Contributed by: Tijana McAllister of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.
Is your outdoor space feeling a little drab? Are you in need of a patio refresh? After a few seasons of exposure to the elements, a patio can take a real beating. See the above photo. One winter in Vancouver with all the rain, our patio and rug are definitely beat up! Note to self: take the rug inside for the winter!
It’s always nice to refresh the patio once the sun comes out. It doesn’t take much to bring it back to life. I gave our patio a bit of a facelift, cleaned the rug and painted the side table that was damaged. It only took a couple hours on a Saturday to bring it all together.
If you want a patio refresh, but aren’t sure how to do it, start with these budget items from your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. The thrift store is a great place to purchase outdoor decor. A lot of people donate items they are no longer using and if they are meant for the outdoors, are usually in pretty good shape.
Tray: The perfect patio accessory. While great for serving food, it can also combine with an ottoman to create a tabletop. Find one that will work outside like a metal or rattan tray.
Candle holders: A nice design touch that also provides lovely ambient lighting. Look for large candlesticks or lanterns for a good balance.
Potted plant: Add greenery or colourful flowers to your patio. Plants will make your space feel cozy and like an extension of your living space.
Adding these three key decor pieces makes a big impact and were affordable thanks to the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The smaller pieces of decor really bring the patio refresh together.
Patio Refresh Cost Breakdown:
Set of 3 candlesticks – $12.99
Rattan tray – $4.99
Ceramic plant pot – $6.99
I already owned the rug, pillows, outdoor loveseat, ottoman and side table. With this patio refresh I was not looking to replace everything but simply add in some smaller decor. It is amazing how adding 3 pieces of smaller décor can really elevate the style.