New Door for the Utility Room + Deck Update

Happy Spring, y'all!

Happy Spring, y’all!

Happy Spring! Are y’all as excited as I am that spring has sprung?! This is definitely my favorite of all the seasons because it is a time of rebirth and new birth. Speaking of new birth, there is a little bird family building a nest on my front porch–despite my best efforts to shew them away. Don’t get me wrong–I love birds and nests and baby birds…just not on my front porch…where their poop can easily be stepped in + it is in the dining area…yuck!

Dear little bird family, please understand that as much as I love birds...I would really love for you to build your nest somewhere else...or even somewhere else on my front porch...away from where we eat and sit. Much love, Chasidy

Dear little bird family, please understand that as much as I love birds…I would really love for you to build your nest somewhere else or even somewhere else on my front porch away from where we eat and sit. Much love, Chasidy

I will try to keep y’all updated on the bird drama *wink* Anyway…today on the blog, we are continuing the mudroom + utility room + deck (outdoor living room) update. Currently, everything is a hot mess because the deck project is taking over the mudroom and utility room. I’ve almost given up on sweeping up the sawdust off the floor *wink*

The hubby was testing the TV to see if all the wiring and such was working...Bless his loving heart--I do love him dearly--but the TV is still in the mudroom--propped against the wall. P.S. notice the beginnings of the very large coat/hat hanger--it won't be long, and it will all be back to normal and organized *smile*

The hubby was testing the TV to see if all the wiring and such was working. Bless his loving heart–I do love him dearly–but the TV is still in the mudroom–propped against the wall. P.S. notice the beginnings of the very large coat/hat hanger–it won’t be long, and it will all be back to normal and organized *smile*

Today on the blog I not only want to share an update, but I also want to share a few home renovation tips + a story about the “new” utility room door. If you have been following my blog and/or social media for a bit, you probably know I am a huge fan of repurposing and upcycling. The hubby and I try to reuse as much materials as possible–not because we are stingy or following a trend, but because we think it is foolish to toss out something that is perfectly good that could be reused or repurposed.

Now about a year or so ago–I honestly lose track of time–the hubby and I bought a 1980 fixer upper and totally renovated it from top to bottom–inside and out. It was a massive undertaking, but well worth the time, hard work, and money. Long story short–the master bedroom in “Sloss Castle” had three doors (not French doors–all individual) separating the main bedroom area from a little reading nook of sorts. It was awkward. Hmmm, the hubby and I must have this thing for houses with awkward spaces haha. Anyway, we decided on the very first walk through that the doors had to go–the space had to be opened up. Because of this decision, we gained some old doors to reuse and repurpose.

FLASHBACK TO SLOSS CASTLE

The three doors separating the main area from the reading nook. Only one of the doors opened...yep, just one of them. The other two were like windows!

The three doors separating the main area from the reading nook. Only one of the doors opened…yep, just one of them. The other two were like windows! *This photo was taken just before the demolition.

When one door opens, the other two stay closed--never to be opened. Removed, yes. Opened, no. *smile*

When one door opens, the other two stay closed–never to be opened. Removed, yes. Opened, no. *smile* –This photo was taken on our first walk through. I apologize for the poor quality–I am not a photographer!

BACK TO THE PRESENT AT HATHORN HALL

The door that is separating Hathorn Hall's kitchen and utility room came from the master bedroom in Sloss Castle. I am so happy that this old door found a new life *smile*

The door that is separating Hathorn Hall’s kitchen and utility room came from the master bedroom in Sloss Castle. I am so happy that this old door found a new life *smile*

The old door was not tall enough for our opening, but the hubby did not let that stop him. He added a little bit of this and that--and tah da! Perfect fit!

The old door was not tall enough for the opening, but the hubby did not let that stop him. He added a little bit of this and that–and tah da! Perfect fit! During the modification process, the hubby allowed room for the new floors that will be going down as soon as we decide on what we want. We have to be a bit picky in choosing new floors because we want to keep to the era of the home + have floors that are dog-friendly (no “soft” woods). SSL TIP: Be sure to check the hardness rating on wood floors. Be sure to ask the salesperson if the flooring can stand up to dogs and heels *wink*

With any home improvement project--no matter how big or small--expect a mess. My tip is to try to clean up as you go along. Always keep a broom and dust pan on stand by!

