Gearing up for summer, patio style!

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Recently I set out to reinvent our patio! With a toddler, we have actually been spending a lot of time outside. She loves to play in her sand box and at her water table! Both of these are on our patio, which is actually a great space immediately outside the sliding glass door in our living room. You step out of that door onto a good-sized concrete slab, the perfect place for an outdoor sitting area. The problem is that our space was taken over by falling apart patio furniture, play toys, watering cans, a hose strung across the patio into the driveway and into the yard. It didn’t look pretty.

You might think I edited this scene, the way we all know those makeover shows do. I am certain that they make the contestants look like they haven’t showered in days, on purpose. Nope. This is not like that. This is for real. I kid you not. We have so wanted a fantastic patio refuge, but alas our falling apart table had become home to our gardening gear and water buckets, while the creaky chairs had been moved near the chicken coop to give them extra coverage after that unfortunate hawk incident.

We had gotten the furniture shown in the photo above as hand-me-downs from our next door neighbors. Okay, truth be told, they set it out for heavy trash, and we took it. They thought it was hilarious – in a good way – that we did this. Unfortunately though the neighbor across the street took the bench that went with it, so our old, falling apart patio set has consisted of a table and only three chairs. Pretty sad. Clearly it was time for new furniture!

I hopped on the Internet to see what patio furniture deals might be available. I used Ebates to direct me to the Kmart site. I loved the selection I found on Kmart’s website.

Kmart’s site is easy to navigate, has several ways to sort through search results, and includes customer product reviews, which I read before each purchase! They also offer in-store pick-up and layaway options! Now y’all know I’m not a fan of payment plans that encourage you to buy items on credit, but layaway is a different story. With layaway, you put down a deposit for the item, and then agree to make payments over a series of intervals. Kmart has it set up for you to pay four payments over a several week span. Here’s the difference between buying on credit and buying on layaway – with layaway, you don’t actually receive the item until you have finished paying for it. This may be a great system for someone saving up to make a big purchase, such as patio furniture.

When thinking about what we wanted for our patio, we debated between an outdoor table and chairs with an umbrella or a casual seating area. We ended up going the casual seating area route because with play dates and hanging out in the backyard, this seemed to be the most functional. We actually chose the La-Z-Boy Morgan 4 piece seating set, based on its reviews and the fact that it’s pretty neutral. (We love earth tones in our house!) Because of our hose was a problem, we also bought a Suncast hose hanger to keep our hose from being an obstacle to those “toddling” about. And being in Texas, I have always dreamed of a big porch with a fan. (The heat is brutal.) Building a shaded structure wasn’t exactly in our budget, so I opted for the next best thing – a Lasko box fan! (I’m partial to Lasko.)

My sweet hubby drove a couple of hours away to get this furniture! Long story. But, Happy Mother’s Day to me! 

Upon arriving at Kmart, pick-up was super easy. Only your name and an ID were required for pick-up. Hassle-free! A Kmart employee even helped to load it all up.

Here is our new furniture all set up!

I am so glad that we chose the casual sitting area because it’s so versatile. I have loved enjoying toddler nap times with a good book and ice water, just cuddled up in a big chair out in the backyard! We also entertain a lot – from play groups to small gatherings to large parties! Actually we have already had some sweet friends ask when my hubby is going to get to grilling his famous fajitas for us to enjoy in the luxury of this plush seating! I am hopeful that we can have a cook-out Memorial Day weekend! We love hanging out with great friends, enjoying yummy food, and relaxing over holiday weekends!

Did you notice that the hose is no longer strung over the patio and driveway? And how now it is wrapped neatly on the hose hanger?  Huge improvement! We do still plan to add an outdoor rug and a DIY canopy for shade. It all takes time!

If you are in the market for patio furniture, I would definitely recommend checking out Kmart. And be sure to check out some of this week’s hot deals:
20% all patio cushions and umbrellas
20% off all folding lawn furniture
Metal arbor with gate on SALE for $79.99 (reg $149.99)
50% off hanging basket plant stand & deluxe basket plant stand

You can see their weekly deals here.

Shop Your Way Rewards members save more each and every season and for every $1 you spend you get 10 points. Learn more here.

Lock in today’s low prices for all of your upcoming events with Kmart Layaway!

Check out my Google+ story of our shopping adventure! #Kmart outdoor LINK!

Any big plans for your patios? What’s your outdoor set up?

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. All opinions are my own. #CBias #SocialFabric

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  1. So cute! I love it!
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  2. Love the color and it looks very comfortable and cozy !
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  3. IT looks you are ready to entertain! Your patio looks great.
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  4. Love it!!! Okay, I totally have to get my patio set up now 😉 You’ve inspired me!
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  5. Anabelle says:

    I love it! Cant wait to come visit and sit out there!

  6. I totally have to get my patio..I really love the color..
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  7. Looks great! So, you got this furniture FREE!?!? (based on what you said about compensation for the post) That is AWESOME!!!!
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  8. Those are really perfect for summer and I guess every family would definitely love that idea especially that furniture..
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  9. LOVE THIS! I did not know la-z-boy made outdoor furniture! We love that brand. Those colors are fabulous! Y’all look so relaxed and happy! I also love the fan idea! It is crazy hot here too. Why haven’t I thought of that! I will definitely check out the kmart outdoor selection online…like NOW!
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  10. That’s gorgeous furniture. I’m sure you’re going to enjoy your time there.
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  11. Love your new furniture!!! Looks great!
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