How to Decorate an Small Patio on a Budget - Before and After Pictures
Decorating on a Budget
Decorating your apartment patio on a budget, is a lot easier than you think, if you are patient, and resourceful. Improving the appeal of your apartment patio is a home improvement project, where you will learn new skills, while reaping the benefits of saving money.
I love do-it-yourself projects, but if you are like me, are sometimes worried about making a terrible designer mistake. Not to worry! I have found that most mistakes can be corrected or made to incorporate your concept.
The fun thing about decorating your apartment patio is, there is a world of decorating information online, as well as decorating shows like HGTV.colorsplash.com, where you can receive inspiration and knowledge. Your patio is an extension of your home, so why make good use of it? You can make your patio your:
- zen place
- party spot
- wildlife observatory
- your family get together area
Whatever you decide to use your patio for, you can do it on a budget.
What does your Patio Look Like?
The floor of your deck or patio, is one of the most important parts of the whole decorating project. If your patio is faded and discolored, no matter how much you spend on furniture, it will not look right or finished.
You can restore your deck to give it a beautiful and vibrant appeal for a small investment.
*Pictures to the right, are before pictures of my patio. They look dry, washed out and ugly. I decided to redo them because the size of my deck was pretty large, and wanted to make good use of that space.
I felt, if I did it right, I could actually add another room to my small one bedroom apartment and I did!
Restoring your Deck
Bringing your deck back to life, will take about two days work. Wash the wood in an industrial strength "wood bleach," mixed with warm water. This will help to remove blemishes and lighten the wood in preparation for staining. Allow the wood to dry complete before you move on to the next step.
I needed professional advice, so I went to HomeDepot. They helped me pick out a water-proof stain, and the accessories I needed to get the job done.
My first step was to clean and sweep the deck of any dirt or debris. Next, I washed the deck with a wood bleach solution. I waited a few hours, to allow it to dry and then I stained it. The next day, I touched up any areas that needed it. The total project, cost me less than $40. I spend about $6.50 for wood bleach, $3.00 for the paint roller, and $24.00 on the water-proof stain.
Don't go Broke Buying Patio Furniture
Now that the stage is set with a renewed deck or patio floor you need to find furniture. You can go to Lowe's or HomeDepot to look for furniture, but you will spend several hundred dollars. I have discovered, you can find just about anything you want on Craigslist. People tend to sell patio furniture, mostly in the Spring and the Fall.
Decide if you want to go with wood, aluminum or iron. I choose teak wood and paid only $175 for two tweak chairs with cushions. At first, I considered, the chairs were too expensive. Once I went on-line and did a little research, I discovered you could pay $250 for one teak chair without cushions. This is when I realized what a great deal $175 were for two teak chairs with cushions, and I purchased the pair.
I found a little wooden table at Marshall's, and spray-painted the legs green, to go with the chair cushions. The accent pillows were $24 for two, and the carpet was $19. I wanted to save money, so decided to use regular throw rugs to accent my patio. An outdoor rug can cost over $100. The total cost for furniture and accents was $239.
Plants Add Warmth and More
No patio design is complete with flowers and plants. They add warmth and create a country feel to a city patio. Plants also attract wildlife, such as butterflies and birds. These are the plants I purchased for my patio:
- a palm plant (to add a tropical feel)
- herbs to make an herb garden
- patio tomato plant
- two hanging ferns
- a flowering plant
The total cost was $175 for plants and pots. I was able to create, an outdoor oasis for $454!
This project took about two months to complete. I watched daily for sales in the stores and on Craigslist. Take it from me, you don't have to make a fortune or spend a fortune to decorate a patio on a budget!
To my surprise, my new patio attracted a pair of finches, who choose to nest in my firms. (See Pictures.)