SSL TIP: With any home improvement project–no matter how big or small–expect a mess. My tip is to try to clean up as you go along + always keep a broom and dust pan on stand by!

SSL TIP: If you can't afford to lose any natural light, but still want to create separation between rooms, opt for a door with glass.

SSL TIP: If you can’t afford to lose any natural light, but still want to create separation between rooms, opt for a door with glass. It might encourage keeping the adjoining space organized and clean *wink* P.S. notice Ziva…she does not like the new door that separates the kitchen from her dog food room *wink*

Ziva protesting the new door by having a stand-in.

Ziva protesting the new door by having a stand-in.

As much as I would love to snap my fingers and the projects be done and the messes be gone, it just isn’t realistic. The hubby and I believe in getting it right and doing it right–no matter how many tries it might take or how long it might take. The biggest tip I can offer is to be patient because no matter how well-planned a project is something will always happen to interrupt the schedule. Mother Nature seems to be the number one interrupter–so always have an alternative plan for those days when it is too wet or too cold or too hot….

Deck Update

It is still a work in progress, but the overall design is coming together nicely *smile* In this photo you can see where the TV is going to hang. I will give y'all are the details on the deck reveal blog--which I will have the hubby take those photos *wink*

It is still a work in progress, but the overall design is coming together nicely *smile* In this photo you can see where the TV is going to hang. I will give y’all all the details on the deck reveal blog–which I will have the hubby take those photos *wink*

Outside view of the deck walls

Outside view of the deck walls

I am totally crushing on these columns. This is one of those must-have-patience projects *wink*

I am totally crushing on these columns.

The new railing for the backdoor.

A sneaky peek of the new railing for the backdoor. I cannot wait to tell y’all about the colors we are using!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the latest happenings at Hathorn Hall. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the front porch Easter decor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mudroom + Deck Update

View from the deck last night

View from the deck last night

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home improvement projects to gluten-free goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s mudroom + utility room(s)–it is hard to explain the space, but it is two separate spaces…yet one space because there is no door between them…it’s complicated *wink*…and we are chatting about the deck project–which is currently happening. Don’t tell the hubby where I am…he thinks I am on a water break *smile*

View of the utility room from the kitchen.

Before photo–view of the utility room from the kitchen.

I really love my old house–it has character and quirkiness that can’t be found in new construction. Now, these charms do offer some challenges when it comes to home improvement projects, but the hubby and I accept and embrace them.

We chose to put the laundry room upstairs and to use this space as a catch-all for the downstairs. The hubby added the countertop because every miscellaneous room needs a place to work, sort, or just pile stuff on top of it *wink*

We chose to put the laundry room upstairs and to use this space as a catch-all for the downstairs. The hubby added the countertop because every miscellaneous room needs a place to work, to sort, or just a place to pile stuff *wink*

I have had the mudroom painted for a few months now…I just did not have the nerve to show y’all the color because it is a bright and fun color. Not the Pinterest gray and white palette. Not the popular colors you see on other blogs…and in magazines.

The color has a coastal + vintage feel. It has personality, and it demands to be noticed–to stand out. Not fade away into a sea of grays and neutrals. Why would Valspar offer so many colors, if it did not want us to embrace and experiment with hues?!?

Before--view of the mudroom space from the utility room area. I have decided that I want to keep the chair bench an the vintage bench, but I am going to be creating more useful organization for coats and dog leashes.

Before photo–view of the mudroom space from the utility room area. I have decided that I want to keep the chair bench and the vintage bench, but I am going to be creating more useful organization for coats and dog leashes.

Part of me wants to apologize that I went so far with my color choice. Part of me feels like I have done something wrong as a blogger and a designer–but the artist in me…the adventurer in me…says I should not apologize for daring to be bold, daring to embrace color, and daring to be me in a world of gray.

