Monday, March 28, 2011


My hubby and I have been out shopping, and not of the window shopping variety, but real purchases and all.
We have decided to tackle one room at a time in our home and the first on the list is the mudroom.
So as not to get sidetracked by the arrival of our new baby in two weeks time we decided to go get a few of the most have essentials needed to finish of the room.

1) We ordered the two closet doors from Dimension doors. Instead of the standard bi-fold closet doors we wanted a more custom look and we thought that two small solid wood doors would give the mudroom the character it needed. Also the doors match the rest of the doors in our house. We plan on painting them red, actually Orchard red from Sarah Richardson's PARA paint line.

However they do not carry her colours here in the good ol' province of Qc. So we are having Benjamin Moore match it for us.

2) Speaking of Benjamin Moore, the local retailer here also sells Robert Allen fabric and I am very happy to announce that we have ordered the fabric for the mudroom.

In two weeks time we should be receiving this Paisely Flower fabric in Date, and although it is expensive I really think that the wow factor of this fabric is worth it. Especially since the mudroom will be the introduction to the rest of our house.

3) Deciding that the plain pine paneling was a bit too much wood we decided to buy a white stain to try out on the lower portion of the wall. While I wasn't happy with the pine being plain I also felt that painting it would ruin the country charm of the paneling. So we opted to try staining the wood white, this way we still see the knots and grain of the pine. We will know for sure if it was the right move once everything is in place.
4) We found ourselves a perfect little bench to fit nicely in the mudroom. We didn't have a lot of space to work with, 43'x18' to be exact, and this little fellow just made the cut. We plan on painting it, but want to wait and see the fabric and red doors in place before choosing a colour.

5) This next purchase applies to the whole house, although we will be using it in the mudroom as well.
DOORKNOBS!! I am so excited to finally found doorknobs we like. Here it is in all it's glory, the Weiser Wickham knob in black. 
We originally wanted porcelain to go with the country feel of our house, but seeing that the price was out of our reach we went with the black as it gave off the same "old" look we were after. I can not wait to get them installed. It's going to make our place seemed that much more finished.

We still have a few purchases left to make, like the grass cloth wallpaper for the upper portion of wall and closet storage, shelves and hooks.
I love shopping!!

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