DIY Pergola

Our backyard is small. We rarely spend time out there. When we bought this house we had a covered patio in the back. We screened it in almost immediately, then a few years later we enclosed it and made it into my sewing/craft room, which is awesome. We created a new patio with paver stones but we have no shade out back so we didn’t really use it.

About a month ago my husband decided we should extend the patio the length of the house and add a sidewalk down the side of the house. Then my crafty mind started thinking….pergola! It’s cheaper than a full roof and so much cuter. And the word “pergola” is just so fun to say. It sounds so chic. I started searching pinterest and found some ideas. I convinced my husband that it would be awesome, he traded some labor with his framer and concrete friends, and our pergola was a go! It’s nice having a husband with connections.
We stained it green. This was the first coat.

I decided we needed curtains…for looks and function. Our yard is small and our neighbors are close. It will be nice to have some privacy and to block the sun. I used drop cloths for $13 each…perfect! I did have to trim the bottom because they were too long, but I put the cut off part at the top. I might have to hem it but I really don’t want to, we’ll see how it holds up. I hung them on PVC pipes and I had to get creative with the hooks to hang them on. Thanks to the Lowe’s guy for helping me with that! I was going to stencil something on them for some color but I couldn’t find as stencil I liked. We need a better craft store in MB!! I made curtain ties with sisal rope. Easy peasy.

We still have to finish this table. It was one large pallet that my husband cut down. I’m going to take out the center piece to use for something else. I also want to paint it yellow because it’s very cheerful. We’ve had this patio furniture for YEARS. I thought we were going to have to replace it because the cushions were GROSS and it’s so deep I couldn’t find replacement cushions. But Costco to the rescue! LOVE Costco! I got these last summer and they fit great!
I got two orange adirondack chairs from Home Depot (shh…don’t tell the Lowe’s people.) And this super cute ladybug plant stand came from Old Time Pottery. These are my daughter’s plants…tomatoes, squash and purple flowers.

We did eat dinner out here once. I couldn’t resist the cute plastic bowls at Walmart. The colors matched perfectly! And those lanterns are from Old Time Pottery also.

The only thing I want to add are some outdoor lights on the top of the pergola. Then we can invite some friends over to get summer started!

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    Ohhh Everythings so pretty and cost effective I love it!


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