Outdoor Makeover Challenge: Big Reveal!!!

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!!!

I am SO, SO thrilled to share with you today our brand new courtyard deck…
Outdoor Makeover Reveal :: making it in the mountains
There really is a ton to take in here, so let me walk you through every juicy detail.

Let’s start with the main focal point of the space, this gorgeous Pottery Barn inspired table…
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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?
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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.
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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).
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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.
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
Finally, I found these AMAZING glasses at World Market for $3 each … seriously, $3 for the absolute PERFECT outdoor glasses!!!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
I couldn’t possibly have an outdoor makeover without a few flowers and plants to bring some life to the space!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
So, I planted some greenery in a few old planters I had sitting in the garage.
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
And, it looks SO pretty all loaded up with our lovely things…
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
Last, but certainly not least, I couldn’t help but share a few more pictures of our AMAZING view … one of the reasons we fell in love with this house in the first place!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
I cannot wait to enjoy our new outdoor space! I am SO, SO, SO happy with how it all turned out!!! We are definitely looking forward to spending our summer outside on our beautiful courtyard deck!
Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
We are going to make SO MANY fun memories spending time with our family and friends in this lovely space!
So, in case y’all are wondering – here’s a final cost breakdown:

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…
Deck Makeover - Before @ making it in the mountains
Outdoor Makeover Challenge After - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains
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!!!

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164 thoughts on “Outdoor Makeover Challenge: Big Reveal!!!

  1. Everything looks great Kristi! I love the color palette you went with and everything fits so well together!! That view is UNREAL. I would be out there every day 🙂

    1. Thank you SO much Breanna! We’re VERY lucky to have such an amazing view! Now that we’ve got a space to enjoy, I’m sure we’ll be out there ALL THE TIME!

  2. It is a lovely looking space – love the turquoise/aqua accents and that table is just gorgeous love that you made it yourselves. And that is one heck of a view you have 🙂

    1. Awww, you are much to sweet! Thank you SO much Jenna! I am thrilled with how it all came together and we are really excited to have an outdoor space to enjoy now!

  3. Kristi I loooooove it!!! Love all your accessories and definitely your taste in colors 😉 I’m so glad we both have beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy now!!! 🙂 andddd HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

    1. Thank you SO much Nicole! When I saw your pillows, I couldn’t help but smile at our similar choices 😉 How great will it be to enjoy our meals outside ALL SUMMER LONG now!?!

  4. Totally gorgeous!! I’m booking my flight right now. You don’t mind if I put my tent on your lawn right? 🙂 Great job!

  5. The space looks fantastic Kristi. You guys did a lovely job. I hope you’ve had time to sit with a nice glass of wine and admire the handy work.

    Have a great weekend!!

    1. Thank you SO much Michelle! I’ve been dreaming about a glass of wine on our deck for weeks … first order of business tonight for sure! Wishing you a lovely weekend as well!

  6. Everything looks so beautiful! So glad you were able to score some awesome chairs at IKEA. I would be broke if there was one within driving distance 🙂

    1. Thank you SO much Ashley! We’re about 6 1/2 hours from the closest IKEA, so I don’t get to go often, but when I do, I’m reminded about what is missing in my life 😉

  7. Wow!! Cant believe you made that table. It is beautiful!!! And that whole deck is amazing. Great great job.

  8. Great photos! I’m visiting from the Fabulous Finds & TGIF linky party. I think the muted colors of the rug go well with the faded deck and the colors on the table are just gorgeous. I’ve already pinned two of your projects on my Craft Ideas and More board. Well done! Following you on Google+, Twitter and Pinterest. I have a weekend linky party on the go if you would like to link at http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2014/06/family-and-my-home-with-weekend-linky.html

  9. You did an amazing job. It is so colorful and inviting! I love everything about it and it makes me excited to makeover my outdoor area. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you SO, SO much Kaylor! I’m really happy with how it all came together and I’m so glad that I could inspire you to makeover your outdoor space!

  10. Wow, what a stunning area! I love all the details and the color scheme is beautiful as well. Great job!

    If you have a moment to spare I’d be so thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G’Day Saturday linky. This would be such a fabulous addition!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  11. Looks absolutely beautiful! I love the colors you chose. I know how hard it can be to find outdoor chairs at a reasonable price too, those you found at IKEA are great! I wish I lived closer to an IKEA, I’ve only been there once in my life.


    1. Thank you SO much Tania! I absolutely LOVE IKEA – knowing you have only been once makes me feel quite lucky to go once every couple of years 😉 Have you ever tried to order online? I know that you can purchase most things in their online store, but I have no idea what shipping costs are like. Thank you for popping by Tania!!!

  12. What a beautiful transformation. Our outdoor space is seriously lacking and this gives me inspiration to get out there and start doing some projects (don’t know if the hubby will like that…lol). Thanks for sharing with us on Merry Monday…it’s always amazing to see your posts.

