DIY Garden Arbor with Faux Patina ~ Build Plans

If you are just joining in, we have been working in our back yard this summer giving it a much needed facelift. First, was our DIY compost bin, then our DIY fire pit. Today we are sharing the next stage of our renovations – our DIY garden arbor with play area. It began like this…

Back Yard Wood Pile Before Makeover |


Yep, a hot mess. Each winter we run through a WHOLE LOTTA firewood. This is our wood pile that is normally full to the brim. However, I snapped this at the beginning of spring when we can break out of our cabin fever and get outside to clean up winter mess. Normally this is covered with a giant tarp, so my kids stick their bikes here to keep them out of the weather as our shed is full too. (next on my hit list)

Since 2003, I have had the pleasure of looking out our dining area and seeing this…

Wood Pile Mess |


Mind you I consider it a full blessing to be able to have a full supply of wood to keep us warm. It makes a heart happy for sure. However, we do enormous amount of work each year to harvest, split, stack, and prepare our wood. So, when a storm blows through and takes that tarp off soaking all our hard work, I get upset…we all do. It gets old running out in the rain or blistering snow to cover it back up. I have been scheming for years how to make it less work and more profitable.

In the spring, I began to clean up our area as I always do, but began mulling ideas over on how to make this less stress for us in the coming winter. Plus, make it more desirable to look at as well as hide some things.

Cleaning Up Yard Waste |

To the right of the wood pile we have our kids mud bar and sand table that were displaced ever since we built our pergola over our patio. This was only to be temporary as you can tell this is not the best place for them up against our neighbor’s garage. Remember, this was taken after winter had done its duty. (no judging…hahaha…)

Old Play Area |


I mentioned we first started by building our compost bins out of pallets. Well, we kept on accruing pallets and are building a new wood shed complete with garden shed attached. Here is what we’ve come up with – or the start of it at least.

Beginning of Wood Shed |


Lots of wood moving, stone moving and gettin’ ‘er done(ing). haha.

Moving Firewood to New Location |

Once the wood was moved, we needed to pull up all the concrete pavers and brick we had put down to rest the wood on. Not only was it messy, but feels so good too.

Family Working Together |

Since we already had some stone just outside our back door, we just wanted to extend the area using the red brick as border and fill it in. First, we graded it and then put down a landscaping fabric. Then, topped with more stone like we used in our fire pit makeover recently.

Laying Down Gravel for Outdoor Play Area |


Lots of stone hauling was in the game for me this summer. That’s just fine by me as I prefer to work to get exercise.

Hauling Gravel to Play Area |

While the kids and I were doing that work, JC was busy building the DIY garden arbor I mentioned earlier. We wanted to add a feature that gave us something nice to look at from our side and privacy from the other.

Here is what we designed and feel totally suits our new area. Complete all-in cost to build this was less than $120. Not bad when you consider buying one like this brand new is over $300. Cha-ching!! haha.

Build this Garden Arbor with Faux Patina with plans from Prodigal Pieces |

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I share more picture reveals at the end of this post, so be sure to read through to see what else we did to our space, see my latest video, and enter to WIN!


Want to build one of your own? Here is what you’ll need:

Materials: (see cut list below each)
  • 5 – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ cut into:
    • 4 – 2″ x 4″ x 84″ uprights
    • 4 – 2″ x 4″ x 24″ horizontal cross pieces
  • 2 – 2″x 6″ x 8′ cut into:
    • 2 – 2″ x 6″ x 60″ headers
    • 4 – 2″ x 6″ x  17″(see diagram below for details)
  • 13 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ cut into:
    • 10 – 1″ x 2″ x 69″ trellis vertical pieces
    • 22 – 1″ x 2″ x 24″ trellis horizontal pieces
  • 3 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′ cut into:
    • 9 – 2″ x 2″ x 32″ top slats
  • 3″ decking screws
  • 2 ½” decking screws
  • 8 – 3 ½” x 5/16″ carriage bolts with 8 washers and 8 hex nuts
  • 1″ crown staples for air nailer
  • patina kit in choice of finish (bronze, iron, copper)
  • E-Z Mender Brackets
  • stain of choice: we used Behr Waterproofing Stain in Chocolate

