Part 2: Sprucing Up Our Outdoor Living Space With Kmart

So today is the day that I reveal our outdoor living space. Honestly, I’ve been stressing out about the garden because I keep hitting some road blocks (like buying 600lbs of not-so-great soil, a fence #fail, and rain barrel back-and-forthness) and the appearance of the patio because I feel like something is missing, like it isn’t lavish enough. The patio concrete is such an eyesore, so I’m going to add some color by making a patio rug myself. My herbs are not ready to be planted in the hanging coco planters, and the blueberry and hazelnut trees still need to be planted. But what I have done so far is practical for our rental space and oh so pretty (from different angles), so I need to get over it right?

Before

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So here’s the before once more. Plain patio. Old grill against the wall. Hanging planter that I grew green peppers in last year. Yard tools in the corner, along with the trash and recycle receptacles (can’t do much with them except stash them behind the shed).

After

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Ignore the garden fence #fail to the left… we’re working on it…

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See from different angles it looks pretty darn good. Did you see my… I mean.. our gorgeous grill!? Boogie has one too. I am thrilled at how things have come together so far, but as a final reveal? Nope, not calling it that just yet! Those of you who guessed that most of the items on our wishlist came from Kmart, well you were right! Everything except the DIY Garden supplies: Soil, Compost, and Mulch, Heirloom Vegetable Seeds, Fruit/Nut Trees, Chicken Wire, U Posts, Snip Pliers, PVC Pipes, Composting Worms, Hose Bibb, Downspout Filter. I should also note the items that I already had on hand: Step 2 Double Slide Climber, Bistro Patio Set, Mini Glass Table, Hanging Coco Planters, Dishes (on the table), Teapot, Placemats, Bamboo, and Bonsai Tree. Tomorrow, I will share details on how we planned and executed this makeover and how much we spent – any guesses?

I know I asked this in the previous post, but if you haven’t answered already, I’d love to hear about what you’re doing in your outdoor living spaces. If you have any posts you’d like to share, feel free!

More from this series:

Part 1
Part 3
Flickr Photo Set

I have been compensated for this unique shopping experience. Opinions are my own, of course!
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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

10 Comments

  • Reply June 11, 2011

    Donna B.

    SOOOO jealous! I got a charcoal grill last year that my son put together over the weekend, as well as the patio set I picked up on clearance (it was ~1600 originally, I got it for a little over $400). I also got a patio umbrella with a gift card I had, and I have all my planters I bought last year. I just need some patio lights and I’ll be set…. the yard itself will have to wait until next year.

  • Reply June 11, 2011

    spirit_kim

    I see those butterfly lights now. Hazelnut and bluberry tress are interesting choices the kind I like.I love bonsai. My yard unfortunately is not getting much attention this year for various reasons. I am glad others are enjoying sprucing up.

  • Reply May 7, 2011

    Carmen

    I am loving that grill, we have a Kmart right by us and I was wondering about how much the grill cost? I know Kmart has great prices. That grill is just beautiful :) Carmen

    • Reply May 7, 2011

      Sheena

      $269 – I have a 20% off coupon if you’d like it!

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    Laila @OnlyLaila

    It’s soo cute!! I love the swing.

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    Kathleen

    I think it looks great! I love the swing, which will be really relaxing in the evenings I bet.

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    kolpin

    i love the white seating with the splash of green. i’m all about neutrals with a bold hint of color. now you can actually spend time out there instead of just looking at it.

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    mich pendergrass

    Sheena!! This is so lovely!! Love the butterfly lights (I want some!!!)

    I’m still not happy with my porch space. Maybe I’ll post pictures as I try again this year to make it what I’ve always envisioned.

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    Naomi

    It’s really coming together!

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    CanCan

    Good job! I like that you thought to get a toy grill too :)

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