I am tired but it’s a good tired. Working on the yard and courtyard this week has my muscles sore, my eyes droopy (from allergy meds), and my arms dotted with swollen bug bites. I have replaced plants that didn’t survive and weeded, but I’m not done and honestly have no business posting pictures since things are unfinished in the courtyard. But I’m keepin it real and now shopping for a few needed pieces. Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds will hopefully be helpful to both you and me as I finish tweaking this sweet little garden.
I’m sharing images snapped earlier today of progress, and there are obvious gaps and areas in need of TLC! I need pillows, some sort of potting bench or rustic table, maybe a small bistro set, and possibly some art.
Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds
Unfortunately, our towering burning bush (the one and only shrub that we didn’t erase from the courtyard when we bought the place!) did not survive the heavy rains we experienced this summer. What a job it was to dig up decades of deeply rootedness and haul it away a few days ago. I planted a new one, and there is now space for a little dining set and/or potting bench area.
Let’s have a look.
Vintage galvanized buckets bring a rustic and tumbledown look, and I like the contrast with the fancy mirror.
The little metal gate was supposed to simply be a placeholder since we intend to build a custom wood gate…we still have not addressed it!
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Vintage Galvanized Metal Watering Cans
I have a few vintage watering cans on display that will likely move to a shelf or bench. Find new galvanized watering cans here. The mirror I have leaning below will move to a bench or table once I find the right one.
Inexpensive Hand Me Down Painted Wood Benches & Chairs
The furniture is a friend’s castoffs bought and painted in a custom combination of greyed-down whites. I like that the paint is now chippy after weathering here for a few years.
Rustic Unfussy Rose Corner
No fancy rose garden growing here – I have yet to commit to gardening so it’s just a few containers of kordanas for now and some knockout roses on the other side of the wall.
Stoneware as Planters
My stoneware jars are from Target, and I didn’t see them online so they may be available only in the store. They are similar to Farmhouse Pottery pieces which are high quality, handmade, and investment pieces.
Target has some great inexpensive stoneware pieces though, and their Smith & Hawken pieces are fabulous!
Galvanized Metal Buckets, Tubs & Containers
Old vintage metal buckets have gone up in price but new ones are reasonable.
Tall Planters on Porch
Garden Accent Gate
You can find these little inexpensive garden accent gates everywhere now.
They sometimes come with fancy arbors…
Pea Gravel Colors
Here is a close-up of the gravel in the courtyard.
DIY French Poem Stenciled Mirror
Here’s the French stencil I used to quickly create an etched look on an old beveled mirror. This attracts the birds like mad!
An Inspiring French Garden
Let’s welcome tranquility and tour a gorgeous formal garden that resembled my humble rustic patch of gravel NOT A BIT!
Potting Bench Idea
I have my eyes peeled for a bench or table for the courtyard with a scale like this.
Bistro Set Under $50
I now have space for a little dining set so I am exploring affordable bistro sets options.
Inexpensive Wood Patio or Courtyard Furniture
Bistro Set Around $100
Bistro Dining Set Around $300
Stackable Bistro Chairs in Grey
Peace to you right where you are.
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