Over the last few months I’ve sneaked out a few photos of the various projects for the makeover of our back patio. First in order was to add some cozy seating.
Do you remember this thrifty up-cycle table? I just love the whimsical feel it has. Perfect for between these two chairs, which happen to be Craig’s List makeovers. I’ll be sharing about their makeover in a few days.
The other grouping of chairs is made complete with the table I created from a wooden chair.
Next on the to do list for the patio makeover was to refresh this dinning table and chairs. They were perfectly functional and most importantly very comfortable, but the table was in desperate need of a new top and a fresh coat of paint. See how we gave the table a new look here.
Here’s what the pergola area looked like two years ago soon after we built a raised bed around the slab.
It’s so exciting to see what two years can do for trees. Just look at this area now.
Did you notice the other change?
The final step in the makeover was to stain the pergola we had built about 5 years ago. I think it totally finishes off the space.
We had added drop cloth curtains a few years ago to block the evening sun. They were the perfect solution for dinners spent outside. The back of our house faces due west, so the setting sun was really almost obnoxious around dinner time.
I love how the darker pergola makes the area feel like a defined room.
After nearly 5 years of slowly trying to make this blank space feel like an inviting outdoor room, we are finally using the patio the way we had always hoped.
Not only have we enjoyed dinners and having friends over to relax on our patio, I often enjoy my morning tea here.
It goes to show that any blank space can become a sanctuary with a little persistence and creativity.
DanaJuly 24, 2013 at 3:06 am
Comfortable and inviting patio!! Love all of your repurposing!
Debbie @ MeandMyDIYJuly 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Everything looks great Leslie! Love your pergola. Well done!<br /><br />Debbie
Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in ParentingJuly 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm
LoriJune 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm
I love what you have done with your pergola. I have one made out of treated lumber that is 10 or 12 years old. Would you recommend stain over paint as we so wanting to paint it black. Not sure if yours was treated lumber ? we repainted our house dark & trimmed it out in black & I have black cushions for my swing to set it off.