Monday, February 25, 2013

Winding up our project

This weekend has been crazy.  Thank goodness Cody has weekends off of work, because I might just have died without him!  We planned to work hard on our upstairs makeover on Friday and Saturday.  We've been working a few hours each day ever since we started, but we really are itching to finish.  So I made a to-do list with specific goals of when each line item had to be completed so we could finish this week.  My plan was to make each goal very achievable, so that we could get ahead of schedule easily.  I love crossing things off the list, and I love being ahead of schedule! 

I've been caulking all week, since last Saturday (the 16th, my birthday) we had put up all the board and batten.  While I've been caulking all the berjillion joint lines, Cody finished the trim.  He has such a great eye for this!  He's designed these amazing corner pieces for each step so the baseboard ties in beautifully with the chair rail and the crown molding.  It's now a very custom look, clean and simple but elegant, and it feels like our style to a T.  Friday went well. Cody got off of work and we caulked and primed and got ready for our final touch-up paint.  We planned to work all day Saturday.

Cue the stomach flu.  UGH!  Katie woke up vomiting in the early morning hours of Saturday.  Anna came down with it about six hours later.  I thought it might just be a 24 hour thing, but now, a solid 48 hours later, Katie's just barely on the upswing and Anna is still sick.  The poor girls haven't kept anything in their stomachs and almost constantly at least one parent has been busy tending the sickies.  But despite the stomach flu, we were able to get quite a bit accomplished.  My sweet neighbor and visiting teacher came over and helped.  I'd planned to have her help paint, but the house and girls were in a more desperate state than the painting.  She did the dishes, helped clean the girl's room, and gave Katie a bath.  It was one of the nicest gestures anyone's ever extended to me.  I am so grateful.

Sunday church was definitely out, seeing as two girls couldn't sit up for more than three minutes without needing a bathroom and a parent to get them there, and I was terrified the rest of us would get it or at least be able to spread it.  So we had a sick day and stayed home.  The girls watched BabyFirst TV and Lee played the computer.  I read Cody's Sunday School lesson to him while he painted.  We sipped on chicken broth and peach milkshakes.

Now it is Monday.  We are ahead on my goal of painting.  Katie is much better--she actually kept her breakfast down!  Anna is still sick, and resting.  Cody is back to work.  Lee is still looking awesome, and I'm praying he doesn't get sick.  And with all the crazy of the weekend, we somehow managed to do the final touch-up painting and finishing of 10 walls/3 colors (dark blue, light blue, and green).  We still have the tan left, which is more than the first three colors combined.  Of course, after that we have a massive amount of cleaning up to do, seeing as during the project there's been dropcloths everywhere and tools and paint...the house hasn't had a really great cleaning in about 3 weeks (I've done a few loads of laundry and run the dishwasher, and cleaned the bathrooms, but that's about it.  I really need to sanitize after this stomach flu as well.)  But last night, after finishing the touch-ups in our Master Bathroom, Cody put away the tools and scrubbed the sink and the mirror.  It is so beautiful, I'm so happy.  I think we might actually finish this! 

Do you need a sneak peek? OK, OK, I'll give you one. :)

Kitchen window.  All the windows, including the kids' bedrooms and bathroom, got rosettes and white trim.

Master bathroom, window & linen closet

Kitchen, pantry & magformer-plastered refrigerator.  You can see how the white corners tie in to the crown molding.

There will be more pictures when we're done and it's cleaned up and everything.  I'm so excited!


Sara said...

I'm so sad you had to get sick! That is no fun at all. :( But, the pictures look great! I'm excited to see it next week! :)

Laurie Fifield said...

Looking absolutely gorgeous!

Granny D Fifield said...

It really does look very smart and beautiful. Can't wait to see it in person.