• Home Decor

    Patio Spruce Up Ideas

    Hey there! So, since we’re all staying at home these days finding ways to get outside are key am I right?? This girl needs a bit of fresh air everyday! Thankfully the weather is warming up so using our patio is a possibility. But, ours is in need of a little TLC this year. Anyone else? This is the makeover that I did a few years back (5 years ago to be exact) and we love the bones of it but the cushions, pillows, umbrella and other decor items were looking a little tired.

  • DIY

    Easy Outdoor Planter Boxes and Lighting Fix

    So, a couple of weeks ago while the kids were on Fall Break, hubby and I decided to knock out a project to remedy an issue with the patio redo. (never mind that I had just nose-dived into ORC!)

    Maybe you remember from the original patio reveal that the light poles were leaning. 

    Well, that was because I had just shoved them down in the dirt in the planter. They held up great until the first gust of wind and then after a couple of rain storms, they were leaning like the Tower Of Pisa!

    I decided to create some simple planter boxes that would house my existing pots and provide a sturdier way of securing the poles.

    We used wide fence pickets. for this project, some scrap 2×2 pieces, and couple of regular fence pickets as well.

    We actually had a super nice guy at Home Depot cut these down for us – way faster than us trying to make all those cuts with the circular saw!

    Then, we just built a box. Using the 2×2 pieces for the corners and nailing the picket pieces to those. It looks something like this.

    Putting together the first side. You’ll need two just like this.

    Then attach the two sides to create the third side.

     Then finish it up with the last side.

    Then hubby cut a couple pieces of the regular picket to make cross pieces for the bottom – something for the pot to sit on so it could still drain.

    We tested out the pot in the planter and then we got to work anchoring the light poles.

    We simply used some metal straps (found on the electrical aisle with the pipe and wire) and attached two around the pole – one at the top and one at the bottom. 

    The poles are pretty straight now and I feel like my lovely swags of lights are a little more secure! 

    And, I love the look of these planter boxes which was just a bonus!! All in all these planter boxes cost less than $20 to build all three! Now, that’s a deal! I’ll be back in a couple of days with more to share about our One Room Challenge!

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  • DIY

    Patio DIY Project Sources

    Hey there! I’m back with one last post from our patio! Today I would like to go through a couple of DIY project tutorials that I found from other talented people out there! I love that I can go to the internet and find great ideas from other creative people, and I love it even more when those creative people share their process!!

    First up the patio sectional recover. I followed the steps outlined here almost to the letter and it worked great. And just because I love a great before and after, here is where we started. (You can see my stump table in this pic also before it received a makeover :))

    My back cushions were not square so I had to modify a bit 

    by just pinning around the cushions, as you would if making a slipcover, and stitching along the pin-line.

    Next, the art. My chevron back-drop board got a makeover. 

    I know several of you were pretty attached to that board, but I was kind of over it and since we painted the brick, I didn’t really have a need for it like before.

    I followed the steps from here basically to create this ombre, ocean-like background for our fun word art.

    Speaking of word art, how fun is this rope word?? I loved this rope word and the tutorial was easy to follow! 

    I love the lights, but the leaning poles need a little help. I have a plan, and hopefully we can get that taken care of now that the temps have cooled a bit. When we fix them, I’ll be back to share more about the lights.

    We are loving the patio, and the firepit addition is coming soon!! Yay!!

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