Hello all, I’m back!! Italy was amazing, I had the time of my life! In some aspects the trip flew by, in others it seemed to last a glorious lifetime. I have been back for a few days now and have yet to sort through the 900 (that’s a real number!) photos that I took, the task seems overwhelming! One of these days, however, I’ll get them organized and post about our trip – where we stayed, what we did, where we ate and drank, what we saw, etc. But in the meantime, big things have been happening on the home front…
While I was gone, Ian focused on the remaining work in the master bedroom. Matching trim, building a closet system and rounding up the plumbers were top priorities. Instead of trying to match the old trim with the new trim, Ian had the semi-genius idea of taking old trim from the nursery (a room we have yet to do anything with) and putting it in the master bedroom. Since the baseboard trim in both rooms are the same, he wouldn’t have to worry about seamlessly matching old with new (a tricky job) and we could just put similar, but not exact, new trim throughout the whole nursery. Since it’s in an entirely different room, if it doesn’t match perfectly, it will be ok. Duh! Why didn’t we think of this before?
Ian also built the closet system while I was away. It’s a pretty simple design – hanging clothes on one side – shelves on the other. For the most part, I am a folder and Ian is a hanger. So a simple half-and-half split seemed to work just fine. We’re also leaving the back wall of the closet storage-free for now. After we’ve used the space for a while, if we feel that we need more of one or the other – or an entirely new storage system – we’ll have room for it.
Finally, the plumbers came the day after I returned (of course!)no jet-lag sleeping in for this girl! I didn’t complain though, I was more than happy that they were able to fit us in. Other good news, they weren’t bothered by the fact that we don’t have a normal vanity, but rather a dresser that needs modified to fit plumbing. So they came, they plumbed, they conquered…and gave us a bill. But the plumbing work in the mast bath is now, officially, DONE. Whoo! We can only kind-of use the bathroom though (so frustrating) as the plumbing air vent isn’t complete yet. Our contractor needs to come back and extend the PVC pipe through the attic and out of the roof. Otherwise our house will smell, and no one wants that.
So the bathroom looks useable, but isn’t really. It’s always something… At least what’s left is simple and he should be able to get to it soon.
Considering all of the progress that happened while I was gone and the weekend I returned – Ian and I decided that it was officially time. Time to move downstairs! Eeek! After busting our tails my first few days back, we realized Monday night that we could, in fact, move into our bedroom. Smiles and cheers were had all around as we built the bed and gathered makeshift nightstands and extension cords.
We still have a little bit of work to do in the master, such as paint the closet shelves (something I decided last minute I wanted done), paint the trim Ian added, and add a few pieces of quarter round. But literally, that’s it! Aside from the air vent, other work in the bathroom includes adding a door (we built the frame this weekend), modifying drawers for the vanity, and adding details like mirrors, lights and electrical switches. Our final project will be building the cabinet next to the shower, but we knew that probably wouldn’t happen right away.
We’ve now slept in our new master bedroom (with a new bed, new sheets and new pillows!) for two nights and it’s amazing! It’s so bright and airy – very relaxing. The gray paint color sets just the right calming mood, and I love all of the white trim around the windows. And the dark floor is the perfect grounding element. Sigh…as much as I hate scraping and sanding trim, it always pays off and looks so sharp – it really makes the room pop.
Over the next week or so we will finish the remaining details and slowly move the rest of our belongings downstairs. I am on a mad hunt for nightstands (they have to be tall!) and a rug. I also need mirrors and sconces in the bathroom… Yay for finishing touches, they’re my favorite part – aside from actually living in a finished space, of course!