Thursday, July 18, 2013

Backyard Patio Makeover

We have a large backyard but our patio was not a place I really enjoyed sitting on while watching my girls play.  I wanted to do something to spruce it up and not break the bank!  I was browsing Pinterest one evening for ideas and came across another blog with the most adorable patio!  Emily over at 52 Mantels did a tutorial on her Porch Makeover....I loved everything about it and wanted to do something similar to my lacking back patio. 

We had an old ugly patio table we mostly just used for parties with a tablecloth over it.  It had forest green rod iron table legs and a glass tabletop.  My handy husband removed the glass tabletop and spray painted the table legs black.  He then created a table top using 2x6 wood beams.  He sanded and stained the wood a dark brown.  (Sorry I don't have before and after photos of everything.  It would be more helpful in a tutorial!)

I decided to use the color palate of a teal blue, light blue, and a touch of orange to decorate with.  I visited my local thrift store and found 2 wood frames...without the use for my herb wall.  I spray painted them a light blue.  I saved some spaghetti sauce and salsa jars to use to plant the herbs in.  We planted mint, thyme, cilantro, and chives.  I purchased metal pipe clamps at Home Depot.  My husband screwed the pipe clamps directly into the side of the house...inside the frames.  We then inserted the herb jars and tightened the clamps.  So easy!
I already had the other accessories.  The black metal scroll candle holder was inside my house but decided to use it outside.  The lanterns were originally purple and were used at my daughter's camping themed party.  I spray painted them teal.  The flower pot was red and got a new coat of light blue paint. 

(I apologize for the poor quality  We have a set of dishes that were left from my husband's bachelor days.  I decided to paint some of them to use as decoration.  I used painters tape to create a chevron design across the largest plate.  Because of the dark blue rim around the plate I could not follow the design across the entire plate.  I later painted an orange "G" on the smallest plate.  To hang them we super glued plate hanger hooks to the back of the plates. 
The black rod iron chairs were from Costco.  You can't beat $20 a chair!  I also found fun orange chevron pillows at Hobby Lobby on clearance to add to the chairs! 
Now my back patio is a peaceful place for me to sit at and drink my morning coffee, enjoy a meal with my family, and watch my girls play in the yard.  Too bad it has been so hot...I haven't been able to sit at it much the past month!


  1. I love it Kari!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Seriously cute!
    I love the plates, I would never have thought of that.