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*

 

A Real Life Post about Diet Pepsi, Blah Spaces, and Dog Food

It is a busy week here in the blogosphere. The VIP and I have been working nonstop on her latest project--that will be launched tomorrow. Stay tuned

It is a busy week here in the blogosphere. The VIP and I have been working nonstop on her latest project that she will launch tomorrow. Stay tuned to our social medias and blogs for more details. Mattie isn’t telling…so don’t ask her *wink*

Hey, y’all! It is time to sit a spell and relax with a good cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine. To be honest, I am drinking Diet Pepsi and eating watermelon as I write this…so feel free to pour yourself a diet beverage…if you are against artificial sweeteners…might I recommend La Croix Peach-Pear…it has no calories, no artificial sweeteners, and is sodium free. I just needed some caffeine…and I really like Diet Pepsi…there are so many things I cannot drink and eat because of the Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease that it is perfectly acceptable that I am allowed to drink my Diet Pepsi without a sermon, friendly advice, or a disapproving look…believe me…I have read all the Facebook posts about the dangers of artificial sweeteners…but just let me have my Diet Pepsi without making me feel bad about myself and my beverage choice.  I digress.

Today on the blog, we are going to be chatting about Mattie and her new dog food, Ziva and her new food/beverage area, and my boring yet functional utility room and mudroom.

"Mattie, would you like to try a new dog food."

“Mattie, would you like to try a new dog food…I know that you are not very happy about getting older, but it is important that you eat food designed specifically for you. Please just try it. If you do not like it, Mom will take you to Pet Smart and buy you a new toy.”

Mattie checking out the Purina ProPlan Savor Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice formula.

Mattie checking out the Purina ProPlan Savor (Adults 7+) Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice formula…she sniffed at the bag for about ten minutes…sniffing and then looking at me…sniffing…and then looking at me…

Mattie taking her first nibble of her new kibble.

Mattie taking her first nibble of her new kibble.

"Mattie, what did you think of your new dog food?"

“Mattie, what did you think of your new dog food?”

peek inside the utility room–please excuse the blah–it is a work in progress.

The hubby added a couple of ClosetMaid shelves and counter space to the utility room because one can never have too much storage or counter space. The vintage green pantry cabinet has been moving around with me for years. I love it more now than when I found it *smile*

The hubby added a couple of ClosetMaid shelves and counter space to the utility room because one can never have too much storage or counter space. The vintage green pantry cabinet has been moving around with me for years. I love it more now than when I found it *smile*

I love color and patterns--so these darling baskets from Michael's were perfect for storing everything from paper towel rolls to my Camelbak + they fit just right on the ClosetMaid shelves.

I love color and patterns–so these darling baskets from Michael’s were perfect for storing everything from paper towel rolls to my Camelbak + they fit just right on the ClosetMaid shelves.

The utility room has hookups for laundry, but I decided to create a laundry space upstairs where all the bedrooms are located. This room is better suited for the messy hubby and the dogs' food/beverage area *wink*

The utility room has hookups for laundry, but I decided to create a laundry space upstairs where all the bedrooms are located. This room is better suited for the messy hubby and the dogs’ food/beverage area *wink*

The counter top support post is an old 4x4 post that I found underneath the deck at my Sloss Castle house. I love it just the way it is *smile*

The counter top leg is an old 4×4 post that I found underneath the deck at my Sloss Castle house. I love it just the way it is *smile*

Ziva is showing y'all where she eats and drinks...Mattie really doesn't like the water fountain...so she gets to eat wherever makes her happy because she is a bit spoiled *wink*

Ziva is showing y’all where she eats and drinks…Mattie really doesn’t like the water fountain…so she gets to eat wherever makes her happy because she is a bit spoiled *wink* P.S. the dog treats are stored in the canister on the counter…not for the humans *smile*

A little peek inside the mudroom...I have no idea what color to paint it! I love Lime Sorbet...but I was also thinking about a pretty peach or coral...decisions!

A little peek inside the mudroom…I have no idea what color to paint it! I love Lime Sorbet…but I was also thinking about a pretty peach or coral…decisions!

I love this quirky space, and it needs lots of color, cheer, and fun art!

I love this quirky space, and it needs lots of color, cheer, and fun art! Yes, I could have styled the dog leash/purse hanger like a magazine…but this is a real life post *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Feel free to comment with any color suggestions, art ideas, or organizational tips you might have for my blah spaces. I need them because after renovating Sloss Castle and moving so many times in such a short period of time…I am all out of mojo!

 

 

 

Fence Weaving and Painting

The hubby used treated deck boards to create the basket-weave fence.

