Why a Mini Backyard Makeover?
While we’re still waiting for summer to arrive here in Seattle and most of us are doing that waiting inside and under covers, my mother loves outdoor living, even in the rain. Her beloved gazebo fell victim to a snowfall this winter, literally. Her backyard was a bit of a mess from the fall; leaving her outdoor furniture uncovered during our very wet winter and spring.
The gazebo was hauled off a few weeks ago but the mess it left behind was overwhelming so my sister and I conspired to do a mini backyard makeover for her. Granted, my idea of a “mini” makeover consisted of washing the patio and buying mom a new chair for reading outside. My sister Judy’s idea was to invite over tons of help to dig up part of mom’s yard and add 2 yards of gravel to provide a new seating area, pressure wash the patio, weed the flower beds, plant all the planters, and more.
Mini Backyard Makeover – Planning and Shopping
To get the makeover started, Judy, her husband, and I met at our local Kmart to do the shopping. We’d checked out the selection at the Kmart website the day before so we had some ideas about what we’d be picking up.
We loved all of the Jaclyn Smith patio sets (which are on sale right now and they have so many coordinating pieces) but my mom’s two existing sets could be salvaged by cleaning so we wanted something more personal. We settled on an outdoor Lazy-Boy recliner as the perfect showcase piece for the makeover. Mom loves to read and she loves her recliner inside, so this was a fabulous choice.
Still, getting all the accessories together took us awhile and we were probably in the store 2 hours. Thankfully the Kmart employees let us be and we made use of the space to lay out our accessories until we had it just right. (Check out all our shopping trip photos and designer choices in the Kmart outdoor décor and furniture section on Google +)
We tried out several sets of accessories including patio umbrellas and rummaged around the store to find some fun and interesting accessories. I think our final color scheme turned out fabulous and it looks great with her house color and design. As we hauled our very full cart to check out the employees had already retrieved our boxed chair and had it waiting at the registers for us. At checkout I completely forgot about the Shop Your Way Rewards program – I could have earned some serious points with this purchase had I remembered my card! I won’t forget it again, that’s for sure!
Mom’s Mini Backyard Makeover – Before and After Pictures and more! (Video)
It Takes an Army of Friends
On the day of the makeover we kept mom locked up in her house with a sign to ignore the noises in the backyard and then a small army of friends and family worked together – probably about 40 hours of man power total – to makeover the backyard. We dug, scrubbed, tossed, hauled, and generally worked like crazy but we had a great time. Neighborhood kids helped out and with the spectacular weather it made for a fabulous event.
Surprise Mini Backyard Makeover – Mission Accomplished!
While we put the finishing touches on the makeover, the brother-in-law worked on grilling up some dinner to celebrate and the end of the very long workday. With dinner ready and the makeover complete, we finally invited mom out to see her new outdoor room. Yep, she cried, I’d say that we did a good job.
Our final shopping list included the Lazy-Boy recliner, side table, patio umbrella, two sets of lights, yellow pillow, green throw blanket, two decorative statues and the umbrella stand. Total price about $500. We added two yards of gravel ($64), $50 of new flowers, and lots of elbow grease.
I’m thinking that now that mom has the best patio on the block she should host a 4th of July party….now if only Mother Nature would bless us with some sunshine!
I’m still sore and tired from our adventure but it was really fun getting to hang out with friends and family. I’m so very grateful for all the help – you guys are awesome!
So what do you think of our makeover?
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