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!



The “Before” Photos. Get Ready to Laugh!

As I mentioned yesterday,  our house is in need of some updating.  SERIOUS need.

Not only was the house built in 1962, when fashion taste was questionable, but Nick’s grandma had an affinity for bright colors- none of which that matched, and horrible taste in curtains and bathroom fixtures- all of which are still there.

That’s ok, though, because I have always loved  interior design, and ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been dreaming of decorating my very own house just the way I want it.

This whole time, when I’ve been in and out of the house, I see it the way it will be when it’s done, and I keep forgetting how utterly silly it looks!  Going through these photos to post, I realized just how awful it is, and got a good laugh!

So, I am excited, but I’m not sure how prepared I am for the hard work, late nights and expensiveness that is renovating a home.

Here are some interior photos:  (and note, click on the photos to make them larger)


It’s an L shape, with TONS of storage space.  We are replacing the Fridge, Microwave and   Cooktop asap.  The oven was put in in 2008, so we’re keeping it the way it is.  We’re also redoing the kitchen cabinets right away.  Tile and countertops will have to wait for a while though.

Just after the kitchen, is the Dining Area.  I really like this space.  I have always wanted a dining room.  I also like the rock on the wall, and the wood-burning stove- I think They make it unique.


Then we have the Mudroom.  Its going to be nice to have a whole room to store coats, and all our laundry stuff!

That Paneling has definitely got to go!

The living room is nice and big!  And, in case you were wondering, that IS INDEED aqua blue carpet  🙂

i love that big window!

Then, we have a long dark hallway

three bedrooms, (only two are shown because the other had a burned out lightbulb, and I couldn’t get a shot)

The last renters re-did the hardwood….bad idea.  They did the worst job EVER.  not only is the stain uneven, but its all over the baseboards!  Yuck!  We’re getting a bid on monday 🙂

Here’s the fabulous turquoise master bedroom

And what will be the guest room, in all its pink glory.

Don’t worry, it gets worse.

The Bathroom is just about the worst part of the house.

What was it about the 1960’s that prompted people to use heinous-colored porcelain?

It just makes me laugh.

And its going away soon.

Downstairs, we have another large family room, a small bedroom and a bathroom.

The Rainbow shag carpet is infamous.

When I met Nick, he was living in his grandparent’s basement, and this was my only introduction to this house until just recently.

We kept a square of this carpet to frame- mostly so people believe us,

but yes, its already gone.

And then, on the other half of the basement, we have a ridiculous amount of storage. We’re very excited about this part!

These photos were taken when there was still stuff in the storage room.  I think its a good indicator of just HOW MUCH crap we can fit in there!

So, even though its going to be a ridiculous amount of work, and won’t be complete anytime soon, we love it, its ours, and we are so excited!

Here is a better photo of the view from the back patio  🙂