Since we are sharing address signs, I thought I would share my pinterest inspired house numbers. Three thrift store frames glued to greet treated plywood with oversized wooden numbers. Paint colors come from the house, sans white trim. Each frame is affixed to a cedar stake. Found the galvanized boiler at a yard sale and even though it was in immaculate condition, drilled drainage holes without any sense of guilt whatsoever.
When we bought this old house three summers ago, the backyard was a nightmare. I remember standing on the back porch with the realtor and saying, "Wow, this could be beautiful." She looked at me as if I were out of my mind. ;-)
I asked my husband to build me a sturdy trellis and as usual, he outdid himself. We (well, I stained it) started with two pre-made panels that are 2 x 6 found in the garden center at Menard's. Add to that three green treated 4x4 posts (8 footers), two 2x4 scraps of green treated lumber (bottom of each panel) and 2x6 green treated cap and this beautiful trellis cost us less than $50 to build. Of course, it is absolutely square and level, cause that is the kind of guy he is. Each
post is sunk into cement (which we had on hand, leftover from a fence install.
When we bought the house, there was a hideous old fence here, more splinter than fence, and the tenants has piled bags and bags of yard/dog waste here. I suppose the bright side is that it was holding the fence up, but we have a free yard waste dump about eight blocks away so it was not appreciated! Under all of that was a lot of rubble--cement blocks, iron pieces, bricks. After we finished the terracing inside the yard and got the new fence up, I could finally concentrate on a
little alley beautification project. There is always something blooming these days and I avoid hauling my grass cuttings by using them to mulch down the bed. I have soaker hoses here, but the grass helps it all hold on to the moisture longer. There are a lot of tulip bulbs sleeping away down there as well.
For those of you taken with the barn door turned domestic, please know that the simple galvanized hardware from a Farm Supply Store is going to run you hundreds of dollars less that the trendier, decorator style uppity flat track hardware from other sources.
We live in a house that was built in 1917--nothing fancy, just a nice little farmhouse style home. Previous owners added a closet to our upstairs bedroom (thanks for than) and installed
good quality mirrored closet doors. Hurray for quality and no thanks to the seventies flashback. Just don't have the bucks to replace them right now, but my husband says short of that, I can do anything I want to them. Okay, he has hidden the sledge hammers. Are there any specific techniques or products to paint them? Ideally, I would paint them the same color as the room.
Our bedroom windows in our older house feature three rectangular windows (which have replacement inserts)that are in a tight bank with the center window being taller. I have struggled with the issue of window treatments and have settled on wide white faux venetian blinds, which I do like. However, I would like to soften them with some sort of fabric treatment but I am stymied by the style. Is there a name for this style? Any brilliant ideas for window treatments? PS I can sew!!