This Week’s To-Do’s and a Porch Tour

We’re still working away on our house, and this week, I’m feeling the craziness of keeping up with normal life, as in jobs/coaching/groceries/book work/regular cleaning/church music/meal making, while also continuing to finish up details around our house.  Here’s our to-do list for this week:

-Mow Lawn

-Plant Grass

-Put flowers in pots inside and out

-Install hardware and hanging bar in laundry room

-Clean porch windows inside and out

-Paint both exterior doors, inside and out

-Clean bricks (this is to get the remaining mortar residue off)

-Organize/clean downstairs cabinets (bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, and porch)

-Collect, price, hang and label garage sale items

-Clean up pile of remodeling tools in porch


It’s time for some before and after pictures of the porch.  Really, we should stop calling it that now that it’s a totally functional, heated/cooled room in our house.  We could call it the mudroom/music room, but I’m guessing it will always be “the porch”.


When we bought the house, there was hardly anything left to the “enclosed” porch, as you can see.


The porch was obviously an addition, and they just built around the siding and door that had previously been the outside of the house.

When the picture above was taken, the person taking it was standing in the porch, looking in at the kitchen.


After a lot of TLC, our porch is now a functional mudroom.  I don’t know what we’d do without these lockers.  When we come in the house, our reasonably dry shoes go into the drawers, coats and scarves get hung on the hooks, and hats and gloves go in the cabinets at the top.  Also, I would have never thought about this, but there’s three steps separating the porch from the kitchen.  If we ever build a house, I’ll totally copy that idea.  The steps keep dust/dog hair/dirt from blowing into the rest of the house.

Rust Walls,


The porch also doubles as a music room.  I can see myself adding either a big mirror or chalkboard on that wall, some big baskets to hold teaching supplies and shelves above the piano to add some visual interest to the very tall, empty wall.