Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A red bench

A red bench finishes this tedious and laborious project. After four months of renovating when schedules allow, the mudroom is finally ready to receive our jackets, boots, keys, mail and other items readily dropped when coming in.

We've had a lot of ups and downs with this project. A lot of large scale work, including drywall and tiling, but also many hours spent painting trim and walls. I am ecstatic with the fresh and fun look of our new room, but also the functionality of it. The fact that little M can sit up on the bench and take off her shoes and reach the hooks to hang her jacket. She might still need to be reminded of not dropping everything, but I'm sure by the time she goes off to university she'll be able to handle this simple task. And if the urge gets to me I have baskets and cubbies and hooks to put things away.

I enjoy the little details we worked on, such as keeping the old closet door and painting it with chalkboard paint. Once the paint was dry, both M and D eagerly took their piece of chalk and got right to it.

Again, without the hours spent by my dear hubby none of this would have happened and we'd still be prying our way around a washer and dryer, bumping into a utility sink and looking at dated vinyl tiles and tartan wallpaper.

Hurray to polka dot fabric and a red bench to put an exclamation mark on our completed project!


  1. You gotta marry that man! Oh wait...you already did!

  2. I love the color combination in the mud room. Can you tell the name/source of the fabric you used for both the pillows and curtain? Thanks! Came over to browse from Design Mom. I appreciate your take on functional design!

  3. Thanks. I got the fabric at a local fabric store and don't recall the name of the designer, sorry!

    1. Darn! Oh well, I'll keep hunting around :) Thanks for the reply!


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