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We had a storm here last night around midnight.
I love storms.
How about you?
And as I sat there listening to the sound of the rain dancing across the roof and the heartbeat of droplets on the back porch, I had one thought.
April showers bring May flowers.
I have a back patio that’s full of them.
We just finished getting the back patio ready for summer and I can’t wait to show you everything.
Here are seven DIY ideas to refresh your patio.
Number one: plant an herb garden:
This year we did something that we’ve never done before.
Fingers crossed it works.
We planted an herb garden.
I know, right? I’m as surprised as you.
Here are the herbs that we planted:
My husband thinks he’s hilarious and he put rosemary, sage, and thyme together and started singing to it. He also put all the herbs in alphabetical order.
I’m more worried about picking fresh herbs for my salad, my chicken and my tea.
They are SO STURDY.
And come with a shelf on the bottom that I’m going to use to store extra planters and a basket for gardening equipment.
The wood is so pretty and it has this sturdy metal frame.
They look like planters that have been planting herbs for centuries.
I love the height of it for gardening and herb beds.
Stay tuned for recipes with these fresh herbs.
Number two: Add pillows to your outdoor space
If you can only do one thing to refresh your space?
Here’s the outdoor space full of pillows.
I think I have over a dozen.
My best outdoor decorating advice?
A pillow always needs friends.
Number three: DIY a bench
This space has grown over the year.
We love it so much we keep adding chairs.
And this bench.
My son made it for us last year.
You can see all the details on the bench here.
We call it the bench that Zack built.
Number four: Paint benches and add cushions
I wish I could tell you all my patio furniture showed up looking like this.
But it doesn’t.
Not even close.
We cleaned everything off.
Then added a fresh coat of paint to everything.
And refreshed it with pillows like these.
And bench cushions like these.
I love, love, LOVE these reversible cushions that have a stripe on one side and a pattern on the other.
There are also matching pillows and dining room chair covers for this same pattern.
Number five: paint concrete stepping stones
This is a DIY project that we did last year.
We made this stone patio and added these concrete pavers.
Then we painted them.
Here’s a close-up of the pavers.
We just used a stencil and paint.
Number six: Add a place to relax
I don’t know about you?
But I’m craving sunshine.
Good thing I live in Texas where we have extra.
We added this chaise lounger with wheels.
It’s so comfortable and a perfect place to relax.
It’s shaded by the trees around it and I can’t wait to add sweet tea and a good book.
Number 7: plant flowers
Is there anything better than flowers?
I see this patio through the window when I walk downstairs and I can see the flowers.
I have coffee with these bright pink petunias every morning.
We built these planters last year and they’ve held up so well through the storm.
If you want to build your own planters, here’s a DIY.
I KNOW this is going to be an amazing summer.
I can feel it in the air.
And smell it in the flowers that the rain helped to grow.
And see it in the sunshine.
Here’s to hope and joy and a summer that’s so bright….
….we have to wear shades. 🙂
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