Sunday, June 06, 2010

DIY Project Parade

Time to show off what you've been working on!  It has been raining all week, but I was able to get some pictures (with long grass because it's been rainy) and of course, it was windy when it's not raining.  Oh well.  I get too excited to hold off for perfect weather and for perfectly complete (that could be a few years).

As you know from last week, I've been working on fixing up the bistro set I scored for $15 at a yard sale. It's painted to match our existing patio furniture for extra seating under the grape arbor.
The cushions we have are brown for the most part except for the swing which has sage/tan and gold stripes so I felt limited by that.  :(  But, I was able to find a fabric that looks good with everything!

It's called Magic Carpet (walnut) by Waverly.

I wanted round extra-poofy cushions for the chairs.  Goal achieved and then some. Oops! It's cushion overkill.  But, it is what it is.  No pattern and my first attempt at round, 3D cushions with piping.  Not too bad but definitely  Poofy. Tall. Unique.  :)

I did document my DIY steps in pictures so if anyone is interested in some helpful round cushion tips, I will create a tutorial. 

I sewed ribbon to sheers that I got here to tie to the grape arbor to disguise the imperfections...I mean create a romantic atmosphere.  CHEAP source for sheers! $2.99/panel!

Before I continue, I have to point out what's not done (because that's usually what I see).  :)
Don't mind the "floor" of the grape arbor.  It's weeds and a mess right now but we have DIY plans for that when the budget allows.  And next year I will be staining the wood please overlook that right now too. Oh - and Mr. DIY says the weed-wacker needs blades, so pretend you don't notice the overgrowth at this time too, please.  Plus rain every single day = long grass that needs mowed.  :)  Now that I have that out of the way...

First, here was the grape arbor when we bought the house.  Quite a rustic eyesore but potential beauty in those old vines regardless and a 50 foot mostly shaded area not to mention tons of grapes! 

 Here's a close up.  "Hello Chippy!"

Even at it's ugliest, it was a beautiful space for my brother's small wedding in 2008.
And a great space for shaded seating for my sister's baby shower last year.
Mr. DIY (and family friend) built up the new wood structure around the old rusty iron skeleton, lifting and shifting the grapes in the process before removing the old iron poles.  It's about 7'x7'x50' (except for the gazebo area).  The grapes survived the stress!

Here are the after pictures with the new bistro set and sheers.

Too windy for candles in the candelier but we do have white lights at night that follow the lines of the gazebo.
And the grape arbor now 'in progress'

Here are some pictures of the grape arbor and gazebo at night.  So pretty! 

Still a little work with the pavers or flagstone path underneath.  It'll look so much better after staining the wood structure, but what do you think so far?   Care to join me for a glass of wine and relaxing under the rotunda?  Perhaps with Keanu Reeves from a Walk in the Clouds?  :)

And some new pillow covers for the existing patio furniture (and the swing fabric that I had to consider with the new fabric).

And my window boxes this year:

So...that's what I've been up to.  What about you?  Feel free to link up!

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Tricia said...

Do I even need to say it? ;)
It's looking amazing and I can indeed imagine that a glass of wine would be wonderful out there. The cushions are very impressive. They are a bit tall I suppose, but on the upside, if your guest has a short torso then they will sit highter. Huh?! ;) I am still pretty terrified of piping, so the fact that you did it on a round diy cushion is awesome!!

I hope that you're have a fabulous weekend!


miss corner cape said...

what an amazing space you have, i am totally jealous of that grape arbor and the gazebo structure. your new pillows look fab, and i love the colors and pattern. it works perfectly with your stripe you have for your other cushion.

Anita said...

I think you did a fabulous job on those cushions! A little extra cush for the tush never hurt anyone ;) Your gazebo is beautiful and what a wonderful thing to come along with the house. I would love to see it all lit up at night!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Wow. That is what comes to mind! That looks fantastic! I would love to create something like this! Very inspiring!
Thanks for hosting! I'm going to call Keanu RIGHT now!

tale of many cities said...

your arbor is just stunning!!! thanks for including the wedding photos.. absolutely beautiful!! great job on the piping.. brave woman you are!!!! [still too chicken to try it just yet!]

