Garage Entry Reveal

Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

We’ve spent quite a bit of time on the garage entry. Why??    Well . . . . .the garage entry is visible from the living room and several other places in the house. It is the place we most often use to enter our home, the passage way to storage and trash disposal and most importantly, Wheels kingdom in the garage. Our coats and outdoor gear are stored in the closet on one side and the other side has a drop zone cupboard and bench. It’s multifunctional and gets used a lot! For such an itty bitty space, it has a big impact.  As we made first one change and then another, I realized they fit into three inter-related categories.   We wanted this space to be 1) Functional  2) Good looking  3)  A supporting player that does not draw attention to itself. Since we are making this house “ours”, this is the perfect time to think about all these things.  So excited to have one space completely done!!!    Even if it is a small space!


Drop Zone Cupboard -- A Pinch of Joy

The drop zone cupboard has some built in features, including this charging station. Cubbies hold cellphones, sunglasses, on the go chargers. On one shelf is an inbox for Wheel’s paperwork, like car wash coupons or receipts. The door has the trash schedule taped to it. Our master calendar is here and other utility pieces that are out of sight. Oh yeah, and Wheel’s collection of five thousand sixty three flash lights – just in case.

Keys -- A Pinch of Joy

Keys go on the hook in the corner cupboard when you walk in the house. I stick them in my pocket, because I ALWAYS come in the house with my hands full. But at least, I know where to look when they are missing :-)  And you know, I moved the pack of gum and a handful of receipts and appointment cards for this pic!

Good looking

Cushions on Bench -- A Pinch of Joy

The garage entry is visually an extension of the living room.   The cushions say “ furniture”, which help tie it into the living room. You know the karate chop that designers leave in the top of the cushion to show it is soft and cushy and quality? Well, draw your own conclusion. :-) But the colors were perfect!  Since the living room door frames the entry,  colors were chosen to go closely with the living room.   The wall color is Sherwin Williams Topsail.   The lower part of the bench is SW Popular Gray which is the same color as the living room wall.  The bench top is just a bit darker, SW Versatile Gray.

A Supporting Player

 Garage Entry Before -- A Pinch of Joy

This is what we started with: The tile is a given in much of the house and makes a strong statement by itself so it is always number one consideration. Besides the tile, there were five different wood patterns in this small space. First thing we did was to take down dark crown molding on top of the birch cupboard.   I painted the shiny metal door with its fake woodgrain and  mdf frame the same color (SW Nice White). And finally painted the bench to cover the very distinct and large grain pattern.   The oak closet door on the other side is pattern #5.    The goal is to be able to walk by the room without it drawing attention or competing with any other part of the house. It just needs to be there doing its job and lookin’ good!

And the results . . . .

Garage Entry 4 -- A Pinch of Joy


Garage Entry 3 - A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry 2 -- A Pinch of Joy

The winner in the hard working, good looking, supporting player category . . . .

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New Home Update — Week 22

Garage Entry Door Painted -- A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry Door Painted -- A Pinch of Joy

A new coat of paint — well, several coats actually — changed that shiny, yellow faux oak but really metal fire door between the house and the garage into this.  I love it!  Although it may get a darker, grayer coat eventually because it does get a lot of traffic.  We’ll see how it holds up.  It makes the real oak wood closet doors look better too. Thanks, Chris, for the suggestion to paint the frame!  Lots more changes coming to this small space!   It’s where we enter our home most frequently and is quite visible from the living area.  I see the wreath drifted off center —

1Garage Storage 4 cabinets and some cubbies-- A Pinch of Joy

We added four new cabinets to the garage for storage.  Second from right has painting equipment.  So glad to have it out of the house and organized!!  We topped the four cabinets with the three cubbies we brought with us.  Wheels was exulting over all the storage space — won’t be empty long.  Here’s the story behind the works for him and works for her cubby storage.  Needs black and white labels.  That’s Deputy Frog on top of the cabinet; walk past his motion sensor and he goes “ribbett, ribbett.”  Bytes and his brother delighted in hiding that thing in the most unlikely places just to see me jump.  At least it is over my head now so I can walk by without setting it off.  I thought it was long gone, but seems he surfaced in time to make the move.  Be afraid, Deputy, be very afraid.  One ribbett and the trash can is just six feet away!

Hooks in Laundry Room -- A Pinch of Joy

We added a rack of hooks across from the washer and dryer in the laundry room.  Works great to hang clothes right out of the dryer.

Laundry Room Backsplash - A Pinch of Joy

I added a utility backsplash behind the laundry room sink.  This sink gets used for dirty jobs and we anticipate that use will increase.  There was a lot of splashing on the wall and this seemed the most effective way of dealing with it.  Today the spider plant is getting emergency therapy.  Yesterday the furnace registers got a scrubdown.


We’ve done mundane things like caulk all the windows where ever they needed it .  . .

3closet shelves

remove too high  hanging rods and add a shelf.   A new rod is waiting to be installed here, once the support is painted.  We’ll do this to all the closets.

