Friday, August 1, 2014
The older my kids get the more disenchanted I am becoming with public school. I had no troubles pulling Graham out from class yesterday for a few hours in order for him to go and earn a merit badge.
Brigham Young University isn't too far from us and often offers really cool opportunities for scouts to earn merit badges in different fields. The Museum of Peoples and Cultures had one for Archaeology yesterday that we signed up for.
The boys watched a short slide show and then they had the scouts participate in a mock dig! How cool is that?
Graham really enjoyed it and I enjoyed wandering around the BYU bookstore for a few hours by myself. I even stopped to get my haircut...which was random but I am about 3 months overdue for one (very long story, but my friend who does my hair has cancer.) A lovely girl named Aimee at Salon 1030 came to my rescue and gave me a simple trim. For FOURTEEN DOLLARS.
What? I walked out of there super happy, feeling college girl cute and was frugal to boot. Win win win!
I picked the boys up and we went straight to the Bean Museum to show Graham's friend the Liger.
I remember watching Napoleon Dynamite thinking she made that up. Oh no friends, it's real and we saw it!
Meet Shast, the Liger.
We zipped over to the BYU Creamery where we were engulfed in a sea of EFY attendees on their break. They treated Graham and Luke like rock stars high fiving the boys and saying things like "Boys Scouts are Awesome!" I don't think they minded one bit. Can't wait to send my kids to EFY on campus in a year or two!
We had a great time! I'm now looking for other places to earn merit badges like this, they really made it quick, easy but very informative for the kids!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
For our cabinets...I worked with this awesome guy named Cory at MC Mill & Design here in Utah. He was recommended by the lady who does my hair and I was sold instantly when I got his bid.
He was very nice and professional.
His bid came in less than half of our home improvement store quotes... but for fully custom job
I poured over Pinterest and magazines for months, but ended up using a design from a magazine that my sister in law happened to send me. I love seeing all the painted cabinets but I was really just going for simplicity. We know this isn't our forever home and I wanted to keep things prefect for me, but also perfect for anyone who happened to buy it in the next 10 years.
The floors were going in and the kids talked us into hanging stockings and putting up the cheapy tree.
The big boxes in the living room are the best things we purchased....TOTO Drake toilets from Home Depot.
The ones we had before were horrible. As in, the boys plunged a toilet weekly upstairs. So gross. These had a review that stated that "Al Bundy couldn't even clog this thing up."
Even at $256.00 each,who could resist a review like that?
Besides, toilet shopping is not very fun and I wanted it to be quick.
I am happy to report that after 6 months, we have not used a plunger ONCE in our house.
That alone has made that money well spent.
Front room - floors.
Then the exciting stuff started to happen...Cory and his crew started to install the cabinet boxes. We had the island extended by a whole bank of cabinets to give us some extra space and storage.
SO glad we did this!
We chose taller cabinets that would extend as high up as we could with the slanted ceiling. This gave me another shelf at the top of each cabinet for storage.
Dan pretending to look happy that this is moving along.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Why stop with just the kitchen?
We should totally re-do the bathrooms too.
Because nothing is better than not having a place to cook AND not having a place to bathe.
At the same time.
Our reasoning was this...look carefully at the bottom left corner of the shower. The wall was coming off. Nothing was there anymore. After hearing from some other Centex homes owners, we were sure this was causing mold. We ripped out the shower KNOWING we would find it everywhere.
Yes, I just quoted Scooby Doo. Because I felt as stupid as a cartoon dog by adding on to the already huge project/expense.
So this is when you sweetly ask your husband what he thinks about putting a tile shower in. He is cranky about the project and says "Whatever you want babe."
Dan is pretty great like that.
This was going to be used in our bathroom as well as the kids bathroom floor upstairs.
Then there is this moment where you joke with the tile guy that you hope he installs the right color. And you inspect the box he opens - YUP!
Except the box he showed you was the FLOOR tile (right color) and the WALL tile box was left unopened (not the right color.)
And you have to break the news to him the next morning that it's wrong.
It was very brown....
He gets a little angry with you and you hope he doesn't key your car on the way out.
It was nice enough, but I didn't really want two tile colors going on.
We had to completely reorder everything since matching up the color lots would be nearly impossible. Add another eight days onto your project.
