Monday, January 7, 2013

Project Patio

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and the start of 2013!

I don't do new year's resolutions myself, but one of the things I want to do this year (ok, that kinda sounds like a resolution of sorts, no?) is to make our front patio of our apartment more homey.  I've posted a couple pics here and there of our patio over the year, but it's nothing to write home about.  It's actually quite spacious for an LA apartment and I have been meaning to decorate it more ever since we moved in...almost a year and a half ago! Oops. So here are some of the projects I'd like to tackle for our patio:

I think making your own coffee table out of wooden crates is an awesome idea. Becca, from DIY Vintage Chic, posted this great tutorial for how to make your own.  I was hoping I can score some free wine crates from somewhere. Or, just buy wooden crates and use Becca's idea of stenciling on a winery logo directly on the crate.  I could stencil wineries Ryan and I have been to.

I think this would be a great outdoor table.  Low-cost, cute, and practical.  I love that the crates double as a table and shelving.

Recyclart posts tons of great up-cycled projects. The table below actually turns out to be this product made by reSurface. But if I could come by some free wooden pallets this would be a cool table too.  Maybe a little more work than the crates though...I think I will stick with the crates unless it doesn't work out as planned.

Then as for the garden side of our patio, I'd really like it to be better organized.  And cuter.  Way cuter. Don't get me wrong, I think my little aloe plant is just precious.  But I think it'd be even more precious in one of these neat vertical garden planters.

Apartment Therapy, chock full of incredible-but-usually-really-daunting projects, posted about this nifty vertical garden idea:

And here's another version:

And even another:

Those are the two biggest projects I'd like to get done this year.  I'd also like to put up some lights out there. Perhaps these cute little guys:


Thank goodness for Pinterest! I don't know how I would have come up with these patio projects without it.

Any other patio suggestions? I'd like to put a little chicken coop out there too, but alas, I don't think our landlord would go for it. Someday.

Well, that's all for now.  Enjoy your week!


  1. you have gathered some great ideas ~ all of them are fabulous, you're going to have a really nice patio :)

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I hope I can get my act together this year and get it all done! :)

  2. It looks like your dream patio will be a beautiful place to escape and rejuvenate!

    Just a thought though on the hanging planters - they can be a watering challenge. You may want to think of stacking pots of several sizes instead. will send a photo.

    LOVE the table and the crate table. Keep us posted!

    1. I'm hoping it will turn out as relaxing as it is in my mind! :)

      Thanks for the heads up about the vertical planters...I hadn't even thought of the watering aspect. I think I've seen the stacking pots you're mentioning, also very cute! I will have to do more research!

  3. You have fine ideas for your patio re-do project. Carry on and do share your output to your avid readers. Best of luck on that New Year's resolution.

  4. Hey, Kathryn! Those are great ideas for patio furniture. I love the idea of stenciling logos of wineries that you've been to. I think that'll give your patio a very intimate feel and make it a sweet corner to escape to. So how did Project Patio go? Have you had any progress?

    1. Hi Angelina - thanks for your comment! The patio project is most definitely still a work in progress! I'm trying to save up my Michael's coupons to get all the crates still. But I've made some progress with my patio garden and will have to post some updates of that! Thanks for teh motivation to get moving on more of my patio projects! :)

  5. Great choice of furniture, Kathryn! Your patio must be a very relaxing place, looking at the vintage-inspired furniture selection. I personally love the lights you are planning to go with. I'm glad that you didn't forget about the lighting for your Patio Project. They can make a big difference. With the right kind of lighting, you can showcase your personality and style in a subtle way. That lighting option looks fashionable and practical, and you should really go for it! Keep us updated on the progress! :)

    Allison Shallenberger

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