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Gardening Mode

I am in gardening mode.  (full on gardening mode!) :0)
Anyone else?

I just need the weather to cooperate. :0)

I have a 'to do'/'wish' list a mile long..... and I keep adding to it. 

So far I have completely overhauled all of my flower beds from start to finish.
Completely gutted them out, seperated plants that needed it, replanted,
and all new landscape fabric (where I wanted it) and new mulch.

No weeds and fresh new mulch.. it's a thing of beauty.   

I have been wanting to change the yard up for a while, and I have
made it a priority to tackle the area's that are in view from the house as well as the other
projects that I want to do.
I decided that since I am putting all of this time, effort, $, and let's face it..
a lot of work (which i actually really enjoy) into our landscape,
that I want to be able to enjoy it when we are indoors as well as when we
are outdoors.

Because of this I made one of the front flower beds much bigger in scale.
It is directly in our view from the living room, so I really want it to stand out.

I added some dirt to make a berm for a lot more visual interest to this area and
I am really enjoying how it looks thus far.. 
 it was so flat before. :0) Lol.

It is still a work in progress, and I am looking forward to getting my plants in here.
I did plant a climbing rose that I am excited about, which is under my new obelisk that
I recently picked up. (similar Here)

I also plan to put an evergreen of some sort here for added year round interest and
some height.. I am still trying to decide on what exactly I want. 
Decisions, decisions.

I have also been working on adding more planting area's to the yard, among other things.

Here is a little snippet of my "To Do":

  •  redo all the flower beds 
  • make the front bed larger/add some height (burm) to it 
  • new flower bed by small lilac bush in back yard outside kitchen window
  • relocate peonies
  • divide/plant hosta's / iris etc.
  • dig up/relocate my smoke bush
  • Plant Tree's! I am excited about this one!
  •       (research best tree's to plant near lateral line/water lines)
  • add a decorative rustic fence to backyard / plant row of arborvitae behind it
  • add decorative rustic fence along entire front yard (in progress!)
  • decorative arbor for back yard (?)
  • diy some hanging baskets to go along rustic fence 
  • rework the fire pit area
  • a new large flower bed at front of house (in progress!)
  • new flower bed near fence/fire pit area
  • raise urns height/plant them up for spring
  • replace older/add new solar lights
  • raised garden beds 
That is just a small part of my list.. (my ever growing really long list)

I have gotten quite a bit done so far.
I do have my rustic fence finished in the back yard, and I planted 3 arborvitae behind it allowing
plenty of space for them to grow and still room enough to go around that section of the yard.
(if you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw it in the works) 
I also have a good start on the much bigger fence that I am putting in the front.

I have all the posts in the ground, just have to finish hanging the others.  
Loving it.

I am debating how many hanging baskets I want to place along the new fence when
I get it done, and I plan to DIY them (as of now anyway) so debating how I want
to make them/hang them etc...
and also debating on plants, and solar lights at every post or every other post.. hmm.
  (more of those decisions I need to make)

Oh, and here is a picture of my latest plant haul..

Beautiful foliage.. so looking forward to being able to get these in the ground.
Warm temps are coming!

- TinaH

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Kitchen Update - Faux Barn Wood Backsplash

I have been slowly working on my kitchen and decided I wanted a weathered 
barn wood look for a back splash.
(You can see my kitchen 'before' tour Here)

I searched for what I wanted but didn't really see anything quite right, and I knew
I wanted something that didn't have a very big thickness to it. 
(I didn't want to have to move counter tops/trim etc..) 
so I decided to try and 'DIY' it. 

Using a piece of handscraped laminate flooring that I had leftover from a flooring project,
I gave it a light sanding to get the sheen off because I wanted paint to stick to it, then I used
different shades of paint and I came up with this:

I basically lightly painted, wiped some paint off, dry brushed some, and wiped off some more
as I went until I achieved this weathered kind of look.

The faux wood grain still shows through in places, and it had the aged look to it
that I was wanting..   and since I was happy with how it turned out,
this project was a go and soon began.

We had to cut the width down to make it work the way I wanted it to as I wanted it to have 3
'boards' to fit up to the cabinets.   Then we also cut them at varying lengths.

I used my brad nailer to place them as I went.
I didn't want to use an adhesive if I didn't have to because I knew it would be easier to remove someday if I didn't.
(or just in case I didn't like it in the end) :0)

I also varied the paint on each board so none of them would match, some are darker,
some lighter, some have a little more red, and some just look more 'worn' than others.

(Can you see in the picture above what looks like a barn?  I love that happy accident)

(this photo makes it look much brighter/more gray than it really is for some reason)

I did put a coat of polycrylic on it for protection and so I can wipe it off if needed, and I put a few
extra coats near the sink. 
I also used a clear silicone along the bottom just near the sink to be sure no water gets in between it 
and the counter top. 
So far so good. 

(this photo captures it so much better)

We are really loving the new look.

I have been adding a few decorative pieces here and there, like my little windmill I placed in the window,  the red metal tractor I recently picked up, a galvanized 3 tier stand, burlap table runner that I layered with my red buffalo check one,  and of course my farmhouse sign.

This project is slowly coming along but it feels good to have that part of it done.

I am still debating painting my cabinets white, or an almost white shade.
I am also debating what paint color I should go with as the main color.
(although the red on the opposite wall is here to stay a while) :0)

So until I make up my mind on what to tackle next in this room.. we are simply enjoying it.

Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                                                                              - TinaH

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