Weekend DIY Pergola Project #DigIn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to work with The Home Depot and receive product to enhance our backyard, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 I am thrilled to share my completed weekend DIY Pergola Project!

Thanks so much for all the love on my new Pergola!  I am so happy it’s built and stained!  I am just in love with it!  If you missed any of my journey…be sure to catch up below.

Planning a Pergola

Shopping & Prep with a Printable Shopping List

Step by Step: Building a Pergola

DIY Weekend Pergola Project at thatswhatchesaid.net

I have had some people ask me, “What do you do exactly with a pergola?”  Good question!  I am going to give you some ideas and I am going to share with you my future plans for this beauty…because come on…is anything ever “done” with me?!?  {wink}

I kind of think of a pergola as an outside room.  For me, it gives the sense of being cozy in a “room” while still being fully outside and being able to enjoy everything about the outdoors! The is not a “roof” so you still get rain on you!  There are no walls, so you still feel the breeze, Yet the pergola itself gives a sense of structure and definition!

Couldn’t you see yourself sitting under it while the kids are playing on the swing set?  Or entertaining some friends for a BBQ?

Pergola Ideas at thatswhatchesaid

I sure can!  Here are some of my plans for my new outdoor friend!

  •   Remove all the Roses. {giant thorns are not meant for my yard of kiddos!}
  •   Extend the patio out under the pergola and to the right side.  {Can you all send me some good vibes that I can find the same pavers to extend the patio with!  Pretty Please!}
  •   Remove the trees so we have a view of the swing set and more room for a fire pit!  {The trees are top heavy and splitting from the wet heavy snows we had this past winter!}

Plans for Pergola Area

I am also going to take this opportunity to add some color to the backyard.  We have a whole lot of green going on and while it’s lush and beautiful…I like COLOR!

  • I want to add some hanging pots on pretty corner brackets to the back posts of the pergola
  • I want to build some of these great flower towers to put in front of the two front posts where the small flower pots are now!

Plans for Pergola Area 1

We have electricity out in the landscaping area on the right hand side of the pergola (by the flowering roses) so I am also envisioning some outdoor white lights to hang from the cross beams so that we can sit outside at night!

I am also thinking that it would be nice to weave some outdoor fabric in and out of the cross beams for some color!!  Right now I see it as a blank canvas :)

Plans for Pergola Area 2

Even though we still have some work to do on the yard surrounding the patio, you can bet I am still going to take full advantage of using it!  Iced Tea anyone?  I can’t help but to think of the awesome entertaining we can do under our new pergola!  Especially if we have the fire pit off to the side!  How relaxing!

Entertaining Under the Pergola

Along this side of the house right here…I’d love to add a couple of these beautiful vertical gardens!

Plans for Pergola Area 3

Once the trees are removed between the patio and the swing set, I’d love to put one of these Zippered Pathways to connect the two areas together.  There is already a naturally worn path from the kids and the pup, so it only seems logical to make it official!

I cannot tell you how awesome it feels to look outside of my window and see this awesome focal point of my yard and think “We built that!…OURSELVES!”  It is so satisfying!  Building this pergola has really made this yard “OUR YARD”  I am so excited that I was able to #DigIn and get this project done.  I am so motivated to get all my other wishes on my list done as well!  The energy and excitement is charged every time I look out my window!  I am ready to enjoy our outdoors as an extension of our home!  So you probably see more pergola updates and posts in the future!  When I re-decorate my mantel…I will probably re-decorate my pergola :)

DIY Pergola Before and After 1DIY Weekend Pergola Project Before and After 1

DIY Pergola Project at thatswhatchesaid.net

I hope you will be inspired to sign up for The Home Depot’s Garden Club so you too can make your outdoor space your very OWN!  This weekend project has been so rewarding and wonderful and I am so thankful to The Home Depot for this opportunity!  I hope you will #DigIn and get your hands dirty and try one of the many amazing DIY garden projects The Home Depot has to offer!

You can pin this project right here, that way you will have it when you are ready to get your hands dirty!

 DIY Pergola Project

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35 Responses
  • Katie Goldsworthy
    May 31, 2013

    Beautiful Cheryl!!! Great job!

  • Rachel (Lines Across)
    May 31, 2013

    Cheryl, I love how this turned out! All of your hard work paid off. It’s beautiful as it is, and already adds SO much definition and structure to your back yard. Just in time for summer :) I really love the plans you have to makeover things even a little more, especially the hanging plants and white lights. I hope you post more pictures. I’m sure you and your cute boys will enjoy this all summer long!

  • Oh my gracious! This turned out incredible Cheryl! Perfect spot in your yard and yall are gonna love spending time out there under it! I think the idea of little white lights you have would be stunning! GREAT JOB!

  • Jenn
    May 31, 2013

    It looks awesome Cheryl! Love your vision for your yard too! Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

  • All your hard work definitely paid off! Loving all the other ideas you have to continue to improve your outdoor space as well…you’ll be out there all the time this summer! :)

  • Your pergola looks AMAZING! And I love everything else that you have planned for that area.

  • Modesta Bruegman
    June 1, 2013

    Good job, the plan was amazing, now it look beautiful.

  • Crystal
    June 1, 2013

    Cheryl, you are amazing! THIS is amazing! You did a great job and I like the new new it’s given your yard. Now I’m inspired to start working on my own yard. :)

  • Kirsten @ One Tough Mother
    June 3, 2013

    This looks great! Our yard is a mess but we have big plans this summer to build a deck and do some landscaping. I love the look of the pergola. Great job!

  • MammaNene
    June 3, 2013

    OMG, this is an amazing project!
    Congrats for the results!!!

  • MariaElena
    June 3, 2013

    It looks amazing! We will be doing this very soon in our backyard. Thank you for the inspiration! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

  • Charley
    June 4, 2013

    It is beautiful! I don’t know if you’ve already answered it, I just looked at the finished product, but was wondering about how much it cost to build?

  • Kadie
    June 5, 2013

    Love, love, love this!! I would be so happy for a little shade in our very sunny yard! I think all your ideas for flowers will turn out so pretty and the lights will be perfect! Can’t wait to see it all colorful.:)

  • Melanie
    June 8, 2013

    Looks great! Wish we had one!

  • Marissa
    June 9, 2013

    Cheryl, this is awesome! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!!

  • Tonya
    June 10, 2013

    That turned out great! I totally want one for my yard now :)

  • Kendra
    June 11, 2013

    This is awesome! Wish I had a spot to put one.

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      June 11, 2013

      Thanks Kendra! You might have a spot eventually! Keep it in your memory for later! :)

  • Angela Peters
    June 12, 2013

    This looks absolutely FABULOUS!!

  • wow, i love it!! if only i had a bigger yard. :)
    Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat. Hope to see you back Thursday night.

  • Cruisin6213
    July 9, 2014

    Great size- not too small – not too big. One Question, how was it anchored to the ground? Holes filled with concrete? Thanks

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