Monday, July 15, 2013

Moving Up Monday

It is time for a long over due "Moving Up Monday" update!  I think the best way to update you all on the house is to go room by room.

Kitchen and Dining Room

Looking into Kitchen from Dining Room
(Photo taken July 8, 2013)
Not too much has changed in the Kitchen and Dining Room since the last "Moving Up Monday" report.  All of the layers of wallpaper are now all off in the Kitchen and the kitchen cabinets are ready to be installed.  Also, all new windows have been installed throughout both floors of the house.  We have also chosen a wood laminate to go in the kitchen and dinning room:

Tarkett Nafco Good Living Honey Oak 3" GLP420
And we have chosen to go with Glidden's Winter Oats 10361 for the wall color for the Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room and Den/Playroom.  I tried finding a copy of the paint online to give you an idea but ended up not finding it.  You'll have to use your imagination I guess!  It is a neutral tan/cream color that should go nicely with everything.

Living Room and Den/Playroom

A view of the Dinning Room and Living Room
I'm happy we aren't living in the house yet because as you can see
it is a big work zone.  Those are my kitchen cabinets in the middle of the space.
(Photo taken July 8, 2013)
A view of the Den/Playroom
In this current work space you can see the new sliding closet doors
for My Farmer's and My room and you get a good look at our new windows.
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)
Similar to the kitchen, not too much work has been done to these rooms (but there is work being done in them...).  These large open spaces have turned into great areas to work on projects.  Like I said under the first photo - this makes me happy we aren't living in the house yet.  Speaking of living in the house, our original plan was to move in at the end of this month but due to progress, it looks like we won't be moving until the end of August now.  This makes me happy but sad at the same time.  Happy because I don't want to be living in this and I'd like to move into a finished and ready house, but sad because I have many ideas on how I want to decorate and use the spaces of the house and I can't figure out what is going to work until the work is done.  Also I feel bad for our friends that are moving into our current home that they are going to have to wait longer to move in and find temporary housing for probably about a month.

The Living Room and Den/Playroom will be painted in the same Winter Oats color as the Kitchen and Dinning Room.  And we have decided to carpet the Living Room and Den/Playroom space:

Gulistan Bombay Oatmeal 4022-241

A view of the Mudroom from the main entrance of the house
This is another work zone in the house with drywall and mud
being stored in here at the time.
To the left you can see where our built in entry closet will be.
(Photo taken July 8, 2013)
This view of the Mudroom shows where the laundry machine and dryer
will go to the left of the photo and where things are piled up to the right
is where a desk will go.  The open door to the right leads into the bathroom.
The Mudroom/Laundry/Office has had work started for both storage and laundry in the space but things still need to be finished.  We will be putting in a laminate tile in this space, as well as the downstairs bathroom.  Originally I wanted to go with a ceramic tile but the flooring installers said there would be a height difference between the wood laminate and tile but if I went with a laminate tile (which I have to admit looks very similar to a ceramic) there wouldn't be a height difference.  I thought that sounded good - I didn't want anyone tripping as they were moving from room to room!

The tile we went with is:

Tarkett Permastone Travertine Weathered Beach
And we have chosen Glidden's Lil Sprout GLD702 for the wall color for the Mudroom/Laundry/Office.  I tried finding a copy of the paint online to give you an idea but ended up not finding it.  You'll have to use your imagination again...  It is a light green/yellow color that should be nice and bright in the space.

Downstairs Bathroom

A view of the Downstairs Bathroom looking in from the
doorway entrance of the Dinning Room
To the left is where the shower and tub will be, the right corner is
where the toilet will be and to the right is where the sink and vanity will be.
You can also see a new shorter window installed for privacy.
(Photo taken July 8, 2013)
A view of the Downstairs Bathroom from the shower/tub
You can see the sink and vanity area to the left and
the closet from the original hallway to the right.
(Photo taken July 8, 2013)
A view of the Downstairs Bathroom from the toilet
You can see where the tub and shower will go to the right and
you can see both entrances to the bathroom, the one on the left from
the dining room and the one on the right from the mudroom.
(Photo taken July 8, 2013)
The bathroom is waiting for all the fixtures to arrive - who knew getting your tub and toilet in bisque verses white would add so much more production time!  This room too will have the laminate flooring that will be in the mudroom and we are going to paint this room with Glidden's Spring Spritz GLD104.  This color too I can't find online but it is a light blue.

