The weather is starting to warm up you probably want to spruce out your outdoor space a little bit, cause whether you have a small balcony or a huge yard, an entire winter season of rainy cold weather tends to take a toll. We’re all about to be spending lots more time outside grilling and chilling and you want your environment to reflect the beautiful, creative woman you are, right?
I spent a little under $300 to make my entire 400 sq foot patio look awesome, while even managing to preserve some space for my active toddler to run around. Here’s how I did it:
Spray Paint is Your Friend
Make spray paint your friend and you’ll never meet another ugly chair that you can’t fix right up. The mushroom color of these plastic chairs leaves, um, much to be desired. But snag a couple of bottles of spray paint (I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Deep Blue, $4) and you’ll be able to transform any piece of plastic outdoor furniture into a masterpiece. At $13, these chairs are well worth the investment.
Pillows, Pillows, Everywhere!
Pillows are an easy & cheap way to update any look. At $10-$20 per pillow, you can stack up and still not kill your budget. Plus, they make every seat more comfy and can add a whimsical touch to your outdoor space. These argyle pillows are just $14 at Target.
Get Funky With Your Lighting
Don’t be boring about your lighting, it’s so easy to find cool ways to keep your party going well past sunset. From lanterns, to fairy lights, to this amazingly cool color-change LED chandelier for just $20 (!), the options are truly endless. Let you imagination run wild.
Make Your Umbrella a Design Element
Say bye-bye to boring beige! Your umbrella is a major focal point, so why not take the opportunity to make a statement? The gorgeous, vaguely tribal blue pattern on this umbrella would fit into a thousand different styles and gives you another chance to be bold with your color palette. Plus, you can angle it and it’s STILL just $90 at Target.
Adirondack Chairs Are Adorable
These super cute turquoise chairs look like a million bucks, but can be scooped up at Lowes for just $18! They come in a ton of really modern colors AND they’re stackable, which makes them perfect for tighter spaces or for those nights when way more people show up than you were expecting.
The Rug Really Pulls the Space Together
There are literally millions of choices for super affordable outdoor rugs that hold up well to the elements and can take some wear and tear. I’m partial to the geometric patterns of this lovely Lucia Ivory design and it’s available at Wayfair for just $46. They have a huge selection though, with some starting at just $15! At those prices you can even mix and match and go all Moroccan with your outdoor theme.