This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.
When we last talked about Project Pergola, we left you with a rooftop deck that went from bare to pow! As a refresher, we’ve been working with our friends Josh and Liz to give their upper deck a transformative makeover that would provide them with shade, comfort and an intimate gathering hub for their loved ones. Perhaps our motivation was ever-so-slightly selfish, as we can see their rooftop from our own back patio (ha!), but seriously, their former setup was never to their tastes – or if we’re all being honest, it was mostly an afterthought. We wanted to help them change that, and we knew that adding a cedar pergola kit from Lowe’s would not only be a fantastic starting point, but it would lay the groundwork for every element we layered in thereafter.
As I shared sneak peeks in our Stories, we received so many questions on the rug, table and planters, and yes, it’s all from Lowe’s! (All items are sourced at the end of this post.) We knew Lowe’s would be our one-stop-shop for All Things Outdoors, and we also knew we’d get it all at the best price. From the evergreens to the wind chimes, we had so much fun shopping in-store and online to pull this look together. Before I dive into the details, let’s take a look at where we started:
Rooftop Patio | Before
And here’s how Project Pergola looks today! (How cute is this family?)
Rooftop Patio | After!
The Prep Work
Living in the city means dealing with a lot of above ground power lines, cables and all-around ‘grit’ (as we like to call it), and we wanted to shield them from some of that unsightliness. The pergola kit itself was the initial step in keeping things feeling airy, while also providing that first visual barrier, but we knew that greenery would go a long, long way.
One of their biggest wishes was a place for their family to dine al fresco, but what if they have friends over? As soon as we spotted this outdoor dining table, we knew it was The One. It extends an additional 2′ with the help of a hidden panel (we were so amazed by this), and it’s incredibly well made for a great price! Of course, what’s an outdoor dining experience without the glow of cafe lights? So we added these, too.
We surrounded two sides of the table with comfortable sling stacking chairs, and we added these upholstered chairs (rated for exteriors, hooray!) on either end. The 9′ x 12′ rug baaarely fit between the legs of the pergola, but we were able to slide it under the corner beams. We chose the tone-on-tone gray rug so that the natural wood tone of the pergola and the greenery could really shine!
Speaking of, we chose hearty evergreens and tall arborvitae so that they could add color year-round, but for a fun pop, we picked up two large lilac bushes in a vibrant purple – the lilacs are those taller twiggy plants. Although it’s too early in Chicago for those lilac blooms, they are starting to show the first signs of life!
And that modern trellis that we added on one end of the pergola? We think that will be a great spot for our friends to add climbers. Liz is a lover of roses; don’t you think climbing roses would be so fun and add so much?
Two strings of these cafe lights add the perfect amount of ambience in the evenings. We debated using only one strand, but once we filled the slatted roof of the pergola with a second line, we knew that was the right choice. (We love seeing them glow from our own back window!)
The sling-style seat of the stacking chairs will be cozy for late night conversations, and we like that the table easily offers space for two more. We layered on a couple of lumbar pillows, too, which we think the kids can use as floor cushions, if they’d like.
For the final touch, we couldn’t resist hanging swings from the strong crossbeam of the pergola. We referred to it as our secret project, and it made our whole
day week to see their reaction when they first saw them!
We’re so happy with how this makeover turned out, and we’re even happier with how truly easy it all was! The entire refresh could fall under a ‘weekend project’, with one day to build the pergola and another to plant greens and style. We see many late nights here with our friends this spring (and summer and fall – and as long as they’ll have us, really).
All items are from Lowe’s! Here’s what we used:
freestanding pergola | 9 x 12 rug | expandable patio table | stackable dining chairs | upholstered chairs | tall resin planters | medium resin planters | self-watering black planters | cafe string lights | faux stone end table | bronze wind chime | outdoor lumbar pillows | outdoor black pillows | Monrovia plants (will vary by store)