I wanted to begin this post with a pretty picture. And what better way than one with good memories! We were celebrating my daughter's 9th birthday with a Luau party. She is the one stretched out looking back guards on the play-set. I still remember the good surprise I gave my neighbors with the palm trees :) but that's a story for another post.
Well, fast forward 8 years later and this is how my back yard looked a couple of weeks ago :( As I told my husband, that's a junk yard! And I'm pointing my finger at him for bringing stuff that didn't belong in here, like those gas tanks, the chairs...
Even the new pots! I had them in the basement but he was quick to put them on display :D I guess that's his way to tell me to go and fix that space :/ So, that's what we began doing last weekend, and we started with the remains of the play-set.
Two years ago the swing set broke apart, at the time I used some of the wood to frame a mirror, create a wooden runner for the table and I even brought the ladder inside the house as decoration.
For this, the final part of the set, it was easy for me to visualize it as a potting bench, kind of two potting benches. Can you see it right here? Cut it in half, add front legs to both sides and voila...Two benches!
Easy, but not too easy ;) I couldn't have done it without the man's help. He was in charge of unscrewing free most of the parts, and let me tell you THAT was the hardest part! Those screws were so rusty they didn't budge. He wasn't happy when I told him he couldn't damage the wood, but he worked his magic with those stubborn screws that kept spinning inside the dry wood. Some of them simply broke when trying to unscrew them.
The first part was to take off the connecting side pieces and all the vertical planks from the top part, the center support underneath the platform was also taken off.
At this point I tried to cut the platform in half, laying it on its side, but nope! I had to turn it the right side again to do that cut. This is how it looked afterwords.
Then we worked on attaching the countertop front support, the front legs, the lower shelf supports and finally the actual pieces for the lower shelf. That's the only part that required extra material. The legs are not the same length, because the bench is going to sit on a slanted space.
The shelf brackets were cut out of the table runner project, even the ladder was used. I measured, cut and put things together and the man did the pre-drills and drove the screws in.
Here the bench waiting for the shelves, the lower part of the set, the sand box, was used for this.
At the end of the day this is how they looked.
After shopping the garage this is the new look they sport.
A small cubby, another re-purposed project was brought in too.
Wood remnants that I didn't throw away were placed on it , I like their different shades and patterns, and from far away they look like little books.
Some signs were added too.
I love the tones on the wood, I was thinking on painting it, but no, I'm just going to leave it like this, showing the passing of time, lots of great memories. :)
Now I have to work on what I want to do in the open space. I'm trying to decide between a brick or wooden patio, what would you choose?
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