Meg and Josh's Mudroom: Moving the Finish Line

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Josh, attaching the bookcase to the cabinet base.
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Name: Meg and Josh
Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel
Location: Chinook, Washington
Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet

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It always seems the finish work takes longer than expected. It's that last little bit that makes a big difference in the quality of the job — rush through it and you could end up with a less than stellar room. We took our time — in fact, our 3 days until deadline turned into an extra week.

The boys trying to figure out the right angle to cut the crown molding.
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Josh had most of the built-ins completed but still had to construct the backrests and lids, plus the bookcase. While he was hard at work on those items, my brother and I got started on installing the baseboards. Then the two boys, both high school math teachers, decided to tackle the crown molding together. You'd think that these guys would zoom right through this, but the crown got the better of them for a few hours.

Arguably, the worst job on the list.
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While they were scratching their heads and crunching numbers, I started trimming the half-wall and my least favorite job, caulking. The boys finally had the crown figured out and before we knew it the kitchen was completely trimmed out, and just in time for my brother to leave.

Installing the crown molding in the kitchen.
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Our initial deadline came and we still had a good list of items to finish, so we were happy to hear that Josh's leave date would be pushed back a week. The day he actually left we had most everything finished. The last thing on the list, aside from the last little bit of caulking and painting, was the crown molding in the mudroom/kitchen nook. Unfortunately, my mediocre math skills and our sloped ceilings make this a project that is outside of my skill level. So it will just have to wait until he returns in a couple months.

The nook & built-ins.
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Fortunately it's just the crown, and everything else is built and in place. The house is back to being livable and is so much less chaotic. Our new kitchen/nook/mudroom space is open and bright and aside from the last little bit of crown still left to be finished, is exactly what we had in mind when we envisioned the space during our first walk-through.

The bright, open space - not complete but close!
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Estimated time for project: 8 weeks
Time remaining: 0 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #10 of Meg and Josh's Mudroom Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Meg Padgett)

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