DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts
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Our DIY Patio Area (with “Texas Lamp Posts”) is finally complete. We brought it to life with lots of colorful flowers and decor. We’re really proud of how this space turned out. It has brought us outside so much more! Come see how this DIY Patio Area came together.
We put the finishing touches on our little DIY patio last week. I’m in love with our new Sturdy Planted Posts (or “Texas Lamp Posts” as a friend named them). Adding hanging baskets and vintage strands of lights to them have really brought the entire area to life. We absolutely love hanging out here and are thrilled that it’s ready for summer entertaining and relaxing.
DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts
This DIY Patio has really come together as a fun and playful expression of our eclectic tastes. For years, we’ve avoided the backyard (like the plague, I tell ya), but now, we just can’t get enough of it! The flowers and plantings really completed the space. And it’s now a much larger space, too.
Creating Your Own DIY Patio Area:
We started out wanting to make the space next to our existing covered patio more functional. It was water-heavy due to the poor placement of a French Drain from the previous owners. It was honestly a muddy mess. This patio area was a solution to the problem.
DIY Patio Options
Our first step was to create an actual area that would serve as our patio. And we knew we needed a new surface (besides the muddy grass). Concreting this area would have cost an arm and a leg, so we DIY-ed it with pea gravel. You can see our entire tutorial for How to Create a Pea Gravel Patio Area
Just FYI: we use Round-up Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer on the DIY patio area to keep stray sprigs of grass from peeking up through the pea gravel. This is a great product but it really kills everything, so be careful. Shield any plants you want to keep!
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Simple Ideas for a DIY Patio We showed you how we constructed our Texas Lamp Posts here . They are really an interesting set up…the posts are “planted” into cement to withstand our crazy Texas storms. My husband just added brackets to each one of them to place some beautiful hanging baskets. We predrilled them, then just screwed them straight in. With the way we weighted these planters, we’re not worried about the weight of the hanging baskets.
I dressed up the planted posts we made with a few “prettier” items (including a bird feeder on the post to the far right in the above photo). Find these items (or similar ones) through the links below (they are all available on Amazon):
We have always used the
to give our flowers all of the goodness they need. My patio flowers always look lush and beautiful!
These big barrels of bright flowers bring so much life to this little DIY Patio Area of ours. We used standard whiskey barrels (halved for planting) from Home Depot. Again, see how we planted the posts in them here
You can see in the above photo, as I previously mentioned, I also tucked that little bird feeder against one of my Texas Lamp Posts. This is probably why I can’t keep a few squirrels away from this area. But, I love seeing all of the birds swing in for a bite, too.
The lights give it such a lovely glow. I love sitting out here in the evening and just enjoying the space, in all its party light glory. I also created that Texas State Art on the right brick wall using a homemade projector . I just really thought the space needed something extra right there.
Above is the entire before & after (I had to use my phone to grab a panoramic shot so it would all fit). I’m so happy with this area. It’s such a great extension of our living area. And in Texas, we’re pretty much able to be out here nine months out of the year.
And along the lines of a budget-friendly patio, we grabbed the wooden swing off of Craigslist. I often sit out here and enjoy my morning coffee.
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Happy Summer from Texas, y’all!
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