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My Redneck Pool is Open

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My redneck pool is open!

redneck pool 3I get so excited every year to get the pool up and running. My Hubs? Not so much.  Deep down inside I know that the pool has grown on him. But it’s taken about 5 or 6 years.  He hated it so much the first year I took myself down to the Dollar Tree and bought a dozen or so pink flamingos to put around the pool.  Needless to say I don’t have those anymore, they have mysteriously disappeared over time…


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The first few years is was pretty plain. Boring grey sides with a flock of pink flamingos.  I get why the hubs hated it. Last year I saw a post on Pinterest where they used bamboo fencing to cover the sides and built a “swim up” bar out of old pallets. I had to have it! I bought three rolls of the bamboo fencing and covered the sides. And the hubs built the swim up bar out of scrap wood. Life was good at the castle.

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This year when I pulled the swim up bar out of storage it looked a little worse for wear. I thought I had put a protective top coat on it, but it sure didn’t look like it. So it was time to paint.

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I didn’t want it to look to shiny and new. I wanted it to have an old time worn beachy feel. I only put one coat of paint on it, not getting too crazy if I missed a few places or if you could see the wood shining through. The final result? A swim up bar that looks nice and clean, but a little worn at the same time. Perfect!

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I kept the cute  baskets I had from last year and loaded them up with everything we will need for summer fun. ( I am missing a chalkboard sign! I think the cat has been having way too much fun pool side!)  We have all sorts of sunscreen, toys and lights.

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Speaking of lights. What’s a pool without a light show in the evening? These little disks for $4.00 at Walmart are really cool and look a lot better  than this picture shows. Super fun in the evening.

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Now that the redneck pool is officially open, I hope you’ll excuse me. I’ve got some sweet tea and a raft calling my name!

                Tammy

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Tammy from Patina and Paint

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