Sometimes things don’t work out like you planned (especially if your plans never really get off the ground in the first place).
When Kevin and I remodeled our backyard we had plans of installing a drink ledge along our longest deck railing, as shown in our very high quality plan below. It was going to make use of some unused space on the deck and give us another conversation area with more seating.
We even went so far as to buy the stools for the bar and to put them along the railing where the bar would be (in hopes, I think, of motivating ourselves to push through and finish the deck). That was a year ago.
That picture’s not from a year ago. It’s from yesterday. As you can see, the stools are still in place, waiting on the drink ledge that (still) hasn’t appeared. For what’s it worth though, it’s on the list of projects that MUST be finished before we start the bathroom and we have the materials bought for it. So there’s that.
The stools haven’t taken their one year stint outside very well. The clear coat on the top has started to break down and rubs off in a white powder that’s hard to get out of clothes. The color on the top has faded, too, leaving them looking not so hot. We don’t want to get rid of them since they weren’t exactly cheap and structurally are still in really good shape (there’s no rust, thankfully).
I was really excited then, when I saw these stools at Target the other day. It was a serious lightbulb moment. I grabbed the stool and ran halfway across the store with it to find Kevin and show him. He wasn’t quite as excited as me.
Adding wood tops to our stools would hide the faded tops, while making them even more awesome than they already are. Win! I mocked it up on one of our stools at home with some cedar we had laying around in the garage last night. I really like the effect.
It’s probably an after the bathroom project, but one we’re definitely adding to our list… so stay tuned.
Have any of your purchases not worked out lately? Have you procrastinated on finishing a project before (maybe not for a year like us)? Do you also get ridiculously excited over Target finds?