Creating an Outdoor Space on a Budget
Do you have an outdoor space you would love to turn into a comfortable place to enjoy the warm weather, but the cost of Patio Furniture is keeping you from decorating your space? I have some solutions for you that will hardly make a dent in your budget.
Outdoor Space Decorated with Painted Pots
Let’s take a walk down my outdoor patio. The painted pots are painted with DIY Paint. DIY Paint is 100% Natural, Clay Based paint. It forms a cement-type barrier on any surface, especially Terra Cotta Pots. Start with Painting your pots with pops of color. Just one 8-ounce jar of DIY Paint could do several large and small pots. Painting your existing pots is a great alternative to buying expensive, painted pots!
Outdoor Space Plants on a Budget
If you can wait until some plants have been out at your local Home store for a bit, they will often go on sale, or even better, drive behind the store and see if they are throwing them out! If neither of these ideas is an option, consider buying the smallest containers you can and allow space for them to grow. We started these Jasmine plants small, but they spread fast and grow extremely well here in my Northern California climate.
Outdoor Space on a Budget Flowers
If you are going to splurge, splurge on Flowers that give you a ton of joy. For me that is Hydrangeas. These bloom for us from May through August and their giant flower heads give me so much joy.
Outdoor space on a budget Tables
Patio tables can be expensive! If you don’t get a ton of rain daily, consider buying an expensive Farm Table or Dining table from Facebook Marketplace, or any other reused furniture outlet. This was a table I picked up that was left behind when a neighbor moved. I added boards to the top of it to give it a “Farm Look” and painted the base with outdoor paint. You can read all about how to do this yourself in THIS POST.
Outdoor Space Furniture Repurposed
Take a 2nd look at old furniture you might already have on hand. This piece was free to me from a neighbor when I was pregnant with my oldest child. It served us well as a changing table and a dresser for three kids! When I was designing this outdoor space, it occurred to me this dresser might have one more life left in it. As an outdoor server! The drawers store outdoor placemats, napkins, and dishware. The top folds down to act as a sideboard/buffet server!
I painted the Changing Table turned Outdoor Buffet with my favorite DIY Paint in Old ’57. Two coats was all it needed. I used Big Top for the finish. Big Top is a low sheen, brush on finish that holds up well to lots of use. Big Top is not rated for outside, but since we have very dry summers, I wasn’t too concerned about it getting wet.
I can’t say enough about how much I love DIY Paints. The colors are rich, vibrant, and the labeling is absolutely adorable. There is no stirring, or special instructions, just open and paint. How fun is that? The paint is made in the USA, is 100% natural, and is the easiest paint I have ever used.
Remember, this is a changing table, when the top is flipped down, it changes into a server!
The drawers hold everything we need for a lovely outdoor meal. No more shuffling back and forth to the kitchen for supplies.
Outdoor Space Privacy Wall on a Budget
Since I added some new furniture, I thought I would finally do something with those garage door panels I picked up for free. Mark thought maybe I had “junqued” out too far when I started this project. But I had a vision in mind. I used hinges at some points, then decided to just used scrap wood, and secured it to the back of the doors at different angles. I purposely left the sides facing out that had the garage hinges and metal parts still attached. I thought it added to the industrial look of the entire piece. And yes, I did this completely on my lonesome. Which I don’t recommend. There was much heaving, using all four limbs to steady things, and probably took me three times as long, but that’s the way I Redoux around here.
I couldn’t leave just a plain wall, so I had to soften it up a bit. (My flowers need deadheading….)
You can easily create your own outdoor privacy wall with old shutters, old doors, (Garage Door Panels like I did), Old Windows, Boards, etc.
Creating an Outdoor Space with Aged and Chippy Pots
Now for those junky-aged pots. To make pots look truly aged, and to encourage them to keep aging, here is a simple and cheap method.
- Purchase a box of Joint Compound at your local Home Supply/Hardware store. Mix in a bucket, a large amount of Joint Compound, and paint of your choice. I made these with leftover wall paint. This is a great way to use up old paint. Mix in enough paint until you get the color you want, but not so much that the joint compound is runny.
- Begin patting on the joint compound to the pots either with your hand, or a plastic trowel. This is a messy project, I recommend doing this outside. Keep adding the plaster mix until you have the look you desire. Either hit with a heat gun, or a hair dryer, or leave it out in the sun to dry (best method).
- When the plaster is totally dry, you can lightly tap it with a hammer and some of the plaster will fall off in chunks, creating an old look. To get that dirty aged look fast, simply dampen the plaster where it fell off and rub some dirt, or sprinkle it on, then let it bake in the sun again. I kid you not, dirt works best here, and it’s free. Or, for the best way, plant your flowers of choice and with repeated waterings, the plaster will begin to flake and fall off and the dirt will naturally cling to the pots.
Creating your own Art for your Outdoor Space
We had this old cabinet door sitting around and I knew it would be a fun pop of color if I painted it Carnival Red in DIY Paint.