Step 1

First, you want to build your frames. Grab your cut 2″x 4″  and 1″ x 2″ pieces and assemble them like the diagram shows:

Garden Arbor Side Frames ~ Design by Prodigal Pieces |

Step 2

Once your frames are assembled, set them up on sawhorses or work surface. Next, you are going to make the trellis using the frame as a template, but are NOT attaching it to the frame. Ideally, you want to do the faux finish seen in video below before attaching. If you only want to stain the trellis same as the frame, reverse the layout below beginning with the vertical pieces.

However, if you want to accent the trellis with a faux patina or paint or contrasting stain, follow these steps: Place your trellis horizontal pieces into the frame at 6 ½” spacing. Do not attach to the frame.

Dry Fit Trellis Pieces in DIY Garden Arbor |

Step 3

Place your trellis vertical pieces on top of the horizontal pieces at 6″, 12″, and 18″ intervals. Attach only the vertical pieces to the horizontal pieces using your stapler and staples, but not to the frame. This is the back side of the trellis facing you.

Assembling Trellis for Arbor |

Step 4

Then, remove the trellis from the frame and complete it as you desire. I chose to create a faux patina using my patina paint kit as mentioned above. I’m all about texture and dimension, so these paints are going to help me create a wonderful aged look to our DIY garden arbor.

The process is simple and amazing! I show it all in the video below.

Painting Lattice Trellis with Dixie Belle Patina Paint |

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Step 5

While you are waiting for you coats of paint to dry, you can finish the assembly of your arbor. Begin by, attaching your headers using the carriage bolts. Feel free to make your header have any decorative element you wish. We cut a notch out of our header for a decorative touch. Then, measure 2″ down from top edge, and 4″ in from outside bottom corner.

Garden Arbor Header Design by Prodigal Pieces |

Step 6

Now to add your top slats. Find center and place your first slat and attach using the 2 ½” screws. Place the next two flush to each end. Then, add the last four evenly spacing them at approximately 8 ½” apart.

Attach Slats to Garden Arbor ~ Design by Prodigal Pieces |

Step 7

Next, cut your corbels with your jigsaw from your 2″ x 6″ x 17″ pieces using the diagram below as a guide. You will need to cut off 1 ½” from the top edge.

Corbel Cut Diagram Design by Prodigal Pieces |

Once cut, attach your corbels as shown below:

Attaching Corbels to Garden Arbor by Prodigal Pieces |

Line up your corbel against the upright 2″ x 4″. That will cause the top of the corbel to go behind the 2″ x 6″ header. Using a 3″ screw, attach at the bottom of the corbel into the upright 2″x 4″. Next, use a 5/16″ drill bit to drill into the arched portion of the corbel. Attach with a 3″ screw. Finally, using two 2 ½” screws, attach the corbel from behind to the header.

Corbel Attaching Diagram by Prodigal Pieces |

Step 8

Fun part! This is the best time to stain your arbor if you are going to do so. Your trellis is still set aside if you did a faux treatment and by staining now you will avoid having to painfully cut in around it. Now, depending on what stain you use, it may only take one coat, but ours took two.

Step 9

Time to anchor this puppy! We are enamored by the Simpson Strong Tie E-Z Mender products. These brackets can help repair broken down fences, etc and are so easy to use! Perfect for 4″ x 4″‘s or 2″ x 4″ studs like we’re using. Just attach them to the arbor and set the arbor in place using the studs sticking out to hammer them level. Notice we attached a couple of scrap pieces between the legs to keep the from splaying. (moving apart) We left the trellis off until after installation to make it easier to handle.

