If you are new here, we are living in a rental while we build our new house. In order for us to NOT be miserable living in a house that’s not ours, we decided to give the backyard a makeover on a budget. We spend every freaking minute that we can in our outdoor spaces. Because the weather here in Indiana is BIZARRE. So why not enjoy our space while we are here.
If you are keeping track, we bought a small shed to store our lawn mower and other garden items. We aren’t counting that as part of the budget because we will be selling that when we leave. But, I talked about our shed and our plans for this backyard a few weeks ago. So far, we uncovered some limestone pieces and used them as a landing spot outside the back door and gave the fire pit a makeover. And, I can’t tell you how much time we’ve already spent out there.
Planting a vegetable garden is something that I enjoy so much in the summer. So I think I picked the perfect spot and got that all planted this past week.
I don’t know about you, but having a clothesline is MUST for me… to hang sheets and blankets, etc. I was pretty excited when I saw that this rental house had one. Deb isn’t a fan because she remembers her mom making her go out and hang clothes and her dad making her paint the posts. Remember that silver paint that everyone painted their clotheslines with? ???? We both remember that. It was like a shiny silver paint…. ????
Anyways, we had a retractable clotheslines at our last several homes because we didn’t have a big enough yard to actually have the posts. They work well if you have a smaller area. But don’t worry, there WILL be a real clothesline at our new property. I have actually been pinning some really pretty ones trying to prove to Deb that they aren’t all ugly. ???? Check them out on my Clothesline Pinterest Board. Oh… and give me a follow while you’re there. ????????
These clothesline posts here at the rental sagged and needed tightened. One of the lines lost all of the plastic coating and was rusty, so that needed replaced. The other one was a newer line so we could use that one. Deb happened to have a few turnbuckles in her stash in the basement to tighten up the original line that was here. And we bought a new line for the other side.
I ended up painting the posts with some white paint that I already had on hand here. And they look SO DIFFERENT…. so clean and so fresh.
If you are keeping track of our Backyard Makeover on a Budget, we were at $29 total. Adding the $12 for the clothesline puts us at $41. We still have a few things we want to do back here including getting another load of packing stone for the bird feeder and the grill areas. So stay tuned for that.
*** My laundry basket is a vintage one that I found a few years back, but I found some other ones online that look similar.