Moving along on the mini mudroom

Thank you so much for your kind words on our family photos! 
Thinking of using that last pic for our Christmas card this year......

We got back last week from a fast & furious trip to Iowa to see my younger brother get married.  It was Quinn's first flight which presented some challenges but in the end all my stressing beforehand was needless.  Our girl loved traveling, especially seeing Nana, Papa & Ma Mah (Chinese for grandma).  Quinn was a champ thru it all, from the airport to flight to car travel to sleeping in unfamiliar beds.  I'm incredibly proud of Miss Diva Tot, as she's not always this easy-going.  By the way, I'm not one of those moms who thinks her kid poops gold, so you can count on me to tell it like it is, ha ;-)

Quinn & I flew back home to Colorado without the Mr. as he stayed behind to spend more time with a college friend of ours, who devastatingly is terminally ill with metastatic melanoma.  After battling for the past two years, our friend Chris has been given 2-4 weeks to live.  Our hearts are just in pieces for him, his family, & his angel of a girlfriend Kiersten. Talking with them is a constant reminder that every day of this life is a gift we sometimes take for granted.

To add to the atmosphere, the dynamics on my side of the family are awkward at best (I talked a bit about my dad here).  We put the fun in dysfunctional!  All in all it was a beautiful wedding but an emotionally exhausting trip, one that I'm still struggling to put into words.  Do you ever experience that?

Enough of this heavy talk, I owe you an update on our mudroom reno! 

Someone's pants are falling down.

Just waiting for a wooden stoop to be built, some trimwork & planks under the eaves.

There will be a door going on that cabinet & crown moulding around the room.

Here's the general plan for this mudroom of ours:

*tile from Lowe's off the shelf (I'll try to find the box for the name)
*everything's getting painted BM White Dove except for....
--the floating bench will be stained a dark color
--ceiling color to be determined


Our detail-oriented, dependable contractor has done an amazing job with turning our rambling vision into a reality.  
If you're in the Boulder area, let me know if you'd like his contact info.


Alright, back to painting & doing laundry!
How does a family of 3 accumulate this much dirty clothing just from 4 days away?!?
I do not know.

44 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see how this turns out! I'm already eyeing up part of my front porch to see if we build out a mudroom so I can finally have a fancy table in my entry way. Honestly, what girl doesn't want a fancy table and mirror in their entry way?

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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    1. Right? A mudroom's right up there on my must-have list, along with fancy shoes & wine. ;-)

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  2. I'm blow away with how amazing it looks and how amazing the after is going to be!! & of course you already know I love your front door!! Q - are you keeping your existing front door after the mudroom is completed? PS love that chartreuse pillow :) :) Big huge smiles! lol :)

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  3. I just clicked over and read the post where you mentioned the things you were afraid to tell. I can relate to you, although it is not the exact same situation. I have definite issues that Myself and my children deal with, and someone who just happen upon my blog who doesn't know would be very surprised to know about us. I have a page on my blog titled Living With Addiction, that I would love you to read if you ever have time. http://sweetparrishplace.blogspot.com/p/living-with-addiction.html It is not always sunshine, roses, and a perfectly clean and organized house for me, that is for sure. I love reading your blog, I really relate to your writing style and I think you do a great job of keeping it real, which I admire and strive for myself. Keep up the good work, and I'll keep on reading! xoxo

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  4. Did my comment not post? Argh. Anyway, long story short: Love this. Cannot wait to see the finished fabulousness.

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  5. Oh I love this- that door, the bench...everything. Can you come build me one??

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  6. That is going to look great!! xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! We're excited to get it all done & done soon! :-)

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  7. Sorry to hear about all the tough stuff (but that's what wine's for, right?). And in the meantime, your mudroom is rocking. Seriously. I love the white walls/dark stained bench combo (maybe that's because I did the same?!). Only wish we had a mudroom instead of packing it all in our entry! Keep those instagram progress photos coming...

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  8. Gorgeous! Can't wait to see the final product. In. Love.

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  9. Holy cow! You guys have made some serious progress! I still love your exterior paint color. It's a gray that's not too green and vice-versa. If that makes sense. :-) I can't wait to see the finished product, lady. And that door! I don't know how I missed it in the IG pics but I am swooning over it now. Great choice.