    1. Thank you SO much Erlene!!! How could hubby not love a new outdoor space just in time for summer?! Brady was actually the one pushing me to get it done 😉 Thanks for popping by Erlene! Have a fabulous week!!!

  13. You should be so proud of your deck, Kristi! It is amazing! I could name everything I love about it, but really, it’s ALL gorgeous! That table looks like it was $2700 and those end chairs are perfect! I love that DIY ladder… you are so talented, lady!! And that view!!! I love, love the mountains but a week of camping in the Rockies is as close as we get to a “view out our window”. 😉 Please come share it in the morning at Motivational Monday, on my blog tomorrow. It is simply stunning!

    1. Kendra, you sure know how to make a girl blush! Thank you SO, SO much for your incredibly kind words! We are incredibly lucky to live here. We share your love for the mountains and found ourselves driving to visit them every chance we had, so 5 years ago we took the plunge to live where we vacationed and haven’t looked back! You will definitely see me tomorrow morning, thanks so much for the invite!

  14. Simply gorgeous! An elegant way to use an outdoor spot without expending a lot of money. This is the true cheap & chic concept! Congratulations and keep going! Thanks for all the tips!

  15. Kristi! This looks amazing. I love your table, but all of the details of the entire space came together just beautifully. I’ve been working on my outdoor space too and this was just the motivation I needed to get it finished. You are going to love it all summer!

    1. Thanks SO much Corey!!! I’m really happy with how it all came together and I’m thrilled that it’s inspired you to finish up your own space!

  16. It turned out beautiful, Kristi! I love all the little details and those glasses (from World Market) ~ swoon!
    Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    1. Thank you SO much Melissa! I’m super jealous of your weather then, June is always such a rainy month around here … I’m definitely looking forward to a sunny July!

  17. Stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday. I love the complete make-over and the view is incredible. I would be eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and my snacks her. Great job and so inspiring! I must get to work on my outdoor space.

    1. Thank you SO, SO much Rhonda!!! I’m really happy with how it all came together and I’m sure we’ll be out there all summer long enjoying it!

  18. I AM IN LOVE!!!!!!!! I just found you via Turn It Up Tuesday and boy will I be following your blog! So inspirational! I hope you don’t mind but I will be sharing the link to this post on my blog 🙂 I seriously can’t fault anything you have done here and my current obsession is anything mint coloured. Just perfect 🙂 Maria x


    1. Thank you so, so much Kayla!!! We feel so very lucky to be living in this gorgeous little town with so much to do just outside our front door! Though we love it here in the Kootenays, we grew up near the Rockies and I’m not sure anything can compare to them!

  19. Everything about this outdoor space is just absolutely beautiful! This post is filled with eye candy and I don’t even know where to begin! Thanks for sharing it over at The Makers 🙂

  20. Your deck came out absolutely gorgeous! I love each and every detail, and your table looks amazing out there! I will admit that I made a nasty face when I read about your “cold summer nights.” We don’t get those here in Arizona. Our cold summer nights are in the 90s;)

    1. Hahaha! Yes, living in Arizona would be a MUCH different climate than living in the mountains in Canada, though to be honest, living in Southern British Columbia is SO MUCH warmer than where I grew up in Northern Alberta!!! Thank you so much for your kind words about the makeover … I’m really happy with how it all came together!

      1. Kristi, just wanted to let you know that your Outdoor Makeover Big Reveal will be featured tonight at Turn It Up Tuesday! So make sure to come check it out! The party starts tonight at 8pm EST would love to see you there again!

  21. Girl, you are amazing! You definitely packed this post full of beautiful projects and decor. What a relaxing space you created! I have been gushing over the pottery barn table for months and you may have just given me the push I needed to actually build one! Thanks for sharing!

  22. SO beautiful. I can’t even imagine having such a gorgeous place to enjoy beautiful summer days. You are so talented, Kristi! I have loved seeing your amazing projects. Happy 4th of July! – Bre @ Average But Inspired

  23. Ohhh my goodness, where to even begin!? I’ll just say I love everything!!!!! Your view…seriously?! Sooo amazing. Love the table, love your color scheme, love the outdoor cups, love the fact that you did it all so frugally! So inspiring. <3 Wonderful job!

  24. Your outdoor makeover is absolutely gorgeous! I am drooling over that rug and of course the table is just perfect! Enjoy your Summer in this lovely space.

    Deb @ Seeking Lavender Lane

  25. Everything about this makeover is fabulous! I love your calming color scheme and that awesome table! Those views are absolutely incredible, and I love that the understated decor doesn’t compete with them.

  26. What a beautiful space! I know you wanted a more colorful rug, but that grey and white rug is a perfect backdrop for all the other colors you have going on in the space. Fantastic job…and at a great price, too!

  27. Wow! That view. That table (I may have to take that as inspiration for my own dining table DIY, I’m pinning it!). That rug. That awesome ladder shelf (commented on how much I loved that last week). No wonder Katie featured this amazing effort this week on the Sunday Showcase. I’m in awe of you!

