Whoah... it's mid to late June? Stop it. I feel like I've been going CRAZY with projects lately... I don't know if it's the weather or the coffee I switched to, either way I love it. I think I'd mentioned before how we were fixing up our front deck, remember the bird feeders? Well I think we're done-ish! I took a breather to get some photos to share, and heads up - most things you see on the deck are projects you can do! Of course...heh..
Here's the best angle:
I also see making a new fountain in our future (on the left there)... but for now I love the sound.
The deck before was completely empty. It didn't make for very cozy hangouts, but now we're out here all the time. Here's a progress shot actually, from when we first got the patio set:
Here's the view when you first come up the stairs to the deck, from the driveway:
Isn't that tall plant awesome? It's an "Indian Rhubarb" but isn't edible. It's also called an umbrella plant, I love it. I had wanted it to be somewhere in the yard to get really large & in charge, but Debby the Destroyer (Our deer visitor) decided she loved it as well.
I scored that orange candle holder at the goodwill - 50 cents! It used to be black. I fixed that...
Here's what I decided to use for little tables. I had been hunting the thrift shops for something I could fix up, but nothing worked. Then at the craft shop one day I saw these crates on sale for $6 each.
Antique Colorful Crates I posted about a bit ago? Yep. Now I have some too.
The candle holder in the photo above was also a goodwill score. They were missing their glass, and completely covered in gross wax. Which is probably why no one took them home. They looked about the right size for some IKEA vases I already had, and I figured if they weren't the right size that finding a clear glass vase to fit couldn't be THAT hard, right? Well good thing I grabbed them. After freezing the wax off it was revealed that I had just paid $2 for a set of Pottery Barn lanterns. Sweet!
Upcycling thrift store salad bowls into succulent planters. Don't those tiles look like Cheez-its? Mmm...
Here's the view if you're standing on the blue rug, facing the front door (or what has become the front door). Yes I know, we need a new light fixture, but that's what that one on the floor is. Waiting to go up....wanna do it for me?
Pottery Barn candle score #2 and a few upcycled planters...
I think they ended up giving the patio a Moroccan feel, which was a total accident. These combined with the bright complementary colors and oops - we had a Moroccan style patio. I'll have to run with that in mind as I fine tune the details here and there. Toss in a little gold, you know the drill.
Oh, then these of course:
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So that's our patio! What outdoor projects have you been up to? I'd love to see them. The warm weather makes me want to be outdoors 24/7. I'm writing this from outside right now... plus this is our first year "in the mountains" which is really only 15 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. But wow, the weather is amazingly different. I was used to the fog rolling in at a moments notice, and hooded sweatshirts in July...not here. This is so different!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody, thanks for tourin' with me.
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