Patio Makeover REVEAL for under $750

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It’s finally here! My near completed patio makeover! This project has been in the making slowly for the last couple of months and I finally got some furniture to complete the look! I’m excited to share all the before and after photos and sources of the everything! Hope you enjoy!

P.S. I’m not done with the backyard yet. This is just phase 1!

Price Breakdown (and linked sources!)

Planter paint - $35 (Sherwin Williams - Caviar in Flat)
Plants - $100 (Mahonias and Coral Bells)
Bistro Set - $200 (After 30% off + 5% Target debit card)
Ikea Table Set - $200
Target Door Lights - $10
Door Paint - $3 (Sherwin Williams Isle of Pines in Satin)
String Lights - $80 ( I got 3 sets)

Cleaning up the patio

I first started off by cleaning up all the random things lying around as well as pressure washing! Pressure washing made such a huge difference. I got all the mildew off the planters and all the dirt off the concrete. It cleaned up the space to make it nice and clean for me to work on. My parents had recently bought a pressure washer, so I was able to use that, but you can also rent one.

Here is the pressure washer we used:  amazon.com

Here is the pressure washer we used: amazon.com

Painting the Planters

Next up was painting the planters. I knew I wanted to add a modern contrast and since cinder blocks are not very attractive I thought the perfect solution was to paint them! I chose a black paint color that I think turned out pretty great. I got (THIS COLOR INSERT HERE) It holds up really well under weather, and since this wall was prone to algae and moss, this was a good option and worked so well!

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Installing Plants

Next up was putting in plants! I must confess, I am HORRIBLE with plants. I kill just about everything I have bought plant wise, so I was determined to buy plants that will live and thrive. This is a pretty shady spot, so I wanted something low maintenance and also shade tolerant. I went to Collier’s Nursery in Birmingham, and they were SO helpful helping me find the right plants. I’ve been to other nurseries that I had to hunt down people and then even those people weren’t knowledgable, so it was a relief to have someone know what they were talking about. I ended up going with Mahonias (The palm tree like plant) and Coral Bells in both red and bright green to add some color. The Mahonias will get 3-4ft tall and fill out the space, and the Coral Bells will also double in size.

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I also planted some Hosta seeds on the narrow wall and they are thriving! They are just little sprouts still, but I surprised how well they’re doing! I think they love all the rain we’ve been having.

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Installing Lights

One thing I knew I wanted were lights! They just add so much to the atmosphere and I just imagined having dinner parties outside under the lights. I found these on Amazon, and I opted to get the slightly more expensive lights because I wanted the glass to hold up to the weather and the lights to last forever.

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Painting the Door

Once I painted the planters, I knew I needed to change the door color. I wanted to paint a fun color so I got a $3 sample of Sherwin Williams Isle of Pines. I’m in LOVE with this green color and so happy I changed to it!

Paint color:  Sherwin Williams Isle of Pines , Doormat: Target (old), Lights:  Target

Paint color: Sherwin Williams Isle of Pines, Doormat: Target (old), Lights: Target

Adding Furniture!

Lastly I bought some furniture to finish out the space! I searched for a long time on finding affordable dining furniture. I feel like every table set was over $500, until I checked out Ikea! I got this set for $200 for table and chairs! I also picked up a little bistro set from Target that was 30% off plus my extra 5% off with my Target Debit card and made it out to be $200 as well. I still plan on possibly adding a couch, but that will have to come later!

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After

And we’re done!! So happy to show you all the final reveal pictures!

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Plans for my Backyard!

Hello all! As we are nearing Spring, I’m excited to finally be tackling my backyard! It’s been a little bit of an eyesore since I bought my house, and I haven’t done anything with it since. 1, because I wasn’t sure what I could do to it, and 2, I was more focused on some of my indoor projects. But I’m finally ready to at least give it a little more life, and my goal is to have it usable by time April comes!

One of the biggest problems with it, is it has a HUGE tree in the backyard. So big that the roots cover everything and make it almost impossible to grow anything. Anyone has a solution to this please comment below! I wanted to dump a bunch of dirt back there to at least even out the ground, but I was told the dirt will eventually wash down because it’s on a slope. So for now, I at least have a plan for the porch! Here is the current state below after I recently power washed it! If you guys haven’t ever power washed it makes a world of a difference and prepped the porch!

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So that’s where I’m starting: the patio. Below is a moodboard of kind of what I want to be doing with my backyard.

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1. Lounge Furniture

Along with the patio dining set, I want a place where I can also just lounge by the firepit if I wanted. Some chairs like these look perfect for doing just that!

2. Build a Firepit

I haven’t decided where I should put the fireplace yet, but I’ve been looking at options to build one! There’s a lot of cheap tutorials out there where you can make one of your own for $40!

3. Fill with plants

The plant beds have absolutely nothing in them right now, so the goal is to find cheap, but effective and low maintenance plants I can fill them in with that will add a lot of dimension to the porch and make it feel more alive. I found this article on Country Living that lists a lot of great options if you’re looking for low maintenance greenery.

4. Dining set

We can’t have dinner parties without a table! Target has a lot of great options and I loved this one from Opalhouse. I’m not sold on any one set yet, but liked the warm colors of it.

5. String Lights

I plan to create a “ceiling” of sorts over the patio to add some ambient light at night and make it feel more inviting to hang out back there even after hours!

6. Vine wall

This won’t be on the patio, but next to it. The back of my house has a blank wall similar to the picture, and I think it would be the perfect place to add a vine wall!

7. Paint the plant beds

Though it’s not on the moodboards, I’m going the paint the cinder blocks black. I’ve known I wanted to paint the plant beds since I bought the house, but they were much too gross. My parents recently bought a pressure washer, so I took advantage of the opportunity to use it on the porch and has made a world of a difference! They’re clean enough now that I can paint them, so I bought black exterior mold resistant paint and that is the first step.

So those are my first steps! Later we will tackle the yard, but I’m going to start with the patio first! In the meantime, if you’re a landscape architect, or just have some good ideas, feel free to share those with me! Landscape design is not my forte!