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Backyard Makeover Reveal One Room Challenge Spring 2018

Hey there friends! I am beyond thrilled you have stopped by for a look at what I’ve been up to!! The reveal of my One Room Challenge backyard makeover! If this is your very first visit to my blog, welcome. I’m Sonya, the budget decorator and home styling southern girl who loves teaching women that beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive.

One Room Challenge Backyard Makeover Reveal

The One Room Challenge is the brain child of Linda from Calling it Home blog. This is the 4th time I have participated and while it can get stressful it is totally worth it. I must take a moment to say a huge THANK YOU for the most heart felt responses I received via email, blog comments and social media messages after last weeks update post.

If you missed my week one post showing all the before shots be sure you check it out. Here is a reminder.

One Room Challenge Spring 2018

Backyard Makeover Reveal One Room Challenge Spring 2018

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While I know you are only here for all of the photos I want to share what all transpired. Below is the original list of what I thought I would like

  • Paint Shed- DONE: Behr Exterior Paint on Cracked Pepper
  • Stain fence – DONE: Behr Wood and Fence Stain color Slate
  • Stain Deck (am I crazy??) – Cleaned, no stain.
  • Paint Glider – DONE
  • Deck Furniture – Didn’t buy new, rearranged existing pieces
  • Patio Furniture – Nothing New
  • Benches for Table – DONE
  • Built in server table by Smoker – Maybe later 🙂
  • Maybe do a dry brush treatment to Farm Table – Decided against this
  • Potted Plants – DONE
  • Clean Windows and Door – DONE
  • Spread pine needles –DONE

Backyard Fence and Shed Makeover

One Room Challenge Spring Backyard Shed Makeover

Backyard Makeover One Room Challenge Spring 2018

One Room Challenge Fence Before and After

Staining the fence and painting the shed were hard BUT the impact is so obvious. I am totally in love with it. I chose the Slate color solid stain and the color Cracked Pepper for the shed both by Behr. My professional sprayer saved me hours upon hours of time. You can shop the exact one in my curated Amazon Shop.

Choosing dark colors for exteriors allows it to blend in with the trees. Exactly what I was hoping would happen.

ORC Backyard Makeover Shed

Backyard, Patio and Deck Makeover One Room Challenge Spring 2018

ORC Backyard Makeover Shed

Spring Patio Farm Table Styling

The farm tables and benches are a blessing to have for our big families. This appears to be one long table but is actually two 7 foot long tables and two benches.

My sister loaned me the big green vase from her shop. You can see more of her wonderful finds at Upcountry Living.

Patio Farm Table Build One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Sonya Barker Backyard Makeover

One Room Challenge Patio Farm Tables

One Room Challenge Spring Patio Makeover

Painted Shed in Behr Cracked Pepper

One Room Challenge S'mores Station

Backyard S'mores Station One Room Challenge


Backyard Games ORC Spring 2018

Backyard Patio Makeover One Room Challenge

Farm Table Centerpiece One Room Challenge

We took our existing chaise loungers and moved them to the deck. I purchased a new rug and the blush color pillows from Walmart to give the space a little fun. The wooden teak table I found at TJ Maxx for only $39.

One Room Challenge Spring Deck Makeover

Spring Deck Makeover One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Deck Table Styling

One Room Challenge Deck Makeover Spring

One Room Challenge Deck Makeover

Are you on a budget? Do it yourself! Paint, stain, clean, etc. Styling each of the spaces with things you already have at home is the best way to make it feel new.

I am thrilled with how it all turned out. Even now, after only buy a few accessories, I would do all of the hard work all over again. I hope this inspires you. Don’t let the ability to not be able to buy all new things stop you from making the things you have look beautiful. Take care of what you already have.

Backyard Makeover Before and After One Room Challenge

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018 Backyard Makeover Reveal

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  1. I love the black fence and dark shed! I wanted to paint our fence black, but ended up just doing parts of it black. I just love the look. The whole back yard looks fabulous!! Great job!

  2. Becky @ Daly Digs says:

    So cute! I love the black stain so much!! The checkerboard is a fun addition, love that! Great work.

  3. What a beautiful backyard you have! It looks stunning and perfect for summer soirees.

  4. What a beautiful outdoor retreat! Love your garden shed. It blends in with the landscape, but stands out at the same time. If that makes any sense! I would have a hard time pulling myself away from this relaxing yard.

