Outdoor Decor ~ Creating an Inviting Space

Do you know that feeling of complete relaxation…that point that you just don’t want to move or else it will go away? That my friends is how I feel about sinking into my latest treat-to-self family. ahem. Last week I showed you how I’ve been updating our patio decor. This week, take a look at the new beauty that has arrived to my outdoor decor. You don’t know backyard bliss until you have rested in a tufted hammock. Yes, not just any old hammock…a tufted hammock – a veritable mattress on ropes!. I must be dreaming…swoon.

Tufted Hammock by Hatteras Hammocks on DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by DFO Home and contains affiliate links so you can find what I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

You see, our other hammock was feasted upon by mice in our shed. It wouldn’t hold a the weight of  a flea. It had been my oldest daughter’s gift and I felt so bad. My kids loved on this thing like none other and it added such fun to our backyard. I decided to surprise them. tee hee hee.

Damaged Outdoor Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create around the outside of our home. Today, I want to show you how to easily add to our outdoor decor to make an inviting space with a bit of effort. Since our Themed Furniture Makeover day for this month is all about OUTDOOR, I thought that this sweet little table would be the perfect fit. You’ll get to see what my furniture friends have created for you soon.

Outdoor Table Before Patio Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ve mentioned before that whenever we receive a piece of furniture for free, I pass it along to one of my kids. They each take turns and can’t wait to see what arrives next. My youngest son, Mr. O., was the recipient of this plant stand-type table from my mother.

It had seen better days and would fall apart if you picked it up wrong, but it had some potential. See the rust? I love me some rust.

Rusty Patina on Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Time for Mr. O to take the lead and get this project started.

Little Boy Working on Outdoor Decor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This isn’t his first furniture makeover, as he did a clock face table before from a table he found in the trash. That’s what I call trashure.

Vintage Table Set Out for Trash Becomes Faux Clock Face Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I only had to guide him here and there with using my drill and bits.

Boy Drilling New Wood for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We cut new slats from some scrap wood out of my stash using my table saw and miter saw. Once done it was only a matter of assembly and finish work.

Adding New Wood Table Top to Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

He did a dry fit to make sure all was good and sanded smooth with my orbital sander.

Boy Sanding Outdoor Table Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We decided to go darker on the color of the wood and used my favorite stain that we’ve also used in several other projects. It’s called Early American by RustOleum. By the way, he had a ventilator on, but I forgot to take a picture of him staining, so we staged this one for a quick fix and forgot the mask. oop!

Boy Staining Table with Early American by RustOleum | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For a French twist, we added this DecoArt Cafe Paris stencil on top.

Cafe Paris Stencil by DecoArt for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To seal it all up, we sprayed with this polyurethane for protection.

Spray Polyurethane by Minwax for Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now, doesn’t it look perfect beside our newest addition? Adding little things like this to your outdoor decor doesn’t have to break the bank.

French Cafe Outdoor Decor Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After all the hard work, I needed to take a break. aaahhh… I’m telling you this tufted hammock found at DFOHome is bliss on earth. We were so happy with our outdoor curtains on our patio makeover, that I knew that would have just the thing I was looking for since they have oodles of styles and choices.

Hatteras Hammocks Tufted Hammock from DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hahaha…while trying to snap this picture, my toddler kept wanting to join me. Who can resist, right? The hammock is perfect for snuggling.

Mama and Baby in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

All of my 6 kids vie for hammock time (even though it easily holds two), but the one who deserved it most today was Mr. O. He worked hard and deserves a break.

Boy Reading Book in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I even served him some lemonade. Summertime is passing by so quickly.

Patio Plant Stand Refresh for Outdoor Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To make your outdoor decor more fun, I am able to give one of these hammock swings to you as your very own.

