My Backyard Oasis on a Budget


Since moving to our home a few years ago, I have wanted to do something spectacular with the back deck. I have imagined multiple versions of my perfect back deck escape and regularly spend time on Pinterest looking for DIY ideas and patio decorating.

I had a general idea of a few things I really wanted to include in my backyard oasis. First, I wanted a gazebo, a bench or love seat, a couple of chairs and maybe a rug for the floor. Oh, and possibly a coffee table. Plus, I wanted to still be able to practice yoga out on the deck so I needed to have a bit of open space too.

So I had a plan! Great! Awesome! Exciting! Right? I set a budget of $250 or less and then I started looking at patio furniture at every store that carries it in the Central Nova Scotia. And, I discovered that patio furniture can be quite costly. I found some sets that cost more than the furniture in my living room and kitchen combined. LOL If I was spending a few grand on furniture, I would want to be able to use it all year, not just a few months in the Summer. There are lots of beautiful furniture sets out there, but they were a lot more than I expected and more than I had budgeted.

I also found lots of rugs I liked but they were either smaller than I wanted or would eat half of said budget.

So, I recently took some of the ideas that have been bouncing around in my head and let them out. Eveybody stand back-she’s getting creative again!

The first thing I did was have a look around the house to see what I had to work with and I was pleasantly surprised. I found some crates in the basement and some pallet wood out by the back of the house and I remembered a bench I had seen on the internet.

With no time like the present, I gathered my supplies and started building. My husband walked into the basement to get something for what he was working on, and being used to my sometimes off the wall projects he just shook his head, smiled and said, “I’m not even going to ask”. Smart man! LOL

With the bench sorted out, I kept an eye on the sale flyers over the next couple of weeks and managed to find a couple of cute sling chairs and the gazebo I liked and both were on sale! I got them all for just under $230. Things were really starting to come together. All I needed was a rug but with only $20 left, I needed to find Plan B.

Inspiration struck when I went looking to get the can of white stain that I had left from another project that I planned to cover the floor with as a base under my rug. Along with my stain, I found 2 other colours of outdoor paint. If I couldn’t buy a rug, I thought maybe I could “paint” one. And so, armed with paint and an idea tumbling around, I primed and stained the deck. Then, I invested $5 in some painters’ tape and voila! I had a “patio rug”!! And a “doormat”.

So, all in all, I am pretty pleased with the final result. I used another crate as a coffee table and repurposed some tab top sheers to add a little character. I had some spare fabric and a “retired” body pillow that made a great cushion for the bench. All that’s left is to paint the bench at some point and my little escape will be complete. Pretty exciting stuff! And there is still lots if yoga room just outside the gazebo. One more thing off the check list.

Now, what can I find to add to it with the $15 that’s left? Hmmm.

Until next time!

Published by The Artsy Nerd

My name is Tanya Dondale and I live in rural Nova Scotia with my best friend and husband, Matt. I am a Holistic Wellness Coach and Yoga Teacher. My wellness and coaching business is called The Artsy Nerd Holistic Wellness Company. I am passionate about helping people to feel less stressed and more relaxed, facilitating ways to help my clients have more time with family and make time to do the things that they love.

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