Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Spot for Outdoor Dining

A couple of years ago I spruced up our outdoor dining set.

I painted our wooden chairs and bench black and I loved how it looked.

Sadly, the chairs and bench were about 12-13 years old and they just started to fall apart, especially moving them back and forth for sitting at the table.

Well, when my mom downsized a couple of summers ago, I scooped up (or I should say hauled home) her picnic table.  I loved it's chippy look!

And, as I mentioned, we needed to replace the wood chairs and bench....

still lovin' the chippiness

we replaced the metal table with the picnic table and I found some very comfortable stacking chairs at Home Depot.  Those chairs will definitely stand up to movement.
Found these little votive cups at Dollar Tree a few summers ago. 
We need a few pops of color!  
I think a few potted plants here would be an excellent way to do that.  
Oh no!  Our umbrella broke in a windstorm the other day.  
 It might be time to make this little dining area a bit more permanent.  
 I am thinking about a pea gravel patio area.  
(Not sure if Worker Bee is thinking about it yet, or even at all, but I'm the dreamer so hopefully I can convince him.)
Have any of you ever made one?  Was it easy?
Sam approves of all our changes!
And here is the rusty old wheelbarrow I planted with geraniums last year.  Don't they look great?  I tried planting this before and everything died so I'm thrilled to see them thriving.

Thanks for buzzing in and for visiting!  
So nice to see you've stopped by!

I'll keep you posted on any changes for this cozy spot.


  1. It looks so wonderful we are still waiting for the snow to melt.

  2. Love the chippy table too, and those green and white pillows! I think the pea gravel sounds like a great idea although I've never used it. I think Sam is a great adornment in your outdoor eating area.

  3. Love the chippy table and cute votives!! Wishing you a lovely week! xo Heather

  4. Your eating area looks great! I have a small pea gravel area, did nothing special to prepare the area, and it works well. Love your recycled chippy shabby chic! chris

  5. Great eating area and I love the barrow of geraniums!! Easter was terrific. I hope you enjoyed every moment of your break.

  6. Loving that rusty wheelbarrow... and your little table area is soooo cute! I'd love a pea gravel spot but my husband is not a fan of pea gravel (think lawn mower)! I'm still hoping for the brick patio but I don't think that will happen this summer...


    PS and the striped pillows are fabulous!


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