It’s that time of year when life seems to wake up all around you. The leaves start to emerge on the trees and the flowers blossom. It is also that time of year when things need to be refreshed. The change of the season has us tucking away the winter things and wanting to prepare our spaces for the warmer weather.
A group of bloggers have gotten together to welcome the spring season with a Spring Home Refresh. We each chose a space that needed a face lift. I chose my patio because it is our go to place from spring to fall.
The links to each of these talented bloggers are at the end of the post. I know that you’re going to love all the beautiful refreshes and be inspired to refresh something in your own home!
For me, watching the sunset and al fresco dining is the perfect way to spend the evening.
What I learned from this project is that elbow grease and creativity can make all the difference. I first went to Target and thought that I needed all new pillows and lanterns, even a new patio table. That wasn’t true. I ended up only buying the tulips and a few cans of spray paint to spruce up the large planters on either side of my patio door, I spent 15 dollars. Even though the to do list is still long, a refresh was all that this tired patio needed for me to enjoy it again.
Here’s what I did:
- I gave everything a good cleaning
- I cleaned the windows and washed all the furniture and decor
- I also cleaned up all the potted plants and raked the leaves around the patio
- I took down the string lights and washed them, replaced missing bulbs, and rehung them. I placed a strand of twinkle lights in the hedge.
- I added those barn doors that I had gotten from a yard sale (they’re hiding the ugly AC plumbing and a stucco patch)
- I painted the large urn style pots
Before and After of the pots:
I used a gray primer spray paint for the undercoat. Then I went over it with a flat black spray paint. I left some of the gray showing to draw attention to the detail. One trick that I have for spray paint is to spray it onto aluminum foil, then you can pick it up with a sponge brush and you have a few seconds to apply it to your surface. I did this on the handles over the gray as you can see in the after picture above.
Now we are ready to enjoy the warmer, longer nights and invite some friends over for a BBQ.
I set out some strawberries and cream for my boys. I add maple syrup to sour cream and it makes a delicious fruit dip. They ate every last drop.
One more thing that I recently discovered is that this 6X9 drop cloth from Lowe’s makes a perfect linen look tablecloth. Wash and dry it and it will shrink down to a good size and gets that look of tumbled linen. It has a bulky seam down the middle so I add a runner and problem solved.
I got these barn doors at a yard sale last year and
hid I mean stored them at my mom’s house. I really wanted to take them out of hiding ahem storage but couldn’t find a spot in the house that anyone would let me put them. Well, I looovvveee them here. I had bought this huge wreath for $2 at a thrift store and it’s also been waiting for the perfect spot. When I want to spruce it up, I can just add fresh olive branches. This is hiding an awful mess of haphazard AC wiring and a stucco patch, just keeping it real.
This little $15 patio refresh reminded me again that you don’t have to spend a lot of money and with some creativity the things that are less than attractive can look so much better! Something that I keep telling myself: it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Speaking of perfect…
I know that you will enjoy the inspiration of these other bloggers. Just look at all of these gorgeous pictures. The links below are in the order of the pictures. Have fun exploring and thanks for coming to our #SpringHomeRefresh Blog Hop. For more inspiration look up the hashtag on Instagram
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