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Monday, April 11, 2011

Rockin' What I Got


I don't know what's come over me, but ever since we have decided to buy a new house in a couple of years I have been so motivated to do all of the little projects around the house that I never got around to before.  I guess I just want to be able to enjoy them for a little while at least before we hand the keys over to someone else.  (I sure am going to miss this little house.)

Since we don't have a garage (OMG, can you believe it), we walk from the sidewalk to the car and usually cut through the grass.  This has bothered me for the 6 years that we've lived here.  So I finally decided to do something about it.
As I've said, I don't want to spend anymore money on this house (significant money, that is).  So I decided to rock what I got.  We had taken out these scalloped cement borders last year from our flower beds and saved them (which is uncharacteristic of me since I'm the opposite of a pack-rat).  I decided that they would make the perfect "rocks" for my pathway.

Here's what I did:

First, I dug up the path enough to get all of the grass out.  I piled it up there to the left because I thought a little elevation would look good there once the grass grew in.

Next, I laid down some paving sand, 3 bags.  Then, I broke up my cement with a hammer and laid it out like a puzzle.  The boys loved helping with this part (with safety glasses, of course).

After that I put two more bags of paving sand on top of the path and swept it into the cracks and joints.
This is how it turned out.  I like it, but in hindsight, here's what I would have changed (and all of my rationalizations for doing it the way I did):

  • I should have dug down another couple of inches.  It's hard when you have a three month old needing attention, though!
  • I should have used steel edging to keep it together more, but I was trying to keep it cheap.
  • I should have just used 1 1/2 bags of sand on top because I don't like the way there's so much on the sides.  But I figured the rain would wash away the excess.  It stormed last night, though, and it's still too sandy.  Oh well.  *_*
  • I should have waited to take the final product pictures until grass grew in on the hill, but I'm pretty sure it will look great.  I was eager to blog about it.  :) 

All in all I'm pretty happy with it. It just feels good to create and burn calories and be outside.


UndertheTableandDreaming

10 comments :

  1. Looks awesome! I'm speechless, you just amaze me! WOW!

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  2. The grass won't only grow into the hill but in between the stones eventually too (we have that happening in our back yard path, but it too several years) It will look really nice then as well.

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  3. I know! I'm really looking forward to that look - all woodsy and whatnot.

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  4. This is amazing! Love the finished product!
    (I'm visiting from "Today's Mama." I write for that website too, and like to see what other locals are writing about.)

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  5. Thanks for visiting, Callie!

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  6. I think it looks fantastic!! You could even make a small flower bed out of the little area. Way to use what you have! I feel the same way...we live in an older home and have already replaced the heating/cooling, windows, siding, some floors, carpet, a new addition...no more big $$ on this place! Hence, the clearance linoleum in our bathroom. :)

    Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

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  7. that looks great! i love that you thought it, and you just got it done! and for cheap, too. i wish i would have thought of this, but we just bought some big paver stones for a path from the driveway to the back door. oh well, i'll know for next time, i guess!

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  8. Thanks for visiting, y'all! I stopped by your bogs and became a follower!

    Yes, Amanda, flowers would look great there. I have some daffodil bulbs in there now. When I put it on the market you bet I'll load it up with flowers. Haha. Don't know if I'll get the energy til then. :-P

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  9. Annie - You new walkway looks amazing! I love the idea of using the broken up pavers - how clever. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  10. Awesome! Thanks, Stephanie!

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