1.30.2013

Office/Guest Room Remodel: Before, During & After

As promised, here are photos of the Office/Guest Room Remodel.
Last week I showed you pics of our Master Bedroom/Bathroom Remodel.
As a refresher, here is a picture of what our master bedroom looked like when we first moved in, our master had a extra 11x11 room attatched to it that the realtor called a "sitting room"

I used it as a "junk area"

When we found out we were pregnant with Luke, we decided to wall it up & make that room a Guest Room/Office and make the old Guest Room into a nursery.

Framing out the new wall & adding a door way to the hall:

Adding the sheet rock to the framing:

Other side of the room:

 View from the new doorway:

 And, after we painted, added the carpet, new baseboard, crown moulding & new door:

{I used the same bedding & side tables that we had in the previous Guest Room}

View of the "Office" part of the room, which is just a desk.
This is where we could have added a closet, but we wanted to have have an office/desk area instead.

We were originally going to make this room an Office with a big L shaped Desk, but Luke was on his way, we need to make the Guest Room his room and combine the new Guest Room with the office. We like having a Guest Room for ALL those visitors that we get, you know once or twice a year ;)

Above the desk is my framed jersey from when I played college soccer at Unversity of Colorado.
Each senior got one when they graduated. 
It's been stored in a closet for the past 7 years, but Kevin said we should finally hang it up. The girls think it's cool :)
 So, there you have it. Our completed Office/Guest Room/Master Bedroom Remodel!
Along with this remodel, we also put in new baseboards, crown molding & doors in all our other bedrooms. Here are updated pics of those rooms!
Kate's Room:


Claire's Room:

Luke's Room (which used to be the Guest Room)
{More pics & details of Luke's Nursery can be found on THIS post}
Now, to figure out (& budget) for the next thing we want to remodel in our house!
Thanks for looking!

1.29.2013

Confessions.

1.  When I was pregnant with Luke (we didn't know if he was a boy or a girl until he was born)
I saw these cute containers in the Target dollar spot and bought them because if was having a boy, I knew that I wanted him to have a Nautical Themed 1st Birthday Party.

That's right, I was planning (and buying) decorations for my unborn baby's 1st birthday party.
I have party planning issues....I just love thinking about & planning parties.
I even have a link above dedicated to parties I have thrown!

2. A family friend gave me this Target giftcard for Luke.
I was planning on buying diapers for him.
I bought this instead.
It is a zipper front, so it totally counts as a nursing dress...right? Right.


3. Luke wears footie pj's 95% of the time.
With the girls, I had them in super cute outfits & headbands every.single.day
They only wore pj's to sleep in.
I don't know if it's because Luke is a boy & the outfits aren't as cute, but I just don't mind that he wears his footie pj's all day everyday. He has about 10 different ones in size 6 months. He just looks so cozy in them and since we are having a cold winter (for California), it's just easier keeping him cozy with pj's.
He wears an actual outfit to church on Sundays, but that's about it. 
The majority of pictures for his first 5 months of life are him wearing a onesie or pj's.
I feel bad about this & am going to start putting him in real clothes more often.

(Maybe I should have used that Target gift card on clothes for him.....)
 
Phew.
Glad I could get all this off my chest. 
I feel much better now. 

Anyone else have any silly confessions?
Entertain me in the comments :)

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 Enter HERE for the Printable Everything Kit  Giveaway
 and
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1.28.2013

Printable Everything Kit {A Giveaway!}

Happy Monday!
 I have something fun to giveaway today!
A few weeks ago, one of my blog readers, Jenny, emailed me about her Homekeeping Binder Printable Kit that she created.
She wanted to give me one and give one away to one of YOU!
Seriously, do I have the best readers or what?!?

Well, let me just tell you, that if you are looking to get organized this year, this giveaway is for you!
The Everything kit featuring 26 printable planner pages:

- customizable binder cover sheet
- monthly calendar (blank)
- daily docket
- week at a glance calendar
- monthly to do list
- future projects list
- someday to do list
- family fun list
- daily & weekly cleaning checklist
- meal planning calendar
- weekly meal plan & grocery list
- multi-store shopping list
- blog post calendar
- blog to do list
- password log
- photography/creative business workflow chart
- important dates
- gift giving budget tracker
- travel pack list
- travel clothing planner
- outfit planner
- important contacts
- important information
- monthly budget
- bill tracker
- lined note pages

 {You can read more about them  HERE on her blog}

My word of the year is Simplify, and let me tell you....this planner is helping me simplify!
Some of my favorite pages are the monthly meal plan:
Love this cleaning list to help simplify your cleaning schedule:
This shopping list for multiple stores is GENIUS!
 
How great is this page to help you organize things you want to make!

There is also a calendar page where you can print out blank pages & fill it out each month. I know most people love using their phones for their calendar, but I am one of those people who needs to write it down & see it all laid out.
This page is also cool,  it is a daily page and you can enter things on the computer & just print it out! Love!

And, how cute is the design? Love the chevron! And, Jenny can personalize your cover. 
Here is mine:
 I bought a 1 inch white binder & some dividers to put all my print outs in. This is totally organizing my life & simplifying it!
 On Sundays, I fill out my weekly meal plan list & shopping list.
The monthly budget sheet. One of my resolutions is to also see where I am spending money. This is helping. *gulp*
 
The weekly outfit organizer? So fun! This will help me with the Pin-Spired link up...I'm doing 1 Pin-spired outfit a week!

And, there is even a blog post calendar, to jot down ideas/things you want to blog! The first 2 I wrote down were Pin-Spired (THIS FRIDAY!) and 10 on 10, which I do every month!

