Earlier this week I showed you my simple Front Porch Update. I like simple updates. When you make several simple updates at once, it somehow creates a whole new feel. While working on updating our back patio, I wrote a list of simple independent updates I could do one at a time, because finding a big block of time isn’t always feasible. Here is what I set out to do during this back patio update –
- Clean and organize the big storage bench.
- Replace old table.
- Find an outdoor rug to make the space more cozy.
- Create a table centerpiece.
- Power wash the old chairs and stack/store for occasional use with guests.
- Find a cover for the fire pit.
- Clean up the grill a bit.
- Double check the back patio and back yard for toddler safety and fun.
None of these things were a huge deal. Organizing the storage bench involved measuring and shopping for inner-bins, and there was some shopping involved in some of the other steps too, but I did each thing one step at a time. When I broke it down into separate jobs and just focused on one at a time, it was never overwhelming. It was actually fun to get to plan, shop, and create. This is how I suggest doing any household project!! You might as well enjoy keeping up your home. It doesn’t have to be a dreadful thing! The great thing about this project is my kids loved playing in the backyard while I worked. Win-win.
Here is what the back patio looked like BEFORE! —
There was a yellow film of pollen covering everything when I went to work out here!
The grill is filthy! And look at those chairs – they are never nice and neat around the table. They are dragged everywhere!
That is our fire pit on top of the storage bench. Our toddler loves to stick his hand in and touch the black ash. You can see where the planter that I moved to my front porch has been stored uncovered for a few years. I tried growing basil in it last year but then I forgot to water the basil.
Random stuff has just accumulated since last summer. This porch needed some definite love!
We had dinner on the patio the first night the table was up. I love the picnic table style and how there are always seats where you need them! Cougar’s high chair is just the perfect height too.
I wanted a colorful centerpiece and I decided to get sentimental with it. I found an inexpensive one in a rectangle shape I liked. I taped off the edges because I only wanted to paint a strip around the middle.
Shelly wanted to help with this. She is always willing to help.
I had all the kids add their hand prints too. I just used cheap acrylic paint and then sprayed clear matte spray paint over the design to seal it. Easy easy.
Here is what it looks like now! —
Only simple updates, but a far cry from the before picture. The outdoor carpet was a touch I added to make the space more cozy and inviting. It totally works.
I let my girls pick the colors. I think I’m going to try to bring this little lady inside in the winter and keep her alive. We’ll see how that works.
This out-take picture made me so happy. How lucky I am to have a job where I get to do work with this happening around me: all my kids happily playing. Life is so good!
The storage bin is much better. I forgot to take a Before picture, but you can just imagine a whole bunch of random junk thrown into a box. I measured the box dimensions then went and found an assortment of inner-bins that would make the most efficient use of the space.
On the right I have the outdoor toys and games.
Far left is all the yard stuff and the middle bin has just balls.
Little guy figured out quickly where he could find exciting things.
I ask my kids to play with bubbles on the uncovered porch so the rain can clean up the residue.
They noticed I am holding a camera.
I joined their bubble play after I finished these pictures. We are still in that magical-phase where everyone is impressed with how many bubbles I can produce. The toddler had 2 baths in one afternoon. It was a good day!
The grill is ready to go. Dinner outside is just my favorite.
The chairs are stacked out of the way and we just pull them out when friends come.
This sand toy is phenomenal. I’m not even sure it was meant to be a sand toy or just a water toy, but I thought it fit sand really well. Even my older girls can get carried away playing with this (with their baby brother).
For our family, any space we want to hang out in has to be toddler-friendly. Our porch went from dirty and disorganized, to clean, organized, and cozy. Everyone enjoys it out here.
And all the work is very worth it for these four.
I hope you enjoyed my little patio update! What did you think? Do you spend much time outside as a family? Do you eat outside?
Here is to many happy summer days!
From my home to yours,
I really like the new picnic table. I too get frustrated with chairs everywhere. Very nice that they are stacked, cleaned and waiting for company. Cute flower box too
I love your little planter. I still put out some painted pots and masks that my girls made, even though they’re in their 20s now.
Painted pots … maybe that is next! 🙂
Sonja Bobo says
I really like your new picnic table. And I love the pictures!!
Where did u get your picnic table and how long is it/how many does it seat? Thanks!
Nancy. Looks adorable by the way!
I got the picnic table from Target. It is pretty standard size, so about 6 people fit at it.