I have so many ideas swirling around inside my head; both projects for my home as well as to sell. I would love to do a craft fair this summer but haven’t found one that would be a good fit. Actually the Renegade Craft Fair would be a perfect fit; however, the vendor fees are much too steep for a first attempt. Perhaps, I should Google some other options and visit them in preparation for next year.
I’ve also been consumed with creating an inviting backyard/patio space. Unfortunately, my backyard is only used as a pass through to the garage. It is part grass and part concrete and lacks shade. I would love to create an outdoor room to lounge and read this summer. The only thing is, my ideas are overly ambitious for the little time I would actually have to devote to such a makeover. I rather DIY then BUY but and given time constraints, the result is unfinished projects and untouched raw materials would be pointless.
In any event, as for outdoor furniture, I thought this lawn chair would be cool. I thought with cushions it would be comfy.
You can find the instructions for this DIY project here.
Or I would love to makeover some wicker pieces. Haven’t found any as of yet though.
I would also like to make some cedar planters like these
and stack them vertically on a ladder structure so that I could have more room to grow vegetables. It would look something like this.
As for my shade issues, I was thinking a huge cavalier umbrella like this one.
They are available at different price points, ranging from $500- $2000+. If anyone happens to have one they really happy with, please let me know.
Or another option would be sails. I could it to the back side of the house and side of the garage. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. You can even create a layered effect when using more than one.
As with the umbrellas, there is a huge price variation among brands. This one is inexpensive and can be found here.
Then there is the concrete to contend with. I was thinking I would stain it. We had it replaced when we first moved in and it cracked soon there after. By the way, the only reason we stayed with the concrete was because No. 1 Son wanted to use his basketball hoop in the back yard. Let’s just say the hoop wasn’t used enough to justify that decision and now resides in a corner of the yard slowly rusting away. So much for asking for little people’s opinions on major decisions. I wished I would have went with pavers instead. For now, I will work with the cracks. I’ve seen some stain techniques on various design shows that incorporate/camouflage the cracks into a stained design. Here is an examples of one I found at Lowes Creative Ideas website.
Although I like this design, I would need to come up with one that had a pattern similar to the veining in marble so that the cracks looked like they are intentional.
Will these ideas get executed? Sure would be nice, but I have to be realistic. Perhaps, over time. But now that I have documented them in this post, maybe just maybe, that will at least free up some space in my brain for other creative ideas.
Can you relate? Do you have too many project ideas floating around in your head? Any summer projects you can’t wait to start?