Our 1954 Home: Patio Revamp

Earlier I mentioned that Patrick and I were revamping our patio, and today I’m excited to share what it looks like, along with some other changes to our backyard!

Myself, wearing a turquoise sleeveless top and pink peddle pushers, seated at a white metal table. A small cacti sits in a turquoise planter in the middle of the table, a plate with pink and white cookies sits nearby. The table is white with matching white chairs with orange cushions. In the background is the covered part of the patio with various chairs and plants. Text overlay reads "Our 1954 Home Patio Revamp"

When we moved in our backyard featured lots of mature plants, but no grass. After planting grass we realized there was a portion of our backyard that didn’t get much sun, and the grass never faired too well in that area. Additionally, we really wanted to have an outdoor dining space, but didn’t want to give up the very nice lounge space we had set up in the shade of the covered patio. So we decided to expand the concrete, allowing for a dining space, while also taking care of the grass that wasn’t working out. We really lucked out and snagged this small vintage set on Craigslist right before the concrete was poured. The seats were originally a very East Coast, Cape Cod, “At the shore” blue and white strip pattern, and I reupholstered them in orange as we have so many orange flowers in the backyard.

Additionally, on either side of the steps from the sliding glass door, were what I originally believed to be planters, that had brick placed in them to fill them out, we decided to remove the brick and fill with concrete, creating a more level surface for the chairs we already had sitting there.

We also added a few new bullet planters. And I do mean new, not new to us, as it the norm here. As we haven’t been out antiquing or hitting up flea markets, and not having any luck at a decent price online for vintage ones, we decided to opt for the new ones created by Hip Haven. However we found out Hip Haven sells ones that have “irregularities” at a discount on their Etsy shop! Since our vintage bullet planters are imperfect already, having new ones with any imperfections would be just fine, and honestly, when the planters did arrive, I had a hard time spotting anything really wrong with them!

We’ve made a few other changes to the backyard since I originally shared it back in 2018. When we moved in the backyard had a guava tree, but late last year the guava tree split, and we had it removed and planted an orange tree in its place. Even though we live in California, I love having a fire in our fireplace during fall and winter, and Patrick build a woodshed awhile back, but with all of the new colors added to the backyard I decided to paint it turquoise. Also, a corner of the yard that meet up with the house had the back of the old air conditioner sticking out (we aren’t removing it, at least any time soon, since it’s rather cool looking on the inside), so I created a faux western outhouse to cover it up, and give me a little old west corner for photos.

View of our covered patio toward the table, in the distance a turquoise wood shed sits against the fence.

Myself, wearing a turquoise sleeveless top and pink peddle pushers, seated at a white metal table. A small cacti sits in a turquoise planter in the middle of the table, a plate with pink and white cookies sits nearby. The table is white with matching white chairs with orange cushions. In the background is the covered part of the patio with various chairs and plants.

Our covered patio, looking toward the double sliding glass door. A wire diamond shape chair sits to the left, a circular chair with a black over sits on the right. Paired with each chair is a white Saarinen chair. Colorful pots full of cacti and succulents are around.

Colonel Whiskers sits perched atop the turquoise wood shed.

A corner of the backyard features a faux western style outhouse, cacti, a turquoise garden hose, a dilapidated sign reading "Welcome to Gravesend" with a miniature diver helemt.

Our orange tree sits against a wooden fence, figures of a bull fighter and woman lean against the fence.

A butterfly chair sits next to various planters

Close up of a green ceramic pot with a green aloe plant atop a white table.

Myself, wearing a turquoise sleeveless top, seated at a white metal table. A small cacti sits in a turquoise planter in the middle of the table, a plate with pink and white cookies sits nearby.

A pair of black butterfly chairs sit on the covered patio with a small black metal table between them.

Myself, wearing a turquoise sleeveless top and pink peddle pushers, standing holding a pink garden hose.

A circular chair with black and turquoise cover sits near the sliding glass door with various planters filled with cacti and succulents nearby.

Close-up of white orange blossom flowers on our orange tree.

Myself, wearing a turquoise sleeveless top and pink peddle pushers, standing next to the diamond chair.

Various colored planters full of cacti and succulents.

View toward the house, showing the new concrete which is curved toward the covered patio.

Close-up of the cactus int he turquoise pot, it is green with an orange bulb at the top. My hand juts from the top holding a pink cookie above the plate of more cookies.

View of the white patio table and chairs with their orange cushions. Bullet shaped planters sit near the backdoor, and a turquoise wood shed stands behind.

Our fluffy grey cat, Colonel Whiskers sits in the grass.

Myself, wearing a turquoise sleeveless top and pink peddle pushers, seated at a white metal table. A small cacti sits in a turquoise planter in the middle of the table, a plate with pink and white cookies sits nearby. The table is white with matching white chairs with orange cushions. In the background is the covered part of the patio with various chairs and plants.

This little patio revamp really makes staying at home so much due to COVID a lot easier. It’s been absolutely delightful sitting outside for lunch lately. But I’m also eager to share the new space with friends and look forward to entertaining again once things are safer.

Want to freshen up your outdoor space? Here are some resources to get your hands on some of the same goodies!

Pink and Turquoise Garden Hoses & Holders, and Brass Nozzles – Garden Glory

“Irregular” Bullet Planters – Hip Haven’s Etsy Shop – For perfect bullet planters and more, see their website!

Colorful Stripe Door Mat – Target

Outfit
Top & Jewelry: I honestly don’t remember…
Pink Jeans: Old Glory Antique Mall, Vancouver, Washington
Shoes: Re-Mix

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