Using E-Z Mender Brackets to Anchor DIY Garden Arbor by Prodigal Pieces |

Step 10

Now your DIY garden arbor is ready for those gorgeous trellis’ you made earlier. Just set in place with the horizontal slats facing out. Last, attach using your stapler and staples.

Attaching Trellis with Ryobi AirStrike Stapler |


And we’re done! Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. We did!

Gorgeous Garden Arbor with Complete Build Plans and Video by Prodigal Pieces |

While I haven’t chosen what to grow on those trellis’ yet, I’m leaning towards climbing roses, but may wait until next spring. For now I’m enjoying that amazing patina.

Faux Bronze Patina with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Plus, these gorgeous new bushes I found really caught my eye with their yellow blooms in the spring followed by the pumpkin color berries in autumn. Aren’t they beautiful? I know our birds will love those berries. They are called Pumpkin Hypericum.

Gorgeous Pumpkin Hypericum Bush with Yellow Flower in Spring and Pumpkin-colored berries in autumn by Prodigal Pieces |

The outcome of all our efforts sure has paid off. Undeniably, this space is no longer an eye-sore.

Back Yard View of DIY Projects with Pergola, Play Area, and Fire Pit by Prodigal Pieces |

Kids Play Area with Mud Bar and Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces |

Likewise, we reused my curbside created bench tops from our fire pit makeover to make benches for the sand table. Also, the mud bar got an addition of a bottom shelf for extra storage.

Even my absolutely sad looking park bench was needing a major overhaul.

Broken Down Park Bench |

In addition, there’s a new coat of paint on the iron, and replaced the boards with fresh cedar. I moved it to the play area and it suits that spot perfectly.

Cedar Park Bench Made New by Prodigal Pieces |

DIY Backyard Play Area with Tutorials by Prodigal Pieces |

The corner where the bench used to sit still needs an overhaul and repairs. However, for now my new (old) cast iron set fills the corner with a vintage vibe.

Vintage Cast Iron Settee and Chair in Garden Decor by Prodigal Pieces |


And, the best part…my kids. They love it and have been waiting oh-so-forever to have their things back. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times they asked to dive into that sand while I was taking pictures. However, I don’t blame them – I love it too!

Kids playing in DIY Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces |

Kids Playing with DIY Mud Bar for Back Yard Fun ~ by Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share this DIY garden arbor to inspire others to take their home to a new level…literally.

Build this beautiful DIY Garden Arbor to add height and growing space to your garden. Full build plans with video at Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, this antique dresser that was left for dead gets a new lease on life for Furniture Fixer Upper time. Head here to see the after!

Damaged Antique Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Also, more projects like this DIY garden arbor:

Make your outdoor space inviting, safe, and cozy with this DIY Fire Pit tutorial with video by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comDIY Patio Makeover Complete with Pergola all done on a budget by a family of 8 by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Deb

    Beautiful job! My favorite things to paint are old desks in need of some love. I would love to try Dixie Belle Paint on my next adventure!

    July 25, 2017 at 6:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds good, Deb.

      July 25, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply
      • Michele Grady

        Sorry I couldn’t figure how to comment other than reply: This is beautiful! I would try to patina the cedar bench wood to make it look. like metal!

        July 25, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
        • Larissa

          No problem! Your idea sounds awesome!

          July 25, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
        • Kathy

          Same here on having to reply. 😉 I’ve got a children’s bench to to-do, so I was happy to see yours!

          July 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm Reply
          • Larissa

            hmmm… wonder what’s up with that? Thanks!

            July 25, 2017 at 9:55 pm
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    You’re new remodeled area looks great. You all done a wonderful job
    I have a headboard and foot board that need painting along with a couple of dressers. My paint supply is getting low so really could use more paint and would dearly love to try the Dixie Belle Paints
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

    July 25, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
    • ColleenB.~Texas


      July 25, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Colleen. We still have much to do and hopefully will get it done before the snow flies.

