Thursday is move in day! All of the trim is painted, the mudroom is gutted, and the 1st clear coat is on the floors. Phew! Our goal was to finish Phase I and move in within two weeks of closing. It looks like that's going to happen. We still have to put a second clear coat on the floors, install a gas line for our stove, and finish the downstairs bathroom (that an overzealous Abbey "accidentally" gutted last week). Our plan is to clean everything up and live in the house before we make any further changes...a 'house whisperer' situation, if you will. Phase I is all about stripping the farmhouse back and taking out materials that are either rotten, hideous, useless, or beyond repair. Speaking of rotten and beyond repair, here are some not-so-impressive photos of the gutted mudroom. The original clapboard under the moldy paneling was a happy find. The cinderblock wall is part of the fireplace in the living room. See our box spring? Yeah...it doesn't fit up the stairs. Somehow my evil plan to buy a platform bed worked out. Here's the one I'm in love with (SO not in the cards right now). Immediately below is a look at the former Harry Potter closet.
and here's a look at the filthy back door and fabulous pedestal sink I found on craigslist for $20. Score!
here's a super dark image of the other side of the mudroom. The old stove, freezer, sink, and lone hollow core door are all headed to our local home recycling place.