I’m just going to leave these here. Everything is a work in progress. But we’ll get there. 😀
We have moved!
Now, we still have just a couple things we need to do before actually start living there. Our goal is to be sleeping there by this Thursday, July 21. We need to fire up the water heaters, do a little more cleaning, test out the stove & dishwasher…. things like that. Oh, and get shower curtain rods & curtains hung so we can actually USE one of our showers. But generally speaking, this house of ours is ready for us!
So today’s post will include a couple photos of things we got done at the house, but mostly will be some general “hey, we have stuff in our house!” pictures. We haven’t remotely arranged furniture, and quite frankly, we’d really like to get new furniture. But….baby steps. 🙂 So here are a few photos, in no apparent order.
Painted doors. Mirrors. Door handles. Master closet shelving. Uncovered hardwood floors. Countertops. Bar stools. A look back in time.
This. Post. Has. Everything.
Am I the only one out there who misses Stefon on SNL? I mean, we haven’t had TV in 9 months, so it’s not like I actually watch SNL these days. But still. I would find a way if Bill Hader as Stefon was still a regular on Weekend Update.
First off, thank you oh so much to all of you who weighed in on what we should do on our stairs. We still haven’t reached a decision. The stairs will remained covered for at least the next week or two, so we have a wee bit more time to figure it out. If you have any additional brilliant comments or suggestions on what we should do, I am all ears!
So, on to what got done this week. It’s some REALLY good stuff, y’all!
The rest of the exterior doors got painted, and the front & back doors got their amazing handles installed. In addition, we got the handle put on the sliding glass door. Doors completed? CHECK.
Brad and co spent all kinds of quality time at the house the last half of last week and chugged through a list of stuff. They were machines! I couldn’t even tell you now what it all was, but trust me, it was a lot of stuff that’s not glamorous but needed done before we could really plan on moving in.
We finally found the right light bulbs to go in the globe light fixture in the dining room. Annnnnnd we found a dining room table and chairs! I went to an estate/moving sale on Friday and saw a beautiful solid wood table with 6 chairs and 2 leaves and I snagged it for a great price. We are going to spend some time cleaning it before deciding if we want to strip it and stain it a darker color. For now, we’ll use it as-is.
Aaron and I (with an assist from Brent, and then Mark & Mary Kay) got the master closet shelving put together over the weekend. We ended up going with John Louis brand solid wood closet organizers, and we are so glad we did! They were an upgrade from standard wire shelving, but very reasonably priced for a custom-ish closet. I will give an update on how we like them once we move some clothes in.
The most exciting part of this past week is that we got the protective paper ripped up off the floors. I get to see my beautiful refinished hardwood floors again! We did leave paper in the main hallways and on the stairs, but pulled it up everywhere else for cleaning. Want to know why? Because we are moving in this coming weekend!! (aaaand I probably just jinxed myself by typing that out….)
We also pulled up paper off the countertops in the kitchen, so the soapstone if visible again. Ugh, I love it so much. It’s so pretty! We need to get it cleaned and oiled up, but for now, it’s just so nice to be able to SEE it again!
The last couple things we did yesterday, after getting all the paper ripped up (by the way, Mark & Mary Kay get 1000% credit for that task being completed), was to hang a mirror in the downstairs bathroom and to get my HobNob Market bar stools in the house and placed under the island. Fun fact about the bar stools: the bottoms are steel, and the feet are these weird cups with jagged edges. So we needed to do something to minimize the risk of them scratching the heck out of the hardwood floors. Our solution was to flip them over, fill the “cups” with hot glue, let it dry, then put heavy duty felt pads on the feet. Time will tell if this solution will last, but it seems to be working okay so far. Regardless, aren’t they so cool??? I loooooooooooooooooove them.
So there you go. Things are a’happening. As I mentioned before, the plan is to clean this week (and we have a few odds and ends, like installing the faucet in the kitchen) and then to move in our furniture this weekend. Let me repeat that: THIS WEEKEND. There are no words.
If you follow me in Instagram, you may have seen a little photo collage of the living room. I thought it’d be fun to see the evolution of the living room in a larger size. So, behold:
And now, just in case you are unfamiliar with Stefon OR are looking for a laugh on this fine Monday:
So we have a staircase. As you know. We had the treads refinished when all the hardwood floors were redone, and literally my first time walking down them…I fell. All the way down. And I am not the only one who has fallen down, because these suckers are SLICK.
We have had them covered up with protective paper stuff for ages now, but we are obviously (yay!) getting closer to ripping paper up to start cleaning in here. And we are facing a dilemma. This is where I need your help.
Because of the slipperiness of the stairs, we are considering putting stair tread rug things on them, or putting a runner up the length of the stairs. Some things to consider:
- The baseboard is gray.
- The risers of the stairs will be ballet white (same as the walls).
