Backyard on a Budget Reveal!

Finally after weeks of working on my DIY table I can reveal our patio that I created with the help of Lowe's Canada. My challenge was to create a Backyard on a Budget with $750. I wanted a wooden table but to purchase one readymade would have blown the budget. Why not build one! It was ambitious, but I managed to create one with supplies from Lowe's for under $100! There were DIY setbacks, namely staining problems. More on that later!

After browsing Lowe's website I decided upon the Outdoor Treasures wicker Severson chair with the seat pad. Each chair with cushion came to $90. I happened to come across a sale when I purchased them where I paid no sales tax, so I managed to get them 12% off! They are comfortable to sit on, they stack and help create the warm inviting look I was going for with our outdoor space. (But if you hurry they are on sale right now!) 

The cost of the wood for the table was $75. That left me with a bit of wiggle room to buy a few accessories and plants. I purchased 3 copper lanterns with battery operated candles. Having a southern exposure, any candle that sits on the patio melts in the heat. Since I have a bit of a black and white weakness, I added two outdoor pillows in a trellis pattern.  Then I had fun creating a succulent planter for the tabletop using a planter I already had. Using some old plastic planters I had kicking around, I freshened them up with some spray paint and filled them with a few plants such as potato vine, coleus and petunias from Lowe's garden center to give some colour.  Patio string lights that I had added that layer of ambience. You can buy similar lights at Lowe's such as these.

My family enjoys hanging out on the patio now! If only we could get rid of the mosquitoes! 

Here is the before:

The after:

I love the Allen + Roth Greek Key pillows - they are a great deal right now - $10 off!

Lowe's selection of lanterns are to die for. It was hard to choose! And I love how the succulents are surviving and thriving on the table! The cost of the succulents in the planter was under $10!

Petunias are my favourite annual to grow in pots and the added chartreuse colour from the potato vine and coleus is just what the patio needs!

I love how the patio feels at night with the lanterns all aglow and the lights turned on!

* Lowe's Canada provided me with a gift card to create this Backyard on a Budget. 


  1. Honestly everything looks amazing Barbara! Job well done, I really can't get over how awesome the table turned out!!

  2. You did a beautiful job on the table and everything else! Enjoy a great summer outdoors!

  3. Love love love your backyard Barbara! The chairs and table look fabulous. It looks so cozy with the string lights. You must be thrilled. P.S. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!

  4. Looks so good, Barbara! I can't believe you build the table! It looks fantastic. Hope you're having a great summer so far.


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