Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mud Room!

I almost called this post the 'shit box'. but then I remembered that I run a family oriented pseudo cycling blog, and that sort of foul talk is frowned upon by the brass in the gleaming towers of One Utahdog World Congress of the Americas.
So 'Mud Room" it is. We've got this little mud room off the back of the kitchen (Kristen calls it the "Kitchen Annex", which is almost as pompous as One Utahdog World Congress of the Americas!) that holds the fridge and a small cabinet filled with cleansers and cleaners and other stuff Mr Wolf would use to clean brains off the seats of an old green Nova. The room, whatever you want to call it, is nasty. It looks like a brain-splattered green Nova. We're getting a new fridge, so now is our chance to tidy up the Nova.
Concrete wall, unfinished wallpaper, and a textured, finished painted concrete floor, that outlines the location of the old fridge because the previous home owner of our little HGTV puzzle of a house was a lazy weasel.

More Concrete and dirt. Yummy. Lets cook.

The floor goes in. $30 worth of adhesive tiles.

Room never had proper baseboards, so after the lick-em stick-em tiles were in, I went to work installing baseboards and door frame trim. Including the little corbel fitting that anchors the baseboards at the door frame. This little detail is my lame attempt at matching the original home's door framing detailing elsewhere. When my shoulder recovers from all this manual labor, I'll paint the corbel thingie to match the rest of the trim.

Nice yellow paint. A light shade that adds quite a bit of warmth to the space, but still matches the wallpaper elsewhere in the kitchen.

Frame, baseboards and floor in. Looks good. Not bad for less than 100 bucks. AND we used Home Depot reward dollars from Kristen's credit card too! So essentially...FREE!

Put back the rug, and add a little paint for the brick steps, to tie it all together.

And then the fridge of course.

Not too bad for a fat lazy cyclist wannabe with too many old bikes and not enough saddle time. I should do unlicensed repairs for all my friends and neighbors!
The black tape on the fridge handle keeps it from banging against the door, and the Buccaneer magnet keeps Henry from denting the front of the fridge with the doorknob when he runs headlong into the door to get back in to eat his dinner after we let him out to tinkle. I know that it could happen because it already did. Fridge was in our house for 8 hours, and Henry dents it. That dog is a menace.


Steve said...

Nice fridge, and nice update for the shit box...I mean, mud room.

Paul said...

Get one of the rubber door knob things that keeps kids from opening the door. It would protect the fridge from dents.