Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tackling the Back Patio

I finally have a reason to join up with Tackle It Tuesday over at 5 Minutes For Mom because *ahem* I actually tackled something recently. Ok, it was really a couple months ago, but I just now "tackled" writing the post - hey, that's 2 tackles in one - LOL!!! This is thrifty too {read along to see just how thrifty!}, so I'm linking up to Thrifty Thursday at The Purposeful Mom!

Right outside our back door is an area of the patio that would be good for sitting and enjoying being outside. So we put a bench there a long time ago. And then junk accumulated. And then dead leaves and weeds accumulated. And then spiders moved in. And it was not a nice place to sit. {And believe me, it looked worse than the pictures are able to show.} So we ignored it.

For a long time, I wanted to fix up this little spot and when I found out my dad was coming for a visit, it was the perfect time! I got my son to help and we pulled everything out and cleaned everywhere first. As far as deciding what to put in the area, I gave myself a rule - I was not allowed to purchase ANYTHING to put in the spot - not even a $1 thrift store item! I had to "shop" from my own stuff, even if it wasn't quite what I envisioned. {Let me tell you - it really helps you to be creative.}

We still had our old table and dirty plastic chairs sitting off to the side from before we bought a decent patio set, so I decided to use those to give us a place to sit. We cleaned them up and then I searched the house and my own donation boxes for items to use!

Aahhh - not a designer look and not all perfectly coordinated, but so much better than before! On the chairs, I used dish towels that I had stored because they don't match my kitchen. And the tablecloth combo is actually an old twin fitted sheet that had been stored and a shower curtain from a previous home! Kiddo and I got it done in time for my dad's visit and we sat out there several times to play games and eat.

The perfect spot for an afternoon game with my son and my dad! :) I'm so happy with how this tackle turned out, but more happy that I never even spent $1 on it!!

Have you tackled anything lately? Do you like to "shop" your own house when decorating?

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day friends!


  1. It looks great! You were very creative! Oh, and I love Sequence. :-)

  2. pati-e-i-e-i-o =]

    1. This is my hubs - if anybody is wondering - LOL! :)

  3. Looks so nice! I love how just tidying up and re-purposing can give something a fresh look :) Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday too, come back again!

  4. Very nice my friend. Nice and cozy.And what is this game Sequence? SOunds like something my boys would like. They love card/board games.

    Big I'll be expecting a post of some sort commemorating my allegiance to your blog as top commentator in the near future size hugs to you. OUCH! To many big words so early in the morning. Ha! Ha!

  5. That looks great my friend. Very cozy.

    Big you should write a post commemorating my allegiance to your blog as top commentator in a post real soon size hugs to you.

    To many big words in one post so early in the morning hurts the brain. OY!
    Love ya!

  6. I just saw that you are approving your posts and here I thought my first one probably didn't go through and I was actually trying to remember what I said and write it again. And then of course I felt the need to tell you that I just noticed that and here I am writing again. *sigh* I should get something for this. Ha! Ha!


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