I've been meaning to "renovate" my backyard for about a couple of years now... Major fail... but, really, who is surprised? I've got ten thousand pins and countless blog posts listing all the creative things I want to do, yet very few get done. In all honesty, I just love making lists and dreaming about what could be...but I have no follow-through. So... uhhh... I guess I'm going to make another vain attempt at motivating myself to do something I pinned. I wrote a similar post to this in 2012 but this one is better because I MIGHT follow through on my ideas! You should poke me in a month and see how it's coming along. Maybe we won't have any snow left by then...
So, here we go. This is my backyard... or at least, this is what it looks like without 3 feet of snow on top of everything. I can hardly remember. All I see when I look out the window is while... and it's April! Agh!
It's pretty tiny back there but I like how cozy it is. It could be a lot cozier, though, which is where the hard work comes in.
First, I think I could use a little mood lighting... How romantic! I think a set of patio string lights (like ones you can buy from ChristmasLightsEtc.com) would be nice across the fence. Then, I think some rope lights around the perimeter of the patio would finish it off nicely.
Then, something that really needs to be done is to put down some pavers or stone of some sort to cover the ugly crushed stone. I really like the idea of using do-it-yourself stone molds like these Pathmate molds I found on Pinterest!
|Belgian-Style Molds from HSN.com|
This DIY bench would be really useful, too. Storage is rare at my 80+ year old house. We don't have a garage or shed so all of our gardening tools get thrown down in the basement. The extra seating would help when we have barbeques, too, and would look great on the patio!
|Bench DIY project from Better Homes & Gardens|
These upholstered tree stumps are pretty adorable, too. Another cute seating option.
|Tree stump diy from Fun.Kyti.me|
some of these things I've pinned! The bench could be started in the basement & assembled as soon as the patio is clear.
Do you have any suggestions for making my little backyard cozy? I'd love your ideas!