GUYS I am so excited about this and forever grateful for an awesome husband and Dad who made it happen. Our patio/backyard has been on my to do list for awhile, but it kind of got put on the back burner. We got the basics done and the outline of it in place, but knew we would finish it over time. There’s still a lot more to do back there, but it’s currently on pause because well….quarantine + I don’t know what the future of the economy holds, but here’s what we did finish! Marcus and my Dad built a little “kitchen/bar” area off our patio, along with a wall to close the space off. We did the wall for a couple of reasons, one – it gets VERY windy here, like INCREDIBLY WINDY y’all. With that wall there it blocks the wind not only for us to be able to sit out there comfortably but also to keep from our pots falling and breaking and furniture blowing around, etc. Originally I just had the idea for the wall. Then I came across an inspo pic on Pinterest – of course – and saw the cutest little bar area. They had a BBQ built into theirs and we looked into this too, but ultimately decided against it because we just don’t use a grill….Marcus really only uses his smoker and well, getting a custom inset smoker is THOUSANDS y’all. So that was immediately off the table. Anyways, so we drafted up a plan, my Dad came over and we nailed down the measurements and all that and got rolling. So here are the details:
We ended up getting base, unfinished cabinets from Lowe’s, these ones, to be exact. NOWWW before you jump on this and go out and buy these, there are things you need to know. One, these don’t get exposed to the weather very easily. They definitely see the sun and get hit with rain, etc, but they’re not just out in the open. Two, we outdoor proofed them with a sealant and outdoor stain from Sherwin Williams. Both of these are really important to note because technically these aren’t outdoor cabinets, so if not treated correctly/placed in a primarily covered area I don’t think they would last over time. Anyways, so we started with those. I sealed them with the outdoor stain immediately before they even took them back there to start the build because I wanted them really protected. Once that was done, they took them out and did their thing. I have a full IGTV video on this on my instagram, so you can run over and see the full process there. But long story short they have to build a false floor to level out the patio because it has a slant for water drainage, then build around it insert the cabinets and fridge. Then they put trim pieces on and for the countertop we used large subway tiles. (this is a much cheaper option than an actual counter top, etc. and it should hold up well). Once the build was done, I stained a couple times more, painted and caulked and y’all IT WAS DONE.
I love it so dang much and honestly it just makes me love our patio 10X more. In fact I am out there as much as possible these days in my egg chair, just living my best life (and escaping chaos inside – haha). I’m going to link EVERYTHING (including our patio furniture and decor) below so y’all can shop and then I’ll share some more pictures! As for what’s next….we plan on making a raised garden box to frame the outer side of the patio, putting a trellis over that new concrete we had poured a few months ago and then eventually getting a hot tub. BUT with all the crazy, that could be years down the road. 😉 Though I really hope it’s not. Ha!
The paint color is c/o Pure white by Sherwin Williams and the stain is their WoodScapes Exterior Polyurethane Semi-Transparent House Stain in the color “Crossroads”.
BAR AREA ITEMS:
To see the how to on our plant shelving, I have a post on it, here.