Ben’s been hard at work on the yard. Most weekends, and many evenings, you’ll find him wielding a chain saw or an axe or some other manly type tool.
Now, thanks to his hard work, we can see our property from the back of the house!
Last week, he took down the trees that had grown in front of the enclosed side porch (on left in photo below). Now that they’re gone, we can be in that space and watch the deer in the yard. Today, he took down the trees on the opposite side by the garage. Pictures of tonight’s project are below.
When we purchased our home last fall, there was a small section of dead ash trees and other shrubbery on one side of the yard.
This is an area where Ben is working to remove dead trees and clear an area for a fire ring. This is how it looked in June 2013.
This spring, Ben has been working steadily to remove the dead trees and other growth to create the perfect space for a fire ring!
This picture was taken in May 2014. It’s a slightly different view from above, but you can see that the space is clearer.
The long-long-term plan includes a fire ring, seating area and outdoor food prep area.
The short-term plan is to clear enough space for a basic fire ring and probably some camp chairs.
Bring on the roasted marshmallows!
So far, I have yet to hang any art in my house using nails. It’s true; I haven’t needed Ben’s help with a hammer and nails once since we moved in!
Our last house had mostly very textured plaster walls, and nails were pretty much the only option when it came to hanging art on the walls. Our new house, however, has nice smooth walls, and since I discovered Command picture-hanging products, I’ve been on a roll!
These all have been hung using Command products:
Family photos printed, framed AND hung. Check me out.
The start of a gallery wall going up the stairs.
Our first item to be hung on the walls! This was a birthday gift made by Blake and Irene!
I mostly eyeball the placement, but occasionally do enlist the help of a small level.
Here are links to the products I’ve used:
Command picture hanging strips
Command Sawtooth Sticky Nail Hanger
It has begun. Ben started renovations on our newly purchased 1960s split level.
Old wallpaper. Outdated draperies. Stinky carpeting. Wood paneling. Overgrown landscaping.
And we love it!
If you’re new here, let’s catch you up on things.
We sorta unexpectedly sold our first house in April.
Then, we moved in with my in-laws.
We searched for a house that needed to meet several criteria.
Our new place fell into our laps!
Okay. Back to the renovations. Here is what we started with:
Since then, Ben has removed almost all of the wallpaper (which came down much, much easier than all of the horror stories we’ve heard led us to believe it would) and some chair rails; and he started on basic maintenance of the landscaping.
For several years – yes, years – I have wanted photo ledges in my family room.
For Christmas, BP built them for me! Definite thumbs-up for BP.
After showing him the Holman ledges from Pottery Barn and directing him to the Ana White website for easy instructions, he set to work.
This was the result: three six-foot ledges, made of maple.
three six-foot photo ledges, built by BP
The photos are difficult to see in this photo, but my collection includes an elephant-skin piece of art straight from Thailand (thank you, Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law!) and more than a handful of fantastic photos of the Little Bundle of Joy, taken by Dawn at Marshall Photography. I soon will be completing the bottom row with his one-year photos!
I just can’t get enough pictures of that little guy, and Dawn does such a great job, it’s hard to choose just one – which is why I needed the ledges.