Thinking ahead: a DIY patio story

This time last year, Tim and I started brain storming for our DIY patio build project. In the midst of a cold New England winter we could not help but dream of sunnier days to come. Thoughts of enjoying the outdoors with our family triggered visions of the perfect patio to gather on.

We had our work cut out for us but by doing the work ourselves we saved THOUSANDS of dollars! The land itself needed to be cut out and graded before we could place the pavers and retaining wall blocks. The masonry supplies were purchased from a local Landscape design company. This project was a labor of love and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome.


Unfortunately, I do not have any images of the privacy fences being built (the phone I shot them on is in the bottom of the ocean which reminds me: ALWAYS BACKUP!!!) The instructions I used to build the fences were found here and they are super helpful.


Knowing that we wanted to DIY as many aspects of this project as possible, including the decor, I focused on finding upcycleable materials. I started by creating a patio inspiration board on Pinterest. Using the insight found there, I worked on sourcing the items needed to complete these projects.


The tables are made from electrical spools found at a local electrical supply company. I sealed them with a durable outdoor paint. The white tables still tend to get quite dirty being outside. I may need to touch these up at the beginning of the season.

For the shelving, I used extra nautical looking rope that I had laying around as the supports and means to hang them. The shelves themselves are made from composite deck board bought from my local building supply store.

Some of the other decor items were purchased at local yard-sales as well as Michael’s craft store. The patio furniture and rug were purchased from Target.


We are very proud of ourselves for what we’re accomplished with this project! It’s a nice reward to kick back and enjoy the fruits of our labor as well. If you have any question about our build please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks!


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