I rarely entertain. I’ve never been much of a hostess. I suck at it, actually. It requires a certain amount of “pretty spaces” so you’re not embarrassed about your house when people come over. And you also need to be organized and prepared.
Well, I can’t do anything about the “organized” part, but I definitely can do something about the “pretty” part!
We have a big backyard with a patio, but would you invite someone over if your patio looked like this? Hardly!
Dirty, dark, and dingy.
But after this week, here’s what it looks like now!
AFTER: A Pretty Patio Makeover!
Doesn’t even look like the same patio, does it?! It looks great!
(Minus my neighbor’s NO TRESPASSING sign, that is…).
This table used to be so pretty (I hand-painted pretty flowers on it after finding it next to a dumpster).
But the dark shaded tree that we just cut down caused mold and moisture that would never dry. And the whole table was ruined. *sob sob*
I wanted it to be pretty again, along with the whole patio and be a place where we could entertain and just relax outside as a family.
So I planned some outdoor improvements. But I also wanted some yummy-smelling candles to light up in the new space.
I bought two of the Pumpkin Apple Harvest, which is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a pinch of brown sugar. I love scents that remind me of the fall season, don’t you?! It’s one of my favorite seasons!
(Just be sure not to put them in kids’ rooms, and to always follow instructions on using the candles very carefully!).
I wanted to repaint my table in a soothing teal color, so I chose Quiet Teal exterior paint for the table and the door.
I wanted to create a small little insert in the middle of the table with the candles.
I tried to get the kids to help, but you can see how enthusiastic they were about candle crafts…. HA!
Anyhow, I wrapped them in jute around the neck (securing with hot glue).
Then I pulled the jute through the middle a few times.
I wanted to add some fall leaves around the candles, so I used this old wreath I had gotten last year from the thrift store and pulled out some of the leaves and stuffed them down in the middle of the table’s hole.
Hard to believe this is the same table! And look at that rug! ICK!!! Thank God for pressure washers……
It turned out great! I love the little “fall feel” the candle centerpiece gives!
I think I may do a stencil on the table later, but for now, I just love the simple, fresh color of the turquoise. Ahhhh….soothing…
I think the door turned out nice, too! It matches the table. I plan to stencil some fun wording on the bottom!
The lighting will be getting upgraded, too.
(See the painted Welcome mat HERE).
This is what the patio looked like as we were getting that intrusive tree cut down, which caused this space to be moist, molding, and always gross.
I can’t wait to sit back here and have friends over!!! I still have more work to do (surprise, surprise), but this patio is clean now, with great scented candles to set the ambiance!
My family came up over the weekend and we grilled out.
(P.S. I couldn’t wait to show off my new FRED SANFORD “junk” tee shirt for them! They’re an exclusive of this blog and you can only buy them HERE).
It was nice to finally have a place to chill, guys!!!
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