Over the next few weekends, we hope to have the deck built or at least started. With that in mind, we wanted to create something we could use on or around the deck. Since furniture seems to be a huge task, and the size of the deck, still in determination, we settled on something small… a door mat. Tracking grass throughout the kitchen and living room has been a nuisance since we moved into our home. But now that the
hot, sweaty chore that we’d all rather take a beating over than do (but I seem to have a husband that doesn’t mind it – Hallelujah!) grass cutting season is here and Jada Bell’s daily trips in and out, bringing in soggy lumps of land with her and us is a daily occurrence, we thought this little project would be a huge help to our never ending bend and pick up or sweep to and fro exercises that we so hate with a passion. We have an indoor mat that helps with drying our feet, but the mat on the porch would be used to knock off any unwanted, dirty intruders.
We wanted the mat to be:
- 15″ Wooden Planks
- Width of the door
- 1/4″ to 1/2″ spaces between planks
- Painted black
To begin, Ben, Twin and I went to Lowe’s and bought three 2x2x8s and headed back to the lumber cutting area. When we got there, we noticed an Out of Order sign on the button for assistance. After telling the fellas if I were working that department, that’s exactly what I would do, working or not, so we just assumed someone had done that as well… or the button wasn’t working. With the Dennis the Menace look in our eyes, we pushed the button and was immediately approached by a giant man who looked at us with his stern eyes and told us the sign plainly reads Out of Order (I wish my Dad had been working at Lowe’s that day to keep from this exact moment of overwhelming stupidity). After looking at each other, we turned and headed back to the front, carrying the 8′ planks. Ben had just picked up his saw from his mom’s house, so we just added a little DIY to the project. Our other bestie, Holly (Twin’s other half), works at Lowe’s as well so we decided to trade her cars since her back seat folds down to make room (remind me to have a word with the beamer makers). While we were there, we also picked up all thread, washers, nuts and acorn nuts and had them mix up some black satin outdoor paint.
When we got home, we cut the wood into 15″ planks. After showing me how to use the
finger chopper saw, Ben let me have at it.
After all the planks were cut, we drilled holes 1″ inch from both ends of the planks.
Ben then sanded the holes and edges of the planks to avoid future
pricks that make you say dirty words splinters.
We were then ready to paint.
After the paint was dry, the
boys men began putting the planks on the all thread. We began the end with an acorn nut, then washer, then plank. The spaces between the planks were washer-nut-washer. (This took forever, bless their bones and fingertips, but they pressed on like champs!)
After all the planks were in place, we had about 4-5 inches of all thread that needed to be cut off before we could place on the finishing acorn nut. We ran to Wal-Mart, grabbed a dremmel (can’t wait to use this sucker on more projects) and returned to shoot some sparks and cut some metal.
We placed the black wooden mat on the front porch for the time being until the deck is built and quickly decided (at least I did, the one who didn’t have to screw on all the nuts) that the front porch needs one too but gray in color.
After the project was complete, I picked up tools and cleaned, all while the guys were chasing down an ice cream truck down our road (believe me, if I had known this was happening, I would have had my camera rolling) and surprised me with an ice cream sandwich. I’m gonna put these two men for Best Men Ever.