Help! Anyone have any idea on how to make this patio nice this summer?

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Anyone have any idea on how to make this patio nice this summer? I have lived her 5 years and cannot come up with any ideas! But it is so boring and ugly and not comfortable.
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HELP Please.... Does anyone have any idea how to make this patio comfortable, pretty, cute inexpensively?
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  • Lighting, rug, seating, table. Can all be curbside finds, hand me down or thrift store bargains, almost anything can be painted. Shop your house and garage first, I bet you have items to repurpose. Pick a theme or favorite color and go for it!

    I always do my patio first as that is my resting spot between projects and taking breaks, plus playing with the pets.

    See if any of these sites provides you inspiration!


  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 22, 2018
    pit a color outdoor carpet, use artificial ivy or a flowering vine around d the post, then put solar lights in, a bench or a bistro table, use container plantings on the sides of the patio
  • Emily Emily on Apr 22, 2018
    I am going to pretend this is my patio and what I would do with it. Since I see this space as "dark" I would want to lighten it up, so first I would paint the decking. Then I would buy a railing for the side on the right in the picture. That will give you a background for a settee, swing or some other kind of 2 or 3 seat piece of furniture. Since I collect plates I would make a wall display of pretty plates (plenty of wonderful designs of these on Pinterest) or mirrors or art work. I would add two small chairs near the settee. Also a very narrow but long table on the left in the picture with two or more small stools that can slide underneath. This could be an outdoor eating place or a place for plants etc. If the budget allowed I would replace the slim supports with either round or square columns. Good luck
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 22, 2018
    As well as the suggestions above, I would add a bamboo blind or inexpensive breezy sheers you can tie back, between the posts. I had an awning like that, and that was what I had planned to do this summer. I also would also buy a hanging flower pot for each support, and it looked so much better.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 22, 2018
    p.s. Stringing lights under your awning adds a bit of sparkle too.

    Here are some other ideas:
  • Scott Johnson Scott Johnson on Apr 23, 2018
    replace the steel with nice wood columns then build railings seats. Then get some flowe boxes to hang on the railings that would look nice!
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 23, 2018
    1. Paint the concrete a bright color
    2. Hang curtains (shower curtains are pretty and waterproof during rain!)
    between the iron railings
    3. Add colorful lawn chairs/tables, etc.

    Easy peasy!
  • Susan McKnight-Balus Susan McKnight-Balus on Apr 23, 2018
    GREAT! I checked out these websites and I like the lighting ideas ..... and other ideas thank you so much!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 26, 2018
    The first thing to do is clean off the deck and around the deck. Put a small landing at the left side of this photo to step down on.

    DO NOT paint the floor...but stain it. Paint will peel on outdoor concrete...I know from experience! Pick a lighter color but in the copper family for the stain.

    Get a couple of inexpensive large resin pots. If they do not have drain holes, drill a few in the bottom. Pick a bright color that will show up against that dark brick. Place on the ground at each outside corner. You should be able to get a large pot of Caladium reasonable at your nursery.

    I would then attach a sheet of 4'x8' (cut to size on the 8' side) to a 2"x2" strip, leaving a couple of inches on each end to attach it to posts (maybe with wire ties) putting the 4' side from floor to 4' high to serve as a railing. You will have to make 2 of these. You can secure these in several places down the posts.

    Looking at the porch from this view, I would then put a lounger on the right side, facing toward the left, with a small table at each end. This then closes up 3 sides of your porch which will add a tremendous sense of security from falling off. Get a couple of more chairs and you will be finished.

    My front porch is only 5' deep and I finally put up railings and it seemed to double the size! It does make a difference.

    Watch notices online for used metal furniture that you can wash down and then spray paint a beautiful color or several colors. I have 6 chairs and 2 tables on my large back porch...all of it used...and every one is a different color! (Go to my page and see my colored furniture! I love it!)



  • Terri Prine Terri Prine on Apr 26, 2018
    I would change out the metal post with wood 6×6,you can use 4×4
  • Twinkle lights, some inexpensive furniture you can find at a yard sale or second hand store. Or just some inexpensive lawn chairs. Make illows for them if you want them more cushey. Maybe some potted plants. And some out door decor to hang on the walls. Should make it really cute.
  • Monica Knouff Monica Knouff on Apr 26, 2018
    If it were me, like one of the previous posts mentioned, creating DIY Craftsman style porch columns. This is a great weekend project and will give your front porch a beautiful update, whether you decide to stain them, or paint them, either way, they’ll look great!
    Take a look at this site! We did the same thing to our columns last year and was fairly simple. This site will give you all the information you need! If you’re looking for additional ideas for the rest of the porch, look through Pinterest, they have so many awesome ideas! Good luck!!

    Here is the site site address for your DIY column transformation;

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Apr 26, 2018
    Power wash the floor. A big flower pot on either corner with colorful flowers. Some furniture - table and chairs. As it is protected, if cost is an issue, you may be able to get an old wood table and chairs and paint in a bright summer color you like. Start some bushes around the edge.
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Apr 26, 2018
    Power washing is a good way to lighten the area. Also, a gallon of off white or light tan paint would look terrific on the outside wall (with the door.)

    Get rid of all of the little pots --- to avoid a cluttered look. Or! paint them all the same color for a cohesive look.

    Look at Home Goods or Tuesday Morning for inexpensive outdoor furniture. Pick up a used table or two (Goodwill), get just a quart of outdoor paint, and there's a place for drinks and food.

    Lastly, plant a few, inexpensive bushes around/near the patio... so you will have something nice to look at!
  • Lori Lori on Apr 26, 2018
    Put lattice between the posts and. plant a morning glory plant at the bottom of each post then as they grow start them on the lattice. In no time your patio will be enclose with beautiful vines with big blue/purple flowers. You have to cut them all the back every year but it's so pretty it's worth the work.
  • Ginny Ginny on Apr 26, 2018
    If you plan to sit on it, I would:

    Clear the junk and clean the porch
    Invest in a pair of good rocking chairs with pillows to match/complement
    A small table for between the chairs; even an old wooden box would do
    A few hanging plants, i.e., pothos, ferns, or even artificial hanging plants
    A pretty wreath for the door

    This should get you started until you decide what you want to do for the area(s) surrounding the porch and how you are going to use it.
  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on May 29, 2021

    scroll through some of these ideas: Home and Garden DIY Ideas | Hometalk

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