Color #2 was chosen and this time I went with the same company and tile, but choose Antique Onyx.
I love it even better than the first choice!
And you wait....
In the meantime we expanded the shower and made it 6" bigger. Doesn't sound like much but it is a huge difference!
I realized last minute that I could add a niche! There are SO many details that go into these projects that the simplest ones somehow get lost.
I love having this now, so glad it occurred to me to put it in!
The shower was opened up, sealed, Dan installed a new drain.
I picked out the new fixture at Lowes. It's the Kohler Linwood model and we love the rain shower feature.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Can't say that I'll miss you!
This was one expensive part of the project and honestly, I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone. Even if they did a decent job on the railings, there are a few spots that I think could have been done better and their employees were RUDE.
But it's done so here's what we did...no sense having the railings not match to the new floors, so we had them stained to match.
It's a HUGE stinky mess but it was worth it since it really changed the look of the upstairs!
They matched the flooring color exactly so when we look down the hallway. two wood colors won't be glaring at me.
I kept the white posts because I love the look....but man, this cost me as much to restain as it did for us to do the posts instead of a solid wall when we built. Maybe if we weren't in such a rush to get this all done and Dan didn't already have a to do list a mile long, we could have done this ourselves. I've seen other bloggers tackle it, it just wasn't the project for us.
Ta-da! Isn't is gorgeous!? Here are the new railings with the new carpet installed.
Speaking of which, we chose Mohawk Comfortably Classic patterned carpet in Natural Grain.
It has darker squares that tie everything together, it is very soft and VERY durable. I really wanted a low pile textured carpet on the stairs that could take a beating from the kids and I'm so glad I went with this.
Six months later it still looks beautiful without a single traffic pattern!
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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Bwah ha haaa! Get it? Floored? Bored?
Oh, okay, nevermind....
I am going to start out by prefacing I am not a blogger who gets free stuff. I guess you have to blog regularly about things for that to actually happen. ;) So any product or review I mention from here on out about our house remodel is the cold hard truth and it came straight from our wallet. I wasn't paid a dime or given a thing for this mess I got us into!
We got going on pulling up the carpet on a Saturday morning, we were expecting the new flooring to be delivered first thing Monday morning.
We gave away and sold almost all of our furniture and moved the rest to the garage.
We ordered California Classics Reserve Collection planks in Paso Robles. It is 100% hand carved, has 8 coats Valspar finish, (means it's TOUGH!) and has 4-6-8" random width. It's a gorgeous medium brown color. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it!
I should add we ordered all of our flooring, tile and carpet from Chris at Wholesale Flooring Resource in Lindon. He was SO great to work with, gave me some great ideas, but most importantly he was more than patient with me in the decision and install process. The prices were great but his professionalism in handling our large order was more than impressive.
The unexpected problem we had with the floors was that our linoleum installer 10 years ago had a zeal about his work that left us thousands of nails that needed to be pulled out. We started to hammer them down when we learned that doing so can cause your new floor to squeak. So we called for back up!
"Um, Dad, what are you doing today?"
We also had to great friends, Jamie and Ryan, come by to help pull out nails that Sunday. We were SO grateful for them!
Flooring delivered! It needed to sit for 3-4 days to acclimate to our home temperature. We also started to remove the old cheap blinds.
The boys and my nephew Levi were awesome helpers.
Trashy side yard, the demo was actually pretty fun. I removed every single inch of baseboard and tack strips in the house.
What a project!!
Dan's brothers came by with their trailer and helped us load it all to take to the dump.
We had fun watching these Eagle Scouts whip up knots to tie things down. They had this loaded up so fast!
Meanwhile, the flooring guys came back to install and the wood was not ready. WHAT? They have these measuring tools that tells them when they can install and I guess the winter air here made it take FOREVER to get going. So they had to unpack all the flooring while we waited an additional TWO WEEKS for it to be ready.
If you don't wait for the floors to acclimate, horrible things like this can happen...
I had the option of giving the guys the go ahead a few days prior, but I asked them "When would you install it in your OWN home?" They told me to wait.
So far we've had zero problems with the flooring as far as install goes.
Sometimes it's worth it to be patient.
Which is fine but man we were getting sick of microwaving our dinner in the garage and eating out!
And it was only week two!