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Monday, 4 June 2012

The Mudroom: The Demolition edition

Happy Monday!
First, thank-you for the comments on my recent diagnosis.  Although, it's a little freaky to think about, I have no doubt that I will be just fine in the end.  I just got to get a new doctor, that's all! :)

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you'll remember that a few months ago I started dreaming about beautiful Mud Rooms.  Of course as soon as I mentioned it to my hubby that I was "thinking" about it and showed him, he took as "do it NOW!".

This is what we are starting with.

This is the view that I have every day from my kitchen island.  Every morning and every night. Ummm... It looks especially bad on this particular day, because I had removed everything from behind the washing tub and THEN took pictures.  Awesome! (at least the AFTER pictures will look fantastic ;)

This is what is on the opposite wall. 
(I think in the box I had paint for or from my hubby's office)

So once I got the go ahead from hubby (about two seconds after I told him), I started looking around to see what needed to be done.

I knew I wanted that small closet removed and a the washing tub.  I can probably count the number of times  on one hand that I've used the tub over the past 6 1/2 years that we have lived in the house. So I started to take it part and disconnect the water lines. Cause you know, I'm a plumber and all.  Yeah, not so much.  

You can't really tell from this picture, but the water lines are actually going through the metal wash tub.  I quickly realized I needed a REAL plumber. uuuuggghhh  My quick little job all of a sudden didn't seem so quick! >:(

So I called around to family and friends and no one knew of a good plumber.  I even put the call out on Facebook. 
Nothing, Nada, Zilch!
Enter Kijiji, and about a week later I found Dave the Plumber!  He came in a couple days later and within 45 minutes had the tub, cut out, and the lines disconnected, and the water lines capped off.  He only left the lines to the washer going.  I was happy to pay him $50 and have it done right.

Next, I needed the small closet torn down. 
Hubby was happy to do the demolition.

Anthony was happy to help.
Do you notice Anthony's construction hat (from dollar store)? Safety first.

And here is what the space looked like after they were done
tearing the closet apart.

And the ceiling...

Lovely hole in the ceiling and the wall isn't it?!?! 
What you can't see is that the floor tiles were cut around the closet walls. So when the walls were removed we ended up with a gape in the floor. 
After thinking and re-thinking, I think my best bet is to chip away the tiles and replace them.  Lucky for me we have left over tiles in the basement.

Shortly after the hubby's tear down (with help from anthony), the kids got sick and then of course I got sick.  Then we took a mini vacation to Great Wolfe Lodge. And the room sat like this for what seemed like an eternity.

Last month while we had an electrican in to fix the pool electrical panel outside he noticed my mess and mentioned he knew of a guy! His guy came out the following weekend and patched up the holes in the ceiling for me and wall.  I probably could have done it myself, but I really didn't want to.  So $50 later, all of my holes are now patched.

The room is still far from done, but we have progress.  I'm determined to have it completed by the end of June. My parents are visiting in July, and I want to show off have the project completed.  I'm pretty sure I can do the remainder of the work myself.  I think...

Still to do:

Replace broken floor  tiles, and grout
Paint Ceiling
Paint beadboard panels
Build Bench
Install shelves above bench
Paint existing cabinets
Replace Cabinet door pulls
Install countertop over the washer dryer.
Accessories (baskets for shelves, key hook, etc)
Art on walls

So have you taken on any projects and then quickly found out you needed help?
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