Let's Talk Trash

7 Materials
4 Hours

I am a Type A personality kind of gal. Everything needs a place to live and that living space must be neat and make sense. I moved into my grandparents 1950s home and things just kind of stayed where they had for years. I am beyond grateful and ecstatic that I am living in our family home. Moving things around always seemed.....wrong. Granny and grandpa had these things set up this way for the best reason, even if it was unbeknownst to me. Well, I finally started changing things up slowly.

The trash bins were always placed behind the house and not the garage. As an adult now, I'm not really sure why? All I know is that I don't like it. In my humble opinion, behind the garage is a much better home. Out of sight, out of mind. It was now my mission to make a home for my lovely trash bins. The daunting task of how to do it weighed heavily on me. It had to look good, be budget friendly, and be doable for this single mother of two with only one set of working hands. So let the makeover begin!
The beginning
The beginning
I started the project by cleaning all the brush from around the fence and back of garage. I then pulled up all the pavers. That was a daunting task but I was able to reuse. Free. YAY!! I'm sorry but I do not have pictures of the work in progress.

1. I measured out how big of a space I would need to house the trash bins.

2. I tried to level out the base dirt.

3. I poured the leveling sand. I took a 2x4 the length of the width of my work space. I put a level on the 2x4 and slowly started to level the surface area. I added more sand when needed. I leveled 2-3x until I was satisfied that I had a level area.

4. I layed newspaper all over the surface area. I did this because the newspaper will suffocate the grass and weeds that may try to come through. It will kill the grass and weeds and because it is biodegradable it will make clean up easier if and when I decide to do something different.

5. I started laying my pavers one at a time. Again, I used the level to ensure the paver was level. If more sand was needed I added more sand. I continued the process ensuring each paver was level with it's sister paver until all pavers were in place and level.

6. I then walked on the pavers to ensure there was no movement. Then I poured more sand over all the pavers to fill in the cracks to stop movement. I swept the sand to fill in every nook and cranny.

7. I put black fencing around the pavers and VOILA! Done.
let s talk trash
let s talk trash
let s talk trash
That little triangle is there to hold the fence in place. I need to go buy another post.
Finished Home
Finished Home
I had my boys put the trash bins in their new home. This was the result. I have since turned them to have the lids facing forward and the large trash bin is now first. We add trash to that bin almost daily and the recycling bins gets filled 2-3x a week.
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  • M
    on Aug 3, 2017

    so, you did not use anything to anchor your little fence to the ground? if not, i hope you do not have any bad storms, or tornadoes. thank you
    • Tami Chrisman
      on May 14, 2019

      I bought my fence at a local building center, the lock together at both ends with post that goes into the ground. There were two lengths of posts to purchase depending on your need.

  • Dee
    on May 4, 2019

    I am super impressed with how neat, clean, and attractive this turned out. Love love the black fence touch 👍🥰

  • Sabina
    8 hours ago

    what kind of soil do need for dessert roses in Florida

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  • Joanie
    on Jun 3, 2019

    I might as well add my 2 cents.......I think it is a cool idea and it looks real nice....I would, if it were me......but it is not. Add a little door to complete the entire project. Voila!! All little homes also have doors.

  • Em
    on Jun 3, 2019

    It is neat but doesn't hide much. Wood backdrop with the fence in front as a decorative add on would actually hide the trash cans and the fence would make it a lovely decoration.

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