I’m popping in today with a brief update on a few outdoor projects. The space is nowhere near finished and beautiful, but I thought you might like to see how things are progressing.
First off, the roofing project is complete. The guys finished up last week, and I’m super pleased with the work. You’ll notice the garage roofs are looking much better. Obviously, anything new looks crisp and clean, but overall this shingle color just works so much better with everything.
I also painted the cement block around the base of my shed.
This definitely goes to show how paint can completely change the look of something. I’m still amazed and kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I went back and forth with color choices and ultimately settled on white. It brightens up the area and ties in nicely with the rest of the trim.
On the back of the shed, the white blocks look a little stark. However, once the deck is in place, only a foot or so of the white will show, so it won’t be as intense. Trust me on this. I’m also thinking about painting those doors black, but I’m still deciding. Thoughts?
Speaking of the deck, I have the contractor booked, and work will start mid-June. I’m kind of bummed it’s so late, but between the crew’s schedule and mine, this was the earliest they could fit me in. Note to self (and you): Book early!
I also updated a couple light fixtures on the rear of the house. These have been bothering me forever, and I spent countless hours looking online for ones I liked. This past weekend I decided I’d spent enough time looking and just opted for these from Lowe’s.
Not only were they the cheapest of all the fixtures I was looking at, but they were on sale. I think they turned out to be the perfect choice.
While we are near the backdoor, let’s talk about my DIY wall planter. I completely neglected it this past year, and 90% of the hens and chicks died. It was all my fault.
So this year I got some new plants, added more soil, and gave it a little love. I’m hoping it will fill back in pretty quickly. I also want to give the wood a refresh, but I haven’t finalized the plans. If you want to know how I made this planter, check out the post here. If you want to see it thriving, check out the post here.
Okay, back to the roofs. While you can’t see the shingles from the street, you can definitely see a difference in the fascia (white trim work). The rusty streaks that plagued me for years are finally gone, and I’m ridiculously giddy about it! What a difference!
And here’s a view from the top.
Looking better, right? I’m totally happy to check that project off my list.
Oh, and before I go, I have to show you my latest thrifting find. I’ve actually been staying away from antique stores and thrift shops in an effort to rid my house of “stuff,” but when I found this bamboo bistro set, it was a total must have. Plus, the set was only $50.
I actually debated about it for a few days, but what sealed the deal for me was an ad from Terrain.
Now I know they tend to be overpriced, but when they are selling a similar chair for $350, I knew the price on the set was too good to pass up. The set needs minor work and a coat of paint, I’m certain it will be a showstopper.
That wraps up my progress list for today. What fun projects are you working on around your home?