Mudroom: Before, During & After

John primed the mudroom walls yesterday. Here is a series of photos showcasing the transformation.

I took this photo in October 2015 after the plumber installed the initial pipes and John ripped out the old window. This was when the house didn’t have  running water or heat.

The plumber, Evan, had started installing the PEX tubing and John had begun installing the electrical wire.

We saved thousands of dollars by having John run all the electrical in the entire house. Without John doing all of the wiring, all the insulation, all the drywall, and all the painting, there is no possible way we could have afforded to pay sub contractors to do all that work.

You either have to have deep pockets or have a huge loan to hire people to do all the work this house needed. DIY was our only option.

An electrician had given us a $15,000 quote to do the job that John did.

Yesterday morning, before John started priming the walls, I stepped outside and took this photo of the mudroom from the patio.

I’m now thinking about the new door installation; this is one job that John needs to hire someone to do. Of course, it’s difficult to find someone that will come over just to do this one job.

Now I’m standing in the Bonus Room facing the mudroom door to the patio. The garage is on the left. John is buying the interior garage door today so that he can finish the last remaining wall on the left. The door has to be installed before he can finish the drywall.

He rolled the ceiling quickly.

Inspecting his work…

The north wall is next…

Certain areas require a 9″ roller. John makes painting look easy but as we all know, it’s the prep work that is extremely time consuming, and when the painting begins, you have to be tidy and organized.

Now for the big roller…

Twenty years ago, a painting contractor taught John how to paint the proper way, not the homeowner way, but the painting-contractor-way. The time John spent learning how to paint has paid off for us in a big way. If we had to hire a painting contractor to prime & paint the entire house inside, the cost would easily be between $12,000 & $15,000 in this area.

And remember when we got the drywall quote of $12,000? John had to do the drywall installation himself, which wasn’t easy. If any of you are thinking of gutting an entire house and rebuilding it, make sure you have the budget to hire a drywall contractor.

Working with both rollers simultaneously…

When rolling walls, always look for a spec of dust, or in this case, a bug, and take it off so that the wall is flawless.

Keep a rag handy in your pocket for wiping off each end of the paint roller. Otherwise, paint tracks will be rolled on the wall.

Always have work lights to shine on the paint for inspection.

The mudroom is the smallest room in the house but I think it’s going to be the most fun to design.

A solid image…

And that’s the primer! The paint will be next!

One more thing to cross off the list (almost).

6 thoughts on “Mudroom: Before, During & After

  1. Will you be doing your flowers in the mud room or the bonus room?

    My Dad added on to our house when I was in elementary, junior high, high school and college. Took him that long as he only worked on weekends and evenings after a full time job. He did paneling instead of dry wall to save time and labor. Also because he hates to paint. The rest of the house is mostly wallpaper with only the original three bedrooms painted. Outside is stone façade, siding or tinted stucco because he hates to paint. The only thing outside that gets painted are the eaves and trim. While I was growing up we all were slaves, I mean apprentices to my Dad’s work on the house. I learned to do pvc, tile and we all even took a turn at plastering. He hired a guy to do the ceilings and we were all given a section of the ceiling and instructed what to do. The plasterer came by after us to smooth things out. (This was a sand dollar effect done with socks.)

    My Dad told us that if we were to ever own a home we either needed to learn how to do the work ourselves or be rich enough to be able to hire professionals to do it for us. But even if we did, we better know how to do it to make sure they were doing it correctly.

    I own my own home and have done most of the jobs myself. I did do a little dry wall, mud and tape on a few areas that needed repair. I paint, but I’m sure not as good as John. I’ve done some electrical, hung a ceiling fan, some plumbing, I can sweat a copper pipe and I installed a dishwasher, reseated a toilet after renovating a bathroom and retiling the walls and floor, changed out faucets and I put an irrigation system in my yard and glazed windows. My biggest payoffs were insulating my attic and installing a programmable thermostat. I have had to hire out plumbing for the bathroom, installing a tankless water heater, installing a tubular skylight (one of my best investments) and a new roof (for which the contractor cheated me by taking all of the extra packages of shingles he over ordered.) But by and large I think I’ve done well. Not as good as you and John but I’ve maintained my house over the years.

    I am getting on and will have to start doing more hiring. But at least I know how to do things properly so I know if a job is being done right or slip shod.

    The one thing I cannot do is paint the outside of the house, nor will I cover it with any sort of siding. I have a few architectural elements that would be lost if I went that route. So I do have to hire a painting contractor every decade or so. So far I’ve been very lucky.

    Have you sat down and calculated exactly how much money you’ve saved by doing your own labor? Will you have the house appraised again after all of the work? I’m thinking you’ve got $150,000-$200,000 in equity just from the work John has done. More with the addition and once the yard has a bit of landscaping. Not that you’re going to sell. But if you have to refinance from a construction loan to a regular loan, that is a lot of equity.

  2. This was amazing to see — what a lot of work to do one room so beautifully, but your husband is a perfectionist and makes it look “easy”!!! (I know that’s the last thing it is!)

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