Hammock Chair Swing from DFOHome Giveaway by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Want to win? (giveaway is closed) First, head here to pick your swing chair. Next, leave me a comment on how you want to make your outdoor decor more inviting (and do tell my little guy he rocked the table project too).  Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Tuesday the 26th and is open to U.S. Residents only. Another bonus is you can receive 10% OFF your entire purchase by using the coupon code: PRODIGAL

Oh, and before I forget, we also decided to make a fun sign with the salvaged wood top. Isn’t it trés chic? It is available in my shop. (SOLD)Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cafe Paris Reclaimed Wood Sign by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope our latest additions have encouraged you to add little touches here and there to make the outside of your home an inviting space. Head to the thrift store and make an unwanted object a focal point by giving it new life. Do pin and share these ideas too! ♥

How to Create and Inviting Outdoor Decor Space by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For more inspiration, next I’ll be sharing how you add even more to your decor. Head here to get The DIY details.

Outdoor Pillows on a Budget by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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WAIT! Don’t forget to check out these other outdoor decor makeovers for our Themed Furniture Makeover.

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

More of my outdoor decor projects:

Indoor / Outdoor DIY Faux Fireplace | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDIY a Faux Shipping Crate Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Aww, my heart just melted with that hammock and its occupants. May you enjoy the snuggling w ith your wee one. And Mr. O. certainly deserves extra time on the hammock. He is more skilled at s such a young age then I’ll ever be. Enjoy your staycation. Your backyard is gorgeous!

    July 21, 2016 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      These are the best days, Mary. Really. I love my kids and only wish I had more time with them as we are so busy. Thank you for the love!

      July 21, 2016 at 10:01 am Reply
  • Paula

    Your little guy did such a good job on his table makeover. I love that you are teaching your kids how to use their hands at such a young age. Pretty soon you guys will need a bigger workshop because your kids are going to take it over. Enjoy snuggling those babies in your hammock all summer.

    I need the single cushion crestwood swing at the lake!

    July 21, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He even impressed me, Paula. 🙂 You are right about space. We need more! The swing will be perfect at your new home.

      July 21, 2016 at 10:03 am Reply
  • JILL Nelson

    This has been my summer for trying to come up with somethings to spice up the outside…not flowers – I want decor! A hammock…my dream! I applaud your little guy! I love the memories I have of working with my 3 kiddos when they were little!

    July 21, 2016 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you! Yes, we can’t say enough how our work has paid off and how much more we love our backyard.

      July 21, 2016 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Alison S

    Great job on the makeover! I would love to create some more shade in our backyard to enjoy in these hot summer months!

    July 21, 2016 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have wonderful trees and love the shade, so I hear you on that, Alison. Thanks for the love!

      July 21, 2016 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Sue

    I LOVE how you involve your children – Mr. O did an amazing job and looks very confident with those power tools. You are building awesome human beings 🙂

    July 21, 2016 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He really worked hard and his project turned out wonderful. I love working with my kids! Thank you, Sue.

      July 21, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Vangie

    I have a similar table. I am inspired to do your restore. A great job on it! I am a big fan of swings and will be happy with any of them. It is so great you are teaching your kids to enjoy and stretch
    Their imagination. Great job guy.

    July 21, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…go for it, Vangie! It is food for my soul to see them learn and grow. 🙂

      July 21, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Your little Mr.O has a giant talent! A chair swing would be a great addition to my outside room, my favorite summer place!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That little guy has so much energy and creativity that he’s always begging for a project. So fun! Thank you, Ellen.

      July 21, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Doreen @ Altered Artworks

    Mr. O is a master at his craft. What a great makeover he did to that table. It’s wonderful to see kids enjoy their parents hobbies, too! The citrus stripes hammock chair would look perfect on our front porch. Thanks so much!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I wouldn’t have it any other way and it thrills me that the love to do what I do. Thank you!

      July 21, 2016 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Sharlyn

    I like the berry stripe swing. The pops of color would add a fresh brightness that my outdoor space could use. I need to spruce up and make outdoor space more inviting.

