$5 Worth of Furniture and a Back Patio Reveal

I am an absolute genius!!!! Either that or I have managed to totally luck out...most likely it's the latter. This year our back patio was updated with a few new items. Almost all glass items from the space have been removed since our dog Buster took out one of my glass top end tables last month. I also incorporated a couple thrifty craft ideas which cost virtually nothing! 

In this patio update I really wanted to bring more vibrant color to our beautiful outdoor living space. My jumping off point was actually the colors of the love seat's cushions which were purchased at the end of last summer. Then a bright lemon yellow and bold ocean blue were infused into the overall color palette. One brown pillow was kept on the love seat to tie it to the brown of the carpet.

The first easy peasy craft  idea is my shatterproof home made vase below. To see what it was made from and how this look was achieved, just click here.

Last summer I created a wine cork serving tray from an old tray which had been lying around the house. To see how this transformation was done click here.

 For only $17 I did splurge and purchase two cute wire candle holders over at the Christmas Tree Shop.

I still have the glass top cart on the patio but the plan is to replace the glass with either wood or a metal grating. Right now it is in a very "out of the way" spot, so it should remain safe from destruction. The Lemon color tablecloth I found at Kohls today for $15. The cute place mats I picked up for only 50 cents each at an end of the summer clearance sale a couple years ago.

By the way the floor is nothing more than painted concrete. To see the tutorial you will need to click here.

So here is the breakdown of the cost for furnishing our back patio...

1. Hand me down table and 4 chairs from my parents 17 years ago...cost $0
2. Serving cart which was a yard sale casualty from 2 years ago...cost $0
3. Wicker rocker was a yard sale find...cost $5 
4. Freebie table from my sister Kim...cost $0
5. Wicker love seat found on the side of the road last summer...cost $0
6. End table re-purposed into a coffee table was a curbside find from just last month...cost $0
7. Curbside find from last year that I found on my own block...cost $0. (To see the rocking chair before it's paint job just click here.)
8. (Not in Picture) The small wicker table between the love seat and rocker was a $2 yard sale find my sister purchased and then passed on to me...cost $0

Total cost for all of the furnishings...
A whopping five dollars!!

In addition to my previous purchases of the yellow table cloth and wire candle holders, this year I spent another $150 on the new outdoor carpet to anchor my seating arrangement, three outdoor throw pillows found on clearance over at Pier One, and eight curtain panels purchased this week at the Christmas Tree Shop. So for just $182 spent this summer, my back patio received a brand new look.

I just adore the colors of our living space, it's so fresh and cheerful with a very cool vibe! I hope I may have given you an idea or two for sprucing up an outdoor retreat of your own. Remember to keep your eyes open and your mind creative when it comes to furnishing any room in your home!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!!
Now where did I put my coffee and HGTV magazine?


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  1. I LOVE your sitting area, so bright and cheerful. Lovely area. Fantastic job!

  2. Barbara, this looks fabulous! The last shot really shows how large the space is. I love the color combo of blue and yellow and all of your accessories tie in perfect, like the candle holders. I could be very comfy out here morning, noon and night! :)


  3. F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S, Barbara, just fabulous! Looks beautiful, you have remarkable refinishing skills. xo

  4. I really love the colors - they are fabulous! Everything works so perfect together. What a great place to sit and have tea and visit with friends or just sit and read a book.
    Thanks for sharing this post - I really do like your porch.
    Have a happy weekend.

  5. Really just gorgeous!
    And your finds, amazing!
    What a wonderful color palette, the curtains add so much too, outstanding!

  6. Barbara, You would win a prize , for more bang for your buck...Your patio is amazing. I love your colors. Enjoy your nice paitio this weekend. xoxo,Susie

  7. It looks absolutely wonderful, Barbara! You did a phenomenal job of tying everything together with the ocean blue and yellow-and the bits of brown, too. LOVE it- Diana

  8. Your patio looks so pretty, I love all the colors!! Really like the wire blue candle holders, nice and big.


  9. so fresh! love the aqua/white combo in summer. Yesterday I scored two papassan stools from the curb which will be transformed into patio tables. $0 decorating is so satisfying, thanks for your inspiration.

  10. Hi Barbara. You did some mighty impressive shopping also!! I love it all. I can see how you fell in love with the original room and you did a great job copying it. Those pops of aqua are just wonderful. What a sense of accomplishment you must get sitting out there. It is a summer blessing..Happy Weekend..Judy

    1. My favorite color combination, turquoise and yellow! Nice
      Finds. Hopping over from nifty thrifty Sunday,thanks for sharing.

  11. found you over at Seasonal sundays...love your patio - I'm a new follower! Please come on over and follow me back!

  12. You did a great job, it is all so pretty! I love that white metal table and chair set. I saw one very similar in an antiques shop yesterday, needed to be painted, for $575, so you should feel very lucky indeed! Love your color scheme. Enjoy! -Dawn

  13. Oh, my! Your porch is gorgeous! I love the colors you've chosen and you have so much space. Your furnishing are beautiful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Love the turquoise touches on your porch! They would look great on mine too!

  15. I love your outdoor room, the aqua curtain panels make it feel so finished and breezy!

  16. I adore that rocking chair! It's beautiful!

    I love the whole space, I'm feeling very inspired to work on my sun porch!


  17. Barbara! You sure did luck out! What a fabulous way to uplift your patio and give it some spunk! I love the color combinations of turquoise and yellow. Love your tall ceiling and rafters too. The best part, it looks like its screened so you don't have to worry about bugs ruining your porch time. I spruced up my back porch with some colorful pillows and lanterns in lime green, turquoise, and orange this year to give it a little pop. This is my first visit so I'm going to take a look around.

  18. I would stay on this patio all the time. Love the colors and the feel of it! What great finds and yes to freebies! You really did a great makeover! Thanks for sharing at TTF!


  19. what a great article you have..i love the porch it looks cute and awesome..while i was browsing i saw you blog which gave's us some helpful tips and thanks for that..

  20. I had to pin the picture of this gorgeous setting. I was just thinking about hanging my aqua blue sheer panels around our pergola for the weekend for our annual Virgo birthday celebration. I am not sure how I will be able to work aqua in with the fiesta decor I was planning but I think I will give it a shot. Thanks for inspiring me! Great job!!

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