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!