    July 21, 2016 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    Nothing says “relax” to me like a hammock. I would love to have one in my yard.
    Kudos to Mr O on his refurb. I can’t get over his skill at such a young age!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Amen to that, Kimberly! He did GOOD. 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Niki Mitchell

    I not only love seeing the ending product, but I enjoy watching the progression of the project. Your son did an amazing job and has quite the future ahead of him in re-purposing well loved items. Thank you for thinking of your readers with this wonderful give away. While looking at the chairs I fell in love with the Berry Stripe. Apple green is my new favorite color and I am slowly infusing this color palette into my outdoor space. I live in the country and my outdoor space is just as important as my indoor space. This year I am adding vintage charm to my garden by using antique wheelbarrows, watering cans, and planters. I have also planted many Black Eyed Susan plants, which are my daughter’s favorite, in one of our fields to enjoy this flower next summer. Have a blessed late summer.

    July 21, 2016 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your backyard sounds amazing! I love that your adding old to make it new. Hope you win!

      July 21, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Ellen Anderson

    LOVE that you children work and learn so close to you. Makes all the difference in the world. Mr. O, I think your table is the coolest and would love to have it in my yard! Especially love those rusty corners.

    July 21, 2016 at 9:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is my blessing to have them in my life 24/7. Thank you, Ellen! psst…he wants to sell the table to earn money, so it may end up in my shop if he truly wants to let it go. 😉

      July 21, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Jennifer


    Your son did a great job with this project! Impressive that at 6, he is already ahead of many people in terms of power tools, upcycling, and creativity!

    My backyard is a work in progress. I would like to add an arbor, overhead lights, and more pops of color. Projects that run the gamut in terms of pricing and affordability!

    I like the Brazilian Underwater chair. It coordinates nicely with the table umbrella I recently found at a local thrift shop before summer began.

    Jennifer in Baton Rouge

    July 21, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jennifer! He certainly rocks the tools! It wonderful to have a plan and see it come to fruition. I wish you the best!

      July 21, 2016 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Maureen

    I would love the Rhodes Quartz swing. I’d be awesome for the Grand kids.
    Mr. O you rocked that table. You should be proud of your job. Wish more parents would take the time with their kids to teach projects like this and kids off the electronics.

    July 21, 2016 at 10:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It truly is time well-spent. Thank you and hope you win!

      July 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Nanette

    Mr. O did an AWESOME job on the table! Tell him it is now one of my favorite projects!
    The Zinnia Stripe swing chair is lovely; I would not be sharing very much I’m afraid!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

    July 21, 2016 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Mr. O did great! Love how the table turned out and it’s perfect next to your hammock.
    I love the Buena Vista Indigo chair. I’d love to take the old porch roof off and add a spacious pergola styled one. Then I want to add either gravel or bricks around the fire pit area and place comfy chairs around to enjoy the cool Autumn and Winter nights. For spring and summer, add container plants and a fan. Lots of dreams for the outside to consider for when we are finally permantly at the farm!

    July 21, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cecilia! Sounds like you are a woman after my own heart. I have so many ideas, but so little time.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)

    What a cutie patootie helper you had! Its just icing on the cake that the table turned out as cute as him!
    Have fun in your hammock. I love mine and hate moving out of it too!

    July 21, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Karin, and yes…to cozy to move.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    You are such an amazing Mom! Your kids will go out into the world someday with such useful skills, not to mention confidence in their own abilities. Mr. O. did a fabulous job (again) he is so focused in his pics! I have to tell you I really, really loved his last project, the clock table. By the time I convinced myself I really couldn’t live without it, it SOLD. I was sad for me but happy for him! “He who hesitates…” I know you are proud.
    P.S. I LOVE the Rhodes Quartz chair.

    July 21, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much for making this mom’s day. I truly am blessed by them and their love. We’ll have to do another table just for you! 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Donna

    I could certainly use Mr. O’s help with some of my projects. 🙂
    I would love to have the Rhodes Quartz swing for outdoor book reading.

