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Ongoing Project #2

Ongoing project #2 is the backyard and, more specifically, the sheds. This is how they looked, more or less, about the time we bought the house:

The back shed. Believe it or not, this was taken *before* the neighborhood kids trashed it:

We rescued the breadbox, the chair, and the sink. Unfortunately, the kids destroyed most of the old terracotta pots and ripped apart the back door. *sigh*

Here's what it looks like now!

The two-story shed in front of that section was also full of junk. The kids destroyed the door and a few other things. We went in and threw most of the rest away. This is what it looked like before:


This is what it looks like now:

We also cleaned up the middle shed, but it didn't need that much--mostly clearing out stuff that *we* had added since the move. Here's what it looked like before:

And now (yes, that's a claw foot tub we need to repaint):

Interesting things we found while cleaning out the middle shed: old soda cans from the 1970s, a tiny plastic Virgin Mary from a Nativity set, a squirrel tail, and an unidentified rodent skull.

We also cleaned the "garage" out completely and took everything to the dump. Then we filled it with stuff from the other three sheds! So every last bit of this has to go sometime in the next month:

Finally, something cool: the owner carved his name into the cement floor of the middle shed when he laid it in 1945!


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Apr. 24th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you were able to save your sink. We have a place in town that has well over a Hundred Old Doors called Architectural Exchange that is less than a mile from my house, if you ever want to come to Chattanooga to find a replacement.

You did a lot of work. I have been slowly cleaning out my outbuilding. I got rid of the last few "obvious" old piles of junk when we did our last neighborhood cleanup. I have layers of old wallpaper that was put directly on the inside board siding.

The floor is hardwood and the ceiling is plaster. I want to expose the roof rafters and paint the entire inside white to brighten it up like a Cottage. There used to be this canadian home decor show on HGTV and the lady re-did this outbuilding and made it into a Lovely Cottage.
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
We have a local salvage place in Greensboro where I could probably find a door. But I'm not too worried about it--it needs to be an exterior door, for one thing--the one that was on there was an interior door and had gotten pretty worn, which is why they were able to punch through it pretty easily.
Your shed sounds lovely! You should post some pics of it! It sounds like it would be a nice place to turn into a retreat.
Ours are a bit more ramshackle than that, really meant to be a place for Mr. Horne to putter around and do guy things, so they are not really suitable for transforming into anything resembling a cottage...
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