Here in Colorado Springs neighbors and friends are sweeping off their porches, decks, patios and gardens. We are refreshing mulch and cleaning off the driveways but there is another step--one that makes outdoor space feel like part of your home--and that is to decorate it.
I don't know about you but I have always enjoyed my outdoor spaces but I never really spent much time really focusing on what it looked like outside of the stain color and architectural design aspects. I wouldn't ever think of choosing items for my living room without regard for color or style or scale but so many times my outdoor spaces are just a mish-mash of styles and features because I don't spend the time really considering the purpose of the space or what I want it to look and feel like when I spend time there. Most of the decisions are based on practicality and I am slowly learning how to thoughtfully decorate my outdoor spaces in the same way I do indoors.
It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive but it does have to be a reflection of you and the rest of your home. At Vintage Bette we love to take the pots from last year and update them with paint for this year. We also love to repurpose thrift store finds into outdoor accents.
We also adore finding environmentally friendly decor to beautify our space--like these Glitterfarm Hearts made from reclaimed wine barrel straps.
Glitterfarm Hearts are hand made and feature a small loop for hanging them with a single nail. These are fabulous for decorating outdoors because any weathering only adds to their vintage charm.
Here is a how-to for terra cotta pots we did a year or so ago. For these pictures we only used the small pots but this works on big ones too...and they hold up fabulously. This project holds the record for fastest, easiest makeover ever...
We also repurposed some clearance wall decor I found at a local home decor store for $5 each (regularly priced at $50 each). They were just the wrong color scheme which, for a furniture painter, is a minor detail...
I painted this table about a year ago and last fall when my deck was finally finished I put it out there to see if it looked good and was the right size/style to stay there. I hadn't put any finish on it because if it was going to be outside I wanted to seal it with something marine grade and if it was going to be inside I was planning to finish it with one of CeCe's Paints products. So it didn't have any finish yet. Only 2 coats of Simply White Chalk + Clay Paint which I sanded and burnished with kraft paper.
It was left on the deck in the most exposed part of the deck through fall, winter and now it is spring and I am dazzled by the paint's performance. It even has some shine to it still!! So maybe this paint is WAY more durable than I have been giving it credit for the last few years.
I am still working on the deck area and am very excited to get started on the adorable little shed we had built over the winter. I think it needs some window boxes and maybe even a little pergola...what do you think?