We did a lot of work to this yard when we first moved in (removed 3 large trees, a small pond, several bushes and took down a screened-in section on the deck). Why remove a screened-in porch? It was awful, paint peeling, screens ripped, and it wasn’t attached to the house. It was a very unusual design. But you can see in the (after) picture below that our deck has a “step up” and that is where the screened in porch was and why one side of the deck rail is a bit different than the rest. Here’s our DIY Outdoor Space Remodel – Our Deck Remodel Home Project.
The yard was only like this for a week or two until we had professionals remove the trees and landscaping issues. During those first couple weeks though, we heard frogs mating in the middle of the night, there were many birds, including a hawk that would hang out in the back yard.
Every time I looked out the window, the Guns and Roses song, “Welcome to the Jungle” would come into my head. We literally had a mini jungle in our backyard, bahaha!
Here are the BEFORE picture of the deck and the crazy-over-grown back yard…
It doesn’t look too bad from this angle, although you can see that several planks needed replaced and repainted.
This deck and screened-in porch was SUPER ODD right? Here is a view of the rest of the yard with a view of the screened in section. That tree is no longer there either.
And the BEFORE of the pond and over-growth of bushes and rocks that is now just grass/yard 🙂 Removing all those rocks was a pain in the ass! We piled them up in the corner and then listed them on Craigslist for free and someone came and got them right away.
Look how over-grown everything is!
And here is an AFTER picture of the back yard today… It doesn’t seem like the same yard does it? It’s SO MUCH BETTER NOW though! No more jungle, woohoo!
The furniture was left here by the previous owner. It was all wood and a natural color so we painted it with the same deck paint but chose “Cream in My Coffee” by Valstar as the color.
Check out the BEFORE pictures of the furniture…
Awful right? But definitely could be restored!
More Before pictures of the deck and the work in progress…
Yes – it was 3 different colors at one time!
We ripped out the rotted board and replaced them. Then we could finally paint everything one color.
It is still a work in progress, as everything is when you own a home – you start one project and find yourself starting another. In fact, our schedules are so busy that I probably will not post more pictures of the back yard until August!
I think this side of the deck needs some Adirondack chairs, don’t you?
Here are the tables and chairs a year later, still looking great after painting!
- Striped pillows – Costco
- Solar lights – Ikea
- Hanging baskets – Dollar Tree (assorted plants from Home depot)
Check out this post for more outdoor inspiration!
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