her own thing (if you don’t count her light gray bathroom) and choosing a light teal.
I tried organizing our paint choices by creating a large paper chart with all the rooms we had to pick colors in. As we picked colors, I stuck the color swatch for that room in its grid and noted all colors in that room (trim, wall, cabinets, ceiling). I figured if we could visually see it all then we can know where we plan to reuse colors. Plus it helped to keep track of our 7 color limit. Although, if truth be told, I was willing to go over on colors if needed to get the right look. We just happen to settle for just the 7 colors.
I also cheated today and ran through the house holding my breath. I think it will be my last time doing that, because I hate thinking I am breathing that in and hurting the little guy. I did snap some pictures of all the paint prepping they are doing. Plus they finished sanding and staining the stairs, which we are not caring for at the moment on how it turned out. I was told the sheen will die down a little and they can dull it more if I still don’t like it later, although it does look a lot better than what it was before:
I have to be banned from the house again due to all the paint fumes in combination with my baby bump. You can smell the fumes all the way from the sidewalk. I don’t know how the painters do it everyday. The crazy part is that they have only started working on the stairs and staining our downstairs bathroom vanity and our kitchen island.
Luckily, I am kept busy with the new driveway, picking out paint colors, finishing up on lighting choices and everything else left for the house. It’s hard not to go in and see everything as it happens though. At least Jay can run in really quick and take a few snapshots of everything happening. He even brought some of the cabinet doors to me to see the coloring.
Below is what is going on with the driveway as of Friday. Notice the missing tree to the right of the driveway. I think it opens it up a lot. I have always hated the placement of the tree. The roots caused so many issues, so it was time for it to go.
They also put in the railing on our upper porch:
Back of the House – Porch Railing
Today they continued with the paint and finished up on the driveway. Look how the driveway turned out. I think it is helping to complete the outside. I even got a thumbs-up of approval from a couple walking their dog on how the house is progressing today. I love all the positive comments our neighborhood is making towards our remodel. I know it must be a pain to see this for 5 months.
Jay was able to grab the cabinet doors to the bathroom and kitchen to show me as I stood outside and waited (no fumes, but millions of mosquitos). I think we are going to put one more layer of stain on the cabinets to darken them up just a little more.
Our exterior paint is pretty much finished. I definitely like all the trim more now that it’s completed. I was also convinced to give in on the garage door being painted the trim color and now I am glad. I think it makes the portico look like it belongs better on the house.
Front of the House – Finished Paint
Back of the House – Finished Paint
East Side of the House – Finished Paint
West Side of the House – Finished Paint
The dumpster is gone and now our driveway destruction begins. We are going to extend part of our driveway out so that we can park beside each other. Now we won’t have to do the morning car shuffle if one of us parks behind the other that needs to leave earlier. It never failed if once of us was in a hurry, the other one would be parked behind them.
Below is what we want our sidewalk and driveway to look like.
The painters tackled the house painting today and even started in on the trim. I like the color, but after looking at it we realized that it’s the original color that the house was when we bought it. It makes it nice, because we won’t have to paint the shed now.
We are trying to make a couple decisions on the painting.
1. Do we paint the garage the trim color or the house color? We have always had it the house color, but our contractor is convincing us that we need to paint it the trim color.
2. Are the dormers and portico too white? Should we add a little house color to it? Our contractor is trying to convince us to leave it all white, but it seems almost too white.
Front of the House – Base Paint
East Side of the House – Base Paint
West Side of the House – Base Paint
My camera fogs every time I am upstairs from all the humidity, so I am constantly wiping it off. Forgive any pictures that come out hazy. At least you can see what these poor guys that are upstairs all day are going through.
Front Room – Fireplace Mantle
I couldn’t remember if I shared the latest on our front room mantle.
Many small things happened today and a few big things. They started in with prepping and spraying our trim on the exterior of the house. My favorite thing was hearing a little girl walking by asking her mom why our house was polka dotted. Her mom had to explain to her that it wouldn’t stay that way.
Front of the House – Prep for Paint
Back of the House – Prep for Paint
West Side of the House – Prep for Paint
East Side of the House – Prep for Paint
New Air Conditioning Unit
They also put in our air conditioning unit. I will have to think of a way to better blend it into our house. Right now it’s a pretty big eye sore.
