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Lowe’s Spring Makeover-Outdoor Oasis

Lowe's Spring Makeover-Outdoor Oasis

Hi friends! I am so excited to finally be sharing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover BIG Reveal with you today!! I went 2 weekends ago, to a suburb outside of Hartford, CT and what a blast it was! Just to recap about 6 weeks ago Lowe’s asked for anyone living in one of the 10 hardest hit cities with winter weather to submit their home for a spring makeover. You can read more HERE. After reading through the many deserving homeowners and their stories in Hartford {I wish I could have picked each & everyone of them} I selected Amanda & Keith.

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-The Happy Homeowners

There was something that resonated with me as I read their story. Hearing about their harsh winter in their first home and Amanda’s back story of the long years of schooling, dedication & loans it took to land her dream job as a NICU nurse and then try to balance that with homeownership. I immediately felt connected to them, so I was thrilled to be able to help them create an outdoor area they could enjoy with family & friends for years to come.

The makeover was divided into 2 areas, the small deck off the back door and the long & slender patio. These are the before shots. The moment I knew it was them, my wheels were turning. I knew that the patio was staying as the deck is affixed to it, so then it was trying to balance the design with how we could make it more visually appealing.


Lowe's Spring Makeover-Backyard Befores


stain the deck

powerwash the patio

create a hedge along the back of the patio

redo the stone stairs

add landscaping around the patio

paint back door

replace the light

create DIY outdoor lighting

work within the small areas to give them the most seating

build a container garden

give them an herb garden

add herbs, flowers and tropical plants

give them a grill & fire pit

create a bar for easy outdoor entertaining

give extra storage on the deck

THE DURING……Lowe's Spring Makeover-Backyard Progress Grass Hedge & White Hydrangas

We had the Lowe’s volunteers for one full day & they were AMAZING!!! They had a true can do attitude & every bump in the road was met with “lets do it!” It was SO hot & they never complained once, they were happy to be there. Jessica, the assistant store manger stayed late and Roger ended up building them a container garden from scratch, wow, right?!Shane 10 & Lowe's Spring Makeover 151

Lowe's Spring Makeover Backyard Before-Getting Started

Lowe's Spring Makeover Digging the Flower Beds

Lowe's Spring Makeover Its Coming Along

   TALKING DESIGN…Lowe's Spring Makeover Talking Design

Bre & Amanda chatting about house stuff :). I am so grateful she came to help me with this amazing project! We worked together so seamlessly and she is just as sweet & talented in person.

My goal was to make these small spaces feel inviting and comfortable. Knowing my time frame, that the homeowners didn’t want to block the view of their beautiful backyard & that we only had the volunteers for one day, I decided to focus on making each area feel clean & fresh and give them outdoor rooms that felt purposeful and stylish. Adding the grass hedge along the back of the patio, would make the space feel private without loosing the view and the white hydrangea border would tie in the crisp white coastal feel of the deck.

Are you ready to see the transformation?! Remember the before?

Lowe's Spring Makeover Hartford Backyard Before

Welcome to Amanda & Keith’s outdoor oasis!!!

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Backyard

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal- Casual & Cozy Outdoor Seating Perfect for Entertaining

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Creating Seating for a Small Space

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Bar Details, Succulants and Log Slice Drink Stand

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal- Casual & Cozy Outdoor Seating

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Conversation Area

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Backyard Transformation

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Adding Personal Touches

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Bar View

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-White & Gray Stained Deck {Olympic White & Cape Cod Gray} 2

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Deck Details

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Tropical Paradise Backyard

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Creating 2 Functional Areas

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Deck

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-DIY Container Garden & Sitting Area

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-The DeckAny good makeover story has a few bumps in the road, so to keep with the plan of giving these deserving homeowners a round coffee table we improvised. We took this large wood barrel planter, added casters and a large tray and viola, extra storage.

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Grass Hedge

Turn a potting bench into an outdoor bar-Lowe's Spring Makeover

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Outdoor Sectional

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Outdoor Lanterns & DIY Lighting

One of the things Amanda & Keith asked for was outside lighting, so we created these DIY light poles to flank the outer edge of the patio. It came out beautiful & I look forward to sharing this project in the next few weeks.

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-White & Gray Stained Deck {Olympic White & Cape Cod Gray}

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Back Door SW Naval

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Small Space Seating-Outdoor Sectional

Lowe's Spring Makeover-Turn a Potting Bench into an Outdoor Bar

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-The Lucky Homeowners & Myself I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of this project!!!

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Stone Path

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Ottoman Using Barrel Pot and Tray=Extra Storage

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-Having a Little Fun

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal-DIY Lights at Night

 One last time…

Lowe's Spring Makeover-Outdoor Oasis Before & After 2


Outdoor Wicker Sectional

White Benches

White Tables

Tropical Pillows

Striped Pillows



Fire Pit

Storage Ottoman


Deck Stain-Olympic White & Cape Cod Gray

Backdoor-HGTV SW Naval

Even though we had some obstacles to overcome, I am so thrilled with this makeover and most importantly-the homeowner’s are over the moon in love with it too. A BIG thank you to Lowe’s and all of the wonderful volunteers that helped transform this tired space into a casual, coastal outdoor oasis!! It just goes to show you that any small space has potential.

These opinions and images are my own and this is a paid sponsored post by Lowe’s.


Have a beautiful day!

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  1. What an Amazing backyard! You did such a fabulous job. I love it all so much. And I bet you (and Bre) had a blast doing it. 🙂 The home owners have got to be so happy with it.
    Way to Go!

    1. Thank you Emily! It was a lot of fun & they loved it which was what mattered most:). Have a nice weekened, Jen

  2. Absolutely AMAZING!! Oh my! I bet those homeowners about died! I bet they are sleeping out there at night. 🙂

    Great job!!
    Can’t wait to share!

  3. Have to admit when I saw what you had all done I actually got tears in my eyes. What a fantastic generous gift to that young couple. Your vision is breath taking. Way to go all of you. So good to know so many people like that are in this world. It’s so nice, pretty, stylin’, wanna come do our deck? Happy weekend

    1. Awe, thank you Jane Ellen, how sweet of you to tell me that, that makes me very happy to hear you like it! It sure is:). Enjoy your weekend! Jen

  4. I don’t even know what to say. This transformation literally took the words out of my mouth! The space is way beyond anything I could’ve imagined. The details are just perfect. You are a talented lady! Also, how lucky were you to have the talented Bre join. I love her as well. Kudos. Keep the inspiration coming.

      1. You too… Headed out to Barntique Village 😉
        Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. WOW, Amazing, Beautiful, Fantastic, I love seeing makeovers like this, another reason I shop at Lowes. Great Job most definitely Pin worthy

  6. AH-MAZ-ING! Beautiful space that I know they will enjoy your years to come. May I ask what you used to hold up the strands of lights? Are they just 2×4 or similar cemented in ground?

  7. it’s beautiful, but one question, why would you face the sectional facing the house instead of the beautiful backyard?

  8. So beautiful love it. Please let me know did you get the white ceramic tables at lowes too? Thanks Kelly

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