Our Patio Tour Featuring Newly Painted Pink Doors
I have a confession to make. We have barely used our patio this year. We spent so much time last year cleaning it up and building string light poles, and then we let it all sit there over the winter… the furniture and the rugs. Our back yard has so many trees, that you can imagine what a mess it was, and how much mildew had built up on the rugs and furniture. It was SO bad that no one wanted to sit out there! A couple of weeks ago we invested in a pressure washer, and Chris cleaned everything, and I did what I do… fix things with paint! I refreshed the patio doors with some pink paint. Now our space is looking so much better, inviting enough for us to hang out here once again and enjoy our summer nights. If you’re looking for patio, porch, and garden inspiration, you won’t want to miss all of the spaces linked on the bottom of this tour- Thank you so much to Krista for organizing this blog hop to bring you so many different outdoor sanctuaries. Now onto our patio tour featuring newly painted pink doors. (This post contains affiliate links that I earn a small income from- thank you for supporting me! Also thanks to Sherwin Williams for providing the paint for this project.)
Now, before I go on with photos, I do want to tell you that we had our dining area rug totally clean and fresh, and then it rained SO MUCH the last couple of weeks that it’s a little dingy looking again. Oh, and I noticed after taking photos that the loveseat cushions weren’t put back right (OOOOPS, Chris!). So, yeah…. I know this is the internet and all and I am supposed to be sharing only beautiful photos, but can we declare this the no judgement zone please? OK thanks. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s dive on in!
We will start with the seating area, since its rug is cleaner. 😉
As you can see, I filled the planters with large ferns from Lowes. Our back yard is extremely shaded, so ferns tend to do well back here. They add such a lush feeling to our space.
The major change this year was adding fresh paint to all of our back doors. For such a small house, the builders went a little door happy on the backside. We have one front door, and four back doors. There is one on the main level, and three… yes three, that exit to the patio.
There is one door in the center of the patio, one off of our storage/laundry area, and one behind the chair here which leads to our freshly finished color blocked basement family room. Out of all of those doors, we use one, the one in the center.
As you can see, we created the layout of our patio based on leaving a walkway where that central door is. Anyhow, when we moved into this house the doors were painted black, with white accents. I despised them! The insets of these doors are all white and can’t be painted because they’re inside the glass. While I love high contrast, I was not in love with this look. Here’s a peek at our patio last year so you can see what I mean.
I wanted something softer and more me, and that would really suit our outdoor space. I am so thrilled with the Comical Coral color from Sherwin Williams that we used on our front door, so I decided to bring it around to the back of the house as well.
They make such a difference back here and really brighten up our outdoor vibe. (And yes, I know that little rainbow rug is not really gelling, but hello pride month, and we need a place to wipe our feet!)
Now let’s head on over to the dining space and checkout the new pink doors over there!
I am so happy with the backdrop they add in their new softer tone.
Now that the rain looks like it might be done for a few days, I am ready to enjoy some meals at our outdoor table.
To set the table, I used a $5 rug I had on hand from Five Below. It’s a lightweight canvas and we weren’t using it on the floor anymore, but I love how it looks here. The color of the doors connects to the colors on the rug perfectly.
In addition to the rug, I added our plastic outdoor dishes, linen blend napkins, and vintage pink goblets.
On the center of the table, I added a potted plant. It’s actually leftover plants from the package I used for my porch planter, and I placed them in a worn out terra cotta pot left behind by the previous owners.
Look at the patina paired with that blush glass!
Now that everything is mostly clean, the doors are painted, the table is set, and the lights are on, I am so ready to get outside for some family meals.
Oh, and if you are wondering why the table is set for four when there are five of us, it’s because our back yard is a sloped jungle of a mess so we do meals out here after Wilder goes to sleep.
Do you see all of that lush green in the background? Well, it’s overgrown with weeds. However, we can’t mow it because there were so many landscaping rocks placed back there that it will break the mower and injure the person mowing.
We have so many dreams for this back yard of ours, and I hope to one day make them come true. For now, we’re going to live in this space and make the best of what is, and enjoy our evenings back here. Life is too short to wait until it’s perfect. 😉
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This week, some of my blogging friends and I are sharing our summer outdoor spaces. Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts.