For now, I have some news to share. Shaun has been offered his exact position with TJ Maxx in the Chicago market, so we are moving very soon! Now, our entire focus has shifted to 'design to sell' this house and with that, we have turned our attention to the fenced backyard. Can I remind you what it looked like when we moved in?
Cedar Naturaltone. It is literally the same exact color and look as what was already on the fence.
The deck area is sort of useless. There is really no way to have substantial seating or anything up there because it's too small and there are two doorways. We thought about tearing it out, but didn't want to deal with whatever was (or wasn't) underneath. So, I invested in a super cheap Ikea bistro set to stage it, then we planted some of the crazy mint from the garden in pots and a couple other annuals in wood planters from Homegoods.
Even though the seating blocks the doors to the dining room, they are blocked on the inside too, so what does it matter? It looks cute. I do have a stain/sealer I will use on the deck to freshen it up as soon as I get a stretch of days without rain.
We obviously have some cleaning up still to do back here, I bought too much mulch and there are pots of dirt and rocks all around, but for the time being we are just so happy all the hard work is done!
We spent about $160 in plants, $45 in mulch, $80 in stain for the fence and deck, $125 in pavers, I'm guessing about $150 in sand, paver base, and edgers, and paid about $300 (I think?) to rent a dumpster and buy the bagsters for the lava rock removal. I think the before and after makes it more than worth it! I hope you all like it.