      July 25, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Christina in FL

    Wowzers!!! What a huge job and beautiful transformation!! Doesn’t it just bring a huge smile to your face and heart? Congratulations!!

    July 25, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was a big job, but so needed. Now we need to finish that wood shed before the snow flies. Yay!

      July 25, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Janette Deans

    What a gorgeous transformation, I love it…x

    July 25, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so kind to say so, Janette. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Chez

    I think your yard is starting to look amazing. Well done all of you, that is the whole family. You can call in at my place any time.? That is Australia ??. Much inspiration for our summer coming up.
    Thank you.

    July 25, 2017 at 6:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Chez. We love all the useful areas now. We are on our way to Aussie land! 😀

      July 25, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Beautiful job! Love the arbor & the area you redid looks amazing! I have yard envy now!!
    I have a small wardrobe that is begging for that gorgeous blue paint shown in the photo!! That’s what I would paint first!!

    July 25, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…you have work envy too, right? Thanks so much, Sherry. 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    The Arbor adds such charm. The backyard is looking good.

    July 25, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Jewell Styles

    Great job!

    July 25, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply

    Well done! I can only imagine all the work you and the family put into this transformation!! I’m looking to repaint a dresser. My daughter and her friend made a blue birthday cake…on my freshly painted dresser top (it was drying in the dining room!) Unfortunately, they got blue paint coloring on the dresser 🙁

    July 25, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, much work that we hope pays off. Thank you! And…oh no…blue!

      July 25, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply
  • Linda Clement

    What a beautiful result. I can’t imagine how many hours of work went into making such a wonderful spot. I would love to have such a place!! The arbor looks like something we could tackle with your well written instructions, and we just might give it a try. Thank you so much!

    July 25, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Linda. It was much work, but went fast with all our hands helping. I hope you do give it a try and report back.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Cindy Brannon

    Love the makeover!
    Oh my, so many projects to use this paint on!!!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, the possibilities are endless!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Thanks so much Larissa
    I loved seeing the makeover.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply
  • Kim

    What a lovely area. Well done! Dixie Belle paint sounds like an amazing product.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I am picky about my paint, so the fact that I am touting this says something. 😉

      July 25, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    I am so missing having an outdoor seating area. Yours is beautiful.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t blame you. We love ours so much. Thanks for the love, Deirdre.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Karen Windes

    Backyard looks lovely and so inviting. I would love to try DB paints – I have tons of projects waiting to get beautiful!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much. 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Beautifully done! I love how it was a team effort. I’ve heard wonderful things about the Dixie Belle products. I would love to give them a try. I don’t have any one specific project to try them on – too many to list! LOL

    July 25, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Go team! 😀 I have only good to say about their products. Love their paint!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Teri

    I just love how everything turned out!!!! Super impressed, Larissa and what a wonderful family bonding experience!! 🙂

    July 25, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So happy to hear you like it, Teri. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Claudia Boling

    The area looks so inviting. I love it. And I love that it was a family project.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Finally not a sore sight to look at. 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply
  • Janina

    Beautiful new patio area … great job

    July 25, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Kayla Starr-Smith

    I absolutely love your new space! Complete 180 and So awesome to see your whole family involved! I am so wanting to try the Dixie Belle paint and patina products! Great job 😀 enjoy your new space!!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! We are so pleased with it and glad to have it done. Now, on to the next!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply
  • Judy Newell

    Isn’t it satisfying to be able to sit back and enjoy all of your hard work? Very pretty and relaxing space.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure is, especially seeing the kids get to play in a clean area. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Bev

    Your yard looks great! Love the arbor and pergola.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Bev!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Leona Gibbs

    That was an amazing makeover. I have a wood storage area that looks pretty sad too. I think I am getting some ideas!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ours was just not doing what we need it to. We are working on the wood shed now and hope to share soon. Thanks!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Jennifer Hopkins

    Sweet – will post your contest on my FB pages. I have to show my hubby your great arbor!

