Part 3: How Our Kmart Outdoor Living Space Makeover Came Together

So now that I have revealed our outdoor living space, it’s time I tell you how it all came together. It’s quite simple, if I spare the tantrums thrown in stores and my fear of not being able to complete the project in time, and worrying Greg about it all. So. I started by going to kmart.com for inspiration. I browsed their Outdoor Living section, Outdoor Living catalog, and Patio Finder. The Patio Finder was pretty neat, but I had my heart set on a swing and no additional patio furniture since our patio is of the smaller variety.

Using Wishpot, I built three wishlists. One general wishlist of items that I wanted up to $1,500, one wishlist of items I’d like to have if budget was no limit, and a final wishlist of items (featured here) that would be more cost effective with costs of shipping, tax, and unexpected expenses in mind.

We managed to get everything on our final wishlist for a little under $1,500, with a majority of the purchases being made at our local Kmart and Kmart.com. Everything came from Kmart except the DIY Garden supplies: Soil, Compost, and Mulch, Heirloom Vegetable Seeds, Fruit/Nut Trees, Chicken Wire, U Posts, Snip Pliers, PVC Pipes, Composting Worms, Hose Bibb, Downspout Filter. Again, I’m noting the items that I already had on hand: Bistro Patio Set, Mini Glass Table, Hanging Coco Planters, Dishes (on the table), Teapot, Placemats, Bamboo, and Bonsai Tree. Oh, and the Step 2 Double Slide Climber.

For fun, here are some items that I wanted, but didn’t get because of costs or lack of space. Maybe I’ll get some of them later!

Wanted, But Didn’t Get

Little Tikes TotSports Basketball Set
Double Rope Patio Swing
Step 2 Play Up Picnic Cottage
Antique Copper Bird Bath
Cascade Vase Fountain
Solar Roly Poly Frog

It was so funny because our first trip to Kmart, we spent $400 and apparently we set a world record or something because the cashier was like, “Are you guys moving in somewhere… or are you just splurging?” I was like, “Ooh we’re splurging for the first time in like a loooong time.” She couldn’t get over it. She replied with, “Wow, this is a lot of stuff!” I guess no one spends that much at Kmart. She was probably wondering why we weren’t spending it elsewhere, lol.

We may have to take back the window bird feeder because I didn’t realize that the screen on the patio door would interfere with it. We also did a switcheroo on the grill. The grill on our wishlist was pretty basic and I wasn’t really feeling it. So, we ended up (miraculously) getting the one that I really wanted :D.

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Seriously, how many people do you know with a burnt orange grill? Fancy, huh?

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Full view from an alternate angle.

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Jayden watering the Azaleas and “cooking breakfast” on his grill.

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Bistro area (best photo ever), Solar Butterfly Lights, and another view of our patio.

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Seeds germinating and an inside view of our storage seat. It houses the hose, garden tools (non sharp) and toys.

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Hubby reading instructions to a rain barrel we decided we didn’t need, and Jayden, knocking the screen out of the door… after Daddy just fixed it! All we could do was laugh!

I just realized that I didn’t photograph the easel. I kept it inside since the instructions said so. I think it will be great outside, if not left out during harsh weather. I’ll be sure to take some photos when we break out the paint! Oh! We’re going to fire up our new Kenmore grill and put our new dishes to use tomorrow at Jayden’s birthday party (his birthday was April 26th). I’ll be sure to take lots of photos!

More from this series:

Part 1
Part 2
Flickr Photo Set

Although this is a 3 part series, I will continue to update you all on my tweaks (because I can never leave anything as is) and our garden since itโ€™s going to take a while for it to come together!

I have been compensated for this unique shopping experience. Opinions are my own, of course!

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Donna B. June 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Lucky you – I love that grill! Your backyard really came together nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • spirit_kim June 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    The “Big Boy” grill a good choice as well as the mini. Think grilled veggies, pizza, ribs, chicken, Yum.

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  • Jaque R. June 10, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    I want to come play in your backyard….looks so nice! Although I have no idea how you could give up the Solar Roly Poly Frog! ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you mind my asking what part of the country you are in? It looks beautiful.

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    • Sheena June 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      Thanks! If the frog goes on sale, I just may get it. We’re in NW Indiana :).

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  • Theresa May 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Sheena, I love the back yard! I haven’t shopped at Kmart in years (stuck in a Target Rut), but your article is really inspiring me to make a trip there! Especially for the Solar Butterfly Lights. I LOVE those, now feel my deck isn’t going to be complete until I have some for myself lol.

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    • Sheena May 27, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      Thanks! If you don’t find the lights in-store, be sure to check out Kmart.com. I had to order mine.

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  • Brent May 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Sheena, This is really amazing. Backyard looks great. Thank you for the great ideas.

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  • Valerie May 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    I love the grill. We need a new one too. My husband needs to start grilling again….I’ve cooked daily since last summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Brandi May 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    I’m getting ready to go shopping at Kmart tomorrow, and this gave me some great ideas! Thank you!

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  • Tricia May 12, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    you did great. I love it and so much fun for every one

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  • Katja of Skimbaco May 12, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Your yard looks great! I love how Jayden got his own grill!!

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  • Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama May 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Oh, a burnt orange grill is fancy! Love it! Actually my favorite picture is your son watering those beautiful flowers. And that hose looks awesome!

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  • momznite May 9, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    I don’t know anyone with an orange grill. It’s hard to beat the appeal of freshly grilled food. Enjoy!

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  • Joanne Schultz May 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    oooh that grill looks wonderful!! I am so jealous!

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  • R Hicks May 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    I must say that it looks SO INVITING. Good job

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  • Gianna May 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    I love that grill! I’m also liking that playhouse pictured on top too..

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  • Rosey May 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    I love the butterfly lights. The screen comment made me laugh…been there, lived that. Your patio is great, I’m glad you got to revamp it into a style that was your own.

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  • Callie May 9, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Just adore that there is a “grill” for your kids to play with while you’re using your real grill. Nice touch.

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  • Susan Smith May 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    I love that grill, it’s so modern looking!

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  • Julie L May 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    I am “drooling”over the grill u got-:)

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  • Stephanie Phelps May 8, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    You did great getting the second grill I love it.

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  • Katie May 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Oh my gosh, that grill is GORGEOUS! I love it! Totally adding that to my list of things to buy when I get a house someday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dee May 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    I love what you did with your yard! The bbq grill is amazing – is that from kmart? If you don’t mind me asking how much of a splurge was it? We need a new one but I’m on a budget! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sheena May 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Yes, the grill is $269 from Kmart! You can get something cheaper with 3 burners, but I love the color and uniqueness of this one!

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  • Holly C May 7, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    You have an amazing job, I wish I had a backyard that I could e creative with.

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  • Dara Nix May 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    It is REALLY coming along nicely! You are doing such GREAT job! I wish I were as creative as you — my yard could really use some sprucing up as well!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  • fancygrlnancy May 7, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    What a nice space. I need to work on my backyard space to make it nice too. Thanks for some inspiration.

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  • Shelly May 7, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Ooh I really like what you did and those solar butterflies are sweet! Oh and that burnt orange grill is da bidness! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We have been doing some major work to our house so it still leaves my backyard plain but we will get there eventually. I did get a new orange lawnmower though. Thanks for sharing your sweet backyard makeover and Jay is too cute watering the plant and cooking on the grill.

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  • Cindy Merrill May 7, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    The solar frog would be my pick. I have a 6 year old granddaughter who loves frogs.

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  • Courtney May 7, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    I actually love the burnt orange color! Looks great!

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