With the help of church (they own our home) and very talented and generous friends who did the work at cost, we embarked on a patio project! We are blessed with an amazing view and yard, but our patio just was not cutting it as an outdoor living space. It was pavers laid with tiny rocks in between that hurt our barefoot family’s feet whenever we walked outside. And, the weeds were out of control!
Here are a couple angles of the before. Excuse the stuff piled up on the existing patio. The grass had just been mowed and we were marking out the size of the new patio.
Here is the after! Wow, what a difference. There’s an awesome firepit and plenty of space for outdoor dining and entertaining.
But as you can tell that was quite a hodge podge. We had acquired some picnic tables and other outdoor furniture, but we hadn’t done anything to make the space welcoming and warm. This spring, we finally did that. It was a family effort. There was painting, planting, furniture moving and even a little shopping.
We let the kids pick the plan for their picnic table. They wanted a light blue table with grass, clouds, and a sun so that’s what they got. This sure stretched my artistic abilities!
We painted the big picnic table, and a kind woman from church sewed cushions for it with the fabric we picked. We also painted the smaller glass table and got some new chairs and umbrella. Hubby made a stand for some of the plants out of leftover pallets from the patio pavers.
(Excuse the remains of our erosion project in front there. I didn’t realize it was still there when I took pictures – oops).
The fence is new and hasn’t been put in all the way. We also have mammoth sunflowers that are coming up in that bed to break up that big piece of house on that side. The rest of that bed is filled with fennel that has taken over. The kids just eat it as snack when they are playing outside – ha!
Overall, I love, love, love it! It’s by no means 100% finished. We’ll be working on pieces here and there always it seems, but it is now a warm, welcoming place to entertain!
And entertain we did. We had a few families over to celebrate my 30th birthday, and everyone had a blast! I look forward to getting a lot of use out of this space all summer long. As it is, we already eat dinner out there more nights than not!