In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
For her Patio Style Challenge, Kelly from View Along the Way built a gorgeous new deck to house her brand new Barnsley Patio Dining Set. With the help of a few family members, she gave her small patio a fresh, colorful start, just in time for spring! Read on for Kelly’s very practical small patio decorating ideas.
We like to joke around about how tragically neglected our backyard is, despite that fact that we live outside in the warmer months. Exhibit A, my attempt to replicate this gorgeous outdoor space by Tanglewood Conservatories— but on a virtually nonexistent budget:
Ha! Pretty sad right? Even worse when you get up close and check out that poor, sad little patio:
All together now: awwwwww. So sad.
We actually invited people over for barbecues on that patio. (If you’ve ever been to my house for a barbecue, I’m so sorry, my friend.) But good news! Thanks to a little motivation from the great peeps at The Home Depot, we’ve finally given that spot the attention it needed.
First step was covering up that cracked, stained patio with a fancy new deck. Just between us, my main motivation for adding a deck was because I thought it would look better. My husband and my dad, who actually made the thing happen, were convinced all along that a new deck would change the way we used our backyard. I’m so happy to report that we were all correct. You can see the whole build process here, but let me just say: it was a relatively quick, instant-gratification project. We are in love with it.
New Deck, you have rocked my world. You will rock it off its axis when we can stain you a dark color in a few months once you have acclimated to the weather and are ready to accept stain.
The Home Depot hooked us up with the beautiful six-person Barnsley Metal Top Patio Dining Set. We were so excited for it to arrive, but at first we were kinda disappointed. It didn’t look like the pictures, and it was slightly uncomfortable:
But then we took it out of the box. *wink*
It’s absolutely stunning and super cushy.
I wanted our outdoor area to be comfortable, bright and colorful, so I did a little shopping for inexpensive outdoor rugs and found this pretty navy one, then I painted the white backdoor with some leftover red exterior paint we had from a previous project.
We’ve already enjoyed many meals on our new furniture, which I topped with a beautifully patterned runner and bright flowers.
The lush, beautiful greenery, flowers and planters all came from our local Home Depot store.
The whole shebang has gotten an enthusiastic thumbs-up from old and young alike.
Kelly blogs about do-it-yourself home projects at View Along the Way, where she chronicles her family’s attempts to fix up a beaten-down foreclosure, with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor to keep it all in perspective. They share easy step-by-step tutorials, ideas and inspiration for improving your home on the tiniest of budgets.
As a jumping off point for her updated backyard deck, Kelly used the Barnsley 7-Piece Metal Top Patio Dining Set with Textured Sand Cushions.