- The banister is original dark hardwood.
- The treads of the stairs are the same lighter, cherry-ish color as the hardwood floors.
- And there is no carpet in the house other than the bonus room above the garage (i.e. nowhere near the stairs). We will have rugs through the house.
So here are a few views of the stairs, currently covered with ugly dirty paper & blue painters tape (so use your imagination a little bit)
So. What do you prefer?
Runner up the stairs
I snagged this picture from Dear Lillie’s Instagram feed (you should follow her blog, btw). We wouldn’t necessarily go with a print this big, but it gives a good visual. Again, ours has a landing and a turn, which also makes a runner a little more complicated. But I like this option because it’s a more finished look and we could have a little fun with the pattern.
Stair tread rugs
This is just an image I snagged from Google. We would (hopefully obviously) look for something prettier than these, but you get the idea. The appeal of this option is that it lets more of the stairs show, and is also a little bit more temporary than a big runner.
Leave them rugless. I like this option because it shows off the natural wood. But I also don’t exactly feel like falling down the stairs is the best way to start my morning on a daily basis.
So. What’s your vote?? Which option do you think is best for us?? And regardless, if you have a favorite place to get rugs, tell me please!!
Time for another update. First and foremost:
We have a wine sink!! Woo hoo!! Okay, that’s obviously not true. A girl can dream, right?!
So what actually happened at the house this week? Let me tell you.
If you recall, last week Aaron and his dad got the mailbox post set. And then we got the mailbox put in place! Look how sweet it is!! Mom & Dad (with painting assist from Tony) got it for us for Christmas.
Aaron’s friend Rod helped us out by painting the windows. We got all the trim taped off, and then Rod went through and did his painting magic. But you guys, it’s legit magic. He first used this stuff call Masking Liquid H20, which gets sprayed over the wood AND the glass. And then the color (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, just like the trim) went on top. So after it’s all dry, the paint and stuff legit just peels off the glass. It. Peels. Off. I can’t wait to show you a video. Next week.
It’s Monday, so you know what that means — time for a blog post with some updates on what’s been going on down our long lane this past week!
We actually got some stuff done at the start of the long lane yesterday. We had asked the Township to widen the entrance to the lane a little bit, which they did a couple weeks ago. We had pulled out the mailbox (which was huge and awesome but full of holes from people shooting it. I don’t know why.) to make room for them to do their work, and as of yesterday, got the new mailbox post in. Aaron and his dad did some awesome work at the end of the driveway to prepare for the mailbox, dug the hole, etc. The mailbox itself will be set tonight, but for now, here’s a picture of the pretty new post!
We also got other stuff done outside yesterday. Because we apparently are incapable of doing outside work on days that aren’t 92+ degrees and 7000% humidity. I mowed the yard, which seems like it shouldn’t take long since the bulk of the property is trees…but somehow it takes 2+ hours. #workingonmytan Aaron and his dad trenched out a line from the house to the west edge of the property and set a 10 foot pole out there for mounting internet & satellite stuff to. So maybe by this weekend, we’ll have internet out there. Obviously, that is a priority. I don’t have any photos, because a) I was too sweaty and gross to even think about it and b) it would literally be pictures of dirt. And a pole. Use your imagination.
Aaron and Sparky Marky (HA!) got the pendant lights hung over the island and I could die. I love them so much. So beautiful!
In addition, Mark got the ceiling fan up on the porch, which has already been put to good use. Even with a breeze, that fan really helps keep it manageable out there on hot days. And Mark got the exterior light up on the east side of the house. Oh! And I don’t have a photo of this part, but he also spent a lot of time last week getting our under-cabinet lighting up. I think the plan is to get it ready to turn on this week, so at that point, I’ll snap a picture. 🙂
Brad got handles put on the interior doors and I dig them! We’ve been going for “modern farmhouse” and I think these paired with the craftsman-style doors hits the nail on the head! Brad has also been busy painting the trim in place, including the trim along the stairwell. It’s looking so so great!
In the master bathroom, Aaron and I got our Kohler digital valve all up and running. It involved drilling through the tile to install, which will never not be terrifying. But it all went off without a hitch, and we have an awesome master shower now!
We also got the drain and everything hooked up on the clawfoot tub, so it’s now functional also! And you guys, it’s comfortable. I haven’t actually bathed in it yet or anything, but I mean… if we move in and can’t set the bed up right away, I might be able to sleep in that tub. It’s so comfortable. Not to mention pretty!
So if all goes as planned, the insides of the windows will be painted in the next couple days. And we’ll then rip up all the protective floor cover (NO MORE SHOES IN THE HOUSE PEOPLE) and clean and omg maybe move all our stuff in. Holy smokes!!!!!
So apparently the gestation period for a massive home remodel is roughly the same as a human baby. #themoreyouknow
So let’s talk about this week. It’s been a really good one, you guys. So strap in, because this is gonna be lengthy.
