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Friday, January 3, 2014

Don’t Fence Me In

There was an area in our backyard that was a real eyesore. Mr. Décor changed all that.

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It was right off of the patio which made relaxing and enjoying our outdoor space a bit difficult.

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The area had become a bit of a dumpling ground.

The first order of business was removing the large satellite dish that came with the house. It was given to a co worker who wanted one. 

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Next, the area closest to the brick patio was prepped and post holes were dug 2 feet deep in order to support three 8 feet tall posts.

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Following the directions on a bag of quick dry cement a small handful of dry cement was placed in the bottom of each hole. The post was positioned in place and held by Sweet Guy while Mr. Décor added in the wet cement. Each post was placed in a level position and left to dry for 24 hours.

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Pre~made fencing was also purchased at the home improvement store. It was cut to size with a handsaw. Holes were measured and drilled on the fencing and heavy screws hold the fencing to the posts.

Door hinges were also needed. In our price range we could only find hinges in a silver finish. We desired oil rubbed bronze to match the latch so the hinges received a bit of Rust-oleum metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze.

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Open Sésame!

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Now the problem came when I went inside to photograph an interior shot of the fencing. The shot is blurry as I realized I would have no easy way out once the door was shut. It was an 8 foot tall fence versus a 5’4” woman.

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After I made an attempt to climb over the fence I resorted to banging on the dining room window. Mr. Décor came to my rescue. So, he then added a screw eye to the top of the fence and ran pink heavyweight twine from the front of the latch, through the eye…

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…and back down the inside. The bottom has a metal weight attached so future episodes of fencing in do not occur!

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Much better!

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But he wasn’t done yet! Come back on Monday for Phase 2.

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Any guesses?



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhh that looks FANTASTIC!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL... I can see you in there, banging! I have been in similar circumstances, but my fence is a lot lower. Yet it is still too tall for an old lady to gracefully crawl over.

Hooray, though, for Mr. decor! Looking good!



Rita C. said...

Looks great!
Can't tell you how many times I've gotten stuck - locked out, not latched out - either on the balcony or in the yard by Mr. P.. A good reason to have my cell phone in pocket. :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I definitley need my side yard fenced off. It looks terrible. This looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

Marydon Ford said...

Love the 'fence me in look with a touch o'pink

Happy New Year

Vicki said...

The fence looks good! I'm glad to hear what you did with the satellite dish - our new house has two dishes from two different companies and I've wondered what to do with them. Now I'll try to find someone who wants them... Happy New Year!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

looks great! Now hopefully you can relax when your outside and not focus on "oh we need to fix that!"

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Great job on the fence. It is a good thing someone was home when you got "fenced in"!

DogsMom said...

And if you ever go away for vacation, take the string off and anyone who thinks they can take your stuff will get stuck inside until you return!

Beautiful job.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

That is funny. Looking good and anxious to see what else he did!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Looks good. Great hubby and sweet boy!

Joani said...

Looks fantastic. Hope you got a permit for the fence. Will come in handy when you sell it.

Sarah said...

Clever idea! Definitely don't want you fenced in. '-)

Velvet said...

Clever! Can't wait to see part 2.

Rena Designs said...

It's always these small projects that bring so much joy! I have a side yard that could do with a fix'n up like this! Happy New Year!

Laura Santos said...

Well Done Mr. Decor! My son, age 9 is a Roy Rogers fan...we loved the song. Thanks for sharing.

Louise said...

Looks so professional.

The mental image of you, so petite and ladylike trying to clamber over that gate is hilarious.