Lately my crafting has involved saws rather than sewing machines.
We’ve spent the last month having our yards, front and back, totally redone. New patios and paths, and a multitude of new plantings. It was all finished just in time for it to be too cold and wet to really be useable.
For most of it we threw money at people to do the work. But I wanted to put some effort in, beyond the plant buying, so we are making the various privacy screens ourselves. (Not the posts, though. That was another task we farmed out to the people with muscles and stamina and post hole diggers.)
The people at Lowe’s got us started with the cedar fence boards, cutting the 5 1/2” boards into 2” and 3 1/2” boards.
We then stained them what was supposed to be a neutral sort of pale brown but turned out to be very orange. I also didn’t think there was enough difference in size between the two boards. So, back to Lowe’s for more boards, colorless stain, and a second attempt. This time I ripped the boards myself, using uncut 5 1/2” boards and making ~1 3/4” boards.
This is the new privacy screen around our window in the back. Too pale? I didn’t find the right brown yet I guess, but at least it isn’t orange. It still needs trim on the edges and the post tops cut off, but I’m happy with it. There is a star jasmine and a climbing rose which will be trained up it on both sides to make it even more private.
The second one we finished today, except again for the post cutting. I figured the orange boards didn’t matter as much in the front where I won’t be sitting in a patio chair staring at them, so we used those we’d already stained for the screen around the garbage cans.
My son “helping” during the photo shoot, in between holding boards for me to screw into the posts and sweeping up sawdust.
We have an 8’ wide screen to build on the property line so our neighbor won’t have to stare at our trailer, the screens where the hot tub will eventually go, and a small screen blocking the view of our air conditioner still to go, but we’ve worked out the kinks in the method, so they should go quickly if the weather holds out this week.