Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mudroom Renovation: Before & After

The mudroom is done! All that's left is the furniture and decorative accents. Walls, trim, doors and floor have been repaired, primed and painted.  I have to hand it to my husband, Paul. He did a fantastic job! 

A note about the floor color: we had purchased Smokehouse by Sherwin-Williams, but once it was on the floor, we realized it was too milky for us. We wanted a deeper, richer brown. Another look at the color chart and Paul chose Well-Bred Brown, also by S-W. It's perfect, and I love the contrast between the dark floor and light walls

The only thing I'm a little concerned with is that this dark color shows every bit of dirt and dog hair, so it will take more effort to keep it looking clean. I have ordered an indoor-outdoor sea grass rug from Home Decorators which will protect the floor and add texture and warmth to the room. It will also give the doggies a softer spot to lay down on; our "rule" is that the dogs must stay in the mudroom, out of our way, while we're in the kitchen cooking, both for their safety and ours

Floor: S-W Well-Bred Brown 7027
A custom cabinet has been ordered from Room & Board, which is where we purchased our dining room table and chairs. I really like Room & Board's furniture and accessories, and most of what they sell is made in the U.S. which is a plus. The cabinet we ordered is made in my husband's home state of Wisconsin. It will take five weeks to produce, and another two to three to deliver, so it will be June before we get it.

The piece is from their Linear modular custom cabinet line. An online tool lets you build and visualize your cabinet by dragging and dropping inserts into a base unit. Several choices of widths, heights and finishes are available and there are many inserts to choose from.

As usual, when faced with lots of options I have difficulty making up my mind. I ponder and analyze to the point of confusion. I could have had this piece ordered weeks ago if I had just been able to decide on the details.

Originally, we planned to add a wine rack insert, but at the last minute we decided against it and opted for black perforated metal doors at the top instead. It's a bit edgier and more modern, and the black will tie in well with the natural steel base and hardware. There will be drawers at the bottom and tall doors in the middle. The cabinet will offer a lot of storage, which is just what we need. I can't wait to get it and start organizing!

Now for the big reveal. One of the most dramatic differences to me is the inside of the exterior door, which used to be a dreary, streaky grey. Now it's so nice and bright. Paul painted the mullions and filled the screw holes -- I really appreciate his detailed nature. It looks a hundred times better! Now I'm not in such a hurry to buy a new door.


 Thanks for following along -- and for your comments!
UPDATE: Check out this page to see our new mudroom storage cabinet! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mudroom Floors

Progress continues in the mudroom. When we purchased the house almost 17 years ago, the floors were painted a grey porch paint. As mentioned in my previous post, we suspect this mudroom had been an exterior or partially-enclosed porch originally. Over the years, the paint has been coming off the floors here and there. Sometimes when I'd vacuum this room with the power nozzle, large chips of paint would get sucked off the floor, adding to the lovely appearance.

Below is a "before" photo of the mudroom floor. That's right, this is before the scraping! We joke that this is My Little Bungalow's "dirty little secret." I'm embarrassed to show you, but this is a renovation post after all. Gotta show the ugly as well as the pretty. Over the years, some friends and neighbors have said they thought the floors had "character." I think they were just being nice.

My husband used a scraper and a lot of elbow grease to remove the paint from the majority of the floor. Along the far wall (behind my husband in the photo below) the paint was more adhered, so he used Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover, which helped, but it still required a lot of muscle! This paint stripper product has very little odor, but it is a toxic chemical nonetheless. Fortunately he only had to use it on a small area for a short period of time. With a fan running and the door open, there was plenty of ventilation. I kept offering to help, but hubby declined my "assistance."

I asked him to smile for this photo, but this was the best he could do. He said it wasn't really a "smiling moment." Poor guy. Such hard work! Thank goodness it's a small space.

After scraping, he did some light sanding to get the rough spots out. I'm happy with the condition of the wood underneath the paint. It's cool to see it in its natural color. Without thinking, I blurted out that maybe we should stain the floors instead of painting them. That idea didn't go over too well. The condition isn't that good, plus we have the primer and paint already purchased. Nothing was said, I just got one of those looks (smile)

Stay tuned for more updates, including the final color of the floor, which may be different from what we first chose.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mudroom Progress

We are making progress on the mudroom (and by "we" I mean my husband). Hubby's hand is healed after having surgery on it in early March, and the weather is now warm enough to leave the door and window open while he is painting. We had an absolutely gorgeous weekend, and Paul worked steadily through it, which makes me love and appreciate him even more!  

I'm so pleased with the how things are looking; I thought I'd share some "before and after" pictures with you. 

First, a couple of shots of the ceiling, before and after. The original tongue and groove was charming, but had suffered water damage, so we covered it with a similar style of bead board and gave it a good coat of white paint. Paul spray painted the chrome of the light fixture black -- much more economical than purchasing a new fixture. In decorating, I absolutely love contrast between light and dark, so the black fixture against the white ceiling is one of my favorite details in the room so far. 



Ceiling: Snowbound SW 7004 
Walls: Aesthetic White SW 7035
Trim: Bleeker Beige, Benjamin Moore 

 The door to the basement was in rough shape. Paul did a lot of caulking and patch work before painting it. We believe this mudroom used to be an exterior or semi-enclosed porch, which would explain the door style, the window to the right of the door and the tongue and groove ceiling (same as the original on our front porch). Eventually we may replace it with a new door with frosted glass panes. But for now this door looks a hundred times better!

The glass doorknob is one of several we purchased years ago at a local antiques store. A whole slew of these doorknobs and brass escutcheons were salvaged from a hotel that was demolished many, many years ago. We bought enough for all the doors in our house. The metal escutcheon below is probably original to the house (and yes, it appears to have been installed upside down). There used to be a plain round knob there, so we just replaced it with the glass one. As you see in the "after" photo, my husband painted the door and the escutcheon, which I think makes the knob stand out better.




Next up: the floor! My husband is going to strip the paint, at least what's left of it (just wait until you see the photos!). You can check out the floor paint color we selected here

I'm going to custom order a piece of furniture this week, which should help with our storage needs. It's from Room & Board and is made in Wisconsin (my hubby's birthplace). The down side: it takes 5 weeks to deliver. Oh well, patience is my middle name.

Once the furniture is here, I'll order the natural shades. Here you can see the different styles I was considering. We decided on Lhasa in Cocoa (the last photo).

The inside of the exterior door will also be painted. Not sure yet if we'll use the floor color or the trim color. Eventually we'll replace this door with a Craftsman style wood door, and then replace the outside light with a Craftsman style fixture. There's always something on the list, especially with an old house. Our house turns 93 this year!

Stay tuned for more! And for some fabulous mudroom inspiration, check out my Mudrooms board on Pinterest.

As always, thanks so much for visiting My Little Bungalow.

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