I am sorry I have not blogged in forever 😁. It’s been a busy couple of months. Spring sports started and another broken arm 😩😩😩. This time Big T. She fell at school. Thankfully tho it wasn’t a bad break.
The house is really coming along. The paint is done and it’s amazing. I am in love with the Cloud White by Benjamin Moore. Little man eating breakfast in the chaos. Jose seemingly has no fear. He is the best painter. I am so happy we went with the trim and walls the same color. It’s calm and I think, a nice balance to the ceiling. Big C wanted this Marine Blue color in his room. I would never have picked it. But I am so glad we let him chose. It is a beautiful color. I think it really works with the white walls and rafter beams on the ceiling. This is Big T’s room. She chose a Cotton Candy pink and I chose the classic gray to go with it. She really wanted light green……but I think the gray will grow well with her. We will bring some accent green in. Pink cast on my dear girl. Here is looking into little T’s room. The two littles, got cloud white rooms. We will paint furniture in fun colors for them.
So paint is done 😄. We got all the cabinets painted. And the screened porch. The exposed duct is in. I will post on that soon. So now I am busy getting all the lighting organized. Before finish electrical.
Thanks for following along, hope you week is going well.
Well, we have been at a stand still all week. Freezing temps….and snow ❄️ Here are a few snowy photos. Hope you enjoy.
Crossing my fingers that on Monday the painters will be back. It is supposed to warm up.
Snowman selfie ⛄️
Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend.
Paint….getting one step closer. Yay! Today is the start of the painters third week at the house. The first week was all preparation to seal the siding material on ceilings. After some research and test boards we ended up using an acrylic urethane, it left the wood looking very natural, and is low VOC. I wanted it all sealed so when (if I ever 😝) dust it the paint won’t flake. The old paint is beautiful. But I want it to stay on the old wood.
The painters got that done the beginning of last week. Then they prepped for paint on trim and baseboards. We went with an oil paint….not sure how I feel about it. Jose (the painter) said it would wash and wear better. And with four kids and white trim I was really wanting washable!!! The paint smell is so strong in the house now….with just the primer. I don’t know if I made the best decision to go with an oil base?? The wall paint is all going to be water based low VOC Benjamin Moore Aura paint.
They are using sprayers to paint so the prep is very labour intensive. Take a look.
It looks a bit like a spaceship in the house.
They primed all the trim on Friday and now are hand sanding it all before they start the first coat of paint. So I think it’s going to be another two weeks possible three to get all the painting done.
The laundry chute upstairs. All primed.
And (in other news 😉) everyone is pretty excited to have our piano here. It came from California the week before last. It’s Coles family’s piano. It’s been sitting unplayed for 20 years. It will be played often and much enjoyed in its new home. 🎶 I love the 80’s retro vibe of the piano.
So this is what the next few weeks are looking like. White paint and more white paint…..with a few surprise colors in the big kids rooms.
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Hope you have a wonderful week
Ok, this last week has been a bit of a busy one. We had the downstairs floors polished. We…….well I say we…….Cole had been researching the best way to finish our floors. Stain, seal, wax or polish? Or a combination? We went with polish, it is supposed to have less upkeep and more durable? And I wanted to stay with the natural concrete color anyway. We found a very reputable guy about an hour away. He polishes floors for u-haul. Ha!!! Seriously the faces that people made when I told them our floor was going to look like Home Depot. 😳
From the loft, it’s a bit darker than this…..the dust has settled a bit.
Here is a close up, in the living room.
This is the hallway from the master.
So we love it ❤️. We even love the cracks 😊
Little C’s room.
The man who did it had never done a floor quite like this, he usually takes more off, to show a bit of the aggregate. We wanted to keep the “cream” as he called it. This way we keep a bit more color variations. And the swirls that were left when they were pouring the concrete. They went over the floors three times. With an 200 grit, then a 400, then an 800. They could have gone way shinier but this sheen is perfect for us.
I found these next two pictures on Pinterest. They look just like our floors. I am pretty sure both pictures are homes in the Netherlands.
Our wood for the upstairs floor came last week. We are going to give it a month to acclimate. So now I have to decide how I am going to finish that. Paint or wax or stain?????? Decisions!
Here are a few photos that inspire me. My style is hard to define. I like industrial vintage, and I am drawn to the clean lines of french nordic. I think I just really like white. In most forms. Even ruffles I like if they are white.
These two photos are from a home featured in romantic homes magazine. I love anything feed/grain sack and I like how they just nailed the curtain up. In another photo of this house she has a thin stick that holds a sheer curtain up. Curtains are not a must have in most of the house because no one can see into the house without being on our property. But I will have some for sure in all the bedrooms.
The beam bench is beautiful. I am thinking we will have some extra beams so I can make one of these.
I want something like this in my laundry room. It has character.
I love this whole home. (Photo country living magazine.) After seeing this I actually bought ten chicken feeders on ebay that I am planning on making into lights. I am not sure where they will go yet. Mine are more a galvanized /rust color. But I could easily paint them. I like the mix of wood and white, with some black thrown in.
Photo via Pinterest. Love the feel of this room.
Photo from My scandinavian home. We have leather furniture right now that is going to go into the house. It is so practical with kids and animals. I like it here with all the white. And the hanging light in the room. Would look neat on either side of a bed.
Photo via Pinterest. The rough linen and the fairy lights. So fun for a kids room. (Although my kids rooms are sounding like they are going to be colorful). 😊
I have a pretty big blank slate right now which is exciting but a bit scary. I am hoping the ideas in my head translate well to the house.
The framers got three of the trusses up today. We were not sure how they were going to look when they were up. We could not be happier.
It was such an exciting day.
I think this is my favorite shot today.
We went over tonight after the framers (Artists with old beams, I will call them) were gone.
My husband and I looked up into these beautiful old beam trusses and he said “I can’t believe this is our home”. Which was exactly what I was thinking.
We don’t want a show home….we want a home to raise our wild little brood. We wanted character and warmth. These old beams, they have so much character and warmth……they are amazing.
We are a little in awe.