Traditionally, my husband and I take the third week of September off - and this year was no different. Thankfully, we were able to stay with family for a few days, for a much needed get away I might add. I have tons of new photos to share later this week from our time spent up in Georgia. It was so incredibly nice (to be OUT of Florida) and inspired the spirit of Fall - right down to the crisp morning air, sipping coffee, and watching the horses as the sun rose... When we came back, I worked my last two days organizing the showroom at Granite Transformations, I made a list of upcoming projects I'm working on, I got my first client for a townhome re-design down in Doral, and I gave our home a few more fall touches (in addition to the branches). One of the areas getting a fall fix-up was our back patio...
Jeff sprayed - I back rolled to even out stain.
Wood stain used as concrete stain along edge.
Patio last year
Replaced wicker chair with thrift store find
earlier this year (only $30!!)
Grinding, sanding, priming before painting.
The wire brush helped smooth the surface.
Goggles worn for safety.
Cushions: Pier 1 on clearance
Back pillow: from sofa
Orange pillow (used inside for fall last year): Home Depot clearance
Lower right shot is neighbor's patio - which was the same style
we had when we moved here in 2006.
The pops of orange also give a pop of color relating to inside.
I added some outdoor & indoor cushions for added color POP and comfort. For more color, I would have liked to have added fall mums, but no one down here seems to realize it's September and time for fall blooms. So I did the next best thing, and picked up some faux fall flowers yesterday at Michael's (actually got to us double coupons on sale items and got additional discount off entire purchase!!). I cut the stems and shaped the arrangement into a nosegay, taped up the end, and stuck it into some small back containers I had in the garage. Our patio faces north, so the sun won't fade them - plus they'll be able to be reused.
Grapevine pumpkin: Thanksgiving tablescape 2007
Rattan lanterns: used on dining room chandelier 2009
Amber glass tealights inside sq. candle holders: BigLots $1.50
Fall faux flowers: Craft store sale: 2010
I miss fall up north.... with its change of leaves and weather. But adding these simple touches to our patio helped give us a Faux Fall For Florida. I hope you had a great week last week and weekend - working on your DIY projects, home improvements, or fall cleaning to make donations or get ready for a fall garage sale!
I'll be linking up this project to:
Between Naps On The Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
The DIY Showoff - Project Parade
Under the Table and Dreaming - Showcase Sunday
It's So Very Creative - Blog Hop
Domestically Speaking - Countdown To Fall Party!
Tools Are For Women Too! - Kinda Crazy Link Party
Stop by and see all the other wonderful weekend projects - or post your own!!