Whew! This patio refresh easily came in under budget, and I love everything I picked up… but the weather was really not cooperating. When the rain finally stopped, I was under the wire to get it photographed to share. Then, it got so windy I couldn’t keep the tree dandruff off of everything. I think I must have swept no less than 437 times.
Oh sure, go ahead and laugh … that’s okay.
Our upper patio deck that sits off the sun room & kitchen, is the most accessible from the main level of the house, and the outdoor space I wanted to spruce up. Before I got to the fun part of ‘decorating” though, it needed to clean the winter off of it. Austin was a real help and he cleaned the deck chairs for me while I did that, and got our Hydrangea pots cleaned up. They live on the deck permanently since the Deer wouldn’t leave them alone otherwise.
Next, I freshened up some of my favorite galvanized containers with Million Bells & Bacopa! Both in purple.
This new tub got filled up with some too.
Just drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and they make great planters! They blend right in with my vintage galvanized metal pieces.
I wish you could have seen my Clematis a week ago, it was stunning! The rain really beat it up and the flowers are about spent. They sure were a treat while they lasted though.
(if you look through the deck railing, you’ll spy a peek of the new workshop)
I set up our Adirondack chairs to create a conversation style seating area. I needed a table for the center, and I came up with this quick solution. I popped my round wood topper [click here for the easy diy] on top of a vintage metal crate, and boom. Free & done. Jim and I like to hang out here on summer evenings when he gets home and I bring my breakfast out here on nice mornings.
The makeshift table is the perfect height for drinks & snacks.
I bought a set of the white ceramic planters from the garden department several weeks ago and didn’t end up planting in them. I realized I prefer them as serving pieces! I added a cute dish towel and piled up tortilla chips in it to test it out. Isn’t it too cute?
I like the raised dots around the edge. I bet it would look great with succulents in it too.
I ended up mimicking the general idea of the round table over on the other side of the deck, and created a buffet style serving table.
I used two freshly painted bar stools, and another pallet wood piece for the top. In addition to the frequent rain here in Oregon, being on the coast, the wind is also an issue. Either can come up on a whim, and I really don’t want to leave a lot of nice things out on my deck. These can shimmy right back in the house in two shakes when not in use.
You know I am all about versatile, and the bar stools pull triple duty acting as; extra seating, side tables, or when paired like this, become a table!
You might notice I wiggled a tray between the two bars tools. The wood handles rest perfectly on the rungs. When hosting guests, I can pop and bucket of iced sodas or beer on the tray and have extra serving space!
I had noooo idea when I bought this ceramic lantern last July for my coastal cottage bathroom makeover [click here], that I was going to use it so often. I don’t think I’ve put it away since. I even bought the smaller one to go with it when I picked out a few new items for this space. I did my paper bag planting trick because I don’t want it to be a permanent planter, though you can do that with them! Angie did, and they are super-cute. [you can see how here]
The little votive candle holders in the lanterns are filled with citronella tea light candles to help keep the bitey bugs away. The votive holders came in a 4 pack, with two aqua & two blue. I’ll use the blue ones to add a patriotic flavor to the lanterns later in the season. I’m telling you, I have gotten my monies worth out of these white metal lanterns too. I’ve got a great little collection of BHG stuff going that really works well together.
That’s it guys. If the weather holds, I’ll try to get a nighttime shot so you can see the lights I’ve got strung up too.
And don’t forget to the best part of today’s post…
!! The GIVEAWAY !!
It’s been awhile, and I’m super excited (really I am) that this time, I not only get to show you some of the great new stuff that Better Homes and Gardens has to spruce up your summer, but, that I get to give you a chance at not one, but TWO $100 Walmart giftcards. Just in time so you too, can freshen up your porch, patio or deck… stress free and on ME! (and BHG)
Disclosure: If you’ve visited before, you’ll already know I work in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens. And if you are new, now you know too! Every opinion I share about the BH&G Live Better line from Walmart is mine. And I’d like to think you know I wouldn’t be working with them, or sharing them with you, if I didn’t think the products were of good quality & value. Which I do! I’ve been super impressed with everything and I love that it’s all so budget friendly. Find my full disclosure policy here.
If you live in a small town like I do, like the convenience of shopping online, or can’t locate something in the store, you can find even more by shopping Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart online [click here].
You can visit the Better Homes & Gardens Live Better Network on:
Easy Click & Browse Shopping Sources For Your Convenience:
- Better Homes and Gardens Glass Edison String Lights, 10 Count [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens Color Rim 19 oz Tumbler, 6-Pack in “Teal” [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens Rustic Teal Swirl Melamine Dinner Plate, 6 pack [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens White Metal Lantern [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens 4 pc. Votive Holder [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens Aqua Ceramic Lantern, Large [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens Aqua Ceramic Lantern, Small [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens Serving Tray, Gray [click here]
Better Homes and Gardens Galvanized Steel Oval Party Tub with Wood Handles [click here]
- Better Homes and Gardens Flowers, in the Floral Department
Update: After getting lots of questions about what exact flowers I used in my big oval planter, I made a overly with them all listed for you!!