Quick Patio Makeover

Celia Collier
by Celia Collier
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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  • Paula Jean Myers Paula Jean Myers on Jul 07, 2017
    Love the idea. Have a patio too. How did you attach the tension rods?

  • Tami Tami on Jul 10, 2017
    Great Job! I wonder if you could stencil paint the cement?

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  • Alison Sam Campbell Alison Sam Campbell on May 04, 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 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 Reneé on Jul 09, 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 ?