The hubby used treated deck boards to create the basket-weave fence. I helped a little, but he did most of the work *smile* I did enjoy using the nail gun…gotta love a girl that can handle the power tools *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Today on the blog we are going to chat about the fence project at the new house and take a peek inside my mudroom, which is a work in progress…but then again…my entire house is a work in progress!

The hubby decided that the fenced area needed a little bit of lighting. It is just enough to light the perimeter and the gates. After we finish the deck, I am going to create some upcycled, fun lights for the fenced area and the deck.

The hubby decided that the fenced area needed a little bit of lighting. It is just enough to light the perimeter and the gates. After we finish the deck, I am going to create some upcycled, fun lights for the fenced area and the deck.

Once the fence had properly dried, we headed to Home Depot to pick up sample paints.

Once the fence had properly dried, we headed to Home Depot to pick up sample paints.

Sweet Sorghum Living Outdoor Painting Tips:

1.  Use leftover pieces of wood from your project to test the paint colors.

2.  Don’t be shy about getting several paint samples to test.

3.  Once you have your test pieces painted, live with them for a few days.

4.  Check them at different times of the day in order to get a feel of how the color will change throughout the day.

5. Poll your neighbors, friends, and family for their color picks.

6.  If you live in a historical home, check out colors that would have been used during the time period of your home.

6.  At the end of the day, pick a color that makes you happy and works well with the surroundings.

The hubby applying Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing All-In-One Wood Stain and Sealer in Chocolate. Whew! That was a mouthful *wink* I love this color...but I am thinking more deck than fence.

The hubby applying Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing All-In-One Wood Stain and Sealer in Chocolate. Whew! That was a mouthful *wink* I love this color…but I am thinking more deck than fence. *P.S. I think the hubby would make a nice hand model *smile*

Creating more test pieces because the first two sample paints we brought home just did not have the wow factor for which we were looking.

Creating more test pieces because the first two sample paints we brought home just did not have the wow factor for which we were looking.

The sample paints we picked out to test were all Behr Premium Weather Proofing All-In-One. We tested both the semi-tranparent and the solid color wood stains.

The sample paints we picked out to test were all Behr Premium Weather Proofing All-In-One. We tested both the semi-tranparent and the solid color wood stains.

From top to bottom: semi-tranparent in Chocolate, solid color in Woodland Green, solid color in Mountain Spruce, semi-transparent in Wedgewood, and semi-transparent in Mountain Spruce

From top to bottom: semi-transparent in Chocolate, solid color in Woodland Green, solid color in Mountain Spruce, semi-transparent in Wedgewood, and semi-transparent in Mountain Spruce

After several days of observing and moving the boards around, we had narrowed it down to two--Woodland Green and Mountain Spruce.

After several days of observing and moving the boards around, we narrowed it down to two–Woodland Green and Mountain Spruce.

And the winner is....Woodland Green! It was the perfect color to complement our house and its surroundings. There is still some touch-up painting left to do and some landscaping (which I am thinking dark greens, yellows, pinks)...and a deck to build...but we are getting there slowly, but surely *smile*

And the winner is….Woodland Green in the solid color stain! It is the perfect color to complement our house and its surroundings. There is still some touch-up painting left to do and some landscaping (which I am thinking dark greens, yellows, pinks)…and a deck to build…but we are getting there slowly, but surely *smile*

I am really loving the fence–the style and the color. The fur babies are also loving it–running around free from the leashes! I am so very thankful and blessed to have a handy hubby who truly enjoys creating and building. Most days, we make a pretty good duo *smile*

Sneak peek inside the mudroom

 

I am guessing by all the oddities of the mudroom that it used to be a porch. I love its quirkiness, and I want to bring color and spunk to the space.

I am guessing by all the oddities of the mudroom that it used to be a porch. I love its quirkiness, and I want to bring color and spunk to the space.

I am currently installing wall art and bringing in furniture pieces. Once I figure out what I want in the room and where I want it all to be, I will decide on paint color.  I am leaning toward the color I used in the shiny, happy basement at Sloss Castle–Lime Sorbet by Glidden. It will be a tough decision because the mudroom flows into the utility room which is directly off the kitchen. Bad news is there is no door between the kitchen and the utility room because the original door was damaged…keep in mind this is a 1920 home so the hubby and I will have to go on a hunt for a door–or build a swinging door…Whew! As stated earlier, the entire house is a work in progress!

Thanks for sitting a spell me today as we explored outside painting tips, the basket-weave style fence, and all the projects I have running around in my head! I will be on a road trip for several days–so I am going to attempt to mobile blog…just in case I fail at my attempt…follow all the road tripping excitement on my social media 🙂

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