Here is what a lot of you have been waiting for! How I made the pool at the pool house. Well, it's really more of a hot tub.... the pool to scale would have made the base more monstrous than it is right now.
Anyway, I had ordered *soemthing* off of Amazon and it came in this really great plastic packaging that just made me think *pool.* When I got my item out without obliterating the plastic I wanted to use (why are packages so damn hard to get into?!) I took it downstairs to measure the depth and size. I got some Pink Panther insulating foam from Home Depot and had them cut the 4'x8' sheet into four equal sections of 2'x4'. When I brought it home, I cut it to fit the base and made it 3 layers thick.
The following colors were used to make the tiles for the patio. Several washes and custom mixes to get different colors and form a sort of checkerboard looking patio.
I had neither the time nor the finances to redo it, so I just pushed ahead and thought of how to deal with it... (in the future, you have to glue paperclay down to foam... It doesn't just naturally stick)
This was my fix! Fill in the cracks with dirt and grass and weeds. Actually cam out pretty well. We all know that tiled patios don't last forever!
Once everything was good and dry, I scrubbed off the extra dirt and sealed the whole thing with a very light coat of Satin Varnish.
All it needed now was a beach ball and some water in the pool! And you can see in the background of this shot, I change my furniture layouts a zillion times before I decide on a final one.