Yaaaay!!! Today is the first day back to school for me!
Is it for your kids too? Oh, have I told you yet that I’m a teacher?
I am, a kindergarten teacher in fact.
It’s great, it’s wonderful, it is so much fun!
They are five you know, well actually,
I get to teach the fall birthday children so they are … wait for it… four.
Yes, I have the babies of the bunch.
But that just means that we all get along perfectly because
I sometimes think my perspective of life and theirs’ is just about the same.
It does seem too early though doesn’t it, to go back to school already?
I mean, whatever happened to starting after labor day folks?
Ah well, that’s ok because we get out of school earlier and have all of June and July off.
And it doesn’t mean that I can’t still enjoy projects around the ol’ farmstead.
It just means that we (oh, my husband is a teacher too) go slower and take our time as we navigate ourselves through teaching, sporting events and other fun activities.
Activities like this!
Will you please just look at this outdoor furniture set.
Yep, we made it and when I say we, I mean, my husband (smile), and you can too!
It’s not even that expensive if you use some old wood lying around, if you have any.
We actually used some old fence boards that we took apart because it needed to be repainted.
They were already weathered and had that cute chippy distressed paint on it, naturally.
My husband used the existing fence board size as his guide of how big we wanted it.
(work with what you got)
He cut two of the boards into this tapered shape so that he could mount the back-rest part and the seat with screws. These boards also were the base four legs.
He attached two other legs for stability in the center front and back.
He used a 4 x 4 board cut to 2 feet for each leg.
He used two 2 x 4 boards cut to 2 ½ feet and two 2 x 4 boards cut to 6 feet.
He screwed them together to make a rectangle frame.
Then he attached the frame to all of the legs with screws.
You get to decide next if you want to paint it or not depending on what kind of wood you’re using.
You might need to give it a little sanding
(the electric sander can come in handy again for this project too)
if necessary to avoid splinters when you’re sitting down (ouch)!
We also put a little varathane on it to seal and protect against the weather because we knew we would be leaving it outside.
That’s it. Done.
Not too hard at all, in fact kinda simple and fun too.
Then look what you have.
A darling farmhouse style
(if I do say so myself)
outdoor living furniture piece that you can come home to from a long hard day of work to rest and relax on because you know,
it’s still summer friends, even if some of us have to back to school already.
P.S. I wish all of you and yours a very blessed back to school season