    1. Oh thank you SO, SO much!!! You are MUCH too sweet! I’m thrilled that you love it all as much as we do and thank you soooo much for sharing on Pinterest!

  28. What a beautiful space! I love those glasses from World Market especially.
    Thanks so much for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share! last week – hope to see you again this week, too 🙂
    PS – pinned this to the party board 🙂

  29. What a beautiful outdoor living space, Kristi! I love all the blue/turquoise colors that you used. And you’re view is AMAZING!!! So jealous 🙂

  30. Kristi, this whole space is gorgeous and so inspiring and it’s being featured at The Makers link party this week! We hope you will stop by to grab a button and link up, plus we are also hosting a giveaway this week. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  31. Thats quite funny to hear, you can’t move in the UK for solar powered lights they are genuinely in EVERY shop!

    1. SO strange! I’ve been searching high and low for solar powered string lights, but haven’t come across any for a price I am willing to pay yet.

  32. Wow-what a beautiful spot! Every item you selected is tasteful and pretty, making for a very stylish look. Thanks so much for sharing with Pin Your Friday Favorite!

  33. Just found “you” at Thistlekeeping…will check in regularly from now on…just wondering if you have trouble with rain collecting on your cute ladder shelves? Enjoy your warm summer weather, snow is just around the corner!

    1. Thank you SO much for popping by Linda! We keep our ladder shelf tucked in a corner under an overhang so, though it does get some rain, it doesn’t usually amount to much and everything dries up pretty quickly 😉 Yes, our nights are getting cooler and Fall is definitely on it’s way soon! Enjoy the rest of your week Linda!

  34. Such a beautiful makeover – no wonder you’re so chuffed. The table and benches are pure work of art with skill and attention built right in. And I know what you mean about IKEA! The colour of your ladder rack so caught my eye and pulled me right in. It is gorgeous. Totally inspirational. Cath x

  35. Wonderful update to your outdoor space. Saw your post on the Thur Blog Hop. Have a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to reading all your posts.


  36. I remember this! It was so nice to come back and see it, especially since we sign our contract for a new deck this week (I hope). Hope I can make it as pretty as yours! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    1. Awwwwm thank you Rachel!!! I’m glad it made such an impression! I’m definitely missing this space, but can’t wait to recreate it in our new home!!!

  37. Simply GORGEOUS! The table makes me drool and the ladder shelf makes me swoon. Your choice of colors is very relaxing and cheery all at once, but the details steal the show. Did you ever build the side bar? I just found your blog link on DIYShowOff and you now have a new fan. Can’t wait to peruse your blog for more goodies and inspiration. 😀

    1. Thank you SO much Stacy for your sweet comment! I am still very much in love with this space and cannot wait to re-create it in our new home this Summer! We didn’t actually get to the bar table, but it’s still on my wish list 😉 I’m absolutely thrilled that you love it and I hope you find a ton of other projects to love on as well!!!

    1. Thanks Rosy! I’m definitely missing this space since with Summer just around the corner, but we’re hoping to recreate it in our new home soon!!!

  38. Y’all are so talented to be able to make your own table. I love it. It looks so complex too. I am also loving the painted bamboo plates. That adds just the right amount of color and can be personalized for your own decor too. Talk about a beautiful rug. Man you out did yourself.

    1. Thank you Bethany! I really do have to give all of the credit to my amazing husband on that one! The plates were so super easy and can totally be customized for any space! Thanks again girl!

  39. This is so beautiful, and I would love to come spend the afternoon on this inspiring patio. Great job! Thanks for sharing this with us at Bloggers Brags. I’m pinning to our group board on Pinterest!

    1. Awwww, thanks Amanda! Unfortunately, we had to leave that view behind when we moved, but can’t wait to recreate the space in our new backyard!

  40. What a gorgeous outdoor space Kristi! LOVE the table and benches, you guys did a fabulous job and for just $150 dollars! Also I am a big fan of all the potty plants you have outside, and the color choices… and I can keep going on!

  41. Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  42. Your deck looks great and perfect for entertaining. The table and benches are an awesome diy. We just sold our aluminum patio set this weekend and I’m using my old farmhouse table for our patio. I would love to make a bench for seating. The colours you chose are very pretty and what a view!

    1. Thank you SO much Elizabeth! How perfect that you have an old farmhouse table!!! I think it would look wonderful with a bench on either side! How lovely!!!

  43. This space is STUNNING, Kristi! And that view is amazing. I really love your rug! I’m sure you will make a beautiful outdoor area in your new place.

  44. What a lovely outdoor space. I love the colors and especially the table. What a great job you and your husband did.
    Thanks for linking up To Turn It Up Tuesday,

  45. That table and the colors on top- so fabulous! I could spend a long time sitting around that table! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Motivational Monday. Hope you will join us again tomorrow night!

  46. This is sooooo pretty!! I love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Motivational Monday party last week! Hope you’ll join us again tonight!!


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