Plainfield House

The Flooring plan

Not too long ago, I posted about this amazing surprise that ended up ripping my heart out. Basically, we discovered original wood flooring under the carpet in our new house. We were so excited, until we reached the living room. And the flooring stopped. We were left with ugly laminate flooring from who knows when.


So in one part of the house we had this amazing original floor, dying to be restored, and the other end was full of multiple layers of weird laminates and green carpet.  I looked everywhere to try to find a match to this wood flooring, but had zero luck. We came to the conclusion that we would have to rip up this floor. I want a house that flows together, not choppy rooms and different floors.

So here we are, ready to buy our flooring. But I just couldn’t. I knew I needed to look one more time. I came across this article (posted 3 days before I found it). It was my damn floor! And places I could find it! It was clearly meant to be. I ordered a sample and got it a few weeks ago. Its almost a perfect match. Just 50+ years newer.


So now, I finally have a flooring plan for this house. I know this is the most legit floor plan known to man, but try to control your excitement while I explain.

floorplanSo, the original flooring stops right where the corner of the utility room meets the living room. The new wood flooring will be going in the dining room / music room on the other side of the house. No one will ever know its brand new, it can be our secret. The kitchen, living room, and that little entry way hallway will be a slate tile floor.

Now, I know what your thinking. Tile in the living room?! What the heck? Like I tell my mom, trust me on this. We use the sliding door in the living room all the time to go outside. Think about snow, rain, dirt, and everything else that will end up on the floor. Tile will be so easy to clean, plus I want the two rooms to feel like one big room. I will be buying the tile soon, so Ill wait to share that!

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Agh, so Dumb.

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Agh, I am so dumb. Last week my husband got a call from a friend in LA. He wanted to know if Keith could help with a video equipment rental in Chicago. Work has been a little slow the last few weeks, so of course he was up for helping out. Well that turned into hey, can you drive this down to Missouri for the shoot? And that turned into hey, do you want to help out on this month long shoot? So, I am single mothering it for the next month.

But let me get to the dumb part. Keith had to bring the computer with him. I cleared all my stuff off my user on the computer, just incase, and he took it down with him. I figured I would just work off my ancient laptop, and everything would be good. I cleared my laptop off of all the screenshots and crap that has piled up over the years. I also deleted my old Adobe programs, thinking ooh, we have Adobe Creative Cloud now. I will just delete these old programs and log into the cloud. I cleared the trash, and went to log into Creative Cloud. Except my laptop is way to freaking old for CC. And I have no clue where the install discs are for the old Adobe programs.

Long story short, I have no Lightroom, Photoshop, or Illustrator for the next month. Yikes. This should be fun. So cheers to editing photos on my phone, and roughing it for the next month. Total first world problems, I know.

Food + Draaanks

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

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Chicken Pineapple Salsa

Chicken Pineapple Salsa

Last night we took a much needed break from eating junk, for this grilled teriyaki chicken with pineapple salsa. It was so fresh, delicious, and filling. It was exactly what we needed! Life has been a little busy lately and it was so nice to just slow down and eat something healthy and not from a drive-thru.  I feel like we go through these long periods of time where we just eat pure crap. I am still driving back and forth to Naperville everyday to take Quinn to school. Wednesday and Thursday nights he goes to School of Rock in Naperville. My house is still a chaotic disaster zone, but hey! We should be closing on the Naperville house soon, phew!

Pineapple salsa recipe from: How Sweet It Is
*I highly recommend this teriyaki grilling sauce from Target.

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Favorite Places: Ted’s Greenhouse

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A few weeks ago, I was looking around on Instagram and came across Ted’s Greenhouse. This place is freaking amazing, I just had to share it. As soon as you walk in the door, not only does the smell of delicious flowers smack you in the face, but an adorable yellow lab lays sprawled across the floor.

If you look close, you can see Quinn’s panic face. He has a gag reflex like I have never seen. He ran out of this room plugging his nose. Aghh, that kid. I, on the other hand, loved it. I love that fresh soil smell. It just smells so good. They have so many plants though. Floor to ceiling. They were everywhere. Everything was clean, and the plants were well taken care of. From what I could tell, they had amazing prices too.

This fiddle fig was a little taller then me (I’m a little shy of 5’4″) and was $59.99. I have seen ones slightly taller for double the price at another nursery. Mine is on its way to plant Heaven, so I’ll be back for one.


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Saltine Toffee Cookies

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My mom made these last week at the cabin. I thought for sure it would be nasty. Saltines and chocolate? Surprisingly, they were really good, and they are super easy to make!

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Kitchen Inspiration

Didn’t I just barely post kitchen inspiration? It sure feels like it. Naperville was on the market for 2 days before we got an offer and became contingent. If everything stays on track, closing will be April 11th. So, shit. That means I need to kick it in high gear. I still need to finish the laundry room, but I also need to plan out the kitchen and flooring throughout the house. And new appliances. I need to get my brain going and get some inspiration flowing.

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Naperville Reveal

Naperville is done, done and freaking done. Ahh, I cant even tell you how good it feels to write that. To refresh your memory, back in August my Grandma passed away. After many, many conversations we decided to buy her house. So that meant finishing all the projects at the Naperville house and get it up on the market. Since August I have been working on both houses, one to sell and one to move into. It has been a little crazy and stressful, but we are finally done with the Naperville house, and it looks pretty damn good. So we are gonna do a little Before and After! Side note, the before photos are from the day we looked at the house with the realtor. So that is not my furniture and.. crap.. all over the house.






















