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Friday, June 17, 2016

Life: DIY Patio Set


At least once a week I have to hear a story from a co-worker about their current DIY project.
I usually laugh in my head  and belt out the brutally honest truth, that I don't DIY.
...not because I'm too lazy or because I'm too good for it.  It's because this girl ain't got NO skills!

That being said, I do have an unrealistic expectation that my husband can DIY anything.
The electric isn't working?  No worries, my man is on it!
The roof is caving in?  That's no big deal because my hubby can fix that real easy!
Get the picture?  And, yes, this does aggravate him but I'm totally working on fixing this mentality.

All of the above was true up until about three weeks ago.
I decided that I wanted a patio set so I started shopping around.
Once again, I had another unrealistic expectation. I assumed patio sets were cheap.  Um, wrong!

The people who owned the home before us left behind a wooden patio set that was shot.
I thought my husband tossed it until he told me he stored it in the garage just in case.
We dragged it out and learned that the set is actually made from teak wood which is super expensive.
Don't believe me?  Google it and see that they're forgotten set is about 3 grand!

That's when my hubby looked at me and said "you're going to restore this".
After a week of protest, I busted out the electric sander, a staining brush, and a new can of teak oil.
The protest settled when he agreed to make teak wood benches for my restored table!

My husband pulled out the patio umbrella that the previous owners also left behind.
He set up the back yard with our new, beautiful patio table and hosed down umbrella.
He put his arm around me, looked at it with pride, and said "Didn't that feel good?".
I immediately responded with "No!  My body's so sore that you need to get your arm off of me!".
Although I did go to work that following Monday and totally bragged about my first DIY!

Have you ever or will you ever DIY?

11 comments :

  1. haha even through your protesting he made you do it and now you can brag away. I can do dyi here and there. But sometimes I'll just take a hammer and hit it haha

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  2. That looks awesome - nicely done! Just don't let your husband think that he's right or else you'll never hear the end of it...

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  3. I've no such skills either, but I do love me creative work! Now, paint it white, Dezzy says!

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    1. you can commaknocking over here and fix mine too after you fix yours... I know you can, dear....

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  4. You and The Bollywood Princess have a lot in common: "Blue, the roof is leaking. I know you can fix it, Dear."

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  5. Remaking furniture is certainly popular and probably good for the recycling issue

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