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Part 3: How Our Kmart Outdoor Living Space Makeover Came Together

So now that I have revealed our outdoor living space, it’s time I tell you how it all came together. It’s quite simple, if I spare the tantrums thrown in stores and my fear of not being able to complete the project in time, and worrying Greg about it all. So. I started by going to for inspiration. I browsed their Outdoor Living section, Outdoor Living catalog, and Patio Finder. The Patio Finder was pretty neat, but I had my heart set on a swing and no additional patio furniture since our patio is of the smaller variety.

Using Wishpot, I built three wishlists. One general wishlist of items that I wanted up to $1,500, one wishlist of items I’d like to have if budget was no limit, and a final wishlist of items (featured here) that would be more cost effective with costs of shipping, tax, and unexpected expenses in mind.

We managed to get everything on our final wishlist for a little under $1,500, with a majority of the purchases being made at our local Kmart and Everything came from Kmart 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. Again, I’m noting the items that I already had on hand: Bistro Patio Set, Mini Glass Table, Hanging Coco Planters, Dishes (on the table), Teapot, Placemats, Bamboo, and Bonsai Tree. Oh, and the Step 2 Double Slide Climber.

For fun, here are some items that I wanted, but didn’t get because of costs or lack of space. Maybe I’ll get some of them later!


Wanted, But Didn’t Get

Little Tikes TotSports Basketball Set
Double Rope Patio Swing
Step 2 Play Up Picnic Cottage
Antique Copper Bird Bath
Cascade Vase Fountain
Solar Roly Poly Frog

It was so funny because our first trip to Kmart, we spent $400 and apparently we set a world record or something because the cashier was like, “Are you guys moving in somewhere… or are you just splurging?” I was like, “Ooh we’re splurging for the first time in like a loooong time.” She couldn’t get over it. She replied with, “Wow, this is a lot of stuff!” I guess no one spends that much at Kmart. She was probably wondering why we weren’t spending it elsewhere, lol.

We may have to take back the window bird feeder because I didn’t realize that the screen on the patio door would interfere with it. We also did a switcheroo on the grill. The grill on our wishlist was pretty basic and I wasn’t really feeling it. So, we ended up (miraculously) getting the one that I really wanted :D.

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Seriously, how many people do you know with a burnt orange grill? Fancy, huh?

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Full view from an alternate angle.

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Jayden watering the Azaleas and “cooking breakfast” on his grill.

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Bistro area (best photo ever), Solar Butterfly Lights, and another view of our patio.

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Seeds germinating and an inside view of our storage seat. It houses the hose, garden tools (non sharp) and toys.

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Hubby reading instructions to a rain barrel we decided we didn’t need, and Jayden, knocking the screen out of the door… after Daddy just fixed it! All we could do was laugh!

I just realized that I didn’t photograph the easel. I kept it inside since the instructions said so. I think it will be great outside, if not left out during harsh weather. I’ll be sure to take some photos when we break out the paint! Oh! We’re going to fire up our new Kenmore grill and put our new dishes to use tomorrow at Jayden’s birthday party (his birthday was April 26th). I’ll be sure to take lots of photos!

More from this series:

Part 1
Part 2
Flickr Photo Set

Although this is a 3 part series, I will continue to update you all on my tweaks (because I can never leave anything as is) and our garden since it’s going to take a while for it to come together!

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  • Reply Donna B.

    Lucky you – I love that grill! Your backyard really came together nicely :)

    View Comment June 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM
  • Reply spirit_kim

    The “Big Boy” grill a good choice as well as the mini. Think grilled veggies, pizza, ribs, chicken, Yum.

    View Comment June 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM
  • Reply Jaque R.

    I want to come play in your backyard….looks so nice! Although I have no idea how you could give up the Solar Roly Poly Frog! :-) Do you mind my asking what part of the country you are in? It looks beautiful.

    View Comment June 10, 2011 at 10:49 PM
    • Reply Sheena

      Thanks! If the frog goes on sale, I just may get it. We’re in NW Indiana :).

