When we bought the house we inherited a nice sized deck but unfortunately we were forced to keep the sliding glass door closed at all times because there was no screen (boo!), or so we thought. When we were clearing out the old shed before we tore it down we found the old screen door (Yeah for not having to spend money on a new one!). The only problem being that there was a huge hole in the screen. I called around and the average asking price was about $40.00 to re-screen the door. Why spend $40.00 on something you can DIY? Off to Canadian Tire we went and for less than $10.00 bought a DIY home re-screen kit, including all the tools required.
Category Archives: Exterior
Couldn’t resist the movie quote. Sorry.
I’ve been wanting to paint our stark white door since we re-did the siding last year. Hubby and I couldn’t agree on a color though. I knew I wanted dark, maybe even black, but hubby wasn’t buying it, that is until I came across this post by housebella.
Her door was exactly the color we wanted (Behr-Trail Print). I rushed home from work to show hubby the post and he loved it. I loved it more.
I’ve been fighting rain and humidity for weeks trying to get it done. I knew if I didn’t get it done this weekend it would be quite a while before we had time-summer is busy!
I checked the weather this morning-it wasn’t calling for rain! It was however 85% humidity, cloudy and slightly foggy. I didn’t care, I was taking the risk and trying to get it done and I’m glad I did. Within minutes of me starting to paint the door the sun came out in full force, it was a beautiful day!
and the after:
Not a bad little project for the weekend, hubby and love it.
Mother Nature cooperated enough to allow me to finally get some gardening/outdoor work done this weekend. It was still damp but not pouring and that’s good enough for me! I got some wicked deals at the Superstore Garden center this weekend (25% off plus tax free!) which allowed me to finish my projects.
Outside of a little gardening with my mom growing up (and that was mainly deck/planter box gardening) I’m a total newbie at this. I haven’t killed anything yet though! I would say I have a ‘yellow thumb’, it’s not green yet, we’ll see in September how well I’ve done.
Using my prior knowledge and the helpful tool of Google, I was able to plant my first raised garden bed. I knew what I thought I should do, I just confirmed with the Google experts. Here’s the result:
I planed three boxwood shrubs, two dahlias and two kong coleus (mosaic leaf) plants.
How pretty are the Kong Coleus leaves?
On top of getting the raised garden in, which I’m uber proud of by the way, I put mulch in the front garden boxes around my two GINORM-O hostas (which I already trimmed!) and dwarf ceders:
Please ignore how dirty our brand-spankin’ new driveway/walkway is. Gardening is a messy job and getting the dirt out of a black driveway=IMPOSSIBLE. We’re borrowing my father-in-law’s pressure washer soon to clean ‘er up (along with the deck).
Continuing the tour around our property, the snowball bush I planted earlier this spring (NOT DEAD!):
I also bought another of my favorite plants this weekend ($29.99 down to $15.00 tax-in!), a Forever & Ever hydrangea. It is a hydrangea that blooms repeatedly all summer. They come in different colors, I will show you later what it looks like, for now it is just starting to peek out:
It’s coming along nicely if I do say so myself.
Now if only I could get the grass looking better. This picture is making it look better than it really does, or this is the yard’s ”good angle”? You saw what we had to work with in the ‘before’.
Any tips for a GREENER LAWN?
Kijiji is amazing. For those of you who haven’t heard of it or haven’t used it, it is an online local classified for Canada similar to Craigslist or an electronic version of newspaper classified or Bargain Hunter and it. is. amazing. I played around on Kijiji during university when it was just taking off. I posted an ad for a few text books, and to my surprise, received a few responses and had the books sold within a few days. I continued to use Kijiji for years always having success both buying and selling so when we bought our house to Kijiji I went. From Kijiji, I was able to find a guy to lay the hardwood in our kitchen, saving us thousands, literally.
When we decided to demo our very rotten and not-worth-fixing-up-shed as well as try and clear some remaining siding and other renovation garbage this past weekend, we called a ”Junk Removal” company for a quote. We were blown away. They wanted, wait for it, $1,400+tax to rip a shed down and remove the garbage. Ridiculous right? So back to kijiji I went. I posted an ad describing the shed and asking for estimates to have it demo’d and leave the garbage (I was trying to avoid this calculation: hubby+friends+24 of beer+chainsaws-experience using such tool(s)= disaster &/or death). Don’t get me wrong hubby is handy and we’re both willing and able to tackle home projects but it was a big shed and I didn’t want a roof falling in on us, demo is a job for experts. After 2 days I had to delete the ad because of the volume of responses and after a few e-mails back and forth we settled on a guy. The plan was for him to simply tear the shed down as we had, at that time, planned on using a Bagster for the garbage which we fill up and waste management picks up and disposes of. The demo guy showed up on time, did the job (and then some-moving the garbage to the front yard for us) all for the whopping price of $100.00. Even with the Bagster costing is $40.00 at Home Depot, plus a pick-up fee of $189+tax, we were well under the $1,400 quote. Only one problem:
We had a little more than just one Bagster would fill.
A lot more.
So after going back and forth about what the cheapest alternative may be we were still looking at over $300.00 for junk removal (and that’s us finding a trailer, loading it, and paying the dump to accept it and wasting an entire day). I should also add that it has rained every day for the past 27 days. By day 2 the yard looked more like this:
We weren’t planning on adding a swimming pool but since Mother Nature donated one, who wants to come for a dip?!
Needless to say we needed to get the junk gone ASAP and if possible, as cheap as possible. Back to Kijiji I went. Posted a picture of the junk and again asked for quotes. That same day Adam e-mailed me back and said he’d remove it all and take it to the dump (in the POURING rain, working alone) for $175.00. Done.
To recap: Junk removal company = $1,400. Kijiji= $295.00 (plus the $40.00 we wasted on the Bagster we didn’t end up using). Again. I LOVE Kijiji. I should also add that through Kijiji we were able to make contacts. The demo guy may come back and help hubby when we enclose the underneath of the deck (future storage now that we’re sans shed) as he use to build decks while in university, and Adam (the garbage removal guy) runs a landscaping business who may be able to help with, well, our landscaping and fixing our rotten front yard (and Mother Nature’s pool removal).
So if you haven’t used it yet or hesitate, try Kijiji. It works. It’s awesome.