Mudroom: Getting There!

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  We enjoyed a great Christmas with Aaron’s parents and a very low-key New Year’s Day.

Speaking of Aaron’s parents- we always love when they visit from Iowa.  This time was no exception.  We were definitely down to the wire on creating a liveable space for them to stay,  but it came together in the last second.

While they were here, Aaron and his dad installed the drywall in the “mudroom”.

We hadn’t planned on putting our guests to work, but our drywall guy came out to look at the job, said he’d come out the next day, but then never showed up and stopped returning my calls.  Lovely.

As you may recall, the last time you saw the “mudroom”, it looked liked this:



Here’s what it looks like now:




Jeff built the amazing barn door for the bathroom out of reclaimed wood from our house and wood from the neighbors’ house.  We’re so pleased at how it turned out!

Cork floors were laid near the back door (where there weren’t original hardwoods) and we’ll restore the original wood when we finish out the floors in the rest of the house.

And… doesn’t the sheetrock make it a totally different room?  The guys’ sweat equity really paid off!

I want a really funky chandelier, but I have yet to find what I’m looking for so we’ll remain in the dark (literally) for now!

We’re at that point where a ton of work seems to show little payoff (i.e. I just put in an 8 hour day on trim painting and it looks… well… whiter?!), but we can’t wait to show you what else has been brewing/cooking/steaming in the rest of the house! *cough…kitchen…cough*

Have a great weekend and stay warm out there!

Master Suite

As promised, I’m walking you guys around the renovation a little bit at a time!

Today, I’d like to show you where we are on the Master Suite. There is little to no decorating going on at this time, but we’re very proud of the work that has been done on this section of the house!

So I should probably start out stating the obvious: We went with cork flooring in the whole addition- including the bathroom and parts of the old house where the floors couldn’t be salvaged. The idea is that the dark “Coffee” color will match the eventual stain of the original wood floors when they are complete so it gives the house a very “unified” look.

As of right now, we’re having a very, very difficult time keeping them clean due to the amazing amount of dust still flying around, but I’m hoping we’ll learn the ways of dark flooring, buy a ton of rugs, and take all of the tips we can get from you guys on keeping them clean!! So, please look past the dusty look because the floors rock!

The entry door into the master suite is not the most beautiful to look at, but it was salvaged from a demolished theatre on Maple Avenue in Dallas, Texas. The theatre had several names, which included “The Little Theatre”, “Festival Theatre” and “El Panamericano”. You can read more about that HERE if you’d like:
Unfortunately, it just had the back-plate, but no knob. Not to fret, we bought the most beautiful salvaged knob I’ve ever laid eyes on:

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