Before & After

Spring DIY project Before & After

Not a big deal, but to be able to have the compost bin; big-ass, bright blue garbage can; and two recycling boxes organized, accessible, out of the way of snow and rain, and hidden from immediate view. Took an afternoon to build. I think it took longer to paint. I’ll put some planters/plants on top or find something sculptural to top it off with. Now the garbage area doesn’t look so trashy.

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0 comments on “Spring DIY project Before & After

  1. That looks great Jim! I've been trying to figure out how to deal with that stuff as well. I need to be handier I think!

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  2. Jean,I know you've been following the exploits of my garbage can for a couple years at least. I figure this is an urban garden issue because we have so little room to hold/hide such large, but necessary utilitarian plastic receptacles. If I were closer, I'd build you something myself!

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  3. What a difference, Jim. It looks great.

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  4. Oh how I wish I could show this to a couple of my neighbors!

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  5. It looks great. Good job!

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  6. very clever!!!

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  7. That's a great fix! Are you going to try your hand at a “living roof” on the top there, or go the statuary and vase route? I look forward to seeing! I hide my trash can behind a huge trellised rose bush.

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  8. Looks great and thanks for the inspiration. I just did this today to my can and recycling bin, but only needed to add sides – they are now tucked under a deck stair run (where nothing but weeds grew anyway.)-Ray

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  9. Sweet Home,Thank you. I've been to your home — we urban gardeners have challenges suburban gardeners wouldn't even dream of.Danger Garden,Yeah, I wish I could forward emails anonymously myself!Sherlock Street & Dirt Princess,Thank you!Amy,Hiding behind a trellis of plantings wasn't a choice for me, though that would come in, generally, as a preferred choice. No living roof, I'll line it with planters and maybe a sculptural thingy.Swimray,Glad to inspire! It took me a long time to think about this before I did it, but am glad I did.

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  10. Give yourself some credit: it is a big deal. You did a beautiful job of matching your siding with narrow and wide boards. These are the jobs that take forever to do; always on the list for years. Congrats!

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  11. Mrs. Wiz,I'm more proud of myself for actually starting it. I've had it in my head for years. And, the magic garage provided all materials. I had to purchase nothing. Seems like every time I take on a project, everything I need I already have stored someplace. I had to buy no lumber, panel sheets or even the siding — it was all in the garage in the rafters already. It's like it was meant to be!

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