Patio Paradise: A Dozen DIY Outdoor Upgrades
As you head outside to dust off the grill and pull out the plants, you owe it to your summer self to make some outdoor upgrades. We’ve already shared these 25 stellar products to help you deck out your deck, but if you prefer to upgrade your patio, look no further. We’ve rounded up a dozen DIY projects that will have you soaking up the sun (or shade, if you prefer) in style. From quick and dirty hacks to all-out weekend projects, knock out a few of these do-it-yourself jobs and start spending more time on your little piece of patio paradise.
1. Built-In Cooler Table: There are countless DIY patio table ideas online but few are as functional as this one. The smart design gives you a cooler right in the center of the table so your ice cold brew is always within arms reach. (via Ana White)
3. Backyard Bar: Who wouldn’t want a margarita served from this one-of-a-kind folding bar? Folded flat against the wall when not in use, the magical door pulls down to reveal storage and an instant work space for grilling, drink mixing or any other weekend activities. (via Turtles and Tails)
4. Planter Bench: If your patio is cramped, you’ll benefit from dual-purpose upgrades like this smart bench. It provides picture-perfect seating while planters on the side add visual interest to your outdoor space. (via My Daily Randomness)
6. Patio Block Seating: You’ve never seen cinderblocks like this before! This simple combination of blocks and just four pieces of lumber creates a unique seating option that’s sure to turn heads. (via Lena Sekine)
7. Patio Can Lights: This project is so simple your kids could make it. Select any design you like and punch holes to allow twinkling candlelight to shine through. Paint them in bright shades, and you’ll have small pops of color all over your patio. (via Narcissus Floral Studio)
8. Ladder Planter: Upgrade a ladder into a cheery tiered planter with just a few simple tools and some fresh paint. This planter is the ideal space saver for gardeners with small patios or the perfect cover up for unsightly outdoor fixtures. (via Good Housekeeping)
9. Cedar Picnic Table: Would you believe us if we said this table is built in just two steps? It’s true! The end product is a chic picnic piece that highlights the natural cedar grain. (via Better Homes & Gardens)
10. Concrete Planter: This simple patio upgrade packs a big punch. Use a cheap bag of concrete to create a one-of-a-kind industrial planter on wheels that can double as a mobile cooler! (via Homemade Modern)
11. Wine Bottle Tiki Torch: What better way to commemorate a memorable night than by turning a special wine bottle into dreamy patio lighting? A few pieces of hardware put your bottle on display and the flame provides function and ambiance. (via Design Sponge)
12. B + W Planters: We’re suckers for black and white stripes and chalkboard paint so it’s no surprise we’re big fans of these planters. The paint job gives a cohesive look to mismatched planters for an expensive-looking upgrade that is anything but. (via Our Wonderfilled Life)
What outdoor projects are you planning for your patio this summer? We’d love to hear about them below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)