Living Room – Fireplace
All of the trim wood is out, so I got a better shot of the fireplace. I really like how this turned out. I made sure that we did static shelves, so that it didn’t have the punched holes in the side. I don’t mind them on the bookcases upstairs, but I didn’t want them on a big piece like this.
I finally got a shot of the laundry room. All of the carpenter tools are out of this room, so they didn’t have to lock it up in the evenings anymore. See how there is a dropdown in the center? I had to have them go back in and fix it since I need to be able to sit there and sew. They also left a small 1 inch gap so that I can run my fabric through it easily.
Maren’s Bedroom – Bookcase
They put the trim on the nook in Maren’s bedroom today. It’s looking a lot better, but I am not fully love it. I think when the walls and trim are painted it will look a lot better.
Here is a shot of Maren’s hallway trim. I have no clue how they are going to trim the arch. You can also see that they had to move the cabinet into the bathroom. I think they may have had to remove the door frame to fit it in because of its size.
Master Bathroom – Tile
They added our shower bench today. I guess I assumed it was just going to be tiled like the shower walls, but they did one big slab instead. I like the solid piece of marble though and I think I prefer it this way.
They also worked more on our tile on both the walls and floors.
Check out the arch. Just like in Maren’s room they have this arch that they are going to have to put trim around. I assumed that it would just be sheet rock with no trim. I am curious to see how this turns out.
They also added back Jay’s nook. The sheet rock guys thought the hole was an accident and filled it back in. The carpenters had to come back out and recut it.
Mudroom – Locker Built-ins
I love our mudroom lockers (Union Locksmith). These are turning out great. At first I wasn’t sure about them until after they made a few modifications. Each kid will have their own locker and Jay and I will get to share. Below is an image of the hooks I bought to go in them with our initials. I have no clue yet what we are naming the baby boy, so I just bought the initials from our short list. I can always return the ones we don’t use.
Jay and I were able to meet Mark over at the house during lunch time. I wanted to make sure that the nook in Alexa’s room was taken care of. I really hated how it looked. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just looked odd. Once they took off that huge piece it looked a lot better. They also lowered her nook and changed it to two shelves instead of three. They also plan to move the sconces lower.
I also asked to redo the laundry room cabinets. I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
Our main objective this weekend was to finalize our exterior paint color. We had just repainted our house a year or two ago and went through this. It’s horrible. I hate trying to figure out what paint color will work. I had assumed that we would use the same since we would still have some of the color on our house, but since they replaced our siding 100% we have to do this again. We drove around all evening looking at houses and we though we spot one that we really liked. Just like last time we did this, I did that awkward thing where I hopped out and asked the owner of the house if I could match my paint swatches to it. Luckily everyone has always been really nice about it. Last time one person painted a board for me to match it another just explained how they picked it. This time the lady was super nice and offered to let me borrow a can of paint with the formula on it, so I could paint part of the house and then be able to order it. She was so nice and helpful.
That color was a little to brown for us, so we went with a more grey color. We chose Benjamin Moore Storm Cloud Grey 2140-40 for the body of the house and Benjamin Moore Winter White OC-21 for our trim.
Now onto interior paint. This is more difficult than I thought. We have to pick wall, trim, cabinets and ceilings and it is hard to focus on each room.
We also widened our water pipe to help with water pressure. They got that done pretty quickly on Friday:
Below are recent pics from Friday. They are doing a great job on tiling. I never realized how slow it is to tile, but that just shows that they are taking their time and doing it right.
Baby Boy’s Bathroom Tile
Downstairs Bathroom – Finish Laying the Tile
Maren’s Bathroom Tile
Master Bathroom Tile
Upstairs Hallway – Trim and Cabinet
All of the trim is being put upstairs. They pretty much have it all done downstairs except for some areas I want done for imperfections.
Front Room Fireplace Mantel
I love how this is coming out. I like the detail around the top of the mantle.
We drove out to Miller Cabinets in Excelsor Springs, MO today to finalize everything we wanted for our counter tops. We decided to go with Super White granite for our kitchen and dining room, Carrera marble for all of our bathrooms and Caledonia granite for the laundry room.
They also got a lot done today with all the trim pieces and got to work on getting the tile done. I think they are almost done with all of that. Next week is painting!
