Our Backyard: Before and After!


We did it! Our backyard is finally done! Well… almost.  Still have a few builds to finish and some planting around the house… but alas, it is not planting season and it’s too dang hot!…

ANYHOO! It has been a looong spring and summer for us…. I think it’s safe to say we worked our little “you know whats” off, trying to make our backyard a usable (and baby safe!) place!

It wasn’t easy, (understatement of the year!) requiring months of digging, hacking down spiky cactus, getting poked by cactus, more digging, shoveling out masses upon masses of gravel (and dirt), laying pavers, removing pavers, crying, tearing out dead grass, installing new grass, building furniture, freaking out, being sore, laughing from delirium, planting, decorating, all while taking care of a baby, and then finally……. HALLELUJAH PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY… It. Was. Finished. And it was good.

After the craziness of Joy’s B-Day party, I was finally able to compile some before and after shots of our new and improved backyard!

Feel free to dry-heave at the before pics, and OOH and AAH at the afters…


We wanted a grass area for our little one to run around on, and a place for us to play Cornhole, the official game of the mid 20 year olds.

So we got to work.  Digging, scraping, yelling, blah blah until it was done! (again… massive understatement!)

No, my husband is not wearing socks…  We lived in dirt for months.


But it was worth it…





BY Potted Garden


In the area next to the grass, we decided on creating a big and cozy lounge area.

This required building a custom sectional to accommodate the amount of seating we wanted.  We used Ana White’s original blueprint and then modified for our needs.

And so began the build.  James and a couple good friends, worked tirelessly in our hot garage, surviving taunting from our neighbors who asked “are you building an ark in there?” har. har.


I love the X design on the back.  James did not “love” building them…


Once we got the couch into place, we painted and cushioned that behemoth!


BY Before 1

And now… the AFTER!:

BY Sitting Area

I stumbled upon the barrel coffee table idea on pinterest, but their’s required getting glass custom cut for the barrels.  We were actually going to do that, until we random walking through the plumbing section at Home Depot and I found these: water heater drip pans.  They were cheaper, and safer than glass, and we found a size that fit perfectly in the barrels.  The lip of the pan sets inside the barrel lip.  Perfect!




OK! Off to the dining area! The cage was the only safe place for the child.  Poor kid.



Annnd the AFTER:  (The table is always set. Ha. Yah….)



Finally, we really really wanted to have a fire pit.  There was a kind of natural break in the backyard that we thought would work perfect.


Again, the cage for the wee one.




We built a simple cinder block fire pit. There are tons of fire pit DIYs online for you to find.  We are still working on the bench in the back.  We followed this DIY for the bench.

BY Fire Pit 2


All lit up for our warm, summer night hang outs.

BY Night Time


Now yes, we still have gravel.  Is it our first choice? No.  Are we making it work (like all the outdoor pics from Restoration Hardware)? Yes.  Hey, it helps me sleep at night…

We love our new backyard.  A prize well earned.  Nothing better than running around outside with little ones, or relaxing with my love in the warm summer breeze.


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