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!

Mudroom Molding and Trim

David worked on the mudroom a little bit last night after the boys went to sleep.  He put up the crown molding, and some of the trim.  He decided that he wants to raise the horizontal piece a little bit, but other than that it’s looking more and more complete.

I feel like we have a million projects happening right now and I can’t keep them straight, but hopefully we will be able to be 100% with one room soon , maybe?! It will probably be the boys’ bathroom because we hired it out.  Sorry David!

Starting the Mudroom

I am not sure if I mentioned this or not (my brain is a little off right now from the long winter break), but David finally agreed to hire out the mudroom. We have so much going on, and you all know about my little basement breakdown, so we thought that it would be worth it for somebody else to do our mudroom.  Even if it meant spending thousands instead of hundreds, totally worth it.

We got quotes from carpenters and were pretty set on hiring one that we both agreed we liked.  One day while the kids were napping and my sister and I were watching Bravo in the basement, David asked me if he could start the mudroom.  I was super annoyed because I knew that this would happen. He totally wasn’t planning on hiring anybody! Since the boys were napping I stupidly agreed.

He built the start of the mudroom in the garage and had to hire somebody to help him carry it inside.  That thing is heavy, and there were noises coming out of David that I have never heard before.  When he had me come look at it, I was a little surprised to see that he had not built a bench.  Well, he did, but it was really short and kind of hard to sit on.  One thing we agreed on and pointed out in photos, was that we wanted a big bench.  At least bigger than the one he made.  It was apparently an easy fix and David whipped a new one right up.  He definitely got a lot of it done and it looks great, but it’s still not done.  Go figure. We will see how much longer it takes to finish, but my vote is 2 months. Any takers?

Take a look though, because I will admit it looks fab!

While the Boys Nap

I am so thankful that the boys nap so well.  Eli still naps from 1:30-3:30 and Dax naps from 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-3.  This break is so needed during the week, it is my only chance to workout, prep meals, catch up on emails, etc.  During the weekend, this is the time David likes to get projects done.  Lately, a lot of these projects require cutting and loud noises, so we are trying to avoid that during nap time.  It’s crazy because the boys lived through noise and chaos when the contractors were here for months and months.  But, now that they are used to peace and quiet again, one loud nap might throw them off for a few days, and this mama doesn’t need that!

Obviously the mudroom is the current big project that we are working on, but David said it will be really loud, so this is on pause and we started the laundry room up again. He mudded some of the wall on Saturday, and then sanded it on Sunday.  Even though it made a dusty mess (right after the housekeepers came of course), the walls are smooth and are ready for priming.  This will make the room look so much lighter and cleaner and will take us one step closer to painting, wallpaper, and cabinets. Is it weird I am so excited for a laundry room to be finished?A little sidetone, Eli is having surgery on Thursday, so I will be taking a short break to take care of him, but hopefully recovery is quick and I can post house updates ASAP.

Have a great rest of the week!

Starting the Mudroom

A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.

Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.

Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!

When One Door Opens

Let’s talk doors.  To start, we agreed that we would replace all of the doors in the house except for the front door, door leading to the garage, and door leading to outside.  We temporarily were just going to paint those doors to save some money.  However, we noticed that the previous kitchen and laundry room (current mudroom and pantry) are absolutely freezing.  Because those rooms are so cold, the cold air gets into the new kitchen and honestly it is just uncomfortable to be in.  We love the new kitchen so it is painful to be so cold while we are in there.  We decided that it was time to replace the doors leading to the garage and the backyard.  When David took out the old doors, he discovered that they were installed incorrectly.  There was a giant gap from the moldings/door to the wall which was letting all of the cold air in.  He filled it with some foam and put in the new doors and you can already feel a significant difference in the temperature.  Replacing the doors was definitely worth the money now that we know how much air was getting in, but it also makes me a little afraid of what else in the house wasn’t installed correctly.  Only time will tell, I guess! Have a great weekend!

Laundry Room Demo

Sorry for the delay in posts.  We had a death in the family so we were out of town for a little bit.  We were hoping to come home to a completed (or pretty much completed) house, but we came back to our hood in the kitchen, and a pendant light above the island. Not sure how I feel about the lack of progress lately…

Anyway, now that you have seen the the kitchen demo, here is the laundry room demo! I know a lot of people don’t mind having their laundry room on the first floor, but we have had ours on the second floor (or third if you count the basement) in every house we have owned.  I personally like it so much up there, especially with kids.  I am constantly doing laundry and I don’t see the point in schlepping clothes up and down the stairs.  Since we started the remodel 4.5 months after moving in, we got to experience laundry on the main level.  We thought maybe we wouldn’t mind it and would decide to not move it upstairs, but we quickly realized that we were so used to it being upstairs and it was a major struggle having it downstairs.  We also didn’t think we needed a 5th bedroom upstairs, so it made sense to convert one to the laundry room right? Anyway, our old laundry room will officially become our mudroom.  It’s going to be so nice to come in from the garage and have a designated place to put coats and dirty, snowy, or wet boots.  Can’t. Wait!