Thursday, June 3, 2010

More frugal fixes!

We have two sets of tables and chairs outside. One is on the deck of the pool and the other one is just out the back door. The one by the back door we got on clearance the end of the year a while ago. It was $119 for the table, umbrella, and 6 chairs. I thought that was pretty good considering that it was new.
They have started to rust pretty bad and we don't have the money(who would have guessed it) to replace it. And since DJ has proved that he is quite handy, I put him in charge. I know that he is regretting helping and showing off his talents!
For $21.25 worth of paint and a lot of sanding and taping, our table and chairs looks brand new. I also found fabric paint so I'm thinking about trying it on the faded umbrella. Who am I kidding, DJ will probably be trying it on the umbrella!
With the way that our luck is going the chairs will probably turn to dust when someone sits in them at the kid's graduation party! I know, I know keep a positive attitude!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn



14 comments:

Annie Jones said...

Our outdoor furniture looks like new. Why? Because Shane thinks they need to be carried back in and put in the garage every single time we use them. Which is a pain in the butt. Which means we almost never get them out in the first place. We might as well tear the deck off the house and tear out the patio and put more gardens in. :(

BTW, DJ did a great job!

Sheila said...

DJ does great work. I would love a table and chairs like that--we have a rusting wrought iron set with no umbrella. Guess who bought some Rustoleum paint a couple of weeks ago but hasn't used it yet? Oh well--guess I can't fault K--he has been working on getting the inside of the house painted!!! Wish we were closer--maybe I could hire DJ to paint my table and chairs.

slugmama said...

It looks to me like DJ is one of those people who is good with his hands and once he grows out of that clumsy kid stage, you'll have a budding handyman person there!
My brother was the same way...not cut out for a desk job. He was mechanically minded and could fix anything. Once he had to retire from working on the Exxon tankers due to an injury, he found work at numerous small local hotels/motels at the beach near where he lived. He started a side business fixing vcr's back when vcrs where 'da bomb' and did quite well. He ended up managing a hardware store by accident since he knew tools so well(the tool 'things', not the tools 'people' who worked there also lol). He also had another side business repairing/restoring bikes. He had dropped out of college his last semester before graduation but he did ok in life anyway. ;-)
I say send that boy to a trade school!

DJ did a GREAT job!! Send him over....I've got work for him...8-))

Linda Robinson said...

They look wonderful... He did a great job.. When I want my Husband to do a project all I do is start it, and then he says I'm doing it wrong and then he does it for me, I don't think he has caught on to my little trick yet. Hehe..
But come to think of it, every time he does the laundry he does it wrong, so now I won't let him do it anymore... hmmm something to think about!

Have a great day!

Hugs, Linda

Frances said...

DJ did a great job!! They look fantastic!

McVal said...

You'll take a picture right? I mean - if they turn to dust...

Beth said...

You have a pool?! I'm SO jealous! Tell DJ he did a good job.

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-I would never take everything in and out. I'm just way too lazy. Shane is a hard worker!
And I'm sure that I can find a ton more projects for the boy!

SonyaAnn said...

Sheila-You have a lot on your plate right now. You will get to it in time. And maybe DJ wouldn't complain so much if I paid him. Just ain't going to happen in this house!

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-We work these kids. Anna is amazing at roofing and I'm not kidding. She could put any man to shame with a nail gun. I couldn't keep up with her. She loved it. We work them til they have blisters.
It's great that your brother is so handy. It does seem like the kids will need to go to college and then to trade school. Hmmmm, maybe they should skip college? No never mind!

SonyaAnn said...

Linda Robinson-I think that it is cute how you two "work" each other! I would rather be doing laundry than fixing things though!! You two are cute!

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I have so many more things for him to do. He is a slow starter but when he figures out that he has to finish it, he will step it up a bit.

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-Yup, you got it!

SonyaAnn said...

Beth-It's an above ground and so far it is one of the few things that we have done that has held up! Fingers crossed!