Mini Patio Makeover

By Kate Riley April 28, 2020

Over the weekend I completed a project that’s been on my list for a month. I wanted a more attractive appearance to the entrance to my rental studio and also a little conversation spot where I could sit and look at the trees and visit with a friend for coffee, wine, etc.

I ordered the outdoor chairs a month ago but never assembled them because that was the week we went into lockdown because of this virus. The quarantine was the reason I postponed this project, but with summer coming soon, I decided to finally tackle it. It only took a few hours to complete and what a difference a few details can make! I pulled together a set of chairs, two pillows, a few planters, and a metal table in a simple black and white palette. It’s less than 20 square feet but so very sweet.

Here’s a glimpse of the space before. Under the window was a patch of dirt with an overgrown rosebush.


To allow for seating, I added some pavers between the left wall and the rosebush. I found 16×16 stone pavers at Lowe’s for $3.50 each.

I dug out just enough dirt and leveled the pavers in a line so I could place the chair legs and planters on an even surface.

I added a few plants purchased from Lowe’s: Japanese Aralia, Ponytail Palm, and an Abelia shrub. Once the chairs were assembled and the plants repotted, I had myself a mini patio!


I chose black finishes for my conversation set to coordinate with the iron railing attached to the stairs at the entrance, and to provide contrast against the white exterior backdrop.

It was the quickest and easiest makeover ever. In life, it’s the little things! :)

Sources:  black chairs / metal table / outdoor lumbar pillows


  1. Wow! What an improvement. Love the black furniture, pink roses. Wanting some paisley colorful curtains in the window or a pink / yellow / blue pillow on the chairs shouting SPRING / SUNSHINE and NEW BEGINNINGS!

    Now just sweep that dirt up against the white house that might splatter in the rain and put some pea gravel there to keep it perfectly clean. My 2 cents

    • thanks Trishie! There is some bark there but I like that pea gravel idea! xo

  2. Kate, this is just the look I’ve been thinking of for my small patio area. I want something I can easily move in hurricane season.

    Could you please check the link for the table. It links to the chairs right now. Thanks!

  3. Darling space!

    The link to the metal table is not working. Can you tell me where to purchase?


  4. For very little money & time you created a nice little seating area. I like the grouped pots adding greenery and hiding a less than perfect rose bush and taps. Have you thought of pruning your rose bush back?

    • Thanks so much! Regarding the rose bush, I had to prune back half of it already! But I’ll keep pruning it throughout the season. :)

  5. What a great spot to sit and have a glass of wine or watch the world go by. I started to fix up my narrow front porch last year, but then got distracted and didn’t finish it. Now, I am inspired! Thank you.

  6. Lovely! Very nice look; it gave me some inspiration. Can you please share where you purchased the small table? The link provided goes to the chairs. Thanks!

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