  5. Susie @ Chelsea Project says:

    What a magnificent space! I could gaze into the scenic view of those trees forever. And the black and white accents are perfect! Beautiful, Sonya. Congrats ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  6. Oh my gosh it is so great! I love the shed color and the fence color. So much! Now its time to take a break and have a nice refreshment back there 🙂

  7. Alison @ Deuce Cities Henhouse says:

    Black, Black, Black! Can I move into your shed please? Congrats, it looks incred!

  8. What a beautiful backyard space, Sonya! I love the pops of pink and lilac sprinkled among all the black, white and wood tones – just gorgeous! And how cute to have the hershey’s bars handy and checker pieces in a basket…congrats on all your hard work…such a a lovely space!!

  9. What a great outdoor space! I am so jealous of the gorgeous view. And now I need to go make some smores on our fire pit, lol!! Fantastic job, congratulations!!!

  10. Wow so much inspiration here. I love the dark stain! Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a beautiful yard! I just love how the trees surround it and make it look so private. I also LOVE your dark paint and stain choices. That shed could be a photo backdrop! Just beautiful!

  12. That paint color is everything! I love what you do on a budget. So real, so important.

  13. You have such a beautiful property! I am totally in love with the dark colors you chose for the fence and the shed. It is stunning!

  14. Your long farm tables are awesome and so is the dark fence paired with the dark shed! Love it all!

  15. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    Sonya – this is such a beautiful backyard retreat. Who would have thought to stain their fence black – genius! Love all of your garden touches and decorative finishes. Congrats on another fabulous makeover!

  16. Jen @ Noting Grace says:

    What a gorgeous backyard! All that pinestraw brings back sweet memories of living in Birmingham. This encourages me to create a backyard retreat for our home! What a stunning reveal!

  17. Brittany Goldwyn says:

    Great backyard! I love the shed. Staining was the right call for sure!!

  18. Sonya your backyard looks amazing!! I can’t believe what an impact staining the fence black made! Also your shed is such a great design element, love the color on it and how the ferns pop against it! What a great space for entertaining and enjoying summer with your family!

  19. What a charming and peaceful retreat, enjoy your new space.

  20. Pam Reichert says:

    It looks great! Well done!!!

  21. No surprise…it’s FABULOUS! What a great and relaxing space!!!

  22. Jessica | Petal + Ply says:

    You yard looks amazing! The biggest impact and my favorite changes are the painted fence and shed!! Pretty!

  23. Your backyard looks amazing! I love black in the woods. It looks so pretty against the greenery. (I dream of painting my house black.)

    Hope you got lots of smores time over the weekend! Great job!

  24. What a beautiful relaxing space! I love the dark tones on the fence and the shed – they really do fade in! You put a tremendous amount of work and effort into this challenge and it turned out beautiful!

  25. I love the dark colors you chose Sonya! This is such a great outdoor space that your family will enjoy for a long time!

  26. Heather Metzler says:

    Wow! What a beautiful space! That double farm table with benches is a DREAM! Well done!

  27. Diane Rath says:

    Backyard makeover is our top so I commend you for taking this on! And your yard looks awesome – such a good choice to paint your fence black as it is very chic !

  28. Ashley @ Relative Renovations says:

    The black shed and fence are everything!!

  29. Joy Maier says:

    I love the slate color on the barn and fence – really gorgeous! The whole space is cozy and ready for memory making! Nicely done!

    1. Thank you so much! The color looks really great against the trees.

  30. Joy Maier says:

    I love the slate color on the barn and fence – really gorgeous! The whole space is cozy and ready for memory making! Nicely done!

  31. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Staining the fence really elevated it, while at the same time makes it disappear into the background. It no longer distracts and is a focal point itself but is a nice backdrop for all the other lovely areas to be highlighted in your yard. Beautiful update ❤

  32. Clinica Salus says:

    I love the black fence and dark shed!

  33. Diego Lopes says:

    I didn’t think the stained dark colors would work, but they totally do! Great job with the backyard.

  34. good for your Sonya! i love the stain color that you used. backyard looks amazing! hope you get lots of time to enjoy it this summer. will i see you at haven this year?

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