Last time in our Curb Appeal projects we left you with this as our AFTER…
And while is was a vast improvement over the curb appeal (or lack thereof) BEFORE…
I wasn’t quite ‘over the moon’ about it. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. But it wasn’t quite right. Definitely room for some tweaking. Know what I mean?
It was especially time to make improvements when, in the nasty summer drought (translation: grass turns brown and weeds take over), our walkway had turned into this horrible weedy jungle…
Totally embarrassing! Especially since everyone and their uncle knew we had just done a Curb Appeal series!
So, while we still LOVE the idea of flagstones through the grass, flagstones through the weeds isn’t anywhere near as lovely! (I think I’d totally do flagstone in the back yard from the patio to the garden shed. You know, when we finally get to work on the backyard!)
What is a DIY couple and their family to do when a DIY needs fixing? Spend a very hot and sweaty Saturday doing this…
Did I mention it took the ENTIRE day? And that it was very hot? And humid?
Well, it did. And it was.
I may or may not have showered twice.
If you remember from our original flagstone walkway post, we had removed the old brick pavers and some lawn, back-filled with soil and laid down sod. Then we randomly laid out our new flagstone pavers, dug around each one, removed the sod and dirt, filled with limestone screening and then replaced the flagstone…one at a time.
So, this hot and sweaty Saturday was spent digging out the
sod we had carefully laid weeds that had taken over, removing all that soil (to 2 inches below the flagstone), back-filling with limestone screening, tampering down the screening and then adding 3/4″ limestone rocks, which we bought from the local garden center (since The Home Depot didn’t have any).
BUT I have to say it looks far better NOW …
Buh-bye nasty out of control weeds!
As for the other improvements/changes we’ve already made, remember our cedar window boxes?
You know the ones we still have to write the DIY for?
Yeah, those. Ahem.
Well, here’s what they looked like when you last saw them…
But if you pull back and look at the whole picture, not so much.
After living with them for awhile, they seemed a little too brown and well, unfinished. See how much they pull the eye to all the brown in the stone veneer and the wood chips? A little too chaotic. Not quite what we were going for.
Well yesterday I grabbed a small can of Minwax Stain in Ebony for $7 and got to work. Totally not recommended for exterior use, I know. But I didn’t want to spend $45 on deck and fence stain. We’ll see how that choice pans out. Anyway, since I wasn’t about to remove the window boxes from the house- who has time for that? - I taped off the siding first.
For the record, painter’s tape doesn’t fully block oil-based stain.
Good thing the siding is old.
Anywho, after an hour or so longer than I thought it would take (thanks honey for taking the kids to soccer!), here’s what the new and happily improved Curb Appeal looks like now…
And from the driveway (which, yes local friends, still desperately needs redoing)…
I think the only other thing we’ll be able to get to this summer is giving the porch a coat of paint to clean it up and hide those rust stains. Something like the grey shown in this GIMP mock-up…
Can’t wait to say buh-bye to those rust spots!
So there ya have it…improvements on the curb appeal projects already!
What do you think? Do you like the window boxes stained ebony? Or did you prefer them in cedar? What about the
grass weeds vs the limestone for the walkway?
P.S. For those of you who keep asking what we’ll do when this house is finished….you do know it will never be finished, right?