Do you love outdoor entertaining, but have a small deck? Fear not — with minimal work, even the teeniest of backyard areas can become party-worthy retreats. In this episode of The Home Primp, Chatelaine Home Editor Alexandra Gater turns a small outdoor space into the perfect entertaining spot.
Wanting to maximize their yard space, the homeowners tore down a back mudroom, and put in a small deck. They wanted a place to have coffee in the mornings and a space for their two boys to play. And since they have a yard with an outdoor dining set (that was too big to fit on the deck itself), Gater thought this would be a great place to serve food and drinks when the couple was hosting dinner parties.
How we primped it:
After giving the brick a much-needed coat of paint, Gater was left with a beautiful modern space to work with. A double-duty bench, art wall for the boys and bar cart (that can be used inside, too!) create the perfect functional outdoor space. Bistro lights and an outdoor rug make it extra cozy. And the best part? The key to making an outdoor space feel warm and inviting is to bring out things you use indoors! Layer in throw blankets and lots of lanterns.
What do you want to see primped next? Leave a comment below or send Alexandra a message on Instagram @alexandragater.
Grey paint: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/colour-overview/find-your-colour/colour/pm-8/charcoal-slate?color=PM-8
Vinyl siding hooks: https://www.amazon.ca/CWI-Gifts-Screws-1-75-Inch-2-Pack/dp/B0051ZSIDK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1527526362&sr=8-4&keywords=vinyl+siding+hook&dpID=41qsLgEOncL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Ikea frames: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/00268876/#/70378433
Outdoor chalkboard paint: https://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Paint-D%C3%A9cor/Paint/Specialty/Miscellaneous/850mL-Latex-Clear-Base-Chalkboard-Paint/_/N-2pqfZ67l/Ne-67n/Ntk-All_EN/R-I1824111?Ntt=chalkboard+paint
Storage bench: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/70204923/
Light clips: https://www.amazon.ca/Command-Clear-Weather-Strips-17017CLR-AWC/dp/B00KBJT45M/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1527531333&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=light+clips&psc=1
String lights: https://www.lowes.ca/string-lights/apex-25-warm-white-led-g40-globe-light-string_g2429014.html
Solar string lights: https://www.staples.ca/en/global-phoenix-solar-string-light-clear-gpct744-clear/product_2735419_1-CA_1_20001?kpid=2735419&cid=PS:SBD:GS:n:n:SBD:58:21800&cvosrc=PLA.ca-google.Home&Garden&cvo_cid=1082543699&cvo_crid=256265601061&cid=PS:GS:CA::41:71700000032819840PRODUCT+GROUPp30950908931&cvosrc=ppc%20nonbrand.CA-google.PRODUCT+GROUP&cvo_cid=1082543699&cvo_crid=256265601061&Matchtype=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzffV7oOp2wIVTb7ACh1GqAzdEAYYAyABEgKhNPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Planting pockets: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/30390899/
Herb markers: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/punny-herb-plant-markers/882709321521-item.html?ikwid=herb+markers&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0
Utility cart: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/90333976/
Bar cart on wheels: https://www.homesense.ca/en
Pineapple ice bucket: https://www.cocktailemporium.com/products/brass-pineapple
Wicker basket: https://www.bouclair.com/en/decor-and-pillows/hampers-and-storage/medium-willow-basket-with-lining-9387445M.html
Black mesh lantern: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/30327308/
Outdoor rug: https://www.simons.ca/en/decor/carpets/doormats-outdoor-rugs/folk-diamond-outdoor-rug-120-x-180-cm–13295-6171302?catId=8555&colourId=3
Ombre paper straws: https://www.amazon.ca/Sugar-Cloth-Paper-Straws-Multi-Color/dp/B074GX63C2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528468861&sr=8-1&keywords=ombre+straws&dpID=41Se%252B9o6tfL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Palm leaf outdoor glasses: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/colourful-palms-acrylic-lowball/882709387442-item.html
Stacking margarita glasses: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/stacking-margarita-glasses-set-of/789313475179-item.html
Floor pouf: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20033919/
Watermelon napkins: http://www2.hm.com/en_ca/productpage.0612594001.html
Easy-ish DIYs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4m-wBnvnQeCQwMct1M7EuM7pCemE9Rx
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