    July 21, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Imagine what I’ll do when they’ve flown the nest. 🙁 They better bring back grandkids! 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Karen Sweitzer

    Love the fact that your son is still interested in helping with your trade. He did a super job on this table. . I believe he has inspired me!! I so much, need to work in my yard this weekend. At the present time, it isn’t inviting at all. I would love to win one of the hammock chairs. . .it would be a great addition to my blah area!!
    Keep up the good work. . I love to follow all of your up-cycles!! and. . great job, Buddy!!

    July 21, 2016 at 11:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful, Karen! He will love to hear that. 🙂 The chair would be a sweet addition to your yard. Fingers crossed!!

      July 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Oh my gosh Larissa, the look in your adorable daughter’s eyes is pure love for her Mama – such a great picture! Mr. O did a fine job on his outdoor table makeover – hands in the air for his tool savvy skills!!! I’m crying over here in Canada because I can’t enter to win one of those amazing hammocks. I think if one of those was in our backyard I wouldn’t leave until the snow flies. I hope once the kids are in bed, Mama & Papa get some time relaxing and star gazing in the hammock for two.

    July 21, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      sigh…that’s exactly why I always talk about a pause button or more time. I can’t get enough! I was so amazed how he stepped right in and took it on. Thanks! As for the hammock chair, I totally wish I could send you one! You deserve it, Marie.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • freidia

    Way to go Mr. O! I love that your family is so involved together. We need more of that in our world!
    That Swing would just look lovely in our new back yard!
    Thank you Larissa for all you do and for sharing your Love for our Lord!

    July 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the encouragment, Freidia! We do have fun.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • Terri

    Love the little table your cute son did! What a great mom to let you children “build and grow.”
    I love the hammock pictured, looks like a heavenly place to relax! I would love the Zinnia hammock chair to hang in my big tree in the backyard. Love your blog!

    July 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s music to my ears, Terri. I have a hard time sometimes letting them take over. But how fulfilling it is.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Carol S

    So awesome to see your son do such a great job on the table project. And, that he wants to do it is even greater! Tell to keep up the good work. The hammock is so awesome. I have one that just came out of my shed and it fortunately is still in good shape, but definitely needs a cushy layer for extra comfort. I love the swing chair – the zinnia stripe speaks to me. 🙂 Thanks for all that you do and share with us!

    July 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I agree! Thank you. 🙂 Happy to hear your hammock was spared from the mice! Enjoy while you can.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Ainsley

    He did such a great job! He most definitely earned some hammock time and fresh lemonade! We are on the process of remodeling the interior of the house but as soon as it’s done my husband will be adding on a stone patio and I can’t wait! We don’t have an outdoor dining space and it’s killing me!

    July 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I completely understand, Ainsley. We have added about 300 sq ft. of living space by adding our patio and we LOVE IT!! I hope you get yours soon too. Mine took 13 years and still isn’t done. ha!

      July 21, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Renee

    Your little Mr. O is more talented than a lot of adults I know. What a great job on the table! It is so darn cute and perfect in that space. I was absolutely drooling over the hammock. We have an old one that has seen it’s better day. That thing would be it’s perfect replacement! Love the swing chair. That would be so amazing hung from the bough of a tree. Heaven! I would love to build a pergola over our cement patio for some shade in the late afternoons. I would also like to stain the cement. I had a patio rug but it was not practical where I live. I think the stain would make the area more inviting. There would be so much more I would love to do but having a husband that drags his feet on every project I do or want to do is hard. I get motivated but not him! Oh well, someday!

    July 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He worked hard and I applaud his tenacity. So fun and thank you! Yes, that hammock is a dream spot and quite contended for (if you know what I mean) Sounds like your husband is the brother to mine. 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • Melinda

    I am in awe of your talented son! He has more talent than I could dream to have! Maybe I should ask him for pointers? lol. I would LOVE to have one of the hammock swings, the difficult part would be deciding which one. We’re building a lake house that we’re planning to retire to, that has a gorgeous view of the lake. the only way to improve a hammock is by sitting in it, looking at a beautiful view! Oh yeah, and maybe a big glass of lemonade or sweet tea to sip! Thanks for sharing your kids with us! I love your site.

