I am so happy to be included in the Summer Outdoor Living Blog Hop where a group of bloggers showcase how the decorate their outdoor spaces. I hope you get some great ideas for your outdoor space. Don’t miss visiting all the blogger’s post listed at the bottom of this post because we have some very talented ladies here.
My favorite room at my house is my outdoor space and I change it up a little bit almost every year. My porch started with an outdoor couch that I purchased from a tent sale.
Purchase clearance and thrifted items all year.
My best tip is to purchase items for your porch all year long. I decide the colors and the look that I want to use on my porch, and I buy things when I find them all year.
You can get outdoor items dirt cheap when the stores are trying to get rid of it in August and September. Target is one of the best stores to do this because they really mark the items down very low. It is amazing how it all comes together when the next spring rolls around.
Pillows are one of the most inexpensive decor items you can buy unless you are like me and love lots of pillows and then the price adds up. I search for outdoor pillows all year long, and I usually find new pillows at my favorite thrift store. I do not know why people give new pillows away but they do.
Even if they are not brand new, I can’t pass them up when they cost 99 cents.
Sometimes, I purchase pillows that I find thrifting, even if I don’t need them. For the cost of a couple of dollars, I have extra so that I can change it up if I want to.
Use items that you have to make back porch decor.
I had some wire spools in my garage that my husband found in a dumpster. He knows me so well. I wanted a table outside so that we can eat out there. I stacked two together and secured them to each other. I placed a glass table top from an old table on top. I had been storing some old bar stools that I did not use anymore and wasn’t ready to donate so I spray painted the stools and I have a beautiful outdoor table that didn’t cost me anything. It’s funny how creative you can be when you are determined not to spend any money. You can read the wire spool table tutorial here.
Use items from your yard (they’re free).
We had a tree fall during a spring storm and the largest piece sat in the backyard for a while. It was so heavy that my husband and I were dreading carrying it to the street curb. We carried it halfway to our back porch, pulled off the bark, and sanded it. I love the way it looks as a side table. I also set it on a plant stand with wheels so that I can move it around easily. You can always find a stump even it doesn’t come from your yard. I have passed by so many houses that have cut up trees pulled to the road for pick up. I always think that stump would make a great table.
You can usually find side tables marked down at the end of the year just like pillows. A side table can make a back porch look beautiful.
I purchased this little white table from a thrift store along with some outdoor pillow covers. I paid $6.99 for the table, and the table has a price tag from At Home for $49.99 under the table top.
Old bar carts styled with outdoor dishes and decor look so pretty on a back porch, and I always grab them when I am thrift shopping. I love that this thrifted $5 had wheels. You know how women like anything with pockets, I like anything with wheels. It makes it so much easier to move around.
If your style is farmhouse, you can hit the jackpot at thrift stores. People are always donating old weathered side
Like I said, when I find outdoor decor priced for only a couple of dollars, I think that it is less than the cost of a coke and candy bar, and I have so much fun in the spring, pulling out and decorating with all my finds.
Have a great summer and don’t forget to check out these talented ladies outdoor spaces!
Anika | Anika’s DIY Life
Barbara | French Ethereal
Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Kellie | Gratefully Vintage
Kim | Exquisitely Unremarkable
Leanna | Faeries and Fauna
Lisa | The Purple Hydrangea
Nancy | Cobani Bleu
Patricia | Old Things New
Sam | Raggedy Bits
Sherry | Savvy Apron
Susanne | Pearl Street Designs
Suzanne | Shop at Blu
Toni | Small Home Soul
Jordan | Jordan’s Easy Entertaining
Debbie | Chatham Hill on the Lake