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Renovation Update

and then I will tell you about our incredible trip to Disney World.

The night before we left for Tim’s Annual General Meeting (the reason we were able to piggyback a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth) we sold our stove and microwave to a man who answered our ad in Craigslist. Have I ever told you how much I love the internet? We put up an ad and the next day we sold our stove and microwave, they paid us cash and hauled them both away. If we wouldn’t have sold them they would have been hauled away and been destroyed. We made some cash for our trip and spared the landfills a couple of appliances that still had years of life left in them.

When we left on the 13th Tim and I were doing our best to be optimistic. We would be gone for 8 days and we were told the floors would be finished when we got home. We were told the cabinets would be installed. We were told the basement would be finished.

When we left the house the dust had just settled from the wall they knocked down between the kitchen and the dining room.

Six days from when we left (the 19th) and two days before we were scheduled to head home from Florida Tim talked to our contractor on the phone and was informed that electrical took up most of the week and that flooring wouldn’t be started until the next day.

I almost threw an over tired and over stimulated toddler style tantrum as if I had been told NO I couldn’t have a $55 3 foot tall Minnie Mouse. Disney is a great place but I think they may hold the world record for tantrums by both adults and kids per-capita.

Tim reassured me that as long as the basement was done, we could survive.

We got home on Friday the 21st and the basement wasn’t done

Tim threw a man-sized swearing tantrum, drank a beer and sulked. I joined him because sometimes throwing fits is good for the soul.

To all the families that I told to suck it up while they whined on HGTV about how renovations are hard, I am so so very sorry. You are right. Renovations suck. It is hard to keep your eye on the new cabinet and freshly lacquered floor prize when nail guns are firing, you have three hungry kids and no kitchen.

Tim and I worked our asses off Saturday and finished all the little things that the contractor was supposed to finish in the basement (except lights and vents) so we could start putting the basement back together. By 11pm on Saturday night we had desks and computers set up in the office. Nerd priorities people. Computers come before couches in this house.

Today, Sunday, the contractor and his assistant installed cabinets and I posted our fridge as a FREE CURB ALERT!!! on craigslist and it was picked up with in 2 hours (I love the internet!). We got the basement to a place that was organized enough to order a pizza and watch Frozen as a family.

Tomorrow we check into a hotel and spend the next 4 out of the 5 weeknight sleeping at a hotel just 10 minutes from our home. The only redeeming thing about our hotel stay is the free breakfast and the pool. We would all, including the kids, rather be at home but in order to avoid the fumes on the staining and sealing process of the floor we are packing up and moving out. Again.

This is where we are now. God willing we will have stained and sealed floors by the end of the week.






I am having uploading issues right now and we check into a hotel tonight so it will probably be a few days before I can get more photos up. For now, bask in the glory of those white shaker cabinets!

Drywall, mudding and a new outlook

Last Monday our contractor tore down the ceilings. On Tuesday the ceilings had drywall again and the mudding started. Thursday marked day three of mudding and sanding.

Check out the mini stilts!

We didn’t see a contractor all weekend but it ended up I spent the weekend with my sister in the hospital (her story to tell not mine but all is well again) and Tim manned this sinking ship alone. He managed to get the dining room ceiling scraped while watching  the kids but that was about it. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful and surprised that Tim got as much done as he did and I am even more grateful that my sister is okay after the scare she gave us, but now we have some serious catching up to do!

Today the drywall mudder-man texturized the ceiling in the family room of the basement knockdown style and it looks awesome even before it is painted!

Kitchen 2014

Tonight Tim and I scrape more popcorn off the ceiling and tomorrow we paint the living area of the basement and the new ceiling.

Don’t tell the kids, but we leave for vacation on the 13th of this month. That means we have 10 days to get ready for the trip and have the house ready for the next wave of renovations. While we are gone the contractors are doing as much kitchen renovation as possible. So the goal is to get the basement done before then so we can move everything from the main floor to the basement.

Every bit of me is nervous about not being around to oversee the kitchen process. I have a very specific vision as to what I want and I really do have an opinion about everything- a very strong opinion. I care where outlets go and I care even more that they get changed to white from their current biscuit color. And outlets are just the tip of the “I have strong opinions about little things” iceberg.

Uffda. It is going to be a tough month but at least while the kitchen reno is happening I can distract myself with the joy of being with my family at the happiest place on earth! Shhh… don’t tell the kids. They know we are going to Florida for Tim’s annual meetings (Hawaii was the first year they tagged along for the meeting and then last year they went with to Arizona) but this year is in Orlando. And that means we get to spend a little time with a famous mouse couple and their pals.

Life is good. I feel blessed that we are in a place in our lives that we can renovate our home even if it took a kitchen flood to kick off the renovations! My sister is okay and that is a huge blessing. Health scares always do a good job of snapping things into perspective. Our life is crazy right now but it is a good crazy and it is a crazy that is moving us toward something awesome. I feel like this renovation is really going to be a turning point. It is strange how some knockdown texture, new cabinets and some non warped flooring can motivate so many other changes. I feel like this renovation is forcing our hand in so many ways. We keep purging the old, out grown, never used things and it is catapulting us towards a new, simpler and less stressful way of living.

I can’t wait to move into this new phase.

It has begun.

Carpet is here.

Drywall is here.


Dumpster is here.

Contractors are here.


The cat is now sequestered because she was hunting the contractors. The dog and I went for a long walk/trudge through the snow to help curb her anxiety and I am doing my best not to break out into a very embarrassing happy dance every time I see them chuck another hunk of water damaged drywall into the dumpster.

Life will be crazy for the next few weeks but after it is all said and done the basement and kitchen will be awesome.

Here is where our journey beganhere and more on the story here




Kitchen Reno: Nook Plans

I never finished my communications degree. I never really cared that I didn’t get that double major until I dreamed up this nook in my head and then tried to explain it to contractors and cabinet makers. Thank God for Tim and the years he has spent learning to speak and translate Meg’s Big Ideas because without him and the help of Google SketchUp, I don’t think this kitchen would ever get built.

Here are my plans for the Kitchen Nook or Banquette as Tim translated them from fuzzy words, estimated measurements and bad sketches into Sketchup with precise measurements.

So where are we with the renovations? We have hired a contractor and put a large down payment towards the reno. We have met with countless cabinetry people and chose a local guy with a shop in his backyard that does amazing work and is fairly priced (Go Local!). We have bought kitchen appliances and they will be delivered in March. We have begun the long process of cleaning out rooms and making donate, garbage and store-in-garage-until-after-reno piles.

Last night Tim and I sealed off the play room and scraped the popcorn off the ceiling. We opted to DIY wherever we could to save us money so we could pocket the cash for predictable “unforeseen costs” that we have been warned will arise with any renovations of this size. So we scrapped the ceilings to save a few hundred dollars so when plumbers need to move a water line or contractor needs to rewire something, we are prepared. Plus… I love DIYing and seeing Tim in a face mask makes me smile. Follow me on Instagram for live updates on all things reno and kids.