Just about a year ago I was backing my car out of my boyfriends yard and wasn’t paying attention to how close I was to the gate at the end of his yard. All of a sudden WHAM, I heard this gawd awful noise and looked over to see my side-view mirror ripped half off my car. I was sooooo mad at myself, and I hadn’t even had my car for a year yet.
So I’ve been driving around for about a year with my car looking all white-trash-ghetto with the mirror falling apart and all taped up with electrical tape because I just assumed that I was going to end up spending a small fortune at the auto body shop and didn’t have the time or money to deal with it.
Then the other day my boyfriend called me to ask what year my car was because he was grabbing me a mirror at an auto parts shop. Huh? You can do that? Well sure enough, doesn’t he show up with a brand spanking new side view mirror for my car and it only cost $30. Seriously?
We YouTubed it and saw that it was going to be super easy to replace ourselves. So that’s what we did.
Yup, $30 and ten minutes later my car looked good as new.
I wish we realized it was so simple a year ago…….geez, don’t I feel silly.
In my last apartment I had a breakfast counter between the dining room and kitchen. I searched and searched for bar height chairs in the style that I wanted. I finally found them and ended up paying about $200 on them but they were exactly what I was looking for so I made the investment. Well I recently moved and no longer have that cool and chic’ breakfast counter but now I have a full eat in kitchen. So now I was in search of the perfect bar height table to use with said chairs. All I kept finding were table and chair sets and all I needed was the table. I also searched online for a table that I could refinish but couldn’t find anything I liked or for a reasonable price.
Until finally, I found the perfect table! Well a pattern for the perfect table anyway. I stumbled across the most amazing site for patterns on how to build just about anything and now I’m addicted. Check it out, it’s Ana White and it really is awesome. So after checking out the pattern and supply list I decided I could make this sucker myself, and was confident I’d do a pretty good job of it. So off to the home improvement store I went to pick up some lumber and when I got home, I went right to it. I got the table saw out and started cutting, I started slapping on wood glue left and right, the power drill was screwing in screws with swift precision, and away I went. I was an OCD, perfectionist, table building fool! But best of all, I was having a blast.
In the end, there is nothing better than standing back and admiring your handy work and feeling pride for what you have accomplished. That feeling of accomplishment never gets old. And when your friends and family see what you have built and give you the highest praise, you really feel warm and fuzzy inside.
This table is absolutely PERFECT and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out.