I Went a Little Gray-Z

Okay..So I’m not gonna lie…I went a little gray-z when our gray paint turned BLUE…I freaked out to say the least…

Does THIS look GRAY to you?! The painters AND our builder tried to say it didn’t look blue at all… I mean seriously these men are color blind..
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Okay, so after TONS of online research, references from family and friends we tested out four different Sherwin Williams paint colors, because I sure didn’t want to try and have them “match” another color after this blue catastrophe, which was going to cost us an extra $1,100.00…Yep, $1,100.00 just to repaint just the living room, kitchen, foyer, dining room and upstairs hallway… Can’t afford to mess up this time…

We tested four different samples in two different places.

This area below is in the living room right below the stairs.
Gray on Stairs
This area we tested was on the bar in the kitchen.
Gray on Bar

We had mixed feelings about every color.

  • Agreeable Gray – Seemed too light, but was definitely Gray, not blue.
  • Grayish – WAYYYY to purple.
  • Colonnade Gray – GREAT color, but seemed a little dark compared to the Gray Owl.
  • Worldly Gray – Beautiful color, but more tan than we really wanted.

So in the end, once again, my amazing husband said I could choose.  Let’s face it, this allows him to say that he isn’t responsible if I don’t like the color again. HAH!  Well played, well played.

In the end I ALMOST choose more gray samples, but really felt that the Colonnade Gray was what I was looking for, so that’s what I chose.

Here’s the reveal!

Living Room

Kitchen

Gray Foyer

NOW the paint is PERFECT!!! ❤ ❤

Colonnade Gray is officially my FAVORITE paint color and seems to look amazing in natural light, unnatural light and shaded areas!!

Note to Self and All Reading – Don’t ask Sherwin Williams to match Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl…Ever…

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My Current Obsession…Our Backsplash

The kitchen…The most important part of a home, and the most important room to make perfect…

Our kitchen will the focal point of our living space and the area everyone will relax and hang out…So important…No pressure…

After going back and forth trying to decide if we should put in an island or a bar, we decided to go with the bar.  We felt a counter height bar would allow more cabinet space and more seating than an island, so this is what we put in.

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We are going to be able to fit 5ish barstools around the ledge, and we will also have the breakfast nook table right under my World Market light, that obviously I’m obsessed with because I keep talking about it in my posts… lol

So after choosing our layout for the kitchen we chose our cabinets and granite, but then we had to make a decision for our backsplash.

Did we want to go with travertine, brick, decorative or subway tile?

My husband really liked the look of the travertine and so did I, but I just didn’t feel like it was the right decision…

I looked at TONS of photos online and started paying a LOT more attention to kitchens I walked into, and after obsessing I made a decision that my husband wasn’t super excited about…

I decided I really wanted subway tile, no grout and off white in color to coordinate with the cabinets and with the the dark brown granite I really felt it would look amazing.

Not only did we need to decide the MATERIAL for the backsplash, but we needed to decide how we wanted it to look…SOOO many decisions…

After choosing what we wanted there was the anticipation of waiting for the backsplash to be installed…2 months went by and then I received a text from the contractor of the finished product…

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I have to say, I’M COMPLETELY IN LOVE with how it turned out!! I’m so glad I went with my gut and choose this BEAUTIFUL off white subway tile as well as the decorative touch where the cook top will be and the potfiller!  I seriously can’t wait to see everything installed, and I can’t wait to actually COOK in OUR kitchen!!!

The company that installed was Floor Works in Dallas, Georgia.  The same company that installed our BEAUTIFUL tile shower and bathroom floors and I have to say they did an AMAZING job!

One more thing checked off our list!

Granite & Marble

Okay, let me start by saying that Pinterest is AMAZING, buuuuut it makes me have ridiculously expensive taste in decor and decorative features.

Secondly, I’m NOT rich or even close to it, so I definitely can’t afford my high class Pinterest taste! HAH!

With that being said, I had to take it down a notch from my Pinterest boards when building our home.

When building a custom home you literally have endless options, which I feel makes the process SOOOO difficult, and lately I really envy the people that have choices because they are building in a neighborhood or with a builder that only gives you limited options…

Prime example of my ridiculous Pinterest tastes are these Sienna Creme Granite Countertops, which I fell IN LOVE WITH!
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Aren’t these Granite tops BEAUTIFUL!?

