Rustic Patio Makeover – {One Room Challenge} – REVEAL

YOU GUYS! It’s finally patio reveal day!  Our patio makeover is done!

This project really tested me, wayyyy more than the last ORC go round with our master bedroom did.  There were so many DIYs (sanding, painting, staining, poly-ing!), so much decor to procure, so many decisions, so many late nights in the dark filled with mosquitoes, so many hiccups, so many new things learned, and I worked right up until the very night before this post to just barely get it done on time.  But I’ve never been more happy with a project before.  Ever.  No guts, no glory right??

If you’re just popping in and wondering what the heck I’m gushing about, I took on a complete patio transformation for this season’s  One Room Challenge.  The ORC challenges designers and bloggers to makeover a space in their home in just SIX short weeks!  There’s 20 designers revealing today, and almost 200 of us crazies participating as linking participants who will all link up their reveals tomorrow, so be sure to head over and have your fill of eye candy!   I LOVE clicking around to everyone’s project throughout the week and weekend.ORC Guest GoldLet’s take a look back at the design board I shared on week two, just as a little refresher.  I had envisioned a space filled with neutral decor, focused on weathered textures and finishes, that would allow us to entertain better and have more of a gathering space.

Creating a rustic, weathered, coastal, and relaxed patio space full of texture and beautiful neutral colors.

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And, if you want to catch up on the whole six week journey, go back and check out my progress posts here:

Week 1 – Boring before pictures
Week 2 – The design and inspiration for the new space, plus the initial to-do list
Week 3 – New plants and the hunt for perfect pots
Week 4 – Peeks of the DIY project progress and some of the decor
Week 5 – DIYing, DIYing, and more DIYing, and a little decorating

Here’s the new space!

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

Eeeeee!  It’s absolutely perfect and all came together sooooo well, I cannot believe that this space is ours.  I tackled four decent DIYs and amassed piles of gorgeous decor to make it cozy and ready for entertaining.  And, I completed my very first tablescape, ever.  I know.  It’s a pivotal point in a blogger’s life.

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We’ll start over in the lounging area first.

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.patio furniture stain  /  outdoor rugs  / starburst mirror (similar)  / patio set (similar)  /  jute-trimmed pillows  / gray pillows  / lantern set (similar)  /  hand towel (similar) / glasswarestring lights / rope tray (similar) / throw blanket / plant pot / mercury candleholders 

I’ve had this patio set from World Market for a few years now and the sun, heat, weather, and a gregarious handful of carpenter bees finally had it waving its flag.  I sanded it all, sealed the carpenter bee holes (angry little buggers), sprayed it with Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck in a similar color (Caribou), then sprayed a couple of coats of spar urethane.  They look amazing now!

(ORC confession #1, I still have to poly the couch)
(ORC confession #2, I got the glossy poly instead of the satin and have to redo them)

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you may know that I’m pattern-phobic, and while the pattern on these outdoor rugs scared the crap out of me, they’re GORGEOUS and ended up being absolutely perfect out here, I’m so happy I went with them after all.  The patio was in shambles for most of the challenge, but having the rug down here still made it feel so much more cozy and soft than before.  I had to have this little pillow for the couch as soon as I spotted it at Magnolia Market a couple weekends ago (come back on Monday for that post!).

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

Next, the piece d’ resistance of this whole project, my DIY farmhouse table.  We haven’t had a proper dining table out here since 2009 when we first moved in (see Week 1’s befores…sheesh) so my whole goal in this makeover was to give us just that.  Buying one was out of the question and I’ve been itching to learn how to build things for a while now, so this was the perfect opportunity.

AMAZING DIY table, privacy wall, and bar cart! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space. outdoor rug  / string lights / privacy wall stain / table base stain / dining table plans / dining chairs / chair cushions 

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

She’ll have her own tutorial post coming soon, but the plans are from Ana White (of course) modified to fit a top using beautifully chippy-paint lumber we picked up on the side of the road a few months ago.  I wanted to show off that chippy goodness so I kept my *first* tablescape to a minimum, using some of my driftwood hoard, white outdoor diningware, wood accents, and mercury glass votives.

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.chargers / dinnerware / napkins / napkin rings / mercury candleholders mercury and wood candleholders

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

I chose a matching rug for the dining space too to keep it all cohesive and once again, it’s perfect.  Having arms on the dining chairs was a requirement because it’s just so much more comfortable, but it took me forever to find some that weren’t huge or crazy expensive, but these fit perfectly.  Settling on a color was another issue, but the gray ended up being almost an exact match for the table base and lounge furniture color, which keeps the focus on my pretty tabletop :)
(ORC confession #3:  I haven’t sealed the tabletop yet)

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

Beautiful rustic coastal tablescape! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

