Mudroom Update

Oh hey, remember the mudroom? While our contractor and his crew are working on the bathroom, David is working on the mudroom when he gets home from his real job.  I showed you the molding and trim progress a couple of weeks ago, but since then, David installed some cabinets for storage.

Since this room used to be the laundry room, there is a big bulky gas line.  We thought that it would be pricey and annoying to remove, so we figured that covering it was our best option.  At first, we were going to install a single cabinet and sink, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that would look a little weird.  We decided to do a row of cabinets instead, because you can never have enough storage and it looks much better than a single cabinet.

The built-ins unit is white, so we went with a light gray cabinet.  I am wondering if the gray walls are a bit much now, but at least painting the walls is an easy fix.  Once the painters come to paint the built-in, they can always repaint the walls as well.

This room is really coming along! The thought of not having all of our junk piled up on our kitchen island because it will finally have  a place in the mudroom feels so so good!

Basement Built-ins

Happy New Year!

So far, we are starting 2019 off productive. I mentioned on Monday that the basement built-ins are 95% complete.  We didn’t want to spend too much money down here, so we decided to do an IKEA hack on the Billy Bookcase. They turned out great and our old TV works with it perfectly  David bought a new TV for upstairs, and we moved the old TV up there into the basement. I think that once the entire basement is painted, the shelves are decorated, and the hardware is on, they will feel a lot more complete.  As much as I love them, I can’t get past this ugly blue paint.

I will say that it has been so nice having a place for all of the kids’ games, movies, and books that I used to read in our spare time pre kids.

MAJOR Basement Progress

First of all, I hope that you all had a great holiday week! I can’t believe that tomorrow it will officially be 2019. This last year went by so fast, and it was stressful and busy, but definitely a good year. I know that 2019 will be even better. We have so much happening in 2019, and hopefully the entire interior of the house will be completed.

Speaking of house, there was some major basement progress happening over the Christmas break. David worked long and hard building our built ins. They are probably 95% completed, we need some hardware for the cabinets, and to decorate and fill the shelves. We rarely went to sleep before 12:30 because we were so busy taking apart the basement, going through all of the toys and junk we have yet to go through since we have moved, and then organizing it all into our new storage systems.

After all of the work we put into it, we are so happy with how it turned out. The kids weren’t able to play in the basement for a few days, so the looks on their faces when we revealed their newly organized space was priceless. Hopefully it stays this way!

Next up on the basement agenda is painting the entire room, new floors in the bar area and workout area, and redoing the bar. Go figure, a much larger project then we anticipated.

Day 1 and 2 progress: Reveal:

Some Furniture Rearranging

I don’t know why, but our family room has become such an ordeal for us. We are used to having built-in shelving in all of our homes, and there just isn’t the space for that in this house. I brought in a interior designer and she was highly against putting in built-ins since they will make the room look extremely small.  What stressed me out about her vetoing the built-ins, was that I had no idea where we would put any of our pictures, decor, vases, etc.  I was banking on this room to display our pretty things.  She recommended some shelving above the couch, and at the time I loved the idea, but this was months ago. Now, I am over it.  I found a pretty shelving unit that would go over the couch, but it was really expensive, and if we can’t use it in our next house, it seems like a waste to me because it definitely won’t help with resale. David had some more ideas that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  I really was just losing hope and getting impatient with this room.

I decided to try out Modsy to see if they could give me a fresh idea. This site is super cool, you fill out a type profile, take photos and dimensions of your room, and they send you a design including items you could actually purchase!

This was the (unfinished)room before we used Modsy:They suggested moving the piano to the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room, also the wall the piano is perpendicular to. That seemed perfect when looking at it, but once we moved it there, it just made the room even more cluttered than it already was, and the piano was a little too big for the wall. This got our wheels turning, and David suggested moving the piano to the wall pictured below.  We thought we would eliminate one of our giant chairs, and we could replace it with greenery or a pretty lamp to go next to the piano.I sent Modsy a new picture of our layout, and they came back with the perfect design.  They suggested moving the chair we eliminated to where the piano used to be, but David thought that maybe we could do a built in corner unit there instead, that way we have a place to display our pretty things and it won’t take up too much space.

I still have no idea if we will go with Modsy’s idea or David’s, but it’s amazing how one change can give us a plethora of new ideas.  I think that we are on to something with this room, and I am finally getting excited about it.

Now, if only the laundry room, mudroom, and garage were finished…