Driveway Do-over

The driveway says a lot as guests drive up to your house. An interesting driveway adds a HUGE amount of curb appeal and makes your guests start thinking “I bet there’s even better stuff inside the house!!”

At the end of my driveway was just nothing. I wish I had a picture of the true ‘before’ and you would see what I mean. So we will use our imaginations with this ‘kind of before’ photo.

I rented a gas-powered post hole digger from Home Depot — that thing was C-R-A-Z-Y, but did the trick nicely. Haha — one of those posts is looking a little crocked from this angle! 🤣 Anywho…

Yep, there were some late nights… I’m a lot of things but a math whiz I am NOT. figuring out the ‘X’s’ were tricky!
All done, stain it after it dries properly. Next, add a garden for more color.

I don’t have any before pics of the garage arbor, I’m so bad about remembering to take pictures before I start something. Sooo, again, imaginations….. Here’s the finished product. Same thing as the front porch stoop (see my post about Front Door Makeover) drilled into the brick and anchored the trellis directly. I built the trellis in pieces and installed it as pieces. I added lights as there were NO lights on the driveway and it got d-a-r-k on that side of the house. I have a lot of fun with seasonal flowers in the pots.

I DO need to take down the shutters 😉 they’re not architecturally correct — bugs me!

Take care and stay tuned for the next project!


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Author: Jennifer Stambek-Stephens

I am one of those people that has spent their adult life saying "How hard can it be????". If you combine that with a frugalness, that is exceeded only by my younger daughter, you have a combination that is often very successful but not without its 'ooops' moments. ;-) I've never wanted to spend the money to hire a professional so I learned how to do things myself. I wanted crown molding, too expensive, so I learned how to do it. Same thing with building, landscaping, painting, lighting, sewing, yada yada -- you get where I'm going with this I'm sure. :-) I have the tools and the experience for so many projects. Through this site I am sharing my skills and lessons learned to help others develop that "How hard can it be??" spirit in your home. If you want it, have been dreaming about, lusting after your friends version, posted a million posts of it to your Pinterest board --let's make it happen and within your budget. I'm a decorator AND the creator -- no middleman markup. I'm running out of projects in my house, (short of building an addition!) so lets get to work on yours! Whether it's slipcovers, new window treatments, making that dining room table look like it DID come from RH or helping you develop your own style I would be thrilled and honored to assist!

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