      View Comment June 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM
  • Reply Theresa

    Sheena, I love the back yard! I haven’t shopped at Kmart in years (stuck in a Target Rut), but your article is really inspiring me to make a trip there! Especially for the Solar Butterfly Lights. I LOVE those, now feel my deck isn’t going to be complete until I have some for myself lol.

    View Comment May 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM
    • Reply Sheena

      Thanks! If you don’t find the lights in-store, be sure to check out I had to order mine.

      View Comment May 27, 2011 at 12:24 AM
  • Reply Brent

    Sheena, This is really amazing. Backyard looks great. Thank you for the great ideas.

    View Comment May 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM
  • Reply Valerie

    I love the grill. We need a new one too. My husband needs to start grilling again….I’ve cooked daily since last summer :)

    View Comment May 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM
  • Reply Brandi

    I’m getting ready to go shopping at Kmart tomorrow, and this gave me some great ideas! Thank you!

    View Comment May 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM
  • Reply Tricia

    you did great. I love it and so much fun for every one

    View Comment May 12, 2011 at 9:42 PM
  • Reply Katja of Skimbaco

    Your yard looks great! I love how Jayden got his own grill!!

    View Comment May 12, 2011 at 7:04 AM
  • Reply Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama

    Oh, a burnt orange grill is fancy! Love it! Actually my favorite picture is your son watering those beautiful flowers. And that hose looks awesome!

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM
  • Reply momznite

    I don’t know anyone with an orange grill. It’s hard to beat the appeal of freshly grilled food. Enjoy!

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 5:00 PM
  • Reply Joanne Schultz

    oooh that grill looks wonderful!! I am so jealous!

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM
  • Reply R Hicks

    I must say that it looks SO INVITING. Good job

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM
  • Reply Gianna

    I love that grill! I’m also liking that playhouse pictured on top too..

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM
  • Reply Rosey

    I love the butterfly lights. The screen comment made me laugh…been there, lived that. Your patio is great, I’m glad you got to revamp it into a style that was your own.

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM
  • Reply Callie

    Just adore that there is a “grill” for your kids to play with while you’re using your real grill. Nice touch.

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 8:54 AM
  • Reply Susan Smith

    I love that grill, it’s so modern looking!

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM
  • Reply Julie L

    I am “drooling”over the grill u got-:)

    View Comment May 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM
  • Reply Stephanie Phelps

    You did great getting the second grill I love it.

    View Comment May 8, 2011 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply Katie

    Oh my gosh, that grill is GORGEOUS! I love it! Totally adding that to my list of things to buy when I get a house someday! :)

    View Comment May 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM
  • Reply Dee

    I love what you did with your yard! The bbq grill is amazing – is that from kmart? If you don’t mind me asking how much of a splurge was it? We need a new one but I’m on a budget! Thanks! :)

    View Comment May 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    • Reply Sheena

      Yes, the grill is $269 from Kmart! You can get something cheaper with 3 burners, but I love the color and uniqueness of this one!

      View Comment May 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM
  • Reply Holly C

    You have an amazing job, I wish I had a backyard that I could e creative with.

    View Comment May 7, 2011 at 4:09 PM
  • Reply Dara Nix

    It is REALLY coming along nicely! You are doing such GREAT job! I wish I were as creative as you — my yard could really use some sprucing up as well!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

    View Comment May 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM
  • Reply fancygrlnancy

    What a nice space. I need to work on my backyard space to make it nice too. Thanks for some inspiration.

    View Comment May 7, 2011 at 2:44 PM
  • Reply Shelly

    Ooh I really like what you did and those solar butterflies are sweet! Oh and that burnt orange grill is da bidness! ;) We have been doing some major work to our house so it still leaves my backyard plain but we will get there eventually. I did get a new orange lawnmower though. Thanks for sharing your sweet backyard makeover and Jay is too cute watering the plant and cooking on the grill.

    View Comment May 7, 2011 at 6:44 AM
  • Reply Cindy Merrill

    The solar frog would be my pick. I have a 6 year old granddaughter who loves frogs.

    View Comment May 7, 2011 at 4:41 AM
  • Reply Courtney

    I actually love the burnt orange color! Looks great!

    View Comment May 7, 2011 at 12:04 AM
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