Friday, August 27, 2010

Eye Sore No More

Another eye sore in our home (or outside of it) is somewhat conquered! We are blessed to have an inset grill and sink on our back patio. It has taken us a while to get reacquainted with charcoal grilling, but my husband is getting the hang of it. As well, it’s taken us over a year to take time to make the grill area an attractive place, rather than the place to wash out paint brushes or throw the kids’ yard toys under.

After taking an assessment of what I had to “decorate” the area with without buying anything, we decided to go with a shabby garden theme with a few touches from the ocean.

We used an old milk crate to store my current gardening tools and gloves. I cleaned off the pots that fit the “shabby” bill and lined them up with the watering cans.

My husband made the chicken wire frame years ago, and it hasn’t been used in our past two homes, until now. I painted my clothes pin jar lid (our laundry lines pull out from the wall adjacent to the jar). I had bought the Fleurs sign at a dollar store in Germany, so it was waiting for a spot too!

I’m not sure what the purpose of this wooden box was originally. Again, had it for years, waiting for the right place to use it. It was always challenging to find something to put in it and the thing still be seen. This time, old tea cups, garden supplies, dried garlic, and shells (and an urchin) we’ve found at the beach filled it nicely!
It’s so nice when you don’t have to be embarrassed for people to come out to the grill AND when things have their place!

Linking up to: Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest,


  1. Absolutely lovely! I like how you made it look so comfortable! I'm jealous you're in Portugal! My husband and I just visited portugal for the first time in June. I LOVED it there!!

  2. WOW.. aren't YOU organized. What a fabulous little cooking nook you have there. Organized and practical. Love the little things in the wooden box too.
    Thanks for visiting today! Have a great one.

  3. What a nice area you have organized. Everything looks great together. Don't you love when you can organize and make things look pretty without spending a dime?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Just started following. Looking forward to stopping by more often.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Your outdoor space is so beautiful! I'm very jealous :p

  5. Love it! I am working on the back yard too... I love what you say ..."conquered"... I have not conquered my back yard yet.. I hope very soon though. Great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I love it! I wish I had a sink outside! Great potting station too!


  7. I am so glad that I found you through Tatertots and Jello! This outdoor space is so wonderful! I am your newest follower! Come see my blog and check out some of my similar posts, 'Outdoor Art' and 'A Girl's Shed.' I am lovin' yours! God bless you for the work you are doing! Christie at

  8. It's lovely Jenni and what a privilege to see these glimpses of your life in Portugal.

  9. I love this area! I have always wanted a cute place to store my gardening supplies.



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