There is very little that I don’t like about my new apartment but my back porch is one of the biggest things that I knew I’d have to work on right away. I could not deal with the wet mess anymore. I googled everything I could to see why my concrete was staying wet and what to do about it and I decided the best thing for me to do would be to lay down tiles of some sort. The hunt was on to read reviews and find out which outdoor tiles would hold up for years to come, which is how I ended up at Ikea. I wanted to have my porch complete before spring set in when I knew I’d be out back a lot, grilling out and sitting while Peanut and Chelsea played.
After I chose which tiles I wanted, I went ahead and painted my door trim. I’d been wanting to do that since I moved in and I decided there’s no time like now. My helper for the day was Chelsea. Can you see how ugly and wet my concrete porch is from the photo? If not, just wait. Before photo below.
Then came the fun part. Unboxing all of the tiles I received from my Ikea purchase. I ordered 10 boxes so I could give my mom some for her walkway. There are 9 tiles in each box. 1 square foot each.
Her walkway… Ta da… check out those deer in the field.
But let’s get back to my lovely new porch. As you can tell from the color, I selected a dark gray called RUNNEN. I couldn’t find the tiles on sale so I did have to spend $19.99 per pack and at 10 packs, I ended up paying $200 for the tiles, and that’s including the tiles for my mom’s walkway. Knowing that the tiles will last forever helped me decide that it was an investment I wanted to make. After all, I don’t plan to move again. I’m home.
Now, the best part about these tiles is that they interlock. If you can do a puzzle, you can D.I.Y. your back porch with outdoor flooring tiles as well. It took me mere minutes to do my entire porch. I thought it was going to be an hour or longer project so I was pleasantly surprised by the quickness of completing this. I’ve never done anything like this before and if I’d known it would be this easy, I’d have tackled this much sooner.
Can you see how the tiles interlock? I swapped each tile in opposite directions and they fit perfectly. And beautifully if I do say so myself.
Moving right along.
Until every single tile was in place. Minus one that my SIL is going to have to cut for me to fit around a pillar. I am 100% satisfied with how my porch turned out. I’m now ready to spend hours outdoors enjoying the fresh air, scented plants, and wildlife.
Are you ready for the before and after photos?
Before and let me just say, I hate even looking at this wet mess.
After. I’m in love. It’s crazy how much a little money and a good product can change the appearance of something.
I bought the 3 trellis planters for some jasmine vines I’m keeping indoors until the weather is warm enough to plant them outdoors. I bought the trellis planters online and I spent $54 each on them. If you wait and buy them during the winter off-season months as I did, you can get them about half off. If I’m not mistaken, I bought these at the end of December or the beginning of January. When I priced them last summer before moving to apartment 8a, they were running around $118 each.
I decided not to plant directly in them because I knew that I could make them last longer if I used a removable planter instead. I bought some plastic tub containers at Dollar General for next to nothing and now I can cut the vines back in the winter and move the plants inside without having to drag the trellis planters indoors too.
I want the vines to cover the trellis’s to give me some afternoon shade but more importantly, to provide the scent I’m craving on my back porch. Scented plants give me such a homey and cozy feeling and that’s because I grew up with a mom who had a green thumb and she always had scented plants everywhere.
UPDATE JUNE 2019 My jasmine vines don’t seem to be growing at the pace I thought they would. Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong? I fertilize them about once a month with Miracle Grow. During the fall/spring months, I’ll change out the soil with freshly fertilized soil and I hope that helps some. I’ll provide another update at the end of summer.