In Outside Improvements pt1, I introduced the list of everything that needed to get done in the back yard. I also showed you the little courtyard off the deck, the cobblestone mold from Lowe's and the concrete fire columns. In Outside Improvements pt2, I showed you how I made the A/C screen and everything I planted. None of those bulbs in the courtyard have come up yet, by the way.
In Outside Improvements pt3, I showed you our 'under $300 deck addition' made from pallets. It remains my most popular and most read blog post to date. Beating out the kitchen renovation by hundreds of reads. I also showed you what became of the fire columns. I never did tell you what I painted them with, though. They got new glass candle holders, and I painted them with high gloss poly spray and then sprayed pearlized paint on them from Rustolium. It gives them a hint of silvery shine.
Outside Improvements pt4 was the pool liner and how we got the cheap looking shrubs out from around the pool area.
Cobblestones: 24 bags of concrete, 1 mold from Lowe's-$134. A savings of $2000, if we had rented the equipment and bought real cobblestones.