DIY Fence Disaster

Sheriff Intervening in Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

Sheriff Intervening in Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

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?  

Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

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.

Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

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).

One Post Up, One Post Down in  Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

One Post Up, One Post Down in  Nashville, TN ~ August 2013

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

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