    July 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Totally! hahaha… The swing would be perfect at a lake house, especially with a lemonade in hand. 🙂 Thank you for the love!

      July 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    You are such a creative repurposer, I’m wondering if you’ve thought of something you could use the old hammock material for?

    I also would like to know how you removed the rusty corner decorations, especially if it was put on with small nails?

    July 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You know, Carolyn, my daughter and I have something in the works. We’ll see! I just removed the corners with my putty knife and replaced them onto the new top.

      July 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply
      • Carolyn

        Did you do anything to remove the rust or just leave it on? It’s a little difficult to tell in the picture.

        July 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Remove rust? no, no, no. 😀 Just kidding. I embrace rust, but if I did want to remove it I would use CLR. 😉

          July 22, 2016 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Lindsay

    You have such an amazing outdoor space Larissa. I would want to relax and enjoy it as much as I could! Love all your little helpers too! 😉

    July 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It all is truly a blessing. Thank you, Lindsay!

      July 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • Melva

    Mr. O did an amazing job! The little guy has talent. Love the hammock! It would look great under a tree in my yard.

    July 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Thank you, Melva! That hammock would be great anywhere…sigh…

      July 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • Teresa Alexander

    What a fabulously fun way to build an important skill set for your littles! Thank you for sharing ! Go Mr. O! Keep up the great work! I’d love to continue to see what makeovers you do!

    I would so enjoy having the swing chair- so very relaxing! It would be wonderful on my back patio next to my pretty plants!

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment!

    July 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I love your vibe, Teresa! You made me smile – thank you!

      July 22, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Amy

    I like the Sari Zinnia swing chair. We have a large front porch and I would love to get a porch swing and some rockers for more seating out there!

    July 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be wonderful on your front porch. 🙂

      July 22, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply
  • [email protected] Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    A great rescue of this little table and I know Mr. O had to be so proud of himself! My favorite is your littlest snuggling with you on the hammock…how I miss those days!! XO

    July 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He was beaming, Christy! (just as I’m sure Jack does too.) I am trying to savor every snuggle…time goes too fast.

      July 22, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply
  • Patty

    Larissa your yard is just beautiful. You tell Mr O that he did an awesome job on that little table (better than I could have done), it turned out beautiful.
    I can’t tell you how wonderful that hammock looks and the pictures are so sweet, cuddle with them every chance you get, but I don’t need to tell you that.
    You are doing an incredible job raising your children, I have told you that before, but so many times mom just don’t hear that enough. I truly believe you could give parenting classes, in your spare time that is haha.

    July 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Patty. We have worked hard to make our house a home and it feels so good to be able to sit back and see it all coming together. I am seriously trying to savor every bit and would love more time with them as they are. You are a blessing!

      July 22, 2016 at 7:02 am Reply
  • Shana Frye

    I have no trees but that sure would be pretty hanging from a pergola.. And my 9 year old is still young enough that he likes to snuggle with me. With it hanging my Boston Terror aka Terrier would never reach it to chew! Win! Win!

    July 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderfully sweet a snuggle is! Enjoy those times, and I hope you win. 😀

      July 22, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Regina

    I would pick the Rhodes Quartz chair. I would love to cover a portion of our deck for extra shade! Your little guy did a fabulous job on that table. Learning life lessons! Love this post!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good choice! They’re all so fun. Thank you for the love too, Regina.

      July 22, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Kim Jones - Hunt and Host

    Hi, Larissa, I enjoyed your whole project!!! Your son is just adorable and did a great job on this little table! He should be proud. Love the swing !!!!

    July 21, 2016 at 11:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He is and I’m one proud mama. Thank you, Kim!

      July 22, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    I absolutely love to see children working with and learning with their parents. I remember spending hours just watching and helping my dad with projects. My mother would roll her eyes an tell him I should be more feminine and he would say “There is nothing more feminine than a tough woman!” I’ve learned so much from him. We have just bought a new home that needs all sorts of renovations and I’m proud to say I can do as much if not more than my husband! One of those chairs would be great on new deck!

