Friday, August 10, 2012

backyard makeover - DIY crushed rock patio

So I'm a little behind on blogging about our backyard makeover that we completed in June - but better late than never!

We have a pretty awesome sized backyard. It was a blank slate of dead grass and an old funky shaped patio since we moved in. We still have the dead grass and funky patio, but we spruced it up a bit! We bought 7 yards of crushed rock, industrial weed block {from a yard sale for $2!!} and bribed my mom to come help, and got to work! Thanks Mom!
My mom hauling wheel barrow after wheel barrow load of rock to the backyard!
laying a whole-lotta weed block!
We found out about crushed rock from our neighbors who laid a crushed rock path to their backyard. We loved how it compacted down and the fact that you don't need a border like you do with other rock patios. This stuff compacts down and creates a hard surface and is a great alternative to laying stone or concrete, and way affordable!

All of the river rock and slate we were lucky enough to have already!
After 2 days of hard work, we now have an awesome backyard!!! I took these photos right after we finished in June, which happened to be a rainy day - go figure.
We built our fire pit off of ideas from Pinterest. We already had the fire bowl so we only had to buy stones. Here is a DIY from Lowes {here}
We hung patio lights {leftover from our wedding} across the full length of our backyard, it's magical at night!
I also updated our patio pillows and chair cushions. I few years back I had bought some super cheap chair cushions from IKEA, and by super cheap, I mean like $0.29! per pillow! They were sun faded, dirty, and the tufting had come out. I had leftover fabric {a target outdoor table cloth} from last year's patio pillow makeover so I covered them and added new tufting!
pretty cute!
I love our backyard! It's so nice having some nice landscaping and useable patio space! To see what our yard looked like last year, go {here}

12 comments:

  1. Awesome! I love the size of your backyard. I bet it looks so neat at night. I find myself always looking to see where Watson is in your photos ;)

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    1. Haha! Both Watson and Trudie usually make it in the photos somewhere, they are always right there helping!:) We love our backyard now, how far it's come in the 4 summers we lived here!

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  2. The crushed rock serves a very nice underlayer, the color of it too matches perfectly with your prime green grass. You guys look like you take great care of your lawn :)

    -Adam Ahmed

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  3. That fire pit is lovely! With those cosy and great garden furniture items, your backyard is just stunning!

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  4. Amazing! From the patio furniture to the layout to your backyard, everything looks fantastic! Great job!!!

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  5. Your backyard looks terrific! Your furniture and decorative pieces are really colorful! I like how it adds life to the outdoor space because the colors are bright. I absolutely love the hanging lights! I like the effect it gives at night.

    Allison Shallenberger

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    1. Thank you so much! We love our outdoor space!

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  6. How has it held up? Looks great and the price is right.

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    1. Thank you! I would do this again in a heart beat for an inexpensive patio treatment. It has held up great. Over the year it has really compacted down. I plan on doing another small layer of crushed rock this year just to fill in some low spots, but other than that I could not be happier!

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  7. Can you walk on it barefoot or does it hurt your feet? It's lovely and this might be the solution I've been looking for as we design our new patio area!

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