Green Rooms in a Box: Patio Makeover Revealed!

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I’ve been excited about bringing this Green Room in a Box from an idea to reality ever since I first posted it. It’s amazing how easy it is to get sidetracked on a decorating project. If it took my husband and I 2 months long to complete a patio makeover, I can imagine how long it would have taken us to do a kitchen!

To be fair, we wound up making cosmetic changes that we hadn’t anticipated, like buying bags and bags of mulch to prettify the planting beds and just generally make the front of the house look a lot better. That blew a giant hole in our original budget, so it took us longer than expected to re-budget for all the accessories we wanted to get. Coincidentally though, my mother returned from the Virgin Islands yesterday, so we were able to do the “big reveal” for her before I do it here for you, and I’m happy to say that she loved it! Click on the thumbnails above to see more photos of the finished design. RSS and email users, you may have to click through to the site in order to see the gallery.


Just so you’ll remember where we started, the original “before” photo is shown above. Most of the items we planned during the Green Room in a Box reveal did end up in the final design, with a couple of exceptions.  So here’s the final shopping list and some notes:

  1. Radiance Imperial Matchstick Rollup Shade from Walmart | $34.88/ ea.; $69.76 for 2 | Made of bamboo. I hand-painted the flowers I originally envisioned onto the shades. What do you think of the result? I plan to post a tutorial on Monday.
  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. Coir Coastal Doormat from Target | $14.99 | Made of coir, which comes from discarded coconut husks |  We changed the color scheme of the room, so this one no longer made sense. We also wanted one that was a little bit more affordable, so we opted for this simple, but colorful design from Target.
  5. Solar Lights from Walmart | $4/ea.; $16 for 4 | Solar-powered | They aren’t shown in the photo because we haven’t yet figured out how to actually get them to work, but we did buy them (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. Plantation Patterns Outdoor Pillows from Home Depot |  $12.49/ea.;  $37.47 for 3 | The pillows we originally wanted from Sears were no longer available when I finally went to order them, so we got these from Home Depot instead. The online price is $30 for a set of 2, but in the store, we paid $12.49 per pillow. And remember how I said I couldn’t find any eco-friendly outdoor pillows? On Monday, I’ll reveal how I did find some…2 days after I had bought these pillows and all the matching accessories 🙁
  8. Plastic Planters | As I mentioned my mom had 2 of these for a few years. We painted them and added flowers to really spruce up the space. And as you can see, we added lots of other potted plants, herbs and flowers. Actually, my husband did. I may have the eye for the design, but I do NOT have a green thumb 🙂
  9. Recycled Plastic Sunburst Rug from Bambeco  |  $35  |  Made of recycled plastic  |  As soon as I saw this rug and how beautifully it coordinated with the pillows we chose, I had to have it! In the product photo on the Bambeco site, the rug looks purple. In person with an up-close view, it looks purple because the rug is made of a combination of red and blue woven plastic. It still looks great though!  |  BONUS: Use coupon code “gyd09” to get 20% off any order from Bambeco! (aff)

TOTAL: $633.20 | The final cost is about $20 higher than it was originally intended to be, and with supplies (a few cans of spray paint and a small paint sample, a pair of hedge clippers, etc.), the total cost (excluding the mulch) is probably right at $700. Not bad, eh?

So what do you think of the final design? We still plan to paint the front door black (if my mother will let us) and stain the concrete patio so it looks like the discoloration is on purpose…lol. Leave your compliments comments below!

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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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5 comments… add one
  • Avatar MyBrownBaby June 26, 2009, 9:27 pm

    Oh, congrats, my love–your new patio is BEAUTIFUL!!! *claps wildly!!!*

    MyBrownBabys last blog post..So If I Have To Sleep With Lions and Tigers and Bears, At Least I’ll Get the Sweet Hook-up!

  • Avatar Christie-The ChatterBox June 28, 2009, 7:22 am

    WOW! This is absolutely fantastic! Congratulations! You really should have a TV show!! Hmmmmm…

    Christie-The ChatterBoxs last blog post..A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pool…

  • Avatar jennae June 28, 2009, 12:30 pm

    Awww! You two are making me blush!

    @Christie Hey, if you wanna call up HGTV and make a suggestion, I won’t hold it against you…lol

  • Avatar Laura July 1, 2009, 12:53 pm

    You are very talented! Beautiful makeover 🙂 I think it’s amazing, and awesome, that everyone is so ‘green’ conscious these days — we have to be if we want to keep our planet around! As for HGTV, my company will have recycled outdoor furniture featured on an upcoming DIY Network show (sister network to HGTV) and we get to go to the filming, so I’ll try and drop a word of your makeover to the show! 🙂

  • Avatar joseph September 8, 2009, 1:39 pm

    I like the shades and graphics. It looks as though you tried to mirror the design from one to the other and it didn’t quite line up. I would suggest making the pattern vary more if you’re only using two panels and let the design fill the space more.

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