Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lots and Lots of Fencing

Here's our house the first year we completed the fence in the front yard. Little did we know that we would go on to paint almost 1924 pickets-yes-that's a lot of pickets. We decided to enclose the west side yard the next year and a few years later the back yard. The east side has an old-fashioned ornamental wire fence with hedgeposts.
This was the inspiration- a picture of our house from the 1800's. We chose to put the fence out further in the yard than the original one was and to move the gate closer to the mailbox.

My husband putting up the fence in the front yard. We pre-painted the pickets for the front and gave each picket at least 3 coats. We wanted to add the kickboard to make it as close to the original fence as possible.

Only a few more sections left to paint and then we can start painting all over again! We've both done our share of painting-but it was all worth it.


  1. I love your fence, and your house, and to be next to corn, ah:) Great job with reproducing that fence and keeping it original!

  2. I love the fence & your house is beautiful!

  3. It's amazing! And beautiful. I'm glad to find your blog, I think I'm really going to enjoy it!
    Cheers, Andrea

  4. I love a picket fence. It is so pretty. Truly a labor well worth it. olive♥

  5. I lived in Champaign Illinois, right in the center of hundreds of miles of corn.. was wonderful! Your house and fence brings me back to those days in the MidWest... such nice photos... Now I live with Palm trees,, it's just not the same!

  6. Wow...it WAS worth it, but my arm is tired just thinking about three coats :-)

  7. That looks like a big job! I love the old photo of the house.


  8. Holy cats! That is just awesome!

    m ^..^

  9. That is an awfully lot of fence. A great deal of time and work went into this. However, it appears to have been worth it as it looks very nice.

  10. Wow, what a job! It looks wonderful! I love picked fences.

  11. WOW! How gorgeous is your fence and country home. It's all so lovely and charming.

    It's nice to meet you Rebecca! Thank you for your sweet visit my friend.

    Blessings, ~Melissa :)

  12. Oh my tha is a lot of fencing!!


    barbara jean

  13. Wow! That is a lovely fence. I'm glad you were able to replicate the original one. Lots of work but it turned out great

  14. Oh my Gosh how I love your house and picked fences! Such a labor of love painting it all!
    Well but if you look at it it's so beautiful that makes it sure worth all the work!
    I came for WW and it's my first visit to your blog, now I'm nosey and have to come back to enjoy your older posts.
    Sending you happy WW wishes from Germany

  15. I love how you festooned the fence with Christmas garland - fantastic!


  16. That is a lot of work, but it looks great. I love the winter picture.

  17. What a labor of love!! As a lover of preservation, nothing gives my heart a skip than to see such attention to original detail.
    The Tattered Tassel

  18. Oh my goodness, that is amazing! I can't even imagine having all that wonderful space around me!!! Just gorgeous!

  19. Hi Rebecca, I'm so in love with your home, it looks like a magazine layout. Just beautiful!! Can't imagine all that painting, but it's so worth it.
    I live in Springfield, Missouri in the SW corner. Ozark is just a few miles south of me. We have some great stores around here and a lot of talented dealers. I saw you lived in a cornfield, that could be closeby! te he!

  20. What a romantic setting! Who doesn't love a picket fence! Lovely-- Jacqueline

  21. Wow...that is SOME fence. How lucky to have all that space. (and psssst....your home is just gorgeous! )Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

  22. Your home is amazing! I love a picket fence!

  23. What a lovely home - and HOLY COW!!! Thats a lot of pickets. SImply charming charming house.

  24. Wow. Your home is beautiful. I look foward to checking out more of your blogs. Love the picket fence (we have one too) and it's great that you made it like the original.
    ~ Julie

  25. I am so glad you linked up to the Barn Chick party so I found your blog. I think I have to read it all! Love the fence. Think I can convince my Dh to taake on that sort of project?

  26. Hi Rebecca... That is a beautiful fence! Love the kick rail! We did the same thing a big picket fence, witht the design cut by hand... A Big job, but I love it!!
    I remembered your headboard collection Saturday I bought an old iron headboard :-)
    Love your headboard shop sig, very charming!
    I am your newest follower, and will go see your PS post too:-)

  27. I love your picket fence. It is a big job but makes the look of your property truly wonderful. I noticed you have a barn sale but I didn't see where you are located. We do alot of traveling and I wanted to see if you are in my direction. Love your great posts. Thanks for sharing.

  28. this is just amazing, I love the fence and that you have a photo of both old and new.
    This is just simply what everyone dreams of, that white picket fence with a beautiful house
    that had to have been a lot of hard work but my it is GORGEOUS
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, yep Halloween is my favorite for sure


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