While that table has my heart, these two DIYs are close runner-ups.  As shown in the before pics, this “privacy” wall used to be made of that crappy lattice stuff and looked HORRIBLE.  I had it ripped down in about an hour one evening, then just nailed up a dozen or so stained boards (matching the pergola) and it looks a gazillion times better!   That new fancy wall was just begging to be a focal point though.
(ORC confession #4: that is all the beer we had in the house for me to stage with)

Awesome bar cart and cooler stand for entertaining! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.privacy wall stain / bar cart paint / casters / glassware / round wire basket / hooks / napkin (similar)

I hung an old window to use as a sign/menu, and rehabbed an old bookshelf I had made years ago into a rolling bar cart/cooler stand.  Stop back by this Saturday for that tutorial.  My potted plants over here even got a makeover and a few new friends, particularly two key lime trees which I’m pretty stoked about!

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

Awesome bar cart makeover! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

What patio space would be complete without some party lights??  We’ve had these string lights  for a couple of years now along the edge of the patio (they’re awesome and have held up great!) but at the last minute, it dawned on me to criss-cross them across the whole roof instead of the outside edge.  We also added a couple more strands to add more light and it looks awesome!  The husband even used the word “bistro” y’all.
(ORC confession #5:  By last minute, I mean the night before I wrote this post)

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

The one thing in my design board that got axed was the ceiling fans.  And it hurt, bad.  I have, and will always, yearn for a ceiling fan out here but since the patio addition was made with just a metal roof (NOT what I would have chosen being two miles from the ocean!) it would have been a huge pain and $$$ to get someone to come mount those for us.  If they would have just extended the roof and made a normal porch, we totally could have DIYed it :/  So, I had to sacrifice my fan plan.  The idea is still in my head and who knows, maybe someday we’ll figure out a way to do it.

Alright, now for the fun before and afters!  Because everyone loves a good side-by-side, let’s see what six short weeks can do:

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

Going waaaaay back to 2009 for this one (aka: when we had our last dining “set”):

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

AMAZING! Table & Hearth completely transformed this boring, bare, and beat up patio space into a relaxed, neutral, and weathered coastal-meets-farmhouse space that's perfect for entertianing! Great DIYs and curated decor make it such a beautiful space.

So, all of you guys are welcome to come hang out and have a few post-ORC celebratory brews with us!  It was a long, tiring, and busy six weeks but somehow I got it done in time and absolutely can’t wait to kick back and enjoy this space now!  I barely even remember what it was like before. Tutorials for the dining table, refinishing the patio set, the privacy wall, and bar cart are coming soon and I apologize in advance for the barrage of patio pics that will continue to show up around my social media :)   Party time!!

*UPDATE:  Click the images below for the various DIY projects!

 

A HUGE thank you to these ORC sponsors!

Remember to head over and see everyone’s reveals at Calling It Home today and tomorrow!  We may be crazy for doing this but man are there some awesome spaces!!!

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84 thoughts on “Rustic Patio Makeover – {One Room Challenge} – REVEAL

  1. Wow! It looks so good! I think my favorites are the table and the chair cushions. Really love it and I totally laughed over the pattern phobia. LOL.

  2. Oh my goodness!!! Emily, it’s absolutely PERFECT! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your neutral, rustic details and you’re right, those rugs are ahhhhhmazing! What a gorgeous and relaxing space!

    1. Now I just need some friends to come hang out back here with me!!! (hint!) I heart those rugs so bad, they’re just the right amount of pattern-but-not-much-pattern for me :) Thanks friend!

  3. Just beautiful and so inviting I can hardly wait to come try it out. Oh, Bear is really stoked about all the new cushions and pillows to sleep on. Just kidding. We would not let him near any of this. So proud of you.

    1. Bahahahaaa! I had to lint-roll little black Bear hairs off the cushions before I waterproofed them…we’ll have to bleach him white if he wants to get back up there. The fancy decor will soon be stashed until a gathering, and the Bear towels will be back on just in case :) Can’t wait to have Paula’s diner on this table!!!

  4. Love it!!! Oh my gosh you worked so hard!!! The table is absolutely fabulous and your rolling bookcase bar cart upcycle is just perfect for out there. I would kill for an outdoor space like that. I hope you rest, relax and enjoy it now!!!!!

    1. Thank you Bre!!! Rest is DEFINITELY first. It’s supposed to be rainy and chilly here this weekend so I told my husband I’m going into hibernation to recover :) But then it’s on and party time!

    1. Girl, it was 90 the day I took these photos, it’s horrible! Hop on a plane anytime but pleeeeeaaaase bring some of that coolness with you, I can’t take it anymore!

  5. Girl you rocked this challenge! And oh my! That table is divine!!! The privacy wall is gorgeous! The cushions and Texas pillow is so sweet. I love it all…so after I finally sleep off this challenge, I’m coming out for one of those beers. So you best be saving me one =)

    1. Deal! Iced down as we speak :) Seriously, there’s some in that cooler right now. Those drinks are well-deserved, we all knocked it out of the park this time around, I can’t wait to start pouring through all of them today. It’s like Christmas.

