You may recall last year, I posted about the outdoor curtains I had made for my patio. Unfortunately, they didn't work out quite like I had planned. While they definitely could provide a little privacy to my patio, that only worked when it wasn't breezy. Despite the weights I had placed in the hem, we get quite a few breezy days up here, so the curtains though pretty....weren't functional. Bummer, since both me and my husband put work into that project.
I really liked my little sanctuary, so I was anxious to find another solution. One night I was taking a walk around the neighborhood and I got really pumped when I saw a home which had what looked like a wall of wooden blinds for their patio. They didn't move like blinds, but they had the angled look of blinds. I thought it was genius actually, so I got up the nerve to introduce myself to this neighbor (after many walks in which I kept ogling their patio). He took me out back and we chatted about the construction and how it was working since he put it in place.
Of course, I promptly ran home and told my husband I had a new solution for the patio.
Not only did I see this providing privacy, but it would also provide a bit of a wind break from the North. I had learned from the neighbor that Home Depot carried the pre-made supports with the angles already cut into them. So, we ordered those and painted the two which attached to the patio support and the house to match the house trim color. As for the slats, I really liked the idea of natural boards, so my husband simply finished those with a weather protectant, no stain. Same thing for the middle support....that was left the natural wood color as well.
My husband gets all the credit for this one. I merely provided the cheerleading and encouragement along the way. I'm so looking forward to spending time out here again. It really was like sitting in a fishbowl without it....several of the neighbor's bedroom windows look right onto our patio, and their trampoline is now hidden as well.
I bought a new umbrella and cushions to replace the worn, torn and faded ones which were purchased many years ago and we're good to go! This is going to be awesome!