Meg and Josh's Mudroom:
The End is in Sight

Renovation Diary

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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's been a ridiculously busy week and we have a lot to show for it. With the electrical inspection under our belt, we were finally able to move into the finishing phase of our Mudroom/Nook project. And move, did we ever.

See, I help - getting my mudding and sanding on.
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We spent our first day of summer break heaving huge sheets of drywall on our walls and ceiling. Luckily, we rented a drywall lift to make the ceiling application painless — although it did have a bit of a learning curve. Before we knew it, the bare walls were covered and the space was finally starting to come together. While I tackled the three coats of sanding/mudding (seriously, I hate having to repeat that process), Josh got started building the built-in benches.

osh uncovers another issue with the subfloor while he was just about to install the built-in bench.
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He was just about to mount the first bench in the nook when he pulled up the old flooring and found some pretty awful water damage. Not at all surprising — we've experienced lots of fun discoveries — but disheartening to say the least. Fortunately, the damage only affected the old subfloor, so he cut out all the old plywood and replaced it with new.

With the new subfloor installed, the bench is mounted to the studs.
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Priming & painting the drywall before we lay the flooring.
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Now, I'm not the cleanest painter, so before we started installing the flooring we broke out our painting supplies and primed and painting the drywall — ceiling and all. With a few fresh coats of paint, Josh and my ever helpful brother pulled up all the old flooring, readied it for new and started installing. It was a lot harder than we expected, but the results are amazing.

Installing the new cork flooring.
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We killed it this week, and our space is finally looking close to being finished. With less than a week before my brother Josh leaves for Alaska, we still have a few finishing items to complete — poly on the floor and installing and painting trim. Here's hoping we can get it all wrapped up in three days!

I love how drywall transforms a space.
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Estimated time for project: 8 weeks
Time remaining: 3 days

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #9 of Meg and Josh's Mudroom Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Meg Padgett)

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