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make this: recycled patio party wall

Are you ready to party on your patio?? Because, after this project, I know I am! It’s finally time to debut the outdoor project that has been on my to do list for almost a year. You saw a little sneak peek of it in this patio progress post, but today, I’m finally unveiling the 100% upcycled (and basically free) Patio Party Wall!


This project idea spurred from my unwillingness to let the extra plywood scraps I paid for go to waste after we wrapped up our DIY Upholstered Headboard project. When I had the guy at Lowes cut our headboard to size, I piled the extra pieces in my car without a plan, but I knew I’d think of something. When we kicked off this summer with our patio desperately screaming for decoration, so I put two and two together and concocted a fun patio party wall.

To start off this project, I filled in major cracks and wholes with a wood putty and painted the whole sheet with the white paint left over from when we moved out of our previous apartment. The next step was adding a pretty pattern. I found this painted wallpaper tutorial and stencil from Jones Design Company a long time ago and I have been waiting to bust it out for something and this ended up being perfect.

The pretty emerald green paint was a sample I received as part of a goodie bag from my Texas Bloggers Meetup in June and, paired with the pattern, that humble piece of plywood transformed into a crisp, clean beacon of prettiness on my otherwise empty patio.  And, if you’re wondering, the stenciling did not actually take too long. I can’t give you an exact time, but I’ll say it was about “two full Justin Timberlake albums worth” of stenciling and painting.


Once the actual board was dry, it was time to add the little ‘lanterns’ to hold pretty things. Sticking with the free theme, I just used tin cans! One week of saving up six good cans and sending them on de-gunking trip through the dishwasher and they were ready for the next step.

I wanted to poke holes in the cans, for a few reasons. One, I needed a way to hang the cans, so two holes towards the top were necessary. Two, I also wanted one hole in the bottom of the can to allow for drainage in case it rains hard (which it will, eventually). And three, I thought it would be neat to have holes all around the middle and maybe use them for lanterns with some LED candles I have. They wouldn’t emit much light but the effect would be pretty.

In order to make hammering a nail through the can easier, I filled them up with water and set them in the freezer for about two days. This way they wouldn’t cave in when the nail went through. If you replicate this project, please be aware, the frozen cans get slippery fast (especially in the summer heat), so be extremely careful when making your holes. I kept a towel underneath the cans for extra traction.


After all the holes were in, the ice had drained out, and the cans were dry, I brought them in to paint. At first, I attempted gold spray paint, but it never got a solid enough coat to get the effect I was going for. So, then I decided on chalkboard paint (also a freebie!) and this turned out to be a brilliant idea. Three thin coats and two days drying time was all it took for these cans to be outdoor ready. To hang them I used bakers twine and nails hammered directly into the plywood at even intervals.

And now, the finished product:


I used a chalk marker to write cute little labels on the cans and that can easily be wiped away with a little water. The hanging cans are perfect for small party accoutrements like utensils and napkins or you could fill them with pretty flowers or candles.


I can easily stow the cans away during the winter or in bad weather. Heck, I can probably just store the whole thing away in our outdoor closet if I needed too. But right now, I’m loving it. Finally this patio’s got a little something going on, right??


And since I used only things I had on hand, this project cost me ZERO DOLLARS! Score!! This might be my favorite project yet! All that’s left on the patio to-do list is to find a cute little outdoor table so we can set down plates and drinks and then we’ll be in business!

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poor, poor patio

Oh yes, we’re about to open a can of truth… Remember our cute little patio? The one we fixed up just last fall? Well, it has taken some serious abuse this year:


With projects, work, and the ever rising temperature, we go out here less and less. But now it’s summer again and I find myself wishing our patio was more well kept. I mean, it’s not a huge space, but it does have the potential to be a cute little hangout. And I got those cute chairs on clearance dangit, so we need to get out there and enjoy them!


I’ve dreamt up a few neat projects for the patio (including something with that spare piece of plywood leftover from our upholstered headboard project), but I thought I’d go ahead and share these before pictures. Even if it’s just to shame myself into not letting this level of disrepair come over any part of our space again?!


It’s basically a ghost-town patio!! Desolate pots with just soil left over from my last plant murder, webs all over our once cute planter-turned table (don’t even ask me how that thing got broken either, because I have no clue), and our once organized outdoor closet?? Don’t even get me started!

poor-patio-before-comboSo, let’s have a fresh start! Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Clear out, sweep out, and reorganize the outdoor closet
  • Empty out and stow away the planter… it’s already to hot to murder another plant this year…
  • Replace the planter side table. (Once there’s been spider webs on anything, it’s out!)
  • Create some outdoor art/mood lighting out of the extra plywood scrap
  • Cook a fun dinner to serve al fresco

As always, I’m hoping to spend as little money as possible. We’re in super-saving mode so it’s totally worth the extra challenge. Get excited, Patio! You’re days of being embarrassingly messy are numbered!

What’s your outdoor situation like? Patio? Yard? And where does it rank of your tidy priority list?

our home: a cute and casual outdoor patio

Though most might assume that summer is the appropriate season to write about patio makeovers, Texans have a different story. We’re two days into November and it’s still pretty warm, but the temperature is slooooooowllllly dropping and this means we can actually stand spending more time outside. So, today, I thought I’d share our cute and casual patio.

In our previous apartment, we had a small patio but didn’t really do anything to make it a nice place to eat dinner or sit and enjoy the breeze. It faced a brick wall and frequently used sidewalk, so it wasn’t exactly ideal. But when we moved to 816, we hit the patio jackpot. First of all, we’re on the first floor, which means we’re level with a few cute trees and the grass. And second, we face a completely building free area. It’s actually a “free growth area” separated by an elevated brick wall which is perfect. (Shame on me for not turning around to take a picture of our view when I took these!)

Anyway, it’s a really great spot to sit and relax. I picked up these bright blue chairs from World Market for half off! Originally $80.00 each, I scooped them up for a svelte $35.00 a pop. I love the color and they are pretty darn comfortable. Plus, they have arm rests! That alone is something worth cheering for! Every other armed outdoor chair I could find was crazy expensive and not a lot of cute, so these were definitely a score.

To give us a little perch for drinks and snacks, I picked up this redwood planter from Home Depot, flipped it upside down, and painted the borders with some left over navy paint. The planter cost $20.00, but we used a gift card from Josh’s sister Jennifer. It was a quick project that made a fantastic addition to this little area.

A pitcher of tea and a little snack and we are set for a chill evening at home. Another “room” crossed of the list!

For the other apartment dwellers out there; how do you utilize your patio? And for everyone, what is your favorite season? Without a doubt, mine is fall. The cooler the temps, the more opportunities there are to snuggle, and I likes to snuggle!