Well, the BIG Day is FINALLY here!
Four short weeks ago, I teamed up with Nicole at Meet the B’s to bring you The Outdoor Makeover Challenge. Together, we set out to completely redesign our outdoor spaces in less than one month! Taking advantage of some bargain shopping and a ton of DIY’s the goal was to transform our spaces with a budget friendly makeover. These last four weeks have definitely been a whirlwind of designing, shopping and of course, DIY’ing! If you’ve been following along with us, then I’m sure you are just as excited as I am to see how it’s all come together! So, let’s cut the chitchat and get on with things!!!
Let’s start with the main focal point of the space, this gorgeous Pottery Barn inspired table…
Although I’d fallen head-over-heals in love with the original Pottery Barn version, I just couldn’t justify spending $2700 on something that would sit covered in snow for most of the year, so hubs and I decided to make our own version instead (read more about how we got the look for less here). For less than $150, we built this custom DIY table and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
This lovely rug is doing a wonderful job of hiding our weathered floor boards, which by the way are looking so rustic, they’re almost trendy … almost.
I hunted high and low for a bright rug that would fit into my colour scheme (watch for some of my favorites next week), but in the end, mainly because of the 8×10 size, budget won out and I settled for this still very pretty, though more neutral coloured outdoor rug from Rugs USA. On sale for 60% off, how could I resist?
Finding the right chairs for the ends of the table proved to be another seemingly endless search. I found a pair that I LOVED at Wayfair, but again, just couldn’t justify the price tag. So, I hunted for weeks, but couldn’t for the life of me, find anything I loved for a price that I was willing to pay. That is, until we were trapped in Calgary with a flat tire that turned out to be a blessing in disguise – I’ll admit I was quite grumpy about having to wait around for a few hours to get everything all fixed up, particularly because of the 7 hours of driving we still had to make it through that day, but when Brady mentioned an IKEA close by, it was like the clouds parting and I was instantly in MUCH better spirits! I mean, who doesn’t love a trip to IKEA? Made even more special of course by the fact that it has literally been years since I’ve had the chance to step through those glorious blue doors (thanks to small town living)! Anyway, the chairs … I’m sure it’s obvious from my ramblings that I found the perfect ones at IKEA that morning – they were the very first things that we saw when we walked in and they were absolutely perfect!
I think that they look fabulous at each end of the table and I love that they can fold up to tuck away in the corner when they’re not needed! Best of all, they were only $40 each!
These pillows were actually the jumping off point for my colour scheme. I fell in love with the blues, grey and mint and thought it would be super easy to match them with all sorts of different decor pieces! I found them on sale at West Elm for only $10 each!
I’m also looking forward to wrapping that lovely soft blanket around me on those cold summer nights! It was yet another score from West Elm at only $10!
I had SO much fun setting this beautiful table with all sorts of colourful accessories!
I started with this table runner and the matching napkins from World Market. These linens are SO gorgeous, I didn’t mind spending some money on them because I could really use them any time of year, indoors or out.
To bring even more colour to the table, I made these super cute charger plates myself by painting some inexpensive bamboo plates with a bit of craft paint (see the full tutorial here).
I searched EVERYWHERE for the perfect dishes to set this beautiful table with and in the end, decided on these simple white ones from Bed Bath and Beyond. And I just couldn’t resist getting the matching serving bowl too.
Finally, I found these AMAZING glasses at World Market for $3 each … seriously, $3 for the absolute PERFECT outdoor glasses!!!
For a bit of extra lighting, I painted up these $1 votives with a bit Looking Glass spray paint (you can find the full tutorial here). I absolutely LOVE the touch of sparkle they add!
Add in a few extra accessories from IKEA and I think we’ve got ourselves a colourful and welcoming outdoor dining area that’ll be just PERFECT for entertaining!
I am positively swooning over this lovely DIY Ladder Shelf that we built to tuck into the corner (see our full tutorial here)!!! It really gives THE MOST gorgeous pop of colour to our space!
And, it looks SO pretty all loaded up with our lovely things…
Table – $150
Rug – $130
Chairs – $80
Throw Pillows – $20
Blanket – $10
Table Linens – $57
Charger Plates – $20
Dishes – $85
Glasses – $24
Flowers & Plants – $50
DIY Ladder Shelf – $30
Few Odds and Sods from IKEA – $30
Grand Total – $686
Now, we are thrilled with how everything came together, but there were a few things that we didn’t quite get to, though to be fair, these were added to our list along the way. We are planning to build a small bar table for the other side of our sliding glass doors. It would be another fabulous way to inject some colour into the space, but mostly, we thought it would give us an extra place to set a tray of drinks down. We’d also like to find some solar lights to string over the table – this proved an impossible hunt for me through the challenge, but I’m hoping I will cross paths with the perfect ones sometime this summer.
As it is, it won’t be hard to enjoy this lovely space! Here’s one last look at the transformation…
Would LOVE to hear what you think of everything!
Now, I know that you are just as CRAZY excited to see what Nicole came up with for her outdoor space as I am, so be sure to head on over to Meet the B’s now to check it out!!!
And, so you don’t miss out on any of our exciting summer, be sure to follow along with Nicole and I through our social media!
Wishing you all SUCH a lovely weekend!!!
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