{before & after: patio beautification project}

I’m a lucky girl, I have a large rooftop patio all to myself. It’s wonderful but I don’t think it’s necessarily beautiful and cozy. After four summers of not wanting to invest in a space I could only use 3-4 months of the year I decided (with some motivation) it’s time to just suck it up, spend a little money, put in the hard work and get it done. I called it the Patio Beautification Project. And the results are in!

Here’s the before. I already sold my glass top Walmart patio set at this point but you get the idea. 

And the after! So, so, so, so, so, so much better. I now have a cozy & bright patio that’s calling my name. The couch was definitely the biggest investment but totally worth it. The dining table was sitting in a box from last summer, so happy it gets to see the light of day. Other than those two items, it was some DIY projects, some spray paint, lots of flowers, 2nd hand treasures and a little help from Ikea (white pots, white chairs, candles & sofa cushions). Even my old worn-out stuff looks like new with a new coat of spray paint. 

The table and chairs are from Ikea. Both very affordable.  The hanging lights used to be worn out looking dark brown metal and I gave them a fresh coat of gold spray paint and I love them 10x more. 

The colour pots are a successful DIY project I posted a few weeks ago – find the instructions here. The turtle pot and deer terrarium were both flea/thrift finds. 
The Blue Mountain inspired ashtray (yes people smoke, and a good hostess has an ashtray so they don’t end up in her garden!)and the peacocks (spray painted) are more thrift store finds. The pink chair is actually a hand-me-down designer chair that I gave a fresh coat of pink spraypaint. 


I really loved the idea of putting mirrors up. It’s taking an indoor element and bringing it outdoors – it really gives it the feel of an outdoor ‘room’. Both are from a thrift store. 

These chics and hen succulents were in a sad looking box on the ground (not seen in before pics) and my flower box was also very sad and falling apart. So with a hammer & nails I got my hands dirty and took all the sadness and turned into it something happy. I can tell they like it because they look super green & healthy compared to before.  

Here a cool 360 panoramic view.
And you have it! Time to enjoy a well deserved glass of ice-cold wine on the patio.