Alexa’s Bedroom – New Nook and Finished Trim
I wanted a little nook next to her vanity for make-up. I think the shelves aren’t spaced 100% the way I would do it. I just wanted two shelves total and there are three. I think it will work for now though. We also moved the sconces wiring up above the nook.
Baby Boy’s Bedroom – Start on Shower
I love the look of his bathroom so far. We chose white penny rounds for the floor and we are going to do a darker grey grout. Then we did white matte subway tiles and moss penny rounds for the shower. His nook will have moss penny rounds in it as well.
They also put his nook in his walk in closet. I can’t wait to put little baskets to hold his stuff on each shelf.
Dining Room – Crown Installed
It looks like most the crown molding is installed. Jay noticed that they added a small piece of trim above the door and right below the crown molding, which we thought was smart. This will keep from having a fine line of sheet rock exposed, which will make painting a lot easier.
Downstairs Hallway – Nook
They smoothed out this nook today. We don’t plan to add any wood to this and only have plaster. It won’t have a lot of the wear the other nooks will have, so we wanted to leave it alone with only the sheet rock.
Front Room – Finished Trim
All the trim is finished and they are starting in on the fireplace tomorrow. Check out all the saw dust these guys make. It is crazy how much work they are doing in such a short time and how well it is all turning out.
Kitchen- Finished Crown
It looks like they finished everything in this room for the crown. We already ordered our pendant lights and now we have our granite selection off our list as well. Next are cabinet paint colors. This has been one of our hardest choices of all.
Living Room – Crown and Fireplace Mantel
I love how they still have our sketch from Houzz up of what we want. It really looks similar to the picture and I am loving how it is turning out. I wasn’t convinced to rebuild it at first, but I am glad in the end that they did. Already it looks 10X better than what we had. Jay also made the decision to get rid of the sconces, which I will try to be the bigger person and remind him how I fought not to have it. If we ever sell, the next owners will still have the wiring if they ever have the need for the sconces.
Maren’s Room – Tiling the Shower and New Nook
Maren also had part of her shower tiled today. The boy’s bathroom and her bathroom pretty much look identical. They both will have the matte white penny rounds with dark gray grout on the floors. Their showers will have the matte white 3X6 subway tiles with moss penny rounds with dark gray grout too. I can’t wait until it’s all said and done.
Maren also had her fireplace mantel put in. I love how they boxed it off. They will need to clean the chimney from all the mud that got on it, but I love how the new pretty brick is exposed.
Her nook went in as well. This didn’t quite happen the way I described. I wanted a small nook in this entry of her room and it turned into ceiling to floor. I think it will look fine, but I didn’t picture it this large. I wanted a nook here because there was all this open space. I knew I couldn’t stick a side table in that area, but I wanted to make use of the dead space.
There was this odd part in her hallway that leads from her closet to her bedroom. It almost looked like a door once belonged there. We decided to make a rounded arch, so it looked like it was meant to be there. It really was caused by how the support beams and walls came together, but now it looks like an added detail. It also matches our master bedroom.
Master Bathroom – Tiling the Tub
Our tub in our master bedroom received its new facade today. It also had the tile we are using in the shower and on the walls ran around the perimeter of the tub. We still haven’t picked out the color of grout we are going to use. I think it may be a lighter gray.
Upstairs Hallway – Smooth Walls
They smoothed our walls and cleaned up where that odd chair rail was. This poor hallway had so many bangs and dings. I am glad to see that it looks like it has brand new walls.
I am back in town and I finally got to see the house. After I was in Florida at Homestead ARB, I came home and went directly to Whiteman AFB. After a week at Whiteman, I met the family at the lake. So after all that, I came home today and saw all of our new cabinets and trim. The builders tackled the door frames and kitchen crown molding since we’ve been gone as well.
You can see all of the trim that is about to go in:
Front Room Trim
The crown is up and the windows are framed in. Now we have the mantel to decide on and what sconces will go above the mantel.
Alexa’s Room Trim
Alexa has a lot of her crown and baseboards done. I think we even finalized a paint color and trim color, so now we just have the decorating left in her room. She keeps asking to have her ceiling painted like her old room did. I am still trying to decide on if I am going to do that in any of the rooms.
Downstairs Bathroom Trim and Cabinets
Below is a shot of our cabinet for the bathroom. I think we are going to paint it black with carrera marble tops for the sinks.
