A New Mud Room

June 9, 2021 at 7:26 am (Home Changes and Additions, Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Check out this horrible mud room!

I know it doesn’t show it well, but behind the open back door is a small closet and then a sink. Yuck.

It is an old farm house, so once upon a time the sink had a purpose. Now it was just wasting space. Valuable space. We knew this room could be better utilized. Little did we know, we would, as usual, open a giant can of worms…

We thought we’d tear out the sink and old paneling, paint, add barn doors and call it a day. No.

The walls had to be redone down to the studs. A new false wall had to be added above the closet, since we were taking out the drop ceiling. Then we found that the paneling went behind the flooring. This removal ruined the flooring (not sad about it) and in removing the tile we found we had a rotten spot and needed to even replace subflooring. The house is 1862, but still, whew!

We did make the closet go all the way across the space and Jason built custom barn doors and trim. Gorgeous!

Look what we found under the flooring! Lots of these old papers from the 40s!

But now… she’s about done. (I say about, because we do still have an antique flag we are making a custom frame for to hang about the coat rack, but still, very close)

What do you think?! I think I love it so much that I need to add a chair for company. Come in further and you will see the dining room and hallway that we need to do the same too. 🤣

XX,

Jess

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Fire Pit Finished

June 8, 2009 at 7:55 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I picked up a few bricks yesterday and we finally got to work on finishing the fire pit.  Yes, we are short by exactly one brick (not a bad guess!), but that will be taken care of next weekend.  The bottom two layers which we laid a while back were now settled in mud and ash since we have been using the unfinished pit.  After much digging and playing the mud we finally had them all arranged and neatly packed in.  We cleaned out the bottom and laid a few rocks.  What a difference!  And, grass is poking up where we put grass seed already!  We were so excited!  Maybe there will already be some green out there in time for the party!  I’m hoping it is strong enough be then so we don’t crush it all! 

Yes, one quite obvious brick is missing! ;)

Yes, one quite obvious brick is missing! 😉

 

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And here is the new chairs and table that we picked up over the weekend.  They will be getting a special paint treatment…soon!

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At first I was disappointed to not have found two of these style chairs that match, but we now think it will be fun to do them indifferent colors and embrace the uniqueness!  (Plus, I couldn’t beat the price we found these for!)

Overall, it was a very productive and fun weekend.  And, our softball team won our first game!

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