Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Backyard Makeover You Won't Believe

I spent two days sorting
through old pictures.
Take a seat and a cuppa
coffee cuz this is a 
LONG post!

I think most of  you know
that we have moved
14-or is it 15 times?

We have NEVER bought
a house that 
DID NOT need work.
This house was no
exception.
The inside was a 
big makeover that I will
share later.
Today I want to show you
what can be done with
a neighbor's garage that
 looks like crap
has some serious issues.
First I want to show you 
the fountain in its very
first setting.
He has been moved a total of
8 times.
I still love him even though he is
showing a bit of age...
but -hey-so am I.
Too bad I can't use 
PATCH CRETE
on myself.


Anyway,
This was in an old historical 
neighborhood where the yards
are not large but the houses are.
This was looking out the back
kitchen window at the 
crazy drinking lady that was certifiable
neighbor's garage.
Yeah- How would you like to 
look at THAT every morning?

FENCE to the rescue!
Ah....so much better

Now as you go back along that fence
which we put RIGHT ON the 
property line-CRAZY LADY'S
the neighbor's garage is built
ON the property line.
LOOK AT IT!
Uh- Not so great, huh?

So, I take cookies over and
ask, ever so sweetly,
"Can I paint the side of your garage
that is on the property line?"
What color-she wants to know.
Well, I thought we would just 
match your peeling, nasty paint
that is already on there.
Sure-she says-just don't
paint it white.
Lord forbid we cover that
beauty with white paint...
it would just look so so
sooooo awful!
Okay...and, oh- by the by-
Can I hang a few things on
that side of the garge?
Sure!
NO PROBLEM.
Thanks!  Here's a gin and tonic
and you have a good day now.

Mama'sBoy scrapes and paints
the garage and we add a
shorter picket fence 
with an arbor that 
spans the back of the yard
dividing it in two "rooms"
Now-THIS IS WHERE
it gets interesting.
WHAT did I HANG
on the side of the repainted garage?
I took two old windows,
spray painted the backs black,
an old door-spray painted the
back black and I
HUNG THEM ON THE
side of the garage.
After these pictures were
taken I painted the
shutters white.
I put another arbor over the
FAKE DOOR
and the year after this there was a
New Dawn Rose that scrambled
right up over the side of the
garage.
Pretty danged cute, huh?
I'll tell you something really funny.
Sometimes I would hear something
in the garage and kind of 
peer THROUGH the windows
(which were spray painted black
and just screwed on, mind you)
to SEE what was going on
inside.
DUH!
Yeah...and 
WHO was the crazy one in the
neighborhood?
Not Me! I'm just blond! 

So...do y'all want to see
more projects like this in the 
future cuz I found a 
ton of my DIY projects?

60 comments:

  1. I did the same thing Diana - no door just windows!!! Alas no photos at all - those were my pre photo days lol
    Yours looks just gorgeous!
    Wow - that's a lot of moves
    Hugs,
    Moi

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  2. What a brilliant idea. It looks great. I am filing that idea away in my mind in case I ever come across something similar that needs making pretty.

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  3. Brillant idea. Great execution. Did the crazy neighbor like the results?

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  4. That was a great idea, Diana! I love the way it looks and you turned a con into a pro. The windows look real in the pictures. How funny that you tried to peer in them. I had a mirror in my garden and would startle myself everytime I was in that area and walked past it. I could see the reflection of myself out of the corner of my eye and thought someone was there. I know. : )

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  5. You did a bang up job with that garage and space. And I admire your gumption in marching over there with your idea. Good for you!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. Diane, OMG you all worked a miracle on your back yard. It looks beautiful!

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  7. It looks great, all quaint and cottage-y. I did the same thing with a fake window on my shed but did not paint the glass black, that was a great idea and I may have to copy you!

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  8. Awesome! I like your concept of embracing her garage as a feature for your yard- especially since you don't have much choice! Painting the back of the glass black was ingenious! At a distance the windows and door look real! How the heck they got away with building a structure on a lot line is beyond comprehension! I guess they didn't have building codes in place when it was built! Glad she was cooperative with you on letting you fix the side of her garage that you have to look at! LOL about trying to peer into the windows!

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  9. How BRILLIANT are YOU! Absolutely genius. Gorgeous transformation.

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  10. Oh my gosh, Diana! I am amazed by what you have done to transform your space. I would have never thought in a million years....never would have crossed my mind to hang a fake door and window...how genius is that, girly girl! Love, Love, Love it! Wow!
    Hugs to my wonderfully creative friend.

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  11. Amazing transformation.
    You could get a job doing that. Glad that the lady didn't care.....it looks so cute.

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  12. I have never in my life heard of anyone doing this, of course I have never met anyone like you have I!!!
    This is just amazing, just beautiful, they must have felt a bit foolish , did it not shame them into fixing things up a bit?You have such a gift you have, I'm surprised they didn't hire you to fix the rest of the garage!

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  13. Sort of a faux folly!
    Such a charming garden spot!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

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  14. Wow, so much better Diana. Has the lady ever looked at the back? It is amazing how some people fix things so nicely and others let it fall down . You did a fabulous job there. Smiles, Susie

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  15. It is beautiful. miles there is a I know a place you should show up to spruce up. I've got lots of paint, and there is an old window or two that I'll let you use.

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  16. Wonderful idea. It looks beautiful!!

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  17. Wow!... that is just gorgeous Diana!... I can't believe the changes you made and how creative you are, love it!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  18. So cute! I love the windows and window box on the garage.

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  19. Yes, bring them on! We want to see more of your amazing transformations, Diana! I can't believe that is the same yard & garage! The windows and door idea is pure genius!

