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Since the pool will be finished soon and the yard cleaned up, I have been looking for design ideas for the patio.  I want something with that million dollar look that I can copy on my budget.  I love all of the gorgeous wicker sectionals that I am seeing everywhere, and I love the soft washed look that I see on a lot of the wicker furniture.

How To Decorate made me gasp when I saw this picture.  Now I would love to have a space like this of course.  All those fabulous wood beams, the rock walls, fireplace and arched windows.  Obviously that isn't what I have to work with.  The other things I really liked were the colors, the pretty weathered look of the wicker furniture and the blue and gray tones mixed with browns.  There is a lot that I can use as inspiration from a picture like this.  I can try to achieve the soft weathered essence of the furniture and the casual elegant feel of the space.

This is another picture that caught my eye from Clipzine.  I think what keeps attracting me is how they have created an outdoor room. Now I don't have a fireplace, but I can create a focal point and I can add curtains and that would go a long way to achieving the feel of this space.

Here's another example of how curtains can create a room.  This one from Decoholic shows how simple plain curtains totally change the feel of this space.  It now feels like a room.  I also like the shutters on the window too.  I could do that to my window.

Paige at Southern Curated shared her front porch makeover with these fabulous wicker chairs.  I had been looking for some, but the price was way out of my budget.   
When she shared that she found these for under $50 I immediately started the hunt for some.  I found mine at my local Walmart.  I love the soft weathered look and the color has both gray and brown in it, so these will work for my color inspiration.
This is a picture taken at the old house of what I have to work with.    Not a sectional, but wicker and I think I can do a makeover on it to get the color that I want. (Maybe in a couple of years I can upgrade to a fabulous sectional.)
I found a couple of tutorials for painting wicker to achieve that weathered look .  There were several tutorials to see and I really like how these two turned out.
The Painted Chandelier has a great example of how she did a gray wash to her wicker furniture.
Worthing Court shared her tutorial on how to make anything look like driftwood.  The candles below are an example of how they look with her technique.

I used my Mother's Day gift card from AtHome to buy these great cushions.  They have a light gray, charcoal and brown pattern.  Really pretty.

See how nice they look with the chairs.   I think I will use this fabric as the beginning of my color scheme.  I envision gray and camel for my main colors.

In looking at the accessories used in this spaces, I like how they used garden stools as end tables.  I especially like this gray one in this picture.  

I did a tutorial a few years ago on How To Paint A Garden Stool.  I have an aqua one and this one that I think I can repaint and use with the soft grays and browns that I want.

Ok, I don't have that gorgeous background to work with, or that furniture, but I can achieve the color used in my inspiration pic and with some imagination and a ton of DIY turn this into a great place to sit and relax.  (I just need the pool finished and a magic wand to do something with the yard so I can start to work my own magic)
I think painting wicker is my first step, so off to the paint store.  Have you painted wicker before?

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