The kitchen has a lot of its molding done. This room is one of the hardest to decide on colors for the cabinets and what tops we are putting in. I love the marble, but it hold up next to the granite. We are trying to find an alternative that looks like marble, but is made of granite like “Super White Granite.”
Dining Room Trim
All the crown molding is up in the dining room. All that’s left is the baseboards.
Notice the locked door below. This is the laundry room. I still have yet to see it. I did pick out granite for my counter tops for that room, but I have yet to see it. The lockers are starting to go in as well. I like it, but I think it’s going to be a tight fit to get four lockers in it.
Hallway Trim And Cubby
I like the little cubby that will be in the hallway. I also like the fact that the hallway is opened up and not as closed off. Now I just have to figure out what kind of light I want to go in. I think I want a pendant light of some sort.
Baby Boy’s Room Cabinet, Closet and Shower
Baby Boy’s room had the window seat installed, all of the closet done and the tile prepped. They are starting to tile this week. The tile was one of the first purchases we made for the house, so we already forgot what it will all look like.
Maren’s Room Cabinet, Closet and Shower
Maren’s window seat and cabinet were there today as well. They also cut the cubbies in most of the bathrooms where all of our shelves are going to go to hold their shampoos.
These are just shots of our stairs just to remember. It has an old chair rail around the top that was taken out, which I am glad. I never really knew why it was there and it always looked a little odd.
Being gone two weeks have been really hard. I’ve missed my family a ton and I’ve missed a lot going on with the house. I can at least talk to everyone everyday to keep me going. I have two more days and I will get to be with them again! I plan to meet them at the lake after I get off of work on my final day, so I won’t see the house until Sunday. At least I have Jay sending me pictures of the house.
One of my friends text me this morning and say that there were two Miller Custom Cabinet trucks in front of my house. I figured they may be finishing the closets. I had no idea what was in store.
Check out the pictures Jay sent me:
Now the room is feeling like the kitchen. I think having the cabinets in will help us settle on counter tops and cabinet colors.
Laundry Room Cabinets
This of course is one of my favorite rooms, because all of my crafts and sewing machine will be living here. Before I was working in our tiny upstairs closet. I would open the doors to the closet, pull out my folding chair and work sideways on top of an old dresser. It worked well for what I needed at the time, but it will be exciting to have my own place of it. I can also use it as my office when I am working from home. I am thinking I want grey quartz counter tops in this room, but I am going to keep searching around the internet to figure out what I want. Jay said it was even more impressive in person.
Our microwave is going straight into the empty hole. The rest will be a pantry for extra storage. We originally did not think of having the pantry in the mudroom until speaking with our contractor. Mark pointed out that we had a ton of extra space that would be a good place to put a pantry in when we were still working with the architect. I originally wanted a drawer microwave in the kitchen, but I was talked into by everyone to put the microwave out in the mudroom. Hopefully we won’t use the microwave as much as we do our stove top.
Dining Room Cabinets
These came out amazing. I can’t wait to see it with the counters and color we pick. Not all the cabinets are in yet. This room has always been really easy to picture once we bought our table. Now we just have to figure out our light fixture.
Alexa’s Room Vanity and Closet
I originally had Alexa’s closet really simple, but Mark was able to come up with a better idea. I think this will give her the best use for her space. The vanity, I am still not sure of. I am think that it’s not very girly, so I was trying to come up with an idea to help make it more feminine. I think maybe by adding some long curved legs to the front of it to make it feel like a desk may help make it feel complete. I don’t think I like the floating part of it.
Downstairs Hallway Nook
This is our tiny nook in our downstairs hallway. The funny part is that Jay and I don’t really have any nick-nacks, but now we have all these bookcases to fill! I will have to stock up on bookends and books.
Upstairs Hallway Knee Wall Bookcases
More bookcases! We told the kids that they get their own section of the bookcase. I want to come up with an idea for bookends that have their initials or something to show whose bookcase is whose. I am liking the bookcases though. I think they turned out great.
Maren’s Room Closet
The doors are wedged shut, so we don’t know if the closet is built or not. It’s a secret for now…
Baby Boy’s Room Knee Wall Cabinets
We had a fun time coming up with how to use the knee wall. We really wanted to have the best use for this wall. A lot of old cape cods have the built in dressers. I like them, but the drawers seem to always stick or fall of their hinges. I am hoping that these will be done so well that they last a lifetime and won’t give us problems when we are 60 years old.
