5 Affordable Ways To Spruce Up A Patio

Most of us apartment dwellers have pretty limited outdoor space so it's important to make the most of it. Whether you've got a porch, a balcony or a small patio or deck now is the time to spend a little bit of energy sprucing it up. It will extend your living space, invite you outdoors and maybe even inspire you to invite some people over for cocktails and a board game. Here are 5 cheap ways to get your patio spruced up (maybe even this weekend):

Declutter/Sweep/Dust: Maybe it's cheating to put these three as one thing, but go out there and pull out all those dead plants, the contianers you're never going to use and the box of stuff to donate that's been sitting there for months. Get it out and then give your deck/patio/porch a good sweeping and dusting.

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Add a Tablecloth: If the table you're using is less than awesome, throw a great tablecloth over it (we bought the Orla Kiely Pear tablecloth at Target just for things like this). A graphic printed piece of fabric will do nicely as well. If you don't have a table but the seating you have is dirty/faded/less than awesome, throw the tablecloth/fabric over that and voila! A cleaned up stylish looking space.
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Add some Plants: You can do it the no cost way or you can start now with some seeds and watch them grow. If you have plenty of plants, give them a trim. For containers now is the time to fertilize and weed.

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Add Some Lighting: Keep it simple by using a regular drinking glass and a tea light on a table, or line some up on a banister (not where they'll fall of and start a fire though). If your patio is covered and has access to electricity, chinese lanterns provide great ambiance and are pretty cheap. Go the classic route and string up some christmas lights. If the space is inviting, you'll actually use it. If a lantern is what you're after, we really like these simple ones from west elm.
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Choose one thing: To either repair or replace. Maybe your chairs have rotted through and you really need to replace them--search craiglist for vintage furniture. Maybe they're just really faded and you could get away with spraypainting them. (try this eco-friendly spraypaint). And if you're in the market for a new doormat because yours is, um, used up, we love this Kyoto Rubber Doormat from Smith and Hawken. If you choose one thing you won't overwhelm yourself with weekends worth of projects and can start enjoying the outdoors right away!

Have any plans to clean up this weekend?

Image from O! Rachew!