Monday, July 29, 2013

Patio Update/Pergola

I'm out of town for the week but I snapped some quick pictures of the patio area before I left so I can show you what it looks like with the pergola.
DH 'engineered' the plan and did the heavy work and I helped cut boards and hold things in place. It was a fun project to work on together and I totally love this space now.
I found these vintage chairs and table at a garage sale. I had been looking for something to sit by the fire instead of always dragging the dining chairs over. This little 3 piece set was perfect and a deal at $15 for the set. DH and I like to sit by the fire after the kids are in bed.

This summer has been so temperate that we have eaten our evening meal out here quite often.

This spring a neighbor was sprucing up her property and purging. I'm very honored that she thought of me several times during the week. One of the things she was getting rid of and called me to see if I wanted was these sweet little old wash tubs with their stand. I gave the base a coat of white paint and planted some impatiens it them. Now they brighten the space beside the grill.
And another planter that greets you as you come down the walk toward the back door:
This spring I mentioned on Facebook that I was building a stone wall (or two). I got the one finished and still haven't gotten the other one done. It sure wouldn't get me a job on a landscape crew but it's an improvement over what was there. The driveway side of the house has never really been landscaped since we moved here 6.5 years ago. This year I started some plants in hopes of having a pretty, landscaped bed in a few years. I bought really small plants (because they're the cheapest) so it doesn't look like much this year.
Here is the 'BEFORE' of this area:

I still have one area to finish up (the far left area of this picture). I hope to get it finished sometime in the next couple weeks. Summer is rapidly getting away and school will be starting before I know it.

(Find the first patio update here.)

I have pictures almost ready for my other MMS milk paint project. I hope to get the post up later this week; stay tuned!
Linking to:

From the Farmhouse


  1. It all looks gorgeous and so very relaxing, great job! As Wendy would say, "I'm totes jelly" of that wash stand and tubs!! How awesome!

  2. It all looks so beautiful!

  3. It looks great Rachel. I hope to get a pergola up around here before Winter. Blessings!

  4. Wonderful pictures. Those patio chairs are truly vintage, they could sell at a vintage store for $75 each! What a bargain. And I love the wash tubs. A very relaxing place to spend the end of a day. Enjoy!

  5. your patio and pergola are amazing! i'd be out here all the time, too.

  6. Your pergola looks wonderful! Great job! And what a great score with those patio chairs.
    Your newest follower,

  7. What an inviting and relaxing patio you have there!
    The wash tubs add the perfect touch.

  8. I love the new addition to the yard. The pergola is perfect!!! I want one so bad, but seems I haven't gotten my husband to agree. Still working on it. I think the things from your neighbor are great. Love the way you finished off the flowerbeds as well. Looks awesome. :)

  9. Beautiful work. I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

  10. Love your patio and I would love a pergola.

  11. Hi Rachel,
    I saw your pergola on Kim's blog and had to come over! It looks wonderful. We built a pergola at our previous home. Here is a link:

    We sold that house and bought this one last November and we are in the midst of building another pergola. So we have a lot in common! I am also remodeling my master bath. Come visit!

  12. What a lovely space and I love those chairs and the washtubs!

  13. It looks very inviting! You guys did an awesome job - love the washtubs!

  14. Gorgeous Home!! ( and patio !!) This is my first visit to your "Farmhouse Home" but it most certainly won't be my last!!! So glad I came over from Savvy Southern Style ........... I love farmhouse style...!! What a steal on those chairs and table!!! WOW .............. thank you for sharing.. and NOW... I am following!! LOL

  15. This is just lovely! We have been thinking about options for our back patio, and this pergola is really inspiring. Your flowers are just so pretty, and you sure did those washtubs proud :) So nice to see someone's garden still thriving, ours is burning up in our 100+ degree heat right now!
    Cheers, Andrea

  16. Hello Rachel. I just found your blog for the first time. I am your newest follower. Stop by and see me sometime at livinglaughingandloving-sarah.blogspot.com
    Have a great evening!

  17. Do you have any drainage holes in your wash tubs? I have two planted but the plants don't seem to do as well as my pots with drainage.

    1. Hi Trish. Yes, these tubs have fairly large drain holes in the bottom. I used a disposable diaper over the hole to still allow drainage but keep the dirt in. If you plan to always use yours as planters, you could take a small nail and hammer and punch a few drain holes in the bottom.


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