My friends at RYOBI Outdoor are sponsoring our Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge this month! A huge thanks to them for partnering with Thrift Diving to make this happen!
I should totally be embarrassed to show you my outdoors.
But I’m not!
You have seen equally shocking “BEFORE” pictures here on the blog: crumbs littering the rugs…smushed cushions on my family room sofa…piles of laundry in disarray in my laundry room…and a stinky avocado-green toilet in my kids’ bathroom that smell worse than a bathroom at a truck stop on a summer’s day….
You’ve seen it all, my friends!
And my outdoor patio and backyard are no exception! LOL
It’s bad…really bad.
That’s why I’m super stoked to tell you guys that the 30-Day Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge has officially started!
Just have a look at my sad little patio and outdoor area!
Don’t get me wrong–I’m super grateful (at times) to even have an outdoor space.
(Although, I’m not going to lie–sometimes I’m attracted to the idea of apartment and smaller condo-living because I’ve always let outdoor maintenance stress me out! It feels absolutely overwhelming, and I’m at fault.
Think of it like the inside of your house–if you neglect to fold your laundry until the end of the month, what in the world do you think it’s going to be like when you attempt to fold heaps and heaps of clothing?!
That’s kind of how I’ve approached my patio–forget about it until you need to think about it, and then blame the yard for your lack of maintenance. LOL
But summer is here, my friends! And I’m tired of my patio and outdoor space being this forgotten part of our home. I spend so much time trying to improve the inside that the outdoors usually gets treated like the ugly stepchild. LOL
I’m not a social butterfly by any means, but I would love to invite a few friends over and grill out. Or sip cold beers. Or just get eaten by mosquitos together while we shoot the @&!$.
All of that sounds lovely, doesn’t it? The perfect summer!
Well, it’s time to turn things around.
If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that at least once or twice a year I do a Room Makeover Challenge where me and a bunch of readers all tackle a room together. Then we post all of our BEFORE and AFTERS for the world to see.For July, I’ll be tackling my patio for my 30-Day Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge, and I am challenging YOU to sign up to do it with me!
For July, I decided that the outdoors would be prime location. We’re tackling patios, decks, and outdoor spaces for my 30-Day Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge, and I am challenging YOU to sign up to do it with me!
Remember I was telling you guys recently that I went down to South Carolina to shoot some videos with the RYOBI Outdoor team?
If you recall, the patio we worked on while in South Carolina was in bad shape:
I kept joking (wink, wink, although I was 100% serious) to the team that they should have flown to my house to make over my patio for the challenge! LOL
But anyhow, the patio we did turned out amazing!
We filmed the whole thing and included some tips that we’ll be unrolling throughout the challenge for you!
I couldn’t wait to get back home so that I could start my own makeover, because it’s in such desperate need for some love.
And for July, I’m givin’ it all the love I’ve got! LOL
Here’s what I’ve got up my sleeve…. I can’t wait to see what your goals are, too!
GOAL #1 Create a Walk Way
I’ve always hated stepping out from my back porch, needing to walk across the slimy grass to get to the patio!
This is what it looks like from the steps to the patio.
Usually, you can find me teeter-tottering on the brick edging, trying not to step in the grass with bare feet! LOL
Considering we have 10M stray cats around this neighborhood, you never know if you’ll step in a nasty surprise. ICK!
GOAL #2: Paint the Flower Box and Wizard of Oz Door!
If you squint your eyes, you might just think I’ve got some plants in the planter on top of my “Wizard of Oz” basement door.
Sorry, dude, those are weeds!!
My weeding activities have been at an all-time low, and….ummm….the weeds are starting to full like I bought them from the garden section at The Home Depot. HA!
I’m going to paint it a pretty color that will compliment the red mulch that will go down–maybe do something with stencils!
That basement door is so ugly, so I may try to get creative and see if I can make that pretty, too!!
GOAL #3: Deep Clean the Patio
You never know how gunky your patio is until you pull back the rug and see the real color underneath! LOL
I’m going to pressure washer it this week, and I can’t wait to see the after.
There’s something oddly satisfying about removing gunk with a pressure washer! If you’ve ever done it, you know what I mean! LOL
If you need some help understanding how to use a pressure washer, you can watch this video that we filmed during the patio makeover in South Carolina!
I love how it turned out! (But it does make me wish I were 15 pounds lighter…but that’s another post for another day. LOL).
I’ll also be pressure washing the small stone porch.
Thankfully, the exterior door that I replaced last season still looks good!
Remember my custom painted Welcome mat?? LOL
The bad news: it’s filthy.
The good news: the spray paint hasn’t chipped! WOO HOO! Lil’ bit of soap and water, it will be good as new.
GOAL #4: Mulch the Crap Out of My Yard!
I bought 15 bags of mulch yesterday but man…all the spaces I need mulch, I think I may need another 15 bags–or even a truckload!
It’s become so threadbare that the weed fabric is showing. HA! It obviously didn’t work well since there are numerous weeds growing up. I’ll use 4 bags of mulch alone just around this tree!
GOAL #5: Shutters and Lighting!
The back of this house needs something. Decorative shutters? Wall art? Maybe something to frame the windows and to create some nice lighting out here.
And daggonit, I have no idea what kind of wire has been hanging off the back of our house for the past 6 years (cable wire??) but we no longer have cable and that’s gotta go!
GOAL #6: Create a Pretty Walkway
I absolutely love the pea gravel. We used it to create a walkway and accent area for this home in South Carolina and it was so easy to do: just dig out the area, remove the grass, lay some weed-preventing cloth, add some flagstone and–BOOM!–a new walkway and accents!
That’s sort of what I envision for this area beside our home that leaves from the backyard to the front.
It’s in pretty bad shape–full of weeds everywhere! If I create a nice path, I can pull up the existing stones after pressure washing them, and set them in the pea gravel like we did for the South Carolina house! I’m excited to see what this could look like!
And just imagine pretty flowers in the window!
GOAL #7: New Seating: My Table Is Ruined!
I’m sorry to tell you guys that the pretty dumpster patio table I painted three times once again chipped!
And it was totally my fault because I covered it up with plastic and I trapped moisture inside, which caused the paint to chip.
Soooo…..I’ve decided that I’m going to find other furniture for this patio.
Something that will not need painting! LOL
I’m considering building some simple cedar furniture or finding some thrifted stuff.
The problem is that we have those 10M neighborhood stray cats and they tend to sit on the chairs, leaving their yucky cat hair behind. I’d like something that can be quickly sprayed off, like nice plastic Adirondack chairs with an outdoor coffee table to gather around them.
Anyhow, I’m sure I will come up with some other fun ideas for this space during the challenge!
My best ideas are ones that come up while I’m in the midst of a makeover!
GOAL #8: To Have a Party With Friends and Family!
The ultimate end goal is to create more living space for my family outside for entertaining! I’d love to have a cookout with friends, and have them admire what I’ve created. Sooo….I better get started figuring out how to create a nice backyard oasis, right?
Summer’s just getting started and instead of being embarrassed about our patios and outdoor spaces, we should totally take the next 30 days to renovate and make it look amazing!
Are you guys ready to join me??
Click the big pink button below to join! If you don’t already have a RYOBI Landscapes account, go ahead and create one (it’s free), then upload your BEFORE pictures to your account.
Next week, I’ll be following up with you to show you my progress and to share videos and tips with you! 🙂
So tell me….do you think I’m a little overzealous with this makeover? LOL. What things do you want to change about your outdoors?
Leave a comment and share your outdoor goals, too!