Small Patio DIY Makeover On A Budget

Need an outdoor place to dine, but lack the space? Get design ideas from H&H’s Lauren Petroff and learn how she updated her small city patio on a budget with inexpensive materials, DIY projects and affordable finds.

Now that it’s officially summer, Lauren felt it was time to inject a little bit of personality and function into her characterless patio. A dark blue lattice panel, divider and cover for the air conditioning unit adds architectural interest to the space. The elongated bench, built by Lauren, acts as a lounging spot and as storage, but can also be used for extra seating at the dining table. The glass top, black frame dining set adds a sleek and contemporary vibe to the overall look of the patio. The backdrop of cedars is a great, low maintenance option for greenery.

50 Comments

  1. Damien Carpenter on December 3, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Wow amazing πŸ˜‰ I love this



  2. Pinay sa Paris Vlog/ BETH on December 3, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Clever idea and design



  3. fran mellor on December 3, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    You should paint it all would look super glamorous ..and finished



  4. ClubMayview on December 3, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Maybe not the best idea to cover the Ac unit. The airflow is already restricted with all the fences and furniture



  5. Mariposa on December 3, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Really pretty. 😍 Plus, you can always move chairs back or inside when you need a little extra space out there.



  6. MatrixSix on December 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    what do you do when it rains? I know you take it down. But I’m from Florida and that would get dumped on. beautiful assortment and arrangement. I’m very much liking it. cost effective is a plus, I just wouldn’t know how to break it down fast enough. sky just opens up down here. lol



  7. Peggy Scott on December 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Bahriiiiiiiiliant!



  8. Rebekka D. on December 3, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    You did an awesome job. At the beginning I wondered how you were going to rescue this hopeless space. I was very impressed. The lattice made a big difference.



  9. soft light on December 3, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Can you do a video on how you made the large box bench please



  10. loretha anthony on December 3, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    It is budget friendly but she made it look high end. I can relate. Some of those items you can find in your home, just look around.. I did the same to my patio area and it is just as nice. Well done!



  11. P La on December 3, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    i love this patio



  12. Fewyouknewme be for on December 3, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    even one person will find it dificult to "enter" into the table seats



  13. Shane Holomalia on December 3, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Please do not do this if you are going to block the small window from the bedroom doing so is illegal and if there was a fire you would be trapped inside. This is very dangerous to do so. Seconds count in a fire and you do not want to be stuck inside because you wanted a "nice" look.



  14. SG on December 3, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Looks really good, thanks for sharing.



  15. Jewl of the Nile Jewl of the Nile on December 3, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Love it dear, can we trade patios,πŸ˜„



  16. Kayinfso Here on December 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Very nice…thank you for sharing.



  17. it is cloud on December 3, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    *and then it rains…..*



  18. LLC on December 3, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Gorgeous!



  19. Andre Bowling on December 3, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    All the people talking trash, too cluttered, too big of table, where’s your videos? The design and payout is perfect as well as placement



  20. MR V on December 3, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Beautiful, practical and elegant, what else would you want? the people complaining about this or that are just jealous….because they live in a hole with probably a very unattractive partner.



  21. Pat Carroll on December 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    You are so talented! Beautiful inspired job. Well done, you!



  22. Calypso Warrior on December 3, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Absolutely beautiful job.



  23. P La on December 3, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Best small patio I seen so far



  24. Issa Rae's Body Double on December 3, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Not very small



  25. Gina Friend on December 3, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    tight quarters



  26. Brandon Barber on December 3, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    thanks for sharing. How tall do the Cedars get? What was your budget?



  27. Andre Merrick on December 3, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Do you have the link for the table? It’s a great look



  28. orlando B on December 3, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    How much was that budget πŸ˜•



  29. Caitlin Alli on December 3, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    You mentioned PCHome and PC Lawn and Garden. Is there a website that you can link us to? Thanks!



  30. Antoinette Downham on December 3, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    You did an amazing job πŸ‘



  31. Nat on December 3, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I will love to see how you build the storage bench.



  32. NutriFIT nutritie si fitnes on December 3, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    when people do this , take into account if you are renting that you have to ask the landlord if he/she allows it



  33. Elizabeth Regan on December 3, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Annoying voice



  34. Bridget Boylan on December 3, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Where are the leaf pillows from?



  35. Sibs Lawrence on December 3, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Looks great!!



  36. Kayinfso Here on December 3, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    So are these outdoor furniture pieces waterproof?



  37. faye roberts on December 3, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Good job!



  38. High Man on December 3, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Yea… remember to grab every pillow , chair cushion, bench cushion, and all the table decorations every time you go back indoors.



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  40. living in Wonderland on December 3, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    You should have worked with the window and made something nicer to look out outside like poted plants instead covering it with that ugly wood that doesn’t match



  41. Funky Victoria on December 3, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Wowooww look amazing πŸ™‚



  42. Sandy Harrell on December 3, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    For a narrow space you did a fantastic job! Everything looks beautiful I am totally impressed!



  43. nolj67 on December 3, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I love how you use your imagination to utilize the small space and made it so cozy.πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ



  44. Marcia mellow on December 3, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Fab…love



  45. Oneinamillion on December 3, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Lovely decor Can you show how you built the bench please.



  46. L Collins on December 3, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    No one addressed the fact that the lower windows have been covered up.



  47. Isaac Taleb on December 3, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    All the furniture made rhe space look much bigger, what a change, bravo! πŸ™‚



  48. Daniela Dominguez on December 3, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I love this patio



  49. Code Seven on December 3, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    It looks crowded



  50. Before Us 11:11 on December 3, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Too constricting, especially for people sitting on the bench. I would have placed a less deeper table or made a less bulky bench but still like the design.