Upstairs 1/2 Bath

The Upstairs 1/2 bath after having dry wall installed.
The open hole is where a built in storage unit will be placed.
(Photo taken July 9, 2013)
The Upstairs 1/2 bath after having a primer coat
painted.  You can see the old kitchen tile floor
as well as the hook-ups for the toilet and sink.
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)
A look at the primed walls and space for the
built in cabinet.
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)
The Upstairs 1/2 Bathroom should be done soon.  All that needs to be done is have the sink and toilet installed and the built in closet finished.  Today My Mom (God Bless all Moms who help their children paint when they have a day off of work!) painted the bathroom with Glidden's Partridge Gray GLD808.  This is a light gray color I think looks nice with the flooring and will look nice with the white toilet and pedestal sink giving the "use to be unfinished closet" a clean and fresh look.


A view of My Farmer's and My Bedroom
(with LP patiently waiting for me to finish taking photos)
You can see where our new sliding closet doors will be installed
to the right of the photo.
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)
A view of LP's built in closet shelves that were
made and installed.
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)
A view of MP's room which is being used as a building area for
the 1/2 bath's built in storage.
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)
All of the bedrooms have had their new windows installed but still need the trim around them put back on and work as you can see has started in the closets.  Having slanted ceilings in our closets has been an interesting thing to try to make into functional storage.

Both My Farmer's and My Room and MP's will be installed with Shaw Flooring's Manhattan Gray #704 carpet (which I couldn't find a photo of online) and LP's room will be installed with Shaw Flooring's Argentina Sky Crewel Work #104:

We thought this carpet would be very "farmable" for
LP and at the same time the pattern isn't too crazy
that it can grow with him and whoever might be
living in that bedroom in the future
As for paint colors My Farmer's and My Bedroom has been painted today with the same Glidden's Partridge Gray GLD808 as the Upstairs 1/2 Bath.  This should look nice with the gray carpet and our barn red bedding.  LP's room will be painted Glidden's Open Sesame #10362.  This light tan color will go well with his carpet as well as his tractor bedding.  MP's room will be painted Glidden's Homemade Custard #10412.  This light yellow will go nicely with the gray carpet and the blues, greens, and tans of our Noah's Ark nursery bedding and decor.

Septic Tank and Leach Field

Other than all of that, the biggest thing that has been worked on has been installing our new and updated septic system and leach field.  We installed a new cement septic tank that brings us up to current codes and then created a leach field that will remove liquid that emerges from the septic tank.

Our new Septic Tank
(Photo taken July 12, 2013)
Installing the pipes from the Septic Tank
to the Leach Field area
(My Farmer is on the right)
(Photo taken July 12, 2013)
Now it is time to grow grass again on top of the Septic Tank and Leach Field area
(Photo taken July 14, 2013)

So as you can see we still have quite a bit of work to finish on the house but I trust our general contactor, plumber, and other helpers that the projects will be wrapping up soon so we can move into a finished home.

Check out how far we've come on our home remodel by checking out past "Moving Up Monday" reports:


  1. It's progress, that's for sure! You have a lot of different things going on right now, but hopefully it will come together sooner rather than later!

  2. While some prefer to have wide windows in their homes, you want smaller ones. Well, they look cute! Likewise, if you want to have more privacy, installing such windows is recommendable. You have a wood theme, am I right? The doors, windows, and even the trims were all wood. I can't wait to see your house fully complete. Keep us updated, okay? Good luck! :)

    1. As we're remodeling the home we are just trying to keep it looking as much like the original home as possible, so yes we have a wood theme. We've stripped and stained any wood or trims that were painted.

  3. Regardless of size, windows are windows! They never fail to make a space bright and airy. I like the idea of installing a lot of windows around your house especially in the rooms. The pave the way for natural light, which makes your space healthy and bright all day long. Keep posting, Val! I'd love to see your house once it is finished.

    1. I love using the natural light from windows and opening up windows for nice spring and fall time air too. Hopefully the house will be ready to move into in just a few more weeks!

  4. It's always ideal have adequate windows around the house. They create an spacious effect, making your space appear larger than what it really is. Also, the natural light uplifts the mood of your space. And of course, we can't forget that windows contribute to energy conservation.