    Blessings xx

    July 25, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Brandi Bryant

    You are an inspiration with all of your great ideas and tips. I love the arbor and thanks for sharing. I change my mind every single day or minute, but I would paint a bookcase that used to belong to my grandmother. Thank y’all for the giveaway too.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so kind to show love. Thank you, Brandi.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    I loved the makeover! Your home is beautiful and you continue to find practical ways to make it even prettier. I’d love to live next door to you!
    The first thing I’d paint is an old desk.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! Thank you for the encouragement. We love to DIY!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Mike Macon

    That is a lot of work and we love your post and how tos. We also love our @Dixie Belle Paint. We have been using it for three years on hundreds of projects at our shop-Just Repurposed.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear, Mike! It definitely is a favorite of mine.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Rhonda

    Seeing all your hard work makes me tired! HaHa, but it also always is so inspirational. Thanks!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Whew! haha… Thanks, Rhonda. It’s either DIY or don’t get it done. 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Linda Heathington

    This is beautiful!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Kaitlyn Sedlacek

    I love love love your blog! I also love how you have all of your awesome kiddos helping out! Reminds me of my childhood helping my parents around our house. They may complain about it, but they’re making memories and they don’t even know it.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Such music to my ears, Kaitlyn. Thank you! They actually love to help and it’s all we can do to keep them busy. Yay!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    Looking GOOD. I need to paint a table top for my front porch.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
  • Nicole Nichols

    I wish I were this handy. Love how all this turned out.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure is a blessing to be able to DIY. I would be lost without my tools. My motto #toolsoverjewels. 😉

      July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Judy Black

    Love Dixie Belle paint! Using it today to paint some signs.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! Hope you fun.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Karie Gallegos

    Every time I read one of your posts I am blown away by your hard work and creativity! I love the garden arbor and in fact I will be sharing this one with my husband! If I win the first thing I think I will paint is a cute little fence around my air conditioner….Thank you!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That means much, Karie. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Elaine

    Love the arbor, and I love love love the faux patina! I know what my first Dixie Belle purchase is going to be!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! We are delighted to share. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Barb B.

    Wow! Your outside looks fantastic. So peaceful and serene. Don’t know how you manage to do it in this heat but what an excellent job!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was hot, but felt so good to get it done. Thank you, Barb.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Lesa W.

    Love the arbor, pinning it for a project for my husband this fall

    July 25, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love those honey-do lists. 😉

      July 25, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Sara Skidmore

    Great blog! Thanks for the great information.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Deb Wostmann

    Looks absolutely fantastic.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so kind to say so. Thanks, Deb!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Carol San Diego

    Your backyard looks so nice now! What a great feeling you must have after all that work!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Such a relief to not have an eyesore. Now to get that wood shed done. 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Maureen

    All of your yard projects look fabulous! I’m saving this arbor though because I have dreams of building one into my vegetable garden.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that would be wonderful!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Lezlie adams

    I love the makeover. We built an arbor that looks very similar. Ours is wider and we hung a porch swing in it. It is one of my favorite places to go….when it isn’t 105….. our heat index for the day? I have never used this brand of paint. I would love to give it a try!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love my swing, and I bet you do too. Yes, the heat feels like it will fry you. ha!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • dianne anderson

    Your hard work certainly paid off.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply
  • Joan

    My hubby tells everyone if it stands still long enough I will paint it! I need to try the Dixie bell paint! Your yard looks beautiful now!!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      bwahahaha!! Love it.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Terri landreth

    Very nice!! I love reading about your projects. The pictures are great. Thank you.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Leslie Pereira

    It is absolutely beautiful! Your garden is gorgeous! I have a back lanai area, I’d love to do like that on a smaller scale. I’m wanting to paint a trellis similar to that in patina.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like you’re a gal after my own heart, Leslie. Hope you win!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Super area. You make everything you touch amazing. Love it!! Would love to try the Dixie Belle paints.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww… thank you, Debra!

