We moved in to Old Salt Farm last fall, and we are thoroughly enjoying our first summer here. We started out the summer with a huge list of outdoor projects, and at top of the list was a patio makeover. We had nothing but a single cement pad, and knew we wanted to make it a place where our whole family could spend time together throughout the summer. We love being outdoors as much as possible, and here in upstate New York, summers are the perfect time to do that. We have spent the last couple of months working on getting our patio ready, and I’m so excited to show you our Backyard Patio Makeover!
Here are a couple of pictures that show the before and after…
Can you believe the difference? It’s a completely new space, and we are in LOVE. It’s simple, yet totally functional, and perfect for hanging out with our family and entertaining others.
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We started with a DIY Stone Patio, which doubled our patio space, and gave us so much more to work with. We also added Outdoor String Lights on DIY Posts and hung flowers on them, and that really was an incredible transformation. The pop of color from the flowers really seals the deal!
When we finished our stone patio we bought the cutest outdoor table and chairs by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart that I absolutely adore. It’s perfect for the space, and we could fit eight chairs around it! It’s actually intended for six chairs, but eight works great too, which is awesome, because that’s how many people we have in our family. We eat outside every night that we can, and there’s just something about being outdoors that makes everything taste better!
I also wanted a sitting area, and when I saw this Better Homes & Gardens Farmhouse Camrose set, I was in love. I adore the wicker style, neutral cushions (so easy to change pillows and colors), and farmhouse table. It’s the perfect update on classic wicker furniture with a twist of farmhouse style…my favorite. It’s the an awesome spot for talking, playing games, and watching the kids run around the backyard.
(If you look closely out to the back, on the left you’ll see our fire pit area, with adirondack chairs, my farmhouse picnic table, and an oversized fire pit. There are tiki torches along the path to the fire pit, and completely surrounding it. There are also campsites back there! On the right you can see the ladder and platform for the 200 foot zipline we just put in last weekend…more to follow on both of those projects!)
The metal lanterns are such a fun touch. I love lanterns anyway, and the crossbar feature on these outdoor lanterns give them extra charm. I like to clip greenery from my yard and put it in mason jars–it makes the perfect centerpiece for a table, or other space, and it’s FREE!
Board games and popcorn are two of our favorite things and nothing beats playing them outside on a beautiful summer afternoon or evening. When it gets dark, all we have to do is turn on our super cute string lights!
It really has created a place for our family to be together and that’s the best part of all.