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love the arbor and gazebo, both are just stunning and all of your cushions are just fabulous. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Shaunna said...

It looks so magical! I think you guys have done a beautiful job...even without the staining! :) LOVE it! -shaunna

Stephanie Lynn said...

Wow Roeshel..Your arbor and set look stunning. I love the fabric...simply gorgeous! The added sheers are pure bliss. Amazing job Roeshel - love your home! Hope you have a wonderful week! Stephanie Lynn

Laurie said...

I love all you've done with your yard! Beautiful! I'd love for you to come see me - I'm giving away 3 super glammy Sam Moon cuff bracelets:

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful outdoor living space! "Why yes, I'd love a glass of wine, thank you!"

Leanne said...

Oh my gosh! I love the arbor, gazebo and bistro set. Everything is so gorgeous and your cushions are very impressive. I need cushions for 2 benches and am terrified to make them. I love your space.

colorchic said...

What a perfect outdoor living space, now if it would only stop raining, I'd love to join you for a glass of wine! Do you live in the NW too? I think we need to do the "Sun Dance" I'm ready for summer to start. Thanks for hosting DIY Show Off & Have a great week!

colorchic said...

What a perfect outdoor living space, now if it would only stop raining, I'd love to join you for a glass of wine! Do you live in the NW too? I think we need to do the "Sun Dance" I'm ready for summer to start. Thanks for hosting DIY Show Off & Have a great week!

colorchic said...

What a fabulous Outdoor Space! Now if it would only stop raining I'd love to join you for a glass of wine... Do you live in the NW too. I'm so ready for summer, perhaps we need to do the "Sun Dance"! Thanks for hosting DIY Show Off!

Holly said...

I love what you created...a charming and magical little corner. What a steal for that bistro set! So jealous.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Whoa, I'd be happy to come over anytime! That is amazing.

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Brambleberry Cottage said...

You've created a wonderful gathering spot. What a blessing to be able to use it for special family events.

Be sure to stop by the cottage and join in on the fun at:


Both parties are going on right now, and Ask the Yankee will be starting tonight, June 7th.

Hope to see ya there!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You arbor is a romantic touch of elegance. What weeds? All I see is true beauty.

Frugal Home Designs said...

That is gorgeous!

AlMcLeary said...

What a spectacular back yard! Thank you for sharing

Suzanne said...

Thanks so much for hosting this party. Your bistro set is fabulous and I the price you got it for was incredible!s

Tracie Ott said...

Those cushions look great! I bought some fabric to so the exact same thing for my new bistro set, but have tucked it away in a closet for 3 months not having a clue how to make round cushions. I would love to see a tutorial of how you made these.

Tracie Ott said...

Those cushions look great. I bought some fabric wanting to do the exact same thing with my new bistro set, but didn't have the first idea of how to make a round cushion. I would love to see a tutorial of how you made these.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous! I'm very into outdoor rooms right now, which is funny because I need to finish my house before I build a room "outside"! :-) Please save me a place to sit....I'm on my way!
Thanks so much for hosting this week!

Meet Virginia said...

This looks so so amazing!!! I love what you guys have done! Thanks so much for hosting!


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Kristan said...

Your outdoor space looks amazing, utterly fantastic! I'm jealous. hehe.

I love the could get some of those battery operated tealights, if they fit in the slots ;)

The Neglected Nest said...

Wow! Really beautiful, Roeshel! Wish my backyard was that gorgeous!!!! I really love the seat cushions, too.

Mandy @ mintnclandycreate said...

All I can say is WOW!!! Looks like a dream!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Your cushions are lovely, and wow - what a gorgeous outdoor space!

MessyMissy said...

I am supremely jealous of your grape arbor and all it's acoutrements. :-) It's incredible!! Thanks for hosting another great link-up!!

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