Matt and I took advantage of the nice weather this weekend to get some work done outside. While Matt worked on the yard, I dragged our bathroom vanity into the driveway so I could sand and paint and get rid of that bright blue.
Please forgive all of the tools/supplies in this pic.
Sometimes I get lazy with painting but since this will be a permanent fixture in the bathroom, I tried hard to sand it evenly, fix all of the old nail holes with wood filler, and clean it well. I thought it actually looked sort of cool all sanded.
Don’t worry, I didn’t keep it that way :) Now its in the garage waiting for a final coat of white paint before finding its home back in the bathroom. I’ll share our progress in that room soon!
But back to the yard.
Its finally dried up enough so that our squishy lawn is not a mud pit and Matt was able to mow. Then he started clearing out a small patch of weeds under the deck. I mustered up what little I had left in me* to help him.
*The day before, we’d planned a 5 mile run in Forest Park. Well, my sister-in-law and I missed a turn and ended up running three EXTRA miles. Needless to say I was a little sore.
I used the electric hedger to start attacking the jungle near the shed that’s been bugging me all year.
I quickly ran into some branches that were too big for the hedger so I asked Matt to help me with the clippers. He was really enjoying clearing out the mess that is our back yard.
While he was concentrating on clipping the big branches, I slowly backed away… slower… slower… snuck into the house… and took a nap :)
When I woke up, the back yard looked like this.
Matt had pulled ivy, trimmed the trees, and removed holly, all while I slept off those extra running miles. What a good surprise when I woke up! Here’s the before and after.
Hopefully Portland will continue the rain-during-the-week sun-on-the-weekend trend so we can pick up where we left off next weekend. There is so much to do!
The rest of the back yard is a massive deck and a barely alive lawn.
The branches on the lower deck don’t fit in the yard debris can… yet.
We’re not sure if we’ll keep this deck or not. We already have a big deck and there is so much we could do with that area!
The side yards are just lawn.
Matt likes the big lawn on the south side so we’ll keep that (he actually goes out there to play soccer sometimes). We’re not sure what we’ll do with the north side. If we remove the deck, we could make horseshoe pits or a vegetable garden and a stone patio.
Last year, we focused on the front yard. When we moved in, the front yard was a bunch of overgrown bushes that had been neglected for years.
We forgot to take a before pic so I grabbed this one from google maps.
We ripped out 15 bushes, tilled the ground and laid sod. I wish I had pictures to share because that was hard work!
Matt also watched many youtube videos to learn how to trim the Japanese maple. It is as tall as me and the branches used to hit the ground. It looked like Cousin Itt.
Here’s what our front yard looks like now.
Like everything, its a work in progress. Since the bushes were so close together, when we removed some of them we exposed the dead sides of the existing bushes.
I’ve trimmed the two hydrangeas but still have quite a few to prune.
Also on the to-do list is weeding, planting flowers, and laying bark dust. Not to mention that awesome ‘70s rock facade on the house. Good thing Matt seems to enjoy working outside!
Were you able to get outside this weekend?
What do you think we should do with that massive deck in the back?