I don't think I'm the only one out there who obsesses over Pinterest-perfect patios at this time of year. I don't have a massive yard, perfect grass, a huge deck, or an unlimited budget. These are the reasons I never thought I could have a pretty outdoor space.
I was thrilled to work with Lowe’s Canada for a little patio refresh because it was already on our list of things to do this spring, and it's a store I go to regularly and I’ve only had good experiences there. Their huge array of products — from outdoor furniture, garden needs including plants and planters, decor, plus any extra DIY needs like lumber, paint, and the likes — made it a one stop shop for this project.
When I walked into Lowe's on Canada Day long weekend, I had a good idea of what I wanted. I realized I wanted our deck to look like an outdoor living room, but I didn't have the budget to get all new patio furniture, fancy rugs and accessories. The reality is, living on the West Coast means we just don't get more than three months tops of patio use. So, it's not the best use of our money. My goal was to create some sort of a planter or two on the wall to bring some greenery up behind the outdoor sofa. I also needed some outdoor pillows, a number of planters, plants and a means to string our lights up.
I think Matt got a lot more joy out of the dowel project than I did, because my favourite part of any patio is always plants. We used this half-moon planter and drilled two small holes in the bottom of each for drainage. I added about half the depth of each with ripped up cardboard for drainage, and filled with potting soil, and herbs. We actually mounted these to the wall and I'm pretty happy with how they look. Not only do they smell amazing, but I love being able to snip my most used cooking herbs right from my patio.
The Lowe's Garden Centre staff helped me select the best plants for my patio and showed me how to care for them properly including watering schedules and fertilizer.
I changed a few more things up to really bring the space together, so here is a summary of what we did:
- Re-stained the deck
- Spray painted our existing outdoor sectional
- Added a neutral outdoor rug
- Added greenery by using small and large planters, baskets, and wall planter with herbs and found plants that would add height, a bit of colour, and fullness to the space. I chose a variety of pre-made planters from Lowe’s like the tropical planter as well as my own creations, inside pots, and a few plants I already had.
- Cozy elements including a few throw blankets and outdoor pillows including this one for some depth.
- String lights and a solar powered chandelier to add warmth so we could use the space into the evenings.
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