Over the weekend we put together a simple but pretty garden trellis that went up on the side of the house. Our trellis started from very humble beginnings–my hubby was out for a walk, and there was a pretty baby crib just sitting out on the sidewalk in pieces with a “free” sign on it. It was an older one, made from wood, and had pretty spindles. He knew I’d like it, and so he brought it home. (I am usually very happy when he does things like that, and this was no exception!)
On the side of our house is a rather narrow pathway that leads from the kitchen to the back yard. The hydrangea had grown a great deal over the summer, and so this is what the path looked like:
Crazy, I know. And it hangs down into the pathway even more when it’s weighted down with rain. There wasn’t much room to get by, and something needed to be done. I decided to use one of the crib walls for a trellis, and it was a super simple garden project. Here is what the crib wall looked like before:
Aren’t those spindles pretty? I primed and painted it, and here is what it looked like after:
Because this needed to go up on the wall of the house, there had to be some spacers behind the trellis, so that it actually was held a little bit away from the wall, so we cut four pieces from a scrap of 2 by 4, and painted them turquoise as well.
We drilled pilot holes in the crib wall and spacers so that it would be easy to install the screws in the wall of the house. The screws we used were galvanized, so that with all the rain we get they would not rust and make a mess of the paint on the house wall. Remember that the screws have to be long enough to go through the crib wall, the spacer and have some left over to firmly attach to the house wall. Ours were approximately 2 1/2 inches long. Here’s what it looked like when it was all put together and ready to be mounted:
In order to seal the hole where the screw went into the house siding, we used a dab of clear Lexel, which is a sealer. It is advertised on the packaging as an alternative to silicone, and is supposed to be superior to silicone in adhesion, elasticity and paintability.
With a ladder in position, it just took a couple of minutes with the screw gun to attach the trellis to the wall of the house.
I now have a very sturdy and attractive trellis that I used to tie up my gigantic hydrangea.
Now the path is actually clear and easy to navigate.
And I still have three more pieces of crib walls to play with! I don’t have the slightest idea what I will do with them yet, but I will come up with something.
Have you done any garden projects lately? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments, so stop by for a visit!
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