DIY Disaster: Or Why My Father-In-Law is the Coolest

Reason #1: This photo happened. Andrew’s dad is learning photoshop, which is pretty cool by itself. But he’s basically learning photoshop so he can do ridiculous shit like this, and it’s totally on the level.

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Reason #2: If you read this post, you know all about the outlandish number of home improvement projects we have going on right now. The one that actually has an expiration date is the garage, and its desperate need for re-siding…and gutters, which needs to be complete before winter sets in (winter is coming). A couple of weeks ago, Andrew and I decided we were finally going to do a garage make-over. We were super confident that the pressure washer that we borrowed would get all the cracked and damaged paint off of the siding and we’d be able to re-prime and paint everything without issue. We were wrong (who’s surprised?). The pressure washer we borrowed did NOT work.

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Still overly confident, we borrowed a different pressure washer from a different friend which basically ruined everything. It fluctuated between not working at all and really effing everything up. We had it start to damage the wood siding because it was too much pressure. Bonus: it did happen to remove paint. Damn you, Bob Vila and your You Tube videos that make everything look so easy.

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Once the pressure washing idea was abandoned, Andrew and I went to Lowe’s to see what our other options were. We discovered chemicals. Those didn’t really work either. I spent 3 sweaty hours one day making my garage uglier and huffing chemicals.

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After that failure, we decided that our last option was to re-side the garage. We were trying to avoid this because it’s more expensive than painting and neither one of us has ever sided anything. That’s where the FIL comes in. Andrew has the week off before he starts a new job(!!!!), and his dad offered to fly in from Seattle to help with the garage. He brought his own hammer, some Knotts Berry Jam, the above photoshop glory, and some knowledge (also based on You Tube videos). I’m so excited to come home everyday to see the progress. This is what happened today:

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More to come! 

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