Mudroom Planning

I’m so excited to share that our mudroom renovation is finally underway! Since the bathroom was complete earlier this winter it was about time to get rid of that eye sore and check another room off our lists. We’re hiring out the demo, electrical and drywall since we only seem to have one weekend to spend on projects this month and, let’s be honest, its work I don’t know how to do or have time to learn right now. Sometimes I feel that if I waited for every weekend to be a “weekend warrior” we’d never get anything done, so for short money we’ve hired it out and left the fun stuff for us!

Planning the space out is something I have gotten to do for a long time though! We have a lot of ways this room needs to work hard for us:

  1. Mudroom: Seasonable coats, shoes, boots, and winter accessories need to be stored here. Since we don’t have a lot of storage elsewhere for these things, I’d love if they could stay here all year round. We have a small coat closet we put to work off the main hall, but all shoes here is a must.
  2. Keys + Mail: An organized drop zone is another must-have. Currently we use the hall table but it’s so close to the kitchen all the mail just gets dumped on the kitchen counter and undoubtedly stays there since I hate sorting mail. I’d love to find a way to make this neater!
  3. Hockey + Golf Storage: The mudroom has this incredibly large closet in it, thankfully, that fits 2 sets of golf clubs, our shoes, etc as well as my hubby’s hockey bag and equipment.  We’re both golfers and with no garage this closet saves us. The hockey equipment needs to air out after each game, so I need to come up with a way to store and also allow the shoulder pads, etc to breath before the game the next week. I have some ideas here but please share if you also have a hockey family!
  4. Small Tools & Storage: Again, with no garage I’d love to store tools in this space or at least the most commonly used ones and work on a shop in the basement. Currently I keep the tape measure in the bowl with our keys, if that gives you any indication of how often we use it! :-) Also, all that “stuff” that you just seem to have needs a home: car cleaning wipes, reusable grocery bags, light bulbs, or all that little stuff that just pops up. Having some closed storage to keep all of that would be really nice.

And lastly, I want it to be lovely! :-) Here’s some pinterest inspiration I gathered to help inspire us:


I love the solid wood top to the bench and LOVE those baskets for shoes! I’m going to have to hunt for something like that!

PlankingAnother wood bench, but I also love the wall planks behind the bench! #shiplap I really like the open cubbies so you can either just kick shoes off or easily grab a basket or storage bin to put in there, so that’s definitely something we’re incorporating.


Cement Tile

Don’t even talk to me about how amazing that floor is! We’re sticking with a pretty small budget in here so won’t be going with cement tile like this, but I love the fun pop it gives to this space.


YES!! Board and Batten!

Those are just a few that inspire me, but there’s a lot of creativity with smaller spaces out there! If you have any you’d like to share link it below, please! I can’t wait to show you the progress so far and some of the fun quirks uncovered!

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The Tiniest of Updates

Last weekend, I decided to take advantage of an hour or so of down time and do a quick and VERY small change to the front hallway. When we first moved in Jake and I chose all the paint colors for the house and were quite consistent between the living room and dining room, but for some reason chose a different color to run up the stairs and into the upper hallway. I’ve disliked that choice nearly every day since and regretted the color even more. As I’m sure you know, stairs and super-high ceilings aren’t easy to tackle! Although we have bigger plans for this area (new treads/risers, new balusters and rails, trim along the stairs, etc) I thought I’d put my eyes at ease and paint what I could easily handle without a harness while making the entry view into our home a little nicer.

Here’s a quick before and after that is really very anti-climatic, but in person, you’ll just have to trust me…the colors are so different.

Hall Before


It’s hard to see in photos the slight difference this made. The original color we chose for the stairs was Sherwin Williams Lotus Pod, which isn’t a terrible color at all, but has a yellowish or even peachy undertone that just really doesn’t go with the rest of the greys and cooler tones we have on the walls in our house. So, I took out the last of what I had from the living room, which was just enough to give 2.25 of these walls a quick two coats of our more favorite color, Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.

Hall After

The living room is to the left of the entry and the majority of walls are Accessible Beige.  It reads both beige and grey so works really well in our space, furnishings and natural light we get.  We have an accent wall of Utterly Beige between the living/dining which just gives us subtle contrast.

Hall After

That may stay or it may go in time.. who knows?  After all, it’s just paint. But now we still have this area to do (cute dog optional).

Hall ToDo

Hall ToDo

Daunting, am I right? If you follow me on Instagram you saw a sneak peek of the new piece of furniture we got for the hall too and it looks so great with this color!

Have a great weekend!

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Stairs and Lattice

Spring is here and it’s fun to think of the potential outdoor projects, plants and landscaping that are sure to come our way soon! Our grass could use some definite TLC, that’s for sure.  At the end of last year we tackled a long-over due project over a long Labor Day weekend on our back stairs. We actually painted them and added lattice on the sides! Only took us 3 years!  #nojudgement

After I had painted the bulkhead last spring I got super ambitious for like 20 minutes and spackled all the nail holes, scuffs, and scratches that have occurred over time.  Then they sat like this until September (minus the tape).

Back Stairs Spackle

What can I say? My golf game gets in the way. :-) Through commercials and some other blogs I read (like this post by BowerPower) I did some research on this deck primer and paint by Rust-oleum and decided to give it a shot on our stair risers.

Rustoleum Deck Restore

Rust-oleum Deck Restore. Although it’s only a small area to paint the risers these are outdoors and get lots of wear between walking, toe kicks, sitting on the stairs, weather, and plants I thought it really couldn’t hurt to take a bit of extra time and use something appropriate for this type of space. The paint product is about 4 times thicker than regular paint and the primer went on sort of like Elmers glue.  (After a quick google I learned that’s normal.) We bought a few throw away brushes for this and over the course of weekend and working around the hours of sun, we applied 1 coat of gluey primer and 2 coats of paint to the risers and skirt boards on both sides.

Painting Rustoleum

Painting Done

And now the risers are nice and clean and white! The following weekend, we picked up a 4×8 sheet of PVC lattice from Home Depot along with a couple of pieces of loose lattice trim, pulled out the jigsaw and nail gun and got the openings on the side covered up.  We’d been having a bunny occupy the yard quite a bit, so I was anxious to get it closed up before he/she decided to make a home under there. Rabbit poop is no fun thing to deal with when you already have a dog.

The process was completely non-technical, honestly.  Jake held the lattice in place while I traced the stair profile on it with a sharpie, then we trimmed the sides with a jigsaw. The lattice trim we finish nailed over the edges and followed the stair profile with 45 degree cuts.


Lattice Done

This was so easy and looks all cleaned up.  I took a few pictures last night after work to show you how well the paint stood up after winter.


Stairs after Winter

Stairs after Winter 2

We need to do some cleanup, but it looks really good and is still nice and white! I’m looking forward to getting out there next month to start planting some spring flowers in pots and getting some yard clean up done. Apparently Mister Rabbit wasn’t too happy about the lattice and decided to try to make the openings bigger to fit his growing body.

Bunny Problem

Ugh.  At least I have plans for some type of bush in front of it!

Happy Spring!

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