Backyard Patio Makeover Reveal

This backyard patio makeover almost didn’t happen.  Almost.  For months, we’d been saving for a pergola so the back patio area would have some shade.  Right now there is no shade at all and a pergola seemed to offer the best solution.  We eat on the back patio a lot especially when the weather is nice.  We had one third left to save when my little dog Jelly Bean cut her eyelid while out scavenging one day.  I don’t want to get graphic or anything but she had to be rushed to the emergency vet’s office and underwent surgery to fuse two of her eyelids together.  The surgeon was amazing.  She has since made a full recovery but as you can imagine our pergola fund was held up.

A few months later,  I had just finished reading Love the Home You Have by author and blogger Melissa Michaels.  She was relating how much time we spend planning for a vacation that lasts maybe two weeks but less time creating a retreat like experience in a home we enjoy every day.

Those words really struck me because I could totally relate.  It had been 3 months since I even thought about making the patio beautiful.  In my heart, I wanted a back yard space that felt relaxed and comfortable.  An outdoor extension to the indoor living spaces that created a place to laugh, unwind, eat, host parties and grill out.  But I stood in my own way because the visions dancing in my head involved a pergola and not a slab of concrete.

Reading those words made me feel like I was having an “aha moment.” I knew I could create all of the things I wanted with or without the pergola and got together a plan of action.  Here’s a picture of the how the back patio looked before we started making changes.

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The first thing we needed to do was stain the textured concrete.  We chose Valspar’s Ember and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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The next part of the plan involved creating 2 zones.  We needed one zone for seating and one zone for eating.  It took a few tries before we got the zones set up the way we wanted.  Originally, I thought the grill and table would be closest to the door to make it more accessible to the kitchen.  But once we got the furniture in place, we didn’t like the flow.

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That all changed when much to my excitement I was able to find another workbench to use on the patio.  You may remember I had to take the Herboriste Potting Station to my booth at The Pickers Market when my furniture started selling faster than I could keep up.  Having this workbench turned Gather and Enjoy serving station allowed us to utilize one complete side of the patio for eating and grilling out.

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Once the grill and serving station were in place we added the farmhouse style table.  This table comfortably seats 12-14.  I added a set of old schoolhouse chairs that used to be at the kitchen table and end chairs from IKEA.  I also used an old bench I found about 7 months ago.  The bonus is that it can be used at the table or easily moved around the fire pit for extra seating.  To help add texture to the space, I brought the indoor/outdoor rug that I had been using in the dining room to set underneath the table.

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If you read my post yesterday, you know all about taking this old door and making it into a menu board.  I used it at a party last weekend and it was a hit.  You may also recognize the white wicker table and chairs from the front porch.  They were originally flanking the herb garden.

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With the eating zone completed, we turned our attention to the seating zone.  I love to linger after a good meal.  Sometimes the lingering turns into hours and I want it to be a comfortable experience. These two chairs are also rockers.  I thought about keeping them around the table but once we started using the IKEA chairs at the table, I decided to they were best suited around the fire pit.

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I’ve had this porch swing for years.  I’ve always dreamt about having a swing on the front porch. But the measurements of the swing and the front porch are within 6 inches of each other making the swing unsafe to use on the front porch.  Thankfully, I have a skilled and kind bestie.  She and I built an a-frame for the swing Sunday afternoon. I’ve pretty much been swinging ever since.

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It’s funny, now that all of the pieces are in place, I can’t imagine the space with a pergola.  The patio is exactly what I wanted it to be.  It’s a back yard oasis that now feels relaxed and comfortable.  It’s an outdoor extension of the indoor living spaces created to laugh, unwind, eat, host parties and grill out.

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It definitely feels like a retreat experience.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

  1. says

    CoCo – all of your hard work has paid off…your back patio is wonderful. Your keen style and attention to details is evident. Your guests will be comfortable and entertained in this space – they won’t ever want to leave! We personally love the menu board on the door and your farmhouse table. Many memories will be made in this space…well done!
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    • says

      You girls sure know how to make a lady feel good! It was so much work and totally worth it. We’re out there every day now enjoying the good life ) Sending you love and hugs, Coco

    • says

      Nancy, I really think you’ll like Melissa’s book. It was really good. Thank you bunches for the compliments. We’ve been outside every day since it was completed 🙂

  2. Nancy O'Brien says

    Wonderful space! I am reading Melissa’s book too. Glad to see your dog is well and back to modelling. Maybe a free standing umbrella will be serviceable until you decide on a permanent shade source. ( I only say this because I love to sit in the shade. Sunshine gives me headaches. 🙂 )

    • says

      I loved Melissa’s book, I hope you will too Nancy. The umbrella stand is a great idea. I should probably do more shade sitting myself 🙂 Hope you had an awesome weekend, Coco

  3. says

    Wow, CoCo!!! Everything looks wonderful! I can’t even tell you which part is my favorite. I thought it was the wicker chairs and door, then it was the swing, then the fire-pit seating…. oh what the heck… love it all! That refreshed patio is amazing. You’ve motivated me to do mine. After the winter havoc we had, I really need to work on ours. It’s embarrassing. I hope you are taking time to relax in your beautiful retreat!

    Robin
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    • says

      You are the sweetest, Robin, thank you so much! Did you see the before picture? Talk about embarrassing! I can honestly say we’ve used this space every day since completion. I’m so glad we went forward with the plans to make it beautiful despite not having all of the pieces in place. I can’t wait to see what you come up with on your patio redo. Everything your hands touch is amazing! Hugs, Coco