Spring might actually, finally be here (but don’t tell Mother Nature I said that)! Now is the time we all start thinking about our outdoor spaces and how we can refresh them. Then we start to think about the budget. Below are a few tips that might be the key to an outstanding outdoor space on the cheap!
Paint the Floor: Whether it’s just a fresh coat of paint or you decide to get creative and do a pattern of some sort; a clean, fresh coat underfoot will brighten the space and give it a new look.
Turn Shabby into Chic: Can’t afford a new table? Try a bright, colorful new tablecloth for a pop of freshness. Old chairs looking a bit washed out? Get new cushion or recover the old.
Rescue & Reuse: Visit Flea Markets, resale stores and your own garage or basement for vintage pieces you can upcycle. That faded old nightstand might look fabulous as a side table to your hammock. Use your imagination!
Think Low Maintenance in Green: Low, maintenance plants for on or around the patio can give you a great backdrop without the constant upkeep & that includes plantings that need low water. Your friends will admire your green thumb and you won’t have to break a sweat!
Mix & Match: Boho is sooo in right now! Mix vintage and modern, pops of color with basics. Chances are if you love it so will everyone else. And best of all, mix & match is easy on the budget. You just add little things to what you already have.
Light It Up: In case you hadn’t noticed, strings of light are not just for Christmas anymore. Adding a string of lights adds more than mere illumination. It can add style, whimsy, romance or more depending on the type of string light you find. Pick one that sparks your imagination and light up the night.
Speaking of Light: Lanterns whether hanging or table top can set the mood on the porch as well and don’t forget candles – but make sure they are designed for outdoor use.
Put It on Wheels: Flexibility is key! Bar cart or prep cart, make sure you can take it too the party. The same can be said for portable storage, it’s no fun if you have to recruit your guest to help you move things on the fly. However, if you’re adding wheels consider making at least a couple of them the locking type so you don’t have to worry about them moving once you’ve got them where you want them.
Versatility is Key: Choose accessories that can do double or triple duty. The galvanized tub that works at the party holding ice and cold drinks can double as a spot for the kid’s toys when the party is over or it could hold the beach towels if near the pool. The caddy holding the condiments for the cookout can also hold your sunglasses, lotion, insect repellant or sunscreen and all those other little thing you wish you didn’t have to run back in the house for.
Found Objects: The HGTV article talks about driftwood as “free” décor and it’s gorgeous. We live in Michigan so you can find driftwood at the beach but don’t forget all the other natural wonders we have at our fingertips. Shells, rocks, antler drops, souvenirs from trips and much, much more can look wonderful as décor and just think of the conversations they can start!
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