I can’t believe I’m actually sitting on a newly painted, AND clean patio, compared to just one short week ago!
It must have been all that rest we took this summer. I knew once home I’d be antsy to get productive, but I had no idea I’d be doing this!
And that just goes to show, it pays to not plan in my world. Because then it would have felt like ‘work’. 🙂
To recap, I wrote HERE about how I was shamed into finishing my house, rather than redecorating the same things.
But once the dream farmhouse tour took place, even more motivation struck!
Besides, sitting on a dirty patio after having enjoyed pretty ones all summer just wouldn’t do. So out came a paint brush, and I got to work.
And I am just loving the clean and very woodsy result!
This pallet chair got a quick makeover with a white duvet cover, and piled on tone on tone pillows and blankets.
And you KNOW I have to try out my coffee mug everywhere I go. Wider armrests come in mighty handy!
Because the laundry line is right behind the pallet wood chair, two baskets were hung inside one another, the big one for laundry, and the small one holding clothespins.
The pallet wood sofa was decked out in much of the same kind of look, along with burlap pillows.
I have visions of changing this out come fall, with some plaid flannel. I’ll be on the hunt!
And now, time for something new…
How to make the mini farm table:
1. Either make a base, or find something that could work. In my case, I had this curbside metal table with a wood top.
2. Determine the size of your table based on the top boards you have to work with. I lined up 4 fence board planks to determine mine, then cut them all the same exact size.
3. Cut 4 2x4s to the same size as the table top planks. Stack 2 on each side, then attach with screws.
4. Place planks across the 2x4s, then attach with screws.
Adding height to a smaller table allowed for a storage area, perfect for the laptop, books, or even coasters / placemats.
The three straw hats came home with me from Hawaii, found at a thrift store. I’m glad I jam packed them in that very full luggage now!
I love how they add a summertime touch, along with some great texture. No need to stick to just hanging baskets when you have a few hats on hand!
I was inspired to collect straw hats when I came across what Lucy at Craftberry Bush did with hers. Isn’t this wall divine? And I LOVE this simple one hat with an oar.
I actually have a story about this cracked white mug… another Hawaiian trinket.
When I visited one of my now fav places for breakfast on Maui, they handed me this cracked, oversized mug. I nearly asked them for another, but then I just rolled with it.
The coffee ended up being SO good, I blamed it on the imperfect mug. You know how a good mug makes coffee better, yes?
When I made a return visit, they handed me a standard schmandard mug. When I asked for the cracked mug again, they said they were retiring it, as it was just from a thrift store. So I asked if I could purchase it… but they did one better, slipping it into a bag for me!
I’m so glad it got home safely. I use it EVERY DAY.
I’m embarrassed to admit, I never did replace an old, removed light on the patio from 8 years ago, so it’s presently lightless.
But these edison bulb styled patio lights work like a charm! In fact, they work so well, I unscrew every other bulb to dull it down some!
Found at Canadian Tire in Canada.
And here’s the currently unpretty side of the patio.
I have visions of creating a farm styled rustic table or cabinet with doors, with a shelf underneath, to house and hide a new, smaller table top grill and the propane fire pit.
I think a long table would better service this area, creating more surface for entertaining, and give this end a more streamlined look. I may even incorporate the firewood storage, which is currently sitting inside the crate cabinet.
But these upgrades may wait until next spring, as this is really more a want vs. a need. Remember my mantra, finish the house first, then do fancy stuff? I’m trying to be a good girl!
Looking through the DIY wooden screen doors from the inside of the house, it looks mighty enticing out there. I’m just glad my little cleaning spurt turned into a full fledged revamp!
And just for fun, I went shopping at Amazon (affiliate links) for a few of my fav things in order to help you get this look … even my dream grills are in the lineup! But if you get them first, fair warning. I will be jealous… 😀
Now… whatever shall I work on next? At least I have a nice place to rest in between all this finishing… 🙂