As mentioned in a post last week, we have taken the outdoors one year at a time, constantly updating until we have circled the yard. In 2011 it was all about the back fence and the outdoor kitchen; the kitchen will be a separate post.
2011: Back Yard/Fence
Parts & Pieces:
Stained the Fence: Home Depot: Beher Semi-Transparant Fence and Deck Stain – Cappuccino
Tip: After staining the fence, we sprayed it down with combination of Mineral Spirits & Linseed Oil. This helps set your stain and keeps it looking great for years to come. In a large spray bottle, mix 1/2 can Mineral Spirits & 1/2 can Linseed Oil and spray directly on the fence. This mixture gives it a beautiful sheen as well. (I also pictured the stain we used)
Lanterns: I purchased all of these on clearance, none of them were over $19. You can find these types of lanterns at tons of stores: Marshal’s, Garden Ridge, Home Goods, Pier 1, etc. You can even look for damaged lanterns since they will be outside and there is a possibility that you may be able to hide a flaw.
Hangers: Home Depot: I got a variety of sizes and shapes to make sure that they hung differently on the fence.
Red Pots: Walmart: They have had these a few years in a row, they are from Better Homes and Gardens. They are plastic, so it makes them a lot lighter. I filled them a little over 1/2 with styrofoam to decrease the weight and not use as much soil. I store them in the shed for the winter to try and keep them as long as possible. Since they are plastic, I know they won’t last forever.
Plants & Mulch: I used shade plants since this area only gets an hour or two of sun each day. I waited for them all to go on sale or until I had coupons with a local nursery. We used Black mulch from Menards, which matched the rest of the house. The plants in the red pots are all annuals that I change up every year. Unfortunately some rabbits ate a couple of my plants last winter, so there will have to be some re-planting this year!