Tuesday, May 31, 2011

patio upgrade

Our patio has been driving me crazy for about the last two months. It is easily our favorite part of our apartment - but has unfortunately been in decor limbo since we moved in. This weekend I made a few changes that have me falling in love with this space all over again! It is certainly not finished, but we are very happy with the progress. Here is the before...


I hate fake flowers. Truly despise them. However, I dislike empty pots on my table anymore - hence why they have been there for the past month.



Not to be dramatic (because I never am) but this little corner made me want to throw up every time I saw it. Seriously, what is going on there?!


The patio transformation began as any good transformation should, with a can of spray paint. I knew the black table had potential - but the color needed to be changed first. So myself, a few sheets of sand paper, spray primer and Satin Strawflower Rust-Oleum spray paint went to work on that bad boy. A few hours later we ended up with this:



As for the large green candle seen in the first picture, it had unfortunately been damaged beyond repair during the move to San Diego. My sweet bosses at my previous position in Las Vegas had given it to me and I loved it - a 3 foot tall candle, what's not to love? However, the injuries sustained in the Uhaul made it unrepairable and I had to bid it farewell. The column, which I got a few years back from a Thrift Store for all of $8 was looking a little dull. Fortunately, it was nothing a little spray paint and a trip to the nursery for some lovely flowers couldn't fix. I also found this rough looking piece of wood under our deck...



...Which was perfect for a little sign to tie in the yellow of our new 'bench' with the rest of the patio. Here are our after pictures:





(Deep cleaning our deck is next on my to-do list...)




I had mentioned here that I want to update the table to a bright fun color - which I still may. My question to you is, should I paint the table to match the yellow of the bench? Should I do a different color to mix it up a little? Or should I simply change the fabric on the seats to a fun pattern that has a little yellow mixed in?

4 comments:

  1. I love all of the creative additions/transformations! I would change the chair seat fabric rather than painting the base of the table, but whatever you decide to do will be fabulous!

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  2. Maybe you could also make a cushion for the bench out of the same fabric!

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  3. I agree! Change the fabric! The Bench looks amazing and would pop with matching pillows :)

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  4. I will do exactly that! I only wish guys two were here to come fabric shopping with me!!!!

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