DIY Recycled Brick Patio & Walkway Tutorial

What DIY project has taken us all summer long to complete? [Not a valid template]Our DIY recycled brick patio and walkway under the grape arbor/gazebo is finally done! A true labor of DIY lovin’. ::high fives all around!::

Because of the large volume of pictures from start to finish (it took me days to organize and edit the MONTHS worth of photos), I put together a slide show of the progress from uncovering the brick on our property to putting it to good use by creating a walkway and patio under our grape arbor and gazebo. Now not only can we enjoy our backyard patio for dining al fresco, the covered barn patio for entertaining, we now this quiet beautiful private little space too. That’s where you’ll find me on pretty days. Just wait until next year when I can add some fun DIY decorative accents! 

I love the herringbone pattern and that we were able to use bricks we already had on hand. It’s such a good feeling and the fact that it’s old and not new? Loooove that the most! It looks as if it’s been here at least half a century and fits with the age of our old home.  recycled brick patio and walkway tutorial

See the entire grape arbor gazebo before and after reveal here!

It may have taken all summer but Mr. DIY did an awesome job at repurposing all of that brick to create a gorgeous recycled brick patio and walkway, didn’t he? What do you think? Love it? Not your style? We’d love to know your thoughts. 

Covered Patio Transformation

When we bought our home, the lower area of our bank barn was junky and scary.

Before – previous owner’s things. It’s dark, scary, spidery and a little dangerous with broken glass. Old picture…sorry about the tiny size.

barn-before

I shared some photos in our summer home tour but I wanted to share some true before along side the after pictures. 

After – paneled wall, a LOT of paint and a concrete patio. 

barn patio  

The transformation in pictures:

Yikes!

New Back Wall

The harvest table looked liked this before and was actually nailed to the back wall…we gave it a makeover too.

New Concrete Patio
 
Russ tries out the paint sprayer

Now:

barn party patio

On the far wall, two old barrels topped with a door serves as a buffet table near the electrical outlet…great for serving and keeping crockpots and slow cookers warm. 

barn patio makeover

Doesn’t the harvest table look 100% better with a paint job? The bench was ‘rescued’ too. 

party patio

A framed chalkboard gets a new message with each party. Birthdays, graduations, etc. The tire planter is on the wall when we entertain but gets moved to the sun/rain otherwise. My giant painted puzzle playmat serves as wall art. 

outdoor entertaining

Wicker furniture is all from estate and yard sales – just a fresh coat of spray paint. 

outdoor living

I still need to get two outdoor pendants/lighting. I’d love to stain/paint the concrete. I also have plans for moving things around and building a ‘bar’ type area. But for now, it’s perfect for parties and sometimes I come down here for some quiet time too. 

red and turquoise patio

It’s a fun area for hosting cookouts since it opens up into our huge back yard with plenty of room for volley ball, badminton, corn hole and a fire pit. 

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff Wall art….

Painted Foam Playmat

Games…

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

 

Patio Season {small updates}

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!

patio update

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:

house-before

A few years ago, we installed a concrete patio

concrete-before-after

but we never replaced the siding where the old ramps were located. (I also address the dirty concrete. Keep reading!)

missing-siding

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.

j-channel

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.

installing-vinyl-siding

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.

before-after-siding-fix

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!

scrubbing-patio

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.

patio-accessory-update

Some new things available at Lowe’s:

Outdoor area rug defines the cozy seating area…

patio-makeover

Love this umbrella candelabra (misted with Rustoleum’s “Lagoon” spray paint to match other accents) and beautiful fat hanging flower baskets…

umbrella-candle-holder

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)…

firepit

 

Cutest decorative owl candle holder…

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!

patio-before-after

 

BEFORE

patio-before

AFTER

patio-makeover

More pics…

patio-flowers

cocorosie

 

patio-makeover

patio-makeover

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:

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Patio Swing Makeover:

how to add curtains to a patio swing

 

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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. 

DIY Project Parade and 13 Outdoor DIY Highlights

It’s time for the DIY Project Parade! My favorite time of the week for sharing DIY home improvement and decorating projects, visiting friends, sharing ideas.

I have to tell you – I had the most amazing week meeting so many of my DIY blog {and non blogger} friends at the Haven Conference. I was seriously so star struck. Blog. Friends. In real life!  We’ve virtually visited each others’ homes, shared and laughed and cried and seeing friends in person and hearing their voice (instead of their words in my own reading voice in my head) was truly a special treat. I even made new friends! The Haven team did an awesome job coordinating a super fun and interactive event. More on that and pictures as soon as I’m back home and caught up. I’m blogging from Atlanta, “ya’ll”. 😉 Oh, oh, oh! And guess who won $1000 worth of Purdy paint supplies AND a Home Depot garden crate gift basket full of goodies? Yep…this girl! Woo hoo!

