Today is the first of April and the high for here is 32 degrees. At least some of our snow has been melting and we’ve even had some birds chirping around here. This little guy was so cute hopping around on my deck railing the other day, I wanted to keep him.
This spring we definitely have a few outdoor projects we need to accomplish. The biggest one is staining the deck. Thanks to the 40% off sale in September at Sherwin Williams we were able to score some stain for a great price. If you can’t tell from the handrail in the picture above, let me show you the rough shape our deck boards are in.
The sun beats down on the deck for most of the day along with two dogs and four kids running around, it definitely takes a beating.
Last year thanks to a hail storm, our insurance company and Lowes, we were able to purchase a new Allen & Roth Gazebo. This gazebo is amazing, we love it! There are mosquito net screens, along with heavy curtains that block out the sun which is important when we dine on the deck as the sun is in full effect at that point and it’s usually right in someone’s eyes at the table. It’s also a little bigger than our last gazebo, at 10×12 we can fit a table and six chairs under here, zip up the curtains and have plenty of room to move around. Definitely a great purchase for our home! (Lowes did not pay me for my gazebo or to say anything about this gazebo, they don’t even know I exist. This is just my personal review).
This year, we are due for some new outdoor patio furniture. Our original set is now 8 years old and the cushions are past their prime and the table is rusting. Two thoughts on this, one I spray paint the table and give it new life, purchase new cushions and call it a day. Two, we find a new set, probably one that does not have cushions.
While shopping at Sams Club last week, I spotted this awesome Safavieh 6×9 indoor/outdoor rug for only $69! It jumped into my cart and I can’t wait to use it!
The hubby and I have checked out a few different patio table and chair sets recently. These are a few we are really eyeing up:
We like this Garden Oasis Owens 7 piece set from Kmart/Sears, the table is a great size for playing games in the evenings, the chairs don’t have cushions, they swivel and seem comfortable.
This one isn’t really in our price range but a girl can dream, right? I love this one from Hampton Bay Woodbury at Home Depot! Although it has cushions and a longer table, the chairs are just so lovely, I could sit in those all day and read while the kids swim in the pool or play in the backyard.
This Garden Glen Patio set at Walmart caught our eye as well, although it has cushions which we would like to avoid. The reviews are great and it’s in our price range too.
I did try to find some cushions but the dimensions are 19×19 and somewhat hard to find replacements for. I did find a few options at Kohls but they are kind of pricey. It’s almost cheaper to buy a whole new patio set than to replace the seat cushions. With a coupon these would still be pricey, they are originally $170, on sale for $102 for two cushions. I need 6. So $300 just for cushions! Crazy!
The search is on, wish us luck! Hopefully the weather will warm up enough soon so we can enjoy our gazebo and dinner outside. Do you have a patio set? Do you have cushions on your chairs? Have a set you would recommend for us?