    And, I am so very sorry about your friend. Cancer just plain out sucks. My thoughts are definitely with you and Mr. FC.

    xoxo

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    1. Aw thanks so much girl! I love our exterior paint color so much. It's bold for my color-phobic self ;-) Ahhhh it's crunch time...trying to get the mudroom finished by Quinn's birthday party date in a week. Good thing I work well under pressure.

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  10. I am so very sorry about your friend. I'm glad you and Mr. FC got to spend more time with him.

    Your home is looking fabulous. Looks like you'll get things finished just in time before the snow falls!

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  11. Well, the mudroom looks fantastic, but I am very sorry about your friend. Sad, sad, sad. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, friend :-) The hubby's back in Iowa visiting our friend again & it's heartbreaking. Makes me truly thankful & highly aware of each blessed day!

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, so so sad.

    Your mudroom is looking fantastic!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, B! Sure is making me incredibly grateful for each day, that's for sure.

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  13. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. So sad. I love that you are so honest in your posts.. it's refreshing if that makes any sense. Your plan for the mudroom is super fab and it looks like it's coming along well! You must be getting excited to see it finished up!

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    1. Thank you, friend! That means a lot, I appreciate your kind words. I'm all in favor of pretty pictures & such when it comes to blogging, but keeping it real & honest totally drives me to be a better blogger/person! As always, thanks for dropping by!
      xoxo

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  14. Head to toe awesome. And I think I like the idea of leaving the ceiling unpainted.

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    1. I'm thinking the same. A medium wood stain for some contrast perhaps? Thanks, friend!
      xoxo

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That's terrible and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    On a happier note, I LOVE the mud room-what a great idea :) can't wait to see the finished product!

    <3, courtney

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  16. awww maybe my comment didn't go through :(

    I just wanted to say I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The mudroom looks fantastic though! What a great idea :) Can't wait to see the finished product-thanks for sharing :)
    -courtney

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    1. (Sorry about the comment feature, sometimes it acts up!)

      Many thanks for your kind words & thoughts, gal! I truly appreciate you dropping by :-)
      xoxo

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  17. So sorry about your friend :( that's heartbreaking. Every day is a blessing.

    You're mudroom looks great, I want to do the same thing to my house!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, gal :) Every day is a blessing, so very true.

      xoxo

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  18. I'm new to your blog. I am so sorry to hear about your friend Chris. Prayers go out to Chris, his girlfriend and his family and friends. That is so sad and a true reminder just how precious life is. I am going through a similar situation with my very best girlfriend. Your mudroom is looking great and your daughter is so adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to leave such kind words, Allison :-) Your words are so true; every day is a precious gift & might be taken away any second. I'm truly saddened to hear about your best friend. She's been blessed to have you by her side. Thoughts & prayers to you all.
      xoxo

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  19. The news about your friend is devastating. The addition you are working on is devastatingly beautiful! What a great idea. It's looking awesome.

    jbhat

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such kind words, as always my friend!
      xoxo

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  20. So sorry about your friend -- just horrible. So much sadness at times, makes me truly thankful for each day!!

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    1. Truly thankful indeed :) Thanks so much for the kind words, gal.
      xoxo

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  21. So sorry about your friend. Cancer is truly awful.

    Your mudroom is going to be so cool! Can't wait to see it all done. Love the tile!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, xoxo :)

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  22. This is fabulous. You have such a good eye and I love the colors, look and feel of your home. Would you mind sharing the details on your new front door? We're hoping to replace ours next spring. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! So sorry for my delayed response, a bit behind on blog emails. The door was purchased from Home Depot:
      brand: Feather River
      style: 6 Lite SDL Craftsman wood grain fiberglass (NOT wood, but more durable), chestnut mahogany finish
      SKU #174-370
      Feather River #FF3791

      I don't see an email address for you, but if you'd like I can email you a pic of the label/dimensions that I took. Hope this helps!

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  23. Im so sorry to hear about your friend. Cancer sucks soooo much. I love your plans for the mudroom. Its going to be FAB! I really love the white wood ceiling and those floors!! No words.

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    1. Your kind words, well they just made my day like you wouldn't believe!!! :-) Thanks a million, gal!!
      xoxo

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  24. Mudroom is going to be amazing!!!

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  25. I'm so sorry about your friend.

    I cannot wait to see this room finished. Aww Q is just making a fashion statement, she's a trendsetter. Give her big hug from me. Love her!

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  26. I was looking for your plans but no where to be found??

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  27. What tile did you use? LOVE it!!

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