3/24/09

Two'fer One~

Its a two'fer one post....and.....
I am making over my front patio area for the upcoming summer months. Most everything on my patio is from thrift stores or yard sales! Here is the messy/unkept before photo~ Here is the after photo..... It doesn't show up well, but there is a huge flower ball hanging from the center of the gazebo :-) Alright, it is not a HUGE difference... but I did do a lot. I added stuff, pulled the weeds out of the brick, built an arch/planted some climbing roses.... and added some fabric to the table! Scroll down to see the photos :-)I don't do anything to the porch area during the winter months as it is toooooooooo cold for me to work out in the yard! I purchased the round gazebo a few years ago from Big Lots for only $200 buckeroos~ The white chairs are from a thrift store.... (I once had them inside my house) The metal table was another thrifted find ($40 bucks) All the "extra" odds and ends and doo-dads are things that I don't really want anymore-- and wouldn't be to terribly upset if they were stolen misplaced. I used a duvet cover from the Pottery Barn to make a table cloth and I also covered some pillows and covered a small bench and used some of the fabric as ribbons on some of the statues.... I think its cute. Again, my thoughts are "more is better" The little metal fence pieces I picked up for $1 buck each. I got a total of 5!I used wire to attach them to the gazebo and then I covered the wire with a torn fabric ribbon-- caute! This little angel I wired directly to the small rose bush as our paper boy man is probably a retired pitcher from some baseball team because he seems to hit everything I put outside. The bird bath was $15, the bird house was $2, the 2 miniature rose bushes with the pottery pots were $3 each.This cement urn was a dollar at a yard sale.... I added the nest, moss and the dried flowers & eggs...Here is a bunny wearing a matching ribbon made with the same fabric as the table & bench~ (I bought 5 bunnies for a dollar each) the white wire bird cage was $10 bucks (still working on straighting that sucker out) The "welcome" sign was $2 bucks...Here is a little rusty tricycle given to me by a friend that I spruced up... I don't really have a place for it just yet...but it will work its self into some little spot. The basket was $1 buck lolThis wooden "object de'art" for lack of a better word is just filled with more odds & ends. All of this "stuff" was free or nearly free. The broken shovel head says it all "Garden of Weedin" A rusty wagon also given to me by a friend..... filled with stuff sits in a planter near the gazebo... all the pots also were given to me~Here is a little half table that has no place inside anymore...so out it went onto the patio. (yes, thats dirt on the top of it, it just recently rained!) The rose in the pot was $1, the metal candle stick with the glass top was .50cents, the bunnies with the pots were $2 bucks (I have two) The heart wire bird cage was $3 bucks, the table itself was $3 bucks... the metal bird feeder on the ground was $7, the blue flower pot was $3~This two balled wire topiary form is one of 3 that I picked up for $1 dollar each. I just used some silk ivy greenery I had stashed away to make it come alive~ see my two wooden cats in my window.... I love cats.This wrought iron bakers rack my dad made.... now it holds a lot of my overflow from my house. The white truck behind it is a 1964 (year I was born) Falcon truck it was a gift for one of my birthdays from my hubs.This white basket was a freebie at a yard sale. It is perfect for holding long stemmed roses and cuttings from plants that I can easily transport to my gardening bench. (which is the table lol) this summer I will cut a piece of wood for that big whole in the middle. I think I'll drill around the wood circle and lace it to the metal basket with wire~This white metal stand was $5, the bird house $1, the vintage wooden 7-up crate on the bottom shelf was $1. The large blue pot was $5-- which holds another one of those 2 tiered topairy forms ($1)
I picked up the wire tray for $1, the wire teapot was .50cents, the wire cups & saucers .25cents and the metal plant stand $2 .....and just attached everything together with wire for this little vinette. The black garden thingy was $1.If you would like to see more make-overs stop over at Jens blog "Sanctuary Arts at Home" she is hosting a monthly Mr. Linky for make-overs! *woot-woot*
If your wanting to see other peoples Thrift store finds check out the Mr. Linky over at Dianes blog "A Picture is Worth a $1,000 Words" If you have linked here and wish to view more of my blog you can click here!

13 comments:

bj said...

Oh, my...this looks just fabulous..How I wish MY patio looked this good already. I just tonight bought weed killer to kill the grass and weeds growing up between the brick...hoping for a nice day tomorrow to work on it. Out here in hot, windy West Texas, we don't get to do all that much outside on the patio...bugs, wind....not that much fun. But, I like it pretty, anyway..
Right off the bat, I saw the pic of Chloe Rose and she is the prettiest of ALL !!
xo bj

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Cheryl,
You really have a knack for adding accessories and pulling it all together.

One of my favorite things is before and after pics...love yours!

thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Mrs. Petrie said...

What a beautiful outdoor space. Your little girl will love it for tea parties very soon. Such a special space.

Lou Cinda said...

Cheryl: I love this! It is beautiful! I love the rusty wagon with the flower pots and stuff! I have just studied these photos over and over! Great job and thank you for sharing!

Lou Cinda :)

foxxy said...

Goodness Gracious! All I can say is I want to go shopping with you!!! Great finds! Your yard is decorated so pretty! I also look for things to decorate with at yard sales but the sales here stink. I'm coming along with you next time. ~smile~

Jen r. said...

That looks fabulous and sooo cozy! Can I come over and hang out? :) I love all of the little touches you've added! Thanks for joining in on the party! Jen

Christina said...

I'm loving all of your great outdoor finds. Fun stuff.

There are so many things that I like. It is hard to pick one. That tricycle is fabulous.

Andrea said...

Excellent Job! You really did good
with your finds, great prices.

Love it!
Andrea

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

How inviting!

Kris said...

I love your outside space. Can I come over for tea? It is so cozy and inviting. I would gather up all my design magazines and get real comfy in this area.

Have a happy day

Kris

Becky said...

Hi my name is Becky and your blog is just my kind of place. I love the way that everything looks here. I am glad to have found you and I will come back to visit you.
Becky

Cher said...

Oh, my. You created a backyard hideaway for sure. Love it!

The Texas Woman

pammiejo said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! You have amazed me - you're always thinking about new uses for all things! What cute stuff you have! It's fun to check out your blog! PAM