There are so many fun things happening in my back yard right now! With the addition to the patio-yard bar - we have just been enjoying this spring weather in our backyard!
This is one of the best times of the year in Arkansas, it's not too hot or humid and the mosquitoes aren't out in swarms yet. I've been doing a bunch of work on my plants and my little garden that I have started. It's been so fun to have time to garden and be a little homebody. It's kept me busy, too!
I started with 9 grey cinder blocks, a mini rose plant, a gardenia plant, squash, two pepper plants and some random seeds (Zinnia, California Poppy, Spinach and Lettuce). I grabbed a bag of $1 white shells from the dollar store to use as markers in the dirt so I knew what was where and I was pleased...but as time when on I decided I wanted to get some color out there. I spray painted the bricks a mint green color - I made sure to cover all of the plants with a tarp so I didn't damage them.
I didn't spray paint perfect so you can see some gray still showing through in some places which is A-OKAY with me because it offers some character!
I also added some colorful moss roses around the perimeter to add some extra color to the garden and to fill up the empty holes with some life. I got myself a nice mint plant, but have learned it can be SO sensitive to things! Pretty much anything - every day I check it to make sure it's okay. It's my problem child plant.
After sprucing up the garden with some color, it really has taken the backyard up a notch along with the seating area. This weekend, I found this cute little cupboard that just needed some love and attention.
I bought it for a whole whopping $4 and got some fun green spray paint and decided I'd use it as a little candle storage place on the bar. It turned out really darling - you can see it in some of the pictures below! Well, that's what I know - hope you enjoy this photos and let me know what you think!
Of course as soon as I post this I went flea marketing just to kill some time before dinner and found this amazing rack for only $6! So I bought it, ran to Wal-mart to get the matching green spray paint I've been using and then came home and gave it some TLC! It was an ugly tan color and peeling. I cleaned it up and then spray painted it. It turned out perfect! I added some pictures below! :D
This past weekend my husband and I set out on a fun adventure in construction!
First of all, living in apartments for the last 5 years left us somewhat clueless of the awesome-ness that is Home Depot. I mean, you can buy cinder blocks for only $1.39...who knew?! So, I have become a junkie.
After perusing Pinterest on outdoor projects, I kept seeing all kinds of different cinder block ideas. You can see some of the one's that inspired me here. We decided we wanted to do a bar, so I read up for a few weeks on different ways to do it and decided on a wide bar that was tall enough for stools. Our back yard is long and rectangular so we decided on a L shape to take advantage of space and to be able to seat people on both sides.
This bar can seat about 8 people comfortably - 10-12 if we had to and we can easily add on later if needed!
What we used:
What we did:
That is all - it was actually a really easy project...but there were a few things we learned along the way...
What we learned:
Total Spent: $157.38