Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Big-Ish Reveal.

I think it'd be good if we started with a before shot of the backyard, don't you?
There we go.   Nothing's really wrong here-- except for the weeds by that bush--
But I dreamt of a pergola.  And a deck floor that wouldn't shish kabob people's feet.  A sliver's one thing, but being shished?  Kabobed?  Needing pliers to pull out a splinter of wood?
Nonono.  We can't have that.  It's awkward at barbeques.
And as we all know since I can't shut up about it,
massive construction began.  Is it done?
Pffft.  Is anything ever really done?  I ask you?
But here we are now.
I got to plant.  Yay!  (Golf clap, nerdy girly squeal.)  We're growing the grass back where the deck used to cover, slowly but surely--

and I got the grapevines I always wanted.  Gonna train 'em to travel up the pergola.  Hopefully.  Fingers crossed.  Make my own signature wines.  I'm a wine-o.  Just kidding, not really.
But you can see this covered in vines, right??  Grapes hanging down between beams, right?  Say you can see it.
I covered the deck in a composite deck sealer.  It's 'sposed to protect it from fading and mold.  I'll let you know what I think about that sealer as time goes on.
I'm on the fence about whether I should have gotten a table or just lounging furniture instead-- ah well.  What's done is done.
And look we put up a swing!  And lots of potted plants too, and I love them so.
( Pssst:  just between you and me, this swing has a 250 lbs. weight limit, and I'm dreading the day when three adults sit on it and I have to either bite my tongue and hope for the best or open my mouth and awkwardly explain that you people are gonna break my swing.  Because nothing makes anyone feel dumb and fat more than that, am I right?)
Oooh and guess what else?
No, really, guess.
I felt like it needed twinkle lights.  Teehee.
Ooh and guess what else?
We put in those nifty mist thingies to cool the place down on a hot evening.  They're sooo cool.  Dumb pun intended.
Annnnd . . . there ya have it.  I love it out here, now.  I do.  I love it.  I think I will marry it, thanks.
One thing I just knew was gonna happen, though?  It's opened the door to working over the rest of the entire yard.  I could totally see us doing something like this in the corner:
Or this over the years.  On a smaller scale, of course. 
So, we'll see.  Also, interested in a barbeque at my place?  Don't make me beg.


WhettenWild said...

That is so beautiful! You did such a great job!

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

So don't hate me but I have to say gramma has lots of grapevines and as a kid (ok even now)I hated picking the grapes. Because spiders live in there. All over the place. I've thought about an arbor cover in grape vines. But I can't get over the though of spiders dropping down from above...eek

Rebecca D said...

It looks so beautiful!!! I love every bit of it!

Collette said...

omg 250 lbs on a swing!? that's not even TWO average adults....but it looks great! bulk up that chain!

scotdog98 said...

Wow - you're amazing! That looks so awesome. Now, can you come up with creative ways to camouflage ugly grills? Not that yours is ugly, lol - we not only have a gas grill but a combo charcoal grill/smoker - they look horrid sitting on my pretty patio!

DressUpNotDown said...

One husky man and your swing's a gonner! :o)

Cindy said...

Fabulous! Amazing, Wow! and you're sooooo funny...


Kris said...

You are always fun to read and I enjoy your hobby? Job? Obsession? Of working to improve and put your personal stamp on your projects and spaces. Blogs come and go on my reading list, but yours has stood the test of time. So far anyway...HEEHEE! Good job you.

Terri Timmons said...

Beautiful Job! You need a retractable roof (saw them at the fair last year) then you can still enjoy it in the rain, my poor hubby grilled for us in the rain holding an umbrella on memorial weekend, we had no roof either!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Who does that???
YOU - you woman of extreme awesomeness - you build stuff like that. Are you kidding me!??? It's amazing Mandi. I thought that first reveal pic was an inspiration picture. Gorgeous - the flooring, the planters, the little twinkling lights, the swing! The grape vines! Love it all. You are my hero. Enjoy it this summer!

RachelK said...

LOVE the pergola! Can I come visit? I'll be there in 5 minutes.

N. Burton said...

Spectacular! All I can say! Spectacular!

Carla said...

wow! when i buy a house I might hire you to come deck it out! That looks absolutely amazing!

oh and am I the only one who asks weight limits before i ever sit down? i'm a petite person but after breaking a hammock with a friend once, i ALWAYS ask...

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Absolutely beautiful, you did an amazing job, I wouldn't worry about the table. We live outdoors for about 9 months of the year, I spent a cray amount on my outdoor set and everyone prefers to lounge about. I should've just built a little bar style table along a wall for the few people who prefer a table.

Jeannine said...

Wow!! It's absolutely gorgeous!! The twinkle lights are a must, and the misters are genius! Well done!!
Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

Bon-Bon said...

Shellie and I will show up one day for a BBQ with you. You should give tours of your compound and grounds to raise money for your kids' college education. I mean it!

josheli said...

Keep the spiders away by spraying a solution of H2o and peppermint oil on the plants. spiders hate peppermint. or perhaps planting peppermint near the grapes on the bottom (plant them in open bottom containers to contain them) just plant the pot deep in the soil.Love your work!

cleopatramaria said...

Were the posts put in ground first or were brick planters built first?