Thursday, 27 May 2021

Fences, Sheds and Sticky Backed Plastic

 

Yesterday the fencing guys came, and in the space of one day almost completed the fence in the back garden, quite a feat considering that they had to jack-hammer out the concrete blobs that had held the last fence in place.  

Our neighbours have been brilliant in letting us remove one of the fence panels from the old fence during all the works, which enabled us to take everything we needed to the back of the house and remove everything we didn't need via their driveway and back garden.  Having the annexe attached to the house means that we have no access to our back garden from the front ... which is great from a security point of view but a bit of a hindrance when you are completely renovating both a house and a garden.

So to thank them for this we are paying for the new fence at the back and they are just sharing the cost of a matching but lower fence at the front.  Very fortunately, and completely coincidentally they have been away all this week, so when they get back tomorrow all the fencing will be finished.  The guys have been very careful not to disturb any of their garden on the other side ... which is mostly grey stones anyway, but it is nice to see how carefully they peeled back the membrane leaving the stones ready to be raked back into position once that final panel is in.


The old fence panels are not being wasted at all as they are going to form the back and sides of my new tiny shed ... and Dave our handyman has been steadily acquiring used pallets to form the front.  I really wanted it to look rustic after finding this photo online ...


... so hopefully it should look a little bit like this once it is done, minus the side window and the raised front porch.


While all this was going on yesterday and Alan was busy working in the office I spent an hour lining the drawers of my bedside cabinet.  I used the Radio Times to make a template so I didn't risk wasting any of my precious wallpaper.


It turned out quite well, and once the paper was cut to size it was covered in clear sticky back plastic that I had found in the charity shop at just £1.50 for a whole roll, just to give it a little bit of longevity and make it wipeable.


It's the little touches that make a home feel complete isn't it ... even if it isn't quite complete yet!! 😄


Sue xx






40 comments:

  1. The fence looks great. So fortunate to have good neighbors, too. Looking forward to seeing your little rustic cabin as it develops...a treat of a retreat. Good job on the drawer lining. Another nice touch of cohesion for your bedroom.

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    1. All the neighbours that we've met up to now have been lovely people, it's a friendly little community 😃

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    1. Yes, it's too pretty to waste any of the leftover pieces 🙂

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  3. A ha! I see what your next downsize to a smaller space will be - that little shed looks perfect!!

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    1. It won't be big enough to lie down in ... or I might have been tempted 🤣😆

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  4. My husband was looking over my shoulder as I read your post and the first thing out of his mouth was "Who decided to lean all that weight, from those pallets & posts, against a fence? That sure is a good way to get that fence to start leaning too." You sure are doing a LOT of work to your place, both inside & out. If I had to do that much work to a place, right from the get-go, I probably would have kept looking for something else. But it's your place and I'm glad you're happy with it. Thank you for including us all in the progress. ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. Haha, tell him not to panic, they are supported by the concrete uprights of the now double-layered back fence. 😆

      We got it for the price we did because of the work needing to be done, and Alan is VERY particular about how he wants his house 🤣🤣

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  5. It is coming together nicely. Can't wait for the grand tour when it have it all the way you want it!

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  6. Good neighbors are wonderful and it seems you won the lottery with your neighbors. The fence looks great and your wallpaper is lovely. Having a shed is very convenient. You will enjoy the custom rustic design. You continue to make amazing progress arranging everything in your new home.

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    1. I agree, it's a lovely friendly town so the chances of good neighbours was very high 🙂

      I do need a shed for early planting purposes next year as I have no room in the annexe for seedlings etc

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  7. Your new fence looks great! You are fortunate to have neighbors that are willing to work with you as these have been doing. It is also very kind for you to in turn help out with their fence. The wallpaper lined drawers are beautiful. Did you have trouble getting the clear sticky back plastic over the paper? I have worked with things like that and it seems I suddenly have all thumbs and fight wrinkles in sticking down the plastic. But it is wonderful when you can get it done and then have a washable surface! Everything is looking so good Sue!

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    1. Yep, it was a bit tricky, but by the third drawer I had it down to a fine art 🤣🤣

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  8. Why did I never consider sticky back plastic , when lining drawers with wallpaper. What a brilliant idea.

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    1. It was only when I saw the roll of sticky backed plastic in the charity shop that I had the lightbulb 💡💡 moment 😃

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  9. As you say your neighbours have helped make an otherwise difficult job much easier. Touch wood we have been very fortunate during our lives. Great idea to line the drawers.

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    1. I think usually if you are good neighbours you end up with good neighbours ... but there are exceptions as poor PP knows ☹️

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  10. What a brilliant idea for lining your drawers! The shed is really cute, too; and full marks for your ingenious recycling; to top this, excellent neighbours and a new fence...a good couple of days all round!

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    1. It's been a good week for progress, and it's going to be good to have the shed 😀

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  11. This is certainly a lovely experience you are having and with these wonderful touches your new home will be fabulous...Thanks for letting us in along the way.

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    1. I've never managed a move like this before with so many choices to be made, it's really invigorating, and if my back was okay it would be brilliant.

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  12. So lovely to see parts of your plans coming together, such a sigh of relief when it is all done and you can move in and enjoy your new nest

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  13. Every thing is turning out beautifully . Really like all you are doing!

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    1. It is 😀. Fencing is all finished now and it's time to make good the garden and build a shed 😃

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  14. More jobs being ticked off the list woohoo it's getting closer to move in day:) I love how one wall is a feature using that gorgeous wallpaper♥ Last time I wallpapered a wall was in the UK in the early 80's:) Hope your back is feeling better and have a lovely weekend xoxo

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    1. Wallpapers seem to be quite in vogue at the moment and there are some lovely choices out there, but they are so much more expensive now. 😲

      Enjoy the weekend. Xx

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  15. I'm so impressed by how you're powering through all this work! I love the rustic shed. x
    PS Hope the back's better.

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    1. Pushing forward, slowly but surely due to the back .. it's very OUCH!!

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  16. My mum used pretty wrapping paper for her drawer lining and a recycled episode of Escape to the Chateau had Angel plus one using old magazine and photographs with a layer of PVA glue on top. I prefer to to see the wood and if likely to get accidents with liquids (EdT nail varnish) then they have to go on trays or box lids.

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    1. I like to see the wood usually, but this seemed a pretty way to use up the paper, and of course it can just be lifted out if I change my mind in the future. 🙂

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  17. It is so fun to see your joy as you create your space. Hope your back is better.

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    1. It is making me happy, just my bloody back that is holding me back ☹️

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  18. Your new home is really starting to come together. It’s all looking fantastic.

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    1. Thank you, it's nice to see all the plans coming to fruition 😃

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  19. What a fab idea for those little drawers. If I had any wallpaper I would copy you (immitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that).

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    1. It worked well, and it is removable if I want to in the future :-)

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  20. You are certainly turning a house into a home. What lovely neighbours you have.

    God bless.

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    1. They've been great, and they are thrilled with their new fence.

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