2013 Home Tour~Front Yard

My Home Tour-2013.

Here is our house. The before via MLS, what it looked like when they listed it for sale.

Via Verde Home Pre Sale Zillow

The house was built in 1969.

Prior to us buying the house, the owner added a quick coat of paint. A nice touch, but the wrong color, and only to the front of the house, not the sides or the back. Unfortunately they painted the entire house inside and out the same color. It’s taken us 2 1/2 years to cover all that paint :-). I never got a picture before the sod was ripped out, but here is what the house looked like the day we got the keys.

Willow and front door before

We pretty much gutted the front yard as much as you can gut a house.

willow demo 1

As sad as it was, we had to part with the weeping willow cherry tree. It had grown too close to the roof and already had a pie like section cut out of it. It was a beautiful tree, especially when blooming with pink flowers.

willow demo 2

We ripped off the 1970’s stone and resided and painted the Entire house.

Pavers 1

We also put new moldings on the windows.

Window moldings

We attached the drainage spouts to underground drainage that goes to the street and replaced the entire sprinkler system. And new sod really finished off the yard.

sod 3

sod 2  We also tore out all the concrete and replaced with pavers. I think pavers make such a statement!!

Driveway 2

We installed a circle patio out front. These pavers come in a special kit designed to fit together perfectly.

Driveway foundation

Lastly we replanted, added lighting, and replaced the front door

Here is the before:

Door before

And the after:

Painted American Flag
Painted American Flag

Here is what our home looks like today:

Finished front 1

Notice how grown in the plants are? Here is a view of the trellis right after it was put up


I love how the yard looks with all the plants filled in

finished front 2

I bought these medallions online. They were inexpensive, easy to install and they make a big impact. I hung one above the front window and one above the garage.


There you have it! This is our front yard. Even though this project was 100% contracted by professionals, I love it. It’s exactly what we were going for.


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Repurposed Rusty Barstools

Today I am excited to share a quick and easy facelift for rusty metal furniture.

We have a set of four barstools that were meant to be inside barstools, but we have them outside since that is where they are the most useful for us. I didn’t think twice about it, we used them all summer last year and when we went to start cleaning up the yard this spring, this is what we found. Rust and Spider Webs!! Yuck!!

Rusty stool 1

The barstools had rusted and they looked AWFUL. I think a lot of people would have thrown them out at this point, but once you realize just how  easy and how quick a facelift could be, you will be shopping around for ugly rusted metal furniture at thrift stores, antique shops and yard sales to take home and refinish.

I was originally going to recover the seat as well, but the seats are in too good of shape. I decided maybe that could be a future project when they truly need it. So for now, I took the seats off (4 easy screws) and got out my spray paint! I used Rustoleum hammered finish spray paint in Dark Bronze and I love it!! (More like gunmetal gray than bronze)

Rustoleum Hammered Finish Spray Paint

I sanded off the obvious chunks of rust quickly and got to work.

Rusty Stool

Each stool took a maximum of 10 minutes to cover and ONLY ONE COAT!! They are dry to touch in 30 minutes and I finished them off with a quick once over for spots I may have missed. This stuff doesn’t drip unless you get really heavy. It is fabulous!!

Painted stool 1

Notice the pallet in the background? Check back later this week to see my finished Pallet Herb Garden Perfect for small spaces too!

Hammered FinishStool

I tried to get a close up of the hammered finish. I love things that don’t require perfection :-)

Here is a side by side of the before and after

Side by side stools before and after

And here is the set of four

Four stools

I love them even better than the shiny finish they had originally!!

Four Stools 2

The best part of this project was it was quick and easy!!

The Alameda County Antique Fair is this Sunday. Cannot wait to go shopping for more JUNK!!


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