A special hello to you readers coming from Cassie’s home at Cassie Bustamante. Her home is always filled with fun surprises and Summer is no exception! If you haven’t visited her please check it out, I’ll be right here waiting.
As part of the Seasonal Simplicity home tour series hosted by April at House by Hoff and Krista at The Happy Housie I’m here today to share with you our Summer outdoor space. This week 25 diy and home bloggers will give you a beautiful glimpse into their summer homes with tons of inspiration and different styles, a feast for your eyes.
Naturally summer brings us outdoors so I’m focusing on the back patio space. I recently completed a makeover where I swapped out the giant trestle dining table for a more casual and comfortable lounge area.
I built this outdoor dining table in August of 2014 and we loved it, it seats 10 adults easily so plenty of space. But as we’ve lived in this home for a few years now I’ve come to the realization that there was no comfortable lounging furniture on the patio.
The number of times we entertain where we need an enormous table are few so I decided to replace the big table with a sofa and swivel chairs (sources down below). And I built a sturdy truss style coffee table to fit the center of the space. So much better and so much more enticing. I will eventually add a smaller dining table later this summer so stay tuned!
This new furniture has already gotten so much use and as summer goes along I can guarantee we will be out there every chance we get.
The patio is next to the pool, which is not open yet (this photo above is from last summer – see the old dining table) but I’ll be sure to get a good photo of the new furniture on the patio once the pool is open.
As always I bring out the tiki torches for summer, they’re super inexpensive and help with the bugs at night.
I’ll show you my secret tiki torch installation tool:
I’m sure I’m not the first one to use a planting auger to make holes for their torch posts.
This probably needs no instruction but you literally drill a hole into the ground with the auger. Pull up to get all the loose dirt out, insert the tiki torch post and firmly pack the dirt around the post.
Another option if you want a more portable tiki torch or don’t have a place to insert the post in the earth is this stand idea I made here:
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Back to the patio and the diy truss coffee table:
I built the coffee table using the lumber from the old dining table and I made free plans here so you can build it too. It’s a solid coffee table that provides a nice anchor to all the lounge furniture.
Just for kicks, because everyone loves a good before and after, I thought I would share a photo from the back patio when we moved in 4 years ago:
The previous owners had installed a koi pond. As beautiful and magnificent as koi are I actually didn’t want anything to do with the expense of maintaining a koi pond. So we relocated the koi to a friend’s pond, drained the whole thing and pulled up the liner, lights and pump and filled it all in so now we have the perfect grassy area for the firepit:
It’s amazing how much you can transform a space with a little planning and a lot of work! At the end of the day it’s definitely all worth it.
I hope you enjoyed my new outdoor space for Summer. Be sure to stop by all the bloggers participating in the Seasonal Simplicity home tour.
Nina Hendrick Design Co. / The Wicker House / A Burst of Beautiful / Paint Me Pink / Town and Country Living
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– Hampton Bay Spring Haven sofa: The Home Depot
– Hampton Bay Spring Haven swivel chair: The Home Depot
– sofa & chairs cushion slipcovers: The Home Depot