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