Tuesday, March 24, 2015

tile! and cabinets!

Tonight we stopped by the new build to drop off some grout, and other small items.  I was really excited to see what our tile looked like.  What do you think?  We LOVE it.  This is before the light gray grout, so the joints will lighten up a little when it's completely finished.  The pattern really makes the room feel big, too!  :)




He also started laying out the pattern in the hall bathroom.  Same tile and wall color in here.



Much to my surprise! a whole bunch of other things happened today.  Check it out!!




I'm speechless.  I love it TOO much.  Is that even possible?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

we've got paint

We did it!  Bob & I spent all day Saturday, and most of the day Sunday painting.  We were able to get it allllll done (by ourselves!)!  Three days later, and I'm still exhausted.  Hopefully these are colors we'll be able to enjoy for years to come.  Especially since I never want to paint again. :)

This is the main living area, which was sprayed by our builder.  The color is SW Silvermist, and it's gorgeous!  It changes throughout the day from a light bright greeny-gray to a bolder dark gray.  I think white trim, light wood flooring, and hickory cabinets will all complement this color nicely.

Building on Love paint colors
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Building on Love paint colors
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 The bedrooms are a menards color called Secret Passage.  It's a medium-light true gray.

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The bathrooms and laundry room are SW Windy Blue.  It's a medium gray-blue with a hint of purple.  It looks very different in each of these three rooms.  I love it.

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Building on Love paint colors
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Here's a peek out the front bedroom window.  It's sunny, and the snow is melting out here!

Building on Love paint colors

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

paint party

Happy Hump Day!

We got the head's up that we can start painting this weekend.  Woohoo!  It happened to fall on a date that R's parents and my mom will be out of town.  Luckily, my brother is on Spring Break from MTU, and we hope he'll lend a hand.  The builder is spraying the main living area.  So, we've just got to tackle 3 bedrooms, a walk in closet, laundry room, and 2 bathrooms.  Think we can pull it off in 2 days?  We are sure as heck going to try!

We've decided to keep things simple, and start off with 3 colors throughout the house.  The bedrooms will all be a medium gray (Secret Passage, from Menards).  These were our choices for main living area (top 3 greenish shades) and bathrooms (bottom 2 blueish shades). 


With help from my mom, grandma, and R's parents we decided on Silvermist for the kitchen/dining/living and hallways and Windy Blue for the bathrooms and laundry room.

  




In other news... the tub fits beautifully under the bathroom window.  I plan to spend a LOT of time here.  I know this looks a little Alice in Wonderland, and I cannot explain the crazy angles happening here, so you'll just have to trust me that everything is indeed level IRL.  That's what happens when I take pictures from inside the shower.  Either way- how beautiful is this bathtub?  A few points to me for picking a winner sight unseen!



Saturday, March 7, 2015

Apartment Tour


Well, February has come to a close.  I'm hopeful this will bring us some warmer weather.  It's be steadily freezing here.  And by that, I mean below zero degree temps.  Brr.

I don't have much to report on the house construction.  The crew spent most of this month at their other project- which is fine by us!  It actually ends up saving us money because we're not going to be able to move in until Springtime no matter how quickly they get interior finishing done.  The drain field is the real issue.  We can't install it until snow melts.  There are a few other warm weather tasks, too... but I don't think occupancy will depend on them (garage floor concrete, porch concrete, deck construction, driveway installation, and the list goes on).

So, I've decided to switch gears a little bit and showcase our wacky unique rental.  We've been here a little over 2 years, and it's served us well.  We have wonderful landlords, and I LOVE the location.  Being right in the heart of downtown means we're never looking for something to do.  Plus, the rent is cheap.  That being said, it definitely has some quirks!  It's an old 2 story single-family home (I'm guessing it was built in the very early 1900's) that was renovated into a 2 unit apartment sometime in the 60's or 70's.  Lucky for us, all the fixtures from that reno are still here.  Brass!  Lime Green!  Wallpaper!  Original Woodwork!  1970's Dishwasher!  More Brass!  Are you jealous yet?   

The kitchen has tons of storage, and these are nice quality cabinets.  There are even some roll-out drawers.  I'll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story, but I will say industrial/commercial carpet (in any color) isn't my friend.

Building on Love - Apartment Tour
Building on Love - Apartment Tour
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Did you notice the wallpapered soffit?  I really love the original hardwood flooring, and wish it carried through the entire main floor.  (Note the coordinating wallpaper and the light fixture!)

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Wanna see our bedroom?  But first, I have to show you what it looked like before we moved in.  We painted the entire room (trim, crown molding, and walls).  I'm a big Green Bay fan, but this was too much!  What is with this house and lime green?

Building on Love - Apartment Tour

Building on Love - Apartment Tour

Ahh... much better
 Building on Love - Apartment Tour
Building on Love - Apartment Tour

Here's the finished room.  I love this minty wall color, but R has politely asked we retire it, and not see a reappearance in the new house.  Fair enough, I say.

Building on Love - Apartment Tour

What do you guys think?  It's a little funky, right?  Maybe next time I can show you the living room and the 2nd bedroom/my home office.  So, there you have it!  We really do enjoy living here, but I am counting the days until we can move out to the woods.

Until next time,
A