Friday, March 1, 2013

Around The Corner and A Rock Of An Idea

I know that we have taken a lot of the winter off from DIYing  but with spring just around the corner we are getting the itch again to whip this house into a home.  We have a few BHCH projects in the works.

First we are expending the laundry room. Our laundry room was the size of a closet and with 6 kids and 2 adults living in this house that was NOT going to fly! So the demolitions has started and I can't wait until it's done.

Second on our to-do list is our stairs and doors.  They are getting a makeover, we are de-golding and going a darker rout. I won't lie...a little nervous on the colour choice BUT I'm sure it will look great...right??

Now something to hold you over, something I was sooooo excited about last summer, that just did not turn out right!! I have not blogged about it because I was so upset it did not work out the way I wanted it too.

It all started with a rock...
This rock to be exact, look at it.  The second I saw it I knew, that was the rock for me ;)

Right under the window we had a musky water pond.  It was just gross, we thought about filling it in but what fun is that?  So we brain stormed and came up with the idea to do a rock pond, we had the pond, I found the prefect rock and we were a GO!

Step one: Clean out the pond.

 Step two: Take a pump, encase it in something to protect it from all the rocks but still allowing the water to flow freely.  You can buy a case specifically for your pump however they are a bit pricey so we just made one with chicken wire.

Step three: Attach tubing to your pump, which will then run up through your rock (make sure it long enough).  Of course, you can purchase the "proper" type of tubing for this project but as you see we used an old hose.  NOTE: the size of your tubing and power of your pump will control the stream of water that is flowing out of the rock.  (we learned that a stander garden hose may be too small.  We think a  3/4 to 1inch hose or tube may work better)

Step four: We then filled our pound with rocks we had left over from the front flower beds.  The flower beds were filled with rocks as ground cover, when we removed them to put in black mulch we saved the rocks for our pound.  We topped it off with new beach stone.

Step five: Fill your rock pond with water.

Step six: Once you have your main rock feature picked out have the rock yard (or wherever you purchase said rock) drill a hole through one end all the way to the other. (mark accordingly)

Step seven: Place your tubing (in our case the hose) in the bottom of the rock up to the top.  Stop just before the hose peeks out.

Step eight: Hide any excess hose and cords into the surrounding ground cover.
Step seven: Turn your pump on, sit back and enjoy your rock pond. 

And here it is...does something look awry?

YES! Our perfect rock is no longer PERFECT.
The second my husband came home with the rock I knew something was very wrong.  I told my him, that is NOT our rock.  He didn't believe me...until I pulled out a picture of the rock, and yes I was right (of course) this was not our we thought.  We called the rock yard, they were adamant that this rock was ours, it was labeled...they were 100% sure.  I was furious, I ran outside looked at the rock again and figured out that the hole was drilled wrong. It indeed was our rock however now our top and bottom of the rock were the sides and the sides were the top and bottom.  We had it marked as to what end we wanted to be the top and this was not it!! Look at that thing, it's soooo ugly. 

You can see the hole was drilled threw the sides of our rock (which then made it the top and bottom) That bottom peek, a the bottom of the picture is suppose to be the top.  NOT HAPPY! I'm still upset about this...

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