The Big Reveal
Woo hoo! I am so excited that I can FINALLY share before and after pictures of the project we have been working on!
Three weeks ago we started re-doing our back porch. I wanted the boys to have an area to play that is outside but still enclosed. We started by pulling up the nasty old carpet
We ripped out the screens
We scraped the metal
We scraped the floor
We then painted the metal, painted the floor, replaced the screens, got a new sun shade, pressure washed and here you have it…BEFORE
Once we started on the porch one thing led to another and I ended up re-doing ALL of our landscaping. It was no small task. Here is a picture after ONE DAY of raking and pulling out the old stuff.
But, I am so happy with the way it turned out, it’s exactly what I pictured in my head!
I planted boxwood bushes all across, used purple salvia in the back, planted orange merigolds in the corners and planted herbs in urns.
In this planter I have chives, rosemary, thyme and oregano
In this planter I have basil, parsley and cilantro
I moved all of the bricks back about 3 feet and put down pine mulch.
Now for the front. When we started on the back I didn’t think I was going to mess with the front because there was just so much landscaping to re-do I thought it would be crazy expensive. But by cutting back the amount of landscaping to about a quarter of what it was I was able to re-do it for not much money. I also have my grandparents to thank because they worked like dogs helping me with pulling out the front and re-planting it all.
BEFORE (This picture was from 3 years ago, it’s the only picture I could find of the whole front of our house!)
As you can see we moved the bricks back A LOT and it will be much easier for me to maintain the yard myself this way! We will have to spread some grass seed where there was previously landscaping so that the grass will fill in. I got all my boxwoods at the flea market for $7 each and my Meyer lemon tree there as well for $25! I can’t wait to have fresh lemons! The two bushes on the far ends were already there, we just cut them way back. I also got a new welcome mat and wreath!
I never thought I would enjoy working in the yard as much as I did. It was a great workout and I got a little bit of a tan! There is a ton of satisfaction doing a project this big and I look forward to enjoying the fruits of my labor