i should be mopping the floor: DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts

Our DIY Patio Area (with "Texas Lamp Posts") is finally complete.
We brought it to life with lots of colorful flowers and decor. 

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
We put the finishing touches on our little patio area last week. I'm in love with what we're now calling our "Texas Lamp Posts" (thanks to our friend, Gary, for that one!). Adding hanging baskets and vintage strands of lights to them have really brought the entire area to life. We absolutely love hanging out here and are thrilled that it's ready for summer entertaining and relaxing.

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
This space has really come together as a fun and playful expression of our eclectic tastes. For years, we've avoided the backyard, but now, we just can't get enough of it!

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
We used Miracle Gro Potting Mix to get the most out of our new Marigolds. In the couple of weeks since we originally planted these, they've really started to fill in and look beautiful. The patio looks so colorful with all the blooms! I can’t wait to have more of our friends and family over to enjoy the entire area.


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
We showed you how we constructed our Texas Lamp Posts here. My husband just added brackets to each one of them to place some beautiful hanging baskets. We predrilled them, then just screwed them straight in. With the way we weighted these planters, we're not too worried about the weight of the hanging baskets.


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
The baskets of petunias are starting to overflow a bit from the Miracle Gro we've been feeding them.


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
We grabbed some Miracle Gro LiquiFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance to give our new little pretties all of the goodness they need. The sprayer was so easy to use and with the locking trigger, I was able to let my younger son take the reigns! He didn't even get a tired trigger finger. We loved this because there was no mixing needed, it can’t get easier than that! My patio flowers look lush and beautiful! 



We also use the Round-up Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III on the patio area to keep stray sprigs of grass from peeking up through the pea gravel. This is a great product but it really kills everything, so be careful. Shield any plants you want to keep! We also plan to try Ortho Bug B Gon so we can get rid of those awful insects that ruin my lawn every July. Grubs are my nemesis, y'all. 

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
So much color and fun! Loving these.


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
Don't they look so fun lining the patio area?


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
Here's a view of the patio from our porch area.
I love to have an evening coffee out here almost every night now.


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
The lights give it such a lovely glow.
Click here to see how I made the Texas State Art.


DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.
Above is the entire before & after (I had to use my phone to grab a panoramic shot so it would all fit). I'm so happy with this area. It's such a great extension of our living area. And in Texas, we're pretty much able to be out here nine months out of the year.

Happy Summer from Texas, y'all!


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