garage mudroom | progress

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our garage mudroom wall is clicking right along!  Trim has been added along the baseboards since I took this photo I shared with you last week.
Today they are going to be installing the cabinet doors to the left of the lockers, the spot that Sam has claimed as his chair.  It's actually going to house our Berkey water filter instead of a tenacious 2 year old.
I wanted to share with you guys some of the photos I ended up sharing with our contractor when it came to drawing up the plans.  Initially I thought I wanted doors so I could close off the eye clutter.  But when I really got to thinking about it I need to be able to assess what's there with just a quick peek of my head out the garage door.  Frantically running out to open individual doors would just suck up valuable crap-I-still-haven't-made-school-lunch time.  
I chose these because I liked how they would work for our family.  Places for dirty shoes and sneakers below, individual locker spaces for each family member (which also gives me more space for hooks along the sides), cubbies above for swim and beach gear, and a bench running the entire length.
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And finally this one gave me the idea to house our water filter in a cabinet next to it.
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We're having our contractors build out the mudroom wall, but we'll be saving a great deal of cash by painting it ourselves.  I can't wait to get crack-a-lackin on it!
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major house projects

Friday, March 27, 2015

You guys, I cannot wait to share with you all that is going on in our house right now.  Major projects have been going on all this week and I couldn't be more excited!!!  I wanted to give you a run down on what we're having done.

// GARAGE //

First up is the garage.  We've got a large wall in the garage that leads to the inside of the house that I always thought would be a great space for mudroom lockers.

Our laundry room, which is just off the garage, has been in desperate need of storage.  This was an area that we purposely had built without the standard sink and cabinets so that we could do something different from what the builder normally puts in.  The only thing we had our builder do was add in a rough-in for a sink so we wouldn't have to worry about adding plumbing, etc once we got around to tackling the space.
This is the wall you see when you walk into the laundry room.  The wall to the right is where the built ins will go.
This is an awkward photo since the space is really tight.  I had to squish two photos side by side to give you an idea of the space.  Two large storage cabinets are going on the far sides of the wall and a galvanized wash tub will be added in the center as a working sink.  The washer and dryer are on the opposite wall.
// OFFICE //
Next up is Mike's office.  In here we really need useful storage and places to hide all of the computer junk.  This is the wall you see when you enter.  That wall will be entirely built in with bookcases up top and cabinet storage below for paperwork, printer, paper shredder, and other electronic stuff we want out of sight.  There will be a desk built in between the two bookcases that our computer will sit at.  His desk will then get moved directly in front of the built ins so that you can access both desks from the same spot by turning the chair around.
When we were building, they wanted an arm and a leg to have wood stairs installed instead of carpet.  We decided on carpet and said we could always change to wood down the road.  I honestly wasn't thinking the stairway would be one of those things we would actually tackle, but I am so excited to say sayonara to the carpet!  Carpet is getting pulled up and painted wood risers will be added with stained treads.  We'll probably end up adding a sisal runner to it at some point.
Ok, this is the last project, adding glass front uppers to the existing cabinets.  And honestly, this may or may not happen.  There was some miscommunication about the cabinets and it's sounding like we're not going to be able to get a good match on the paint color and finish.  If we can't get a match I'll probably end up scrapping it all together.  No cabinets are better than bad cabinets!  Fingers crossed it will work out though.... and toes.
Bear with me on the house under construction photo.  Our desktop, which has all of our photos on it, is unplugged while they're working on the office so I had to find an existing photo from the blog.

Phew!!!  So, that's what happening around here!  Lots of saw dust.  But it is so going to be worth it.  And since you made it to the end of this long post, here is a progress shot of the mudroom wall in the garage.
Eeeeee!!!!!!  I. So. Happy!!!  I try to play all nonchalant when the carpenters are here working on stuff so that I don't get in their way, but as soon as they break for lunch or head home I IMMEDIATELY run into the spaces they're working on and squeal and bounce up and down like a little kid :D  You know it's just a matter of time before they catch me acting a fool!
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cage light giveaway |

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You guys may remember the DIY caged light ceiling fan I put together for our playroom.

I knew a lot of you guys liked it and it also turns out that the folks at, where I purchased my light cages, liked it too.  So much so that they wanted to give some goodies away to you guys so you can recreate the look!

And since I know not everyone is a fan person, I thought I'd give you some other ideas for what you could do with these pieces.  Cluster them with some other light cage styles, do a cluster of the one style, use it to make an individual pendant, spray paint the cage a fun color, or even make a wall sconce out of it!  There are endless things you can do with these pieces.

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