PSH…..REALITY CHECK came quickly when I found out these were DOUBLE our budget price…sad moment I know…

My husband has always told me, “You could walk into any store and pick up the most expensive item there.”  Basically he’s right, and the granite company said the same thing…Cool…

Well, the picture below shows the granite samples we were given to help stay WITHIN our original budget.
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I definitely did NOT like the black granite at the top and I really didn’t feel like the grey choices were going to flow well with our kitchen cabinets, which left us with the cream and brown colored samples.

Sooooooo, we decided we needed to go with something SEMI-Similar to my original granite choice, which led us to our Giallo Napole granite which is the bottom right sample.  After the install we were so glad we decided to choose something within budget and we’re LOVING our choice!!

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The colors in the granite match perfectly with the brown cabinet overlay and it looks AMAZING!  There’s also a really cool small splash of grey mixed in on one part of the granite that adds a lot of character and we really feel it will look AWESOME with the new paint color.

Let’s not talk about that horrible blue paint color…That’s getting fixed soon and that’s another post entirely…

One thing I knew I wanted with was a full bullnose edge, which rounds the edge all the way around on the granite and Kyle didn’t seem to care about this feature.  I really feel this added a nice touch to the look of the granite and kitchen.  The full bullnose edge was an upgrade, BUT even with the added cost of the edge style we still came UNDER BUDGET!! YESSS!!!

Now onto the marble for the bathrooms and laundry room.

We had about 12 samples of marble to look initially and all would fit our budget price.  After narrowing down our favorites here’s what we were looking at.

Marble Choices2 All four colors had a lot of grey and white, sorry about the quality of the photo, and the last one on the right had the grey and brown mixed. After looking at our cabinet choice, a darker brown color, we changed our minds completely and decided we wanted only white and brown in our marble and that sample isn’t shown above.

 

Here’s what we went with!

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We’re SOOO happy we chose this marble, it blends so well with the cabinets and it really gives the counter some nice texture!

What do you think?!

Now to deal with that blue paint that should have been grey…

I’m Sorry Mom…

I’m sitting here looking at my children with a tear rolling down my cheek…

I always had people tell me, “You don’t know what love is until you have a child,” and I thought they were all crazy.

Well, they were right…

Every day my children continue to amaze me in ways that I never thought imaginable and it makes me so emotional. I have at least one moment a day where I look at my children and I start to cry, because honestly I don’t know what I would do without them or if something ever happened to either one of them. They are the best thing that could have ever happened to me and they make me push to be a better person every day.

I think back to all the teenage years that my mother and I fought, not realizing how much she loved me and how much it hurt her when we couldn’t get along. Even one small argument must have torn her apart, because I know it would me.

I’m sorry Mom.

I’m sorry for all those days we argued and for always thinking that I was right, when really I was just an ignorant child.

I’m sorry for all those nights I lied to you and I snuck out; I’m sure you knew and worried yourself sick. I’m sorry for the hurtful things I said when I was angry, and for the grouchy attitude I always gave you. I’m sorry for not understanding how much you loved me.

I just want to thank you for helping make me the person I am today, because without you I wouldn’t be me. I wouldn’t be so strong, determined and have so much love in my heart.
I now understand it all… I wish I would have known sooner, but that wasn’t possible until I had a child of my own. 

It’s crazy how life works.

Thank you Mom, I love you!


Our Builder Gave Us Three Weeks…

Our builder gave us three weeks until the house will be finished!! This may not be move in date, because all invoices need to be paid and the last inspection and appraisal will need to be done, BUUUT THREE WEEKS!!!!

Our closing date to start our construction was February 24, 2017 which means we’ve been building our Custom Built Forever Home for 142 days, about 5 months, and will be finished at our 6 month mark! 


I never would have imagined the house would be as beautiful as it is today, and it’s not even finished!! Our builder walked the house with us yesterday and couldn’t stop saying how much he liked everything we picked in our house, including the paint colors he’s never used before! He wants to use our paint colors again because he likes them so much! Hah!

Once we get the shutters on the house and some grass down it will look complete from the outside!!

Another thing I’ve been having trouble deciding is adding a gable on the top of the garage on the right side of the house. There’s a large window there and the gable will cover part of the window if we add it, though the window does not open. Originally the window above the garage was going to be smaller but building code made us go with a bigger window.

The gable would look similar to the picture below, a picture I found on Pinterest.

I’ve wanted this gable above the garage from the beginning, BUUUT now I’m not sure because of the window being so large and could really use some advice!!

HELP!? 

