The garage. An extension of our house that did not feel like us. If you know us, we kind of go crazy with things and like to make it fun. No, we did not go with polka dots like our last house. 😉

But we did want a change.

Here is what the garage looked like in March before we moved in. It actually doesn’t look too bad here. I wish you could really feel the grime. Okay, so maybe not. But trust me. It was buggy, dirty, and full of cobweb grossness. The previous owners left all of the back shelving that you see. We washed all of those and moved those to the barn for extra storage there. The wood edge of the floor (which I did not get a picture of) was not pretty. We ripped up the stuff that was peeling and housing many bugs.

We cleared away some of the clutter and moving out that shelving helped to make the space feel larger.


Trim, fridge, deep freeze and other items were moved outside for several days.
The walls were also pretty messed up and peeling. We didn’t spend much time with it, but puttied and sanded the walls a bit. Tater used his commercial sprayer to paint the ceiling and wood base that is by the floor.A before picture:After: We painted window trim, doors, ceiling and floor. This picture was taken after the painting was complete. We still have a final paint coat to do on the closet and house entrance doors.Next up: Tater had plans to make the area more user friendly. It gets messy out here. The kids touch animals and step in mud poop. Since we want to keep our inside of our home as clean as possible, he decided on a sink in the garage to help the kids clean up before even entering the house. We have used this sink so much already! Tater asked the family if he could use the sink that they used for canning when growing up. So it has lots of memories coming with it already. Here they are cleaning it up before installation.Remember our beverage center that was there when we first moved in?
The garage wall is on the other side of this. So when this beverage center was ripped out, Tater moved the water lines to go to the garage instead. Making it possible to give us this nice sink set up!
He had to work on cleaning off and making the faucet part leak free, but his hard work paid off. A closer look:

He added a paper towel holder for me. A spigot to attach our hose to. And he ran water tubing up and over to the fridge so we can get ice and water out of it during the hot summer months. 🙂We moved everything back in and are enjoying our cleaner feeling garage!

Other house updates:

* We ended up draining our hot tub. 🙁 The heating elements were broke, and we do not want to invest the time or money into figuring that out right now. When we went to use it, it was either 70 degrees or 119 degrees so we didn’t really use it yet. Our electric bill has been significantly higher these past few months and this was one thing we could do to help lower that. Hopefully this coming winter doesn’t undo the broken pipe parts we just fixed!

* Bye Bye stumps. We took them to ground level and will maybe grind the remains next spring.

* Grass seed has been planted. Here is to hoping it will grow! It looks like the chickens are eating all the seed. It took awhile to pick up the sticks and make the dirt ready. Thanks to our awesome neighbors for letting us borrow their tractor to get the ground ready!


* We worked a bit more on the basement. Hung remaining doors, put together the crib, and finished hanging remaining picture frames, etc. in the kids play areas.

– baby area –

– ballet area –

– family area –

– craft/school area –

– play/game area –

* We had another leak in the basement yesterday which meant for more water clean-up and another thing to fix. Thankfully it didn’t damage too much stuff.

* Almost September! Which means trim starts. First room: Bathroom. Our vanity has not been hooked up yet due to waiting on the trim. We have been getting used to washing our hands in the bathtub, but how exciting and nice it will be to have working bathroom sinks!


6 Comments so far

  1. margieackerman August 27th, 2014 2:29 pm

    Another wonderful update. I have so enjoyed this journey, and can only imagine how much time, energy, and love you have put into this terrific project. May you have many years of happiness and health in your new home. Keep updating, please…

  2. g-ma d. August 27th, 2014 9:31 pm

    I agree 100 % with Margie!!!!

  3. Bev Virgil August 27th, 2014 11:53 pm

    I love the updates. You are all amazing. It is so exciting to see the kids engaged in all the pictures.

  4. Nana & Papa August 28th, 2014 8:20 am

    It all looks amazing now! But I know a lot of work went into it!
    Good job!

  5. Debbi August 28th, 2014 10:24 pm

    I don’t know what we will all do when you are done! What an amazing story of hard work and dedication! I love every single picture and explanation that comes with it! Your kids are awesome and you and your hubby are awesome too!

  6. Nola August 30th, 2014 10:49 am

    Fabulous! What a creative fantastic job you guys did Looks like the kids helped and enjoyed it too. But then Haley you looked like one of the kids yourself. Congratulations on your good work!

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