This home was a great place to live for the last 3 years. It was the perfect starter home for us, but its time to move on, and I really hope whoever owns it next will enjoy living there as much as we have. We should be on the MLS later today. Wish us luck!

We are listed! Check it out here!

Update: After 2 days of being on the market.. drum roll, we are contingent!

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The Laundry Room Update Part 2

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So, part 2 of the laundry room update. I don’t know if you noticed a nice hole in the wall in any photos of the first part of this update or not. Its just kinda there all of a sudden. When Keith was replacing the floor boards the wall kinda.. crumbled. And wouldn’t stop. So now we needed to cover this hole. Our options were to totally re drywall the wall, patch the wall, or figure out some way to just cover it up and forget about it.

Im so sick of pouring money into this room, so I had to come up with a cheap / fast option. I looked online for hours, then I found this photo and it was perfect. We can do diy shiplap. It will look good, it will be cheap, and it will be fast. Phew, thank God.

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My laundry room is a cheap version of this photo. I went to Home Depot and bought some underlayment for $12 a board and had them cut it into 6″ strips. Then I shoved all of the boards into my Prius haha. They just barely fit, and it was below zero that day. I was pretty excited I didn’t have to drive home with the boards hanging out the window.


The shiplap was super easy to install. We leveled the bottom piece then used liquid nails on the back, and finished with the nail gun. We used nickels as spacers between the boards.  I sanded the boards after they were on the wall. I wanted them to look old and worn, so sanding them on the wall left them a little imperfect (which I liked). So if you want perfectly sanded edges, sand before you install.

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After 3 coats of paint (I used Benjamin Moore Simply White) you are left with this. We did get another awesome surprise when we hooked up the washer and dryer. The damn dryer didn’t work. It took 5 cycles to dry the clothes. So we had to go get a new dryer. Of course. And the water softener. That apparently hasn’t worked in a few years. So we had to get a new one of those too.

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We still have a decent to do list in this room:

+ Finish shiplap
+ Add trim
+ Fix hole over electrical panel
+ Paint top half of the room and ceiling
+ Paint cabinets
+ Finish sanding countertop
+ Install new light
+ Build shelf over washer and dryer

I am hoping to mostly finish this room this weekend. Naperville is almost finished and ready for the market (I’ll post pictures soon) so we should be able to spend most of the weekend here.

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The Laundry Room Update

When we last left off I was just barely coming up with a plan for the laundry room. Well, weeks later the damn room still isnt done. We got a little busy after my sister had her twins. We watched her cow of a yellow lab for a week and she was not a fan of the nail gun. So we kinda took an unexpected vacation from the laundry room. I will break it up into a few catch up posts. Otherwise, sensory overload.

I have this really nice, high quality panoramic to show you where we last left off.

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Once everything was out of the room, Keith ripped up 2 layers of flooring (and 2 layers of plywood) to get down to the floor boards. Half of the floor was so rotted, it just peeled right up. Most of the nail heads were even rusted off. There were at least 3 different spots of leaks in this room. I swear in person the room looked way worse. The pictures make it look about half as bad. Its funny how that works.

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See all those spots on the floor? Yeah, rotted floor boards. Keith had to cut them all out and replace them. The laundry room was looking extra scary for a few days. We had a huge hole in the floor and freaking mosquitoes! Mosquitoes! In the winter. And they were huge. Yuck!

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After the holes were filled we tackled the plumbing, which took weeks.  All the pipes are original copper pipes and were starting to leak. My dad and Keith took all the pipes out and started from scratch. We moved the whole house filter, and took out the water filter that goes to the kitchen sink (it will be moved under the sink). This felt like the longest step. They would get something hooked up, turn the water on, and there would be leaks. They would fix the leak, oh but wait, now its leaking here. Pain in the ass. Now I get why plumbers charge so much.

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Our next step was cement board. We used some sheets that were left over from the cabin and covered the floor. Quinn got to help a few times during this process, so he was pretty excited. He even got to buy his own tape measurer and Sharpie.

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I was so excited to get to the whole laying tile part of the room. It took weeks to get to this point. And I just summed it all up in a few sentences. Ugh. Oh well. Keith was up at the cabin with my dad the weekend I tiled the floor. That was quite the weekend. We were going a week at a time without the hot water heater. Our washer was delivered, I was exhausted and so over this room. I busted ass to get it all done that weekend.

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Everything went pretty smooth on the tile end. Thank God. I couldnt take any more curve balls with this room. Then I started to grout. My dumb ass bought charcoal grout instead of black. There was no way I was running back to the store, so I just went with it. Keith likes it, but I dont. It looks country. I wanted black on black, gah!

Monday I will post the rest of the catch up!



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Welcome to the World


Welcome to the world Hailey and Ryan! 

I was so happy I got to spend this special day with my sister. These little boogers are beyond adorable. They were born last Thursday (by c-section), perfect and healthy. Hailey was born first, followed by Ryan. He came out butt first and peeing. Typical boy.

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Hailey Elaine, 5lbs 9oz, 18in
Ryan Joseph, 7lbs, 20in