Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Backyard Makeover

DIY Music Fence
(Our made over backyard – October 2012.  That is Monterey Bay in the background.)

Okay, so let me start off by saying – my parents are pretty dang awesome.

When they came out to visit us last month, one of the first things they asked was if I had any projects around the house that they could help with.

Not,
“What are we having for dinner?”
or
”Where are you taking us tomorrow?”
but
”What can we help you with?”

*Note to any future visitors to our home: I do not expect everyone to help with projects.  Just having friends and family visit is wonderful!*

Anyway, I had just the project for them to help with – laying sod in my backyard.

Here is the before picture of our backyard.

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(Easter 2012)

I thought that I could deal with the wood chips for the two years we will be in this house, but we couldn’t walk barefoot outside, Bailey was constantly bringing wood chips in the house, and it was just plain ugly.

After raking up all of the wood chips, leveling and breaking up the dirt underneath, and fertilizing, we were ready to lay the sod.

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Once we got all of the sod laid and started watering it, my parents helped me get started on my next project – making a fun area for the kids to play in the backyard.

fence painting
(I had a couple of extra helpers with this project!)

I am in love with our finished backyard.

DIY Music Fence

And that white thing hanging on our fence?

 DIY Music Fence

That’s our music fence!

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To make our music fence, I bought a fence panel from Home Depot, stained it white, screwed the fence panel into our fence, and got started hanging all of my musical pieces.

The music fence cost me less than $50 with the majority of the cost going to the fence panel, stain, and hangers.  The pieces hanging on the fence cost me less than $4! 

I’d say that the money that I spent making the fence was well-spent.

The kids LOVE it!

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Want to hear the fence in action?

And I should probably give a disclaimer too.  Supervise your children.  There are accidents waiting to happen.  Especially with this accident prone child.

42 comments:

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Over achievers! It looks great :)

Miki said...

What an awesome idea ;P. I'm coming from the blog hop, btw.

Hope you're having a fun week!

Miki.

My Traveling Troop said...

I heart your backyard makeover! The musical fence is such a great idea!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

What a fun wall for the kids! Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic link party. Stopping by from the Happy-Go-Lucky blog hop.

The Romer Family said...

How creative!! So glad you found my blog, and I found a new one to follow!!

The Romer Family said...

Oh...and Gig 'em!

Gaby said...

Love this!

Sara said...

New follower/commented from the mommy brain mixer, hope you'll return the favor, looking forward to your posts!
http://fluffimama.blogspot.com/

littlewillowtree said...

Amazing! We have a pallet or two lying around and I was going to use it for planters, but this looks like more fun {and I can't kill whats on it either! LOL}. Visiting from the Jellibean Journals! Great post, thanks for sharing!

Lindsey said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how cute this is. Pinned it immediately. I can't wait till spring to put this up. Hopefully, we will be in our new house by then (you never know) and the kids will love playing with this!!! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

The Students Wife said...

That is such a cute idea! I've never seen anyone do this before. YOu have a gorgeous view of Monterrey Bay in the background


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LittleOwlCrunchyMomma said...

Um... definitely pinning. This is SO cool! Thanks for sharing. Would love to see you over at www.littleowlcrunchymomma.blogspot.com sometime! <3

Jenny said...

Thanks Kristina! We are loving having grass, and the kids have such fun with the fence!

Jenny said...

I put it on your link party today! Thanks for inviting me!

Jelli said...

The musical fence is awesome! At first I was wondering what on earth that was, but I love it. Definitely tweeting this idea right now! Thanks so much for linking up with me this week,Jenny!

Jenny said...

Thanks! And Gig 'em! :)

Jenny said...

Thanks for visiting! Pallets would work great for this project! And make it a lot cheaper too if you already have them lying around!

Jenny said...

Thanks, Lindsey! I hope that getting into your new home goes smoothly and that you are able to get your kids a musical fence!

Jenny said...

Thanks! We are having a lot of fun with our new fence! We do love your view - when it's not foggy! ;)

Marie said...

The musical fence was a brilliant idea! Great job and the backyard looks great!

Pricilla J. Designs said...

What a great idea! It's so good that you were able to get it done as a family. Enjoy! Stopping by from SITS.

-Pricilla

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

what a fabulous idea!! It turned out beautiful and that musical fence is the coolest! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase!

Niamh Bevan said...


It's a brilliant idea & it could be done with old pots & pans & whatever else might be around the house. Why didn't anyone think of it before?

katie said...

Wow! Awesome! Love it!

Brenna said...

We did something similar to this music fence outdoor play area http://www.brennaphillips.com/playground-music

Jenny said...

Love what you guys did! I bet those kids love it!

Jenny said...

My kids LOVE it! They want to have friends over all the time to play now! A few of the pans are from my cabinets, and everything else are is from Goodwill and resale shops.

Jenny said...

Thanks! We are in love with it!

Jenny said...

Thanks, Marie! You guys should do one too! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! Cute yard, where did the slide come from?

Bev Feldman said...

That may be the best DIY project I have ever seen!

The Liebers said...

That is one seriously cool fence!! My kids would love that!! Not so sure about the neighbors, though. :)

misssrobin said...

Your yard looks beautiful. And the music fence is amazing! What a fabulous thing for your little ones.

another jennifer said...

How awesome of your family to help you out with that project. It looks awesome. And I so want a music fence now!

Sheila Skillingstead said...

I love when our family goes to one of our houses and finishes a project. Our middle daughter's goat shed took a day. Our oldest daughter broke two hammers but Simon and Garfunkel had homes. I also love your music fence. I gotta make one now for our granddaughter. I have a cute decorative fence I made that's a faux birdhouse. So much fun and only $30. Enjoy your SITS Day and future projects.

The Sweet Spot Blog said...

My parents are coming in for the holidays...maybe I will get lucky too! Happy SITS day!

Stephanie Kneese said...

A music fence! That's such a wonderful idea! I'm going to have to remember that one for sure! :)

Nicole @ Pencil Skirts and Noodle Necklaces said...

Adorable fence! Such a cute idea!

Jill from PJgamers said...

there's a playground near our house that has a music area. I never thought of doing it at home. that's awesome!
♡ Jill

Sarah Williamson said...

Amazing project. Really innovative and I love it! Consider it pinned :)

-Sarah
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Kayla S. said...

When I saw this, I immediately became obsessed with it and started collecting noisy junk. Yesterday, I finally had enough items and time to put my own fence up! Here's a link to my blog post about it:http://schenkgr4.blogspot.com/2013/04/making-cheap-outdoor-classroom.html

Thanks for the great idea!

Jasmine B said...

Found this on Pinterest--love it!! Starting to gather supplies this weekend! Would you say maybe just a tarp would be a good cover up during rainy/snowy weather?