First things first; you guys are beyond amazing! Thank you for the Small Cool love yesterday. Voting runs through Friday, so there’s still time to ‘Favorite’ our little home. Jack sends his (slobbery) kisses!
Scott and I spent the past holiday weekend back home in Cincinnati with family. We came home Sunday afternoon exhausted and happy, but by Monday morning, we were so ready to put some life back into our sad, gloomy patio. I did take the obligatory ‘before’ photos, but you guys, let’s not dwell on the past. It was dirty, empty (we pack up most of our outdoor furniture and stash it for the winter) and – more or less – reflected the gray weather we’d had for most of the weekend.
And since it was an overcast and chilly day on Monday (the idea of going to the beach had been tossed around at some point, but between our – er, my – sleep in session and the rain, it wasn’t happening), we got productive!
We scraped, sanded and touched up last year’s flower boxes, rubbed down our old table and bench with Restor-a-Finish (in walnut), shined up our glossy chairs and pulled out the pillows. Knowing that we’ll be renting in the near future, we invested only in the plants themselves (we spent $80 at Home Depot to fill both planters, our mini herb garden and decorative succulents) and gave our year-after-year furniture some old fashioned elbow grease.
Okay, that’s not completely true.
The only new addition to the patio is the trio of floral planters on the table. We picked them up at one of our favorite flea markets while still in Cincinnati, filled them with jade plants (also from the Depot) and set them atop an olive wood cheese plate from HomeGoods. They make my heart so happy; funny how something so simple can do that.
Of course we broke the patio in with cold beers, and we spent a good 30 minutes admiring what a difference! some plants and a solid clean-up job can do. Miracles, we tell you.
How’s your outdoor sprucing coming along?