It’s time for you to get out the patio furniture, barbecue grill and spruce up the plants and flowers. Need some help creating as oasis in your back yard? Grilling season is here and there is color all around you, from blooming flowers and trees to vibrant colored rugs and pillows for your new outdoor patio.
To get your patio ready for entertaining we got to get a little money, lots of elbow grease and some of your time.
If you already have perfectly good patio furniture you may just need to replace the cushions or brighten it up with some colorful accent pillows, I have found some great deals at Biglots, Lowes, and Wayfair. If your furniture is a little worn out you can either paint it which is an inexpensive project, especially if it’s made out of wicker, metal or wood. These are great for restoration and can look brand new once they are repainted.
Remember to clean and sandpaper to get rid of dirt on furniture before attempting to paint. You can also look on CraigsList.org for some second hand furniture if you need to replace yours, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. If you want to go all out and splurge then go for it. There so many to choose from.
Rugs , Cushions & Pillows
This is my favorite because I think this is what really gives you the look you’re going for. Here you really want to think about what kind of style you’re going for and add in the pillows to give that pop of color . If you have an old rug just power wash it and clean it up, if not go to either Ikea, Walmart or Biglots for rugs at great prices.
Don’t break the bank when it comes to purchasing these because they can add up. Choose wisely and be cost conscious.
If you don’t have a patio roof then you will be looking to invest in some shade to escape that Florida sun. I had found some shade sails and cute umbrellas with stands at Sams Club at reasonable prices. These are not too expensive and can also add some color to your patio. If you want to spend more you can invest in retractable awnings at HomeDepot.
Plants and Planters
Flowers and plants can add up very quickly and cost alot. Think about what colors you are going for and don’t go overboard with different colors and varieties. Choose a color scheme and pick a few flowering plants and some plants just to add some greenery. The more planters you add the more work you will have to keep them looking good and keeping them watered. Check out Lowes and Home Depot for great plants and flowers.
Keep them manageable and choose different heights to display them.
Lights, Camera, Action
Add some ambiance to your patio by adding some lighting. There is so much to choose from and they come in all prices. Check out Biglots, for great lighting options at low prices.
Now that you’ve created this fabulous outdoor patio, invite your friends and family to enjoy a lazy brunch or a hot Florida day and even some al fresco dining.