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Friday, December 11, 2015

"Dirt Poor" But Inventive

The old smokehouse has stood as long as I can remember.
Beneath it is the hand dug root cellar.
Had to put my thinking cap on because the shedding of the asphalt siding exposed the spaces between the boards.  Blowing rain could create another problem.  Solution:  feed sacks!  The plastic woven feed sacks are used for many purposes here.

The sacks were split, tacked and tucked under the remaining siding as best as could be done. Siding pieces were tacked back into place.  Secured and painted.
Not a great solution but one solved with product on hand.  This should keep the smoke house and contents dry for a few more years. If you drive by quickly...it looks okay.
Painted an old lawn chair while I was at it.

21 comments:

Sandra said...

you are so very creative and it works.. i have an idea, paint a mural over that side, use the feedsack part for a river or bank.. you can do it i know. bring on the mural

Lynne said...

Have a problem . . . ??????
Gail will solve it!!!!!

Karen S. said...

Make good wherever you are! You define that! Good job Gail!

Sandy said...

Gail,

It takes creativity to use what is saved on a homestead to fix things. I love all the uses you've had with your bags :-)
Great job my friend!!!

Gorges Smythe said...

Never argue with success! lol

gld said...

We should all 'make do' more than we do! I remember the old gentleman we bought the farm from telling us that back in the day they either made it, found it, fixed it or did without! The depression made an indelible impression on them.

Linda Wildenstein said...

"Making Do" is an art form. Didn't ya know that? Creativity comes in all sorts of things, happenstances. You're the best. xoxo Linda

Sketching with Dogs said...

Great idea for a solution to the rain. The chair looks very nice too.
Lynne x

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You are the master of quick fixes :) And one very busy lady!

Henny Penny said...

That is a very neat job using those feed sacks. We just can not throw away a feed sack of any kind. There are many uses for them, but patching up that building is the most creative one I've seen yet.

labbie1 said...

I totally love those metal chairs! I like the color too! Great inventive solution to what could have become a really really expensive fix or even rotted the building completely! :)

Roses around the door... said...

looks wonderful!! Happy weekend x

Dreaming said...

It looks great!
What would we do without feed sacks?
I dislike the feed that comes in paper sacks, or the plastic bags that don't open easily. I guess I'm particular about my feed sacks!

Susan Kane said...

Hurrah for plastic bags! Despite their bad rep, those bags have come in handy for many things.

Chair just happened to be on the way? You clever woman.

Debbie said...

It looks great and I love those chairs. It looks really good with a fresh coat of paint!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Good fixes! :)

TexWisGirl said...

using your head and available materials.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is recycling at its very best. Nicely done; good job!

Lowcarb team member said...

You are very creative - good job.

All the best Jan

StitchinByTheLake said...

A great repurposing! blessings, marlene

Lee said...

You put those sack to good use...recycling...well done. :)

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