Organized Pantry -- A Pinch of Joy

It took two days to organize the pantry.  I was disappointed to find that the shelves are not only NOT adjustable, but, in fact, the supports are glued to the wall.  Just did not want to add drywall replacement to the list right now so I worked with the way it is.    I reworked the things in kitchen cabinets and basement storage, putting some things in the pantry and putting  things I had in the pantry in cabinets or storage.  That is definitely still a work in progress.  I like the way the pantry finally pulled together though.  I stock up at sale time so its nice to have enough space to see what we have at any one time.

The Shark Tank -- A Pinch of Joy

We made a Shark Tank behind the pantry door.   I’m thinking of hanging a plaque to my sister Vee, who recommended the Shark vacuum and steamer.  Love, love, love them both. Never been able to find a light weight machine that really worked before.  These are great!  Should I be annoyed that the last person to use the vacuum didn’t empty it?  I’ll just be glad they vacuumed!  

Big project

We brought the big outdoor table into the basement game room so I could spread out for this big project.  I may have bitten off more than I can chew this time, but stay tuned I’ll show you the results and how I did it in a future post.  If it works out — .  I hope you’ve enjoyed these little peeks at our new home while we are settling in and making it “ours”.   Thank you for your patience  while we do!!!  I can’t leave today without a couple of these pics . . .

Snowstorm 2016 -- A Pinch of Joy

The Blizzard of 2016.  Eighteen inches of snow and gusts of fifty mile an hour wind.  Severe snowstorm with winds over 35 mph and visibility of less than a quarter mile for more than three hours — that’s the definition of blizzard.  We had that, for sure!  This photo was about halfway through the storm Tuesday.  That’s a six foot privacy fence!

Blizzard 2016-- A Pinch of Joy

The view out the front door this morning.  That’s an almost eight foot tall tree.  Three neighbors came over to help Wheels and Bytes shovel out early Wednesday morning.  Front end loader, snow blowers and snow shovels made really quick work of the four foot deep snowdrift that filled our entire driveway.  Welcome to the Great Plains!

New Home updates:  Changing colors      Solar tubes    Painting Progress     Home Update Week 7    Home Update Week 11    Week 19 Painter’s Progress   New Home Update Week 22  

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New Home Update: Painter’s Progress Week 19

Mudroom gets a coat of primer

This time last year, I was finishing the design for the new home we were going to build. We loved the design and the details, but other important things – like the builder and the right land — just weren’t coming together. A few months later, we found this house on the third “shopping trip” 1000 miles from our Ohio home. (Thanks so much to my patient, hospitable and helpful sisters and families for their help and support!!!!) It was quite similar to the design we had planned — except we wanted a big front porch. Instead of building a new house, we’ve been painting this one. Probably could have built a new house in the same amount of time  :-) But we are done with the big paint projects. Happy dance!  Here’s what we’ve done most recently:

Mudroom gets a coat of primer

Wheels is putting  a coat of primer on the back entryway.  We had a discussion on the proper name for this space between the coat closet and a bench.  I’ve been calling it a mudroom.  He informed me we don’t have mud to worry about so we should call it a foyer.  I said it was too small to be a foyer, we’ll just call it the garage door space.  Well, it doesn’t matter, he said, just as long as it is not a mudroom.  Then it dawned on me.  That’s the door he uses most often and  he was taking offense at being considered a mud tracker in-er.  Okay, foyer, I said.  We’ve called it the back door  ever since.  Unless we want to get really specific.  Then it’s the mudroom.

After Painting: The Basement Bath

The basement bathroom above was painted a warm gray (Sherwin Williams Popular Gray), perfect for this windowless space.

Laundry Room Before

The laundry room before.  The mirror hangs above the sink.   All of the recently painted rooms were this same gold color.  It was the lightest color in the house and still took a coat of primer and two coats of color to cover.

Laundry Room After

Love, love, love the pure white of the cupboards against the blue green of the new wall color  (SW Tidewater) in the laundry room after painting.

5Guest Bath

The guest bath got a new color too (SW Cay).  The blue makes the copper glass top on the vanity stand out beautifully.  We needed new hardware in here so chose black ringed with copper, repeating the sink color.

 Bytes Office

Bytes office was painted SW Bubble to reflect as much light as possible.  Yes, the top of his computer monitor is the same height as the closet door.   The monitor is enormous and sets on a standing desk.  Definitely dominates the room!

8 Pantry After

We painted the walk-in pantry at the last minute.  It was a huge job, but finishing it meant all the rooms were freshly painted.  Bytes sprayed the walls, which saved a ton of time.  The walls are SW Biscuit and the shelves are SW Interactive Cream.  (Appropriate for the pantry — biscuits and cream!)    The ceiling paint is indeed yellow — Sherwin Williams Friendly Yellow to be exact!  Just for fun.  It looks like a bit of sunshine peeking through the transom above the pantry door.

9Back Door

We’re done with the big jobs.  But there is more to come. . . this shiny, yellow, shiny, metal painted to look like oak, shiny door in the foyer/mudroom is just begging to fit in with the new blue (SW Topsail)  walls.  Did I mention it is shiny?  Really shiny.  Not that it bugs me or anything.  Really, really shiny!

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