    July 22, 2016 at 12:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      There is nothing better on earth than sharing what you love with those you love. The icing on the cake is when they love it too! You had an awesome dad that totally nailed it. 😀 Enjoy!

      July 22, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply
  • Carol Prygo

    Mr. O did a fabulous job on the table. I would love to borrow him to do some makeovers on some of my stuff!!! Larissa, I love how you are teaching all of your children to be so self-sufficient and passing along your crafting skills. My husband and I do craft shows for a living and I demonstrate my craft. So many children are interested in watching what I do, and yet the parents pull them away, keeping them from learning. I just don’t get it.

    July 22, 2016 at 12:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…I’ll send him right over! 😀 I want them to not rely on others for everything, but have the confidence to at least try. Thank you! It is a real struggle, Carol. Technology is winning.

      July 22, 2016 at 7:06 am Reply
  • Paige Mull

    Hey Larissa! I enjoy your work and the fact that you get your kids involved in their own projects. What a valuable skill to teach them! I love Mr. O’s table. You and your clan are so talented. I’ve been working on my backyard area. We have put in a fire pit and new plants. Next we are putting in some lattice for some privacy. The Rhodes Quartz chair would just be over the top! Thanks for sharing all your good DIY’s!

    July 22, 2016 at 1:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Paige. He is so fun to work with, as all my kids are, and sharing what I do makes it even better! Sounds like you have a wonderful space for a chair. Fingers crossed!

      July 22, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Lucy @ Patina Paradise

    Your backyard looks like a peaceful haven and that hammock looks so inviting. Your little helper did an amazing job on that table. I should have trained my munchkin at a younger age! ;o) Happy to see you and your family enjoying quality time together.

    July 22, 2016 at 2:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Lucy. He really took this project on himself with a little guidance from me. They are all such a blessing!

      July 22, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Nancy F

    Your son did a fantastic job on the table so you can do the finish touch to it

    July 22, 2016 at 6:15 am Reply
  • Christina

    Holy smokes, your cute guy rocked the table! I was reading and looking at the photos thinking “Whaaaaat? He is ah-MAZ-ing!!! Seriously! 🙂 Love your hammock and photos. Thanks for sharing some wonderful tips and over the top adorable family photos!! :)))) Happy Summer!!

    July 22, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply
  • [email protected]

    Love the little guys makeover! Darling and a little mini you to boot!! I love DFO Home and their products! I’d definitely pick the Zinnia Stripe chair and frame for our back yard:)

    July 22, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We had a blast doing this and can’t wait to do another. Thank you, Wendi!

      July 22, 2016 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Kristine

    Mr. O did a great job on the table, I love the stencil! I love the Rhodes Quartz print chair, as I am loving all the beach themed colors that are so popular right now.

    July 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He did! Thank you, Kristine. The stencil made it fun and added a fun touch. I love that chair too!

      July 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Debi

    The striped zinnia chair would be s perfect addition to my deck garden! I will also be looking at those curtains.
    Mr. O really rocked that little table!

    July 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good pick! And thank you for the love, Debi.

      July 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Jeanna Goodpasture

    What a beautiful outdoor area!!!! If mine looked that great and relaxing I would probably sit outside more. We actually do go and pick up a new chair and table set tomorrow so that may help a little. Your little one’s table is absolutely amazing!!!!! Looks store bought. He did a fantastic job.

    July 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How exciting! 😀 Thank you so much.

      July 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    Love how handy your son is. Passed this on to my dad who worries about his (let’s say 50+ year old) daughter using power tools! That hammock chair would be PERFECT on the porch of my new Craft Shed. Maybe I could hire your son to make me a side table . . .

    July 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I do too (I can’t wait until he’s bigger to help me more – ha!). I’m lovin’ these tender days when I am still one of his heros. Too funny about your dad!

