Back Yard Progress

Before we get to the back yard progress,  I want to say a big thank you for all of the great comments and emails I received for my first blogiversary last week. Thanks again for your support. I’m also having a giveaway for 2 HomeGoods gift cards so if you haven’t entered, you can go here.

We have been spending every waking moment in the back yard the past several weekends so I thought I’d share some of our happenings. We are still just cleaning up and fixing things so there isn’t a lot to cross off our to do list and there aren’t any big reveals, but there is progress.

We have two huge trees in our yard and it’s difficult to grow anything but weeds near them, so I ripped out the little bit that was growing along the fence and planted some hosta and hydrangea. There was also a little strip of dirt along the fence that I didn’t know what to do with. I cleaned out the weeds and planted sedge, which should do well in such a shady spot. We finished it all off with mulch.

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comWe also cleaned up the area around the a/c. The previous owners had the bricks all over the yard and the white rocks near the garage, so all this cost us was time.

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield

Mr. C² cleaned and applied water sealer to the deck a few weekends ago. The previous owners installed this deck and never did anything to protect it so the wood doesn’t look very good, but we will live with it for a few years.

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comWe did have to remove the rail from the one side of the deck because it was really warped and starting to rot. After some thought, we ended up buying two pieces of Trex and we worked on getting them installed this past weekend. I am not affiliated with Trex.

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comBack Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comThis is our first experience using Trex so I’m not sure what to expect. We used it because we didn’t want warped wood, but (gee whiz) it’s expensive. Once I get the deck fixed up enough to have its picture taken, I’ll share more. BTW, I really, really dislike the shingled walls on the deck so if you’re chatting with me, please don’t mention it. 😉 I like to pretend that they aren’t there.

I was going to share a fabulous back door makeover but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. I took the screen door down a few weeks ago and had this to deal with…

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comA big ol’ hole of rotted wood. I cleaned it all out and filled it with wood filler. Everything was good until I took off the metal frame for the storm door. Lots of rotted wood on both sides. Whoever put the door up just covered up the rotted wood instead of fixing it. To fix all of this, the wood will need to be replaced. You can see the patch I’m working on from the other wood damage.

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comOne more update to tell you about. Remember my entryway bench and my spray paint oops? Well, I got some oil based paint and painted the bench and the results are not good.

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comI’m at a loss right now. I sanded and primed and painted (both oil based). It looks terrible and, at this point, I’m not sure I want to finish this project. I’m not a quitter (or maybe I’m just stubborn) so maybe I’ll feel like giving it a third chance in a few days. We’ll see.

So, not a lot of beautiful “after” pictures but we are busy working. I’ll leave you with a picture of master gardener, Finn. He is very thorough and always samples a piece of lettuce to make sure it’s good and ready to eat. 😉

Back Yard Progress | Chatfield Court.comI hope you have a great week.

Do you think I should give the entryway bench one more try or should I dump it?

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  1. Monday,June 30, 2014 / 9:03 am

    Home upkeep is just never done. We have several pieces of rotten wood to replace, too on all our garage door frames.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 30, 2014 / 12:07 pm

      I know Kim…you finally get one job and 10 more pop up. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. MaryJean
    Monday,June 30, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Kristi, I had a good laugh with your shingles comment, oops, I guess I wasn’t supposed to mention that! Sorry. I’m glad we’re not the only ones that find surprises when we go to replace or repair something. If you are looking for some plantings for any shaded areas try Sweet Woodruff. It grows great under pine trees or anyplace that has an acidic soil. It’s very expensive, but a couple of small plants will increase tremendously by the next season since it grows underground and pops up in the spring with tiny white flowers that smell heavenly! The other groundcovers that I have found that work well are Grout Weed or Snow on the Mountain and guess what, I’m having a brain freeze. When I think of the other one I’ll let you know!
    What I did this weekend was, started to redo my chairs from the bistro set. Changing the fabric from solid blue to a white and green print. Only got one chair done cause it was so darn hot! Put a primer coat on two small metal tables to be painted white in a few days when it cools off and uploaded my vintage finds to my Etsy shop.
    You know, I would leave the table for awhile, don’t chuck it. Come back to it in a few weeks, you never know you might think of something else to do with it or just try again. I mentioned the problem to my hubby and showed him the photo and he said it seems like it may have been too much moisture in the air when the finish coat was put on and that could have caused the bubbling. Early morning, moisture, sounds like it could be that.
    Well, gotta get back to work! Hope all works out for you!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 1, 2014 / 12:09 pm are funny MJ. 😉 Thanks so much for the tips on shade plants. I wrote them all down in my garden notebook and I will check them out.
      The bench…I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about it, I know I am. I will do something to it but I’m still not sure. Your hubby might be right about the moisture, it’s just that we sanded it all down and redid it and it still did the same thing. Ugh.
      Thanks so much for your visit, MJ, and for your comment.

  3. Ruth
    Tuesday,July 1, 2014 / 10:26 am

    An old motto comes to mind “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again” Keep trying you’ll get there!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 1, 2014 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you Ruth! I’m ready to give it another try. Hopefully it’s the last.:)

  4. Michelle
    Tuesday,July 1, 2014 / 11:21 am

    I wouldn’t give up on the bench maybe just walk away and leave for a day or two . I have never painted using an oil base paint maybe if you degloss it and give it a coat of chalk paint that may work. I have been using Home Depot’s brand and have had a lot of success plus its half the cost of other brands. Whatever you decide good luck!

  5. Monday,July 7, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    The whole house we just bought is basically in the condition of your door – lol –
    Love your master gardener!!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 7, 2014 / 7:46 pm

      LOL…I know what you mean Suzan. The previous owners did very little to take care of this house. Oh well, more projects for the blog. 😉 The master gardner says thanks and we appreciate your visit.

  6. Tuesday,July 8, 2014 / 5:13 am

    I’d let it sit until you feel like working on it again. Sometimes it’s good to walk away from things for a bit and you’ve been getting alot of other things done in the interim! Finn looks happy and content in the sunshine 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 8, 2014 / 4:47 pm

      I think you are right Deb, letting it sit for a while is probably the best thing to do. I think I will have to go in a different direction with it. Finn is happy as long as he is outside with some food. 😉 Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

  7. Tuesday,July 8, 2014 / 11:17 am

    Hello – I popped over here from BNOTP! First visit to your blog and now I will be following and watching your progress on your home. I, too, am an empty nester with a son getting married in a couple of weeks and another son becoming a dad any day now 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 8, 2014 / 4:43 pm

      Hi Barbara, so glad you popped over from BNOPT. Wow, a wedding and a new baby…what a happy time for your family. Congratulations. Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

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