As a renter, it is necessary to choose your battles. Unsafe oven? That’s definitely worth complaining about. Backyard shade broken? A bummer, but not a deal-breaker.
When we casually mentioned that the aged canvas had ripped off its frame in a windstorm last year, our landlord didn’t express the smallest interest in replacing it. So, we just dealt with it. We have other shady spots in our yard so other than being an eyesore, it wasn’t that big of a deal.
But then David had an idea… a way to use it as shade again without spending any money on replacing the cover. And, giving our outdoor eating area a nice, beachy feel.
Read on to see how we made our own palapa.