Need to remember this!... $10* DIY Wood Countertop - Cleverly Inspired. Years ago when HGTV was new I watched an episode of Kitty Bartholomew where she showed a woman who did this and used marine wax (what is used to make boats waterproof) and she did her entire kitchen for $30 and it was gorgeous!
Natural Weed Killer 1 gallon vinegar, 1/2 cup salt, dash of dish washing detergent (makes it stick to the weeds). Mix well, spray on weeds in the morning, rejoice in their death that evening. This works best on a sunny day.