The next project was the doily table runner. There really isn’t any steps to show for this. I found a ton of great doilies during one of my thrift store trips and I didn’t really have a plan for them. I had seen this idea before and thought I would try myself. I laid them out first to decide placement then I took a good ol’ needle & thread and added a few stitches where the points met. It seems daunting at first but it went by pretty quickly. This large runner (this pic only show about 75% of it) took me about an hour to stitch.
I made the bunting with some scrap material I had and the table runner with a bunch of doilies I picked up at a thrift store that I didn’t know what I was going to do with. Both the expandable table & chairs are from Ikea in case you’re wondering. The pillows & lantern are from Homesense last season.
I’m a lucky girl, I have a large rooftop patio all to myself. It’s wonderful but I don’t think it’s necessarily beautiful and cozy. After four summers of not wanting to invest in a space I could only use 3-4 months of the year I decided (with some motivation) it’s time to just suck it up, spend a little money, put in the hard work and get it done. I called it the Patio Beautification Project. And the results are in!
Here’s the before. I already sold my glass top Walmart patio set at this point but you get the idea.
These chics and hen succulents were in a sad looking box on the ground (not seen in before pics) and my flower box was also very sad and falling apart. So with a hammer & nails I got my hands dirty and took all the sadness and turned into it something happy. I can tell they like it because they look super green & healthy compared to before.
Today I’m bringing you another one of my own DIY projects while I’m still riding this momentum of scratching of items from my To Do list that I started almost five years ago. Next on the list is a patio makeover. I’m calling it the Patio Beautification Project. The full story is coming but for now here’s a little sneak peak. My sad, sad looking pots needed a makeover.
Set up your drop cloth and start spraying. I suggest a calm day with no wind. You’ll likely need at least two coats to cover nicely.
Once you have them all taped up it’s time for a little gold to make them look rich. You’ll end up with something like this. Give them two coats for good coverage. Then let them dry to the touch but not overnight because that green tape can end up taking some paint off with it if you leave it on too long.
Summer weather has arrived early this year! This means it’s time to get the patio in order and ready to host some BBQ’s. Your BBQ can range from throwing a few hot dogs and burgers on the grill to an all out outdoor formal dinner party. There’s a ton of cute stuff out there right now for both. Personally I like to keep my BBQ’s glass-free zones with lots of colour….with a guitar thrown in for a little post-beverage fun. Here’s my idea of a bunch of great must-have’s for a bright & cheery summer BBQ.