We’re going to be picking our shutters on Monday!! Wahoo!!

Originally I wanted stained shutters, but after hearing and reading about all the trouble with wear and tear of wood shutters (and hearing my husband continuously say he wanted vinyl shutters) we decided to get vinyl. He won that battle! Hah! 

I really feel the shutters will help tie everything together on the outside. We plan to pick similar shutters to the picture shown below and match the stain color from our cedar columns and shakes with a paint color for the shutters. 

Whatcha think?!

Any advice for the gable would be much appreciated!!! 

At First, We Didn’t Agree…

When we started building my husband and I agreed on ALMOST everything, kinda scary right?!

One thing we didn’t agree on was cabinets….Such a BIG piece of our forever home for us to not agree!

Kyle wanted dark brown cabinets in our kitchen and I wanted Bisquet Harvest Glaze, off white with brown detail in the cracks.  After months of looking at pictures I started to send kyle cabinets that I liked, hoping I could change his mind… didn’t work… Months of him not budging…

Finally kyle saw some similar cabinets in a Friends house and at first he still wouldn’t switch, though he did say he liked them! After another month or so he FINALLY gave in and told me we could do the cabinets I wanted!!! Thank you to our friends Stephanie and Jim for letting us come to your beautiful new home!!

 

VICTORY WAS MINE!!

 

Here are our cabinets in the kitchen!!

I love them Even more than I could ever imagine!! Honestly the pictures don’t do them justice, I’ll need to take more!!

I did agree to have the cabinets in the bathrooms a brown color, this way Kyle had his brown and I had my Bisque!!

Below is a picture of our guest bathroom downstairs, which connects to the In-Law Suite, that we will be using as a playroom for a while. There is also a bath/shower combo to the left that isn’t shown. Oh and LOOK- TILE!!!


The picture below will be Hunter & Adalines bathroom, each with their own sink! Horray for no more fighting while brushing teeth!!

The picture below is Kyles sink and cabinet in our master bath!

The picture below is MY SINK!! The house plans called for a regular pantry next to my sink, but I decided to remove it and have two pantry cabinets put in on the sides of my sink!!


Just LOOK at all the storage in these cabinets!


I’m seriously a junkie for storage and organizing my home so I can’t wait to get my hands on these!!

So I’d say my second favorite thing in our house right now is the master shower, and I had to really push to get the decorative arrow in the design because Kyle was NOT a fan! BUUUUTT it looks AMAZING!!!

The arrow across the top really added some character in the shower, which I LOVE, and it’s made of marble! I can’t get over how beautiful it is!  I can’t wait to actually take a shower in here!!!

P.S. – Kyle likes the arrow now!! WINNING!!

Any advice on where I should put towel hooks?

I originally wanted to put a blanket ladder outside the shower opening to the left to hang towels on, but I’m not sure if there’s enough room now with Kyles sink to the left?!?!

Who Would Steal Stair Treads…?

It’s all starting to come together!

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The paint color inside MIGHT be growing on me a little.  The cabinets and lights seem to help the Benjamin Moore, Gray Owl paint, matched by Sherwin WIlliams, look a little more GRAY rather than blue…maybe there’s still hope!  IF we decide to change the color in the main living spaces we’re out $1600. YIKES!  You’ll be able to see the difference in the color in the pictures below and be able to compare to my last blog post where I’m FREAKING OUT about the paint color.

So, on top of the PAINT incident someone decided to go to our site and STEAL our stair treads (the wood pieces on each step that you stand on).  I mean REALLY?!  What exactly are they going to DO with these…? This just seemed so strange to me because they didn’t steal ANYTHING else, not even the metal stair rails which are A LOT more expensive to buy…I really just don’t understand people… Anyway, the picture below shows how AWESOME the stair treads look that we’ve now purchased TWICE.  The picture on the left is our stair case and the picture on the right shows what they will look like when they are finished!!

Now, what’s even MORE exciting are the LIGHTS that were installed this week!!!

EEEEK!!!

The majority of our lights were purchased from Light Works, and let me just tell you these people were SUPER nice and helpful when choosing the majority of our lights so I would highly recommend them if you’re building in the Dallas area.  Anyway, do you remember my blog post: Sheetrock, Paint and Stain?? The specialty lights in that blog post are shown above!!

The Wood and Iron Valencia Chandelier’s from World Market, were placed in the breakfast nook and the foyer.  I’m SOOOO in love with how these ended up looking in the house!!  The Wood Beam Chandelier, from West Ninth Vintage, is up and ready for me to assemble in our dining room!!  I can’t believe how perfectly these two sets of lights match!! I honestly couldn’t be happier with our purchases!

