diy bench project complete with @deptofmiscellany #diy #gardenbench #madeitmyself

We now have a pretty sweet setup in our backyard for the summer, after tackling a few DIY projects to help us with relaxing and enjoying the summer weather to the fullest! We spent the last couple weekends building a brand new bench (to replace our beloved, but aged and falling apart, wooden Adirondack chairs that we’ve had for years), sealing and resealing all our wooden patio furniture to weatherproof it, and giving our metal patio chairs and patio table legs a fresh coat of paint. Maddy seems to enjoy it too! And, to my delight, we finally have a fire pit to enjoy on our patio; I’ve been wanting one since we moved into our home 7 years ago and was pretty excited when Ryan surprised me with this sweet little Solo Stove bonfire! We even used it to make s’mores…yum!

diy bench project complete with @deptofmiscellany #diy #gardenbench #madeitmyself
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Here’s the view from our new bench; our garden is growing in nicely and we’re already seeing some cherry tomatoes about ready to pick and some peppers growing. Our herbs, lettuce, and kale are really happy and (while peony season is over here…sad) our dahlias and ketchup and mustard roses are blooming.

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