I have an obsession for decorating my patio and outdoor living space – Outdoor Living our Patio Makeover was a success! We have a large backyard, a pool deck, and a front AND back screened in porch area. That’s a lot of outdoor space to spruce up! The only furniture that we had was 1 old plastic chair and an old patio table that I picked up off the side of the road. That’s it!
When we have birthday parties, family get-togethers, and friends over we all have to stand when we go outside. Pretty sad huh? During the warm months (in Florida it’s almost every month!) we are literally outside every single day for a few hours!
We spend a LOT of time outdoors!
Here is our BEFORE / AFTER picture of our main deck area from everything we picked up!
Isn’t that a HUGE difference?? When we found out that we were going to be participating in a Outdoor Living patio makeover I was PSYCHED! I LOVE having company over but we never have anywhere to sit.
Our friends are always nice about standing but I usually end up dragging our nice dining room chairs outside just so we can sit somewhere.
The first thing that was WAY at the top of our list was to buy chairs- and lots of them! Chairs however, are not cheap!! Our first trip we wiped out most of our budget just buying chairs so we could sit!
Our Outdoor Living section had quite a selection of chairs which made our job really easy! The hard part was to get all of the chairs home! Needless to say we ended up making several trips to the store for this opportunity!
My husband has always wanted Adirondack chairs, so of course we had to make sure to grab 2 of those. And as we were walking around Kmart we saw this fantastic kids picnic table! I saw it and knew it would be a GREAT choice for our family.
We always have kids over and my kids could even use it on the back porch after the party. It will be getting a LOT of use at our house. I was very impressed with the quality of it. To be honest it’s as good of quality as any regular picnic table. Very sturdy and will last for years.
There were so many great patio furniture sets which I drooled over! The first amount of money that was allotted to us did not afford for a patio table set, so we bought chairs to match our old table.
A week later we were gifted with even more money, so we put the extra money to good use and purchased several other luxury items which we could not have bought otherwise! You can see the fire pit above that my husband was quite desirous of!
I loved the decoration of it and it worked well when we used it! And the glider swing has been one of our family’s favorites! We use it every day on our back porch.
One thing I really wanted when re-doing our patio was some nice garden plants to make it look pretty. Our backyard is pretty void of plants and I thought flowers would really cheer things up a bit.
I was quite surprised and very impressed with the garden center! Would you believe that all of the plants that I looked at were in amazing condition?! Even through our Florida heat! They had a pretty awesome selection too!
They had a lot of pots, but not a lot of decorative planters. I LOVED this tricycle planter though! It was a bit of a splurge for me as it was on sale for about $37! (OUCH I know!) I’m very glad I bought it though because it really adds a touch of decoration to my porch!
I also bought some begonias for my tabletop, as well as a banana tree, several caladiums (pink/green elephant ear looking plants), and the purple flowers below but I can’t remember what they were!
Of course we had to grill food for a summer party too! Then I made a fresh homemade blueberry cobbler which was absolutely delicious! It did not make it through the end of my party and I am pretty sure that I will be making another one for my family soon!
Here are a few pictures from our party:
Since I’m always looking for ways to stretch our budget, I was very careful about the extra decor that I picked at an Outdoor Living to purchase so that I could “get the biggest bang for my buck”. Thankfully when we went a lot of their patio stuff was on sale!!
My second trip I spent $160 and saved $75- without coupons! I was really rather impressed at that!! My table cloths were 40% off and the fire pit was $25 off!
I was hoping they had more party decor as I was hoping to do a luau theme (maybe like coconut drink cups or flamingos?) but I couldn’t find anything like that, so I stuck with the plants.
I was really impressed with the selection that I found at the Outdoor Living section for our makeover! The patio furniture sets were gorgeous, they had TONS of canopies to look at, they had even more outside decor (like garden gnomes, etc.), and a great selection of plants and tablecloths!
The grilling section looked really nice, but we already had a grill so we didn’t check them out too much. I did notice that they had an entire aisle of grilling accessories which really caught my husband’s interest.
Since we had several sitting areas to decorate (the yard, pool deck, and back porch) we were really able to stretch our budget and purchase furniture and decorations for all areas!
Our back porch now has a swing glider and that beautiful tricycle planter on it with flowers. Our backyard has the fire pit with 2 adirondack chairs and 4 other chairs with a few plants. And our pool deck has 6 chairs, a kids picnic table, 6 tiki torches, a tree and lots of plants!
We were also able to purchase all of the food we needed for the party as well as tablecloths for the tables and plastic summer dishes too!
It was impossible to capture one photo with all of our additions for our outdoor patio makeover. Our deck is too big to get one picture of unless we take it from the roof (which was not about to happen!) plus we were able to spruce up our back porch as well.
Shopping for our patio makeover has truly given our outdoors a miracle lift and restored a much needed area for entertaining. Now we can provide our guests with somewhere to sit and a pleasant place to socialize.