We also have our cabinets in, but I don’t have finished pictures yet, soooooo that will be the next post!!

Paint freak out!

Ugggghhhhh……

Sooooo… we had the interior of the house painted one color to save money, and the color we chose Benjamin Moore, Gray Owl.

EVERY picture and review I found, after months of looking, said this gray was PERFECT! No greens no blue and just perfect..

Our builders painter uses Shirwin Williams and they said they match this color frequently and would be NO problem…

Well… this is what we ended up with…


VERY BLUE LOOKING… Right?!

Sigh…

So the first coat of paint vs the second coat seems to be what made the blue tint. The photo below shows the first coat on the left and the second coat on the right.


I went through our dumpster and the house and found EVERY bucket of paint used.. I test them all and the first coat looks very gray and the second coat looks BLUE, but mainly when the light hits it..

Honestly, I don’t HATE the color… it’s just not what I wanted… the painter told our builder when I complained that he’s been having this issue about once a week because he uses this color frequently… in my opinion he should have SAID SOMETHING BEFORE they painted if this has been a reoccurring issue… BUT now we’re having to find out how much it would cost to repaint..

Since I don’t HATE the color we’re getting an estimate on painting the downstairs, minus the in-law suite/playroom and the upstairs hallway…

To say the least, I’m super disappointed in Sherwin Williams ability to match the Benjamin Moore paint color AND even more disappointed in the painter who knew this has been an issue…Lesson Learned…

So I’m in need of recommendations for the perfect Sherwin Williams light gray color?!

Hardwoods, LVP OR Engineered Hadwoods?!

After looking at our budget multiple times we decided to stick with the tile choices for our bathrooms and shower BUT wanted to keep looking at the hardwoods. 

We originally choose a beautiful LVP you can see in the picture below.


We were told all of our choices were going to be very close to budget but ended up going over by about $1800, SOOOOO we decided to shop around for the hardwoods/LVP/engineered hardwoods and keep the tile we chose above.

We are struggling with wanting real hardwoods, but also wanting to make a smart choice, having 3 dogs, two small children and a husband who is always working on trucks can be rough on some floors, hell they are rough on everything! 🤣

We really like the rustic handscraped looking brown hardwood floors, which I feel would work even if the dogs or children scratch it up, but of COURSE we need to stay in budget (we’ve already gone over budget on quite a few things already).

So we’re on a mission today to find the perfect floors!!

Any recommendations, suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated!!! 

The World is so Full of Hate…The World is so Angry…

As I’m sitting wondering why I’ve become more reclusive than I’ve ever been, I start to imagine my life before social media and before the majority of my adulthood.  I use to be very outgoing, fun and energetic and now I’m more introverted and I tend keep to myself.  I don’t enjoy going out where there will be large crowds of people, because I’m so scared of the unknowns…Could someone have a gun and start shooting?  Could someone decide to run over everyone walking?  Could there be an explosion?

I feel like the world is so full of hate…The world is so angry… On social media, the news, the radio and everywhere you look there is so much hate and crime everywhere you look…People getting hurt and people dying, people bragging about destroying the lives of others…I could just go on and on…

Of course there’s always been crime and hate in the world but now that social media has made it so easy to share anything in a matter of a second we quickly see hatred spread around the world.

Honestly, it scares me.  I’m scared for my children, my family and myself.

Everyday I log onto Social Media I see videos showing hate and evil… Just yesterday I saw a mother and daughter getting punched and assaulted for serving cold chicken in a restaurant…Videos of children getting abused and hurt…Videos of angry people rioting on the streets, damaging property and hurting people and children…

When did the world decide that it was okay to act like this?

Instead of sharing so much hate on the news, radio and social media why don’t we start sharing the good things? Let’s share the news of new babies, children playing and laughing, community service and people helping each other?

I’m sitting here trying to imagine what the world will be like when my children and grandchildren are grown?  Will the world continue to get worse? Is this really what we want for them?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish to be oblivious to what’s happening in the world, but constantly seeing the horrible events seems to be contributing to people thinking that it’s okay to act this way.  It’s also contributing to the way I feel, and probably contributing to the way many people feel.

What do you think would happen if people stopped watching, liking and sharing these awful videos on social media and the news?

Maybe it would help…Maybe not…