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!