Upgrading a chain link fence

chain link fence makeover

A year ago, I wrote about affordable chain link fence makeover options. You can read this post here. I finally found the time and motivation to work on my chain link fence. Let me show you what I’ve done so far.


BEFORE:chain link fence makeover

The previous home owners built a “dog park” on their property. Although we have two dogs, they don’t enjoy spending more than five minutes inside the park. My goal is to turn the area into a garden. It’s the perfect location – it gets plenty of sunshine, and the chain link fence offers protection from deer and other animals. I’m envisioning a lovely garden, full of flowers and vegetables. Someday. In the meantime, the chain link fence isn’t pretty to look at, and since I had a pile of leftover fence boards, I decided to use it on the metal fence.

Last year, I came across this video and thought this would be an easy and affordable makeover for my fence.

chain link makeover



It’s really simple. I used 1 1/2 inch pipe straps,  3/4 inch screws, and fence boards (around $1.50 per board).



I made lots of cuts, so the BladeRunner was perfect for this project. Because it’s lightweight and sets ups in seconds, I was able to carry the saw all the way to the fence and make the cuts there.


chain link makeover


For now I’m leaving the back of the fence area alone. It’s pretty much covered by trees and ivy. All I have left to do is the left side of the fence and the gate. I’m glad I was able to reuse the old fence boards.

chain link fence makeover

Do you see the yellow dog house? This, too, was left behind by the previous homeowner. Last month, I was able to give the dog house a makeover. You can read about it here.dog house makeover I donated it to our local animal shelter and just found out that this dog house is going to be used for a deaf dog. The house will be picked up this week. I’m beyond thrilled!

Have a great week! xoSabine


Aromatherapy: sleep

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

I first smelled this lotion on a toddler, at the preschool I work. She smelled heavenly, and her skin was so soft. One day, I asked her mom what lotion she uses. Next thing I know, she brings in this pretty blue 6.5 oz bottle. I love this lotion and thought I’d share it with you.

It’s the Bath & Body Works aromatherapy sleep lavender vanilla body lotion, which comes in a high quality glass bottle and a plastic pump. The scent is soothing and relaxing and helps me get to sleep easier. The lotion is non sticky and makes my skin feels nice.

This lotion and a cup of tea… my kind of evening. But, there’s more. Bath & Body Works carries other aromatherapy lotions that would be fun to try.Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Orange Ginger Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

Aromatherapy Black Currant Vanilla Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

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Simple Plywood Headboard

plywood headboard

plywood headboard

plywood headboard



plywood headboard

Today’s post is for those who love to simplify. The older I get, the more I crave a minimalist home. I want it simple, practical and clutter-free.

A few months back, I bought a new mattress and smart base for my teenage son.  I also gave him my faux leather headboard. The headboard had a more masculine feel, which complimented his new bed and bedding. This left me without one so I decided to DIY a tufted headboard. The more I thought about it, the more I leaned toward a simple plywood headboard.

I saw a few on Pinterest, and most of them were from European homes.  It’s true, most Europeans are used to smaller homes, cars, simple furniture, simple home decor, etc.

I went to Lowe’s to pick a quality 3/4 inch plywood. It was around $20, and a friendly man cut it for me to my desired size. At home, I sanded the rough edges. With the scrap plywood, I built a simple nightstand. So easy.

This look may not be for everyone, but it suites me. I like the simple, clean look; the price, and easy “build”. If I get bored with it, I’ll add some padding, wrap it in fabric and call it a day.

Have a wonderful week!