Patio Update

LAST UPDATED: May 02, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Apr 03, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner
As it starts warming up, I’m dreaming about spending a lot of time outside on our patio and entertaining. Our current patio is in really sad shape. It’s very dated and just looks worn. Unfortunately, I don’t have a huge budget to redo it and furnish it. I’ll have to get creative! I start a lot of my projects with a little bit of inspiration and a layout. This one is no different! Doing this today has me anxious to get started.
Our concrete patio is a little unusual in shape, but I know with the right layout, this will work to our advantage.
We can be honest…this just isn’t pretty.
So, where to start? Clean up! I removed the swing and sold it on Craigslist for $25. I also plan to sell our current patio set and the bird bath that the previous owners left behind. These funds will go toward the renovation. The storm door on the basement door will be removed as well as the miscellaneous exposed wires. Not a dime to be spent here!
Then I’m going to power wash the patio and give it a blank slate. If I’m not happy with the look, I plan to stain the concrete, which is a minimal investment of $50-100 and a little sweat.
Then it’s time to furnish and style! I fell in love with this galvanized clock from Pottery Barn {left} that was no longer available and would have blown my budget. Then I found a galvanized thermometer {right} from Lowe’s for just $18. Sold! I’ll also be adding some flowers to the existing window planters.
This gooseneck galvanized light fixture fits in with my East Coast cottage theme and was only $25 from Lowe’s! It will replace the light to the side of the door and add a lot of charm.
The old post lanterns are awkwardly placed, but are built into a railing that is almost impossible to replace. Fortunately, I found these post lantern replacements on sale for just $9.99 each! I didn’t even realize that was a possibility!
With just $85 spent on cleanup and lighting and decor, I’ll be ready to furnish it! Here is a little of my inspiration:
Simple and casual, just how I like our home to feel via House Beautiful
I envision large chairs with cushions for the fire pit {via Southern Living}
I love these DIY wine barrel end tables for the patio. It would connect our love for wine and the outdoors. {via Centsational Girl}. Now that our window planters are done, it’s time to get started!
Click here to see the nearly complete mini patio makeover.