We still have a few projects to share the details about, but couldn’t wait any longer to show the photos we took right before I left for LA. Before we get to what the area looks like now, let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane and look at what it looked like before…
Since we have ample driveway space behind the house for parking cars, we rarely parked in the carport simply because it made things feel more open and gave us a sense of an “outdoor entry”. The problem was the space was far from inviting and completely lacking personality.
As we rolled ideas around, we decided to turn the carport into a bonafide covered patio. We love hanging out outside (especially in the Fall) and we thought with a moderate amount of TLC we could get this space fixed up enough to feel like we had an extra living area. For starters, we gave our patio furniture a facelift with
a few many coats of primer and paint, brought in an outdoor rug to section off a seating area and spruced up a roadside find to use as a large console table. Once “Phase One” was complete, we were for sure convinced that we wanted to plunge right in and turn it into a dedicated covered patio. Here’s what things are looking like now after “Phase Two”…
We planked the ceiling, painted the floor, replaced the lighting and installed patio lights around the perimeter of the ceiling. Then came the fun stuff: decorating! As a part of the Target Inner Circle, our friends at Target hooked us up with a gift card for this part of the project. We’ll get to all of those goodies in a minute, but let’s show you around our new outdoor digs…
If I had to pick a favorite part of the covered patio, this would be it. I think the same would go for Greg because the SemiDIY console table is his pride and joy, haha. The artwork, pops of color and marquee letter add the personality and color we were looking for from the beginning.
We added some needed storage on the bottom shelf of the console table by adding two lidded baskets. This has proven to be great storage for grilling essentials, extra citronella candles and outdoor toys for when our friends’ kids are over at the house. (We learned to have these on hand after having 6 kids under the age of 7 in our house at one time one afternoon!)
I’m pretty much in love with the giant red marquee letter. It’s actually a SemiDIY project and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We’ll be posting more information and a how-to for you guys later this week.
I love how the finish of the Threshold Metal Lanterns tie in with the overhead light fixture. It really helps bring everything together without looking “matchy-matchy”. We filled the lanterns with battery operated candles. Now, I’m normally not a fan of faux candles, but these little guys really look real. Another perk is that you can turn them off and on with a tiny remote control. Oh, how technology spoils us.
Now over on the other side of the patio – the sitting area. This area has come a long way since we first brought in the patio furniture (and gave it a makeover). The furniture has been good to us, but we’re keeping our eye out for a good conversation set on sale over the next few months. Maybe something like this.
The DIY sunburst mirror still looks great out here – and we’re in love with it even more now that the whole area has been “prettified”. I really like how the plank ceiling ties in with the color of the mirror. Hooray for Special Walnut stain!
The first thing that probably sticks out as different – and make the area look much less “carport” – are the outdoor curtains. My dad and Greg rigged these up using pipe from the plumbing section at the hardware store and we were able to put it all together (including the curtains) for about $160 – which definitely isn’t bad for 19 feet of “wall-to-wall” curtains. We’ll have a post for you with all of the information on what we did and the breakdown of the parts and pieces next week. We love how they add an element of softness to all of the brick and concrete. They’re going to be great for privacy, and they’ll help keep the heat in when we use our table-top heater in the Fall and Winter.
These pillows are the very first things I picked up for this patio makeover – way back even before the ceiling was done! I remember standing in Target for at least twenty minutes trying to put together the right combo. I love how the Dahlia pillow really pops against the cool blue and green pillows.
Mosquitos are in full force right now in Virginia (unfortunately, they love me) but we couldn’t help spending a few evenings out here at night. Thank goodness to citronella candles, right?! The soft glow of the patio lights and the coziness of the planked ceiling and soft curtains really makes for a nice, relaxing evening outside.
Overall, Greg and I are both extremely happy with how things turned out. We’re so glad that this project is wrapped up just in time for Fall – with the exception of maybe finding some new patio furniture. We can’t wait to spend countless evenings out here eating dinner, watching the squirrels, playing cards and relaxing with a good book or magazine. Ahhh, finally!
Because we normally get a lot of “Where did you get that?” questions, we went ahead and put together a source list (with product links!) for your reference: Ceiling Light (Bellacor), Tandem Wall Art (Pottery Barn), Ice Cream Soda Sign (Pottery Barn), Console Table (SemiDIY), Curtains (Ikea), Sunburst Mirror (DIY), Planters (Target), Baskets (Michael’s), Blue Outdoor Pillow (Target), Flower Outdoor Pillows (Target), Green Button Outdoor Pillow (Target), Succulent Dish (Target), Outdoor Rug (Target), String Patio Lights (Target).