Monday, November 26, 2012

This is the Reno that Never Ends...

it just goes on and on, my friends...

It's been a while since I've shown ya some progress shots on the renovation. Actually, let me update you as to where we're at currently. The master bedroom is D-O-N-E...done, baby! Well I should say, Mitch's part is done. The only thing left to do is decorate (i.e. hang art, put finishing touches, etc) and that's my part. Our DIY driftwood mirror needs to be hung (we're debating if it should go over the bed or on another big empty wall to the left of our bed. We'd actually have to cut it down a little if it goes over the bed). And remember that antique mantel I got forever ago? Well I just bought a mirror that needs to be cut to size and put inside it and that needs to be hung. So it's a bunch of little things that I just need to get crackin' on. I promise it'll be done soon. And we'll have a big reveal for ya:)

Let me show you the current state of our mudroom. I'm so excited about the progress being made here. Mitch installed the flooring this weekend and the mudroom very close to being done!





I just love how the floor turned out. I was really skeptical about this type of flooring (they're vinyl planks from Lumber Liquidators). I wasn't sure about the color and finish, but I couldn't be happier with it. It's a great choice if you have limited options (we had to install right on top of concrete) and a tight budget. (And if you have kids!) And it couldn't be easier. All you need is a pair of scissors, a scraper, and a rolling pin. The vinyl is easily cut with scissors, the scraper is to remove any particles from off the original floor and you use a rolling pin to adhere the plank to the floor. Mitch will demonstrate for ya;)

Cut to size...



peel


and stick!

 (sorry, I missed the last step of Mitch rolling the plank with the rolling pin to make sure it was on there for good.)


So mudroom is ALMOST crossed off the list!

On to the master bathroom--we had a little setback in there (we were making such great strides!) when I broke the granite top of our vanity. Dang it.


Yeah, we had a streak of bad luck there for a little bit. So we have to figure out what we're doing to fix that. Any suggestions? Remember, we're avid DIYers (and cheapskates) so we probably won't pay to have someone fix it. Break out the Elmers!

The kitchen--Mitch and my brother ripped out two layers of flooring to reveal this amazing original flooring (yeah 1980s!!)


Sweet, isn't it? Okay, not so much. But hey this is progress! We're continuing with the vinyl planks throughout the kitchen (actually the entire renovated space will have the planks, as well as our living room) so they'll go right on top of this flooring. Here's what's going on. This is the transition space in between the kitchen and dining room that we have to somehow work around.


This is the problem. Do you see the height difference? We have to somehow make the two floors as close as possible to avoid a tripping hazard.


Let's back it up so you know what I'm talking about. (this is where we removed the wall to our garage)


Do you see a pattern here? We knock out a bunch of work then hit a roadblock. Then we just jump to the next project on the list without finishing the current one. Ryder and Bryce's room is also on the get-'er-done list as well as Finn's nursery. (So there's not one room in our house that's completely finished!) I know it'll get done. I have faith in our skills. Mitch has done such an awesome job pretty much teaching himself how to do all these projects. I couldn't be more proud. So we'll keep pluggin' away over here! Hopefully you'll stick around till the end of this forever-long renovation. 

What project(s) are you working on at your house? Is something taking longer than what you expected?

To view our COMPLETED mudroom, go here.

~Kat

20 comments:

  1. The mudroom looks amazing! I love the vinyl "wood" planks. I've seen them in person and they look fabulous. I'm also really excited to see your bedroom!

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  2. Need to know more details on the flooring! My home office floor is on top of a concrete slab complete with easily peeled up linoleum tiles. I could go for these beauties! And I can't WAIT to see this finished room. I am sooo inspired!! Love the light too. Source?

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    1. We purchased the flooring from Lumber Liquidators online about 2 years ago. You can search their website under vinyl planking. We paid .59/sq ft for it. Definitely the best priced flooring out there! The pendant light in the entry we got at Lowes and the light above the sink is from the Pottery Barn Outlet.

      Thanks for your interest!

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  3. Love it! As far as the broken granite~ they piece them together to make angles in kitchens, so what do they use to keep it together? My friend's countertop you can barely find the seam. I suggest learning that secreat!

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  4. Fun progress photos! I would love to have a mudroom like that! Bummer about your granite top but I'm sure you'll figure out a way to fix it!

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  5. It's so nice to see that another family is the same way: we ripped out the old kitchen cabinets six months ago, installed the new ones (well, new to us), and still have a million little finishing details that need to be seen to before the kitchen can really be considered "done," yet what are we doing right now? Planning for the built-in bookshelves we'll be building and installing in the living room come spring!

    Oh, and I love the light fixture above the laundry sink!

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  6. Sweetie, I would for sure call a granite company and just get a quote for repair. Does not cost a thing, and I think once you know what you are dealing with you just might go for it :) I hate to see all of the hard work you two are doing on your home finally come to a lovely finish, only to have a big repair job on the sink really visible. I don't know about you, but for me that would stick out like a sore thumb!!!

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    1. Yeah, you're probably right:/ Guess it wouldn't hurt to get a quote. Thanks:)

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  7. Looking great! Love the color of the hallway closet door... can you share the color?

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    1. It's my new favorite--Ben Moore Dragon's Breath. We painted all of our interior doors this color and I'm totally lovin' it!

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  8. We have the same problem coming into our kitchen (the height difference). We used a floor transition strip layed on a slant. It makes it a nice adjustment from one level to the next, and I dont notice it being a tripping hazard either. Just a suggestion!

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  9. How did you do your wall planks? I've looked at a couple different blogs and they each do them a little differently, yours look great! I would like to line the back entrance/hallway to our basement.
    Love your blog by the way, tons of great ideas, we just bought our first home and I am obsessed with giving it our personal touch. :)

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    1. For our bathroom, we just got pine boards from Lowes, sanded and primed them with an oil based primer and painted them. We also did a plank wall in our stairwell and had sheets of plywood cut to size. That was a much cheaper way to do it. Both look great, I think but then again I love the look of planks! Good luck with making your new home yours! It's so much fun to transform a home into what you exactly want:)

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  10. Hi Kat, I love how your mudroom is turning out!

    Wondering if you can add some kind of transition between the two rooms -- a threshold? When I tore out the carpet in our hallway, we have a huge tripping hazard to the kitchen. I was thinking I can get a threshold with a gradual slope, but I have no idea what I'm talking about. Will be so interested to hear what you think about adding the planks on top of the older vinyl. That could be a solution for us too in our kitchen! It looks really nice.
    Camille

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  11. Love your laundry room and that floor looks amazing in there. As for the kitchen I bet you could have the guy that made your cabinets make a custome threshold or reducer for you. Total bummer about the countertop. I can't believe it broke. Maybe some hot glue and duct tape? Hopefully a repair won't cost too much :(

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  13. Where did you find the exterior door in your mudroom? Is it steel or fiberglass?

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    1. I actually got it at an auction in our area. It's fiberglass.

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