Backyard Patio Makeover

Well a couple weeks ago I showed you our new stamped concrete patios and then our DIY fire pit, but now it’s time to see the entire back patio makeover, complete with furniture, flowers and a bit of color…

back stamped concrete patioSince we have two patios with the way our house sits on the land, this lower patio I wanted as more of a lounging area with couches and chairs… and of course our fire pit.

backyard DIY firepitThis kid seriously cannot away from an outdoor photo shoot. Her life revolves around exploring in those woods behind the house.

backyard patio makeoverI looked everywhere for outdoor furniture but finally landed on this set from Lowe’s. It was pretty much the cheapest I could find for the style I was looking for. Cushions weren’t included but I found these colorful pillows at Target. Kinda loving how the colors pop in the backyard.

backyard stamped patio outdoor pillows

backyard stamped concrete patioThe mix of navy blue and this bright coral/orange shade is my new favorite color palette so when I happened upon this photos it was hard to resist… even though they were $15 each. Yeesh.

DIY outdoor firepit

backyard stamped concrete patio makeoverI debated back and forth about getting an outdoor rug for this space to add another splash of color but I wasn’t quite ready to cover up the stamped concrete. I’m still impressed what they can do with a little bit of dye and a stamp these days.

stamped concrete patio makeover

backyard stamped patio makeoverSo I tried adding a bit of color with some plants around. Yes, I bought the plants in the container and have no plans on upgrading. Remember I hate nothing more in the world than gardening?

And see my hastas and boxwoods? Yeah, that’s about as greenthumb as I get.

backyard patio makeover

stamped concrete patio designI still have lots to do on the upper patio, including painting the dining table we built. But I’m pretty content so far with this space. I mean… c’mon. The view is pretty hard to beat.

backyard patio firepit

How to Build a Patio Dining Table

So a couple weeks ago I showed you our newly stamped concrete patios and DIY firepit. Well, now it’s time to furnish the space except everything is so darn expensive. So when Ace Hardware challenged me to a $90 project in celebration of their 90th Anniversary, I knew exactly what I wanted to build…

A Patio Dining Table.

how to build a patio dining tableAnd guess what? It didn’t even cost me $90. More like $80 and that included all of the screws and wood glue. I found the plans that I wanted to use on Ana White’s website, including the entire cut list for the wood.


Shopping List:

5 – 12′ – 1×4 Boards (Cut Tabletop Boards from these)
5 – 8′ – 1×4 (Supports and Aprons)
1 – 12′ 2×4
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
2 1/2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Finishing Supplies

measuring tape
circular saw


Cut List:

2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)
4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)
2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
17 – 1×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Tabletop Boards)
4- 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)

build a patio dining tableI actually ended up using (10) 6ft 1×4 boards instead of (5) 12ft boards. Easier to transport in my car and Ace Hardware had it in stock! To cut all of my wood I used my Craftsman circular saw. It’s still somewhat of a new tool to me, but you might remember my table trough centerpieces or my basement workshop table.

craftsman compound miter sawThen we just followed Ana’s instructions perfectly, making sure we used our square to keep everything angled perfectly before glueing and screwing into place.

diy patio dining tableWe started by building the table top form with supports down the middle. Then we glued and screwed the aprons onto the side.

how to build a patio tableTo add the tabletop boards we laid them in place on top of the supports first to evenly space them out, then screwed them into place. To make things go a little faster we had one drill designated for screwing, and one for pre-drilling holes.

build a patio tableOnce all of the tabletop boards were in place, it was time to add the legs.

build patio tableAnd three hours later we had ourselves a nice patio dining table.
For under $90 $80.

how to build a patio dining tableAnd here’s the table with some temporary chairs…

how to build a patio tableNow we aren’t going to stain the table. I have cool plans for the rest of this table a different day. But if we were going to stain, I would suggest doing that before assembling. It would be kinda hard to get it perfect between those slats!

building a patio tableAnd I could have used a Kreg jig to make pocket holes and hide the screws, but hey… I’m just happy we built a table from scratch!

AND it’s one sturdy table!
Not too shabby for our very first furniture build.

patio table building

how to build patio table

how to build a patio dining table

So… what could YOU do for $90?
Tomorrow I’ll be giving away a $90 gift card to Ace Hardware,
so stay tuned!

how to build a patio dining table

If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!


 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.