Master Bathroom Cabinets
It’s not in the bathroom yet, but we got a sneak peak to how it looks.
We were given a deadline to come up with how the closet in each room will look like on the inside and if we wanted to add any nooks throughout the house. Of course I have to be out of the town for the military, so Jay gets to go solo on this meeting. I am trying to do my best to explain what I am wanting.
Master Bathroom Shower Nook
I thought a nook above our bench would work out the best to keep the shampoo and conditioners up off the ground.
Master Bathroom Bathtub Nook
I am picturing something similar to this for our nook by our tub. We haven’t decided if we wanted it on one or both sides.
After ordering our bed and nightstand we realized that only one nightstand would work, so Jay and Mark, our contractor, came up with a plan to put a nook by his side of the bed. (Check our new bed and nightstand out in this post: Out Master Bedroom Bed and Nightstand
Maren’s Bedroom Nook
Maren has an odd entry from her hallway to her bedroom. I thought a nook would be perfect there since that space won’t be used.
Maren’s Bedroom Closet
Maren’s closet is pretty big and wide, so I thought I could add a section to the right to organize her clothes for each day of the week. In the past, we had something similar to that. We tried to lay out their clothing every Sunday night for that entire school week.
Shower Nook (Maren’s Bathroom, Baby Boy’s Bathroom and Downstairs Bathroom)
We want something like this for Maren’s and Baby Boy’s bathrooms (and possibly the downstairs bathroom as well):
This was easy to come up with a design. I knew I wanted shelves in the odd area. I also figured that since he is a boy he can have two rods hanging in his closet. The girls can’t do this since they will have dresses that would get in the way.
Baby’s Boy’s Window Seat Nook
It would be nice to have an area to put books in by the window seat. It may be too much in that area, but I thought I would see what our builder thought.
I love how this window seat has their bookcase, but they don’t have sconces:
Alexa has a very plain closet, but it is bigger than what she had before.
Alexa’s Nook in Vanity Area
Alexa wanted a built in bookcase somewhere in her room, but I didn’t think there was a good place for it. We may be able to put one under her sconce by her vanity, but I think it might be too tight of an area.
Kitchen Above Stove Nook
This one is Jay’s call, but I know we talked about having a nook in the kitchen above the stove. We haven’t decided yet, but this is one similar to what I would want.
She still wants to stick with her new teal walls (they look blue in the above pictures), so here is the color scheme I was thinking:
Both girls wanted the same color walls. Maren likes hot pink and Alexa really liked the coral, so I think I can do two rooms that have the same wall color but will look completely different. Because of all of the changes in her room, I think I am going to have to get rid of some of the furniture. Most likely her chair and her desk will need to go to accommodate her new vanity area and the pocket wall into the bathroom. She has mentioned that she didn’t want to get rid of her desk, but I think once we move in and she sees how it all fits into the space she will understand.
We did find sconces for her vanity area. Pottery Barn Kids was also having 15% off this week on any purchases, so we were able to save a little bit and find the color that matches her room. All of her furniture is a little off white and Pottery Barn just happens to be the same off white color:
I had to go out of town for the Air Force Reserves again, but drove by the house on Friday before leaving. I usually do this every day before work just to see what is happening for the day. This Friday drive by though really reminded me why we rebuilt / remodeled our house instead of packing up and moving. It’s everything that was happening in the neighborhood around our house. The house directly across the street was in the start of getting a new driveway and garage floor, the house two doors down from it was getting ready to be torn down and a new 1.5 story cape cod will stand in its place, and the house across from it was getting brand new windows. That’s just in one day. There are constant ongoing improvements in the houses around us. The people in this neighborhood love it here just as much as we do and it completely shows.
I do want to mention the house across the street that is going to be torn down and rebuilt. I am so glad they are going to keep it our traditional neighborhood style with a cape cod. They also became the coolest people in the neighborhood according to the neighborhood kids (and several of the parents.) They are letting the local swat team practice in the house prior to tearing it down and rumors have it that they are going to let the fire department set it on fire to practice putting it out. This kids around us had a blast watching the police the day they came over and they all got handcuffed during it all for fun!
