August 24, 2012

Birthday Bench Surprise

Posted by Kristin

A few weeks ago, I arrived home to a nice birthday surprise from my hubby. Little did I know, but Mike had been quite the busy carpenter/freecycle-and-craiglist shopper and created a super custom, creative gift.

To start out, I've always wanted one of these:

snowboard bench

or these:

Snowboard bench!

But the thing is, I never told anyone that. I always had grand dreams of some future mudroom with a snowboard bench, bins and baskets for our family's winter gear, and framed photos of surfing and snowboarding shots.  So when I arrived home to this I was pretty psyched.

And when I get excited, I always jump up and down and clap my hands.  And no, being 6 months pregnant didn't inhibit this reaction one bit. 

Though I don't know the total cost of the project, I do know where Mike got the supplies:

Blue snowboard - Craigslist
Red snowboard- Freecycle
4 x 8's for legs- Local hardware store
2 x 4's for frame- Scrap wood available from my dad

Overall, it was pretty inexpensive and easy to construct (said Mike) with a little help from his father-in-law. It may get painted eventually but I haven't decided on a color yet. Any suggestions?  Thanks hubby for a super sweet place to sit and put my shoes on, something I really appreciate now that I have a basketball sticking out in front of me (that's how everyone says you carry a boy when you're pregnant!).

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