With a few days to kill in between getting off work and Everett’s arrival, David and I decided to knock some stuff off of our “honey-do-list” outside our home. Since we’ve moved into our house we’ve renovated the Kitchen, both small bathrooms, half the master bathroom, all the floors, the light fixtures, and turned an office into a giant walk in master closet (Posts here: Bathrooms, Closet), but we haven’t put ANY TLC into the outdoor area. So this weekend with the lovely overcast, we decided to change that.
First up, my project: Repaint our old Jungle Gym for the kids. The Playground came with the house, and when we first toured the home David said, “Well that’s gotta go.”. But lets be real – jungle gyms are expensive. So I convinced him to let it stay, under the premise that I would eventually paint it. So here we go.
I probably should’ve power washed & sanded it before…but I didn’t. Cause I’m lazy-ish. And I didn’t care that much. LOL. I used these exterior paints: Paint, colors: WHITE, GREY. Not bad for a 3 day project at 40 weeks pregnant huh? Ultimately I think it looks SO MUCH BETTER, and even though our kids are too young to really appreciate it, it definitely makes looking into the backyard WAY less of an eye sore.
Then came David’s first project: Re-Landscaping the front of the house (he informed me it’s called “landscaping” when he does it and “flower beds” when I do it. Heaven forbid I assault his masculinity on accident). We had ripped out a bunch of dead bushes a few months ago (I wish I had a better “before” picture) but there were 4 SUPER dead bushes and 1 GIANT tree-bush-hybrid-monstrosity in the right corner that we HATED. Dave and his father ripped them all out (I helped “supervise”) and then we had people come get all of the stone – I hate brown stone. I don’t know why. If you have brown stone I’m sure it looks very nice. But I can’t stand it. SO we replaced it with THESE longer white limestones and then filled it in with THIS dark brown mulch (which totally stained David’s hands so wear gloves!). The bushes are Nellie Stevens Holly Bushes (we replaced the 4 that had died) with Boxwood bushes on the ends. After Everett arrives I’ll fill in the rest with Hostas, Monkey Grass, and Petunias, but for now it is already a MILLION times better.
Lastly, when we bought the house there was a mysterious blue tarp int he backyard around the trees. We FOOLISHLY assumed it was covering flowers and grass for the winter, and didn’t bother checking. WRONG. Turns out, for some reason the previous owners had filled in the area around the base of the trees with straight-up-sand. SAND. ugh. So of course my dogs LOVE it and dig in it and track it through my house. So needless to say, I HATE IT. I’ve been on Dave to put some of the sand in the playhouse, get rid of the rest, and then restore and mulch. FINALLY we got around to doing it and the before/afters are AMAZING! The reason we didn’t do the dark mulch in the back is for the reason mentioned above: it stains everything. The last thing I wanted was the dogs to roll around in it and end up covered in dark brown that they could then track through the house and get all over my furniture. Take these words of wisdom. LOL.
So these are our projects. we completed them all over 3 days or HARD WORK but I’m so pleased! It will be great to bring Everett back to a well-landscaped home.