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Renter-Friendly Townhouse Patio Makeover

7 budget-friendly small patio decor ideas to add life to any outdoor space that are both functional and perfect for renters.

Cheers to spring and the weekend and sunshine!

If you need us, you can probably find Robert and me hanging out on our friend Kristina’s new back patio. She may never get rid of us now. 😉

If you weren’t around the last couple of times we did makeovers here (in her powder room and bedroom), Kristina is our amazing friend who is also a cancer survivor, single mom, teacher, and gives so much to our kids’ school and our community.

She moved into this cute little townhouse last year, but it needed some love. So she has been painting everything in sight and fixing it up.

I have so much fun decorating her home because it reminds me a little bit of our first house. There are days I miss the cosmetic fix-ups of builder grade spaces.

We love Kristina to pieces, so we thought it would be fun to team up again with Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart for a renter-friendly patio makeover.

We didn’t make any permanent changes to this space; just hauled in furniture, thrift finds, and decor, and even though Kristina owns her townhouse, we thought it might help to focus on renter-friendly ideas.

Look how cute now!

Renter-Friendly Outdoor Decor Ideas

1. Seating Makes the Space

Decide what functionality you most need in your outdoor space- dining, relaxing, or recreation. Then choose your seating based around that need.

I chose these outdoor loveseats that are so comfortable and look like they’re straight out of the pages of a high-end catalogue.

2. Use Furnishings That Serve Multiple Purposes

Even though this is technically a potting bench, it makes the perfect outdoor bar! I added this large galvanized bucket with ice for holding drinks, filled up this dispenser for easy access, placed a couple of plants in pots to add a little “life”, and a couple of cute dish towels to keep handy.

Mostly the rest of the bar decor are just items I found at the thrift store!

In the seating area, I stole these gardens stools from our back porch to give to her since they work great at a coffee table but can be repurposed as overflow seating if needed.

And these outdoor poufs are great as extra seating too.

3. Cover Up a Damaged Patio with a Rug

The poured concrete pad out here had some stained spots and cracks, but since we didn’t have the time to repair and paint, covering it up with an outdoor rug was totally fine. I love that this one is reversible. It definitely makes this patio feel finished.

4. Lighting Adds Magic

I swear by string lights every time. They add so much wow factor for around $20. You can hang them up with siding clips that are damage-free.

This jute lantern and faux rattan lantern are so cute too and add a little nighttime glow.

5. Incorporate Pillows for Comfort

I’m a throw pillow-aholic. (Ask Robert… he’ll totally tell you I have a problem. Haha!) Throw pillows add so much personality. This outdoor lumbar pillow is my favorite, but you could definitely get away with using it indoors too.

6. Plants Are Your Friends

If a space feels like it’s lacking something, chances are it probably needs a plant. That goes for interiors too, really.

They’re also great for hiding unsightly, utility things.  I used that tall palm plant in the corner there to disguise a water meter and the plug to the string lights.

7. Light a Few Candles

Having a candle lit makes a regular evening feel extra special. But bonus points if it’s citronella to keep bugs away.

I still can’t get over the difference on this patio.

If you need to know any of the sources we used, you can find them all here:

Do you have any renter-friendly decorating ideas? I’d love it if you shared them in the comments so that we could make this a continuing resource.

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12 Comments

  1. I would love to know where you got the little fence to hide the air conditioning unit. I keep trying to find some but they are so expensive.

  2. Lauren had those on her own back porch for years and can’t find them anymore. I saw some similar ones in an outlet store called Tuesday Morning. They were all wood tone but you could paint to bottom part for the two tone affect. I don’t think the store has online shopping, unfortunately.

    1. They are discontinued, unfortunately. I got them at TJ Maxx about 5 years ago that we kept on our back porch, and I decided to repurpose them here.

  3. It is sooo cute. The colors are beautiful as blue is my favorite color. So bright and cheerful makes you want to go outside with a glass of something! I know your friend appreciates what you have done to her townhouse. You are a huge Blessing to your favorite teacher.

  4. I love placing solar lights in flower pots, because it gives of fabulous glow of light on the flowers in the pot, at night. I love your beautiful transformation to the the patio.

  5. This looks beautiful! I do love those sofas and the rug. I don’t know where to put all these outdoor cushions when they aren’t being used, stuff them in a closet I guess.
    The best thing for mosquitos is a Thermocell Patio Shield. It really does work, we have 2. I saw one in a copper finish the other day.

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