Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Maisie's Room - All Done Up!

There are some times when I finish a room and there are things I'm so-so on. Then there are times when, even after awhile, I can't get over how much I love the space. That's how I feel about Maisie's nursery. It took a lot to (literally) build the room, which you can read about here, and once we finished our new master enough to move out of her room, I could finally get around to finishing it for her.

I picked up a Jenny Lind crib and changing table for a steal off of Craigslist. We did have to retrofit the crib so that it doesn't have a moveable side, which was fairly easy... just required some L brackets and drilling. We then sprayed both of them a soft mint green, which I love against the dark walls. 

The art in Maisie's room is a smattering of handmade items, pieces that were given to us, and items I've picked up over the years that pulled the accent colors of the room. I used the moulding that I installed to frame each piece.

The dresser is a piece we picked up in a consignment shop in Florida and the rug is a transplant from Will's playroom in the FL house. The curtains are from Ikea.

The big splurge in this room was the glider. I didn't have one with Will and it was on the top of my list of things I wanted this go around. It was totally worth every penny and it's by far my favorite seat in the house (which it kinda has to be since I sat in a crazy number of them to find this one). We got it at BuyBuyBaby and it's the "Blake" glider from Little Castle. It's not too squishy and it has angled arms so it's pretty awesome when feeding Maisie. I even sometimes hang out in here after Maisie goes down or have her play on the floor while I work in this chair just to spend a little more time in it.

So this is where we chill with Maisie now. I know dark walls aren't super nursery-esq, but I wanted an untraditional nursery for her and it actually works really well since this girl needs a DARK room to sleep. It's also girly without being super pink. My favorite part is still the trim work that I spent way too many hours on. What's your favorite part?

Wall Paint: Valspar Seattle Haze in Satin
Crib Paint: Valspar Pillow Mint in Satin

Monday, June 20, 2016

Awkward Laundry Room to Full Bath

We officially closed out our permit last week. All inspections have been done and we have minimal finishing work left to do. Last week also marked 1 year in the house... crazy!!

We generally have a few things left to do in a lot of rooms, but one space that is completely done is the new kids bath that we put in in this weird storage space in the front section of the laundry room ( the washer and dryer are behind the half wall). This area was completely useless to us and it was the perfect amount of space for a full bath. Adding a full bathroom to the house is not only good for resale, but it freed us up to create a second master bedroom with attached bath on the second floor (the original master is on the first floor... away from kids... which is not awesome with a newborn)

Since this is the kids bathroom, I wanted something easy to keep clean but also a little fun. It took awhile but now it looks like this!

Nate started by ripping out the shelving and opening things up so that he could run all the new plumbing and electrical.

He also framed out the rest of the half wall to close off the laundry room and put in a new door so that we could access the laundry room from the top of the stairs (which is so much better since it keeps the noise away from the bedrooms). We also framed out a wall so that we could add storage at the base of the tub.

We've gutted and redone bathrooms before, but this was the first time we created a bathroom where there previously was none. This meant the first time installing a tub and plumbing everything from scratch. We've learned that tubs aren't the most fun thing in the world to install and that it's useful to have some one with small hands around. The annoyance of the tub was slightly offset by the fact that we got it on a major clearance.

We bought an Ikea cabinet (It's one of the pantry cabinets from the kitchen department) and inserted it in the space we left at the end of the tub.

We did Hardy board and installed a membrane on top for around the tub. We didn't love this in terms of ease of install, but it's supposed to keep the tub area nice and dry.

We've been using Floor and Decor extensively in this reno and picked up the floor tile for under $3 a sqft. We love the clean and classic look and we paired it with the subway tile in the shower.

Dark grout is a bit more fun and a little easier to keep clean with the little guys. HOWEVER, it is a pain in the butt to clean up. If we were to use it again, we would be really keep an eye on the grout lines to make sure we clean up any extra grout because cleaning it up is really annoying once it's dry and since it's dark, it shows any imperfection.

