How I Created a Pet Friendly Patio

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Diy patioPets. You gotta love them. These rascals are two additional “kids” in our family. We love them and care for them and couldn’t imagine life without them.diy patioOur deck wasn’t always pet friendly. deck makeoverThis was the deck when I bought the house. It took a lot of hard work to make it people and dog friendly. I cleaned, sanded, stained and painted the deck. I also placed the railing slats closer together since our larger dog, Teddy, fit right through them. He isn’t afraid to jump or run off. Clearly this didn’t work for us and we ended up not using the deck at all.diy deckThis took countless hours of work, but it was well worth it.diy deckWe also needed a gate, which I built and installed.

diy patiodiy patioNow the dogs don’t fit through here any longer.

diy patiodiy patioWe have a park-like backyard with lots of mature trees and even a creek. Once in a while we have an entire deer family in our backyard. chainlink fence redoThe dogs even have their own dog park.diy patio

diy patiodiy patiodiy patiodiy patiodiy patioI built this little side table with leftover railing wood. I also built the umbrella stand. The umbrella is from Aldi.diy patioThe rug is from Fab Habitat. It so durable and has held up really well. I still need new patio furniture and a grill. I bought the chairs at  a yard sale two years ago. The lady gave them to me for $10 total. I think she really hated them and needed someone to take them away. The chair frame is still very sturdy and strong, but after two years of harsh weather, the fabric is not looking good anymore.diy patioOur deck may not be magazine worthy, but I feel blessed to even have a patio. The dogs, kids and myself love being out there. My son reads on the patio almost every day. My daughter enjoys having her morning coffee on the deck. Once the weather cools down a bit, I’m sure we’ll enjoy the patio even more.

I’m happy I was able to pull it all off before summer. It was a ton of work as was painting the house and refinishing the hardwood floors. In the end, it was all worth it!

I hope you are enjoying your summer, wherever you are.

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