Mini Patio Makeover
I want to talk about my mini patio makeover. I’m loving the summer time. The long days, kids playing in the sprinklers (I myself have had a few trips down the slip and slide), the smell of sunscreen, all the s’more making yummyness around the fire….all good things!! Besides the slip and slide, I’ve also done a good deal of relaxing. This is a new idea I’m trying out. RELAXING. Some days I stink at it, and some days I’m a pro. Balance is good I guess. In order for me to be able to relax, I need my surroundings to be peaceful and….well…pretty. My husband and I decided that we wanted to put effort into our yard. To make it a place that we wanted to hang out, entertain, play with our boys, and sit and do absolutely nothing. The only outdoor furniture we had was a small metal table and two chairs. It’s a great set but I wanted to create many different sitting areas for us and our friends and family to pick from when they come over. Buying new outdoor furniture wasn’t an option, so I started searching Craigslist, Close5 and Facebook sites for used furniture. I found four chairs (one needed repair) for $40! Here’s what the listing looked like.
Lots of potential, right? I thought so. Looking at the picture, I knew I didn’t want to keep the chair pads. They were ripping and just in all around ehh shape. Plus, that forest green color just wouldn’t fly with me. I searched for inexpensive pads and came up empty handed. Forgive me, but I just can’t spend $40-$80 for a single chair pad that is just going to be outside and get dirty and yucky. I ended up finding outdoor pillows at HomeGoods that worked perfect. I bought 4 pillows for a total of about $60. The seat portion of the chair is surprisingly comfortable so problem solved.
The barrel was a $5 garage sale find by my mom. She bought five and gave me two. YAY!!!
The copper pot was the most expensive thing…$15! Buuuuuuut I love it!
So after a little paint and a little shopping…here is my mini patio makeover. My price breakdown for what you see here, excluding the paint I used for the chairs, is $65.00. Now, would it have been easier to just go to the local home furnishing store and spend $500 on a little set? Yes. But this is just way more fun! And might I add…REWARDING.
And don’t you love all of those shadows? I live in the real world with real trees. And see that shed in the back? That is my shed! Filled to the brim with all of my “transitional” home decor and project pieces. They are waiting in limbo to either be used again by me or find a new home.
Thanks for letting me show you my mini patio makeover.
And remember, you did it yourself and it will probably show. Embrace the DIY life.