Back on topic: Last week you shared your creativity. I’d highlight everyone if I could but you’ll have to visit the 6/17 DIY linky party for the complete list of links. Here are just a few amazing outdoor related projects that made me gasp with DIY delight {which goes something like this…”OMGosh! I’m so doing that! Why didn’t I think of that? I want that!” ::pin:: ::pin:: ::pin::}…

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Dawn from Creative Cain Cabin invited us to her welcoming, relaxing front porch for a little lemonade and some oohing and aahing over her beautiful outdoor retreat.

cottage front porch

Northern Cottage inspired us to take a break from the indoor projects and to get some fresh air outdoors and dig in with her beautiful DIY potting table

diy cottage potting table

{wouldn’t that look perfect here on our barn patio?! yes, i think so! useful + pretty!}

*SNEAK PEEK ALERT*

white cottage barn

Last year, our patio looked so pretty and fresh:

This year not so much (it looks like someone pulled out the patio furniture and walked away so far…oh, that’s exactly the situation).

BUT Kelly’s patio reveal at Eclectically Vintage is motivation to go out, fluff some pillows, move around some patio furniture and get the patio all primped and ready for summer. I’m the only one who hasn’t done that yet, aren’t I? I love her mix of eclectic and vintage (hmmm, where have I heard those two descriptions used together before? 2 happy words.)

eclectic vintage patio reveal

Keeping with the outdoor theme, Kelly’s DIY stamped garden markers (must see her clever garden container!) are super sweet…

diy stamped spoon garden marker

Marji at Ashbee Design has this amazing daisy ladder in a corner on her porch and holy cow! It’s something we all need! Looks DIY-easy enough and it’s another way fun way to decorate seasonally! Love it! Must check back to see what she does for the 4th of July with it!

diy daisy ladder

Okay, last week I shared a look at my DIY garden sign

summer decor

and last week, Shelley from Sew & Dipity shares the DIY garden sign jackpot with so many great ideas, inspiration and quote suggestions… for indoors or out!

diy garden signs

Did you have a chance to stroll through Cathy’s front yard, i.e. cottage garden? It’s a story-book fairy-tale dream-come-true at My 1929 Charmer in the summer time. It’s beautiful…

cottage garden

Outdoor umbrella getting a little tired? You won’t believe the umbrella transformation by Katie at Creatively Living…genius!

painting outdoor umbrella Speaking of genius DIY’ers, Peggy at Pig Logs and ‘tater Berries shares how a tomato cage turned into a beautiful outdoor cage chandelier. It’s a beautiful makeover story…

diy cage chandelier

YOU CAN DO THIS! Addicted 2 Home Decor makes repurposing an old lamp base into a beautiful DIY bird bath look super easy! So creative!

diy bird bath

Summer get-togethers are so much fun, even a party for two. Have you seen the gorgeous DIY outdoor mini bar and entire patio from Barb at Turtles and Tails? This girl knows how to entertain!

DIY outdoor mini bar

My blog friend, Daune from Cottage in the Oaks has my favorite summertime porch this year. Inspiring and full of charm. I know you’ll do a double take. I thought it was an inspiring photo straight from a Pottery Barn catalog. So much summer decorating goodness…

summer front porch Melissa from Daisy Mae Bell has a back yard that you won’t want to leave. Ever. In fact, I might head over there and camp for the summer. It’s amazing!

back yard makeover

Have you been working outdoors or indoors? Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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DIY painted foam playmat becomes wall art

The long weekend here means catching up on some little projects that kept getting put off. Remember when I painted a foam playmat, thinking it’d be a great kitchen/cooking mat?

before…

painted playmat tutorial, DIY kitchen mat, Gorilla tape

after…

{painted foam playmat tutorial}

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It looks great there, doesn’t it?

DIY, tutorial, painted floor mat

It really does. But, Mr. DIY is the cook and he’s not always neat, if you know what I mean. Food flies everywhere.  And you guys – it was just so pretty. I’ve never painted anything so large that came out so well and I just couldn’t let it get covered with food and smashed down by grown up weight and feet and ruined. I’m so proud of that painted playmat. I’ll make another for this area with a farmhouse theme, I promise.

In the meantime, we have this huge blank wall at the barn patio…

barn patio makeover

Know where I’m going with this? It can be affordable huge DIY wall art too and looks awesome here…

barn patio after

and just for fun, here is what this covered barn area looked like when we bought our house…

and now…

painted foam playmat

And there will be more projects here on this covered patio area {with better lighting and pictures} as I update this space. It’s great for entertaining: cook outs, picnics and bon fires. It’s a cozy comfortable place to relax and get away from the house too, to curl up with a good book with some privacy, even in the rain.

I love the way the playmat fills up the huge empty wall. What do you think?

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Spring Time Porch Primping

Spring is the season to freshen up the porch! Meet: Amy from

The Blissful Bee blog

Amy is a very new blogger (welcome to blogging, Amy!!!) who has a strong passion for creativity and a real talent for stunning decorating. I’m just sharing one part of her gorgeous home…how her porch went from blah to beautiful!

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