      July 25, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Ginger

    Amazing transformation. I love to use paint to update instead of throw away!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, it’s fun to save. 😀

      July 25, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply
  • Lea

    How sweet to see the whole fam doing it together. Looks great!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We rock as a team. hahaha…woot!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Lorna Merrifield

    What an awesome transformation!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We are so excited to be getting it done. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    Youryard is beautiful! And I love that your whole family is helping when you do a project. Thank you for the giveaway!

    July 25, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Rebecca. We are so blessed to have them – many hands make light work.

      July 25, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Lisa Dickens

    Thanks to your blog I have tried Dixie Belle paint and love it. I need to try those patina sprays ❤️ Thanks! Lisa

    July 25, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeah, baby! So good to hear. Thanks for the feedback!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Mary Payton

    I love what you did to your backyard! Wonderful family projects.

    July 25, 2017 at 10:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Donna Marchlewski

    Love the new play area.
    I would paint my patio rocker.

    July 25, 2017 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Cora

    Love all your ideas! everything turned out great!!! Love me some Dixie Belle paint too! I did my kitchen cabinets in Drop Cloth! Love it! Thank you!

    July 25, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love that color. I just used it on my blanket chest makeover too.

      July 25, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Cora

    The first thing I would paint right now would be my dining room table and chairs! Drop Cloth of course!

    July 25, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! Good color choice.

      July 25, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply
  • melinda

    your backyard looks amazing!! I am sure the neighbors approve as well:) I am wanting to do something for my backyard as well….I will show the trellis / arbor to my husband tonight!!! love it!

    July 25, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We are definitely the annoying overachievers in our neighborhood. ha! Thanks, Melinda!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Mary West

    I’m not sure what I would paint first! It would depend on what project my husband and I built next!

    July 25, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Go team!! You sounds like us. 😀

      July 25, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    Wow! What a grand transformation! The pergola and garden area look like it will be well used and enjoyed! It all is a lot of work, but so worth it, especially knowing how much $$$ is saved! I would use the paint to repurpose an entertainment center for my sewing room. I want to add shelving and doors to store my supplies.

    July 25, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We just love it. Makes it fun to be out here instead of walking around messes. Thanks!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Vicky Ziler

    It looks so inviting. I love the kids play area!

    July 25, 2017 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fun for big kids like me too. yay!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Jane

    I like the vibrant colors of the Dixie Belle paints. I think the first thing I’d like to paint (with my HomeRight paint sprayer that I LOVE) is a vintage wrought iron dining set I have outside. Currently it is a non-vibrant red and really could use a pop. While it is an adorable vintage set that I got for a steal at a garage sale and it has awesome shape to the chairs, the color is quite drab. I think a bright torqouise might do the job.

    July 25, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, woot! (on both accounts 😀 ) Sounds like fun!

      July 25, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Becky

    THIS IS AMAZING!!!! Come do my yard next, OK?!?! : ) You guy’s back yard has to be the beauty-spot of the neighborhood! WELL done!!!!

    July 25, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…we still have work to do, but on our way! Thank you.

      July 25, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    I am so jealous of your play area! It looks so fresh.
    I haven’t tried Dixie Belle yet, but would love to try them out on a desk I am about to make-over.

    July 25, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…you can come and play! 😀 haha Thanks, Kimberly. We are so glad we can look out the window to check on the kids and they love their new shaded spot.

      July 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Nancy Walden

    I haven’t tried Dixie Belle but I love what you did with it! I have a glass topped patio table that has white legs. It would look great with patina added!

    July 25, 2017 at 11:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…so cool! That would be perfect.

      July 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Mary Jo

    Love all you have done! It looks amazing. I would love to paint some end tables and a coffee table, so that is what I would use the paint for.

