29 In Summer

6 ways to easily update any patio

While I’m still in beautiful Canada, enjoying some time off and hanging out with my husbands family, I do miss our home a bit and wonder how things are back in Spain… I’ve mentioned before, that our best friends are in our home right now, enjoying their vacation by the sea. I made sure, that the house was in tip top shape before we left, so that they’d have a comfortable stay. Well, one of those spaces is our humble and small patio in the back. So today I’d like to show you 6 ways to easily update any patio without spending tons of money or time.

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You know, our house is a rental, but will be ours real soon, meaning we can change up things to how we love it. But so far, we’ve done quite a few things here and there to make it feel like ours already. It doesn’t really take much to even make your rental feel like your sweet home.

One of the spaces we really enjoy is our small backyard patio. We spend quite some time on it, so we wanted to make sure to have it comfy and fun without having to spend a ton of money.

6 ways to easily update any patio

1. Curtains for shade

Our patio gets a lot of sun, which is great, but when the temps climb up to 35 and higher, we need shade. So I grabbed these curtains from Ikea and a shower curtain pressure rod to hang them up.

simple summer patio kreativk.net


Last years patio… The sofa spot and curtains are the same this year though.

My outdoor space part 1/kreativk.net


2. Outdoor rugs

I´ve added a few of these cheap, small Ikea rugs for now, but really want a bigger one for the sofa area. Like the one below for example. Isn´t that one gorgeous? Well, the whole patio is… oh my! Check it out [ The fresh Exchange ]

An Outdoor Revamp with At Home : The Final Look | The Fresh Exchange


3. Plants

I love greenery, faux or not, unfortunately I have a brown thumb and two bunnies, so only a few plants survive, like cacti and succulents put up high. A while back I shared this easy succulent pallet planter and it´s really a highlight on my patio. So pretty.

Simple succulent pallet planter using baking tins kreativk.net


simple summer patio kreativk.net


4. Lounge areas

We have a big lounge sofa on the back patio and we got it a couple of years ago on sale at the end of the summer. It is super and we hang out there a lot. It doesn´t always have to be big though, as we also have a small pallet lounge in the front, which we enjoy as much as the one in the back.

simple summer patio kreativk.net


All I needed for the one in the front were two pallets stacked on top of each other, a small outdoor cushion and pillows for the back.

easy diy makrame plant stand kreativk.net


5. Side tables & plant stands

I´ve DIYed a few, like this one. Read more about it here.

easy diy makrame plant stand kreativk.net


This little side table which also works as a plant stand, is not on the blog and was so so easy too. I grabbed this Ikea stool and an Ikea tray [this one is the same size, just a different design] and simply added velcro on each. Like this they can still work as tray and stool if needed. But for now I like the plant stand / side table version.

simple summer patio kreativk.net


6. Lanterns & Lights

Isn´t it so lovely to sit outside at night and have little lights everywhere? It sure makes for a cozy and summerly atmosphere at the same time.

You can find out more about this easy lantern DIY here.

diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net


I still want to add these kind of string lights to our back patio. Absolutely lovely… from [ Brick & Mortar ]


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I hope you got inspired with these easy 6 ways to update any kind of patio in a cheap way! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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  • Maarit
    29/07/2017 at 09:05

    Yes! I like these too! Very much!!😊

  • Mary
    27/07/2017 at 19:51

    Katrin you are my feature this week over at Sweet Inspiration! Love all of your ideas.

    • Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:57

      Oh yay, Thank you Mary 🙂

  • Denise
    27/07/2017 at 03:56

    I love all of your ideas….so creative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us at the Waste Not Wednesday Link Party.

    • Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:56

      Thanks so much Denise!!

  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    26/07/2017 at 09:34

    Love your patio area Katrin!!! Looks so welcoming and relaxing! Bet you and your family spend many hours out there in the Summer time!! Great idea with the curtains!!

    • Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:56

      Thanks so much Sam, we are!!

  • Amber Harrop
    25/07/2017 at 22:14

    I have a pallet and I need to something with it and you always give me inspiration Katrin

    • Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:54

      I´m happy I do 🙂 Thank you Amber!!

  • Deborah
    25/07/2017 at 03:29

    How funny. I am currently working on my patio and making a bottle crate.

    (BTW- Thanks for linking to the Waste Not Wednesday Linky Party)

    • Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:52

      HOw cool, have fun with that!! Thanks so much Deborah!!

  • Leanna
    24/07/2017 at 23:52

    This back living space is gorgeous. Its so coordinated and inviting. The couch with the curtain behind it is so inviting. Love it Katrin.

    • Katrin
      25/07/2017 at 00:40

      Thanks friend 🙂

  • Christina Makri
    24/07/2017 at 21:40

    Katrin you have done excellent work in your patio! Love all the elements and I think your friends will enjoy their staying in this little oasis!!!

    • Katrin
      25/07/2017 at 00:07

      Aw Thanks so much Christina!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    22/07/2017 at 03:07

    This is such a lovely oasis. You have really made a very comfortable space to enjoy the outdoors.

    • Katrin
      22/07/2017 at 14:35

      Thank you so much Debra!!

  • Elise Cohen Ho
    21/07/2017 at 00:09

    I so want that siesta pillow. It is absolutely darling.

    • Katrin
      22/07/2017 at 14:34

      It is, hey?? It was a great find in one of the local stores here where I live…

  • Keri
    19/07/2017 at 22:42

    Katrin, your tips on updating a patio are great! I love how warm and inviting your patio Is! The greenery and the curtains and the couches make for such a lovely space. I’m sure your friends are loving the area.

    • Katrin
      20/07/2017 at 02:27

      Thanks Keri, I hope they do!!

  • Michelle
    18/07/2017 at 15:05

    I’m sure your friends are loving your beautiful space Katrin, who wouldn’t. There so many interesting bits and pieces that make it homely. You kinda just want to park your butt down and contemplate life. You might have a brown thumb, but you sure have the golden touch when it comes to decorating.

    • Katrin
      19/07/2017 at 14:28

      Thanks Michelle! They are and so are we…. but I am ready to go home 😉

  • Linda at Mixed Kreations
    18/07/2017 at 13:55

    I love your ideas! Everything looks so pretty! Love your pot and tray side table, and how you used the curtains. Super cute!

    • Katrin
      19/07/2017 at 14:27

      Thanks so much Linda!! Without the curtains we couldn´t be out here in the afternoon!!

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    18/07/2017 at 07:32

    This is such a lovely space. I’m sure you spend a lot of time here. I like your style very much, it’s so peaceful, quite and bright at the same. Guess your friends are having a whale of a time – hope you are too in Canada!
    Take care!

    • Katrin
      19/07/2017 at 14:26

      Danke Marjan!! Canada is great and we´re enjoying some time off with family!!!

  • Mary
    17/07/2017 at 22:03

    Katrin I love all of your ideas. The curtains are the best. I only wish we had somewhere to add a rod. And you know I am crushing on that tray with the blue design. Enjoy yourself in Canada!

    • Katrin
      18/07/2017 at 01:25

      Thanks Mary! Without the curtains we wouldn´t be able to enjoy it out here… so for now, they´re working great!