Thursday, February 7, 2013

Keeping Busy Building

Ben and momma time = old chick brooder turned kitchen storage!!  I loved the rustic look of this old box.  When we purchased our first bunch of hens and supplies from a local farmer this was included.
We wanted give the shelving we added the same patina as the box.  So Ben painted a thin coat (of paint that was left in the barn from previous owner!), then we roughly sanded it.
Looking good so far!
And there you have it!!  It fit *perfectly* on a blank wall that is next to the sink.  Much needed storage made for next to nothing!!

Between our home and the barn was a privacy fence.  We tore it down because we wanted to enjoy the view of the barn, animals and woods.  But we needed to keep something up to separate all the animals from our "yard"...(We want at least a little space with no chicken droppings so the kids can run and play without worrying about stepping in something gross!)  Jason and the kids put up the wire fencing you see. Then he commissioned the boys and I to make it look good.  All the long boards you see piled in this picture were *free*.  The school where Jason teaches redid their football stadium, and Jason helped take down the existing deck so he got to take the wood!!
Praise God for a man who teaches his young sons to use power tools...these 2 boys did it all...cutting, drilling, screwing.  I just helped with the initial measurements to get all the boards even.
It makes me smile every time I look at it :)  All that is left is to chop the tops of the beams down a bit.
We decided to mimic the fence in the back upfront, just for aesthetics really.  We really like the look of a farm fence :)  Again, repurposing old beams here.  These were all left in the barn from the previous owner.  The boys measured equal distances from the driveway to the end of the property, cut the beams to size, and we all cemented them in.
The next morning after school books were put away, we finished it.  Again, the reclaimed wood from the old football deck that Jason tore out at work.  Currently, we are working on weeding out the other side of the driveway so we can continue the front fence over there...its very overgrown and will take some serious work.
We are very pleased with how the fence turned out!  Now, if we can just get the hens to stay behind the rear fence!!!  Barbwire maybe?!

This post is linked to   Frugally Sustainable

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