How to Give Your Porch or Patio a Summer Makeover on a Budget

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

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The temperatures are rising and the days are becoming warm and wonderful. If you're anything like my family and me, you're looking for any excuse to spend time outside. Updating your porch or patio for the summer not only expands your living space, but also gives you a new, fun and fresh area to welcome guests. Keep reading for five simple ways to update your porch or patio this season!

diy wood house numbers
If you're looking for something that will set you apart from your neighbors, new door numbers will do the trick. This DIY project from Beautiful Matters uses some scrap plywood, varnish and leftover paint to create oversized numbers for the front porch. This is an affordable way to add visual interest to your home, while also making your house numbers visible from the street. While you’re at it, give your old mailbox a facelift, too!

summer flower wreath for front door
Jennifer Lutz
Wreaths aren't just a wintertime accessory — they're one of my favorite ways to add instant color and a quick seasonal update to your porch, no matter what the time of year. You can make your own summer wreaths quickly and easily using a grapevine wreath form, flowering foliage and some wired ribbon. The colors give a welcoming touch to your front door, and the entire project only costs a few dollars.

string lights in planter box
A string of white twinkle lights look amazing during any season, you can put them up on your porch or patio right now. How about wrapping them around a topiary planter? They're an easy way to add a festive feel during the day and they highlight your outdoor décor at night.

stencil an outdoor rug with craft paint
Stenciling an outdoor rug with craft paint is a fun and affordable way to brighten up your patio. Buy a plain rug that can easily be cleaned of mud and other debris, then stencil it with whatever color you want. This comprehensive how-to from Hunted Interior is easy to follow and you'll get great results!

Click here for more of my ideas on decorating your porch or patio this summer. What are your favorite ways to spruce up your outdoor space for the season? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments. Happy decorating!

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