5 Easy Steps to an Outdoor Makeover

June 8, 2014 AT 10:52 pm 12 Comments

Are you enjoying more time outside now?  We sure are!  I cannot get enough of it.  However, my back yard was really needing a makeover.

Here is my sad outdoor space that was in desperate need of some TLC.  DSC_0684

There were five things that I wanted to do to this space to make it ready for outdoor entertaining this summer.

1.  Add a new rug to define the space.

2.  Add an umbrella to create shade from the sun.

3.  Add cushions and pillows for comfort.

4.  Add candles/lighting for ambiance.

5.  Add flowers to the pergola for color.

These 5 things are not very difficult to do, but they made a dramatic difference in our back yard.

Here is what it looks like now…

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Can you believe the difference?!  I love it now!

The outdoor rug had been there for three years, and it had seen better days.  It was time for it to go.  It seriously had like grass growing in it, or something else.  Ew.

 

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So I got a this new rug from Lowe’s…

Society Page 7-ft 10-in x 10-ft Rectangular Brown Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

It really brightened up the space and made my table really stand out!

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Btw, I got those black iron table and chairs at a yard sale for $25 about 15 year ago.  I spray painted them hunter green to match my house at the time.  Yikes! Smile  Since then, I have painted them black.  I give the whole set a new coat of black spray paint every spring, and they work perfectly all summer long!

The second thing I wanted to do was add an umbrella because we get a ton of direct sun in this space.  An umbrella is a necessity!

I found a neutral one, by Garden Treasures, at Lowe’s that I loved.

I usually always buy a neutral colored umbrella because it goes with anything, and all I have to do is change out the cushions and pillows when I want to change my color scheme.

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Next, I found some cushions and pillows that I loved and added them to my patio set and swing under the pergola.  They add so much color to our back yard, and they will help our guests feel extra cozy and comfortable when visiting.  Smile

My favorite, and fourth, thing that I love to add to an outdoor area is candles/lighting.

I found this candle holder at Lowe’s that I absolutely love!

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Garden Treasures Hanging Umbrella Centerpiece

It’s a “umbrella centerpiece,” and I have always wanted to try one of these.

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It was super easy to attach to the pole, and it looks so pretty all lit up at night.

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I’m still finishing the area under out back patio, but I wanted to show you some lighting that I added to one wall in that space as well.

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11.4-in H Light Blue Ceramic Outdoor Decorative Lantern

I got those lanterns at Lowe’s, and they match my pillows perfectly.  They have the black iron hooks/hangers at Lowe’s as well for just a few bucks.  Cy drilled a couple of holes in the brick and then we screwed the hook/hangers to the wall.  For an extra touch, I used some rope to hang the lanterns from as well.

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I don’t know if you can tell that I have candles lit inside the lanterns because it wasn’t dark enough outside yet.  But they are beautiful at night!  They cast a beautiful glow on my brick wall, and I love them!

Lastly, adding flowers to your outdoor area definitely spruces things up.

I found these teal pots and pretty pink hydrangeas at Lowes, and thought  they would look beautiful in front of my pergola.

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Now I can sit on my swing and enjoy them all summer long!

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So there you have it!

My back yard is coming together.   Stay tuned for more pictures of our makeover later this week. Smileoutdoor makeoverMore DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app

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Disclosure:  I received a Lowe’s gift card for this project.  All decorating ideas and opinions are 100% mine.


 






Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    What a transformation a little color makes. Love those cushions and the lanterns from Lowes, I’ve been eying those lanterns since they first came in, just need to find the perfect place for them in my lanai….I like how you hung them up and made them a focal point. Great job.

  2. Shirley says:

    I love, love your make over. I can’t do any thing to my back yard. Deers eat the flowers and from the back of our house we have a deck that is only 5 feet and it is on the upper level of the house. Not enough room to do any thing.

  3. Ok, that sweet little umbrella candle centerpiece is DARLING. Why can’t I invent these things?? Everything looks so pretty and pinning! xo
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  4. Beautiful!

  5. Mariangela says:

    I love it ! It’s simple,comforting,relaxing and most of all doable.Thank you for inspiring me !

  6. Guerrina says:

    Beautiful changes! Hoping when I get a few trees down, I can have a functioning backyard! Hoping your hydrangeas come back next year – they should!

  7. Love the colors you have added. And I have never seen an umbrella candle holder! WOW!
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Looks so pretty and fresh! Enjoy, Traci!
    xo Heidi
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  9. Tell Shirley there is something she can spray on her flowers to keep the deer from eatting them. A friend of ours in MN kept losing his plants eaten by deer. This year when we visited his plants looked great! He said it was something he sprayed on them. I don’t know the name of it but I know it works!

  10. Beautiful transformation, love the touches of aqua! I’ve been working on my backyard and patio area too, I’m so glad spring is finally here and summer is right on its heels!

    Tania

  11. Can you share where you bought the mirror? Or is it a DIY? I would love to have one!

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