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The Backyard Remodel – Finished!

 After a couple years of trial and error, we finally finished the back yard! 

This is the rain barrel created from a 50 gallondrum.  We created a cover to go around it for asthetics.  It provides 50 gallons of free water from the roof when it rains. 

The arbor created a nice entrance into the backyard.  It was stained cherry and coated with polyurethane.  The plant holder on the side on the wall was something we had in storage for a while that was painted

The grill is a “Big Green Egg”.  I have wanted one for years and luck has it, I got one for a Christmas present.. 🙂   Larry and I built that table over the holidays.  It took only 3 hours as he’s really good with building things.

Behind the grill is the newly painted fence.  Heather worked a lot on that and other fixtures around the house.  What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes!   

We laid nursery grade landscape cloth on the ground to prevent weeds from growing.  We then hired two people to haul 7 cubic yards (!) of river rock rock.  River rock was no maintenance and was the only thing that would work due to the roots of the tree popping up, shade from the tree and lack of sprinkers. 

We built the picnic bench set from new and recycled wood from the deck.  My mother made the finish.  She’s really good with this type of painting technique and I could not have done a better job myself. 

Many thanks to everyone that helped out.  Its very peaceful and enjoyable to be able to share it with friends and family.

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3 responses

  1. Pablo Escobar Mendez

    Looks very sharp! Particularly like the colour of the picnic table. Are you going to keep that black charcoal grill now that you have a Big Green Egg? I bough the GE Chiminea last summer and it’s held up rather well (to snow and ice). Congratulations – looks very nice!

    February 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

    • daus300b

      Thanks! The charcoal grill was a free-bee by the trash of someone’s front yard. I may keep it as an open pit roaster for things like onions, red peppers or potatoes right on the coals. The picnic table was pretty easy to paint. Just apply a dark stain, paint over with blue paint and then use a sander over it to distress the finish. The Chimnea looks nice! Being that the BGE generates no heat outside, I would love one for the backyard with this cold weather!

      February 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

  2. victor

    Hi, very nice website.
    I found your project on building furniture from a deck very interesting.
    So interesting in fact, that I am almost finished something similar,
    from 2x4s that I had laying around.
    How did you attach the back to the bench?
    Are they 1x4s attached vertically,and afixed to another piece
    perpindicular to it that is attached to the legs.

    January 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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