Posted By FarmerJ on December 13, 2011
Even longer than that if you go back to the way the house looked when we bought it! The photo above was taken on 18 December 2008 ~ nearly three years ago! Don’t mistake this for an attached garage. No. There was a garage door right into the lower level of our home. Husbie was the only man we know of who got to park his tractor in the house. I’m not funnin’ ya. You can see the nose of Sampson the 8N Tractor in the lower left portion of the photo, and the tire tracks on the driveway from when Husbie backed him out. This was the day we removed the garage door and installed a 60″ x 60″ window in its place.
It remained like that for a little over two years, until 16 January 2011, when Darling Husbie and I decided to finally turn it into a guest room. We thought ~ and it has now been confirmed ~ that area of the house would make a nice guest room, as with an entrance door right there off the back driveway, guests can come and go as they please.
Darling Husbie and I were gun-ho and managed to get the closet framed, along with the main wall dividing the room from the remainder of the lower level. As we knew it would be, life was hectic with Husbie’s work responsibilities and schedule, and we tried to fit a little guest room work in here and there. Mostly there, I think, because here it is 13 December and I’m just now able to share our excitement with you.
We didn’t do it by ourselves, either. It took getting Uncle to the ol’ barn house to get the job done. And, now that we’ve got him here, we’re not letting him go. Seriously. We’ve hidden the keys to his truck, removed the wheels off his travel trailer, and we only allow him access to his tools that he needs for a particular job. He may be able to hot wire his truck, but he won’t leave without his tools.
Uncle and V arrived on 15 October. A fabulous birthday present, indeed! Three days later, Uncle and Husbie had the last couple pieces of drywall up and were taping and mudding. Husbie may have been muttering, too, under his breath, of course. He just loves drywall.
Not only did the guys work on taping and mudding [and muttering], but they also installed the new exterior door they’d picked up for a screaming deal during their supply run the night before. Get this, though…this wasn’t even the first project! The first thing Uncle and Husbie did was demolish a wall blocking entrance to the west side of the house as you enter the front door. More on that later, though. This is about the guest room. And, Darling Husbie’s love for drywall.
So, you can see things move right along with Uncle in the house. Within just a few days, the guys were ready for the paint crew to come in. V helped me get a nice coat of primer on all the drywall…ceiling and walls. I then got busy with my brush and rollers full of color. Oh. Let me make a little side note. You know that love that Husbie has for drywall? Well, I share that same love. Except my love is for painting ceilings! Hmm-mmm. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Doors got installed. Door trim went up. Base trim went down. Time for another side note. We made all the trim by hand. As in, the guys bought regular 1×4 and 1×6 boards and cut, routered and sanded them. I did all the staining and polyurethaning in J’s Laboratory. More on that later. This is about the guest room. And, Darling Husbie’s love for drywall. And, my love for painting ceilings.
We also made all the closet shelving and rod brackets. You know me, though. I was off watching Lifetime Movie Network and eating bonbons, and missed a photo opportunity after all that beauty was installed. Our guests quickly moved into the new Farmstead Guest Room, and I didn’t feel I should take photos of their personal belongings.
Here’s the view of the closet and bedroom doors as you enter the room’s exterior door. The doors are oak. Custom trimmed and fitted by Uncle and Husbie. Stained, hand rubbed and poly-ed by me in J’s Laboratory. One more side note. My most Darling Husbie may have acquired a new tool or two. Wait until you see the scaffolding Uncle and Husbie got for the short girl! More on that later. This is about the guest room. And all the love.
And, no Farmstead Guest Room would be complete without a resident guest American Fox Hound! Meet Abigail and Peanie’s cousin, Rosie.
So, when are you going to come visit us? ♥