welcome home & playroom update

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, I’m staying with the little punkins at my parents house while they are away and for the life of me, couldn’t figure out their wireless password.  But we’re up and going now!

So as I said last week, by some minor miracle I made it to San Francisco for the BlogHer Food Conference.  And to my family’s sheer joy, I came home, Sunday night, and was quickly told how much I was loved and missed….AND

“We think you’re CRAZY to do what you do all day long”,

AND from hubs,

“As much as I love you, you can’t go away for that long again, not until they kids are at least 10. Seriously, I love you. But, No.”

Haaaa!  You gotta giggle a little…

Except that it wasn’t just my hubs, it was my mother & father-in-law, and my sister-in-law too.  I think they have all dubbed me certifiable, which of course I’ve been telling them for quite some time now…

Anyhoo, my hat is truly off to all of them, as the 4 days ended up having a few extenuating circumstances that made it extra “fun” for everyone.  So a huge thank you is in order!

This was my last shot of peace as I was landing in Orange County (don’t be too critical, the photo above and this one were taken with my phone…)

This welcomed me at the front door.  Apparently, Addie went a little nutty with a broom…

And somehow we turned into the hillbillies of the neighborhood with all the toys from the shelves in the family room now on our front porch, along with the bookshelves that aren’t pictured.  Maybe we just keep em there and let everyone leave their shoes on them?? Kind of like an outside coat rack?? Could be a thought (I kid, I kid!)

Piper pretty much told me, “Ohhhh Mommy, just to keep your eyes closed!”

This is our kitchen floor…hubs and his dad by some twist of ill fate, ended up having to sand it themselves on Sunday so that it could be refinished this week.

And our front room…is that our sofa and dining table and who knows what else in our backyard??

When we orginally moved into this house, it was pretty much falling apart.  With the help of friends and family we put it all back together.  (I’m in the process of writing that series for you now…).  But one of the nice things was that it originally had hardwood floors under the super nasty carpet (whoohoo!). But since the house had also had a few plumbing and roof leaks, the floors were not in the best shape.  We chose to add on the same floor where we tore up the beautiful, peeling linoleum and stain all the floors dark so you wouldn’t see anything on the original floors, nor notice the new areas..  Those of you that have, or have had dark floors, knows what this actually means..

“You will not see anything under the stain, but you will see EVERYTHING on top of the floor, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.” Needless to say, I LOVE the look of dark floors…

…but NEVER again. (is it safe to say never??)

When we added on the playroom, hubs felt we needed to continue with the same flooring in the bedroom/playroom for consistency, so for a brief moment I was able to see the beautiful light colored wood.  I’ve been told that as I type this, that it’s already gone….


This, by the way, is why we are staying at Grandma and Grandpas right now, although it can be walked on, no furniture can be on it for quite a few more days.

Oh look!  More of our furniture in the garage!

But the fun thing to see when I got home was that things were coming together.  The painting was completed last week and Monday morning the plumbing fixtures were all installed along with the final sealer for the tile & grout.  All this means that we are soooooo close to being complete!  I love this bathroom floor!  If I could do it over, I would use this in our master and kids bath too.  Cheap (at $2+ a square foot), practical, and versatile.

This is the paint color, it’s kinda of a light smoky blue.  It’s the same color we used in the nursery (which I say with a smile, aren’t ALL bedrooms in our home a nursery??? But in actuality, last year Addie had her own room and we called Hay’s room “The Nursery”, now that Addie and Hay share a room, it’s still “The Nursery” for Piper.  I love, love, love this paint color.

And this is the entry to the mudroom/laundry room.  I LOVE the floor, and the dark walls.  It’s easy to do a dark wall when you have light accents, and this is a paint color I brought over from our first place we lived.  We had a photo wall in our front room painted this color and then filled with black picture frames and large white mattes. It was a fabulous photo wall and so perfect on the dark color paint!  This color is like a deep gray/brown.  Can’t wait to get those shoe drawers in, and for those cubbies to be what they are supposed to be!  Stay tuned because I’ve picked up a few fun finds at Ikea for this room to give it some character too!

Do any of you have favorite things you’ve done in your playrooms and mudrooms??  I would love to hear about it!

6 thoughts on “welcome home & playroom update”

  1. You are always welcome to stalk my house! You should come when it’s complete, crossing fingers we can move furniture back in on Monday!!

  2. You too! Until then, I’m just going to be envious of your fabulous weekly menus and wish you lived closer so I could pop on by for some of that goodness!

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