I've been scouring Craigslist for a teak patio set for a while now. (Did you know that when properly cared for, teak is said to last for generations? Amazing!) The wrought iron set we had was decent enough, but it only sat four, which made it difficult to host friends and eat outside. We were always wishing for more space and seating.
|Definitely not my house, but note the beautiful teak furniture!|
I have an alert set up through the Craigslist app (highly recommend, btw), so I am ready to pounce at a moment's notice when a post containing one of my keywords is found (in this case, "teak"). Can you imagine my horror when I inquired about a post literally six minutes after it went live, only to learn it was no longer available? Apparently, I was not the only one in hot pursuit of some teak. Not one to be easily deterred, this setback only intensified my drive, and a week or so later, a set was posted for sale for super cheap. The icing on the cake? It was located about 8 minutes from my house!
I'll leave out all the details of how obsessive and crazy I behaved while I waited to hear back from the sellers. Here I am rolling back up to my house with my new teak set in tow. Holler at my sweet neighbors who loaned me their van and trailer!!!
I love love love love love it! It even has a hidden leaf that extends the table to provide for more seating.
|grainy photo taken without enough light…|
I've started cleaning it, and it's amazing what a little elbow grease will do! I love the gray look of teak as it ages, but there was quite a bit of dirt that had to go. Check out what a difference it made:
Our new patio set has given me much-needed motivation to address the rest of our back, so hopefully some improvements will not be too far off in the future. And while I'm not going to show you just how rough the rest of our "yard" is, I will share some pictures of some gorgeous outdoor spaces I've recently pinned. Our back yard looks about like the opposite of these images, just in case you were wondering.