Outdoor Living Room Makeover for Small Spaces with Lowes

This outdoor living room gives a tiny house extra space to entertain guests and who doesn’t love a good before and after! I have a great one for you today!
Lowes Outdoor Living Room Makeover pergola on a paver and pebble patio over an outdoor sofa with a dining area. Small Insert  of the yard before with just patio and dineing table
Disclosure: I was compensated by Lowe's for this post but all of the opinions expressed are my own.

If you recall this post, I had the great pleasure of working on a Lowes spring makeover for one lucky homeowner. Shoshana’s story stood out right from the start. Recently married with a new puppy in the house, her husband, Richard, was about to be deployed overseas for the second time in as many years. She wanted a space where she could play with her dog, lounge in the outdoors and then enjoy with her husband when he returns home.
Fire pit area in background with words Backyard Makeover with Lowe's typed on the photo
Once I saw the photos of her backyard, I knew we could do something that would fit the bill. So I got to work learning a little more about Shoshana’s style and put together a design. Myself and the team from Lowe's before the Outdoor Living Room Makeover Lowe's Volunteer helping to build the outdoor living room pergolaLowes volunteer helping to build our outdoor potting bench

Lowes Outdoor Living Room Makeover

After lots of planning, I arrived at Shoshana’s home along with the most amazing team of Lowes volunteers and a truck full of goodies. Everyone got to work immediately and made the plan a reality. The Lowe’s team was so impressive, I wanted to take them home with me! In less than 2 days, we all left with sore backs and full hearts to see the backyard transformed into a beautiful and functional outdoor living room for this deserving family.

We createed several zones in this modest backyard to suit all of this couple’s needs.
Outdoor Sofa and Coffee table on a tan chevron rug for the outdoor living room Side angle of the outdoor living room sofa area showing the pergola with curtains in the corners and string lights Gunner the dog checking out the new outdoor living room sofa Small Crate used as a tray on the coffee table holding 3 plants in white pots
The first focus was the existing patio.By adding a pergola to the left-hand side, we created two areas: one for lounging and one for eating. The area under the pergola became an outdoor living room by adding string lights, cabana curtains, a comfy sectional, outdoor rug, and exterior coffee table. Outdoor living room dining area to the right of the pergola with the door bar in the backgroundBar and Serving Station make from a door with a top shelf that has wine glass holders hanging from the bottom and a shelf in the middle holding a mason jar beverage server and glasses
Full shot of the completed outdoor living room off the back of the house with the pergola covered sitting area to the left and the dining and bar area to the right LowesSpringMakeoverwithBrooklynLimestone44Upclose of the outdoor bar lower shelf with a Home Sweet Home chalkboard sign behind the beverage server and glasses
The right-hand side was the perfect spot for her existing dining table but we added a DIY door turned beverage bar to use for entertaining.I know I never have enough surface space when eating indoors so this will be a help.
pea gravel fire pit area edged with pavers with two chairs on the back right corner of the yard next to their shed
Overhead view of the firepit which sits on square 6x6 pavers on top of pea gravel and one of the outdoor chairs to the right and a beautiful mixed flower palm garden in a potView of the firepit in the background looking from the pergola area with Gunner the Dog sitting on the sofa in the forefrontThen it was on to the other areas in the yard. In one corner, we added a paver and pea gravel firepit area for two to complete the feel of an outdoor living room. It’s the perfect spot for making s’mores and enjoying a warm spot once the weather turns cooler.
Front shot of DIY Potting Bench with hooks on the back for hanging tools and gloves, inset photo of the small area before the bench was build for itOutdoor living room Potting bench from a 45 degree angle with a top shelf for holding pots and a bottom shelf for holding dirt close up of GROW sign make from 3 pieces of wood painted green with a the word GROW showing through in the natural wood tone
We wanted to do something just for Richard as well so we honored his love of gardening and green thumb by building this monster DIY potting bench.It was custom built by the Lowes volunteers and fits perfectly in the nook that used to house the home’s oil tank.
Coastal Style Dog House in blue with white trim that has a "Dogs Inn" sign over the door and a small white bone to the right of the door. Gunner the dog is coming out of the house with a stick
Finally, we couldn’t forget the project mascot: Gunner. A coastal style dog house is a space this pup can call his own as well as serve a spot to stow dog toys out of sight.
The outdoor living room is beautifully outfitted now and suits everyone in the family’s needs. Thank you to Lowes for doing something so wonderful and allowing me to be a part of it!
Want to recreate the look in your backyard?

Supplies we used in our Outdoor Living Room Makeover from Lowes:

For another great outdoor idea check out this Outdoor Living Room Deck Makeover

15 comments:

  1. Well now, this has put tears in my eyes, and joy in my heart. What an AMAZING job!!! They have their own little resort back there! You have such a talent for making things elegant, yet super functional. I can just imagine all the fun they'll have on starlit nights, 'round that fire pit.

    Godspeed her man home. Semper Fi.

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  2. That is one very lucky homeowner...that is beautiful. I LOVE the outdoor drink station. Can you post step by step for that?

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    1. Thanks Michele. I don't have step by step photos but its really quite easy. There are a few tutorials on similar projects elsewhere. Here is a good one: http://findinghomeonline.com/upcycled-vintage-door-beverage-bar-station/

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  3. What a wonderful thing to be a part of. Everything turned out so well. I'm sure the homeowner and her husband will be able to make many happy memories here when he returns home from deployment.

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  4. Bravo! Well done.

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  5. It looks so good. I wish my backyard looked like that!

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  6. Beautiful! You all did such an amazing job.

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  7. Love this! You got so much function out of the backyard. The fire pit might be my favourite area - time for s'mores!

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  8. Beautiful! Did you paint the patio stones?

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    1. No we didn't paint them. It was raining when I took the after photos so they are darker because they are wet.

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  9. Such a relaxing backyard! Great for entertaining! Love the details even down to a home for the pup! Question: where did the low seating chairs by the fire pit come from? Thanks.
    averysmom99@hotmail.com

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  10. Very relaxing space! Great for entertaining too! Loved the details even down to the dog house for the pup! Question: where did the low seating chairs come from by the fire pit? Thanks.
    averysmom99@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks averysmom. The chairs are from Lowes: http://www.lowes.com/pd_539640-94767-LG-3071-01___?productId=50063479&pl=1&Ntt=garden+treasures+gray+steel+patio+dining+chair

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  11. Great looking backyard! Fun place for you and your dog.

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  12. Was the hinged dining table made or purchased at Lowes? If it was made, is their a tutorial or a list of materials needed?

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