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My Big Beautiful Backyard – THE REVEAL! (ORC Week 6)

The day has finally arrived! It’s Reveal Day!

And I am so excited to finally show off this fall One Room Challenge – My Big Beautiful Backyard!

Goals & Garbage - One Room Challenge - My Big Beautiful Backyard

(Interested in seeing the former weeks? Here is Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5! Also be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Reveals!)

Dramatic drum roll.

BEFORE:

Goals & Garbage - One Room Challenge - My Big Beautiful Backyard

And AFTER:

Goals & Garbage - One Room Challenge - My Big Beautiful Backyard

I started this project off with probably a little too much ambition. When looking at my “To Do List” from Week 1, I didn’t knock off nearly as much as I had originally hoped.

However, as the weeks wore on and I discovered just how much effort was needed for the fire pit area alone, I shifted my view point. While I may not have gotten to the box planters or power washed my patio, I built an entire fire pit area! Rather than re-vamping a room, like I did with the One Room Challenge – A Not So Scary Sunroom, I basically created an entire “room” from scratch. And I am pretty proud of that.

This project was difficult and it seemed like I had a lot working against me. For one, I couldn’t lift the lumber and had to rely on a lot of help from others (thank you David!). Second, the weather was super uncooperative and rain hampered several days that we could have been working.

Also during the last week, I was almost knocked unconscious by my light posts as I was securing them to their pavers. A giant gust of wind knocked them down and they nearly whacked me. Luckily I was okay. I was also lucky that I took photos of the string lights before, because they all snapped on their way down :(. (I ugly cried.) (Replacements are in the mail though!)

However, all of those numerous setbacks just make me more appreciative of what I did accomplish. And it all turned out super cute. Everything is essentially how I envisioned it and the backyard space has already proved functional – we just had some friends over for a bonfire on Saturday!

What was once an area of overgrown grass and patchy gravel has since transformed into an entertaining space and just in time for the cold weather.

And now for some photos!

It was a bit difficult to take traditional “Before & After” photos, because there wasn’t ever much of a “Before”. Rather than a comparison section, instead I will start you off with some photos of what the space used to look like. Followed by an “After”!

Before:

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

After:

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - One Room Challenge My Big Beautiful Backyard

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

And at night!:

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

Goals & Garbage - My Big Beautiful Backyard - One Room Challenge

(Not sponsored by Nabisco or Trader Joe’s vegetarian marshmallows, though I wish I was.)

This project was costlier than The Not So Scary Sunroom, so I have decided to not do a price break-down on this project. (The gravel cost about as much as that entire project did. Gulp.)

If interested though, shoot me a message! I’d love to help out in any projects you have planned for your backyard as well :).

Most of what I purchased was from Facebook Marketplace and home improvement stores. However, here are the items I purchased from Amazon:

(This post contains affiliate links. If you click and shop through my Amazon links, I get paid a small portion. Thank you for supporting me and my blog, at no extra cost to you!)

Amazon Break Down:

Waterproof, Solar Powered Outdoor String Lights – $11.99
Premium Patio Fire Pit – $59.99
BLACK+DECKER LST300 Weed Whacker – $65.99
Round Lawn Edger – $15.43
Greendale Deep Seat Cushion Set – Already had

*** Stay tuned for an update next spring when my bulbs bloom and I can put fresh flowers in my string light pots! ***

And that’s that for this round of the One Room Challenge! Until next time!

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