Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 16, 2012


We had plans to move into the new house Sunday… somebody else had plans of her own 🙂

Elizabeth Rae joined us Monday morning!

Be back shortly!


March 6, 2012

Flooring Installed!

So, if anyone is keeping track here, our planned move-in day was… yesterday. Shocker. It didn’t happen.

I don’t know how many times or how hard I can stress this. Renovating is just about the single most difficult thing to truly “plan” for and keep on schedule. Next to, oh.. preparing for a baby. Yea, those fancy video monitors and wipe warmers may make it seem like you’ve got it all figured out… until it’s 3am and baby won’t stop screaming, you’re running on 20 minutes of sleep in three days, and you’re emotions were topped out five months prior to delivery. Not that that happened to me. Duh, of course it did. That happens to nearly every parent (or so I told myself). But how could you ever fully prepare for that kind of struggle? Yea, you can’t.

So, in the middle of the learning process we are. Some things are taking a little longer than anticipated, which is fine. Any by fine I mean, what other choice do we have but to go with the flow? But in the midst of all the frustration some REALLY awesome things are coming together.

For example, our new floors!

The guys seriously kicked butt on these. They are absolutely beautiful.

(ignore the random kitchen cabinets, more on those soon!)

(and the collection of cardboard boxes taking over the house)

(oh, and ignore the missing doors frames, trim, and transition piece into the bathroom 😉)

Really though, how fantastic do these look? I’m head over heals for the seamless floors from the front of the house to the back bedrooms. And the finish is exactly as we had pictured it, rich and textured. The perfect mix of modern and rustic. Reminding us a little of the finish of the floors in our last house actually. Especially next to the identical paint color.

What’s next? Well, the crew is moving right along with the kitchen and bathroom. We’re still shooting to move in before next week hits but until then I figured we could talk doors! I mentioned a while back that we had custom ordered new pre-hung doors for nearly the entire house. We didn’t completely despise the original doors of the house, but we figured once nearly everything else was replaced they might stick out like a sore thumb. They lacked any detail, were kind of flimsy, and basically just plain blah. Plus, we loved the idea of adding some character like the doors in our last home had.

We shopped around some but held off until we spotted a special at Lowes for a free solid-core upgrade on Reliabilt special order doors. Um, hello? Yes, please. You are beautiful.


Not only are these super durable and loaded with character, but they only cost us around $70 per door! We actually opted to go with a design that isn’t pictured above, a 3-panel craftsman style. It looks more like the pic below and will be painted in a nice white to match the trim in the rest of the house.

I’m pretty sure they’ll be screaming for some oil-rubbed bronze hardware… 🙂

And since we’re on the topic of doors, might as well share our latest purchase. A new entry door! This door was actually the inspiration for the interior doors. We again, love the craftsman style, and can’t wait to get a nice pop of color on her.

More details once she arrives, but here’s a look at our current entry door (with new floors!).

I can’t say that I hate it. In fact, I’m thinking of keeping her around and using it in some unconventional way. Headboard possibly? Coffee table? Bar top? Who knows. Way ahead of myself.

More details on actually selecting the flooring here.

March 4, 2012

And 12 Gallons Later…

Can I just say Gahhh… That’s how I currently feel about painting. Realistically, that’s how most people feel about painting all the time. I, on the other hand, secretly enjoy it. Especially the cutting in part. Yea, I know… you hate me. It’s fun. I don’t know. Something not right. It’s never been right.

However, after painting the walls, ceilings, and trim in three bedrooms, the living room, kitchen, dining room, and bathroom…. I. Am. Over. It. What’s even more depressing? We haven’t installed baseboard and crown in any of these rooms. Yea, more painting. But I must say, she’s looking pretty good right about now.

(view from kitchen into dining/ hall/ living area)

Now, if there’s not paint there, something else will be. I could go through each picture and detail what and where, but that would be boring for all of us. Just think kitchen cabinets, built-ins, baseboards, crown molding, etc.

(view from dining into living/ front entrance)

(view from dining into kitchen)

Moving on to color. You may be completely bored with what you see. I can’t say that I disagree entirely. But, we love gray. Our last house was about 75 percent gray (in varying shades). We went with Ben Moore’s Grey Husky (color matched in Sherwin William’s Low-VOC Harmony paint) in literally every single room but the bathroom. It was an easy choice. We needed an easy choice. We used it in both the living and dining rooms at our old home and I’m happy to say that I’m just as obsessed with it in our new home. If you’re looking for something medium toned and warm, this is it.

(Future girls’ shared bedroom + flooring overload)

Now, the odds of all these walls remaining this color? Slim to none. But with our timeline and my brain capacity, the challenge of choosing the exact colors that would work with designs for rooms I haven’t even compiled yet was not in the cards. Grey Husky was a no-brainer choice for the time being.

As for the ceilings and trim, we had paint matched to Ikea’s Adel white cabinets. Since we have plans of taking the upper kitchen cabinets to the ceiling and adding crown for a more finished look, we wanted everything else to blend seamlessly. Normally I wouldn’t have been so concerned with the color being exact, but the Adel cabinets are more of an off-white and may have looked “dirty” next to a brighter white.

(view from bedroom end of the hallway back towards living areas)

So, now that you’re bored out your mind with all the gray, how about some color? As mentioned in this mood board, we chose Ben Moore’s Hale Navy for the kids/ guest bathroom. I really can not express how totally awesome this color is. It looks exactly like the sample chip. It’s sooo rich. We can’t wait to start the tile install and really make it pop with the white of the subway tile and hex flooring. De-lish.

(vanity/ toilet wall)

(straight-on view from door, linen closet to the right)

And since I’m dying to share how the newly installed floors are looking as of today, here’s a little teaser pic of what’s to come!

Mmm… dusty 🙂