    July 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was a blessing we could get it done. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply
  • Anya Mathis

    Oh. My. Goodness! Your yard is gorgeous! I love in AZ and don’t have the luxury of much green. I miss it so much! And I think your darling cast iron set would look good in white. I said yellow when you posted it earlier. If I win the paints I have a shelf full of little projects in my garage waiting for a fresh look. One is a cute mirror shelf combo!

    July 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun to hear. Thank you! I couldn’t live out there for that reason. I love to garden and grow and especially love the seasons. Though I may head your way during winter! 😀

      July 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply
  • Candy Walsh

    What a GORGEOUS transformation!! Your backyard is beautiful! And I love me some Dixie Belle Paint!!!

    July 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      High five to you, Candy! 😀

      July 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Becki Lee

    Wonderful job on everything! It’s really making a difference.

    July 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was such a relief to get it done even though I want to finish our kitchen. Gotta do what ya gotta do, right?

      July 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Susan W.

    Wow! What a difference! This “yard section” turned out great, congratulations on your new view – you must stand at the window and smile!

    July 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We sure do, especially because we can see the kids better and know they have a safe area to play.

      July 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Janet Kynerd

    All that hard work sure paid off. Yard looks wonderful.

    July 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Janet! We are delighted with it.

      July 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Jonnie

    Great job! I have an entryway bench I would love to freshen up with some Dixie Belle paint

    July 25, 2017 at 2:29 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Wow, Larissa, your yard is coming along beautifully! I bet your kids love their new play zone too. Pinned

    July 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are out there 24/7 ha! Or so it seems. I’m happy that we are making better use for our space and particularly that our wood will be ready to go. I want to get our kitchen done! 😀

      July 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply
  • Sandy

    I am so inspired by the post on the arbor and the wonderful paint. I know my grand daughter will love this post when I send to her.

    July 25, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a treat to hear, Sandy. Thank you so much!

      July 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply
  • Liz

    Wonderful! You have quite the working crew. Looks awesome!

    July 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The best evah. hee hee hee. We are so blessed by these guys and how the jump in to help. Thanks!

      July 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Constance Colvin

    Larissa! You and your family have limitless energy! I continue to be amazed!

    July 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • heather

    A wonderful projectheath. Love the patina

    July 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Love me some patina!

      July 25, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Your backyard is looking fabulous! The arbor, with the lovely patinaed trellises, is beautiful! I also really like your pergola. I can’t figure out what to do outside our house. We have a gorgeous view out the front and side of our house, but the back, which would be the best functional location for outdoor dining, has very little going for it… Ugh!

    July 25, 2017 at 4:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That was kinda like our area we did today. Eye sore and what do you do with it? I hope you can find inspiration from what we are doing. Thanks for stopping by!

      July 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Wow, Larissa! Your back yard look so good now! It is so inviting and the arbor really makes it. I know your family must love to spend time out there now! XOXO

    July 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So much easier on the eye, right? hahaha… Thanks, Christy!

      July 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Karen Reeves

    What a great job. The arbor looks fantastic & I loved how you added the patina using Dixie Belle paints.

    July 25, 2017 at 5:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was so fun to create that dimension on that side of the house to create balance with the pergola. Thank you!

      July 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Love what you did to the backyard! I also have an outdoor bench that needs a new paint job.

    July 25, 2017 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Love the patina on the arbor! I have a lamp, outdoor furniture and flower pots i want to patina. So many plans… so little time!

    July 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I totally hear you, Lisa!

      July 25, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    You’re the hardest working blog-posting, home-schooling, cooking-from-scratch, DIYing mom EVER! Wish I had half your energy . . .

    July 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      More like crazy lady, but I will take those awesome compliments. Thank you, Donna!!

      July 25, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, this space looks AMAZING! Wowza! As a rose-grower myself, I would recommend that you plant clematis on your arbor instead of the roses. It’s a little close against the house to put a rose there and I think they’ll be a bit too large for your area. Clematis would be a lovely choice! And no thorns or hard branches to poke you! thank you for the chance to win the paint. I would love to have some to play with. I have a lot of pieces of furniture to paint, but my first ones may be tables or stools!

