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Patio Ideas on a Budget: Taking it from Drab to Fab

I know, you are wondering why I am making over my patio this late in the summer. Well, this is the first time I have had to get to it but even though it’s late in the summer I still want it to be fabulous. So here are my patio ideas on a budget, a plan to take the outdoor space from drab to fab!

I am so excited to be participating in the $100 Room Challenge again this year! It’s been a while since I was a part of it but I can’t wait to be in it again.

If you don’t know what the $100 Room Challenge is, it’s a challenge to makeover a space in your home in one month for less than $100. Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry created this challenge 5 years ago.

I have teamed up with some amazing diy’ers and you should definitely check out all of their projects. They will be linked at the end of this post.

Patio Ideas on a Budget

The room I will be making over is my patio. I have been working on two large projects this summer and I am finally getting to the patio. Here are some photos of the patio as it is.

A view of my patio and garden with ferns in hanging baskets for patio ideas on a budget.
The other side of my patio showing string lights and stacked chairs for patio ideas on a budget.

The Plan for the Patio

Here is the plan for the patio based on a weekly basis of what I plan to do.

Week 2 – Clean, clean, clean!

The first thing I need to do is clean this thing up! I plan to powerwash the pavers as well as the nasty clay pot that is holding the poor sad fern that I forgot to water…oops.

This shows all the moss growing between the stones that needs cleaned up for patio ideas on a budget.
This shows my poor fern that isn't doing so well growing in a pot that has green stuff growing on it and needs cleaned.

Once I finish power washing I will put down interlocking sand to keep the pavers from moving and to keep the moss from growing back. I believe the sand is about $20 a bag, I think I will need 1 or 2 bags, we’ll see as we do it. I did my driveway earlier this summer so I have a good idea of what it will take.

This is about the only cool thing on the patio, I have string lights and a chain that I can hang a swing chair on. The lights just need cleaned up, they got nasty from when I power washed the deck above last summer. And I keep the hanging chair in the house so it doesn’t get wet every time it rains.

This shows the string lights that are dirty and the hook to hang a chair.

Week 3 – Table Makeover

I have this patio table and chairs that we have had for probably 10-15 years. About 7/8 years ago we had a bad wind storm and it flipped the table over and shattered the glass.

Chairs that are stacked on the patio that need cleaned and painted.
The table that the top broke years ago hanging on the wall in my garage.

I took the opportunity to get a couch and chairs and the table has been hanging on the garage wall ever since. It’s time to break it out and create a new tabletop and give these things a makeover.

The first thing I am going to do is spray paint them black. They are so faded!

For the top I am going to cut a piece of plywood and use peel and stick tile to create a table top. I know that it won’t be weather proof but my Mom is getting rid of some table covers and I hope that one of them will fit my table. That way I can cover it for the winter.

My costs will be spray paint and the peel and stick tile. I priced the tile at $1 for a 9X9 piece. I don’t have the exact measurement for the table but i am expecting it to cost around $15.

Week 4 – Wall Art

There is a large blank wall that needs something, other than the hose holder. I plan to use 2X2’s and create a trellis looking piece of wall art. The plan is to spray paint it black like the table and chairs.

The blank wall on the house that is screaming for some artwork for patio ideas on a budget.

Here is an inspiration piece to give you an idea of what I am looking to do.

Beautiful chevron artwork of black wood on a white wall of a house.
Source: Deuce Cities Hen House

I am not sure how much the wood for this will be. I still need to go to Home Depot and price that out. The rest of my projects are pretty cheap so I think I will be fine.

Week 5 – Finishing Touches and Reveal!

So the last week will be finishing touches. Since we are approaching fall I will add some fall colors and get these ferns planted in the ground.

My husband has been working on cleaning up this area under the stairs for a while. There was a tree stump there that kept growing weird fungus on it. It was gross! So we decided to get it out and clean that up. It’s ready for the ferns and we plan to put gravel there to cut down on the moisture under the steps.

This is a dirt area that my husband took a tree stump out of and needs something planted there.

I also have these things in the garage that have just been hanging out and not being used. I need to put them out back and finally use them.

Accessories I have in the garage to go in the patio area, a go bucks sign, a wind spinner, and a sheppards hook.

Most of what I will use here will be existing stuff that I already have on hand which is awesome! That’s kind of the point of the challenge, use up what you have, or transform it to make the space beautiful. The only thing I will have to buy is probably some plants for the pots. And probably the gravel for under the stairs. All being about $3-5 each.

I don’t think I will have trouble sticking to the budget or the timeline. I have a pretty good plan and as long as I stick to it this space should be amazing for my daughter when she comes home from college at the end of the month to visit!

If you want to see what other things I have done for the $100 Room Challenge check out these reveals. Each post will have a link to each week if you want to see a specific tutorial on something I did.

The Teen Room is Finished, despite all that happened!

Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal

Farmhouse Style Breakfast Nook Reveal

I hope you are as excited as I am about my Patio Ideas on a Budget and come back next week to see the progress. Don’t forget to check out the other projects linked below! Happy DIY!

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As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Thursday 10th of September 2020

You have a gorgeous backyard! Your ideas for this space are awesome! I cannot wait to see the table makeover... and while you have a lot that you're working on, I bet it will fit within the budget. Excited to see this patio transform over the next few weeks.


Wednesday 9th of September 2020

You've got great potential for this space! I clearly see that wall art hanging in this space. I love the style of your chairs.. I look forward to seeing the new look

Terrie - Decorate and More with Tip

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Wendy I am so excited to see your back patio. How fun is it to redo an outdoor living area. Love all your plans.


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Great idea to get these projects complete for fall. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoor space. Can't wait to see it all come together!


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Your outdoor space is going to be amazing!!!

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