It was this time last year when a challenge finally nipped me in the bum. I had been procrastinating for a few waiting on the warmth to hit. Mind you, this project was long overdue.
After you get divorced, you’ll find there are things that normally would be taken care of, but now, it’s all, you girl! If you’re fortunate enough to have a nice bank account, then you can pay to have it done. However, if you’re like me and live paycheck to paycheck, you’ll have to find other means to take care of your needs.
Listen to me when I say this, Do not for a second DOUBT yourself!
Just When You Think You Can’t, You Can!
I had to break down and do it. I wasn’t sure how or if I could, but I had to. My beloved deck on the front of my house was in desperate need of an overhaul. The boards on the top (where you walk) were loose and getting a bit scary to walk on.
I couldn’t afford to have someone fall through a board, including myself so I set a game plan in motion.
I was going to be the one to fix it!
I got out my measuring tape and figured out how many boards I would need to replace the flooring. The steps seemed to be fairly good so I wasn’t going to worry about them. However, the railings were rotting and warping and would need replacing as well.
Know you can!
Figuring out how I was going to get the 8-10 foot lumber to my house was another thing. Did I pay to have it delivered? Did I burden a friend with helping me pick it up and dropping it off? Is there any way possible to fit it into my Jeep Renegade?
Where there is a will, there is always a way.
Before I go any further, let me share some pictures with you of what I was dealing with. I’m almost embarrassed to show you!
Seriously, I am embarrassed! But just wait to see what happens!
After calculating the material needed (lumber, screws, power drill, batteries for drill, crowbar, circular saw, saw horses, and borrowing a SawZaw from my boss), off to the store I went.
I decided that I could fit the lumber in my Jeep even if the ends had to stick out the passenger window or the hatch. I’m not totally stupid.
I got the material home, backed up to my shed, and unloaded. My biggest job, I thought, was going to be using a circular saw for the first time since a teenager. Little did I know, the biggest job would be pulling apart the piece of crap deck that was already there!
Board by board I pried them up. I sawzawed. I hammered. I cussed. I quit.
I worked in the evenings a bit at a time and the weekend. I eventually got all the floorboards up and all the railings were gone!
Remember, this deck is also 20 years old. The nails were rusted and screws just wouldn’t come out. The boards were hard to pry even with a crowbar. Thankfully, I managed without really injuring myself. 😉
Might I add with all the physical labor and learning how to do this stuff, there was also an emotional battle within me. Pushing myself out of the “doubt” zone and into the “I can do it” was quite difficult in itself. However, hard work, sweat, a few boo-boo’s, and some tears paid off in the end.
After all the anguish (lol) I went through to repair and replace the majority of my deck, I was so happy when it was completed. I decided to stain it in a dark brown color. Thought it was more “earthy” looking and matched my siding and shutters. I eventually hope to paint my house shutters too! 😉
Not so bad for a rookie, right?
I even decided to put those paving stones around the deck and eventually will plant some real flowers where those cute little metals ones currently stand. Overall, I am happy with the job and best of all, IT IS SAFE!
Moral of my Story
Sometimes we are forced to step up to the plate and tackle something we’ve never done before. We may be scared to death but once we can push past that feeling, it’s time to start doing!
I am proud of my accomplishment and although it may not look like a professional job, it is hella better than it was. I love the stain color too!
What I learned is, even if you don’t know how to do something, find out. Google it! Ask friends or family! Research it! Chances are you may be able to do it! And knowing that you actually did do it leaves you with such an awesome feeling that you’re ready to tackle the next project!
This is the first of many projects that I have to do at my place. My home is 20 years old and we all know, things go. Hopefully, if I can’t do something, I’ll have the funds available to have it done.
Now I’d love to hear from you! What kind of things have you achieved where you doubted yourself so much that you almost didn’t try?
Let’s chat about it below!