Get Inspired: Cool Outdoor Ideas

Are we really expecting more snow this weekend in the MidWest? Sheesh. Ok, Spring… you can come any time now.

Well here’s 10 cool outdoor ideas to keep you wishing for warmer weather!

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mini beach fire pitMini Beach Fire Pit from Well Done Stuff

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home made fire pitFamily Firepit from Sharpe Creations

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before_and_after_porchHow to Build a Pergola from The Handmade Home

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Backyard Scrabble Game from Sunset Magazine

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Precast Mold Concrete Walkway from Lowe’s

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Stone Patio from Centsational Girl

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lawn jengaLawn Jenga from Part Select

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outdoor-window-panelsCurtains on your Back Porch from How to Nest for Less

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kates-tiered-recycled-wine-barrel-planter_thumbWine Barrel Planter from Centsational Girl

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concrete bench outdoor patioConcrete Patio Bench from BHG.com

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Yep, Spring. You can come any time now.
I have lots of new inspiring projects to complete!

10 cool outdoor ideas

Front Porch Makeover

Since we’ve been spending a lot of time on the front porch recently while our little one plays outside, I decided it was time to spruce up our space.

The old rockers we had on our front porch we purchased the day we moved into our home… over 6 years ago! Let’s just say they were starting to show their age. I was thinking about just stripping and repainting, but my hubby and I were ready for something new.

So here’s what it looks like now!

How about a closer look?

I purchased some new resin wicker chairs from Home Depot for $50 each.

The red pillows I purchased from Home Depot as well. I wanted a bit of color, but nothing too crazy. I’m thinking about stenciling them in the future, but I’m happy with how they look for now.

I also got the outdoor rug from WalMart last Fall on clearance for $20. I was thinking about using this 5×8 foot rug on my back patio, but thought it looked great underneath my new chairs! Plus I scored another round outdoor rug on clearance last Fall that I’ll use in the back instead. Yeah, I have a habit of storing up on goodies at end of season sales!

I purchased the little round accent table from Target last week. I needed a place to set my lemonade while catching up on my latest book!

I purchased this flowered wreath a couple of years ago and always seem to go back to it each Spring. This year I added some new red roses to match the color of the front door and new accent pillows.

So the mini makeover for the front porch is now complete. Nothing too snazzy, just some minor updates. I’m still thinking of painting the flower pots white (that I scored from Lowe’s for $5 each!), but I can wait a bit on that. For now I’m just happy to relax on the front porch before it gets too hot outside!