Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Last week was a pretty exciting week for us because we finally installed a privacy fence in our backyard. It was such a big moment that we’ve had on our homeowner wish list ever since we bought our home three years ago. Now, with what feels like a new backyard, I’m itching to start focusing on our outdoor areas so we can fully enjoy it all. First up on the list is refreshing the covered area of our patio so we can get out there pronto to soak in the new view. I headed to my local Home Centric to get exactly what I needed.
But first, because I know I can’t be the only one, here’s the hot mess of a space that I started with. It needed a good deep cleaning after the winter season. It had just become one of those spaces we sadly turned a blind eye to.
It doesn’t matter if you rent, own, have a small outdoor patio or if you’re working with a balcony, today’s refresh will involve things that you all can incorporate somehow. Here’s what I did to give my patio space the facelift it needed.
One of the first areas I love to focus on when refreshing a space are the textiles. Think outdoor pillows, blankets and curtains. It’s a great way to add a pop of color and texture to an outdoor space. I picked up four outdoor pillows at Home Centric that couldn’t get in my cart quick enough.
Do you happen to recognize them? They’re outdoor pillows that are originally from Target that I got for $9.99 each. I couldn’t believe that I found these at Home Centric! They add the perfect pop of summer color to our outdoor space and can be flipped around for a more neutral look.
The other thing that I did was add curtains to this section of the patio. I kept trying to figure out a way to add curtains without drilling into the stucco of our home or the metal of our patio screen. The solution? Using tension rods to hang outdoor curtains. It’s now one of my favorite hacks! You can easily hang curtains in an outdoor space without having to use a single powertool. It has added depth, texture and another layer of privacy if we need it.
Since we already had two seating areas established in our outdoor area with chairs, smaller tables and a couch, I wanted to fully utilize this space even more. One way that I realized I could do this is by incorporating a console table. I found this natural wood one at Home Centric and knew immediately I could make this work especially with the shelving at the bottom. Drinks, plants, outdoor decor, candles, etc. can easily be placed and/or displayed on this table.
That’s exactly what I did and it instantly made this patio nook even more relaxing and gave it that homey feeling. It’s also the perfect place to put an outdoor candle and a watering can for the outdoor plants. And want me to let you in on a little secret? I scored this table for $79 at Home Centric. I’m telling you this because I found the exact same table at another home decor store for $149.
I was shocked about two things with this discovery: the amazing price I paid for my console table at Home Centric and then the insanely high markup when finding it somewhere else. We all know that decorating a home and refreshing spaces can sometimes be hard to do because of budget constraints. The reason why you’ll find me going back to Home Centric time and time again is because of moments like this.
The finishing touch with any space, indoor or outdoor, is always greenery for me. I love every opportunity to incorporate plants into my design. One of the ways I did this was by using this wall decor I found hidden behind a few mirrors at Home Centric. A great find, right!? It replaced a wooden sign I’ve been itching to take down. It has helped to create the cutest little corner with the cutest little plants displayed on it. I love how the slightest change can make the biggest difference.
I also snagged some pretty awesome flower pots at Home Centric. If you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their locations, always check the gardening aisle. They have so many hidden gems with outdoor pots. Although I adore all the pots I brought home, finding the modern black planters was such a fun find! I placed them by the outdoor seating along with a few white pots I grabbed as well. The rest of the pots made their way to the console table.
When working with a patio space, you want to take into consideration how much sun it receives when picking out your plants. For us, our patio space is full shade all day. So, for example, I buy plants for our patio that require high light. If any of them require some sunlight, it’s easy to place them in the sunny part of our extended patio space. Just something to keep in mind!
Alright, my friends, that’s my refreshed patio space! I hope these tips and tricks help you look at your outdoor space with a new lense as we enter the summer season. And remember, with amazing stores like Home Centric, you can certainly refresh a space while staying under budget. Everything that I shared with you today, was under $200 to give this space a whole new look and feel. Check here to see if you have a Home Centric near you! And keep checking back for more outdoor progress as we tackle more of our backyard space.