Tater and I joke that our house is the YouTube Google house. Whenever we are in a project and are unsure of what we are doing, we go online. Usually Google or YouTube does the trick. 🙂 We are so close to moving in, yet so far away. It is getting harder to want to go to the house. The nights are cold and dark, and we are burned out. We keep plugging away though, and it is slowly paying off.

Okay let’s see. What did February bring? Well, February 1st we arrived to the house to get to work only to notice puddles on the basement floor. While doing plumbing we forgot to turn our ejector pump back on (oops!) and thus found water on our floor. I think our house secretly likes water. A few games are warped and several books were ruined, but for the most part we were able to dry out most of it and move on.

Floor drying

We finished the rest of hopefully what we wish to demolish. The basement bathroom was gutted and the tile floor was removed.

We focused on the kitchen. I unpacked our kitchen items, sealed the countertop, and the kid’s vanity was delivered.

I failed to mention that when we took the forms off of the countertops we still had holes/airpockets and it was not as smooth as we would have liked. Tater asked if we wanted to leave them and seal them as is or patch with a material that would not be the same color. We chose that latter of the two and I am thankful for that decision. It kind of makes the edges stand out a bit more and gives it extra character. I ended up doing 10 thin layers of sealant on the counter. We love how it turned out. It is very smooth.Tater began getting several of the appliances back in. Here they are working on adding a disposal.

We began to set out our furniture. Can lights were added to the office, and our light from our old house was hung making it feel more like home.

Another exciting thing about this month was our fireplace stone going up! Nussbaum Enterprises Inc. did a fantastic job. Here is the huge limestone hearth waiting to go in. It took many guys to bring that baby in.

Tater cutting the beam for the mantle. We got the beam from The Antique Shop in Fairbury. It originally came from a warehouse in New York.

Stone ready to go up.YAY!

We were so excited to have it completed that we moved our furniture up to it, started a fire, and enjoyed a bedtime story by our new area that night.Flooring continued. The tile flooring is now done, and we just finished the last of the hardwood this past weekend! All of our trim. We bought it primed, so we will be painting it and putting it up within the next month year. 🙂
Painting, painting and more painting continues. Ahh! We love white! Here I am getting ready to head into Lowes with this sleeping one. “Wake up darling. It’s time to go into our 3rd home.” We live at 2 places right now, and sometimes it feels like we live at Lowes too! If you are ever there we may run into you! 🙂

Garbage is another thing. I really have to think about what day it is or I get confused:

Monday- Garbage out at the new house

Tuesday – Garbage out at the home where we are living at now

Wednesday – I feel like I still need to take garbage out. This was the day garbage went out at the home where we used to live.

I’ve thankfully have only missed once.

Remember these guys HERE?

We now are only down to 1. So sad. Something got 5 more of our chickens. Calm (our brown egg laying hen) is still alive, and we are thankful for that. We were sad to see our favorite (Blaze) go, but we look forward to getting more. Landon plans to show chickens at the 4H fair this year, so hopefully we can keep them alive and healthy until then!

Back to the kitchen… We were deciding on what to do with this brick tile. We were originally going to leave it. The first week of move in we had 3 people trip on that step. It blends in too much to the lower level. When we added our dining table, the colors fought each other. A blog I follow – Young House Love – has been such motivation and inspiration to us. I saw a post of a whitewashed brick look and loved it. I decided to give it a try here. Before:

I wasn’t a fan after I was in the middle of the 1st coat, but I decided to go with a warmer color and do another coat. We still saw too much blue coming out because of the reddish brick, and it didn’t feel clean to us. Trying to figure out what to do next…We went for it and decided to paint the entire area. It probably will be hard to keep clean, but we love it! We are tackling our upstairs room now. That was the area storing all of our belongings, and it has not been touched. We moved our mattresses downstairs and the girls wanted to take a nap there. Our princess(es) and the pea.

Thanks for asking how things are going and caring for us during this journey! For those who have missed our last several months, here is the collection:
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
See you next month with the next house update! Booking update and photography plans will post soon! Thanks for coming!

7 Comments so far

  1. Gerry Kruse March 6th, 2014 9:34 pm

    It is so good to look back and see how much you have accomplished! Loving it all. Hang in there! So good to compare notes! 🙂 xox

  2. Deb Grieco March 7th, 2014 1:23 am

    You guys are just amazing! You inspire me. You have done amazing things to this home and you will enjoy it for years to come. It is just a show place! I love everything u have done!

  3. g-ma d. March 7th, 2014 10:28 am

    WOW It is really looking beautiful. You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.. The kids look like they are really growing!!I was helping your mom yesterday pull up carpeting and staples. When I saw Tater’s picture at the bottom of the stairs reminded me of when I helped Jan pull staples from them…

  4. Denise March 7th, 2014 2:36 pm

    Just beautiful. Love all the updates. Love the fireplace and the painted kitchen floor turned out wonderful!

  5. Bev Virgil March 7th, 2014 6:05 pm

    Stunning! You will have a new house before long!! I love your style!!!

  6. Jill Tucci March 10th, 2014 7:34 am

    Wow!!! Your home is looking beautiful and is really taking shape! Can’t wait to see next month’s update! It’s such a long process, believe me, we know, but once it is done, you will be so thrilled with the results. I can’t believe how big the kids are getting – time sure does fly.

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