Saturday, May 22, 2010


Well, a lot of things have happened on the house in the last few weeks. Some are not picture worthy, but there have been busy contractors there 7 days of the week.
I haven't been good about taking my camera with me or even thinking to takes pictures of the progress, but here are some that I stole from Chad's iphone in order to prove that we are moving along.
Remember the before picture of the kitchen. We liked the "feel" of the old kitchen and the look of the cabinets and backsplash. We had kind of hoped to keep what was there and add on. We just couldn't figure out how to carry that around the corner to the blank wall without loosing a lot. So we had the cabinet maker design cabinets similar to the ones that were there. We weren't able to salvage all of the subway tile backsplash either, so that will be replaced. We are going to keep the same look on that too, though.
Here are the new cabinets! I think they turned out great. Sorry you can't get the full picture yet. I will take pictures with my camera after they are painted.
This is the before picture through the dining room to the door leading into the Butler's Pantry, which will be out desk area. Behind this door was another door the same size leading into the kitchen.
Although I loved the cute doors with the glass knobs and little window, we thought it would make the whole area feel bigger if we opened it up a little.

Chad did the demolition himself and most of the framing. He did have a framer help with the shaping of the arches to match the one between the living and dining. I love the way it turned out!
Other finished projects:
Foundation, mold removal from the little bathroom, ALL new electrical wiring (not in our original budget, but had to be done), ALL new plumbing under the house, new framing and sheetrock to replace torn out walls in the bathroom and places that were damaged from the bad foundation, new texture throughout the house, refinished wood floors throughout the house and some random odds and ends and repairs.
The painters are there right now and I can't wait to see it all painted!
I always stress about picking paint colors. We probably spent $175 on samples to try on the walls. I have paint colors that I have used over and over because I like them and feel comfortable using them; but I am going for a little different tone this time, so I was kind of starting from scratch....not fun. The sad thing was that I had the hardest time with the nuetral color for most of the house. I didn't want stark white, but I didn't want too beige or too gray either.
Projects to be completed in the next two weeks....hopefully. (That is our goal move in date):
interior paint, exterior paint, brick repair and cleaning, countertops, tile, new plumbing fixtures, light fixtures and other odd jobs and cleaning.
Hopefully that will give us about 6 weeks before Baby Molly makes her appearance! Maybe we will have some time to recover before we enter the world caring for a newborn.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Tu Tu" Cute for 2

Last night we got to head over to Frisco for our Niece Maclane's second birthday. The theme was Tu Tu Cute which works out perfectly for Meg, since she has a number of Tu Tu's to choose from. She was so excited and didn't appreciate the rush hour drive, to the other side of the metroplex, that it took to get there.
Here she is sneaking up behind the cake. We found her like this a number of times. She was pretty sure that was the only reason we came, and didn't understand why we had to wait to eat it.

The Birthday Girl on her Birthday Scooter
Meg snagged another kid's scooter

Getting her face painted by her talented Aunt Shaye
When it was time to sing Happy Bday and cut the cake, Meg pulled her little chair right up to the best seat in the house. I was laughing to hard to take a picture when she leaned forward and took at bite out of the icing....twice!

Nephew Knox and his Tiger face
Helping blow the candles out

Mama Joy and Meg

Her "New Special Prize".....the parasol party favor, which she has thoroughly enjoyed.
I don't know who this little kid is, but he stood there drinking his juice and watching Meg for quite a while.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


The attic in our "new" house is really big. I for one, think that this would be the perfect use of that space and solution to the small bedroom closet delimna.......but, I don't think that Chad is on board.
This is the picture of an attic/closet from a bungalow featured in D Magazine recently. I pulled it from

Sunday, May 2, 2010

For Sale:Out With the Old, in With the New

Everytime we move I become less attached to some of the things in our house. I have a love/hate relationship with Craigslist. I love when I post something and someone emails me ten minutes later and comes to get it the next day. I hate to post a bunch of little things for really cheap and people want to email me with 100 questions and don't end of buying or having something sit on there for weeks. I am not patient enough for that. Here are a few of the things that I need to purge from our house. Let me know if you see something you like. Trust me....they are mostly pretty cheap.

The lamp above has a few cracks that have been glued back together. It works great, and they are not noticeable. Just wanted to let you know.

Stay tuned! I will have more. I am thinking of things as I write this.