The answer, as it turns out, is YES, yes we know what we’re doing. I have to admit that I was very excited for this project to revamp our little postage stamp patio as we’ve owned the house since June 2010 and this is our first real home improvement/DIY/fixer-upper project.
To refresh your memory, here’s what our patio looked like BEFORE:
So you may notice that this patio is super-duper small. In fact, the entire thing is about 4.5 feet by 18 feet. We don’t have a lot of space to work with due to the little addition on the back of our house (right hand side of picture) which serves as our laundry/mud/storage room. But we knew that something had to be done about the sorry state of the patio floor and wall.
A few weekends ago we set out to patch a few holes and put down a new layer of concrete on the patio with the help of my awesome Dad and sister Nicole.
We started at 9 am, mixing concrete in the alleyway behind our house. First we patched a hole in the wall, and then another larger crack in the wall, before putting down a layer of concrete about 3/4 inch thick.
We were finished just in time for lunch (after a quick trip to the Ace Hardware store down the street when we ran out of concrete mix and needed to pick up a couple extra bags) and overall I thought the immediate improvement was amazing!
And of course, because we are huge dorks:
Overall getting this done was a huge immediate improvement to our little backyard space. Now we’re working on Part 2 of this project: removing the old layers of paint from the concrete block wall and repainting. Stay tuned for a future blog post about that fun process.