We’re already onto Week #2 of the One Room Challenge and so far we’ve made A LOT of progress. I feel like this time around it’s going more smoothly than the bathroom (I’m over here knocking on wood after saying that). So far, so good. Click through to see our latest progress and take a peek at the custom cabinetry rendering.
In case you missed the first week, don’t worry! Catch up here: Week 1 (before images and the design plan)
This week we focused on demo and repairing the things that people won’t notice, but are imperative to the integrity of the house…
Just like the kitchen, Emmett ripped up the existing linoleum to find a rotten subfloor (shown below). It all had to go!
Thankfully, Emmett recruited our Brad to help this weekend (he was a HUGE help), and they made amazing time getting the floor done. I was serious when I said we’re moving right along.
In addition to the subfloor, they also updated the plumbing and electrical. Again… it’s all the junk behind the wall that nobody will ever see, but if we’re going to renovate, we make sure to do it the right way from the ground up. You guys already know that’s how we roll.
In other news… I finally finished designing the dog crate- you know, the item on the checklist that was one of my biggest concerns. You don’t realize what goes into a custom cabinetry / dog crate design until you have to do it. After speaking with vet friends and readers, we measured both of our dog’s paws, muzzles, mouths, heads, etc. I’m serious! I know that sounds crazy, but we want the crate to be a happy and safe place for them.
Neither of them were super stoked about being measured, but it had to be done. Given they are both high energy (aka rambunctious) dogs that chew, we opted for steel dowel bars that fit into the custom cabinetry.
It was imperative to get the spacing right between each dowel so that the dogs can’t get their mouth around it to chew. The professionals (our veterinarian friends) were worried about their teeth breaking if they tried to chew the steel, and that would absolutely break my heart (and wallet). To avoid that, the spacing was IMPORTANT (hence the awkward measuring).
Along with the steel bars, I opted for the interior of the dog crate to be wrapped in laminate. The cabinets are solid wood and the last thing I wanted was the dogs to destroy expensive custom millwork. Therefore, laminate is a more durable choice that will be resistant to scratching and chewing. It will also be easier to clean and is much more sanitary. I colored matched our stain-grade wood cabinetry in the kitchen and selected a laminate that is almost an identical match, so the two spaces look cohesive- even if they are made of different materials. The laminate is the smaller swatch, shown below… and the solid wood cabinetry is the background piece.
I’m guessing you’re ready to see the cabinetry rendering by this point in the post? It looks exactly the same as my realistic rendering from Week #1, but with accurate measurements.
There will be a tall closet cabinet to the left, upper cabinetry storage, a countertop surface, the dog crate is sandwiched in between the two “towers”, and the laundry units are built in with closed storage above them. I’m really excited about how things are coming together.
I really realllllly wanted this dog wallpaper for the laundry room, but was afraid it would be overkill with the patterned floor tile. It took everything I had not to hit the buy button… seriously, it’s SO pretty. I opted for dog art instead. If you’re wondering about the art, I shared a sneak peek on Instagram over the weekend (it’s saved on my story). I’m painting portraits of each of my boys (the dogs, obviously), and plan to have them framed. I’ll share a close-up of the first one below. I haven’t really painted since art school, so it was a nice creative break away from the computer!
Cabinets are scheduled to be delivered this week, so I’ll share more as soon as soon I can… otherwise, that’s all for this week! I’d love to know your thoughts and feedback. I’ll be back here next Wednesday with another laundry update that will hopefully include the installed cabinetry!!
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