So, this is it, the final chapter of our backyard makeover. The Pergola. I hear angels singing. It’s such a beautiful thing. We finally have something to sit on and under and I couldn’t be happier. This might be picture heavy, so grab a drink and check it out.
We were barely finished with the seat wall before we started on the pergola. You may have noticed blocks of wood on the patio in my post. We were trying to find an exact location so that we could drill the holes for the anchor bolts. The Pergola is approximately 14′ x 16′. We needed two of the posts to be close to the electrical that was under the cement, so that eventually we can run lines for plugs and for a ceiling fan.
Oh, yeah, I cut nineteen 2×8 boards, both ends, with a jigsaw. My hands were not happy, but I love how these turned out.
I love that if you look in the door, you can see my dog Boone, up on the counter. Busted! Anyway, I was so excited after the two posts were up. Now, we worked on these after work every night, so it was a week long process.
Let me tell you 2×8’s are heavy and it was a challenge for two 50+ adults to lift up, go up a ladder, insert the carriage bolt through the first one, through the post, then through the second board. Man oh man, it was exhausting, but totally worth it. We used two bolts per end through two 2×8’s and the 6×6.
Now it was time to put up the cross beams. We decided to use hurricane clips to secure the cross beams rather than toe-nailing screws. One, it looks so much better and two, it’s less damaging to the wood. We used Rustoleum Hammered Black spray paint and painted all the bolts, hurricane clips and screws. They look so cool. We had eleven 2×6 cross beams with two hurricane clips per board. They are nice and secure.
Next came the 2×2’s. So, you can’t buy 16′ 2×2’s. I’ve seen a lot of pergolas with pieced together 2×2’s and over time they split and warp. So we decided to buy three 16′ 2×8’s and rip them down on the table saw. They are actually 1.5 x 1.5 since the measurements are not true measurements on 2×4’s, 2×6’s etc. Literally, the minute we cut the boards, they started to twist. We had to clamp them together, since we weren’t going to be able to put them up until the next day.
My poor husband gets stuck doing a lot of the heavy, dirty or high up jobs that I can’t do. So guess who got stuck up on top of the pergola screwing down the 2×2’s? Yep, the hubby!
Well, we were on the finish line of this project and we were going to need something to sit on. You’ve probably seen glimpses in other photos, but while this was all going on, I was re-doing my seventeen year old patio set. The frames were all formed aluminum, and the only thing wrong with it was the 90’s hunter green color and the fabric on the cushions. This is the chair. Hello, 1997!!
I painted the chairs and the base of the table with the same hammered black paint, and recovered the cushions with some awesome bright fabric. I LOVE it!
Isn’t it awesome? I just love how bright the colors are. Now the table was a different story. The glass had broken many years ago. A friend had put a thick piece of marine plywood inside the frame, but after all the years of being outside, it was toast! So I decided to build a table top and just re-use the old base. I used my Kreg Jig to put all the boards together, did a lot of sanding, stained it and then several coats of poly.
We found an awesome orange rug and added some roll up sun shades for the East and West sides of the pergola. This Fall we will stain the pergola and hopefully get a gas firepit. There is plenty of space outside the pergola to put one.
Well, guys, that’s it! I would really love to hear what you think of our back yard project. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Here are a few pictures of the finished project.
Until next time…