Quick Backyard Patio Makeover in a Weekend

You guys, our back yard has been dismal and sad for over 3 years now.  When we first moved into our home, we had grand plans of a dream backyard for entertaining friends and family.

But as home ownership often goes, other needs (including a mold issue, updating our master bedroom and increasing square footage) quickly took priority and our dream backyard has been put on the back burner. Even though our big backyard makeover isn’t scheduled for this year, we couldn’t imagine another spring and summer season passing us by without backyard BBQ’s and family gatherings…

Our solution: create a lovely, cozy outdoor patio living space, designed to entertain our friends and family. The present state of our patio was pretty sad as well, so we were going to need to do a bit of sprucing and accessorizing. I was lucky enough to be part of the Home Depot Style Challenge team for this project.


Thanks to the awesome folks at Home Depot and we were able to get  our patio “warm weather ready” in one weekend!  For a complete reveal, including awesome DIYs (i.e. patio string light posts, pavers, etc), visit the Home Depot blog.   Brace yourselves for the before pictures!

And some sneak peeks of the finished patio. For the full reveal click here.




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Also, be sure to check out our full How-To on building these easy patio light posts with planter boxes.

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    April 9, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I’ve been so excited to see this! It looks SO good! We have the same goal for our backyard this year. We can’t do our dream makeover yet, but we are determined to still make it a pretty and usable space this year!

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    April 11, 2016 at 12:09 am

    The quick transformation of your backyard is awesome! I love how you decided to anchor your lights, such a cute idea!

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    Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian
    April 16, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Oh my gosh, your patio turned out so great! I immediately went over to the home depot site and read thru everyone’s patio tutorial that was listed. All of them were so great and I liked how everyone was able to decorate based on their personal style…they were all so different looking.

    You’ve motivated me to get my butt in gear and start working on making our backyard what is was meant to be…an extension of our home.

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      April 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you for sharing! The problem seems simple, but through your pen, it impresses me!

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    April 20, 2016 at 4:47 am

    I absolutely love this! I wish we could get something this elaborate done in just a weekend, but there is NO way! We are planning a move and so I will be coming back to this post for some awesome ideas as we plan our new backyard! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    May 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I just ordered the same patio set and I LOVE those plaid pillows and melamine plates! Are you able to please share where you purchased those? You have a dreamy backyard 🙂

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    Tamara Jafri
    May 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Love your decorating! I’ve been searching for similar plaid pillows—can you share where you found yours?

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    Dear Ashley when I access your page it says “this site may be hacked” and when I click in to see an article it redirects me to other pages . I hope this info will help!

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    July 18, 2016 at 3:11 am

    I love how it turned out!! Just a completely different vibe, it looks so relaxing and inviting now!

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