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The Guest Bath Makeover

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Well, the guest bath is now 85% complete so I thought I better show you guys something we have almost ready to check off the list.

We have a huge guest bathroom. It was designed with a wheelchair in mind.  It is perfect for a house that will have lots of guests over the years.

So far we replaced both lights, installed a place to hang clothes, towels, and extra supplies, we changed out the floor and replaced all the hardware.  There is a new towel bar, toilet paper holder and even a new toilet. The walls got a coat of light bluish green Behr Pacific  Mist. We replaced all the towels and shower curtain with white linens.

   
    
    
    
 Not yet completed is that all the trim and cabinets needs to be painted white, floating shelves need to be built and painted white for in front of the wood wall and I need to make a curtain for the window.

It will have to wait for now because we are a few weeks from Christmas and need a Murphy bed built. 

And a hall painted.

And 2″ blinds installed.

And a tree put up.

And Christmas lights.

The kids will all be at least coming by over the holiday and we need to be ready.  Fingers crossed.

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The Mudroom

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Lately all I hear on HGTV right now is “open concept”.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love having a large open family room, dining room and kitchen, but there is something to be said for walls, too.  I like walls so much that I just convinced Mr. Math to put one up at the end of the great room of our new place.

We are messy.  There, I said it. messy, muddy, outdoor people who love children, dogs, tools, and clutter.   I do like that mess  and clutter to be contained.   We are also going to usually enter the home from the side so a place where shoes can come off, jackets, hats, wet towels, and tools can land will contain th clutter.  A laundry room, with a utility sink right by the mudroom makes containing dirty clothes, pet toys, and nasty hands even easier.

Our mudroom is 16 feet wide and 8 feet deep with an off center door that lines up with the outside door.  A sliding barn door will close the space off when needed (and will look cool from the great room the rest of the time.)

  
  
The walls are going to be planked.   I love that look and will be planking several walls in the house.

  
The Wood Grain Cottage

Our plan is to make the west side which has no door or window, our bench side with hooks and storage.  

  
  
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I love the mix of rustic wood and hooks.  I also like the mailbox and chalkboard.  

The east side of the room is going to have a small closet for our jackets, rain coats, and umbrellas.  The outlet is going to be moved so that it is outside where we need it.

  
  This wasted space will become…

  
This!  We are planning on using two shutter doors so that they don’t take up as much room when open.

  
 The bonus of having the wide wall on the kitchen side is that there is a great space for our large dining table.  

  
I am looking for a cool flush mount entry light.  All the ones I like are more than $150.00 so I may be making a light something like this one if I can find a small basket.

  

Thank you for the great tutorial, Liz Marie.
 

We buy barn door hardware at Tractor supply.  For about $120.00 we get great looking, real barn door hardware.  Here is a hint.  Always check Retailmenot when buying stuff for your home.  I saved $12.00 using this coupon for something I was buying anyway.

  
Thanks for joining us on our journey.

We appreciate all the kind words and love hearing from you.

Blessings,

Karen

Moving In

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Well hello there!  We did it, folks.  We f-i-n-a-l-l-y closed on our new weekend home.  We are so proud and humbled that we have the opportunity to own this beautiful property and believe we will get the house where we want it one day.  We know that the place was worth the wait.

Moving in this weekend was brutal.  I am so very grateful to our friends who showed up, stayed until they were about to drop, and never complained.  I also am so happy that two of our nephews were willing to come and lift, haul, tote, carry, and sweat.  It was 103 Sunday… in the shade.  No lie.  I have no idea how hot is was Friday and Saturday because we couldn’t find our outdoor thermometer until Sunday.

We are sore and I have a few bruises but we got a lot moved in over the weekend.

We did not get the carpet out as we hoped but we decided that while we had the help we better get the heavy stuff moved in.  We can scoot things around to get the carpet up.  We also didn’t paint.  The skin colored walls will be in all the pictures but remember that they will be changing when you see the pictures and that there is nothing on the walls until after the painting.

We did get one of the tasks done, the front door was liberated.  The previous owner had sheet rocked over the front door so that a china cabinet would fit.

front door

There are no pictures from move in.  It was all hands on deck, no playing around with a camera during this time but here is what we got accomplished this weekend.

The master is almost done.  We are having a curtain dilemma but more on that another day.  The walls are not an attractive color and there is no door to the bathroom…ick.

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The front guest room is set up except for the shutter headboard.  I am waiting for wall  paint to get them up.  We also need another lamp.

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The craft room only has the Expand-O-Matic in place.  I am also having curtain issues.  84 inch curtains seem too short but 95 are too long.  I think there will be some alterations with both to make them work.

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The main room is sort of set up.  We now have a table and chairs but need to work on the bench. I decided to go with the ranch thing.  there is faux leather, faux cow hide, and even faux ostrich.  Bessie, my Hobby Lobby cow graces the mantle and will look great when I really get to decorate.

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The den area needs work but I like the funky dresser.

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The table looks great.  The bench is not finished.

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I like the color combinations.  I think I will like this spot to hang out one day.

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The kitchen window is a home for my white pitchers.

We have a long way to go and a lot of work ahead but I am proud of how much we got done in three days.

Thanks for cheering us on.

I love hearing from you,

Blessings,

Karen

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