There are 26 pages included in the Everything Kit and you just print out what you need and however many copies you need/want. 
{The kit is available in her Etsy shop HERE}

I love it and I know you will also!
It is great having it stored in a binder in our office. Ahhhh....organization! Baby steps!
I love that there are so many places to write down lists.
There is just something so satisfying about crossing things off a list.

All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question:

Out of the 26 printable pages in the kit (listed above), which page(s) would you use the most or which page(s) will be most helpful to keep you organized?

For me, it is a tie between the budget page & the weekly meal planning page.
Those are going to get a lot of use and keep me organized with our budget & meal planning!

***Giveaway Ends next Monday February 4th! Winner will be chosen via Random.org *** 

 ***GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED***
Congrats, Shelly!!!!

1.24.2013

Master Bedroom Remodel: Before, During & After

I realized I have never posted the pictures of our Master Bedroom Remodel that we did last Spring/Summer!
When we bought our house almost 3 years ago one of the things we wanted to re-do was the Master Bedroom. When our house was built over 30 years ago, you had the option of having an extended Master Bedroom with a sitting area OR you could make the sitting area a 5th bedroom.
The original owners of our house chose to have an extended Master Bedroom. 
Here is what it looked like when we moved in: 
  The "sitting" area is the size of the girls bedrooms, 11 feet x 11 feet.
We knew that we wanted to eventually convert the "sitting" area to a 5th bedroom and make it an office.
This is what the "sitting" area looked like for the first 2 years we lived there:
It was my junk area. It is where I kept the nursery glider, the decorative pillows from our bed (that we only put on when we have people over), where the dog bed was kept, where I would pile laundry & store other crap like suitcases, an old mirror, etc. 
It was a TOTAL waste of space! We knew we wanted to convert it to an office one day.
It was a storage area for stuff that had no where to go. Not a "sitting" area like the realtor advertised. We have young kids. Like we have time to "sit" at night.  HA!
Our bedroom wasn't relaxing because every night when we went to bed, we would stare at the crap in the "sitting" area. 
Here is what the rest of our master looked like:
Our furniture was our 10 year old bedroom furniture from when we were first married. It was cheap & falling apart. We never really decorated our room because we knew we would eventually re-do it. 

When I found out I was pregnant with Luke in December 2011, we decided that it was time to convert our sitting area to the 5th bedroom and  make it into a Guest Room/Office and make our old Guest Room the nursery for Baby #3.

We started this project in Spring of 2012.
The first thing we did is that Kevin ripped out the floor of the "sitting" area.
If you noticed from the pictures, it was a step up from the rest of the room. 
One of neighbors who has the same floor plan as us told us there was a sub floor beneath, so it would be easy to make the floor the same height.
I am very thankful that Kevin is so handy & that we didn't have to hire anyone to do this step!
Once that step was taken care of, it was time to put up a new wall to separate the rooms & to cut a door opening to the new room.  
We hired our neighbor's son who is a contractor to do this for us.
See how nice the sub floor is now that it is even? That was all Kevin!
Here is a view of the new doorway to the hallway:
We also decided to change the master bedroom door. Before we had double doors (that were broken & from the 70's) We decided to get rid of the double door and put a larger single door:
 
(Framing up the door)

After all the framing was done, it was time for electrical & dry wall. 
We decided to put in ceiling fans in our master & the new bedroom because in the summer, the upstairs gets SO hot. The way our house faces is brutal in the summer and all the bedrooms get so much late afternoon sun, so ceiling fans were a necessity (even though some people think they are a designer no-no, they are necessary for our house)
Here is our room with the dry wall up:
 The door framing:
 And, a view from the Guest Room/Office with the dry wall up:
Because we were adding a new door to the new Office/Guest Room and changing our bedroom door, we had to order 2 new doors. Our old doors were the original doors with the original hardware from over 30 years ago, so we decided that if we were getting 2 new doors, we might as well update ALL the doors in our house....

Our contractor tells us that he has some extra crown molding from another job & that we can have it if we want it.  Free crown molding? We just need to pay for labor? Sure!
There was just enough for our master bedroom. But then we loved it so much we thought we would also have him put it in the new Office/Guest Room. And, while he's at it....go ahead and put it in the other 3 bedrooms and bathrooms. Oh, and we might as well get new baseboards to match. 
Isn't that how all household projects work? :)

 Our 10 year anniversary was in August & we had always planned on going back to Hawaii for our 10 year.  But, since I was due 10 days before our Anniversary, we decided to use that money on the remodel & new bedroom furniture for our room.

Before I show you the After pictures, here are the before pictures of our master bathroom:
 Shower/Toilet Area Before:

One of my biggest dilemmas with our bedroom was deciding on what color to paint our room.
I knew I wanted a greyish blue. Look at all the samples I bought:
 
 After a few weeks of stressing about it, I decided on a color. Kevin painted the entire room.
It was NOT what I had envisioned.  It didn't match the bedding I picked out.
But, I didn't want to have him re-paint, so I returned the bedding I bought and bought new bedding (which I ended up liking better!) 
So, here is the AFTER of our Master Bedroom...it was completed a few weeks before Luke was born!
 
 I love how it turned out.
 Our room still has plenty of room, no need for a sitting area!
 I got our bedding at Pottery Barn.
 The coral pillows are from Target
 As you can tell, my style is pretty simple. I don't like a lot of clutter....I like a clean, fresh feel.
*Please note...our room is rarely this clean. I took these pics after our cleaning lady came. Just keeping it real. Usually the pillows are on the floor & I have a pile of laundry/clothes in our room.*

Here are the AFTER pics of the Bathroom:
The changes to the bathroom were: Paint, crown molding, a new shower curtain, new art work & a new bathroom door.
We eventually want to re-do the shower/floor/vanity, but that will wait for another time.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Stay tuned for AFTER pics of the Office/Guest Room!

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