The backyard retreat that dreams are made of is in full swing and finished enough that we sat outside for a few too many hours and a bottle of Locations wine last Saturday night. It was a little slice of heaven.
Last we left off, the list looked like this …
Lay foundation and add flagstone patio (kind of an important detail, no?) Install outdoor speakers for stereo.
- Add plants for privacy and enjoyment
- Install a vine on a trellis against the brick wall of space.
Clean up furniture
- Pot some plants for layers of color and beauty.
- Pillows … yes, please.
- Add a monogrammed canvas to the trellis wall.
- Add some mason jar lanterns (may have to give this Lovely Crafty Home tutorial a try ….)
- Pour a cocktail and enjoy!
Items 2 and 5 turned out to be bigger projects than expected. #2 involved a drill and Dear Hubs trying to convince me about 30 minutes before we had friends over that “this was easy”… that attempted ended with a big ole abort mission. Item 5 involved restaining the furniture after we “cleaned it up”. (((The pic below was “before” … yikes!))). Nonetheless, it’s done and looks brand new again.
I think we also get partial credit for item 10 now, too, right?
To work on item 6, I grabbed 2 on hand black planters and decided to dress the old girls up a bit for their patio debut. These are metal and were purchased years ago along with some stands at a wholesale design center in Atlanta. They have most recently been calling my basement home when not in use with the fall pumpkin topiaries. Now, they are front and center with a little fun enhancement.
Using just a spool of white electrical tape (Walmart), I was able to give a fun black and white stripe look to my planters. Since my initial inspiration called for stripes … this was perfect!
To complete the project, I only needed the planters, electrical tape and a pair of scissors.
The easy steps I followed were …
- Clean the planters with a bit of all purpose cleaner to knock off any debris and dirt. To be honest, these looked a little rough and were headed to the give away pile if this idea had not come along.
- Begin by making several guide pieces of tape and applying at least 2 around the bottom on each side. Just simply cut a small piece of the electrical tape (about 1-2 inches) and apply it around the bottom to get a straight guide line. If you have a round planter, you would do the same; just place the guides every so often. (((terrible picture but I didn’t realize it until it was too late to go back!)))
- Above the guides, roll out your first stripe of electrical tape. If your planter shape is straight, you can just wrap around the sides. For my planter, the shape had a slight taper so I had to do each side separately and match up the seams. To do this, I cut each strip at the very edge and wrapped ever so slightly on the angle. Once I had a little comfort to the process, I started cutting right on the edge and it worked just great.
- Continue moving your guide lines up as you work from the bottom to the top of the planter. Once done, touch up any spots where your seams could use some love.
It’s THAT easy! I originally had my eye on some bright red, summer annuals; but when I saw a deal on hydrangea at my brand new Walmart … I knew I HAD to have them! I figure they can live in the pots for a while, and then can move to the ground in the shade assuming all goes well (green thumbs crossed!). I also added a little solar lantern to the planter for some table top light when it’s dark outside; one must be able to find their drink at all costs … priorities!
And now that they are complete … I LOVE the new striped look!
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