Junk Built ItOctober 16th, 2008 in projects
My sister-in-law was throwing out this canopy structure that had gotten damaged in a storm. The canvas top was destroyed, so she decided to get rid of it. My mil saw it and rescued it. The structure was originally brown with what I would assume was a tan canvas top on it. My mil and fil hauled it home to their home by the lake, found the place they wanted to locate it (nice lakeview), and my mil spray painted the entire structure white.
Now if you've seen all of my posts, earlier in September, I posted a garden project that shows a creative use of making garden paths using granite that I harvested all summer from a dumpster at a granite company. They have to pay to have it hauled away, so this company gave us permission to take whatever we wanted. My husband and I were at the granite site, and I was in the dumpster handing pieces to my husband for my own path projects that I was still working on, when my fil drove up. We live 75 miles away and he didn't know we were there, but happened to see our truck when he drove by. My fil had come up with the idea to use the granite to create a hard surface for their new project. Anyways, I stayed in the dumpster a while longer and handed my fil pieces of granite until he had his pickup pretty full and felt he had enough to lay the floor on this project. Good timing for both of us, so this was my contribution to the project (muscle power in the dumpster).
My fil says it took him a few hours to create this project. First he used excess sand from his beach to make a level pad on the grass, than he layed the pieces down on that sand-filled area. Then he filled all of the areas between the granite pieces with more sand, wetted it down, and then added more sand as needed.
After it the sand dried, they added the metal structure on top of it. My mil made a finial for the top out of found junk, used white metal furnture inside the structure, and even made a candle light chandelier out of an old junk light fixture.
They now have basically built for free (maybe a little money for the lattice top) a neat little structure to use down by the lake. My mil has used it for tea parties, and they sit and enjoy the lake from it.
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