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  20. That garage is fantastic. You are so clever. Cute post and lovely yard. Hugs, marty

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  21. What an awesome idea-you are so full of it, WHOOPS, I mean them...
    as in creative ideas...yeah, that's it!
    Yes, please more DIY, I can't wait to see.
    XO Ellie

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  22. I have never heard of anyone doing something like this..and I AM BLOND! But it works and solves the problems! Mix me a drink! heehee!

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  23. More, more, please Diana! Unbelievable what you did to that garage. A beauty and the beast makeover! You're such an inspiration!

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  24. Very clever. Has your neighbor seen it?

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  25. Well that's just about the neatest transformation I've ever seen. You smart thing -- to paint the windows black. It looked really charming.

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  26. Awesome idea! It looks 100% better. I would have never known it was such an eye sore if you hadn't shown the before pics. Yes, show us more!

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  27. Wow Diana, way to turn lemons into lemonade. It looks gorgeous. Is it the rule that everyone has to have a loopy neighbor? LOL

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  28. Diana that was such a great idea and it looks so good. You are one smart cookie with sprinkles on top. :)

    xo
    Danielle

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  29. What a transformation!! It's amazing to me that some people don't take better care of their property. But, it's great to see how you overcame the problem. Great job!!

    Judy

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  30. Diana, this is just amazing! Not in a million years I would of thought of doing that! The windows and door look so real! You are very creative and even better at problem solving! Awesome post and backyard!!!

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  31. Oh, I like this. How did they ever let them build on the line????
    But you made it look cute. How many bottles did you pass over the fence to keep that old woman that happy?
    Wow, I need you. But I have a bigger project. I need to hide 2 neighborhoods! LOL
    We have the best looking place on 2 different streets. Not sure a fence would cover it all. How are you at driving a bull dozer?

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  32. That looks so cool. like your own garden "shed". I would like to see more of your DIY's.

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  33. Oh my goodness, that's awesome! You know I love gardens and this one is a beauty! And you know everyone is going to be hanging blackened windows on the back of their garages now!

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  34. I would LOVE to see more. I love what you did with that wall and the back yard. Good work and keep 'em coming! xo

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  35. that is a great improvement! what a great idea the door and windows!

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  36. Hi Diane, WOW this makeover is incredible. You are so creative. I love it!! Yes, I want to see more!! So inspiring. I have to go back and view your wonderful pics again.
    Hugs, CM

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  37. That is a fantastic way to hide the hideous mess of a garage. Love it. I'm just picturing her inside the garage after a few drinks and wondering where the door and windows are.

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  38. That's an awesome transformation! I never would have thought of adding the fake windows and doors but it's such a great idea. ~ Maureen

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  39. WOWZA, Diana! That is one great transformation! I would Love, Love, LOVE, to see more!!!

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  40. Really Cute, Diana....such vision:-)
    jan

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  41. You are really a worker of magic, Diana! Are you sure you are not employed by HGTV?:) I love to see DIY projects. It gives me ideas for my sweet hubby!:) Gotta keep him busy, you know.:) xo Nellie

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  42. WOW that looks amazing Diana!

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  43. That was a wonderful solution! The yard and garage looked beautiful when you finished! A paradise! Not to mention I had yet another good laugh!

    Jane
    Flora Doora

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  44. You are so darn clever (even though you're peering through non existant windows! LOL)

    That is an amazing transformation. You really turned that baby around!

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  45. That's amazing..Looks great ..Glad she said OK..Love your post..funny one!!

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  46. Awesome! That is a great makeover! And bring on more pics Diana - love what you've got going on here I want to see more!

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  47. You are amazing! I, never in a million years, would have thought of that!
    Yes, I'd love to see more imaginative ideas like this one.

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  48. You have done some real magic, sure I would love to see more. I am getting ready to build my picket fence headboard...and because of your sharing, I am using Annie Sloan chalk paint old white. yep we are still working on the upstairs, almost done.
    Big Hugs, Mary

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  49. Wow, what a great transformation, good for gutzy you to hang the windows and fence. She is lucky you did not make her take the garage down since it is on your property line! It sure looks great!

    Carol

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  50. Oh it looks so sweet! I love the fake windows and the door with the arbor. You are hilarious!
    Great DIY.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  51. You are amazing! I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it myself! Good thing you snapped that before pic because I often forget that. Would you come and take me on as your next crazy lady next door! Such talent.

    PS We love blondes!

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  52. Fabulous.....can not believe it's that horrible garage..
    you did a wonderful job!!

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  53. Funniest thing I've read in a LONG LONG TIME! LOVE THE TRANSFORMATION!

    You are somethin' else. Come to my house and tell me how to fix the neighbor's tree limb that is about to fall on our 8ft fence. :)

    xoR

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  54. Fabulous, Diana. Black windows? They look like real windows that you can see through. I love the whole idea, and I bet the New Dawn looks incredible in this setting. Yes, please, show us more.

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  55. Absolutely want to see more of your projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. Wow! What a transformation, that crazy lady is lucky to have you for a neighbor. Hopefully she isn't too crazy to realize that!

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  57. Yes, Diana! It would be wonderful to see more of your DIY projects! This one was amazing! I had hubby come and look at it for future reference. Thank you!
    Love to you and Happy Thanksgiving, too,
    Lily, WA, USA

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  58. I love it! The color is fabulous, kind of purple, like eggplant. So pretty! Love the way you partitioned off the garden - so sweet! The door and windows were genius! I was laughing at the crossed out sarcasms LOL! Gin and tonic LOL! Funny lady you! I would love to have something like this in my own yard, but now a neighbor's, I want it for my play house! xoxo

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  59. what a fabulous job, diane! it looks so wonderful now!

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  60. So fun seeing this. You did an amazing job making a " lemon" into lemonade. looking forward to seeing more!

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