Before summer kicks off, I’m keen to add another skill to my never-growing list of skills. I want to master the art of using power tools. I have lots of DIY projects burning away my brain, and many involve manly tools which make noise and scare me. I want to nail these projects (awesome pun intended) without nagging my always-too-busy husband to get involved. Every time I dream up a new project, I see his brain ticking over as he imagines how he’ll end up doing most of the work. I don’t want to be one of those nagging housewives from some silly sitcom all about how horrible it is to be married.
We have a completely empty front yard that we don’t use because there’s no fence, but this summer I want to make sure the kids have fun out there (albeit supervised!) I want to build a space for them to play. Of course, being a one income family means I have to find affordable solutions, of which there are plenty online. So today I’m sharing the three projects I hope to complete before summer is in full bloom.
Along the way, I’ll share with you what I’m learning, about things like how to find the right wood and how to not chop off your fingers. Pretty much all I know right now is that you measure twice, cut once, and then swear your head off when it doesn’t work, like my husband does. I hope you like these projects and I hope some of you want to “man up” and make some cool stuff too. (FYI there are more cool DIY projects on my Outside Pinterest board)
AND THEEEEN: I want to make this Kids Picnic Table (pictured) for al fresco dining at its cutest. This one looks quite challenging, but I’m sure I’ll get there slowly. Can’t wait to paint it bright red and move all of those messy lunches outside under a tree.
FINALLY: Another challenge, because it doesn’t come with plans, but both my kids dig climbing and I really love the way this climbing frame creates a little hideaway space too. My plan is to recycle an old tent for the doorways.