So recently, in between our daily house building tasks, we have taken on a few design/decor clients. Here is one of our most recent projects - we just can't wait to share all the details.
This project was a full-blown DIY total patio/courtyard remodel. Wait, is a remodel when there is nothing there to start with? I guess that would just be a model huh? Oh well...
So just a taste of the finished product:
And our favorite, a few before and after pics:
Pretty fun huh? So as you can see from these photos, we really had our work cut out for us. Our client purchased her townhouse last year and although she did a great job outfitting the interior, she couldn't find the time to plan, shop, buy, install, arrange, paint, hang...you know, all the things it takes to make a patio. That's where we came in!
First things first, we made a pinterest board with TONS of ideas. The board is called, Katie M's Patio, if you would like to see what inspired us.
We knew we wanted to use an old hand-me-down coffee table, so we started there. We bought an umbrella stand that would fit beneath it and measured for the hole.
Then the fun part. Let's drill a hole!
After sanding it down, we painted it white and sealed it with a coat of glossy outdoor varnish. Done!
Our next project was to turn the old lattice (it hides the AC Unit) into something beautiful. A few cans of spray paint and we accomplished our goal.
Next up, the biggest part of the project!
We decided on a custom "couch" that would fit into the corner of the patio. Our inspiration came from the very popular "pallet" beds, but we wanted to use new wood that would be sturdy and last forever. Our first job was to determine all the dimensions. Next we met with our carpenter, who made this AWESOME "couch" out of rough fence boards and 4x4 lumber.
Time to make this look like old barn wood. For the finishing technique, we followed the great instructions on The House of Smiths Blog. Layer upon layer we added until we had the perfect look.
Finally done, we loaded the couch in our car (yes, our car) and hauled it to our client's house. Before installing and styling, we had one more project to conquer.
Ever since we discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint we have wanted to use it everywhere! So, after buying a cute rug and being unimpressed (we knew it would wear horribly) we decided to buy a stencil and paint instead. We hosed down the existing concrete slab and got to work.
This patio was so easy and one of our favorite projects yet. Here is a before and after to show how different it looks:
Ok, enough DIY (gasp...never!) it was time to go shopping. We bought lanterns, pillows, umbrellas, chairs, plants...you name it, we bought at least 3 of each. It sounds like a lot of work and it was, but it was totally worth it. For example, these are all the options we gave our client for her custom sofa. Which one would you choose?
Final steps... Hang everything, arrange pillows and accessories, stock the bar cart and plant our "garden". We opted for mint on the bar cart - the perfect addition to any summer cocktail. Below the new trellis we planted a climbing Jasmine Vine.
The end result - an eclectic mix from multiple stores and DIY. The patio is cozy and inviting. Our client was very pleased and so are we! Here are some of the details:
Hanging Planter and Bar Cart are Ikea. Ice Bucket is World Market and Planter is Anthropologie.
Umbrella is World Market. Blue Couch Pillows and String Lights are Target. Natural Fiber and Paisley Pillows are Pottery Barn. Striped Pillow and Bamboo Planters are Ikea.
Chair and Trellis are Ikea. Garden Stool is World Market. Planter is Anthropologie.
And just because, a final look at the painted patio!