Oh my gosh guys! I love my white picket fence! Is the yard done? NO. Do I still have more to do? Always! But the fence is done and is finally painted. I took advantage of some cooler weather in early June to really knock out the fence. It took the better part of three days to do the long side, the back and the driveway side. The front has been finished for a while now.
Let’s look at some before and after pics, shall we?
You can see there needs to be some more work done—I will probably never get it ALL done. The brown swing will get an update to look more like the front arbor. The small red porch post, got a fresh coat of black paint.
If you would like to see a REAL before, from 2012, see the post I've been busy.
The rustic flag will need to find a new home. I will not be hanging it on my new picket fence.
The arbor is definitely my favorite part of the fence, and I think the gutter planters were a perfect solution to brighten it up. The sidewalk is still on the to-do list.
There were some plants removed, including a holly bush on this fence line. The holly tree right in the corner got a nice trim.
The peonies were moved, and the pine tree on the left got a trim.
These are some day lilies and a rose bush I call Jamie—it’s been in this yard for probably 35 years.
These are some hardy hibiscus I got from a neighbor years ago.
Not only do I curb furniture, I also pick up random plants. I had to cut back this rose bush (Curby) that was out of control, and not worth trying to paint around.
This calla lily is one of the plants that hasn’t been dealt with yet this year. It needs to be mulched and weeded. But I wanted to show you how pretty it looks against the new white fence.
I used old sheets, and some scraps of vinyl wallpaper to cover all the plants while I was painting.
My hydrangea, that has grown sooo much. I moved it a year ago, and it didn’t bloom at all last year. I was anxious to see what color the blooms would be, you can see they are a little bit of all shades of pink, blue and purple.
And I’ll end with my favorite picture.
Although I absolutely LOVE my new white picket fence, if you’re a perfectionist who is a clean freak you may not want to paint YOUR fence white. Sometimes I just have to look the other way when I see mud splashed on the bottom, or grass clippings thrown up on the boards.
Long story short, we started the fence in early November, and I finally finished it in early June. Hoping to get the swing pergola done this summer, but the sidewalk will either be done by me in the fall, or I may hire it out before then. stay tuned!
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