Patio Makeover On A Budget | How It Looks After is Amazing!

by Ashley

Small DIY Patio Makeover

Check out this small patio makeover on a budget. We used a few DIY projects to help save money, and it turned out great! The patio makeover is complete with string lights and a rustic patio table. You will love the before and after pictures.

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It is finally here – our small patio makeover reveal day! We’ve been hard at work turning our patio into the perfect spot to relax after a long summer day.

It took me awhile to come up with a design plan for this space because there wasn’t a lot of room to work with and I was trying to keep this project budget friendly. But I came across this post from one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren at Blesser’ House, and instantly I had new hope for our boring little patio.

Before The Patio Makeover

before the patio makover
Using Lauren’s patio layout as inspiration, while adding in my own personal style, I was able to create a space where we actually like to hangout. To keep the budget for this project relatively small, we decided to custom build our own Rustic Coffee Table! If you’re interested in making one of your own, we created a step by step DIY Rustic Coffee Table Tutorial.

After The Patio Makeover

I present to you our brand new patio!

outdoor patio makeover complete with DIY string lights

patio makeover with four chairs around a rustic coffee table

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In Lauren’s post, she was able to make great use of the limited space by positioning four chairs on each corner of the patio. I loved this idea and built my design around the same concept. This creates a sense of coziness by having all of the seating face toward the center of the patio.

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outdoor patio makeover with wood chairs and throw pillows

I was able to score these World Market chairs for 60% off! Capitalizing on late season clearance deals was a major key when it came to decorating this space. We didn’t have a very big budget to work with, so I had to get creative.

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I am happy to report that almost everything you see here was marked down by over 50% or more! Being the bargain hunter that I am, you can bet I was doing a little happy dance leaving the stores with all of my clearance finds!

outdoor patio makeover with a DIY coffee table

Finding great markdowns as well as building the coffee table ourselves, really helped keep the cost of this makeover down.  I am SO happy with how our DIY version turned out (step by step tutorial here). After looking in stores and online, I wasn’t able to find the right table for the right price. So naturally, I decided that making our own was the best option 🙂

outdoor patio with flowers in barrels and wood lawn chairs

outdoor patio with lantern on the coffee table

I picked up the pillows from Target’s outdoor clearance section (here and here), as well as the wicker lantern. I didn’t specifically intend to go for the patriotic vibe in this space, but I also don’t regret it! Who says you can’t decorate with red, white, and blue all year long?

I love how the little red tassels coordinate with the red and white flowers I planted in the whiskey barrels on each corner.

outdoor patio chair with throw pillow

outdoor patio with small whiskey barrels used as flower pots

outdoor patio makeover using stools as end tables

The end tables were also from Target, and after being marked down by 70% they were a steal for only $11 each!

I thought these were perfect for this space because not only do they offer a place to set drinks, but they can also double as extra seating, if needed. Win-win-win!

outdoor patio makeover on a budget

I centered everything around this woven geometric outdoor rug.  I love how the zigzag design, although neutral, adds a lot of interest to the space.

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outdoor patio using an outdoor rug from amazon

outdoor patio makeover with a coffee table and outdoor rug

Adding a rug to an outdoor space is a great way to create an extension of your living room and bring it outside. All the more reason to kick off the shoes for a relaxing night under the glow of the string lights.

outdoor string lights

I picked up these Better Homes and Gardens globe string lights at Walmart and enlisted the help of my handy husband to hang them using 1/2″ black iron pipe. End caps at the tops gave the pipes a nice finished look, and a fence-post-driver made for a quick and easy installation, driving them straight into the ground.

He drilled 1/4″ holes just below the pipe caps, and attached the string lights using eyelet bolts and S-hooks. Framing the patio with these lights was the perfect touch to encourage the cozy vibe I was after.

outdoor patio with DIY string lights

outdoor patio makeover with string lights and lots of seating

I’m so happy to have an outdoor space where we can slow down and really live in the moment. We find ourselves talking about our days or laughing at the dog as she rolls around in the grass for 5 minutes straight.

outdoor patio makeover with wooden lawn chairs

outdoor patio decor

outdoor patio with flower pots and string lights
Do you have an outdoor space you love? What’s your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors during the Summer? 

For more outdoor decorating inspiration, checkout these posts:

How to Build a Rustic DIY Coffee Table

How to Build DIY Raised Garden Beds That Will Last For Years!

9 Outdoor Rugs on Amazon That’ll Transform Your Outdoor Space

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Alex July 19, 2017 - 6:27 am

This is perfect!! Obsessed with the chairs and string lights!!

Joyfully Growing July 22, 2017 - 8:58 am

Thanks Alex!

Kathy Carpenter July 19, 2017 - 9:09 am

Looks very inviting! I’m eager to see the DIY table post!!!!

Joyfully Growing July 22, 2017 - 8:59 am

Thanks! It is coming soon! 🙂

Shannon July 19, 2017 - 9:56 am

Patio looks great. I like the DIY table!!

Joyfully Growing July 22, 2017 - 8:59 am

Thanks! 🙂

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful July 20, 2017 - 5:55 am

What a transformation! Love the furniture layout and am so impressed with your DIY table!!!

Joyfully Growing July 22, 2017 - 9:00 am

Oh thank you so much! The DIY table credit all goes to my handy husband 😉

Lauren July 31, 2017 - 9:11 pm

Shut the front door! This turned out so great! I love the pillows you chose. Thanks so much for sharing it with me!

Ashley July 31, 2017 - 9:48 pm

Awe I am so glad you love it! You are such an inspiration, Lauren! Love your DIYs and your spunky personality!
xx Ashley

Shannon April 2, 2019 - 8:25 am

I’m stealing all these ideas!! Love! Question, how does the outdoor rug hold up with rain? Does is start to smell after rainstorms?

Ashley April 2, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Steal away! 🙂 The outdoor rug holds up great! I still have it, and besides a slight amount of fading from the sun (that is hardly noticeable) it is still in perfect shape. No smell from the rain – the material dries super quick! Highly recommend 🙂

Elizabeth May 21, 2019 - 8:27 pm

Beautiful! Can I ask what are dimensions of your concrete slab!

Ashley May 23, 2019 - 11:07 am

Thanks so much! The slab is approximately 9′ x 13′

Laken May 20, 2020 - 7:48 am

What did you use to hook the lights on to the siding of your house? It looks awesome!

Ashley August 11, 2020 - 12:29 pm

We just used eye hook screws and screwed them right into the siding on the house.

Jolene May 23, 2020 - 11:49 am

I have an 8’x13′ patio and am looking to do something similar to this. I love the lights. How did you attach the lights to the house and how many strings of light did you need?
Also, are the poles just in the dirt or did you put concrete in the ground to make it more secure?

Ashley August 11, 2020 - 12:33 pm

We used eye hole screws to attach the lights to the siding of the house, and I believe we only needed 4 strands of lights. The poles are just shoved wayyyyy down in the dirt, no concrete. But we got extra long poles to be able to push them really deep down to make them more secure. (If you do this, don’t forget to have locators come out and make sure there aren’t any wires/lines that the poles could be running into.)

Amanda May 29, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Wow!!! What a transformation! I’m obsessed with those wooden chairs!

Ashley August 11, 2020 - 12:37 pm

Thanks so much Amanda! We love these chairs, comfy and cute!

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