Our DIY Patio Table, Part I

See Part II of our patio table post! We’ve come so far on our back patio this summer, but it was still missing one of the most important things – a table! From the very beginning, when we thought about how we want our backyard to function, we get all smiley imagining our friends gathered around a large table […]

Adding Wicker to Our Backyard Patio

We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of […]

Saving Our Patio Chairs from a Rusty Future

The evening we returned home from completing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover, it was warm. We were thrilled. (Warm weather in April in Chicago? It can’t be!) We were happily exhausted from the weekend and travel, but Scott suggested that we push through and get our front porch ready for spring and summer (and fall, too). I was so giddy […]

OPI On the Porch + a Giveaway!

Right after we planted Round Two of our baby garden, it started to rain – and rain and rain and rain. Our garden is going nuts (yeah!), but with the rain came cold weather, and so we find ourselves wishing and hoping that one day – someday soon! – we can enjoy our front porch […]

The Painted Front Door

This is the story of a painted front door, yes, but it’s so much more than that! It’s sort of silly to keep reminiscing on how far certain areas of our house have come in the last year (while others have remained completely stagnant), but as we check off another to-do on the list, we […]

The Front Porch is (Mostly) Complete!

After tackling the more tedious tasks of painting the front porch railings and staining the floor, planting our garden and wishing our grass to grow (it’s starting to look so good!), we were finally to the point of pulling everything together. With new lights installed and an over-sized swing to swing in (with only minor […]

The Porch Floor Gets Stained!

We’re one step closer to front porch completion (this season anyway)! Our porch is stained! Staining our deck ended up turning into a thing, as most projects (big or small) tend to do with us. (Truly, we drive ourselves crazy sometimes.) Initially, we planned to use a product such as Behr’s Deckover or Rustoleum Restore, […]

Swing Hanging Fixing

They say an ounce of prevention is greater than a pound of cure. We must have been sick the day they taught that lesson. While we’re usually fairly careful planners, we were so blinded by DIY porch plans and nail polish-colored paint that we didn’t actually locate the studs in our porch ceiling before we […]

DIY Porch Swing

Remember when I said we had a front patio update, only to run into issues at the eleventh hour? (I mean, it’s DIY! Naturally.) Well over the holiday weekend, we were able to tie up the loose ends, and now we have a new, pretty porch swing to show for it! (As for the road […]

Our Baby Garden

There are times when starting with a blank slate can be downright terrifying. Even more so? Combining ‘blank slate’ with ‘garden.’ With these two, that’s not only terrifying, but almost laughable. But! Spoiler alert – we survived (with a lot of help!) and have a teeny, baby garden to show for it. Let’s back up. […]