Thursday, April 14, 2016

outdoor dining {One Room Challenge} week two

After the first week of One Room Challenge,
what do I have to show?
Not much...
it has been cold with snow/rain shower for a few days,
far for ideal to work outside.
So it left me time to refine my plan for the room "al fresco dining":
fix the paint color of the house,
install a wall light fixture and pretty string lights,
purchase some new chairs,
build a table (from the old deck wood),
craft/build some accessories like lanterns and stands,
add some soil and plants around the yard,
technically not on the patio, but seen from it...
So what did we actually tackle?
dirt and plant, once the weather cooperated.
Right now, it does not look like much,
but we made a new plant/flower bed in the shade of our neighbor's fence!
We installed a simple brick border, planted about 2 dozens shade loving plants:
hostas, lilies of the valley, and a few others whose name I forgot, 
and covered everything with fresh mulch.
Hopefully they will come out soon, and make this side of the yard much more pleasant to look at!
Next to this new flower bed is the potting bench that I made last year  .
We also took the brick border through the rest of the back yard,
separating our trees and shrugs from the "grass" area,
which we are trying to grow....
very hard with a young dog and a very shady yard...
a work in progress, it does get better every year,
or so we tell ourselves!
I did manage to built one little accent piece: a stand for a drink dispenser.
I followed loosely this tutorial from Being Brook,
using boards I already had at home.
It still needs to be sanded and stained.
It fits perfectly our plastic dispenser
(much safer for the outdoor than glass).
Next week end should be nice and warm,
so I hope I will be able to build that table I showed last week on my inspiration board.
from Restoration Hardware, planning on using Ana White's plan....
Hope all goes well!


  1. The weather was pretty miserable, wasn't it? Though it sounds like you got a lot accomplished considering the hail and snow that was falling on Saturday. (Our hydrangea was completely burned by the sad.) And I think I just bought that same drink pitcher yesterday. Love the stand you made for it!

  2. Morgane I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.

    I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!

    Good luck in the upcoming week!

  3. Hi Leslie, yes it was a pretty nasty Saturday....and after reading your email, I went to check on my hydrangea, the leaves are not looking so good, I hope it can make it...
    The pitcher is pretty good, we used it last year, it was nice but with the stand, I hope it will be even better.
    hope the weather holds and some good work can be done this week end!

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  5. Hi Laura,thank you for your comment. Good luck with your project!


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