This door leads to the deck that is currently under construction. This space is long with a

The door leads to the deck that is currently under construction. This space is challenging to organize because it is long and a bit narrow with a catawampus ceiling. I want to take advantage of the large blank wall…and I have a few ideas up my sleeve…

After sorting through many paint samples, the hubby and I decided on this shade of coral.

After sorting through many paint samples, the hubby and I decided on Coral Reef. This shade of coral brightened up the entire space–and it needed it because there is only a door and no windows.

First things first, clear the space and paint the outside lines *smile*

First things first, clear the space and paint the outside lines *smile*

There was a lot of brush painting in this space because of all the character and charm. This room was once a porch--many moons ago!

There was a lot of brush painting in this space because of all the character and charm. This room was once a porch–many moons ago!

Experimenting with ceiling colors. We finally picked "Stillness" by Valspar. It is a whisper of sky blue and perfect companion to the Coral Reef.

Experimenting with ceiling colors. We finally picked “Stillness” by Valspar. It is a whisper of sky blue and a perfect companion to Coral Reef.

Progress being made--and the space is so much cheerier *smile*

Progress being made–and the space is so much cheerier *smile*

We removed the utility sink to make it easier to paint. I am on the look out for an old galvanized wash sink. As soon as I find it, the plastic one is going bye-bye *wink*

We removed the utility sink to make it easier to paint. I am on the look out for an old galvanized wash sink. As soon as I find it, the plastic one is going bye-bye *wink*

I just wanted to share the mess with y'all. Home improvement projects take over every room *wink*

I just wanted to share the mess with y’all. Home improvement projects take over every room *wink*

Now, that is all I am going to share of the mudroom + utility room because I am currently revamping them both because of the reality of winter and the new deck project. I realized that being cute + colorful wasn’t enough…I need more places to hang coats, dog leashes, and the hubby’s hat collection. I need a place for muddy boots and umbrellas. Don’t worry. I will show y’all the before finished and the new finished rooms *smile*

At the end of the day, home improvement is a not only a learning experience, but it is also an on-going one. My best advice is to be yourself and to not be afraid to admit that a brand new space isn’t working. Just sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and make a new plan!

The beginnings of the columns.

The beginning of the columns.

It is bright and sunny, and we are working like mad to get the job done before more rain gets here!

It is bright and sunny, and we are working like mad to get the job done before more rain gets here! I am 100% certain the rain will be here before we are finished haha

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It is a hot mess on the parking pad and in the backyard!

It is a hot mess on the parking pad and in the backyard!

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The hubby came up with a genius plan to keep the concrete steps...we wanted to take them out...but as I have stated before...this is an old house (built 1920) with lots of quirks.

The hubby came up with a genius plan to keep the concrete steps…we wanted to take them out…but as I have stated before…this is an old house (built 1920) with lots of quirks.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about a couple of projects at Hathorn Hall. It wasn’t easy sharing the bold color choice with y’all–but I do hope y’all love it as much as we do. I encourage all of you to go for bold and bring some cheer to your homes *smile*

We have the most gorgeous sunsets here in Northeast Tennessee, and our deck will be the best place to enjoy them *smile*

We have the most gorgeous sunsets here in Northeast Tennessee, and our deck will be the best place to enjoy them *smile*

 

Flashback Friday: Spring is in the Air

Shiny, happy flowers dancing...shiny, happy flowers dancing...(my version of the B-52s "Shiny Happy People" song)

Shiny, happy flowers dancing…shiny, happy flowers dancing…(my version of the B-52s “Shiny Happy People” song)

Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living!  If you are just now joining the SSL blog, let me give a gist of Flashback Fridays–it is the backstory of Sweet Sorghum Living…how the past has influenced the present.

Now, grab a cup of coffee, and sit a spell with me as I look back on the gardens of my past. Or is it yards…lawns…landscaping projects…work…do it yourself yard projects from my past…

The year was 2006...it was hot...the roses were pink...the path was made from an old concrete porch.

The year was 2006…it was hot…the roses were pink…the path was made from an old concrete porch.

