We have been cleaning up "the yard," and oh boy! I say that loosely. If you consider 40 acres a yard, then wow! The challenge has been no trees, no yard, desolate (but lovely) New Mexico vs. left over cattle pens and other peoples mess. We decided a few years ago to use cross ties for our front yard planting beds because, well, you know, they are free.
Needless to say, here we are a couple of years later, still cleaning up and trying to get something (anything) to grow and the cross ties look terrible. Our hard water has taken a toll. So, I rummaged through the shed and found some old outdoor stain with sealant on it and began a "redo!" "I can't believe I am "re-doing," didn't we just build this house?"
Now that it is all complete, I am so glad that I used what I had the first time (cross ties) and the second time (stain, etc.) Proud refurbish-er! Zero dollar project. $$$