Monday, June 20, 2011

Mini Makeover: My Patio

If you remember in this post, I told you that we have teensy tiny patio I wanted to spruce up.  Our patio was virtually a place where we kept our trash cans and stacked garden chairs during the winter.  It is nothing pretty to look at by any means.

Before

If we were to stay in this house longer, the first thing of order would be to either re-paint or spray wash the foundation and re-cement the stairs.  I also would replace the metal door and windows, but it's not worth it because we want to move.


If you remember, I also said I had no budget for this makeover so I wanted to shop my home and repurpose what I had.  As you can see above, we had two wicker chairs, a garden stool and an outdoor/indoor rug (not pictured).  All of these were to become the main ingredients for the mini-makeover.  


Above is the mood board I created for my project.  Here, you can see the rug I had to work with - definitely not my favorite, but it worked just fine.  I spray painted the wicker chairs glossy black and the garden stool an apple green.  I bought cream round planters from Joann's (out of all places) for 50% off.  And, I bought sunbrella chair cushions and mini lumbar pillows.  

After

Here is the after.  In my humble opinion, I really think the planters make it.  They add color and life to this patio.  So, what do you think?  Not bad for re-purposing what you currently own and using your green thumb!! 

Now if only the mosquitos would disappear, I could sit out here in the evenings!!!

 

18 comments:

  1. Fran, it looks AWESOME and so welcoming now! Great job painting the wicker--it looks amazing. I will definitely be following your lead when my wicker settee starts looking a little less than fresh (probably by next year already). The planters were a brilliant find too. Great job! Enjoy relaxing out there, if you can!

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  2. Looks great! The apple green is a nice accent.

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  3. Just beautiful, Fran! Love the navy striped pillows and the pop of apple green!

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  4. What a great "after"! The apple green garden stools add such a fun accent!

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  5. totally fantastic! I love it! As for the mosquitoes, add one of those OFF lanterns to your garden stool and you're set.

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  6. Huge improvement! The planters DO make it! Well done, Fran!
    -ME

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  7. Great job Fran. I love the wicker.

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  8. Looks great! So funny how Joann's has such random things sometimes - lucky you were there to find them! I like the striped pillow too!

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  9. Your patio is gorgeous! Now I wish that I had kept my wicker, sniff. Who would've thought that Joanne's would have a garden stool? I love the touch of the navy & white stripe too. You must be thrilled with the result.

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  10. Wow, Fran! I'd love to sit there with you evenings. I can't believe you did this for next to nothing...
    Wishing you a mosquito free evening.
    Camille

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  11. Great job Fran! I love the green garden stool paired with the navy and white pillows, this adds just the right pop of color!

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  12. Isn't it surprising how little it takes to spruce up an area. Now you have the start for a new outdoor space when you do move.

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  13. Nice.

    A patio doesn't have to be big to be welcoming and stylish.

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  14. Two thumbs up for you, Fran! You can keep it this way, or you may add a little more items for your patio. You don't have to buy costly stuff when doing a makeover for your patio. With frugal but creative ideas, a messy backyard or an empty space can turn out into something fanciful.

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  16. Hi there, Fran! Were you able to push through with the move? Anyway, I like the makeover that you did on your patio. It looked relaxing and inviting! And your casement window definitely made the space look wider.

    Marla Hinds

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  17. Way to go, Franz! It’s a very clever idea to recycle your old furniture by painting them and then using them for your patio. Not only does your patio look better, it also looks so stylish without even breaking your budget! I'm positively sure that you'll spend more time on your patio now that it looks so gorgeous!

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