Today I am channeling Wyatt Earp and our mudroom is the Not OK Corral. We noticed a rotten spot in the floor of our mudroom about a week ago and immediately used that as an excuse to remodel it. It wasn’t exactly a novel idea as has been our plan since I fist laid eyes on it. But just like anything looks can be deceiving.
Just after Josh discovered the rotten floor he went outside to repair the water spigot on that side of the house. He leaned on the house and it gave. Being the optimist that I am I wanted to believe that maybe there was just a little extra cushion behind the siding or perhaps Josh just pushed too hard, or ate a little extra breakfast that morning.
So this morning we slipped on our tool belts and donned our safety glass. Josh put on a respirator just to be sure. We removed the vinyl siding and this is what we found. And yes, that is a rotten engineered truss.
We like to believe that we are the handiest of the handy, and so we were up for the challenge. We began demolishing the rotten wood and it just kept climbing, and climbing traveling up and up. After we removed the rotten headers, yes, rotten headers we realized that sometimes the handiest of the handy need someone handier. Enter Chris the Carpenter…
Just as he was settling in to watch the Appalachian State football game, I called. 15 minutes later we were heading towards the house, me explaining how it was bad, but not that bad- all at the same time. Once we arrived he said it was definitely bad, and so with a box of nails and a load of determination we started. We are not done but tomorrow is another day. We are remodeling the interior so tune in to see the progress, or better yet, SUBSCRIBE
I love everything about the 80′s: The Goonies, The Police, Inspector Gadget, Leggings with socks, Punk Rockers, Hot Green, Heman, and Mr. T- I LOVE IT. In fact that is, perhaps, why I love our little cottage in the Friendly City by the Sea. When we bought this cottage it had “I know you are, but what am I” written all over it. When I first stumbled upon it, it had been vacant and on the market 2 years. No doubt countless of potential buyers had ventured through its little spaces, never seeing through the 1980′s veneer.
The Legend of Zelda, acid wash jeans, the “Man in the Mirror” and our little cottage all sprang from the same great year-1988. From the light blue countertops, the red trim, red windows, and red doors to the blue and white vinyl flooring, it was a blast from the past. The “Willamsburg” color scheme was dripping with 80′s nostalgia and screaming “do over”… and so we obliged.
While we have brought our 80′s gem basically into the 21st century at break neck speed over the last three months, there is plenty of work to do and we will be doing it and sharing it in an effort to put our stamp on our “little cottage that could”.
This is a journey and our cottage is our vessel. And for the “honor of greyskull”, in remembrance of high tops, and for giving us ”Sike”- thank you 1980′s for all of this, and our little cottage that we love to call HOME.