Home Remodel {fireplace}

We always knew we wanted to paint the fireplace white. Logan started by ripping off the old mantle and the brick hearth first. Β He also painted the inside of the fireplace with high-heat black paint. Then we got to priming!

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Logan found an old support beam that was from a house for sale on Facebook marketplace. He snagged that up and is working on making it our new mantle. He isn’t finished with it yet, but heres a peek! I may talk him into doing a guest post here on how he refinished the mantle :). Also the fireplace still needs a coat or two of paint.

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Home Remodel {trim + cabinets}

It’s always so exciting when something new gets started at the house. I was especially looking forward to the trim carpentry! I’ve always loved big pretty trim and I couldn’t wait to see ours. I’d say our style is somewhere between simple-transitional-craftsman but we are both really drawn to the mid-century modern style. We ended up choosing a flat trim, with a craftsman style around the door frames. We both felt like this style of trim would fit best in our home.

I loved watching the trim, doors and cabinets go in. It really transformed the house into looking more and more like our home!

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We seriously debated on ordering our entire kitchen cabinetry from IKEA and doors from semi-handmade. There are so many good blog post out there about the nice quality and great price. However in the end we ordered through a local cabinet company and even though we spent more, it was well worth it to us. We went with a white shaker look with slight detail on the inset. We found this inspiration pic (below), of the white cabinets and wood island and we loved it! So we chose a hickory island, we love how it adds some warmth into the kitchen.

Inspiration photo (below)

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Our cabinets (below)

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Home Remodel {framing +sheetrock}

Once all the demo and ceiling was complete, it was time for framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation and sheetrock.

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Seeing the sheetrock go up was a HUGE change! It was so fun to see the house begin to take its new shape and feel like a house again. I love all the new angles that were created by vaulting the ceiling. It also helped it feel so much bigger! It was a BIG job, but so worth it.

Home Remodel {exterior}

We have a lot of plans for the exterior of the house, but most of that will wait until (hopefully) sometime later this year. We did however go ahead and switch out our garage doors. We raised the center to one to fit one of our vehicles (not mine πŸ˜‰ ). I really like how the center one looks, and we couldn’t be happier with our new garage doors!

BEFORE

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AFTER

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We were struggling to find a new front door for the house. Ours happens to be a larger size and most the ones we wanted were crazy expensive. So we decided to go check out a local architectural salvage place (we love to walk through!). They have TONS of doors there and we ended up finding one in the right size and we loved it! We will do a little bit of work on it to make it just how we want, but super happy we found one. We also bought some hardware for it there as well. I’ll update once we get it finished and installed to let you all know how it works out!

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Home Remodel {demo 2}

I’ve been waaaaaay behind on posting here! You can read the last update, which was demo, here.

Here our some photos after most of the demo. We hadn’t taken the center wall down yet at this point.

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Then we took out the center wall…that was super exciting!

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We decided to vault the ceiling, so that was the next big job! We made sure it was safe with support walls and such…and then got to work! They got the ceiling down and you could already see how it was going to open it up.

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We did change the layout of the house. Including taking down walls, rotating the stairs 180 degrees, opening up the master bath a bit, adding more square footage with a laundry room, and adding a pantry. We ended up taking the house down to studs and added new electrical and plumbing as well. Next up: framing.

Moving.

I tend to be an emotional person. Too many feelings and too much thinking. I knew moving out of our house would be tough, mentally. However here I am a day of packing and I make my way into Noah + Beau’s room. Over the last 8 years it was first a “catch all” room, a spare bedroom, a toy room, Noah’s room , and lastly a room shared between the 2 older boys. As I get the first box packed away, all I’m left staring at are holes on an empty wall. I know these are all just “things”. The frames, the walls, the house in general…but here I am alone staring at a full box with “Noah + Beau’s room” written on it, with tears rolling down my face. I can’t mentally stare at empty walls in Leo’s room (our nursery) for another week. So that room will have to wait. This house. Our first house. The one we grew 3 babies in, brought 3 babies home to, those 3 babies had all their first year “firsts” here. I’ve loved this house. We chose every paint color, every piece of tile, I’ve watched my husband put SO much work into this house. We are all over every Β little part of this house. It’s us. We’ve gone from a just the two of us to a family of 5 here. The house we will leave behind, but thankfully we will keep the memories we’ve had here. I do look forward to our future house and watching the boys grow there-just reflecting on all the life that we’ve lived in this one. Our forever first home.

 

I’m thankful I made this video awhile back and will cherish it forever and ever. Click the link to watch.

 

5 + 3 year check-ups

5 + 3 year check-ups

Just a short post so I don’t ever forget how chaotic my days are. I took all 3 boys to the pediatrician for the 2 big boys’ well visits. I try to avoid taking all three of them with me to the Dr. They ALWAYS end up on the floor. crawling over the table, under the table. Not just the baby–ALL OF THEM. Why must they touch everything at the dr’s office?! They NEED soap (instant hand sanitizer hanging on the wall) like umpteen billion times. Sorry Dr. Reddy we just used ALL the soap (and half of it didn’t even make it on their little hands). Jumping off of chairs-it’s nuts. OH and for anybody who is in a room semi-close to ours…that’s not a lion you hear–it’s just my three year old. He LEGIT thinks he is a real lion at times. Anyways I did manage to snap of few pics of these crazies and even through the chaos it was, these still make me smile. I know they will look back and remember these things as fun..not chaotic and stressful, as they can be for me.

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