Fence Project!

We’ve started a new fence project because Inca,


a.k.a. the escape artist, has gotten herself out of the yard AGAIN!  The yard has been pretty secure since we fixed the fence when Brett and I first moved into our house, but Inca has found a new way out!

When we first moved in, we loved that the large backyard had a fence all the way around it.  Having a smaller pup though, we needed to ‘fill in’ some of the wider gaps of the decorative fence on the street side of the yard.

blog_fence2Brett and I dug a trench and lined the bottom 6 inches of fence with chicken wire.  We attached the chicken wire with a staple gun.

blog_fence3The slats of one of the fence gates were wider than in other areas so we lined the entire gate with chicken wire.

blog_fence1This solved our Inca escaping issue for more than a year.  The other night though, Brett noticed that the pups had been outside longer than normal for the wet and chilly evening we were having and that Caya had been barking at something for the last few minutes.  When he went outside, neither dog would come to his call.  When he went behind our shed to investigate, Caya was barking and Inca was peering nervously at him from another person’s yard!

blog_fence4She had been able to jump the chain-link fence on the left of the image since its shorter than in other areas of the yard.  Goodness gracious!  Now why, you ask, would the smaller dog jump the fence to chase a squirrel before the larger dog would?  Well…Caya is a bit of a scaredy pup…she doesn’t even like to open doors by herself (and we’re talking doors that are already slightly opened just not enough so for her to pass through).  🙂  Inca is more adventurous and more willing to fit herself through little holes.

So the ‘fix another part of the fence project’  has commenced!  From the hardware store, we bought welded wire mesh (more sturdy than chicken wire), U-posts, and a post driver (to drive the posts into the ground).  Brett buried a few posts and dug a trench to set the welded wire mesh into.


Brett attached the wire mesh to the posts using zip-ties, to the shed using eye hooks (this was my idea! haha), and to the existing wood fence with our trusty staple gun.  Seriously, if you only have a few home improvement items, staple guns are a necessity!  🙂 (also a shovel and a wheelbarrow!)


blog_fence7Here’s the finished product!



Do you all have any home improvement stories/secrets/successes to share?  🙂



In the Casperson-Jones house, much time is spent on tinkering 🙂  One of our favorite places to check out on a weekend is the Re-Store.  They sell “gently used furniture, appliances, electronics, household items, and home improvement supplies…[and] all proceeds support Habitat of Champaign County.”  On a newly wed/graduate student budget, we have found numerous items there that work great in our home!  Some of them are ready to go, like these….a record case (YES, we have records inside!), a simple wall hanging, a filing cabinet (do you know how expensive these can be when you buy them new by the way?  haha!), and a tripod (not shown below but can be seen here).




Other items that we’ve bought at the ReStore need to be taken apart and tweaked a bit, like this cabinet we got to add counter space to my old apartment…(the doors were missing so we hung a curtain!)… (excuse the mess on the countertop…it IS a working kitchen after all)  🙂  When Brett and I moved into a new house we both insisted that this cabinet move with us and that it have a place in our new home.  <3


These retail store racks turned book shelves also needed a bit of work.  The shelves were mounted on a larger, square platform with wheels initially (which you can see Brett using in his time-lapse photography attempts.  Even now, these bookshelves have some character because of their metal sides with slats where retail hooks were hung!



This ‘door desk’ Brett put together from supplies purchased at the ReStore.  Such a fun idea huh?  🙂  An old door, cleaned and sanded a little, a smooth glass door on top to give a hard and flat surface, and both are supported by either stands or (in Brett’s case) stools.


We even bought all of the crystal bowls for our reception at the ReStore too!  Small and simple but they did the trick. Not buying something new made for an eco-friendly addition to our wedding day!

blog_thrift7* centerpiece photo taken by my cousin Cindy 🙂

What kind of tinkering/home improvement ideas do you use?