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Backyard Patio Makeover Reveal!

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It’s reveal day for our backyard patio makeover!! Can you believe it??

I’m so excited to share this space with you – it’s been a lot of work, but oh so worth it.

If you’re new to the One Room Challenge (ORC) or our project in particular, let me give you a little backstory…

The ORC is run by Linda from Calling it Home along with Better Homes and Gardens and is an opportunity for design bloggers from all over the world to take on a room makeover and come together to support each other in the process.

There are 20 featured designers and over 150 guest participants that link up their spaces and share their transformations during the 6-8 week season.

For this Spring 2020 season, we’re participating as guests and chose to give a corner of our backyard a face-lift by transforming it into a lovely patio!

You can catch up on the entire season here:

Before we get to the reveal pictures, let’s take a look at where we started…

Here is the corner of our backyard as of 8 weeks ago:

Since buying the house 4 years ago, the only thing we’d done in this space was have a septic riser lid installed and killed the grass.

Other than that, it was just sitting there…

So, we decided to fix it up into a little oasis. 😉

As I mentioned in this post, we had to make the patio out of gravel because our septic tank sits below this and we didn’t want to install something more permanent that would be damaged if the tank needed to be replaced.

Here was my design for the space:

And the breakdown of the work we completed to get to where we are today:

  • Install privacy panels in the chain-link fence
  • Remove 3″ of dirt to make room for the gravel and new landscaping
  • Install walkway and patio borders
  • Move and adjust irrigation lines
  • Install and compact the gravel
  • Plant new shrubs and flowers in surrounding bark beds
  • Install rock water feature
  • Install fresh, new bark nuggets
  • Spray paint old patio furniture and purchase new cushions
  • Purchase fire pit table, hammock, rug, pots and decor
  • Set up furniture and decor!

Like I said – a lot of work, but oh so worth it!

Ready to see how it looks now?? 😀

Our Backyard Gravel Patio Reveal


The entrance to our patio begins at the edge of our deck and takes you along a gravel walkway around our new water feature.

You can read the entire tutorial for building your own rock water fountain here.

We LOVE the sound of the water – it’s like you’re sitting next to a creek!

We reused our 3-piece metal patio furniture set with new cushions and pillow along with our fabulous new fire pit table!

I love that the top of the fire pit has a cover so you can use it as a table during the times you’re not having a fire.

Lemonade anyone? 😉

The geometric rug was a perfect way to soften up the gravel for your feet and ground the sitting area.

The back corner houses our hammock and a white metal side table (we already had this table, I just gave it a fresh coat of white paint!)

This corner of the patio stays shaded most of the day, so it’s a fun spot to lounge on a hot day!

I added a bit of blue to the patio with my garden stool (used as a side table), the blanket and lumbar pillows.

While I had planned to paint the canvas pillows I bought for the backs of the chairs, I decided I really liked them solid and so didn’t end up painting them.

We added 4 potted plants around the patio, including this one that bloomed just before my photo session!

I just love how this space is tucked in among the foliage – it’s the perfect backdrop for pictures! 😉

My assistant, Amber, made this DIY lantern for me – don’t worry, a tutorial is coming soon!

I’m still in awe of this LED candle I got to place inside it – the candle has a timer on it so that it goes on for 5 hours and then off for 19 hours.

You can simply set it for the 5 hours you want it on each night and it automatically goes on and off that same time each day – brilliant!! 🙂

Of course, I’ve set it come on during the dusk hours so it can illuminate during the evening when we’re on the patio.

We’ve spent most evenings by the fire since we got this table – it’s so relaxing.

We even let the kids roast smoores over it. 😉

As it gets darker, we’ve got the solar lights around the perimeter (along with all my LED candles) to keep the space romantically lit.

Dusk is by far my favorite time in this space.

Don’t you just want to sit back and relax here all evening?!

The solar lights add the perfect amount of light along the walkway and around the perimeter.

We also placed a few spotlights on the fountain so we can still see it even when it’s dark.

So what do you think of our new patio?! Pretty awesome, right?

As always with my room makeovers, let’s take a quick look at the before/after side-by-side!


Makeover transformations are my FAVE.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

We’re off to build a shed on the other side of the property. 😉

Our Backyard Patio Sources

Here are links to each of the items on our patio – let me know if I missed something or you have any questions!

Chairs & Loveseat Set (Similar)
Chair Cushions
Fire Table
Canvas Pillow Covers
Lumbar Pillows (Similar)
Blue Striped Blanket
Cream Blanket (on chair)
Cream Blanket (on hammock)
White Metal Side Table (Similar)
Blue Garden Stool
LED Pillar Candle
White Tray
Grey Napkin
Pink Vase
Small White Pot
Medium White Pot
Large White Pot
Grey Pot
Solar Spot Lights
Solar Path Lights
Chain-link Fence Privacy Panels

Again, thank you so much for following along on this room makeover journey!

I hope you had as much fun as us – and honestly, if I could have each and every one of you over for snacks and drinks on the patio, I would!!

Be sure to head over and check out all the other fabulous reveals from the featured designers and guest participants.

There is some serious talent among the group!



16 thoughts on “Backyard Patio Makeover Reveal!”

  1. What a transformation. Especially like the idea of the ‘candles’. It will be stunning when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. Well done.

  2. Rachel, I love your backyard patio makeover. My husband and I have talked about getting some solar lights for the back yard. Now that I see them in use, I am motivated to move forward with adding them.

    • They’re so cool! I’m sad we didn’t install some earlier! Definitely worth investing in some quality ones so they look nice, work well and last!

  3. Hello! Wow, that really looks really cool. I read the article in one breath and it really inspires admiration. I thought for a very long time to make a similar idea in my backyard. But I did not know how to do it right. After all, in fact, to think over and choose the interior you need to have a taste and imagination from all of the above, I only have a taste. The rest is missing. Thank you very much for the idea and direction, take advantage of this.

  4. Very pretty! I have been following this entire process for ideas, we are moving in a few months and I’m trying my hand at updating our patio furniture. I love how welcoming and cozy you made your space!

    • Thank you for following along! I really appreciate the support and hope you’re able to create a fun patio at your new place. 🙂

  5. Can you tell me about the privacy panel on your chain link fence? You did an awesome job with the patio. Beautiful!

  6. This is so beautiful! You have done a fabulous job of your backyard patio. Love all your patio furniture and décor and the placement of everything. Now you can just relax and enjoy your patio. What a difference this has made in your yard! Thanks for sharing with us. Your pictures are lovely!


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