That's why it is so refreshing to stumble upon some home improvement ideas that are affordable and DIYable. Like the dining room curtains that I am fashioning out of the flat sheet that I bought recently, mistaking it for a fitted sheet. The colour is perfect too. It pays off to be instantly attracted to grey; everybody needs a default colour.
Next I am going to repaint the garage door - the car door, not the human door. Yeah, I realize it's a bit like putting lipstick on a pig, since the whole house and garage need to be repainted, but the garage door is within my scope.
And the project that I am most excited about involves the dead hedges that I lamented about recently. They line the front of the garage, facing the house, and in their current state provide a distinctly Hallowe'enish appearance to the back yard. Not really the look that I am going for.
I am going to dig out the deceased shrubs and, using some leftover slate slabs, extend the slate patio where the barbeque resides. Then, I plan to use the box of floor tiles that have been sitting in the basement since we moved here - left over from flooring the new bathroom in our former house - and build a pad along the garage wall where the hedge used to be. Then, using some massive wood slabs that used to be part of an old waterbed (remember those?), I plan to build a simple backless bench along the garage wall.
It won't cost me a dime and it will use up materials that have been stored in the basement for an eternity, which appeals to both my frugality (inherited from my father) and my desire to squeeze every last use out of something (which comes courtesy of my mother).
When I am finished, we can sit on the bench together, and I'll bring you a cocktail and tell you the story of my mother and the somebody-finish-this-butter incident.
Do you have any projects planned for the summer?