My husband's family was here for the past 5 days, and what a great visit it was. As I mentioned in my previous post my father-in-law was a cabinet maker and my husband spent a lot of time helping in his shop while he was growing up. They had a lot of fun working on this project together. I know my husband learned a few new tricks from his dad too. Apparently rubbing soap (bar soap works best but liquid will work too) on screws makes drilling them into wood easier.
The set up in the garage. I had an idea of how I wanted the arbor to look and told my FIL. I got the inspiration from seeing a pergola he had built for his older son that lives in California.
The only time I got nervous was when I looked outside and saw my 77 year old FIL on top of the ladder as they shortened the posts. Here they were figuring out what length they wanted top to be.
The finished arbor. They primed it in the garage to make painting it a little easier later. This way there will only need to be one coat of paint applied.
I love how it turned out and can't wait until there is a rose and or Clematis growing over it.
The proud builders.
The gate from the driveway. We plan to put a couple of pickets up on the right side, but that can be done another day. That way the yard should be pretty well enclosed so our dog can be out there with us and not tied up like she usually is while we're out front.
The old washtub I shared the other day is almost full of water from all of the rain. I think nature decided for me that this will be a water garden. A couple people mentioned they had a problem with metal washtubs getting too hot for a water garden, but I'm pretty sure our weather stays cool enough that it won't be a problem.
So, as you can see from the pictures we really are almost there. All we need to do is give the fence a nice coat of paint and we're done. Except for the planting, but that will be fun, not work.
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