Have you ever stepped into your outdoor living space and thought, “I would love a free patio makeover?”
I had a moment like that just recently.
It is that time of year again when I start wanting to spend more time outside, but I’m always made sad by my outdoor surroundings. I’m happy to have a backyard to sit in, but at the same time, I wish I could have someone surprise me with a free yard makeover.
There are things I have no control over like my dog has killed all the grass in the yard. But there are some small thing I do have control over, like this spot:
This is the side of our patio closest to the house, and where I sit a lot when I’m outside because it is always in the shade. But as you can tell I’ve not really sat there for a while. It has become a dumping ground for boxes on the way to recycling and trash hanging off the rails. The leaves have piled up and the snow this year killed most of the plants I had there.
Well, I keep putting it off.
I’m not a person who likes to clean. And when I do clean I like to have the right supplies. So every time I come outside I start making a lit of things I need. Like, I need an outdoor broom to sweep up those leaves, because no other broom could possibly work.
Oh, and I need some spray paint for those chairs. But clearly, they need to be bleached first. And it’s not yard waste day so I can’t get rid of those dead plants and leaves anyway. Might as well wait. And no matter what I do it’s still going to look bad because the whole house needs a good power washing.
I also go outside with everything undone.
Free Patio Makeover After
Is it still considered a makeover if all you do is clean? I’m going to go with YES. And just look at what nothing but a normal broom and a couple of trips to the trash can accomplished.
Oh, and a box cutter, because I hacked off the old outdoor rug on the porch that was filthy beyond sweeping and had been hanging over the edge for a couple of years anyway.
I’m trying to salvage the two small green shoots left in my otherwise dead Aloe plant. I planted a couple of spider plant babies I got from my mother in law. The rest of the pots are still empty, but at least not full of dead things now!
If I Had the Dough
This was a $0 makeover, so I couldn’t ask for too much. There are a couple of things I might do with this space if I had the extra bucks to spend.
First I would get an outdoor rug for the space. I love color so I would want something bright and fun like this:
I would also like to get a couple of new, more comfortable chairs, and a new tiny table. The one in the pic is rusty and only standing up because it’s leaned against the wall.
Everyone loves a rocking chair, right? Especially in the South where I live. These would be cute AND comfy.Oh, and let’s not forget, since the rug is gone off the porch I need a new welcome mat for us to wipe our feet on on the way in!
Oh, who am I kidding? Nobody but me would use it anyway!
So, what do you think? Was my free patio makeover a success? What cheap or free changes would you make to this space if it were yours?