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A few years ago, we landed an enviable backyard with the perfect space for entertaining. We received a hand-me-down patio set that just needed a little sprucing up and with anything in life, updating this space made its way to the back burner. Summer is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to wash down the remnants of winter with the scent of lavender and start the warmer weather with a clean slate for creating something a bit more Fabuloso®! This all-purpose cleaner gave me just the motivation I need to kickstart this patio renovation!
I decided to start by surveying the space and seeing just what I was getting myself into. A few things I had to keep in mind: What kinds of things would I like to see in that space? What kind of functional elements do I need to incorporate? What color schemes would be the perfect fit for what I was envisioning? I snapped a few pictures to see where to start.
1. Our hand-me-down patio set with table and chairs was exposed all winter and needs a good scrubbing!
2. The boys were extremely helpful and collected sticks and logs for impending bonfires. They placed said wood directly in the center and on the table, definitely adding to the need to declutter and clean-up!
3. Random resin chairs that don’t match and are in an uneven number. They definitely need to be moved out!
4. Ceramic fire pit that could use some TLC and better placement.
5. My husband’s pride and joy – his grill – is perfect for this space, but really isn’t the star of MY patio, so it needs to be moved a bit to fit better into the space.
Once I’ve assessed the area (and quickly realized that new furniture and stone flooring was NOT in the budget), I decided to create a beautiful patio oasis for about $101 with a little elbow grease and some pops of much-needed color! Here are some simple steps to make your patio a little more Fabuloso® for this summer gatherings and entertaining!
First, clear the space. While we may not replacing the stone bricks right now, a good sweeping and spray down is in order. I moved what I could lift and worked around the elements that proved to be a bit more difficult for my abilities.
Next, I enlisted the help of the boys and Fabuloso®. A bucket, a rag and a sturdy scrub brush helped me really make the tables and chairs shine as we worked to scrub off that winter snow residue and make this hand-me-down set sparkle. This all-purpose cleaner comes in a variety of scents, such as Ocean Paradise and Spring Bloom, and knows just how to get the job done. The fresh scent of lavender permeated the yard and I love the fact that I can experience the same fresh smell when I use it to give my house a good spring cleaning! The boys also loved the opportunity to help out with a bit of hose work and spray the chairs after I washed them.
Time for some color! Since most of the space was blah beige, I opted for some blue, green and yellow elements – playing with the space and splashing color where I could! The best part about this was that I used things I already owned and added some touches from the Walmart garden center.
While I aimed to create an inviting entertaining space, I didn’t want to leave the boys out! I used a coordinating beverage serving bucket and added some fun outdoor activities for the boys to play with – kites, bubbles and sports accessories. I can simply pull this functional piece in and out of the garage as needed and not worry about it clashing with the overall space. Even better, I can reuse the bin for other things later on.
Make all areas of the space more functional? Remember the sticks and logs my boys had collected for our bonfires? Now our pit has the perfect place and those sticks have found just the right area to call home. Each area of the space should be clean, functional, organizational (and beautiful!)
The completed look is clean, organized and has a sense of colorful purpose. For right around $100, I was able to change to look of this space, brightening it up for outdoor entertaining.
Who’s ready for something off the grill? Can I interest you in an appetizer?
Little details help give this area extra oomph – stylish citronella candle holders, colorful indoor/outdoor pillows and a bright umbrella that is functional and brings out a complementary color!
Head over to Walmart to spruce up your home for the spring cleaning season! You can find Fabuloso® All-Purpose Cleaner in the cleaning aisles and currently, on a specialized end cap at your local Walmart store. I recommend the lavender scent, but the others are equally as effective and fresh-smelling! Hope you can add a little sparkle to your day!
What does your ideal outdoor space look like? What area of your home could be made a little more Fabuloso®?