Monday, June 16, 2008

Project Backyard

Awhile back, Kate included me in a MEME to show photos of views of our yard from our front and back doors. I shared the front view here, but the back wasn't worthy of sharing. So that lit a fat fire under my backside to get a long awaited project D-O-N-E. Now keep in mind this wasn't a difficult project, just one of those that get put on the back burner. YaknowwhatImeanjellybean?
An old French Bistro set...yes, cute as white with black vinyl seats...but gosh, just not quite the "Look" that I was stearing for. So off came the seats and icky vinyl...

...and on went the paint...a sweet vintagey green color. The paint is Rust-Oleum's American Accent line and the color is "Leafy Green."

...a little peek at the finished table project.....

This is our back patio that my hubby and I have fixed up a bit by adding the white shelf and mirror and other little touches. There is that cute red roofed birdhouse again that Michelle and Rob made for me.
The patio faces west so we get bombarded by the hot California sun in the afternoon. I made the curtain out of a new painter's drop cloth and added grommets to the top and made a Bishop Sleeve and tied it back with a pink rope.
....here is the finished table and chairs. I bought a sweet vintage inspired oil cloth that has a bubblegum pink background with red strawberries and little flowers. To order oil cloth, you can go here to Jack's Country Store. They have fun stuff to buy for your house and a nice selection of oil cloths. Next will be some pillows...

Dughall says, "Now walk with me and I will show you a little bit of our garden in the backyard. Watch out for the pool so you don't fall in ~ or perhaps you would like a refreshing dip right about now..."

Love the colors of this Caladium..Sweet yellow Coreopsis add a little sunshine to our garden.

Wonderful and full Lace Cap Hydrangeas in white and pink fill in one side of the walkway.

Nothing is better than old fashioned Shasta Daisies. They just bloom and bloom and are so happy!
One of my pink roses that has a frilly ruffled petal.

And finally, a little place to sit and drink a glass of sweet tea when I am all done putzing around.

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Addendum: PS: Check out Andrea's sweet blog! She left me a comment on this post and I haaaave to share it with you! She is having a sweet giveaway, so please mosey over to pay her a visit here.











32 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

A beautiful project! I love the oilcloth seats, such an improvment. Thank you for sharing your source too. I have never heard of that place and I cant wait to check it out.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Everything looks fantastic! I love the leafy green color.

Laura said...

I want to turn my balcony into a "room." Your photos inspire me to "get on it."
Thanks.

Connie said...

That is exactly what I'm trying to achieve with out patio out back in the hot desert here!!! You did a marvelous job, sweets! I love it, truly LOVE it!
Smoochies,
Connie

Dolly said...

Your patio looks wonderful!
Love the bistro set make over!

Thank you Thank you Thank you for the link to the oil cloth! I have been searching the fabric shops for out door fabric for my ice cream parlor set....
all I can find is cabana stripes {GAG me}
I just ordered the pink n green fabrics! I can't wait to do a make over on my set next!

BIG Hugz, Dolly

My Shabby Roses said...

What a fun post! I love looking at your backyard. It looks so inviting! You did a great job on those chairs, and four of them, wow! I'd be getting tired by two chairs.

Michelle said...

Becky,
Your backyard is so pretty .. what a great job you did!!

Michelle

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Your backyard is beautiful. I love the fact that you used the green paint -- very creative! And I love the oilcloth too -- beautiful AND practical!

vintage paper bella ~ andrea said...

I love the table set! I don't like vinyl either ..It looks so pretty the green and in the yard! Come by and enter my giveaway!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Ooh...I love that shade of green..how pretty! I love all your flowers and blossoms...looks like a very nice place to have a retreat!
Hugs,
robin

Brenda said...

Beautiful and great job. Bet your glad you got that fire burning under you butt huh?

She'sSewPretty said...

Your patio is beautiful. I love the shade curtains you made too! What a good idea!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Just lovely. The flowers are beautiful, and the furniture turned out perfect. I always love that shade of green. Susan

the homely year said...

Your table and chairs look lovely now...that green colour is very effective. And what an inviting place to sit!
Margaret and Noreen

Maison Douce said...

I love the transformation on your new bistro!! What a change!!
Isabel

Our Red House said...

Thanks for sharing. I love that shade of green; green being my favourite colour, of course.

The back of my house faces west too, including my kitchen, and I often curse this fact as I swelter in our hot Aussie summers.

Kate

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH, I just love your patio! It is so pretty, and the white chairs wher you have your sweet tea. I ave a few different projects that I have been putting off. I am sure it is a good feeling to finish something that has been waiting.
Take care,
ginger

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW what a great patio area and love what you did to that table and chairs. Thanks to Dughall for the tour of the gardens - also beautiful. Now how about I "plant" my seat on one of those sweet chairs and have a nice cup of ice tea :)

Hugs - Karen

becky up the hill said...

It's beautiful. Love the painter's drape..mirror..table, new chairs..everything! I think you need to add some native rodents to your garden. Big furry ones. (Scotties love to chase them for about a month) Some folks think they are cute. They call them squirrels. I call them many other things. I will try and catch a few and maybe make a drop in your nabe someday. P.S. to keep them happy, sit out one of those bee skeps. They LOVE to tear it up and they are fond of oilcoth too!

Stephanie said...

What a project you had! I like the green paint, very summery!
Also, I have never seen Caladium in those colors, they are very cool!
Thanks for showing us such great pics,
Stephanie

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Ah, the perfect California garden, enjoyed with perfect California weather... How I miss those days!

Becky, your garden is beautiful. I really love what you did with that little bistro set. Great colors!

Patricia :o)
PS:
Mr. D looks so handsome, as usual.

Mary Isabella said...

You have created such a beautiful place to enjoy your summer and fall days. I love it all>>>Mary

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful project! Great job!
Penny

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh my gosh Becky, you would be laughing your buns off if you had seen me late this afternoon. I'm outside on my west facing California back porch...trying to figure out how to get that darn sun to stop blazing down on my little area. SOoooooo....there I was up on my kitchen stool with 4 white sheets and a bunch of binder clips! (Don't laugh, it seemed like a good idea at the time). Needless to say, it looked absolutely cruddy and I was a hot sweaty dissapointed mess. Sigh. Painters cloths! You are brilliant my dear! I am so going to Home Depot this weekend!

Hugs,
Dena

Shabby Vintage dreams said...

Gus table set!! I love the green very pretty!! And a lovely back yard you have!! Plenty of pretty blooms. And what a sweet place to sit and enjoy a nice cold soft drink or cuppa!!
mandii

Shabby Vintage dreams said...

Sorry that was ment to say Great table set!!

Meggie said...

Nice job, Becky! Love the new green color for the bistro set. Your flowers are gorgeous!

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Oh so so cute Becky, but then everything you do is wonderful. Hi Doogs.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Heidi Ann said...

I absolutely LOVE your green table and chairs with the pink oil cloth seats! It looks fabulous.

Lallee said...

I adore your porch. What a beautiful job you have done! Whatever variety of caladium that is, it's beautiful.

Rhondi said...

Hi Becky
Beautiful pictures! I added you to my "blogs I love to visit" link. Just wanted to let you know.
I love the music too!
Hugs, Rhondi

Teresa said...

Great blog with beautiful photos. And, a Scottie! You just don't see Scottie's on many blogs. I have only seen one other besides my own. You make three and I have been reading blogs for a few years. Thanks for sharing, Dughall. He is so handsome!