• Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    How to completely ignore your blog and all of it’s followers, then come back and pretend like you haven’t missed a post.

    Just kidding. I honestly did not plan on being gone for so long but I was in a coma – at least a blogging coma. The truth is: we got pregnant. With twins. And those first few months were rough – reeeaally rough. Like, I didn’t go anywhere without ziploc baggies to puke into rough. And then they were tiring – reeeaally tiring. And now I have no excuses. I’m on modified bedrest and I’m bored out of my mind and I feel a little guilty to even write this blog – because it’s been so freaking long since I’ve written anything. I almost thought I should just delete this…

  • Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    Planking the Ceiling, Balcony Railings and a Magical Tile Fairy

    Every year our family takes a trip to Yosemite. It’s been a tradition of Mike’s family for decades – generations even. It’s one the girls and I absolutely look forward to. Last year our house plans were still in plan check and we had no idea when construction was going to start – or if we would ever get out of plan check. Funny how much can happen in only a year? Before we left for Yosemite we set a few goals: plank and paint (#sofreakingsickofpainting) the ceiling in the kitchen/livingroom, build/install/paint balcony railing, take down the remaining scaffolding. Planking the ceiling…Mike used my cute little 18 gauge finish nailer…

  • Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    90% Done On the Outside

    Mike and I didn’t wait very long to start painting the outside of the house. We sprayed and back-rolled the eaves/facias/walls. The walls we painted Ben Moore Chelsea Gray in low luster and the eaves Snowfall White. A couple of neighbors stopped by and said they thought we had lost our minds when they saw the pink go up. Others commented saying, “Oh! It looks like you finally picked a color!” As though all the different colors were color swatches…A few – the ones who probably actually read this blog were happy to see we are just getting closer to being done and said they liked the gray. While Mike…

  • Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    Our Hideously Pink, Orange, Yellow and Brown House.

    You know the saying, “You get what you pay for”? Well. Yeah. Our color coat was free (not the labor, but the product). This technically saved us several thousand dollars because it is synthetic stucco. It’s more like rubber than anything else and when you live in an area known to produce this: Having stucco that is flexible and never cracks is a must. Remember how I said The Captain was a stucco contractor? Well, he gave us all of his leftover synthetic stucco. You can imagine what that produced. May I present our Ombre House. That’s not a lighting issue people. Those are real true changes in color. Synthetic…