So, yesterday I hinted about what we were up to all weekend. Yeah. we hit the Ikea. And then we tore up the sunroom. 2012 may not be the year I call a contractor and get a mac-daddy mudroom with built-in benches and cubbies, but it still is year of the mudroom, damnit!
See, I had a flash of inspiration. The big hold up on the sunroom-to-mudroom conversion is the fact that the sunroom is cold. Very cold. So cold that all my plants died this winter. And it has been a very mild winter. You see, it's the windows. They are single pane (who installs single-pane windows? Really??!?!!) Anyway, due to new cars, a not so great visit to the tax man, and, oh, the 2 new water heaters we just got? No money for new windows right now. Yeah, yeah, poor me.
But, it did put a wrinkle in my plans. And then? The flash. Of inspiration. Storm windows! Dude, other people with drafty windows don't call Andersen Renewal and drop 10k. Nooo, they put up storms. Yeah! So we are going to look into that. And maybe blow-in insulation, if that's needed. I'm not sure if it is. I'm going to call for an energy audit to get to the bottom of it.
But, that said, I had hope! Hope that I could have a functioning sunroom this summer (hey, drafty windows don't matter then!) and into next winter. The boot tray will finally have a home! My excitement was uncontainable. Truly. It was infectious too, since I managed to get JWH to agree to go to Ikea and measure stuff and carry stuff. At Ikea we dropped some high-for-Ikea bucks on 2 things: a bench and a wall unit. Both hard wood, no MDF or particleboard, please.
The rest of the stuff we put in this room we had: the light fixture, the hooks, the baskets, the rug. Yeah, it was kind of magical the way it came together. Not that we are done. Nope, I have to hit this place with the paint. And then we have to cut the Flor tiles to make them look like wall-to-wall. And I do need 4 more Flor tiles, oh, and new tiles for the front hall, since I stole those for in here.
We are just 25% done with this space, but I can already see where it's going. And I like it. I mean, really, snowshoes off the floor - what's not to love?