Our Outside To Do List

Our Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.comWith warmer weather comes the desire to go outside and work in the yard, my desire but not Mr. C² he hates yard work. Anyway…since we moved in last July we haven’t done a whole lot to the outside of the house but let me tell you, it’s in need of some major work. Since the yard is an extension of my house, I thought I’d share some of our my plans and outside to do list to make the yard a pretty and enjoyable summer gathering spot. I am sharing the not-so-pretty photos of our outside so you can see where we’re starting.

Let’s start with the front yard.

  • wrought iron railing needs to be sanded and paintedOur Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.com
  • the trim around the door needs to be painted
  • add a roof over the front door
  • add house numbers
  • paint ftront door
  • clean up and paint mailbox
  • replace front light with motion light
  • remove all of the juniper bushes
  • plant bushes, flowers

Our Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.comSee all of those juniper bushes? They wrap halfway around the house and they are 60 years old with big, fat trunks. They will all be going to juniper bush heaven. It’s a big job because they are so well established but go they must. I can’t wait to put some boxwoods, maybe some azaleas and lots of perennials and annuals. We have no flowers on our property at all, just a few hostas along the fence, so we are starting from scratch.

Next is the back yard, which looks worse than the front yard.

Our Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.com

  • remove bricks around flower bed
  • clean up flowerbed (old landscape lights and disintegrated weed cloth need to be removed)
  • plant some perennials in flowerbed
  • remove odd roof attached to fence (used for trash cans, we think)
  • clean and treat fence
  • new sidewalk from garage to houseOur Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.com
  • clean up fire pit
  • remove old, pine tree
  • do something with the old shed
  • make and plant a veggie garden
  • clean and refinish deck
  • replace warped boards on deck
  • fix lattice on bottom of deck
  • close off openings under deck to stop critters from living in there
  • replace light with motion light
  • paint back door
  • fill holes in yard from skunk damage

Our Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.com

  • put rocks or mulch around a/c
  • clean up rocks
  • repair and paint garage door a fun color
  • add a tree swing or bed to large tree
  • trim lilacs

One last area is the one car garage…

Our Outside To Do List | Chatfield Court.com

  • replace the driveway, maybe with pavers?
  • clean (and maybe paint) garage walls
  • replace roof
  • clean gutters
  • put up lights
  • scrape and paint garage door

As you can see we have a ton of work to do. So much so that it’s a little overwhelming. We will probably clean and treat the deck first so that we can get our patio furniture out. We had planned to do it last Fall and our winter came on so fast we were never able to do it. After that we will probably build and plant our veggie garden, which I’m really looking forward to. I hope to post updates once a month to let you know how we’re doing so make sure you check back.

That’s the list for the outside of the house and I’m still trying to work on guest bedroom #2 and repainting the living room. There’s just not enough hours in the day. What about you? Do you have a long outside to do list? Any tips for what kind of veggies grow well in the Midwest, Chicago area? I know there will definitely be tomatoes. 😉

I’m leaving today to visit my daughter in San Francisco, she’s running her first full marathon…Go M!!! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post but I’ll definitely be back next Friday. Hope you have a great week.

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  1. MaryJean
    Friday,April 25, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    You certainly have your work cut out for you! I agree, there are not enough hours in the day, especially when you work full-time! I am counting down though, 3 1/2 years to retirement. It can’t come soon enough! I look out at my backyard and see all kinds of things that need to be done, such as clean up, getting my small garden ready, adding some plants and flowers to my gardens and just relaxing! I did get the patio cleaned and the furniture is in place so that’s done. I picked up a small rocker at a garage sale last year and I think I know now what I’m going to do with it. I was unsure, but I think I’m going to paint it a high gloss black like I have been seeing and put on my front walk/patio area. I have to make a seat for it, but I’ve done macrame before so I may do that to the seat. If you have another idea for the seat, please let me know. I’m open to any ideas.
    Happy gardening and clean up!


    • Kristi
      Saturday,April 26, 2014 / 5:16 pm

      I don’t blame you for counting down the days until retirement. I think when you have a house there’s always something that needs to be done, isn’t there? I always say I am going to relax and enjoy, but then something catches my eye and I’m up and working again. Some jobs I enjoy though. I think painting your rocker a high gloss black sounds like a great idea, or you could paint it a fun color like navy or lime green. I want to paint my garage door lime green, something that is happy to look at. I think the macrame seat would be great. You could also use some webbing that I’ve see in some stores, not sure if you can do that with your chair though. Please send pics, I would love to see it in your garden when you are done. Thanks so much for your visit.

      • Wednesday,April 30, 2014 / 11:28 pm

        Kristi, Your comment about the color for the rocker got me to thinking . . . I wanted to paint my shutters, but wasn’t sure about the color. When you mentioned the “lime green” I started thinking maybe green would be a good color. My house is white so I was thinking a lighter green may make it “pop”. I now have bought some chevron white & green fabric for the chair pad and I have a bistro set that I will redo the chair pads in the same fabric. The rocker will be green like the shutters. Maybe a nice green pot with flowers on the bistro set table (table and chairs are white). If I can’t find the right green for the pot I’m thinking I can get a clay pot and paint it. Can’t wait to get the paint and get started! I definitely will send photos when it’s all done. Hopefully the weather in Western NY will co-operate. It’s been rainy and still a little cool (40s and 50s) and it’s supposed to continue rainy the rest of the week and maybe next week too! We have a saying here,” If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it’ll change.” It really is true! Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing!

        • Kristi
          Thursday,May 1, 2014 / 12:38 am

          That sounds great MJ. Glad I could help. It sounds like it will look fabulous and I can’t wait to see the pics! It would be fun to maybe add a bit of navy or some other color for interest? Maybe in a pillow or accessory. Just a thought. We are having the same kind of weather as you right now. I’m so ready to get out there and start some projects. Good luck with yours.

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