Remembering what the backyard and patio looked like before makes me so happy………
Because now we walk outside to this…
A Little Slice Of Paradise
This summer our major project was our Backyard. We had a decent list of things to do. This was a project that we had planned since we moved in to our house so we knew it would be somewhat costly. The three main expenses being… the fence, patio extension, and furnishing the patio. We were able to stay under $10,000 for this project. Keep in mind fences are super expensive even for a small area. And concrete… don’t get me started on that one. Where did all the money go to complete ths patio extension and makeover?
Here’s a look at the list again…
Here’s a quick reminder of our To-Do list for our Backyard/Patio Makeover
Get a Fence (especially to contain Jude who loves to run circles around the house and to prevent children from climbing in the huge culvert behind the house, notice big pile of grey rocks pictured in the distance below) extend patio slab buy comfortable conversational patio furniture find some sort of shading for the patio (large umbrella, gazebo etc) Re-finish old metal patio table and chairs add minimal landscaping and accent flowers enhance the kids area/kid’s garden
We did a lot of searching and shopping for our outdoor sectional. We found an awesome one at Pier 1 which would have saved us some cost however Pier 1 was not able to get all the pieces for us until later in June. We really wanted to enjoy our patio so we kept searching.
Family Leisure is an awesome store right between Murfreesboro Tn and Nashville. We went in with a budget of $3000 for our patio furniture and left with…
huge sectional that seats 7 or more people (cushions included)
two end tables with glass tops
1 large ottoman
Our new sectional makes the patio so comfortable to enjoy and Khaki fabric stays clean and is super easy to wash. Since a huge chunk of our budget went to the sectional and the fence I had to save in other areas.
Although we wanted a new patio table that was just not going to happen. I took our old hunter green rusted metal set and simply spray painted it, added a new umbrella and created a patio umbrella container which holds candles.
The striped pillows were a little splurge, we purchased those at Pier 1 Imports for $20 a piece but they are well worth it. The Paisley pillows were purchased on sale for $5.oo a piece at Target last year and I’ve been waiting for a place to use them.
I absolutely loved this blue Mediterranean inspired rug. I snagged it at Home Goods for $50.00. It is not an outdoor rug but it washes easily with the hose and dries within the day.
Hibiscus flowers are one of my summertime favorites. My husband enjoyed these as well. Seeing the enormous bright blooms everyday is so exciting and brought us all smiles.
I scored the two pieces of pottery at Hobby Lobby for under $30 for the two. They fairly large and bring a pop of color to the table.
The final two expenses were the BBQ grill and the Allen and Roth Gazebo both purchased at Lowes. I can’t talk highly enough about the Gazebo. We thought we would immediately need to drill it in to the concrete however it is so heavy this sucker doesn’t move. It is so nice to have shade in the afternoon.
The grill is amazing! It has literally changed my life Why? Because now my husband comes home and cooks dinner every night!!! Score. He’s a master griller, seriously and has agreed to give us all some tips later this week. Hopeully I’ll learn something too, I don’t even know how to turn on the grill.
Wait, scratch that I’ve got it made… not cooking dinner, ya know. But I’ll let you guys in on his tips.
The final touches that really add to this patio involve creating and ambiance. When you need ambiance bring in lights. We added 4 light sources…. the Allen and Roth Fire pit which also doubles as a table, citronella candles, a Patio Umbrella Light and lastly the Patio Sting Lights. At night we light up the patio and sit back and relax. We really do have a little slice of paradise in our own backyard now.
Where did all that money go?????
Patio Extension $1000
Plants (including plants added to flower beds) $80
Fire Pit $400
BBQ Grill $400
And I am sure I am missing some other small things. Phew it all adds up and quickly. But every single penny spent was well worth it. For two years this backyard and patio went un-used and now we are spending time outside everyday. And Jude , last week can sprint around as much as he want and I don’t have to chase him….
Looks amazing, I feel inspired to do something with our outdoor space before summer is over!
Thanks Anna, I need that compliment today more than you’ll ever know. The improvements have been life changing we can actually hang out and relax for once.
I am looking at Gazebo’s and I have looked at the one that you have. I just wanted to email you about your thoughts do you still like it?, etc. Please email me back.
Lesley @Chaotically Creative says
Yes we absolutely love it. We were worried because we did not bolt it to the concrete but even with Tornado winds it doesn’t budge. After an entire year of all types of weather there are no signs of any rust or damage. They also sell a fan that can be attached inside. I highly recommend this gazebo. Just be prepared it’s huge and putting it together takes several people.
Your backyard turned out beautiful!! I’m in the process of looking for a gazebo and came across the Allen + Roth one they have at lowes. I am wondering if yours is the same? It has so so reviews. I really love the look and feel of it when I saw it in the store and wanted to see if yours was the same they currier entry have. http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=493712-88211-L-GZ472PST-I&langId=-1&storeId=10151&productId=50030720&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1#BVRRWidgetID
Love the furniture too! I’m a first time home buyer and I absolutely love decorating my new home!!
Lesley @Chaotically Creative says
Hi Jessica, Yes we love the Allen and Roth Gazebo. We have it on the concrete slab and it is not bolted down. We have had several tornado like storms and it doesn’t even budge. The only thing about the gazebo is building it. It is a big project. One person can work on it some then some steps take two people. Lifting the roof on takes several people. (3 to 4) Otherwise we are 100% happy with it. Thanks for al the compliments 🙂
I should have read over my comment before I submitted. Oops! Currier entry = currently have.
I adore what you’ve created here! I would spend every moment I could underneath that gorgeous gazebo! 😉
Lesley @Chaotically Creative says
Thanks so much! I need to do a post update because I’ve added an awesome more durable rug.