Outdoor Makeover Challenge: The big reveal!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It's finally time!! Kristi from making it in the mountains and myself are so excited for the big reveal of our Outdoor Makeover Challenge! June absolutely flew by as my husband and I hurried to squeeze all of these outdoor projects into our busy schedule, but at the same time, today just couldn't get here fast enough because I was so excited to share everything with you and to see what Kristi has had up her sleeves all this time!

When I first told you about the Outdoor Makeover Challenge, I listed the things I really wanted to incorporate into the our patio space...
  • A new outdoor dining set
  • A window box under the kitchen window
  • An outdoor bar cart
  • Colorful accessories
Well, although we didn't quite finish everything we wanted to, I'm happy to say that we did complete everything on our must-have list! So let's see what we ended up with!!

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Outdoor Dining Set

You saw the Falster table we purchased from Ikea. I loved it when we first set it up, but  now that's it's all dressed up, I love it even more!

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That votive holder is also from Ikea. I purchase it probably about 6 or 7 years ago when I was in college. It was unfinished when I bought it, and I planned on painting it to match my dorm room but never did. It's just been sitting in a box all this time. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to get rid of things because everything can be repurposed! I'm getting better at parting with stuff I've had for years because now that I own my own home, I do not want to be a pack rat with clutter everywhere! Thankfully, I didn't part with this piece though, because it was perfect for our table with a coat of paint and some citronella votive candles.

Outdoor Makeover Challenge | Meet the B's

The plates on the table are my Sophie Conran Carnivale set we received as wedding gifts. I love them so much! Those gorgeous napkins were gifted to me by Hen House Linens! If you are not familiar with Hen House Linens, check them out. They carry tons of high quality napkins, table cloths, oven mitts, etc. in really fun patterns and colors. Aren't these "Green Key Aqua" napkins perfect for my outdoor space?


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The pillows around the table were created by yours truly! Be sure to check out the details of my very first sewing project!

Outdoor Makeover Challenge | Meet the B's

Window Box

Our DIY window box proved to be a bit of a challenge to install, but we eventually figured it out! You can read part one of the tutorial for now, but be sure to check back soon as I post the rest of the details on the paint job and installation! I love the addition of flowers under the window! It makes it feel like the window is part of the decor and not just part of the actual building structure.

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The flowers sure are pretty :)

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Outdoor Bar Cart

I can't tell you how excited I am about this bar cart!! We could have just bought one, but I couldn't find a grey one and wanted things to match somewhat, so we made it! Read the details to find out what surprising item it's made out of! It will be great for entertaining to have somewhere to serve drinks and snacks. What do you think?

Outdoor Makeover Challenge | Meet the B's

Outdoor Accessories

As far as the rest of the accessories go, I painted a birdfeeder and a windchime (which I will share next week).

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I painted a ceramic pot and bought a mint plant because I love mojitos :) I bought some super cute outdoor wine glasses from Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $3.99! I think I want the rest of this dish set also! I found that mason jar drink dispenser and the galvanized tub under the table at Home Goods (man, I love that place). I replanted my succulents in a galvanized pot from Ikea. I'm working on a wooden sign to put on or above the table too!! So stay tuned :)

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So what did our budget patio makeover end up costing us? Here's the breakdown...

Table and chairs from Ikea- $470
DIY pillows- $29
Table accessories- free
Window box- $31
Bar cart- $21
Bar cart accessories- $50
Windchime- free
Bird feeder- $5

Grand total: $585


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Not bad right?? I thought for sure we would end up spending at least $1,000, but with a little bit of DIY effort, you can save a ton!!

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Well folks, that's all for now! Be sure to check back over the next couple of weeks for a few more details on our new patio space and other outdoor updates!

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And don't forget to see what Kristi at making it in the mountains has done with her outdoor space! This girl's got a stunning a view, so I'm sure she's excited to get to enjoy sitting outside now!

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Thanks for following along in our outdoor makeover challenge!

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18 comments :

  1. Love the colours and love that little bird house :) It is a great makeover.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love that my favorite colors are so versatile! They can fit in with my rustic interior decor or bright fun outdoor decor!

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  2. Great Job Nicole! Everything looks so good! Very inspiring and reminds me how much I need to clear off our porch and spruce it up so we can actually enjoy it!

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    1. Thank youuuu! Clean off that porch!! You won't regret it :) I love sitting outside!

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  3. Holy smokes Nicole!!! It looks SOOOOO pretty! I LOVE that bar cart and all of the super cute accessories!!! It's going to be SO nice to enjoy the great outdoors all summer long now :)

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    1. Thanks Kristi!!! I'm so thankful you asked me to participate in this! Otherwise my patio would still be empty!! Here's to a summer of fun!!

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  4. LOVE it! Everything looks so good, you guys both did an awesome job. And I'm in love with that bar cart! I can't wait to hear about it next week. I'm actually working on a bar cart right now myself :) Great job!

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    1. Thank you Bre! Can't wait to see your bar cart too!!

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  5. Your patio looks so pretty. So many great ideas, it is hard to pick a favorite. I love the colors and the bar cart! Enjoy your Summer!

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    1. Thank you! I think the bar cart is my favorite part too :)

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  6. I am totally looking up that furniture set! It's great and so affordable. Good job.

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    1. Thanks! The price of that set is perfect!!

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  7. Lovely space, the table you found is perfect and I love the bar cart!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you Tania!! We love our new table too :)

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  8. Your patio is PERFECT! Featuring you in my next post! XO, Aimee

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    1. That's awesome news! I lovvvve your blog! Thanks so much Aimee!! :)

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  9. Well I started off reading your blog about the patio redo...but was so distracted by the pillows (and needing to know where I could get my paws on some!!) that I ended up here, lol! These are BEAUTIFUL! Thank for the Ikea tip! That is great information to know!

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  10. Beautiful! Loving blue-grey theme.So soothing...
    xx
    Mila
    milawayable@gmail.com

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