It’s been so quiet over here lately! I am alive, just here less for the time being. June was wild for us, as i know it was for everyone else too. Weddings, trips, graduations, graduation parties – all fun stuff, but all stuff that takes time out of the regularly scheduled programming. July is looking like it will be much slower for us, and I’m pretty excited for that.
When we came across this house on the market, I saw it once in the daytime with our realtor and that evening our she met us over after work so Parker could see it in person. We put in an offer that night. We for sure missed some important details in the house. I was so fixated on that living room ceiling that I didn’t notice much else. One detail we missed (but ended up in our favor) was the back patio. We never even acknowledged it when we looked at the house and I do not understand how. That patio is the best thing about this house we’ve now decided. We are out there every single evening after work to relax. We eat out there a lot, hang out there with friends, basically we are out there any chance we can get. We’re loving it.
(before photos from real estate listing)
I think one reason for not realizing its potential is because it was vacant. It just needed to be zhooshed and a zhoosh up is what it got thanks to Wayfair.
When we painted the exterior, we painted the patio ground as well. We went with a floor paint with “gripper” texture, and if I were to do it again I would go a bit darker with the color. The patio is a high traffic area since we use it so much, and because the paint color is so light, we (he) has been washing it off about once a week. I think if the color were a bit darker it would hide some of the dirt and we could wash off maybe once a month during the high traffic months.
Really this whole “patio makeover” started when Parker’s parents came to visit right after we moved in. They gifted us a Green Egg as a housewarming gift (so thoughtful and generous, right!!) and we were looking into one of the tables that Green Egg makes for their grills. The table was pretty deep and was going to go against the far right wall in the above picture. That got me thinking about the best flow for the space, and I decided that since we weren’t going with an outdoor dining table that we could use extra seating. Bar seating……………………… i mean why the heck not?????? Let’s make a bar. I asked my talented wood/metal guy to come over and quote the project (same guy that did the shelves in the kitchen) and he quoted around $500 to build the bar. I told him we were going to tile the entire bar and have a butcher block top, so that the wood for the bar could be plywood to keep costs down.
The build of the bar is pretty basic. There’s a hole on the bar top so that the green egg can fit inside. Justin left a toe-kick on the sides, but we ended up tiling all the way down (easier option for nervous tilers). OH, I do remember saying way back when after finishing the guest bath that we (he) would NEVER tile again. Never ever. Well, this time we got an assembly line going (last time I wasn’t involved) and it went MUCH smoother this time. Parker did all of the tile cutting and I laid them (despite him laying in that photo above). I wanted a patterned cement tile for a p – o – p out there and I’m so happy with this tile from Wayfair.
Side note – those barstools are too short. I was thinking they were 30″ but they’re around 24″, so we are swapping them out but I thought they were okay to photograph! I do love them though! They swivel!
Parker was actually the one that suggested changing out the lighting. (He doesn’t typically have too many opinions for projects around here, when he does throw out an idea, it’s usually one for functionality purposes, which I neglect sometimes.) I really love those sconces though. The price was right and the pop of black is really nice.
(We already had that garden bench, but I’m 95% sure that Wayfair has the same one.)
In addition to the bar, the other big addition was the outdoor furniture. We went with a 4-piece set (sofa, 2 chairs & coffee table) and I’m really happy with the quality. The cushions have removable covers so they can be washed although I haven’t done that yet. We also added those great rattan stools for extra surface space.
Some before/after shots –
I tried to get a shot at night of the string lights but it turned out really disastrous and yellow, but know they’re up there!! They take this pretty patio to a party-pretty-patio. Very important.
Wayfair has a great feature called idea boards (on their app and website) where you can save pieces while perusing, and that’s what I did with this patio. All of the sources are saved there in one spot. (clickable link below to all sources)
They also have a room planner, which I think is so needed when planning out a room/space. The feature lets you see all of the pieces in one spot.
A huge thank you to Wayfair for providing all product for this patio makeover! This space gets so much use and we feel grateful every time we enjoy it.