Budget Friendly Backyard Makeover


Now that school has started and we are officially in fall, I thought I would share the results of my summer house project. We didn’t have any room in the budget for anything major around the house, but I wanted to revamp our outdoor space since we practically live out there during the summer.

I will focus on the patio area for now. Over the course of the past year we have redone our entire backyard, but that will be another post. For now I will share the before and afters of the fire pit/couch area where we like to sit in the evening and relax.




A while back I found this amazing, huge mirror on the side of the road. I wasn’t thrilled with the color of it, but knew with a little paint I would make a place for it somewhere in my home. I was trying to come up with a solution to hide the side yard (messy storage area) view from our couch area and a light bulb went off. Storing this giant mirror for 6 months was going to pay off! I just needed to give it a little makeover. It would hide the mess and because it was mirrored, it would also make out patio area feel larger. I cleaned the mirror with a wet rag and once dried, gave it a quick base coat of Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint. Once the Chalked Paint had dried, I used Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron Exterior Paint in a semi-gloss finish to give the mirror new life.

Picture is of black patio furniture with canopy

Buying a few planters from Home Depot, I filled them with succulents I found at a wholesale nursery. Adding greenery warmed up the whole space, and even though I have a totally black thumb when it comes to gardening, I have managed to keep succulents alive. I feel good about that!

I found outdoor fabric at a garage sale and Joann’s Fabric Store to cover some outdoor pillows I already had. I used a coupon and saved 50% on the fabric.
To make the space feel more defined I bought a striped outdoor rug at Sam’s Club for under $100.

I was pleasantly surprised with how the space turned out for such a non-existent budget! I spent a total of $75, possibly less, for all the plants and fabric. I shopped my own house to add some decor pieces and the galvanized tub for the succulents. I only wish I had done this makeover sooner because it made the space so much more enjoyable for us this summer.

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