Quick Patio Makeover

1 Material
30 Minutes

I live in a rental home with a decent covered patio, but I wanted to spruce it up a bit- without spending a lot of money, so here's what I decided to do.

The patio does not have a lot of appeal. I measured the distance between each post and I thought of making curtains from outdoor fabric, until I saw the price. I needed six panels for my project. I remembered some curtains I purchased a few years ago at a yard sale just sitting in a cabinet.
1. I purchased three tension rods and hung the curtains.
2. I purchased the largest indoor/outdoor rug I could afford and added a small wood table (another garage sale find). I already had the folding chairs.
3. Add tie backs and call it done...for now!
I'm waiting for seasonal sales for planters, a proper patio set and a larger rug.
I plan to get three planters and position them between the posts. When outdoor furniture goes on sale, I will get a set, possibly a sofa and two chairs. And a larger rug.

Suggested materials:

  • Six curtain panels, garage sale. Three tension rods and tie backs. Area rug.  (Garage sale finds; At Home.)

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2 questions
  • Paula Jean Myers
    on Jul 7, 2017

    Love the idea. Have a patio too. How did you attach the tension rods?
    • Debra
      on Apr 23, 2019

      This what I did for our living room curtains at the farm for that country feel. I used the loop clips that just clip onto the material and strung the loops on my curtain rod. Easy peasy! 😊

  • Tami
    on Jul 10, 2017

    Great Job! I wonder if you could stencil paint the cement?

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  • Alison Sam
    on May 4, 2019

    Flat sheets also make good patio curtains. Garage sales & thrift stores are great resources & pretty decent area rugs can be found there also.

    Great patio flip!

  • Arlene
    on May 16, 2019

    I did something similar to my screened back porch. Picked up some large screw in hooks at hardware store...large enough so pvc pipe would rest in hook section. This became curtain rods. Got some cheap ivory shower curtains and plastic shower curtain rings for $ 4bucks per curtain ( needed 6) and $1.00 a pack for rings.

    these have lasted 6 years so far. Just slip the rings off the pvc, run through washer rings and all, and rehang on pvc to dry😊

    • Reneé
      on Jul 9, 2019

      I would love to see a pic of this I have been wanting to to this cheapest way possible ! Can you post a pic ?

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