At Home With The Hinsons

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Our Spring Break Patio Makeover!

Hi all,
I hope you've enjoyed this weather as much as we have.
This has been one of the prettiest Spring Breaks.
I'm so glad the guys chose to revamp the patio.
It was the perfect excuse to ditch housework
and spend the week playing outside! 

So now that phase 1 is complete,
I'm ready to share our patio makeover with you.
We'll start out with a before picture.
Here we have a nice but dirty patio, 
with random furniture scattered about.
What followed was 5 days of...
Hosing down,


Cleaning up and hauling off,

Father & Son teamwork,

and several crafty creations.

So that when we week was over
we could enjoy our hard work
and relax, at home. 

Now, here's the after.
They were joined by the bench 
that hides all our outside toys.
Yes friends, that'd be the same bench
that has sat in pieces for two years,
because nobody could figure out how to put it together.
Although it made great shields for airsoft wars,
I much prefer it's current use. :)

The basketball goal has been relocated
and so far the kids are loving it there better.

Here are a few close up photos.
The largest Santa star got a special paint treatment.
But in all honesty I'm not sure that I love it, we'll see.
I used our same table and rocking chairs
and just added a few accessories.

Here's the bench again.
I topped it with two of the outside pillows
from last year, and added in a few new ones.
For this years pillows I used the same type
outside place mats from Tuesday Mornings
($9.99 for a set of 4).
Except this time when I split them apart
I monogrammed the front panel
before stuffing it and stitching it back up.
Four monogrammed outside pillows for $9.99,
everyone together, SqEaL!!!
In case you're wondering why I chose 1403,
it's actually our house number.

And here is my Mama hangout.
This is my two year old, $20 lounge chair.
I topped it off with a hand me down cushion from my Mom.
Thanks Mom! 
This little spot is quite cozy.
It's been perfect for kicking back,
soaking up some sun
and watching the kids play. :)

Speaking of kids,
I couldn't start off the season without 
a new water sprinkler.
Pepper loves how this one sprays a million different streams.

Last but not least,
we finally hung our IKEA swing and rings.
I gave up on having the perfect place to put them
and tied them around a couple of tree limbs.

I'm so glad I got over wanting everything perfect.
Because this swing has brought more moments 
of joy and laughter than I ever expected.

In the process of our week,
Andy's also gotten his little garden ready for planting.
We're super excited to have a garden again this year!

As our week and project list came to a close
I've already started thinking about phase 2.
I'll no doubt find more things to spray paint.
I also plan on adding flowers.
I'm sure some will go in the flower beds,
but how great would our patio look with a few window boxes?

Now you wanna see what I've really got my heart set on?
A hammock swing!
I forgot how relaxing it is to be outdoors
and do nothing.
So, just as soon as the budget for phase 2 
has been approved (wink, wink)
I'll get started again. 

But until then,
you find us finally enjoying our patio the way it's meant to be.
Grilling hot dogs with family
and enjoying water gun fights with friends.
I'd say our Spring Break Patio Project
turned out to be a delightful design on a dime!

Thanks for visiting.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on our revamped space!
Don't forget to stop by
The DIY Project Parade,
and Somewhat Simple
for more inspiration.


La TempĂȘte said...

Oooh it looks gorgeous, Sarah. Will be so relaxing for you as your summer approaches.

Patricia said...

So beautiful!!!
I love the pops of colors so much!!

Rachel McPhillips said...

Looks great! Can't wait to come hang out!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...


Hubby and I just started planning for our patio remodel. We'll see how it goes! You've inspired me!

Jen said...

I love how you got the whole family involved.
It turned out great!
The swing looks awesome. We had a similar swing in our yard...but the seat broke off and now it is just a rope. But it is still used just as much...and yes it is very entertaining.
:) Jen

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a great looking patio all you FUN looking pillows!


I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

So pretty! I love the space. The picture of the dog being hosed is too funny. I would love for you to stop by my Bring in the Spring party and link this up. The party will start tomorrow! All the best!

Jenny said...

This looks great. We have a covered back porch and it is my favorite spot in the whole wide world. Enjoy yours.

Kate said...

This came out great! We'll be re doing our back porch and (hopefully) adding a patio and I'll need to stop back and borrow your ideas. Especially love the rockers. Thanks for stopping by Webster's Updates and leaving such a nice message too!

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