I love that the weather is warming up! We have a patio off of the back of the house which we utilize as an outdoor room in the spring, summer and fall. We spend a lot of time in this space, weather permitting. It’s not a pretty sight by the time winter ends. Blah! The Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge this month is outdoor mini-makeovers. Perfect timing!
Trip down memory lane: When we purchased this house, we installed two sets of French doors. There were concrete sidewalks with ramps to the old ‘single’ doors. When we bought the house:
A few years ago, we installed a concrete patio…
but we never replaced the siding where the old ramps were located. (I also address the dirty concrete. Keep reading!)
I headed to Lowe’s with iphone pictures and measurements. The Lowe’s associates were super helpful in directing me to the siding supplies, advising what I’d need: a “J-channel” to match up/attach the vinyl siding. They even provided tin snips and a tape measure so I could cut it to fit in my vehicle.
Installing the J-channels was easy, just nail into place. Then we just a close-matching piece of vinyl siding (“heather”, also available at Lowe’s) and snapped it into place.
Finally! No more embarrassing eye sore of missing siding…it’s those little things that really bother the home owner more than anyone else, ya know and one that is so surprisingly easy and cheap, I’m wondering why we put it off. Hopefully with some age, it will blend in even better.
I moved all of the furniture and gave the concrete a good scrubbing (water + Krud Kutter). It cleaned off the surface dirt and mildew but not rust or grease. However, it looks a much brighter!
I used spray paint to freshen up some existing decorative accents, planters and a ‘grill cart’ and added some colorful flowers to planters and window boxes.
Some new things available at Lowe’s:
Outdoor area rug defines the cozy seating area…
Love this umbrella candelabra (misted with Rustoleum’s “Lagoon” spray paint to match other accents) and beautiful fat hanging flower baskets…
The sun sets on the other side of the house. Sometimes evenings are chilly. This wood burning firepit is perfect for a little heat (and roasting marshmallows)…
Cutest decorative owl candle holder…
When it’s warm and not raining, I start my day with a cup of tea here. When we entertain small groups and it’s warm, this is the party location…lots of family dinners/cookouts and since it’s right off the kitchen, hosting and clean up are super convenient. It’s also where we enter the house. Now it’s visitor-worthy, pretty and relaxing. C’mon over!
Next up for this space:
- rearranging some of the furniture another time or two
- pallet herb garden
- canopied swing bling
- patio pet bed
- raised flower bed
- grape arbor/gazebo path/patio is on the DIY list again (maybe this year?!)
Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden:
Sharing at Project Inspired.
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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for a mini outdoor makeover challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own.
Wow! I love your space. I had no idea about the Krud Kutter! I have some areas that could use that! Thanks for sharing!
This looks awesome! If I had some kid of patio out back, I would use this as inspiration 🙂
Looks fantastic! I love the way you placed little decorations in the window box. I spent about 5 hours the other day scrubbing down our screened in porch or should I call it pollen city?? Going to enjoy it while I can before it gets tooooo hot!
Looks great! The cleaner did a great job. I’ve been looking for something like that. Pressure washing alone isn’t getting the job done. Thanks!
Love the touches of blue! And adding decorations to a window box was a great idea! So pretty!
I’m inspired! I can’t wait to tackle my back patio. It’s been a long winter here in Canada (our forecast for this evening calls for more snow) and I’m itching to spend time outside.
Everything looks so pretty, Roeshel ~ definitely ready for spring/summer entertaining. 🙂
Wondering where you purchased the canopied swing. It is pretty awesome.
Hi Maureen, we purchased the swing in 2008 – it’s called the “Hampton Bay Sonoma Swing” but I just did a Google search and don’t see it for sale anywhere. 🙁
Very nice and inviting. Did the swing come from Lowe’s? I’ve never seen one like that and I like the style.
Thanks, Francesca. we purchased the swing in 2008 – it’s called the “Hampton Bay Sonoma Swing” but I just did a Google search and don’t see it for sale anywhere. 🙁
It looks gorgeous and I love the accents of turquoise that you brought in. I used the same pots from lowes, but in a smaller size, for my outdoor makeover project. What a change from the before. xo Jenna
Thanks, Jenna! I love your project…so pretty! Great way to give a plain space a “wow” factor!
Everything is so beautiful. I love it. I am jealous too… but happy for you.
And I am in FLA and I have not done such… I am ashamed. I just worked yesterday and today.. well today from 8 AM till 5:35 PM in my front yard. I had to mow before the rain and then I HAND edged my entire driveway and both sidewalks. I am in severe pain from it and I am embarrassed to say that it only looks normal now. It is hard for me to do everything myself. I am saving this for my inspiration.
Looks great. Love the blue accent pieces! And a patio pet bed? Looks like your pup already found one. Lol.
So cozy and comfortable Roeshel. We have the same leaf blower 🙂
Hopefully you get some sun so that you can start enjoying all your hard work.
Love the accent color! I have a patio that needs some help…thanks for the inspiration! ~Sonya
Looks great! I love the firepit and blue accents. can’t wait to start getting our deck ready for summer!!
You have a very patio and it’s amazing what changing the furniture arragement did to the space. It looks very welcoming with the colour accents.
I love the door wreaths, what are they? I’m in Butler county also. The weather has been so wacky lately that as soon as I start thinking about sprucing up the patio, it gets cold again! I’ll have to try the Krud Kutter. There’s a strange mold/algae growing out there that is tough to scrub out of the concrete.
Hi Sue! Awesome to “e-meet” you! So rare and so cool – a local friend! The door wreaths are some sort of fake grass on a grapevine type base (purchased on clearance – since I needed 4 – at Jo-Ann’s a few years ago). And the Krud Kutter did clean up the algae with some scrubbing (and a stronger dose than directed). Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!
I love that a little re-arranging, cleaning, and a few new items can really spruce up a place! Love your mini patio makeover!
I love the owl. Did you get that recently?
Yes! I got it a few weeks ago at Lowe’s in the garden/ornament section (they didn’t have very many though…or they sold out fast). Good luck!
Just ordered it online… Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’m so glad you found it! I looked for a link online but didn’t see it come up in my search but I did think of you while I was there today (even looked and saw they restocked)!
Georgous mini makeover Roeshel! Your outdoor space is so beautiful and looks so inviting! I love the pops of blue in the pillows and your potted flowers are beautiful too! THanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired! I featured you today here ! http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/05/12-beautiful-and-creative-ways-to.html Hope to see you at tonight’s party at 8 pm EST! Have a wonderful week! Heather
That’s one heck of an outdoor transformation, well done! A little tip: a little masonry caulk between your patio slab and your foundation can go a long way in keeping water away from your foundation.
Live your pics! What is the name of the patio furniture (not the swing) please? Hampton Bay, which set?
Thanks, Melissa! I apologize – I have no idea as it’s several (5+ years) old. I do remember it’s two different sets (conversational and dining) from The Home Depot. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful.