Revealing My Backyard Makeover

As I promised last month in part I of my backyard makeover I would have a huge reveal. I’m about to reveal what has been a life changing transformation. We’ve lived in this house for 3.5 years and having a useable backyard has made everyone so happy.

As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger Network I was challenged to do a backyard makeover with $300 to buy what I needed at Lowe’s. After I’ve [almost] finished everything I learned 2 very important lesson: 1) when you can’t do what you planned to in your home, don’t wait for the right time. In other words not utilizing the backyard because we were going to re-do it, was a huge mistake. Make the best of what you have; and 2) even with big carefully thought out plans like a backyard, everything will change in instant and be able to adapt quickly.

Without further ado….

As I mentioned in part I of my backyard makeover I had a canopy and was using that as my basis for a seating area. I got 4 of the Red Adirondack chairs, a foldable frog chair for my 3.5 year old, a side table, string of solar lanterns and already had 3 of the solar hanging deck lights. The wall on the playroom is not very pretty, so we put a few pieces of redwood lattice, and it changed everything. To make sure the canopy is weighted down there are terra cotta pots filled 3/4 with sand. On top of the sand I put potting soil, and planted flower seeds in there. Each leg has a different flower.

Our teak table and chairs needed a new umbrella so we got the Garden Treasures striped umbrella.

I wholeheartedly admit that I have a black thumb. When I started to plan this makeover I had decided that I would put some plants in the few spaces where I could. R was not to keen on having dead plants everywhere, which is what would happen if I had to water, and remember to take care of them. Since putting in a sprinkler system was time and money consuming I found a great alternative: a drip irrigation system.

I planted succulents with red mulch to bring color to the backyard.

I also went to the clearance area in the garden center and rescued some otherwise dying plants. I highly recommend checking out the garden mark downs. I bought $30 worth of plants for $6. I planted them in a small little area under the boys’ room window, and they are growing just fine.

You may remember that I was going to plant something against the back fence between the concrete and the fence. We were able to take some of the bulbs from my parents place, and planted them there. We got so excited about the new backyard I cleared out the small little side yard, and we’re going to plant vegetables and herbs. Right now the seeds are in Jiffy Pots germinating.

left – the plants between the fence & concrete
right – the cleared area for growing herbs & vegetables

All of this work had to end with a good cleaning. With the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro and Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray all of the dirt from digging and planting came off of all of the furniture. The one thing that made a HUGE difference was the Dawn Grill Cleaner. Once the 15 minutes were up, and it was time to rinse the grates I could not believe what was coming off.

All of this is wonderful, but the best happened 2 weeks ago. E (my 6.5 year old) came to me while I was sitting in a chair in the backyard and said, “mom I love our new backyard, it’s so cool.” If that’s not proof that our new backyard was worth all of the back pain then I don’t know what is.

Of course I had some amazing helpers:

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Lowe’s Creative Ideas is giving 1 Fashionably Organized reader a $100 gift card. 


P&G is giving one Fashionably Organized reader the outdoor cleaning products I used in my backyard (MSRP $20).

MANDATORY ENTRY: tell me in the comments what is your favorite summer outdoor activity. 2 winners will be chosen. 1 for each prize. This [1] comment is eligible to win either prize.

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As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers & Influencers Network I was given a $300 gift card from Lowe’s to purchase my makeover necessities. In addition P&G sent me the outdoor cleaning products I used to finish my backyard makeover. The above opinions are my own swayed only by my inner Fashionista.

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Candice Kahn has written 808 post in this blog.

Candice is a mom of 3 in Los Angeles, CA, and the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Fashionably Organized. Her obsession with researching products to get the right price, has made her the go-to shopping guru for her friends. Here she writes about fashion, beauty and shares her love for home decor and DIY. In 2012 she began CB Media Solutions her company that offers brands and clients professional virtual assistance and social media consulting.




  1. Lauren Guilbeau says:

    My fav outdoor activity is going to the lake!

  2. Lauren Guilbeau says:

    I follow you on twitter @lguilbo

  3. I love outdoor volleyball in the summer.

  4. Lauren Guilbeau says:
  5. Stacey B says:
  6. I love camping outdoors (and so does the entire family). Other than that we also enjoy biking, hiking, basketball etc… Thanks Athena

  7. Robin Metzner says:

    My favorite summer activity is going to outdoor concerts.

  8. Robin Metzner says:

    Followed you on Twitter and retweeted about giveaway.

  9. I love to garden! I also love riding bikes!

  10. I follow you on twitter.

  11. Marilyn Wons says:

    My favorite summer outdoor activity is bike riding!

  12. mary fanara coleman says:

    This may sound corny but my favorite summer outdoor activity is when we have a get together for a barbeque I love when we play the old fashioned DARTS game..some call it JARTS too!! I don’t even think they sell it anymore. Wish they did.

  13. mary fanara coleman says:

    Following Fashionably Organized via twitter as @ciaomjc

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  15. Shannon Baas says:

    We love swimming.

  16. I love being able to swim in the summer!

  17. favorite summer activity is going to the beach


  18. tweeted


  19. patricia skinner says:

    I love to swim.

  20. Katherine P says:

    We chase fireflies at night~

  21. Katherine P says:
  22. Lynda E says:

    Tailgating at the creek.

  23. danielle hall says:

    i love to go fishing

  24. I love sitting outside with an ice cold drink and new magazine watching my kiddos play in the water!

  25. Follow on Twitter @jodibzymom

  26. Melissa Palmer says:

    Favorite outdoor summer activity is swimming!
    Thanks for the chance :)
    mjp_0419 at yahoo dot com

  27. Melissa Palmer says:

    Following on Twitter @MrsPalmer2008
    mjp_0419 at yahoo dot com

  28. Melissa Palmer says:

    Tweet #1 for 7/27

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  29. Melissa Palmer says:

    Tweet #2 for 7/27

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  30. We love hanging out in the backyard when it cools down at night. We sit around the fire pit and roast marshmallows!

  31. Carrie M says:

    Hiking with the dog

  32. My favorite outdoor summer activity is any family time: bbqs, camping, laughing, chatting outside, watching the kids play.

  33. Following Fashionably Organized on Twitter !!

  34. My favorite outdoor activity is walking the dog into new areas so he’s full of energy

  35. Emily N says:

    Swimming is my favorite.

  36. Adrienne gordon says:

    I like to swim

  37. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is having friends and family over and enjoying dinner and relaxing together on our patio. Almost every weekend, we have some people over and I really love the company.
    Thanks so much.

  38. Margaret Smith says:

    Follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter (peg42)

  39. Carolyn N. says:

    My favorite summer outdoor activity is swimming in the pool!
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  40. Margaret Smith says:
  41. My favorite summer activity is going to the beach.
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