Giving your patio a makeover doesn’t have to break the bank. Turn a sad patio into a beautiful space, or transform a nice backyard into an outdoor oasis. These tips will help you make the most of your patio area and have a little something left over.
Form a Plan and Map It Out
Whether you find inspiration in nature or by logging in to your Pinterest account, seek out images and tips to get your project going. Once you have some ideas, create a layout on paper. Head to the backyard with materials to mark off seating, firepit, garden, pet or play areas. Whether you mark off activity or landscaping areas with stakes and string or “paint” the ground with flour, dividing the yard in advance will give you an idea of how much space you’ll need for furniture, the grill or a playset. Inexpensive pavers are a good choice for dividing spaces for the long term.
Reuse and Repurpose to Stay on Budget
You don’t have to buy expensive furniture to give your patio a makeover. Look through your attic or storage unit to see what you can reuse, and hit the thrift stores and garage sales for bargains to repurpose. Cover furniture that’s seen better days but is structurally sound with pretty outdoor fabric, or make new slipcovers with colorful beach towels.
You may want to pay someone to do more difficult tasks like laying concrete, and you might need to replace certain items with new ones. You can, however, save big by taking on some of the smaller duties yourself and beautifying aging yet functional pieces. Create fun designs with craft cord to replace old webbing on vintage lawn chairs. Repaint the shed, re-cover old cushions and add pops of color with inexpensive accent pieces from discount stores. Throw pillows provide a budget-friendly touch of comfort and allow you to add trendy prints or colors to your patio area. Candles offer an instant atmosphere and, if you choose citronella, help keep bugs at bay. Outdoor wall art can be had inexpensively at art fairs and craft stores.
Outdoor fun is all about experiences. From toasting smores at the firepit to going airborne on a trampoline, there’s a lot you can do to make your backyard a hotspot. Here are some ideas for creating memories in your patio area:
- Host pizza parties with help from an affordable outdoor pizza oven
- Craft a tiki bar on your patio for parties everyone will talk about
- Install a pretty birdbath and feeder for daily wildlife exhibits in your own yard
Your imagination is the only limitation when it comes to creating experiences your family and friends will look back on fondly. Just a warning — once you create a backyard oasis that’s custom-built for fun, you’ll have a hard time getting guests to leave!
From carving out activity zones to paving the way for years of family fun, giving your patio space a makeover that’s easy on your budget just takes a little planning and work. Get everyone in the family involved — they’ll be invested in their space, and they’ll have yet another way to build memories in their own backyard. And with the money you’ll save by choosing DIY options, you can host a fun-filled celebration of your gorgeous new outdoor living space.