Sunday, May 6, 2012

Outdoor, cheep

Hubbs and I have been in full clean-up mode outside this weekend. Earlier this last week, I stained the upper deck off the sunporch. It gets tired looking, so a coat of semi-transparent stain from Olympic helps to freshen it up. It took me two days because we didn't move everything downstairs, I just scooted it from one side to the other. I still haven't done the stairs, that's a job for this week.

But my fun find yesterday was these super cute birdie pillows at Lowes for a super cute price...less that 12 dollars each. They had several colors of the bird pillows; this green, tan, chili pepper, and navy. I wanted something bright that would pop against the white vintage chair set.

I'm also armed with white spray paint
 for a fresh-up coat for these babies.
(these chairs are soooo comfortable!)

Yes, that's my chipmunk barrier with brick pavers (around the pool). They are crazy little critters that chase each other this time of year, and unfortunately can't see that they're running straight for the pool. 

...and then I really went out on a retro limb with these outdoor pillows. I've had these motel chairs for several years. I've given up on repainting them. Besides I love the rusty patina! That's an old sink set onto a sewing machine about rust...

I'm still working on getting my containers filled,
love this one with marigolds, petunias, and mini zinnias.
It gets full sun, so I have to make sure and water it everyday,
and shoo away the rabbits.

My potting bench clean up is still in progress. My tools and gardening goodies have migrated this Spring and I'm still trying to track them down. Those are just orphaned dresser drawers on the shelf for storage.

This is under the sunporch, and it's the "junk pile" all winter 
where we store all the outside furniture. 

The pool is going from green to blue as we speak, 
it always takes a few days to "clean up", as we have a mesh pool cover,
which unfortunately lets in tree debris and yuck throughout the off season.

More backyard photos when that's looking better!
Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday,

see ya tomorrow for

I'll be linking up here this week:

Thrifty Fnds at Southern Hospitality
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Cowgirl Up at Cedar Hill Ranch
Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage



  1. I'm off to Lowe's to get some pillows! I am in love with the birds and navy is perfect. I've got the same wrought iron furniture on my deck only mine is black. I actually think the white is wonderful but not sure I'm up to painting it all. :o) I'll see you tomorrow for Monday Marketplace.

  2. These $12 outdoor pillows are on my Mothers Day list as of right now!!! Thanks for sharing them Debra. I have a motel chair like yours and I just got finished painting it after getting it out of storage.


  3. Looks super nice to me already! I wish I was that far along. But woe, the first year in a different home... Love those Lowes pillows!

  4. Well, I can see you're all ready for outdoor season, Debra! Love those white chairs and the new pillows look great on them. Your potting bench is looking good; I'm sure it will be getting some good use!

  5. Debra,
    I love those pillows.A great pop of color.And I also love those rusty,old amazing chairs.You have a beautiful garden/yard.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.

  6. LOVE those pillows! I see a trip to Lowe's in my future tomorrow ;-)
    You have some beautiful outdoor spaces!

  7. Debra, I have two of those bird pillows, but I got them last year. Mine are a barn red color which Lowe's must not be offering this year. They have not faded at all, and they were on the porch all winter. I love the color of yours.

  8. I LOVE them! I need some of those gorgeous pillows! The potting bench is coming along nicely:) Have a blessed evening dear Debra, HUGS!

  9. Debra,
    I am loving your fabulous vintage furniture and those pillows are perfect (you know I'll be running to Lowe's next week)!

    So glad to see you are helping to keep the chipmunk population thriving!

    And your old rusty chairs and tub in the sewing base is fabulous! What a great backyard - makes me want to sip a mojito!

  10. Your backyard and patio furniture is so pretty, and the pillows provide lovely pops of colour. Lucky you to have a pool!

  11. I'm going to have to check out those pillows, because all my outdoor accents are bright lime green!

  12. Oh my gosh, I love those pillows! I'm going to have to find a Lowes in my area and grab a couple before they're gone! Your patio is fabulous. It feels like "home" to me! xo

  13. Everything is shaping up nicely! LOVE the bird pillows (actually the other ones too!) and may have to make my own little trip to Lowes for some birds. When I first saw them I thought you had painted them. Buying them for 11 bucks is even better!

  14. Spring is so much fun because we get to bring out all of our "pretties" to make our decks/patios look fabulous! And yours is looking great, Debra! I adore your vintage white patio set by the pool! Sweet! And your new pillows are adorable on them!

    xoxo laurie

  15. Cute pillows. I may need to grab a couple. I am working on our deck. I didn't know you had a pool. We had one on our other house, but hubby didn't want one here. I miss having one.

  16. I'm definitely a pillow-a-holic so thanks for the tip! They really do POP with the white chairs.

  17. It's looking great at your place Debra. I think I am feeling a little inspired to get going on the porches here...although it will be 29 degrees here tonight and I don't think anyone will be having breakfast out there anytime soon : ) I love those darling bird pillows AND the chairs they are sitting on.
    hugs from here...

  18. Debra, It sure looks like summer at your place. You are right those chairs are so comfortable. I sat in one the other day at an outdoor restaurant.
    Love the potting shed. xo Ginger

  19. Your yard looks beautiful!! I am in love with those pillows and am off to Lowe's today :)

  20. I love those green bird pillows. They're perfect for an outdoor space.I see myself making a trip to Lowe's sometime this week, darn it! lol

  21. love the motel chairs and sew table, debra! cute potting table, too:)

  22. Love all those pillows! I bought a planter from Lowe's with birds on a branch just like that. Now I want some matching pillows... :)

  23. What great pillows! I love the color :)

  24. Love the color and bird design on those pillows and the vintage chairs are so beautiful! LOL -- a chipmunk barrier?! Too cute and sweet!

  25. Those bird pillows are adorable, Debra! They would match my patio also! I think I need to go to Lowes!
    Your patio space looks fabulous!

  26. Don't you just love outdoor pilows? They really hold up well. These are especially cute and a great price. How nice of you to watch out for the chipmunks. Love them...squirrels not so much! Not that I would want them to drown in your pool!

    Robin Flies South

  27. I saw those cute bird pillows today, Debra. Yours look wonderful with the white iron.

  28. The vintage patio set is the kitties meow. The pillows are cute too but I need patio sets and lots of them apparently.

  29. Debra, I absolutely love your outdoor seating areas! Those pillows are just beautiful, and I also love that you set up a little chipmunk barrier! I know what you mean about them chasing each other around at this time of year! They are so territorial, but so much fun to watch! You're so far ahead of me in getting your outdoor areas spruced up! I feel inspired now, thanks to you :) Have a great week... Donna

  30. Hi Debra,
    Your pillows are so pretty. They perfectly fits to your vintage set which I looooooveeee... I am drooling!

    Happy TTT,

  31. I love your pillows! They are so pretty! And your potting bench looks beautiful! Very, very nice!

  32. You HAVE been a busy busy girl! What a great backyard!!!! Those pillows look perfect on your outdoor furniture. What a cute retro motif! We have the same mesh furniture. It sometimes gets so windy where we live that the mesh furniture are the only ones that don't get blown over!
    And they are comfy!
    I love your potting bench!

  33. Everything is looking so gorgeous. Love your pillows and the potting bench is just way too cute. You're ready for summer and enjoying that fabulous pool. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  34. It feels so good to do clean up just before you get to start enjoying the outside! I love your chairs - so darling! and those pillows - so cute (i'm a birdie lover) & your potting bench - love it all! thanks for sharing over here at the Cottage Garden Party! Happy Weekend! xoox, tracie

  35. I featured this today at Mod Mix Monday!


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