We added some finishing touches and we had a working bathroom! We spent ~5k on the whole bathroom including all the framing, plumbing, wiring and HVAC. In our area, adding a bathroom increases the value of a house by 6k so we're up $1,000 just on appraisal alone (which only counts it's existence, not the finishes)

Paint- Valspar Signature : Sea Salt Blue in Eggshell
Lowes - Vanity (similar), Faucet, Toilet, Light, Tub, Towel Bar, Hooks, Fan 
Target - Mirror, Buckets (dollar area)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Maisie's First Month

Maisie just turned 4 months old so it is way past time to document some little tidbits on her. I initially thought I was falling into the rut of not taking pictures of the second baby like the first, but then I tried to put 4 months of pics into one post... even taking just the ones I loved are not going to fit into one post so we'll go month by month.

Maisie (Margo Elizabeth) was born on December 28th, 2015 at 7:06 pm. She was 8 lbs 1 oz and was 20.5 inches long. My water broke with her right around her due date and she made her debut about 12 hrs later. This labor was so much better than with Will. I did get an epidural again, but I waited until the last minute to get one. I still got every possible side effect from the epidural (and still have back pain) so I don't know if it's really worth it in the end, but holding off definitely worked better this time around. Maisie was born very quickly (two pushes), which was a pretty big shock compared to last time around. It took a few minutes for it to sink in that she was here, but we were completely in love!

We spent two days in the hospital and the majority of the time was spent trying to figure Maisie out. She was cuddly and sweet and a total mama's girl. But... she basically spit up everything that was fed to her. We got into a routine of her screaming (and boy can she scream!) because she was hungry, feeding her, and then her spitting everything back up. It was frustrating and exhausting and something we were not even close to accustomed to (and a little scary). Initially, the spitting up was attributed to her being born so quickly that she still had fluid in her stomach so we were hopeful that it would be a temporary issue.

Will got to visit a couple of times a day and seeing the two of them together was the sweetest thing you could imagine. He took to her right away and tried to help with her paci and gave her kisses.

Going home

For the first month, Nate and I were set up in Maisie's room (due to all the construction on our new master) so Maisie and I spent a lot of time in there. She really only liked to sleep for more than a few minutes on me or right next to me (touching) so I did a lot of work for my residency (or watching Nurse Jackie) with her on me. The rest of the time was spent getting used to being a family of 4, trying to get some sleep, and finish the house so we could get into our own room!

Over the month we found out that the spitting up wasn't going away and learned the art of avoiding complete wardrobe changes. Maisie taught us that she is very verbal (coos, grunts, screams) and very alert. She also taught us that not all babies sleep everywhere and some need all the S's to sleep. She has a crazy sensitive startle reflex and is very dependent so there were a lot of baby snuggles and baby wearing (Ergo saved our lives).

Maisie rounded out the month at 9 lbs 6 oz (52%), 22.5 in long (96%), and 36 cm head circumference (30%). She has dark hair (which has mostly fallen out) and blue eyes (for now).

One Month

Friday, April 15, 2016

CK&NateCreate - A Live Event!


As we continue to try and share the many exciting things we've been up to the last few months, there's something we've been gearing up for this weekend we want to share:

We're going to be one of those Local Artisans - sharing our wide selection of drawer pulls and knobs from CKandNateCreate! This is going to be our first time selling our products "off-line" and so we are both excited and nervous. We've been prepping for about 3.5 months and have made a total of 1000... yes that's 1000 ends. This includes displays, some pre-made items to sell and a whole bunch of free ends so that we can fill custom orders on the spot.

You'll see we chose to use some reclaimed barn wood we picked up at a local spot here in Phoenix called Porter Barn Wood. They have an amazing selection of wood and they do some amazing things with it (check out there website... it's drool worthy). You know you're at a hip place for salvaged building materials when you see this in the parking lot!

We are also introducing some new products including our shelf hangers. We made these for our house and have had a few of our friends/neighbors ask us to make a few for them so we're going to give them a go and see if the sell!

Are you in the area? Come on by! It should be a really great time!!