First of all, we found some remnants of our furry friend Rachel. Luckily I do not mean poop. I just mean some paw prints, which were surprisingly high up on the wall in the garage. She had mad hops, apparently.
We got our KitchenAid counter-depth refrigerator delivered and set in place. She is giving us some fits in actually leveling and fitting in the space appropriately, so she’s a work in progress. Also, apparently she is a she.
Brad got our little “mud room” bench all installed, and I love it! We call it a mud room, but it’s literally a cubby hole type thing in the hallway. Whatever. It counts.
The built-ins in the living room are fully set and shelved and crown molding-ed up. I can’t wait to start filling them with all the things!
Mark & Aaron got some of the pretty pretty vanity lights up in the master bathroom. They are hard to appreciate in photos, so you will just have to come see them in person because they’re amazing.
The clawfoot tub also got reassembled and put in place in the master bathroom. Eeeek! Thanks to Mary Kay & Mark for coming over to help us get that thing wrassled into place.
We got the original built-in moved back into the house. It’s been living down in Grandma’s garage since we started, and now it’s back into its home!! Reminder: this was in the original dining room of the house, which is now the entryway. But we [read: Brad & Tom] built in a niche for it in the new dining room (which is what was the kitchen) and it fits perfectly!!
Interior doors are finished and hung back in place. Handles should go on this week sometime, yay! And the troll door is even up!
Mark got the big beautiful ceiling fan up in the living room, along with other electrical-y stuff. And he/Aaron – with a small assist from Gina – got some other lights up. You guys, we are getting to start hanging the “pretty” lights. This means we are getting close!!
Brad got almost all of the closet shelving up. The only room left is the master closet…and that’s only left because Aaron and Gina are very indecisive and haven’t actually decided what to do in there. Anyone have closet tips???
And that about wraps up this week of things. There are still a number of things to finish up, but that list is dwindling. We also had a brilliant idea to a mass amount of outdoor clean-up work. On Saturday. When it was like 95 degrees. Sorry, Dad! But thanks for your help!! 🙂
Well would ya look at this! I am writing an update on time. It’s a miracle. But it’s also going to be kind of a quick update. While there have been many things happening, they aren’t particularly photogenic. But they ARE exciting. Here we go!
Trim has been going up all fast and furious style. Brad is the king of the trim!
And they’ve been painting doors. It looks a little creepy in Dad’s shop right now. Like an army of doors is coming for us.
Mark the Magnificent has been putting up ceiling fans and carbon monoxide detectors, which is more exciting than it should be.
Aaron and I spent the weekend putting up all the towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. Talk about instant gratification!
Mom and Dad got the teal cabinet put back together and I love it. Like, you guys. How adorable is it?! I spent a LOT of time cleaning up the hinges and levers or whatever they’re called, and it all looks so good put together!
Aaron and I also got just about all the outlet and light switch covers put back on, plus we got floor transitions put down in the places we needed them. We also cleaned and painted the feet for the clawfoot tub AGAIN but I think we finally have it right this time. We’ll hopefully be installing the tub soon! Brad has been doing paint touch-ups, among other things. Our refrigerator is supposed to be delivered today, and the drawer fronts for the bathroom vanities will be reinstalled as well (we ended up with flat fronts, when we wanted 5-panel fronts. Communication breakdown at some point, but Helmuth is making it all better). People, we just might be able to actually live here this month. Who knew!? AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! 🙂
Send us all the happy packing and moving and decorating love you have!
I swear this isn’t a new trend. I have every intention of keeping the weekly updates going… But alas, just like the last update, this one accounts for a skipped week. The good news is that it means this is chock-a-block full of fun stuff. So. Here we go!
First of all, it’s been a wee bit of a rough day, so I’m going start off with a picture that Mom sent me tonight. So beautiful.
Kitchen getting ready for backsplash:
I think that does it for this week (and last). Until next week!
Uh oh, oops, and sorry. I missed updating the blog last week. It seemed like things were going too slowly to even be able to scrape together a mini-update, and yet now that I’m combining the last two weeks….it seems there is A LOT to talk about. So buckle up, this may get lengthy!
Last time we checked in, they were working on the porch, countertops had been templated (is that a legit verb?), the wash-up sink was installed in the garage, the teal cabinet was on its way to being whole again, and we had an appliance delivery.
Since then, Tom & co have started working on trim stuff, and Aaron and I have been spending quality time cleaning the attic & basement and getting ready to finish up all the duct work.
Other than that, there has been a lot happening around countertops and tile. Oh and cabinets. You know, little unexciting things like that. 😉
Note -it’s a little late and my iPad is acting up, so I’m giving up on formatting and captioning the pictures. I expect you’ll be able figure out what things are. Sorry for the laziness.