Most of our fixes were easy: organizing, repurposing, a little spit-shine, etc. The only money spent on this little project was the less than $40 we spent on a string of round-glass-bulb lights, which we strung along the outside edge of our porch roof, and a paper-lantern light for over our table. Everything else was polished from its filthy, forgotten state or just a tidied up, replaced piece of outdoor furniture or planter. What is important here is that we have created a place for our family to come around a table. Our inside dining table isn't really big enough for the eight of us, and now we have a place where we can join each other for meals. It's such an important time for all of us, and having the space finished gives us a great sense of accomplishment and pride in our home.