But, if you look around our house right now, there's nary a sign of Christmas in sight! We haven't even pulled our Christmas decorations down from the attic yet! We haven't ordered Christmas cards or even had family pictures taken. We haven't bought a single gift for anyone but Henry. The situation is just about dire.
This year, and especially the past few months have flown by so fast! I really feel like we've been trying to play catch-up all year! The past few months have been especially crazy because my husband has worked overtime every other weekend and he's taking a college class that he needs as a pre-req to apply to grad school. Basically that translates in to him getting a one-day weekend every other week, and usually those are spent watching videos, doing homework, and taking tests for his online class. Throw in some house projects and we've had no free time in months.
It's been exhausting to say the least. But thankfully it all winds down this week!
We sat down at the beginning of the semester, (it feels so weird to speak in terms of semesters again! It makes me feel old to realize how long I've been out of college!!), and made a list of all the projects we hoped to finish before the end of the year, and budgeted out every paycheck to the last dime to make sure we could pay for all the projects, all the payments for the class, and pre-pay my OB for Cora's birth. We also made a tentative plan of what projects we hoped to accomplish. It's been absolutely insane! So if you've been wondering why things have been a little quiet around here lately, that probably explains a little bit of it!!
ceiling with just primer
The big to-do on our project list was the living room ceiling. We've been working on it all month long, and I know y'all are sick to death of reading about it and seeing pictures of it. I mean it's a ceiling, not exactly thrilling stuff! But it's so much work, and it really is such a huge difference in person, (probably not as much in pictures, especially crappy iPhone pictures), that I can't help but share updates. Constantly it seems. ;)
after the 3rd coat of paint on the moulding
I'd really hoped that by today we would have real "after" pictures to share, but that big oak beast is even more time consuming than we expected, (and we knew it would be bad!!). We worked on the ceiling all. weekend. long. and it's still not finished. MUCH better, but still not 100%, I'd probably say 80% maybe?
after the 3rd coat of paint on all the moulding
This weekend we finished up the third coat of paint on all the molding, and husband used four tubes of caulk making every little crease and seam disappear for a flawless finish.
5 hours and 4 tubes of caulk to get a seamless finish - this picture is actually out of order, this was before the 3rd coat of paint - whoops!
He also repaired some damage done by someone who incorrectly installed a too-heavy ceiling fan somewhere along the way, (the cross beams on the ceiling were pulled down about 1/2", not good!).
this picture is more yellow than everything is in person, but look how pretty the moulding is white! haha
Then last night we put the first coat of Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray on the little 3" of sheetrock in the trays and the big flat oak panels. I'm planning to do a post about all the supplies and steps we did to finish this thing once it's finally done, but here's where we are now:
the Edgecomb Gray looks really dark and gray here, I blame my poor photography skills and crazy weather. In person it really is more of a light beige, (the color that the little 3" strips of sheetrock on the tray are-not the color the panels look). The walls will also be this color eventually, so it will help tone down the contrast! It will probably also help to not have blue tape everywhere.
For the record, it's a little weird/awkward/difficult to take pictures of a ceiling! Especially when all our furniture is moved around crazy and covered in drop cloths and my six month pregnant self isn't allowed to move any furniture. ;) But here's a little before and 'progress' comparison:
We're a little blown away by how different the living room looks even without being completely finished! We don't have to have the lights on during the day anymore, (well, except for today because it's really cloudy and dark out), and the ceiling actually seems higher! Coat #2 of the Edgecomb Gray should go on tonight, and if it's perfect enough, (we are being crazy perfectionists about this ceiling because we do not want to have to do it over again!!!), then we'll get to take all the tape down tomorrow! Seriously cannot wait for that moment!
So that is what has been consuming every single minute of our free time for the past month, and the reason we are not at all prepared for Christmas this year!