DIY Fence Disaster
Have you ever done months of research on a project, and finally created a fool-proof, practically bullet-proof plan that wound up, well, NOT being so mistake-proof after all?
For me, it all started with my budget (it usually does). Well, my budget and my current obsession with shabby chic decor. I wanted to build a temporary fence by myself (more like a dog-run) in the back of the house so that Sheriff could run around without a leash on. And I had this vision in my head of cutesy, glossy blue posts with white jasmine and bright pink brazilian jasmine vines growing from one post to the next. I imagined solar lighting on top of each post, and bird houses and wind chimes tastefully placed in such a way where the yard became enchanted, not junky.
So, I went to Home Depot and spent $150 on 150 feet of 5-ft-high wiring. Pretty cheap, eh? Here was the rest of my budget break-down:
- Eight 8-ft-high wooden 4x4 posts ($8 each)
- A postal shovel ($20)
- Heavy duty nails and staples ($15)
- a gate attachment kit ($15)
- Rustoleum paint ($10)
- some wooden pieces (2x4's) for a picture-frame gate ($10)
I only went slightly over budget and was super proud of myself.
I wanted to preserve the cottage-y feel of my Nashville duplex while being able to take pride in the work done around the house and call it my own. The plan was so simple--dig post holes in the ground exactly 2 feet, cement in the 8 foot long 4x4s, staple some wire in to keep the dog fenced in, fix up the gate, and then paint! Yeah, simple, alright.
I chose to paint the fence a blue color that really popped in the model photos at Home Depot (high gloss). It would be so quaint--so shabby chic, right? Blekh.
Instead, shabby lost its chic and it turned into something totally ghetto without the fabulous. And this was *with* the help of a handyman (who wound up costing me an additional $260 bucks cash when I found myself incapable of digging into what I thought was rock 6 inches deep and what wound up being--yikes--a sewage pipe! Disaster averted, thank God).
Any thoughts on how to fix this mess? I'm definitely thinking of a color change, and hoping that once the jasmine begins to grow along the wire, it won't show up so flimsy-looking and cheap.
Total Cost: ~ $500