I am trying to find creative inspiration for my new yard…with the hope of warmer weather on the horizon, I really need to be planning a few landscaping projects.  I have cabin fever…more like home renovation overwhelm-ness.

Where to turn?  What to do?  Old photos…the past…the successes and the failures.  Let’s take a look together…perhaps, y’all can help me find the sunshine that I need for the new place…which still doesn’t have a name…other than “new place”, but we will save that for another day.

2004-flower pot repurposed into a fountain...it was originally the base of an outdoor table.  It was never a flower pot.  The pergola was replaced with a covered porch a couple of years after this photo was taken.  It was a splendid idea, but not for a house in the middle of a pasture...in the South.

The year was 2004.  A giant flower pot, which was originally used as the base for a patio table, repurposed into a fountain.  It was never used as a flower pot. The pergola was replaced with a covered porch a couple of years after this photo was taken. It was a splendid idea, but not for a house in the middle of a pasture…in the South.

Front porch entrance to HatRidge...back in 2007.  I love mixing earth toned pots with bright ones.  Just a little pop of color is enough for shiny, happy plants dancing...

Front porch entrance to HatRidge…back in 2007. I love mixing earth toned pots with bright ones. Just a little pop of color is enough for shiny, happy plants dancing…

The year was 2008.  We were living on a street called Scooter.  We bought a lovely cookie cutter house that needed a bit of personality.  We added a vinyl walkway and a two-tired deck.  We spruced it all up with Encore azaleas, grasses, Natchex White Crepe Myrtle (or Crape Myrtle depending on who you are and from where you originate), Golden Cypresses, KnockOut Roses in the most delicate shade of pink...oh, it was lovely!

The year was 2008. We were living on a street called Scooter. We bought a lovely cookie cutter house that needed a bit of personality. We added a vinyl walkway and a two-tiered deck. We spruced it all up with Encore azaleas, grasses, Natchez White Crepe Myrtles (or Crape Myrtle–I have seen it both ways), Golden Cypresses, KnockOut Roses in the most delicate shade of pink…oh, it was lovely!

Stan designed and built the vinyl deck and wooden raised beds.  i loved all the different levels in this yard, but I did not enjoy such proximity with my neighbors...even thought they were all precious.  It was hard going from a pasture in the middle of nowhere to a neighborhood.

Stan designed and built the vinyl deck and wooden raised beds. I loved all the different levels in this yard, but I did not enjoy such proximity with my neighbors…even though they were all precious. It was hard going from a pasture in the middle of nowhere to a neighborhood.

We literally lived in a pasture...in the middle of nowhere.  For generations, the area in which we lived has been called Ellison Ridge.

Pasture in the middle of nowhere–better known as Ellison Ridge–for those of us that were born and reared in God’s country!

Love pops of color!  I just had to paint my chairs in festive brights!

Back to the Scooter House–Love pops of color! I just had to paint my chairs in festive brights!  Underneath the screened porch, Stan created an outdoor kitchen and dining area.  It was a nice place to entertain…outdoor ceiling fans stirred the muggy summer heat…

Is there anything better than a big front porch!  (HatRidge-2009)

Is there anything better than a big front porch! (HatRidge-2009–We owned and kept up two places, HatRidge in Mississippi and Scooter in Alabama, for about two years.  Physically, it was exhausting!)

HatRidge 2009--vinyl privacy fence designed and built by Stan...I love how he topped the gate with an arbor...and the gray posts with the white fence sections!

HatRidge 2009–vinyl privacy fence designed and built by Stan…I love how he topped the gate with an arbor…and the gray posts with the white fence sections!

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Oh, my goodness!  Whatever shall I do at the new place…new house!  Bless its heart!  It needs a name…a few pops of color!

I could reminisce all day, but I really must be getting back to a few home reno projects.  Next Friday, we will continue our look back at yards gone by…and see if we can all come up with a landscaping plan for the “new place”.

If you have any landscaping ideas or photos you would like to share with me (and I would share them with all my sweet readers), please email me at chasidy.hathorn@gmail.com .

Thanks for sitting a spell with me!

Chasidy