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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


Our Guest Room Is Ready

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Small Guest room storage

Our sad, small extra room finally got some attention and I’m excited to share the reveal with you today.small guest room storage

When we first moved into our home, this very small room (10 x 10) was my son’s bedroom. When his older sister started college, my son took over her larger room and this room became our storage/guest room.

small guest room

The room was full of stuff and wasn’t very welcoming. It also lacked storage  and I wanted to change that.

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to create an inviting and functional retreat for our future guests. guest-room-storage-collage

I started by visiting my local Big Lots store. It’s less than 10 minutes from my house and they always carry a wonderful assortment of high quality home decor and organization items that are fashionable, stylish, and also value-priced. Seriously, Big Lots  has baskets, bins, carts & drawers, plastic containers, cube storage, wall hooks, and so much more. I love shopping at Big Lots and I’m in there almost every week. I love how well-stocked and organized Big Lots is and their employees are always helpful and friendly.

small guest room

In the furniture section I found this white 3-shelf with cube piece, which I placed next to the bed, so it doubles as a bed site table. A friendly Big Lots employee helped me carry the heavy shelf box to the car and I only spent 30 minutes assembling it. When it comes to a small room, space is at a premium. One of the best ways to maximize the space is to get dual-purpose furniture.

small guest room storage

The cubes provide additional storage. Big Lots carries them in a variety of fun colors.

small guest room

I purchased a new lamp. The simple and sleek design was just what I wanted for this gender neutral room.

dsc_0019I added a few fun items such as this wire basket – which I filled with snacks – and this lovely smelling candle. I love the snack aisle at Big Lots where I found a nice variety of organic snacks and cereals.

Small guest room

guest room

I also spotted this cute mirror at Big Lots.


The “day bed” is really my son’s old twin-sized bed. Since I had an extra twin mattress, I placed it behind the bed and covered it with a grey bed sheet. If more than one guest visit, we can quickly  pull out the extra mattress and no one has to sleep on the couch. Now the bed functions as a couch during the day, perfect for guests to relax on.

small guest room

To address the lack of artwork in this room, I completed a very easy DIY decor project. I built this simple art ledge using just three boards. I’ll talk more about this in my next post.


I also bought this storage bin for storing extra blankets and sheets under the bed. Sometimes my guests arrive super late and it’s no fun digging through the linen closet in the middle of the night.
small guest room storage

On this side of the room, I placed a white cabinet which I found at a thrift store. I already had the mirror and small shelf. A simple plant completes this area.

small guest room

The room needed hooks for jackets and robes. These multi-color metal hooks add a decorative touch and function. Big Lots has many different types of wall hooks to choose from. They are all so cute!
small guest room

Since this room doesn’t have a dresser (yet), I bought this shelf organizer and hung it in the closet. This cubed unit is perfect for sweaters, shoes, accessories, etc. I also picked up a few extra hangers.

small guest room

New sheets and a firm luxury bed pillow will help our guests unwind.

small guest room

Our small guest room is ready and I think (hope) our guests will love it.

Are you getting ready for guests? If so, be sure to check out  Big Lots for all your organizational needs. They have so much to choose from. Big Lots has everything that you need to prepare for family and other visitors in the coming months.

I’d love to know what you think about this room? Would you like it if you were my guest?

How I Created a Pet Friendly Patio

dog friendly patioDIY patio

Diy patioPets. You gotta love them. These rascals are two additional “kids” in our family. We love them and care for them and couldn’t imagine life without them.diy patioOur deck wasn’t always pet friendly. deck makeoverThis was the deck when I bought the house. It took a lot of hard work to make it people and dog friendly. I cleaned, sanded, stained and painted the deck. I also placed the railing slats closer together since our larger dog, Teddy, fit right through them. He isn’t afraid to jump or run off. Clearly this didn’t work for us and we ended up not using the deck at all.diy deckThis took countless hours of work, but it was well worth it.diy deckWe also needed a gate, which I built and installed.

diy patiodiy patioNow the dogs don’t fit through here any longer.

diy patiodiy patioWe have a park-like backyard with lots of mature trees and even a creek. Once in a while we have an entire deer family in our backyard. chainlink fence redoThe dogs even have their own dog park.diy patio

diy patiodiy patiodiy patiodiy patiodiy patioI built this little side table with leftover railing wood. I also built the umbrella stand. The umbrella is from Aldi.diy patioThe rug is from Fab Habitat. It so durable and has held up really well. I still need new patio furniture and a grill. I bought the chairs at  a yard sale two years ago. The lady gave them to me for $10 total. I think she really hated them and needed someone to take them away. The chair frame is still very sturdy and strong, but after two years of harsh weather, the fabric is not looking good anymore.diy patioOur deck may not be magazine worthy, but I feel blessed to even have a patio. The dogs, kids and myself love being out there. My son reads on the patio almost every day. My daughter enjoys having her morning coffee on the deck. Once the weather cools down a bit, I’m sure we’ll enjoy the patio even more.

I’m happy I was able to pull it all off before summer. It was a ton of work as was painting the house and refinishing the hardwood floors. In the end, it was all worth it!

I hope you are enjoying your summer, wherever you are.

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