Our “New” Old Picket Fence

You all know the old saying, another persons trash is someone else’s treasure.  Well it is true.   Yes, we are officially those people.  Yup, the trash picker kind.  Also the kind that lets the said “trash” sit in their front yard for 8 months because they can’t believe they’ve taken on the project to begin with. Ha! I’m sure our neighbors loved seeing the old fencing pile from October-May.  Anyways I digress.  Let’s start at the beginning.

When Ben put in our patio three years ago, we decided to do it in our front yard for many reasons.  First, easier to access the kitchen and bring out food for entertaining.  Second, our backyard wasn’t as accessible from the house and was much smaller size wise than our front yard.
Once the patio was finished we felt a bit exposed to our neighbors (I promise that’s not as creepy as it sounds.)  We live on a dead end street and we are in a private area, however having some definition of our outdoor living space would give us that “private” feeling we sought after.

Hence where this ol’ saying comes into play… We always thought it would be nice to have a little picket fence in front of the patio and when we saw that a beautiful cape home a few streets down was getting rid.  We politely asked if we could take some of their better pieces.

First, We took the best pieces and placed them in front of the patio so we would know where the fence posts would need to go. Next we sanded those pieces down to get off any chipping wood.

We bought a post digger from lowes, for $20

We bought cedar 8 foot 4×4’s that Ben cut to size, which were $30/each we only needed three.

We also needed a couple bags of quickcrete to pour into the post holes.

Once the posts were in and cured, Brn drilled in the sections of fence.   After that it was my turn to paint. I used an exterior white paint from Benjamin Moore.

See how it defines the space? Gives use a nice border.  Not complete privacy but a starting point.

The following week I edged out the front of the fence and planted some hydrangea and greenery that will eventually  get a little higher than the fence. 

Here is what it looked like when we moved in…

And before we had the fence.   We are really happy with the updates so far!

I would love to know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Kelly says:

    Nice job adding an outdoor living space. Love the front door! If you’d paint your shutters the same color as the front door, it’d make your house adorable.

    • Jordan says:

      I really keep thinking about painting the shutters… we bought the house with them this color and we aren’t really the biggest fans. We are considering changing them out soon for sure. Thank yoU!

  2. Janelle Sisk says:

    May I please ask where the basket is from that is hanging on your front door . Thank you!

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