      July 24, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Tyler

    Your whole family is just awesome! His little table turned out great! I love the Buena Vista. I am such a sucker for blue. We are moving toMorrow into a big farmhouse that has a cement Slab, but needs to be spruced up to make it a comfortable place to hang out. So, that is my mission! ?

    July 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      High five, Tyler! Thank you. 🙂 Blue for me too!

      July 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply
  • Lindsay Bade

    aw! Mr. O did a great job! Is he available for hire?? 😉 I would love the Rhodes Quartz hammock with that table for drinks! I also love the sign. I would make one for an ice cream bar outside so we could make some treats and relax in the yard!

    July 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      One day, I’m sure! 😉 Sounds like a wonderful place to be in your yard.

      July 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • annette

    We have a very small yard that is full of kid “toys”…swings, trampoline, etc. I would love a “big person” area in our yard!

    July 22, 2016 at 11:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I totally get that, Annette! One day it will be and you’ll miss the craziness. 😉

      July 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Holly Crabtree

    Mr.O did a wonderful job on the side table. What a future that little guys going to have. So I’ve been trying to make our outdoor space more hang-out friendly. Right now I have a baby crib sized bed swing being made for me. I can’t wait to get it and stain it and add beautiful fabrics and pillows. I’m hoping to enjoy cool daytime reading and evening snuggles with my kiddos. And since all four of us won’t fit on the bed swing one could sit in the Rhodes Quartz swing.

    July 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Holly! That swing sounds awesome and would this one would work well to keep everyone happy.

      July 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Your son did a fabulous job! He looks about the same age as my boys and now I’m thinking I need to start putting them to work around here and helping me out with projects. I’m sure they’d love it! 🙂 Oh and I would love to win the hammock swing! I love decor that is inviting, comfortable, and welcoming for guests (and it has to be kid friendly). Thanks for the fun giveaway Larissa!

    July 23, 2016 at 11:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You should, Jen! They would drive you crazy from then on wanting to do more (ask me how I know), but it will be memories made to last a lifetime. I hope you win to take a much deserved break. 😉

      July 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Suzanne Adel

    Looks so great! Kids can do way more than we think they can.? Thanks for the great giveaway. Love those hammocks:)

    July 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I think they are totally underestimated. Thank you!

      July 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • Anita

    Awh! Your sweet little guy did an amazing job on the table. I love it! And that swing! Totally swoon… looks soooo cozy. We’ve been trying to add shade and make our outdoor living space more inviting and cozy. What a wonderful addition a swing would be. ?

    July 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet of you to say. Thank you! I wish I could give a swing to everyone. 🙂

      July 24, 2016 at 6:59 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Love your Littles working side by side with you! Your kidlet did an awesome job! We homeschool and our outdoor space allows us to extend the living of our smallish house. Since we’ve moved in, it’s been a nonstop project to repair the yard from the previous owners. I look forward to having a place to relax once the work is done! And yes, lemonade is always called for in the summer!

    July 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Love that word…kidlet. 😀 Good for you in homeschooling! When we built the pergola, it really extended our approx. 1600 sq. ft. home another 300 sq. ft. Soooo worth it! Have fun.

      July 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • Billie Jo Eisfeller

    Hi Larissa! Your son is adorable and what a hard little worker!! Mr. O defiantly deserved the lemonade and all the snuggles after all his hard work and great job on the table! 🙂 I would love to win a hammock to add to our home! It would remind us of all the great vacation time with our family at their lake house the past few summers.
    Thank you for sharing your projects and ideas!
    Billie Jo

    July 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hello! He is (when he wants to be, anyways. 😉 ) I love to watch his mind work and see his face beam at his efforts. Thank you for the praise.

      July 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    Comfy outdoor seating is the best!! I could read there for hours! Now I just need a beautiful water feature to put it next to.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    July 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You ain’t kiddin’! Nature and relaxation at it’s best.

      July 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Jeanine clark

    Your son did an amazing job on the table!! He has inspired my son (who is a few years older than yours, so way to go to him again! 🙂 ) to redo one of our old tables we’ve been holding onto In The garage for YEARS!!
    I love the colors of the “Rhodes Quartz” swing chair. I certainly agree that a handmade home and yard wins every time. So full of love.
    Thank you.

