Rooms in a Box Series

Green Rooms in a Box Series: Mother’s Day Patio Makeover Under $700

griab-mothersdayToday’s Room: This Green Room in a Box is special to me. As one of Walmart’s ElevenMoms, I had an opportunity to purchase up to $600 worth of patio furniture and accessories to create an outdoor living space.  Of course, I wanted said furniture to be eco-friendly. Thankfully, and to my surprise, has a pretty decent selection of FSC-certified wood furniture. I added to that some bamboo and recycled glass accessories from Walmart and elsewhere, and I am giving my mom’s front patio a makeover. Below, you’ll see the before pictures. I have ordered the furniture, to be shipped directly to my local Walmart via Site to Store. When I receive it, my husband will spend a few days putting everything together. So for the first time, you’ll be able to see how a Green Room in a Box looks in real life! Are you as excited as I am?

UPDATE: Click here to see how the patio turned out!

  1. Radiance Imperial Matchstick Rollup Shade from Walmart | $34.88/ ea.; $69.76 for 2 | Made of bamboo. I plan to hand-paint the flower pattern from the pillows onto the shades. Wish me luck!
  2. Recycled Green Lemonade Carafe and Glass 5-Piece Set from Walmart | $19.98 | Made of recycled glass.
  3. 3 Piece Acacia Bistro Set with Cushions from Walmart | $148 | Made of FSC-certified acacia wood.
  4. Festival Doormat from Chiasso | $38 | Made of coir, which comes from discarded coconut husks. (aff)
  5. Solar Lights from Walmart | $4/ea.; $16 for 4 | Solar-powered (Not available at; Only in stores)
  6. Sheraton Low Deep Seating Chair from Walmart | $146/ea.; $292 for 2 | Made of FSC-certified Eucalyptus wood.
  7. Colormate Indoor/Outdoor Pillows from Sears |  $12.49/ea.;  $37.47 for 3 | This is my only cheat in this entire room. I couldn’t find any eco-friendly outdoor pillows that worked within the design, so I’m asking for a pass on this one 🙂
  8. Plastic Planters | My mom has had 2 of these for a few years. They’re looking a little worn, so we may paint them. We also intend to add some color-coordinated organic flowers and place them on either side of the chairs.

TOTAL: $618.21 | Pretty good budget to gain an outdoor living room since the space is rarely used right now. And there’s a little wiggle room in the budget for the recycled iron wall art I’m envisioning on one wall and for the flowers.

Before Pics

paio-beforeThis is what the patio looks like now. The red Georgia clay has done quite a number on the concrete, so we’ll have to scrub it, probably with some peroxide. The bamboo blinds will be used to cover up the nook/storage area that you can see on the left side of the second photo. And I’m hoping to get a large piece of art made of recycled iron from a local metalworker for the wall next to the window.  Any other ideas for how we can brighten up the space? Leave your ideas in the comments section or submit them!

UPDATE: Click here to see how the patio turned out!

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(sponsored opp) – Walmart provided a gift card to purchase the patio furniture as part of the ElevenMoms program

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  • Rita J
    April 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I can’t wait to see the whole room put together. I have a suggestion for the concrete. There is a special paint that you can use on the concrete to stain it and make it look like tile or stone. Scrubbing the concrete may not get rid of the stains, painting with the special paint will give the room a whole new look. Also, what about shears for the patio? You could close them in the day when the sun is too hot and if you want some privacy.

  • mercedes
    April 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Jennae! I love this! If I get t do this I will be copy/pasting your idea, lol!! I really love it! we have a small porch and this idea would fit it perfectly.


  • diane
    April 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I agree that staining the concrete might be a better idea than tring to scrub it possible leaving it discolored. I am not sure I would stencil it with brick or stone, might be too busy next to the brick walls. But a nice solid stain would work. Plenty of colorful bedding plants in between the bushes. Paint the front door a different color than the white. (low VOC paint, of course) Not sure I like the bamboo blind idea to hide the nook. Wont the wind blow it? I would pot large trees and put them in front therefore hiding the “stuff”. The greenery will soften the hard look of all the brick. Of you could attach a folding screen to one wall so it could be folded back when not in use. I would also move the pot to the left of the front door inbetween the window and door and paint it a bright happy color and fill it with something easy to care for like bright red and white geraniums that will spill over. roll the hose up and attach to the wall with an iron hose holder matching your iron wall hanging. I have gone on enough. As a decorator I cant stop myself but good job. Cant wait to see the final photos.

  • jennae
    April 30, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Great suggestions so far, ladies. We’ll definitely have to look into the concrete stain and find out how much it costs and if its something we can do ourselves.

    @ Diane You have some great ideas! For the blinds, we plan to secure them to the ceiling and the walls so blowing would be minimal. We’ll definitely consider a folding screen, though. That’s a great idea I hadn’t thought of 🙂 And we’ll add some plants between the hedges as soon as we can pick up the rubber mulch that we thought was a good idea last year. In theory, it’s a great idea, but it looks icky with the red Georgia clay all over it.

    We actually have two of those planters, so we were planning to use them on either side of the window and painting them a nice turquoise or coral. And I hadn’t thought about painting the front door, but that is an awesome idea! I know my mother would love it.

    I’m getting more and more excited about this!

  • Allison
    April 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Cool ideas and very economical! Look forward to more on the concrete.

  • Sheena
    May 6, 2009 at 3:57 am

    You certainly have an eye for this stuff, Jennae. Seriously. I don’t know how you do it. I wish I could envision something like this without trying to stay in a consistent color scheme. It’s a habit I’m trying to break.

    I’m going to keep an eye on those shades for our bedroom. I can’t wait to see your ideas come to life!


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