What to do, where to start, how to do it?

One just doesn’t catch the DIY bug and simply get better. One must act on it. Unfortunately, our resources (time, money, and space) right now are extremely limited as we wait impatiently for our closing date on our house. But just because that is the case doesn’t mean we cannot plan ahead and see what things may or may not be useful/fun/awesome for our new home. So what do we do in the meantime? As I stated in the last post, Sara wants to build a kitchen table (and now I’m super excited about it more than ever), and we have a few other projects that are on the possible to-do list.

In the last two days or so, I have thought of a lot of things. You cannot hear it, but in my head the conversation has sounded a lot like this:

“Would this be nice?”

“Yes, but expensive.”

“Well let’s build it for less!”


What are some of the items that my brain has held this very debate over? Glad you asked:

  • Kitchen table (duh)
  • Patio furniture (ooh!)
  • Kegerator (weeee!)
  • Bar for kegerator (fancy)
  • Bean bag boards (fun)
  • Dog house (yeah right, Wyatt the dog won’t use it)
  • Pergola (Sara loves the idea of one, and so do I)
  • Built-in bookcases (we have a lot books, and Sara wants to devote some space to a library “nook”)
  • Work bench (we’ll probably need one to do this stuff)
  • Shelves (always useful)

Those are just the ideas I remember. I’m pretty sure I’ve had several others. But that’s okay. I’m really excited to get started on these projects and eventually get somewhere. It might take weeks or years to get through the list, but I’m excited nonetheless. In the meantime, I’ve been scouting out websites like Craigslist and eBay for various tools. As much as I’d like to walk into Menard’s or Home Depot and drop a fat grand on various tools that I think I’d like, doing so is not entirely probable. But if I can pick up a few odds and ends here and clean/fix them up, that’s a win in my book.

I’ve also been looking at designs and plans to do these various projects. I think I’m going to enjoy the freedom to improvise that creating something from scratch provides versus the take it home and build it varieties that you can get from Wal-Mart, Target or IKEA. When building that stuff, I feel this enormous pressure to get things exactly right, and I’ve found that even with my best efforts, sometimes things don’t line up, for whatever reason. It’s come to my attention that sometimes, these setups are doomed to start. This is encouraging.

Also with being in a house where our residence is more permanent, it’ll be nice to use solid wood for furniture versus particle board. The cheap bookcase that I bought from Wal-Mart was nice…before I moved it five times. But it’ll be better when I have a book shelf I can trust not to break down when holding large amounts of books. Plus, real wood looks better!

It really is going to be an adventure. Stick around as we count down the days until we close down on the house, and we’ll start to outline my plans and endeavors!

(photo credit: http://www.ana-white.com)

About Jord

jord considers himself nerdy, mostly because he's a devoted gamer and freelance web designer. he works in computer technology and information services, but he'd be most proud to tell you that he recently built himself a computer, loves audio books, trying new beer and wine, grilling, and is so excited to have added "homeowner" to his list of titles.
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