We have so much stuff to buy for our new house it seems like. I know we have just started, but here are some of the items from this week:
We finally found the window seat and bathroom sconces from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child. They were having a sale, so they were all marked down to $79.
Click here to see it at the RestorationHardware.com website.
Click here to see it at the RestorationHardware.com website.
We also bought our bed and nightstand from Restoration Hardware during that same sale. We downsized from a king to a queen this time.
Click here to see it at the RestorationHardware.com website.
Click here to see it at the RestorationHardware.com website.
As mentioned in this post: Maren’s New Room, we got Maren her comforter this week. It was on a great sale and I think it will look great with her teal walls.
Click here to see it at the PotteryBarnTeen.com to see her bed.
Last but not least we ordered our dining room table from a local company called Unruh’s Furniture. A couple of people from my work ordered tables through this site and loved them. Jay and I went out to visit his workshop and saw how great they were and how awesome the prices are. Plus they are super cute. You can read about them on their about me page: http://www.unruhfurniture.com/Home/About_Me.html. Check out which table we picked (we went with a 6′ table and added on a leaf to make it 9′ when fully extended):
We also bought the bench to go with the table. Right now we have cloth seats that I constantly worry about when the kids are eating. I am hoping that the kids can sit on the bench and I can be worry free.
The final sheetrock went in and now the long process of mudding and taping begins. Perfect timing for the boring part to begin. I have to leave yet again for two weeks for the military, so I won’t be missing too much going on with the house. It will also give me some time to focus on the baby and some of our remaining house items we need to purchase.
Downstairs Bedroom (Alexa’s Room) – Sheetrock
Check out her special area for her vanity next to her closet. I am hoping that the make-up/hair mess will be hidden from site from the hallway.
We were happy to see the drywall guys working on Saturday and with all the work they did in one day, but we were even more ecstatic to see that they came back on Sunday and got a lot done on the main floor. Now there are only a few rooms less and they can start mudding and taping.
They worked all day Saturday and got a lot of the sheetrock done. We were told that the sheetrock goes up in a couple of days but the mudding and taping is what will take a few weeks to complete. The whole upstairs was completed yesterday and some of the ceilings downstairs. I can now really picture how each of the rooms will look like upstairs and how much space we really have to start figuring out where I want the furniture in each room.
Our street had an exciting day. Every young kid loves to see a fire truck and our neighborhood kids got to see one today thanks to our house. Nothing really major happened, but when they were digging the trench they accidentally struck the gas line. They did all the right things and called in the proper people to help fix it in no time.
Over lunchtime, Jay and I swung by to meet up with our contractor and the trim guy to pick out all the trim around the doors, baseboards and the crown molding. The heat got to this pregnant girl pretty fast, so I wasn’t really in the mood for it all but we made it through and we now have the decision checked off of our list of to-do’s.
They were just finishing up doing the final insulation touches (fiber insulation will have to go in around our can lights and other areas that can’t have the foam spray) and next our sheet rock will go in. Our guys are such hard workers that they actually came a day to soon and started sheet rocking, but had to stop since the insulation guys weren’t fully done. At least they got some of their sheet rock hauled in. They are looking at working more on the sheet rock tomorrow or Saturday.
I quickly went in and grabbed some shots and got right out tonight. It really doesn’t give off a horrible odor, but everyone kept telling me I shouldn’t be there. It was pretty amazing what a difference the insulation is making on the upper floor. Don’t get me wrong – our non-air conditioned house is still very hot, but you can somewhat breath up there now. Before it was miserable to be upstairs.
Front of the House – Add on to the Portico
They did some more fancy trim around the portico today. Most people probably wouldn’t have noticed, but Jay and I both did.
Back of the House – Added the Gas Meter
The gas meter is in safely!
Front Room – Foam Insulation
Alexa’s Room – Foam Insulation
Some sheet rock was installed today too.
Downstair’s Bathroom – Foam Insulation
Living Room – Foam Insulation
Dining Room – Foam Insulation
Kitchen – Foam Insulation
Noticed the old garage door is now gone and foam insulation is in it’s place.
Mud Room – Foam Insulation
The sheet rock is up and you can see where the new casing for the door is going to go in.
Laundry Room – Foam Insulation
Master Bedroom – Foam Insulation
Some sheet rock was installed here as well, but they had to take one piece down to make sure the can light was well insulated.