    July 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s fantastic to hear, Jeanine! It will be a fun project and you’ll get something out of the way. Yay!

      July 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • Anna

    Your son did an awesome job on that little table. I added more flowers this year to my patio. I still need to make new covers for the cushions on the chair I bought for my husband and a stack of outdoor pillows I bought Ikea last year. I would love to win the Sari Zinnia hammock chair.

    July 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm Reply
    • Vicki D.

      Wowzer, an impressive little boy, but behind him is an awesome mom teaching him!
      I would love to win that comfy looking hammock to make my backyard more inviting,

      July 24, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        Thank you, Vicki! We have fun together.

        July 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Anna. Flowers are always awesome and sounds like you’re on a roll!

      July 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Emmie Capson

    He looks way more comfortable with power tools than I am! He did such an awesome job! Your backyard is beautiful and I love your DIY projects! We just moved into our first house and we are putting in grass this week! Can’t wait to pretty it up and a hammock would just be so fun for me and my girls! Thanks for the inspiration!

    July 24, 2016 at 11:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He loves it! We got him a cordless screwdriver for his birthday and he helps out whenever he can. So fun!

      July 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Anne Clark

    Your little ones are making wonderful memories with you. ( Little Guy did a great job! )They are learning So much with you that will not be understood until much later. Aww, and your hammock is just the thing for a good book and a small summertime nap. What a great place to dream up a adventure. I would like to make my outdoor space a little more cozy with a beautiful Rhodes Quartz swing chair.

    July 25, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are my world… really. I wouldn’t be anything without them and the Lord knew I needed each one. Thank you, Anne!

      July 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • christina kintyhtt

    What a wonderful out door space you have so inviting loving the new addition to your backyard looks so relaxing I love this hammock. Would love to have a s have a space like this to relax in. I keep saying I’m going to do somthing like this but have not yet. Let your son know what an awesome job he did on the table! It’s wonderful how you teach your children to do what your heart tells to in life . It’s all about family and and what makes you happy. Gotta to say love your backyard and any of those hammock swings would be wonderful to have. Continue doing what you love to do and have a great one

    July 25, 2016 at 8:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We all do that, Christina. Good intentions and dreaming make us think and work. He loves hearing all the comments and I couldn’t be more proud. Thank you!

      July 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Holly

    (Found it!! Lol.) Love how inspired your children are by you and let their talent and creativity flow. Good job Mr. O! Keep up the good work and keep spying those hidden gems that need a little tlc to help them shine

    July 25, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I knew you could do it! Thank you for the love, Holly.

      July 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Sandi

    I LOVE the Rhodes quartz swing chair! Your tufted hammock is amazing too!! Ou

    r outdoor space needs so much help I don’t know where to start, but this could be the starting point! 😉

    Your son is so cute! Love to see little ones helping! Blessings!!!

    July 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a plan, Sandi!

      July 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm Reply
  • Mary Payton

    I love that Mr. O has such confidence to finish such a great project. He did a fantastic job. I love the Rhodes pattern on the swing chair. My backyard is in need of some more color.

    July 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He wouldn’t stop asking me about working on it and has the tenacity of a pit bull. I am so happy we got to work on it and he is a gem. Thank you!

      July 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    Awesome job on the table makeover !!! I would love to have an area for relaxing in the shade!!

    July 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Michelle!

      July 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • Lymari Navarro

    Love how its turning out and I am loving that hammock. 🙂

    August 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lymari! We are loving it too. 🙂

      August 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    Mr. O did a great job and keeps learning new skills while having fun! My son took a woodworking class at about the same age and has been making furniture for his apartment now that he is grown up. That hammock looks amazing and what is better than snuggles with a little one! I hope I win the buena vista indigo swing for my daughter’s new house! She would love to relax in that swing on their patio!

    May 21, 2018 at 11:01 am Reply
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