  6. Congrats! I am so jealous of such an amazing outdoor space. Love the layering you have done! enjoy!

    1. Thanks Lianna! I was worried all the neutrals wouldn’t be super inviting but I really tried to focus on cushy, cozy textures and yes, layering it all, so I think it worked out great :) Now I’m ready to just curl up in all of it!

    1. Come on down Christine!!! I wanted to keep everything light and neutral so that subtly gray-blue chippy paint on the table would really show up. I could just hug the folks who threw it out :)
      (oh, and your comment did go through, I just had to approve it so no worries!)

    1. Thank you Roxanne! It was worth every dark and late minute :) The string lights put off just the perfect light at night, and quite a bit of it too which is good since that makes up for some of what I was wanting to accomplish with the ceiling fans. They’re the husband’s favorite part.

    1. Isn’t it crazy how much better they look like that?! It’s one of those head slap moments of “why didn’t we do it like that years ago??” Thanks Amy!!

  7. Beautiful job Emily!! Love every rustic element in this space :) The table came out amazing! I’d hang out there if I could! Congrats on being all done!

    1. It was definitely influenced by my recent trip to Magnolia Market and being in Joanna Gaines world :) It felt really good to decorate with things I really loved and was drawn to so I just went with it. Spurred on by those table boards of course :) Wish you guys could hang out here too, virtual cheers!

  8. Oh my goodness, friend! You have really outdone yourself! I audibly gasped when I saw the finished space. That table is a true work of art! I love the rugs, the lights, the privacy wall…..EVERYTHING! You amaze me! I’m coming down for a backyard BBQ party when it gets warm again, which will probably be next week. ;)

    1. Aw, yay Sarah! Thank you!! And I know right, dude it was 90 here yesterday, what the hell?!? I’d rather party in the cold, it’ll give me a reason to fashion a fire pit somewhere back here too :)

  9. Wow, this is beautiful! I love the idea of having such a great outdoor space. I grew up in southern California so have such a soft spot for indoor/outdoor living. I love all of the rustic and nature elements for this porch. It is so cozy and perfect. Great job!

    1. We definitely weren’t taking advantage of it as much as we could, although it’s really hot out here for like half the year so that’s a little brutal. But almost all the rest of the year it’s fine so I’m planning on that! Looking forward to hopping around to see the other spaces, including yours :)

  10. Holy cannoli this space is AMAZING! I just love how you pulled it all together – it’s the perfect backyard retreat! You’re kicking my butt in gear to redo my deck once it gets nice out again :D

    1. Bahahahaa, year-round yes, but a good bit of that is 110 degrees and/or you get 83392 mosquito bites…at least there’s a pretty space to endure all that now ;) Thanks friend!

  11. Amazing, amazing, amazing! I am in love with this space!! Way to go – building your own farmhouse table! I love the weathered wood on top, and that beautiful tablescape you pulled together. (I totally feel your nerves on that one, I’ve yet to do one, but have photo plans for my first this weekend…eee.) This is my idea of a perfect outdoor area. Fabulous job!

    1. I’m totally addicted now Jenny ;) It may not make much sense when we actually need to sit down and eat there but they sure are pretty to put together and play with, so have fun!

  12. I can’t believe you made the table AND did all of that work on the furniture! Hard working girl! What a great space you have and how much fun will you have entertaining with those twinkling lights now….great job!

    1. It was a bit daunting to take on two semi-separate spaces, but I love how they blended into a big cohesive space! Thank you so much for this challenge Linda, it’s always so much fun and exciting!!

  13. Emily! This is gorgeous! I love it so much! Great job that table is stunning…and just how you set it and all the choices you made for this space is flawless. Pinned!

    1. I really pushed myself to step it up out here and was really happy with the results. Everything was exactly as it was in my head (except for the dang ceiling fans). Thank you Deb!! :x

  14. Love it all! Especially coffee table table scape, privacy wall and the table is so fine. I think it would be really pretty if you painted the doors a soft grey blue . It would look great with the table.

    1. It’s funny you say that Joanne because I totally had “paint doors” on my initial to-do list. It got scratched almost immediately when I actually took the time to think about all I had to do, plus there’s a third door over by the wall, but it’s definitely something still on my mind. I think they’d be really cool in a dark, dark gray too although I’m not sure if I can get the hubby on board for that quite yet, but hopefully I’ll be able to do it and share it here someday! Maybe with ceiling fans ;)

  15. What an amazing makeover. I really love how you showed us your inspiration board and how much it turned out just like that! I have shared this over at Twitter and Facebook! happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you for sharing Chloe!! I was really happy how close it came out too, that doesn’t usually happen :) All but those stinkin’ fans! I hope you have an awesome day!!

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