By Erin Huffstetler | 04/19/2021 | 10 Comments
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This patio didn’t exist a week ago; it wasn’t even on my to-do list. But then, I fell down one of those “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” rabbit holes … where one thing just sort of leads to another; and here we are.
It all started when my mother-in-law gave us six white folding wrought iron chairs last fall. They match the four she gave us years ago, when we were working on our treehouse. I had no idea she had more of them.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them; I was simply excited to have 10 matching outdoor chairs
Then, last month my husband and I went curb shopping for the first time in over a year, and we found this wrought iron patio table. Suddenly, I had a complete patio set! I decided to paint everything copper, to match the table and chairs in the treehouse.
And then, when I finished painting them, I decided to build a patio, using some of the bricks that I’d rescued from curb piles over the years. My collection includes lots of antique, hand-molded bricks.
I laid them in a herringbone pattern to show them off.
Since, I didn’t want to spend any money on this project, I just filled the cracks with some of the dirt that I’d excavated, when I was leveling out the area. I plan to go back and plant moss in the larger cracks. It thrives in this part of our yard.
I think the patio set looks great on our new patio, but it didn’t end up staying there long because …
just as I was finishing up the last few rows, I found my dream outdoor sectional on Facebook Marketplace.
It fits the space perfectly. This part of our yard stays shady most of the day, so I think our new patio is going to get lots of use.
A week ago, this space behind our garage was just a spot that we used to store junk. Now, it’s this amazing new outdoor space. I wish I had thought to take before pictures, so you could see the transformation.
But I did find this picture from two years ago. That opening in the fence on the right side of the photo is where the patio sits now. It’s amazing to see how much our privacy trees have grown in the last two years. I can’t wait until they form a dense wall on that side of the yard.
Now, I’m on the lookout for more bricks, so I can double the length of the patio. Because that patio set that started me down this rabbit hole still doesn’t have a spot.