We’ve been working away at the inside of our house over the past couple years, but I’ve been dying to get to the backyard. I love spending time outside and would love to be able to entertain a little out there during the summer months.
When we bought our house the back yard was completely bare, other than the deck and surrounding fences…and it probably won’t change a whole lot since our recent conversations have us talking about moving somewhere with more property. Anyways that’s a whole other blog post. There’s also a small covered deck area off our kitchen/dining room. I love this space because since it’s covered we can BBQ all year and in any kind of weather. I always thought it had so much potential to be a cozy sitting area. The first year we lived here I stuck a little bistro set out there but it never got used and then one chair got crushed while Steele stood on it to kill a ginormous spider…(I hate spiders…so I couldn’t get mad).
So what sparked this little project?
A chair. A chair I found at a garage sale for $10. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect and it got me thinking…ok I have this chair, lets see what else I can find either used or on sale to affordably complete this makeover. I’m always up for a thrifting/garage sale project! I had the chair, I had the bistro set that didn’t fit into my vision and one of the chairs was broken BUT I knew I could spray the table and I remembered I had two really cute wooden chairs I could spray too. I sprayed both chairs and the table with black Rustoleum spray paint in a satin finish. The black totally changed the look and fit perfectly with the style I was going for, it’s amazing what a couple cans of $8 spray paint can do. I would love to find a used love seat or eventually splurge and get a new sectional for out there but for now this is all we need!
Next I wanted to make the space more inviting and cozy, so I went on the hunt for an outdoor rug and found one at Urban Barn on sale for $35. The area rug really pulled the space together and it’s so much nicer to walk and sit on than the wood. I added in some cute outdoor throw pillows I found at Canadian Tire…that just so happened to be on sale (I think they came to $20 for both) I LOVE throw pillows…I could literally buy 5 new ones every time I stepped foot in Home Sense! The thing I love about decorative pillows is how they can quickly and affordably change the look of a space…for example, if you love blue don’t paint your walls blue, add blue pillows…because you might not always love the colour blue and painting is a whole lot more work and $ than replacing a few pillows!
I’ve been obsessed with plants lately, which is funny because up until about 6 months ago I pretty much killed every single plant I ever owned. Lately I’ve been a frequent shopper at a couple of our local green houses and I’ve been slowly filling each room in the house with greenery…and successfully keeping them alive if you can believe it! My mother-in-law has a green thumb and can raise plants from the dead, so I always like to proudly point out that I’ve kept my plant babies alive whenever she’s over…because when I started bringing home all these plants I could see concern in her eyes…for those poor plants survival . So there’s nothing quite like getting a verbal pat on the back from her when she tells me how proud of me she is for keeping them alive so far.
Now that I’ve got the hang of keeping things alive…other than my baby…I decided I wanted to add a whole whack load of plants in this space too. I got a little shelf from my dad, it had a decorative piece at the top that I wasn’t a huge fan of (too country), so I hacked it off (you’d never know) and now it’s the perfect piece to house all my newest plants. I also found a small square table at a flea market for $10. I sprayed it black too…I loved the original stained wood but it didn’t match the chair…it’s great as a plant stand and for setting my coffee or tea on.
The majority of the plant pots are terra cotta and are from Dollarama, some are from plants that didn’t make it (that was prior to my green thumb abilities). Any other ones are from my two favourite local plant stops, Anna’s Flowers and Colisanti’s Tropical Gardens. I’ve also got a few pots from thrift stores and flea markets set aside for future plants.
The lights I strung are indoor/outdoor globe lights (similar). I did a little research on how to hang them using the siding (without making a hole), and found these perfect siding hooks off Amazon. The lights provide the perfect ambiance while I’m sitting out there at night. With a tea. Alone.
I’ve been looking for something to put on the end wall and came across a wall hanging from Home Sense (only $12!!). I’ve also been super into wall hangings, I love how they bring in beautiful texture to a space and are different than a print.
We love this little space! I’m really happy with how everything turned out and most of the things I used in the makeover were things I already had or were thrift finds! I think I spent the most on the plants and the most expensive one I got was $15. We’ve spent more time outside on this section of deck this past month than we have the whole almost 3 years we’ve lived here. We also placed Cici’s water tables and kiddie pool in this area at the bottom of the stairs. She LOVES water and spends so much time out here playing and it’s great because it’s shaded for most of the day.
I hope this post motivated you to start a little project you’ve been putting off. Go for it! No matter how big or small you won’t regret getting more use out of little forgotten spaces in your home after you’ve done a little face lift.
Happy Hump Day, thanks so much for stopping by! xo