The Mudroom Muddle

It’s been a while since I posted about the happenings with our remodel.  It’s taking waaaaaaaaaay longer and waaaaaaaaay more effort than we ever expected.

At first, the only things we were going to change in our mudroom were the walls and floor.  Little did we know, it would be much more involved.   It all started when we {finally} got the washer and dryer installed.   They were across the room from each other, plus, the dryer sat away from the wall about a foot.  See Below:

That is the dryer completely installed.  it would not scoot any closer to the wall.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

And I really really REALLY wanted the washer and dryer next to each other, because, well, that’s just how it has to be to make my universe ok.  Plus, i figured it would be easier to do all that during the first round of construction, so we didn’t have to rip the room apart again. — Aaaaannnddd, I’m just a pain like that.

So, in order for the dryer to move next to the washer, the Sink had to come out.  We debated on where to put it, because one wall was an outside wall (which is a no no for plumbing) and the other wall is shared with our kitchen.  To make a long story short, we made a fake wall so that we could plumb through it and put the sink on the outside wall.

We ripped out wall, replumbed stuff, broke pipes, and made fake walls:

After all this was done, Operation spend-a-ton-of-money-on-the-mudroom commenced.  We decided to put beadboard up on all the walls, and put a whole ton of cabinets in too. It was so weird how the room was so large and there was no storage in it!  We went with a long one over the washer and dryer, with three sets of drawers with cupboards, a sink cupboard, and a tall cupboard for brooms and the vacuum.

Then it was time to take the washer and dryer out, yet again so we could paint.  I decided to use my paint sprayer.  i primed everything {walls, cabinets, the works} at once, then came back and painted the beadboard and trim white.

Then there was some debate over which color to paint the top of the walls.  I wanted it to be in the blue family.  Since you can see the mudroom from the kitchen (there is no actual door between them), i wanted the colors of both rooms to look good together.   Our kitchen is Tiffany Blue, and I had originally purchased a slightly darker brighter version of the same color for the mudroom.  Upon further pondering, I decided that was no good.  I wanted the mudroom to be a “fun” color.  since it’s the first room we walk into when we get home, and since it’s the mudroom, I figured we could play with it some.  I decided out of the blue (haha) that it should be Peacock blue.  I had the exact color in mind.  We went to the paint store, and I went through all the swatches picking out anything that looked remotely like the picture I had in my head.  Finally, I looked at the Glidden wall.  There was a color that jumped out at me, and what do you know?  It was called “Peacock Blue”!  my search was over.  Here is the room with Just one coat:

I looooooove it!

Then, it was time for tile.

{we did 500 square feet of tile in less than a week, more on that later}

This was me, up till 4 am laying tile all by myself.  i think i did about 70% of this mudroom that night.

Almost clean!!!!  By the way, it takes a whole lot of tenacity and about 900 hours to get haze off tile.  Just in case you were wondering.

Nah-naaaaaah! So pretty!  It still has a bit of a haze on it, but that’s ok.

and we still need to seal it.

Now, I just need to {finally} put stuff away!

all the cupboards are still empty  🙂

But, I can tell that we are going to LOVE this now extremely functional space!

Go Team!



In The Garden At Golden Hour

It’s been a long time since I posted, and I apologize! My life has been so busy, and turned upside down in the past couple of months. I have been thinking and thinking, and doing and doing, and learning many new things both about life and myself.  I will post a full report as soon as I come up with some photos to make it less boring.

In the meantime,

We have a yard.   It’s ginormous. No, really, it is.   Right now, it’s quite overgrown, needs to be organized, cleaned up, planted and cleaned some more.  However, there are some wonderful flowers that come out in the spring despite the disarray.  I took some time at golden hour (a nerdy photography term) to capture some of these beautiful blooms before they disappear with summer weather.  This post is quite photo intensive. You’ve been warned!  Enjoy!


We have quite a few Irises blooming right now- not all of them have come out yet, but to date, these are my favorite.  They have so much dimension!  They are a rusty chocolatey color with some yellow and purple.  Totally love them- there is a whole herd of them too, which makes me happy  🙂



We also  have tons of tulips.  They are all beautiful, although, i think i’m pretty partial to the multicolored ones.  I’m loving the zebra stripes too.  I think they knew it was my yard, and put on their best colors.  (I love zebra stripes a little too much)

We also have a giant lilac, it’s more like a tree than a bush.  It smelled wonderful! I loved the dark purple blooms!


We also have a beautiful blooming tree with these blossoms on it.  I have no idea what it is, so if anyone knows, please tell me.  I’m pretty sure they are too big to be dogwood.

We also have a Magnolia tree that bloomed earlier, that i did not photograph.  boo.

We also have a ton of weeds.  Yes. and sometimes, even they can be beautiful.


I was ecstatic to find a peony bush on the side of the house. At this time, they had not quite bloomed yet, but were so close!


We’re still waiting a a bazillion more iris, a rhododendron, dinner plate-sized Hibiscus, and who knows what else.  I LOVE SPRING!!!!!


Plus, we have 5 rosebushes.  Now, i’m really not partial to them. At All.  I was planning on giving them away to anyone who wanted them as soon as we knew what colors they were.

Well, two of them bloomed yesterday.  Nick picked one and brought it to me.  My mind is changed.  They are some of the biggest most beautiful roses I’ve ever seen!  I love them!  Here’s a few photos: I had fun with different editing styles here.