Refreshing Our Patio on a Budget

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So…remember the other day I shared a photo of our disaster of a patio? In case you don’t, here are some more photos of it to jog your memory.

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Lovely, right?

Well, the good news is that it got that way mostly due to laziness. So it really was nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix.

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But sometimes, elbow grease alone isn’t enough. The dead plants in all our pots screamed neglect. My husband, our resident green thumb (because I am not at all horticulturally inclined) decided we had to remedy that.

We headed to Walmart to pick up some new flowers and herbs to fill the pots — meaning the ones on the patio and the ones in the kitchen. We figured if we’re going to get a bunch of things that grow, we may as well make some of them not just beautiful, but useful. So we bought peppermint, for our favorite tea, along with thyme and rosemary, which we love to use for cooking.

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You may recall that we planted seeds last year with the same intentions. Well, let’s just say it’s a lot easier to take care of plants that are already growing than it is to take care of seeds that have to sprout from scratch. Or so I’m hoping.

We also chose a colorful selection of flowers for my hubby to put in our existing planters.

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My daughter helped pot the herbs, which will hang on a plant stand.

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Finally, as much as I would love a cushy fancy patio furniture set, we just don’t have the space for it. Because of this lack of square footage, we bought a couple of basic metal chairs last year. Functional, but neither beautiful nor very comfortable. We remedied that this year by grabbing some beautiful new Better Homes & Gardens ikat pattern cushions from Walmart. (aff)

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We knew the pattern and colors would look great with the green outdoor rug we already own, and that they’d made our resting places a lot more cushy.

The grand total for our spring patio refresh? $103.96 (the cushions were $31.98 apiece, accounting for the bulk of the budget, but totally worth it because they really make a difference)

Here’s the finished space:

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Not bad for a single afternoon of cleaning and planting, right? We’ve already been eating dinners on the patio and otherwise enjoying the space. Just remind me of how much we’re enjoying it next winter when it becomes a dumping ground again.

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • jenn aka the picky girl April 25, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Looks awesome! Outside stuff is so expensive. I have two small flower beds in the front yard, and just to replenish one, including dirt and mulch, was about $160. !! Plus, the back deck is warped and cracking, so I’m going to have to pull it down and start again. Will likely put in a patio.

    All that to say, your balcony looks awesome. And I wish I could out on my deck without thinking of the 1000s of dollars I’m going to have to spend to make it nice out there again…
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    • jennae April 26, 2013, 10:22 am

      I know what you mean! I fell in love with the cushions from afar, and I almost had a heart attack when I saw the price of one! Still, they are thick, cushy and great quality, so I think they were worth it. I can’t imagine having to completely rebuild a deck though. I wish you the best with that project!

  • Kelly May 7, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Hi. I love your set up! Where in the world did you find that plant hanger? The black one…I love shepherd’s hooks but have never seen something that cool looking.

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