Mini mudroom: stoop-endous

Happy April Fool's Day!  Where are all the Pinterest decor ideas for this day?!

In other news, after ~7 months of having no front stoop due to the mudroom reno, we have one again:

Before:

I've gotten so used to taking a decent step down/up thru the doorway these past months, you'd think I have buns of steel by now.  (I don't.)  There have been lots of aspects of this mudroom reno that we've hired out & building the stoop was one of them.  I just want to clarify that while we've DIYed some things (tiling, all the painting, some trimwork, staining/sealing to name a few), there have been way more things we've left to our contractor-friend.  The truth?  It feels awesome.  I think we've run out of steam after 7 years of (mostly) DIY renovating!

As for the front stoop, we just wanted a simple redwood platform in keeping with the rustic, casual Colorado vibe of our neighborhood.  No bells & whistles.  After the redwood acclimates for a couple weeks, we'll probably stain it a rich color (maybe walnut like the mudroom bench).

But right now, it's all looking pretty rough:
A rendering of the look we're going for (imagine a darker-hued stoop):
copper light / DIY door mat / planter


We're crossing our fingers that the typical Colorado spring snowstorm 
doesn't happen so we can get to some landscaping.  
Thanks for stopping by!


{Mini mudroom mayhem Part 1Part 2 & Part 3.}

31 comments:

  1. It's looking great! Hopefully the weather holds up for you guys :) I'm excited to see the finished product!

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    1. Thanks so much, A! Crossing our fingers we'll be able to just bust this out :-)

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  2. Ooh I love it! Great wood choice.

    Man you must live in a nice neighbourhood if you can keep your fancy (virtual) Hunters out on the porch without getting stolen. I worry about my bin of dirty diapers getting stolen in my hood ;-)

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    1. Thanks, J!
      I seriously LOLd at "virtual Hunters" getting stolen omg! Once, we left our $400 BOB stroller out over night with our garge door open accidentally. Nothing was missing the next morning but if someone had taken our stroller, we would just go take someone else's BOB since they're a dime a dozen around here. And we would steal an upgraded model ;-D

      xoxo

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  3. Just beautiful! And I love your vision of copper accents!

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I'm loving copper lately!

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  4. I'm totally with you on the DIY thing these days. Sometimes, it feels really good to do things ourselves. Other times, time is money and I'd rather be at the park with my kid. We don't keep a hard and fast rule, sometimes we do, sometimes we don't and I've stopped feeling bad about paying someone :)

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  5. I'm in love with your front door! We have a very boring front door, but it works so it's very low on the totem pole of things to update. And I know nothing of greenery, but I love those succulent looking things you have planned. Yup, that's a technical term right there!

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

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  6. FC-

    It's coming along nicely!!! Your taste is impeccable!
    Molly

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  7. It's looking so lovely! I'm looking forward to seeing the landscaping go in- we're doing a bit of that at our house right now so I've got that sort of thing on the brain :)

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  8. That rendering of your stoop looks so inviting. I'm comin' over!

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  9. Stoop-endous indeed! Sorry you've had to say goodbye to the built-in butt toner, but it does look more finished :) Love the rendering with all the landscaping too - it makes such a difference!

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    1. My butt was starting to look perkier too, gah! Stupid stoop.
      xoxo

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  10. So classic and welcoming! Great job as always :)

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  11. Oh yes, me likey! Love the plans for the plants too.

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    1. Aw thanks, friend! Wish I could make it all happen with just the click of the mouse ;-) Whaddya mean I have to get IN the dirt?!?

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  12. Ok, so the door is just awesome. It's my dream door. And, girl! You've got photoshop skills.

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    1. Thanks, lady! I couldn't stop laughing at the sight of my virtual Hunters. Next, I'm going to photoshop another level onto my house. :-D
      xoxo

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  13. totally stoop-endous my dear! Love the light idea too :) xo

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  14. So love it. And your landscape plans are spot on. Wish I could have some virtual landscaping so I wouldn't have to care for the real thing.

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    1. Thanks, lady friend! I want virtual landscaping I don't have to maintain.....virtual bathrooms I don't have to clean....virtual wine that just refills itself. My life is SO hard.
      xoxo

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  15. I love the after and the landscaping inspirations.

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    1. Thanks so much, J! If only real life projects were as easy as clicking a mouse a few times & voila, right? ;-)

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  16. I love the stoop! It's looking amazing.

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  17. LOVE LOVE the bold front door! Im thinking about painting our front door but little nervous haha

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    1. Thank you!! I know, painting anything is always a bit nerve wracking but you can always paint over it if you don't like it! Or be like me: lazy & just live with it until I have too much wine one night & decide to start repainting at 11 pm ;-D

      xoxo

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  18. Looks great! And that photoshopped future stoop is so lovely! Excited to see where you take this space :)

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  19. Hiii!! Thank you for the book recommendation! And if it's written by one of your friends, I know I will love it!! In semi-related news, I didn't know I wasn't an "official follower" of your blog, so Hear ye, Hear ye, I became one today! You've always been saved in my favorites, but now we're practically family! :) Have a wonderful day, sweet friend! It's Tuesday, so there will be wine. Just like Mondays. And Wednesdays. And....let's not kid ourselves. :) Happy early Mother's Day to one the best around!! Love youuu!

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