Backyard Spruce-Up

I had big plans this spring to get our backyard landscape looking better. But, God had other plans. We got hit with tons and tons (or what felt like tons and tons) of rain in the months of May and June. If you follow along with stories on Instagram, you might remember that I started the project way back when, before all the rain, and then much of what we had done had to be re-done because of all the rain. Ugh! Anywho! It’s finished (well 99% finished)!
Backyard Spruce-Up

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Home Depot was running a fabulous sale a few months back on these brick pavers – .25 each. I measured and stocked up! Seriously, like a little more than half off! I was pumped! I knew I wanted something low profile that would match this corner bed that I created a few years ago.
Backyard Spruce-Up
My family still plays football or soccer occasionally in the backyard and I would hate for someone to get injured by tripping over landscape border. I know, crazy mom worries! HAHA! My hubby tried to tell me that they see it and wouldn’t trip….
Back on topic- these pavers were perfect for what I wanted. I laid them out and slowly worked on getting them buried about 1/4 of the way down into the dirt. Hubby jumped in to help one weekend and we got it done. Some newspaper for weed blocker and a “little” bit of my favorite black mulch and ta-da! New flower beds!
I love having hostas in this corner bed, and I have another crepe myrtle planted here and I did decide to try my hand at one peony plant to see how it goes before I invest in more. As I think I’ve said before, I don’t have a very green thumb.
I haven’t really planted much else yet because, well…rain. And because I haven’t completely decided what to put there. The plan is to move my rose bushes somewhere in here so I can actually see them from the house (they are kind of hidden around a corner right now), and I would love to add some more peonies and some hydrangeas!
The next big project was updating the shed. I have to admit that I don’t really have an ‘before’ pictures of the back of our yard. Because I’m an impatient DIYer and the blogger in me forgets to take them, and because I’ve never really liked the view. Here’s a small look at what our little shed looked like before though.
Backyard Spruce-Up
This is my hubby’s handiwork. His plan was OSU colors, Pistol Pete on the door, and a big OSU logo on the side. But, the orange wasn’t quite right and he never really got around to finishing it. A while back I saw Brooke’s shed from Nesting With Grace and fell in love. I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t want to tell hubby, because I didn’t think he would want to go along with it. 🙂
But…he was cool with it so…here it is, and I love it!!
Backyard Spruce-Up
I know the black probably isn’t for everyone but I really do love it! And the window, shutters, and window box, are just the icing on the cake!
Backyard Spruce-Up
Confession – the window is completely fake! I used trim wood to add a paned ‘window’. Then, I added some shutters made with fence pickets (just like we did for the front of our house) and then a window box, also made with fence pickets. Some pops of pink perennials finished out my fun!!
Backyard Spruce-Up
This shed is where we keep our lawnmower and the area right outside the door in a low spot that doesn’t grow grass well, and always seems to be muddy. So, we gathered all these flagstone pavers that were left behind by the previous owners, and a little bit of extra gravel from the side yard, bordered by a few more of my concrete pavers. This might have been one of my hubby’s favorite parts of the spruce-up!
Backyard Spruce-Up
The 1% that’s not finished is the door on the shed. The door is homemade and starting to fall apart in a few places. We are looking for another alternative and may have found one, but it’s still a work in progress. I plan to add some white trim somewhere either on or around the new door to tie in the white window.
It makes me so happy every time I look out our back windows now, and I know that it will be even better when I have some flowers blooming in those beds!