This year we decided to spend Christmas in Portland, which was super exciting. It was our first time staying home and would be our first opportunity to really celebrate in the house. Of course, we could not just sit back and relax? Apparently working on your house 24/7 doesn't end for the holiday season. So, Josh and I decided to host a small Christmas party of desserts and drinks. Then as luck would have it, we offered to be part of our neighborhood progressive dinner party which happened to land the following night December 26. Yup, that's two parties, two different menus, in two days, gulp.
As if this wasn't enough, this would be the first time many of our friends and neighbors had ever seen the house. Which put the pressure on to finally deal with a lingering project to nowhere: the mudroom. As you may remember, back in July we installed beadboard in the entire space. In August, we rented a belt sander and sanded the floor boards.... then nothing happened for a while. Then we sanded the ceiling, only to realize we had to skim coat it again, so we sanded it again. Are you seeing where I am going?
Well it was a little over a week to Christmas and we needed to at least make the room presentable. We primed the entire room and set about painting all the walls, trim and ceiling a nice fresh white semi-gloss. One coat went up, then two, the wood was soaking all the paint up like sponge, I seriously didn't know if I could keep painting the same space every night like this. Finally, we tried a third coat, it had to be deemed good enough and we stopped at four coats of paint. This made a huge difference in the room! So bright and so fresh. We were excited and couldn't wait to paint the french doors. Except we soon realized they had to be open to painted?!? Since it was about 30 degrees and rainy in Portland these doors were not getting painted anytime soon. Total fail on our part. We had three months of perfect weather in which to paint the doors and well... it looks like it would be almost a whole year before it happened. So please ignore the ugly preprimed beige doors.
I will take a break from this failure to show you a picture of our amazingly cute sconce we added to the mudroom. Prior to this addition there was no light in the space, not one. Making trips to the basement or outside at night was an 'at your own risk' adventure. Then I saw this little guy and decided he should come home with me (I am glossing over the fact we had to bring in a electrician to actually make it light up). But that aside, its adorable and I love him every time I go down to the basement without tripping and dying.
With the door failure looming we decided to paint the floor. I primed the bare floor boards, which kinda gave it a fun whitewash effect and then Josh painted the floor with crisp porch paint. Two coats, one of which was done on Christmas Eve. Yes, we painted the mudroom floor on Christmas Eve, Josh was at until 9pm. Fumes be damned this would be our Christmas miracle! We pulled it off and shared a glass of wine before passing out. Now I just needed to start contemplating two parties to cook for.