Easy Patio Makeover

But really tho – my patio was in desperate need of a makeover. I (like everyone else) am spending an inordinate amount of time at my home. With this time, and early childhood exposure to HGTV, I’ve decided to make my home feel more luxurious – but without spending a ton. For my early 2000’s HGTV babies think “Design on a Dime” vibes.

We are starting off this quarantine extreme home makeover with my most under utilized space – the patio!


Before I started this adventure we already had a two top table from Bed Bath & Beyond and I had ordered this planter from Tractor Supply (highly recommend looking for planters at feed and farm stores).

Here’s a vlog with a before and after of building the planter

What I Bought for the Makeover

To keep this process cheap I went a little wild on Amazon. Here’s what we got!

*Links marked with an * are affiliate links meaning that if you click through them I get a small monetary kick back.

Solar Lights

If I cannot go to Disneyland – I will make my own. We have a cute little railing on our balcony so I ordered string lights to stick on the inside ledge.

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For some additional glow I also ordered these Orchid Solar Lights to stick in the empty pots I have out there (these pots used to house some dear house plants that I have over watered out of quarantine boredom).

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And, of course, we needed a light for the table so I found this solar friend to make our patio lighting complete – for now.

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Like I mentioned earlier the big wooden planter is from Tractor Supply but my smaller plant pots are from Amazon.

This is a link to my indoor/outdoor black planter (they also have some cute ones in white!)

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Here’s one similar to the purple one I have out there as well!

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I’m also adding planter boxes to the ledge that I want to fill with wild flowers. These are the planter boxes I’ve ordered. I’m planning on only using the three bottom ones because I think the top one will blow off our balcony in the wind but it would be super cute sitting on the ground!

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Odds and Ends I Overlooked

I’m going to be completely honest with you all. Initially, when I ordered things I forgot a crucial item – hooks to hang my lights up with. I also went down a deep dive rabbit hole of storage options for my outdoor closet so here are a few of my favorites!

Command hooks! I love these things. I use command stickies to hang art, hooks, small mirrors, anything and everything. These are the ones that I got for our lights.

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Storage boxes are another guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve had these since I lived in my sorority house in college and they’re still in decent shape. I now use them for costume, Christmas, or other random storage.

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My personal favorite – my elephant watering can for my plant friends! I may not be able to pull off Martha Stewart levels of elegance but I can add a lot of whimsical elements!

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Want to see the finished product? Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel to check out the vlog next week so you can get a patio makeover update. I’m slowly but surely adding to the patio as we go. Next steps are finding a perfect rug and maybe some additional plants (maybe a tomato?) or a mini fountain! The keys to keeping things like this affordable are to shop around and buy in moderation slowly over time. So I’ll continually update you all as I add more to it!

Suggestions? Thoughts on what rooms I should do next? Leave them in the comments!