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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. We're really proud of how this space turned out. It has brought us outside so much more! Come see how this DIY Patio Area came together.

DIY Patio Area
We put the finishing touches on our little DIY 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

Texas Backyard
This DIY Patio Area has really come together as a fun and playful expression of our eclectic tastes. For years, we've avoided the backyard (like the plague, I tell ya), but now, we just can't get enough of it! The flowers and plantings really completed the space.

Whiskey Barrel Marigolds

Adding Florals to the DIY Patio 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.

Hanging Plants on Posts
We showed you how we constructed our Texas Lamp Posts here. They are really an interesting set up...the posts are "planted" into cement to withstand our crazy Texas storms. 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 worried about the weight of the hanging baskets.

Hanging Petunia Baskets
The baskets of petunias are starting to overflow a bit from the Miracle Gro we've been feeding them. My biggest challenge has been this one squirrel who uses the patio lights as his own personal tightrope between my petunia baskets. Stinker.

Plant Food
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 DIY 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!

Planted Whiskey Barrels
These big barrels of flowers bring so much life to this little DIY Patio Area of ours. 

Planted Posts
You can see in the above photo, I also tucked a little bird feeder against one of my Texas Lamp Posts. This is probably why I can't keep that squirrel away from this area. But, I love seeing all of the birds swing in for a bite, too.

Texas Art
The lights give it such a lovely glow.

Pea Gravel Patio
We (and by we, I mean he) created this pea gravel patio area, too. It took some muscles, but was a really great project in the end. I have a tutorial on how it came together.

Patio Before and After
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. We etched and painted the patio floor, too (it turned out FANTASTIC!). 

Porch Swing

More DIY Patio Ideas:

DIY Firepit
Happy Summer from Texas, y'all! 

Want more ideas for your DIY Patio Area? Check out my DIY Window Boxes (featured in the video below):

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  1. great job looking to design my back yord !!

  2. Love your back yard retreat! I do have a question, what are the measurements of the whiskey barrels?

    1. Hi Dorothy! I believe they measured 28" across. We no longer live in this home, but I do remember that part of it. Here is the tutorial for the planted posts:

  3. I love this idea. On the picture that shows the cement patio area before & after, what did you use to change the color of the cement? I like the way that looks.

    1. Thank you so much. Yes, we etched and painted the patio. Here is the tutorial:

  4. Hi, do you possibly remember how much you spent on this total DIY project?

    1. Hi Daphnee-- Thanks so much for stopping by. At this point, I honestly don't remember. The largest cost was the whiskey barrels and if you can start with those and then add on the other things, you might be able to get a better idea using costs of the items in your area. I'm sorry I'm not much more help.

  5. Beautiful DIY! Do you remember where you bought the string lights and how many you bought? This is such a wonderful patio idea. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Did they really survive not tipping over during tornado season or any super strong winds?

    1. Hi Fran! These have a nice, wide and heavy base to help keep them upright! I never had any issues with tipping! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  9. Can you give me a little instructions on how you attached the lights onto the house :) thank you