Friday, October 17, 2014


We have lived here for four years and have not utilized this space, besides for a storage bin for toys. The first year we moved in our finished basement flooded when the sump pump in the patio decided to stop working and the drain was clogged, that was not fun. Jakob thought it was a swimming pool when we first looked at the house. Whenever we have company or garage sales everybody comments on our odd sunken in patio. Whenever I looked at it, it screams DANGER ZONE for kids. They want to walk around it and give me a heart attack or ride their bikes and cars by the steps. I have had quotes to put a fence around it but never found somebody to do it or the right size fence. Our two older little people are aware of the safety issues but now we have baby Addie to worry about. I think the changes we are making are going to help. 
Here are a few pictures so you can see what the space looks like.
The sliding door comes off our main living room. The white box over to the right is a cover we made to cover our sump pump that now works. The storage box is full of outside toys. We are hoping to make this a space the kids can play and in the evenings a comfy get away to enjoy with the hubby and a glass of wine. 
Look at all those cracks and dirt..
Off to the right is a patio where we have our table and chairs for outside dinners. The left is our garage. As you can see how dangerous this is and how tempting walking around the ledge can be. 
Don't mind my flower bed needs weeded. 

So we have decided to finally utilize the space. Mike headed to Lowe's and found some Restore X 10x thicker then paint. We had to power wash, scrub, and sweep clean. Nothing is done without sweat and maybe even some frustration tears!
10x thicker really means 10x thicker...

We originally wanted Gray then I misread a text message from my mother which influenced us to choose Bedrock. It winded up being just about identical to the color that was on it now. We didn't like it at first but then it grew on us. 

We had no idea the work we were getting into or how much we needed. Each 3 gallon bucket was 75 square feet. Mike had just got out of a technical engineer math class and he still measured wrong and came home with 1 bucket. Well that covered less then 1/4 so back to Lowe's for 3 more... Well you can see where this is going, at the end we used a total of 5 buckets.
On one of our several trips to Lowe's, we did some clearance patio furniture shopping. Some therapy shopping I like to call it!
Here is a picture of my hubby hard at work. This paint should fill in most cracks apparently we had some larger ones and we had to caulk them. 

Second coat... wow look at the difference. 

Finishing up some last touches and waiting for it to dry. 
I would really love to do something with the brick, you can't really tell in the pictures but several bricks are falling out and weeds are growing through. Well the weeds are a easy fix pull them and spray weed kill. Now the bricks falling out is a bigger project we aren't wanting to get into at this time. Maybe someday after all making a home is never ending. Below are some picture's of the finished project. Don't mind Dexter in the window and all the leaves I didn't get a chance to take pictures right away and now it is fall and the leaves all falling.  
Addison enjoying the space already.

Comfy seats for kids.

Love love these seats!

Who's that doggy in the window?
On the left on my garage door you see a Cleveland Browns wreath I made with my friend Steph, GO BROWNS! Ha ha I just noticed the amazon package that would be sippy cups for lazy Addie who won't lift a cup we have to buy the ones with straws.

Aldis $20 bistro table.

Favorite seats again. 

Thanks for reading, on to our next project!

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