The Back Patio–The During.

The back patio before was quite the mess; mismatched clutter, broken pots, rusted furniture; and with a little creativity and spray paint we now have the start of something really good.

I spray painted all of the old green furniture that the previous owners had left behind. I also spray painted many of the old pots in gold to keep the theme of gold, navy and white. You know how I am about color schemes.

photo 1-15I really love this space, now. I just need to find a spot for my peace sign.

photo 2-17The pillows, pot and decorative accents are from Home Goods; the asian looking pieces were silver, but I painted them gold.

photo 3-11Our table is now centered with a decorative planter from Home Goods and the cushions from overstock.

I had some of these blue glass pieces before and re-purposed them, and just painted the rest.

photo 4-6What was once a bit of an eyesore is now becoming a sanctuary I look forward to taking full advantage of this spring and summer.

photo 5-5And I was able to do it all on a dime.


Back Patio–The Before

When we first moved into our house, we had an extremely long driveway, with a hot tub at the end, and a stone back patio, covered in old pots and things like stone angels and non-working fountains. The old owners left their patio furniture, as well, which was a rusted dark green metal.

We had room to pull up to our back door and garage and park about 8 cars in our drive (I exaggerate not) but no real back yard to speak of.

Right before the baby was born we took on a major project: we had a back yard built. Keystone Gardens tore up the driveway, removed the hot tub, dug, put in soil and sod and built us a real yard. They finished the project on a Wednesday. I went into labor at 4 am the next day. While I was in the hospital, we had super Fence install an aluminum fence that looks like wrought iron.

While I was recovering from my c-section, my dad and husband planted 50 mums around the property, even using stones to create a real cabbage patch, and all of a sudden the dilapidated area looked beautiful, fall-like and lush. We had fuschia, lavender and burnt orange mums and it was so bright.

However, our back patio has remained kind of rough.

This weekend I got an idea: I wanted to update the back stone patio, now that it is enclosed in our nice new yard, and it is where we have our grill, in preparation for spring. However, I have to do so on a very tight budget. I was very inspired by my much sought after lit peace sign and just ordered 15 feet of grape vine from ebay to try to make my own version of a cb2 inner peace wreath.

I went out to the patio this weekend to analyze the space. I threw away cracked and dirty pots (left over from the old owners) and scrutinized the metal furniture. I found some new dining sets online for under $400, but I felt like that was still out of my current budget.

Here is what the patio looks like now.

photo 1-2The more lounge-like set below is from our the front porch in our old house.

photo 2-3photo 3-1It’s all a bit junky. And a bit tired. But I got an idea.

It involved gold spray paint. And cost me $36.

photo 1-3My husband I got to work.

photo 2-4And I went on Overstock and found what look like really nice outdoor seat cushions in Navy and white. Pillow-Perfect-Bosco-Polyester-Navy-Tufted-Outdoor-Wicker-Seat-Cushions-Set-of-2-786dfab4-a2cc-4211-bf3a-8acbe9f1d09d_80-1I spray painted the pots that I was able to salvage and saved some glass ones in bright cobalt blue. This is the before. I still have more painting to do, more pillows and accessories to add, and a wreath to build, but I am quite excited for the after and a summer with a nice, bright, updated back patio. Stay tuned…