Monday

Patio Makeover and DIY outdoor art

I've mentioned before that I wanted to make it a goal to makeover our patio this summer, and I'm happy to say it's looking a lot better out there.  We pressure washed everything which made such a huge difference.  That instantly made everything feel cleaner and made me want to spend more time out there.  I added some cushions to the chairs and gave our table a few coats of spray paint.

I also added some DIY outdoor art to this small little nook we have out there.  It's hard to add color to outdoor spaces without using fabrics and rugs. (two things that haven't held up well for me out there in the past)  So I went a different route this time and created some super easy art that should hold up well over time. 

You may remember that I was really loving this bag I saw at Target.  I loved the pattern and colors so much that I let it inspire my art.


You can make your artwork any size, but I went with 36" by 36".  I created a super simple frame by screwing some pressure treated outdoor posts together in a square shape.  Then, I just nailed a piece of plywood to the front side to create a canvas.  I went with pressure treated wood on the sides in hopes that it would hold up better over time.    

Then I just started painting.  A quick coat of white primer gave me a clean slate to work with.  The colors were just random colors I had leftover from previous projects mixed with a few new colors that I picked up from Lowes in the sample sizes.  I started taping and painting with no method to the madness.  


I sketched some different patterns to give it that aztec look I was going for.


I did do a lot of taping to try to get things as straight and even as possible, but towards the end I ran out of steam and just started eyeballing it.  Once I was finished painting I gave it several coats of sealer to help things hold up better.

side note - I picked up this console on Craigslist for a song and paired it with my painting for a nice little vignette.  Of course I gave it a little makeover too.  Some orange spraypaint made it way more fun.


And here it is all together...







Hopefully I can finish the rest of it before winter!

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18 comments:

Unknown said...

I'm loving it all!!! The colors are so great and I love your artwork! What color of orange did you use on the console?

Unknown said...

Wow! It looks great!!!! I was just on Craigslist looking for a similar console last night. I may go with Ikea (hacked of course). Great job!

Unknown said...

It looks fantastic! I love the mix of colors, and you did a great job on the aztec print!

Unknown said...

I've been dying to hack the vittsjo desk from Ikea...it looks so similar to this and it's only $37!

Unknown said...

Looks beautiful!!!! Love the natural element mixed with all the color!!

Unknown said...

Shannon I hacked the vittsjo for a client last year. It looked great gold.

Unknown said...

Lovely! Love your bright, colorful space!

Unknown said...

I remember the bag and I love the colors. I'm loving it!
(I have a secret pressure washer and magic eraser addiction, LOL)

Unknown said...

Thanks Julia! I'm with you on both of those addictions! :)

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, you did it again!! :) LOVE those vibrant colors, that orange is too fun!

Unknown said...

Thank you!! I used orange gloss rustoleum for the console

Unknown said...

Spray paint

Unknown said...

love it!!! so awesome and colorful!!!

Unknown said...

I LOVE this art! Such a pretty vignette!

Unknown said...

Soooo pretty! Love the orange! And your accessorizing looks AMAZING!

And the Target bag is cute too! ;)

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much!

Unknown said...

I love this bar area! I lusted over that bag too so your art is seriously stealing my heart. I hadn't seen this post before- came over from 6th Street this morning.

Unknown said...

Just found your blog, and I've been reading all your past posts. Then, I stopped in my tracks when I came to this one...beautiful art! Love, love those colors. And, I did something super similar in my own patio this year (http://theanatomyofdesign.com/category/anatomy-of-a-room/my-home/backyard-patio-makeover/). Really love bold graphic art outdoors!

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