Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New backyard furniture

In January I broke the glass top of our backyard dining table. For a while I way toying with the idea of crafting a mosaic top but lethargy got the better of me. As spring rolled on, it became clear we needed a replacement—sooner rather than later. Initially, I looked at various stores specializing in outdoor furniture but I quickly realized that they are modern-day highway robbers. There was no way I way paying more for outdoor furniture than what we have inside!

So instead of getting a fancy $2000 dining set, we decided to go the cheap route: IKEA and Costco. IKEA actually had a table that was perfect for us, and in typical IKEA fashion, it has a name with multiple umlauts: ÄPPLARÖ.

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The ÄPPLARÖ table has two drop leaves, which allows us to save space when it’s just the four us. Yet with the leaves extended, we have room for eight.

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It’s made of acacia wood, which is presumably more eco-friendly than teak, and it was $139. Hard to beat!

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The chairs came from Costco, our go-to store for just about anything. They are “commercial-grade” sling chairs featuring sun-resistant Sunbrella fabric. Presumably “commercial-grade” means they are made to withstand heavier buttock traffic than consumer-grade chairs?

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I like the overall look a lot. It’s a bit modern and a bit rustic, and above all, it’s casual. It’s just like us.

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IKEA even had the perfect pillow for our new hammock.

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Now we’re definitely ready for summer! Margaritas, anyone?

7 comments:

  1. Very nice, and the price was right too! If hail breaks this one, you have big problems. ;-)

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    1. If that happened, we'd be on the Weather Channel!

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    1. I'd rather spend money on plants :-).

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  3. Value for money that looks great, too. Can't be beat. I hope I can add to my "yard" soon. We're still saving up so that we can fix the outdoors all in one go. You have to let me know how the commercial-grade chairs fare.

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    1. We have big plans for the backyard once the kids are a little older, like take out all the grass (what little there is), add a water feature, etc. All it takes is time and money (especially the latter).

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