    July 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I had tried that on our pergola and only one grew. Am considering it again. I want an easy, non-invasive plant, but I already have a trumpet vine. Those grow like crazy.

      July 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    All I can say is….. I ‘m speechless! Beautiful job.

    July 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! You are so kind. 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • Vickie

    Great job! What a difference and love the paint job!

    July 25, 2017 at 10:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance!! Thank you, Vickie.

      July 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Penny

    Love Your Makeovers, makes me want to makeover the rest of our deck, have a bench that needs a new redo with a great color, Thank You!!!

    July 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! It’s fun to improve your home.

      July 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    Love the patina on the trellis. I would like to try the patina look with the paints on some flower pots.

    July 26, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be sweet! I’ve done it with some of mine too.

      July 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Renee Cain

    Thank you for an inspiring tutorial.

    July 26, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Renee.

      July 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Oh my goodness Larissa. I had to scroll and scroll just to comment. But that is a good thing. I love what you did in your back yard. And that faux patina has me drooling! I think I’ll come over for a bit! 😉

    July 26, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee…sorry! 😀 You most certainly are invited.

      July 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Bernice

    I have some planter boxes my husband made for our patio to paint & would love to try this paint

    July 26, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They would look beautiful!

      July 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Brandi Kilpatrick

    Such an awesome transformation!

    July 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet, Brandi. Thank for stopping by!

      July 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Ivy

    I always enjoy seeing your new projects. I am hoping to transform an antique table soon but haven’t decided what colors to paint it.

    July 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They have oodles to choose from! You will love it.

      July 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Karen Simon Peterson

    Your backyard is looking wonderful! I think I’d paint a small bookcase with these paints. Thank you for the giveaway.

    July 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! We are certainly enjoying it.

      July 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Wendy D.

    I love your project. The arbor turned out great, would love to build one for my lady banks rose to climb across. Thank you for the inspiration and giveaway.

    July 27, 2017 at 7:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be beautiful!

      July 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Barbara Brannon

    Gosh! That looks amazing! Absolutely stunning! Would love to hear details on the park bench makeover as I have one that needs the wood replaced AND painted! Thanks or the chance to win!

    July 27, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! We just took off the old wood and replaced with new – pretty simple. 😉

      July 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    What a beautiful makeover for your yard.

    July 27, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Maryann. We love it!

      July 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Carole

    You guys did an amazing job! Looking good! I’ve never used Dixie Bell Paint, but I’m sure that it would make one of my antique dressers that are collecting dust in the basement look fabulous!

    July 27, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear your kind words. You will love their paint! 😀

      July 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Jane Doe

    WOW, Such a transformation and I LOVE the arbor/pergola that your husband built! I must try some of the Dixie Belle paint. It seems to work so well in all of your projects!
    P.S. What an amazing family you have! In every photo I’ve seen, no-one is frowning. All seem happy to be helping out.
    Gosh, we sure need more excellent examples of what a family is all about. Lucky me, my own 3 children (now grown), were almost always proud to help out. “That’s what families do, help one another”; is what I always told them. Sorry for the length of this post… I felt moved to express my appreciation. Thank you for sharing so much of your sweet family!

    July 27, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t say enough how blessed we feel to have each and every one of them, including each other. You are a blessed mama indeed.

      July 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    Awesome job! Beautiful back yard.

    July 27, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for saying so. 🙂

      July 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Molly

    That is an amazing makeover! Wish I had some great helpers!

    July 27, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My crew is on their way! 😉

      July 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Annette

    The chest looks gorgeous! I would paint my mom’s antique buffet to use as a table in my living room.

    July 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Vickie

    Looks like the whole family has done a great hob in the yard. It looks amazing!!

    July 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We have the best help ever!

      July 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply

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