Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Goodbye 'Ol Rusty Shed! Hello Picnic Pavilion!

Ol' Rusty
This is Ol' Rusty, who served for many years as a one car garage on our property. A new garage was built over a decade ago and Ol' Rusty just sat there and well...rusted! The poor thing was rusted through and through and was filled with black widows and old broken pieces of this and that. Essentially it was where all things yucky went to die a slow death. Being that it is on a concrete slab and has electric run out to it, we really wanted to find a use for the area.
 We really liked the idea of 'opening up' the backyard by taking down the sides of Ol' Rusty but didn't really know what to do from there.  We brainstormed and decided to re-purpose the frame of the building and make it a gathering place. It would be a perfect space for a picnic pavilion.

Down came the rusty panels and garage door. We also removed any supports that were not essential.



With the walls down, it really opened up the yard don't you think! 

We spent a few weekends re-framing the structure with pressure treated 2x4's and 4x4's. 

Next we added some cool lighting, a hula hoop wrapped with white icicle lights. 

And here she is! As you can see Ol' Rusty is now a more functional, open and inviting area to hang out in. We are building a picnic table to fit and looking forward to many fun cookouts with friends and family. :) 

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