Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The backyard entertaining area is complete!

Just as I promised... now that summer is winding down, I've completed my backyard dining and entertaining area. [And by completed, I mean... done-ish. Of course I have more projects in mind for next year, but I'm thrilled with how far I was able to get this summer.]

Of course, every truly good "after" needs a horrendous "before" to make it feel even better... so just in case you've forgotten... here 'ya go...

After much scrubbing, painting, shopping and completing a few projects our whole family is enjoying this space.

I really did this whole project on a teeny-tiny budget by re-purposing many items:
or by using my shutters to create these...
 using what I already had like pillows,
[Remember when I made this? It's been awhile... check out the tutorial here if you want to make one!]
and finally, by purchasing the decorating details from either garage sales or thrift stores.
Yup... even that potting table is a [super cool] garage sale find! [thanks Wendy ;)]
All-in-all I only purchased 2 pillows and a ceramic pear from actual stores...
Not too bad, huh?! This is what I love about decorating :)
If you missed out and want the DIY scoop on the other  projects made this happen you can check out my painted garage sale chairs...

Or you can read how I transformed those old, forgotten dingy white boxes [as shown in the before image] into planters to add interest and color.

All-in-all, I'm thrilled. And the best part of this entire project is the fact that we've essentially added another room to our home by transforming this space!

Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY idea: Hang lanterns on a shutter

Here's one more simple DIY Idea to add inexpensive d├ęcor to your outdoor space:
I thought of this when I found three old shutters in the basement [left by the previous owner: thank you previous owner!!].
 Here's all you'll need to make these:
*old shutter
*plant hook
I simply painted them to my desired color, added a plant hook and hung my lantern from it [so. not. hard. I promise!].
These are super cute during the day and [BONUS] they also add much desired ambiance when lit at night... you must do this project if you have the right spot!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY: Chicken Wire Frame with Bud Vases

This is one of the projects that I recently made: it really wasn't hard to do and it's a great way to add seasonal color to your porch [plus I'm thinking it could look super cute inside too...].

Here's what you'll need:
A frame without any back or glass
Chicken wire
tin snips
Staple gun
small vases
Here's what you do:
[If needed: paint frame to desired color]
Using tin snips, cut wire to the size of the frame
Using staple guns, staple wire tightly to the back of the frame
tie string around the top of each vase leaving one side long to tie to the wire
 tie vases to desired location on chicken wire

Once you've got your vases secured, fill them with water and add season flowers from the garden [if you're a cheap-o like me] or purchase flowers and put them into the vases [if you are super rich and ultra extravagant]. Whatever works best for you ;)

And enjoy! I love the punch of color it adds, and I love even more that I used items that I either already had or could purchase at any thrift store [not chicken wire: you'll want to get that at any home improvement store in the garden center].
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