I’ve been seeing a lot of great Backyard Ideas everywhere I look. Most are professionally done and probably cost more than the mortgage on my house. You see them everywhere in magazines, catalogs, and Pinterest. From where I sit, they all seem pretty unrealistic. It’s not like I have a staff of servants that can vacuum the rug on the deck (really???) or keep the cushions from getting moldy. When I see a backyard reveal with all.the.works it makes me wonder, “Who’s keeping up with that?” I can barely get my house vacuumed once a week, let alone clean backyard furniture.
So, today, I’ve put together some realistic backyard ideas. Simple projects that most people can afford and will not require hours of upkeep.
1. I’ve been following Young House Love’s porch makeover. You’d be surprised at how little they’ve spent on this area. Lots of repurposing and plenty of the practical and affordable. Perfect for a young family.
2. This backyard table is made from free pallets. It should serve its purpose well without needing much upkeep. The casters are a nice touch.
3. This Arbor Bench is a Lowes project but I love it for several reasons. The simple design keeps the cost down and makes it a doable project for most people. I think it could do double duty as monkey bars for kids and it is perfect for growing vines once the kids move on to something else.
4. This outdoor day bed might seem a little impractical, but the upholstery is easily removable and I love how it is tucked into a little corner.
5. While Handmade Home did a major backyard overhaul that is amazing, I want to point out two of the best features. The painted concrete patio. That’s a quick update for almost any patio. I also love the yellow backdoor. It makes the whole yard festive. Neither of these projects costs a lot of money or takes a ton of time.
6. Adding a little color with things like this planter box and chairs can brighten up any backyard without spending a fortune.
7. How about painting a rug on your deck when it needs restaining. Again, lots of bang for your buck and not a lot of time, either.
8. Leave it to Ana White to create a simple design for a patio table. She’s my go-to gal for simple projects every time.
9. Technically, this is a front porch planter box bench, however, I think it would make awesome backyard seating, too.
10. Sometimes cleaning up the backyard and adding some inexpensive chairs will do the trick for this Backyard Makeover.
11. Cinderblocks + 4 x 4 beams + paint = instant bench. Great idea.
12. Another great idea. This porch makeover cost under $100.
13. How about an inexpensive and simple cabana. A great solution when you need some shade but can’t afford to add a patio cover.
14. This Umbrella Stand one of my favorite ideas. It’s practical, functional, inexpensive, and pretty. What’s not to love.
15. This wooden awning is going to someday be in my backyard. Check out the rest of the post for their other awnings.
16. What an amazing Deck Makeover. Check out the ‘before’ pictures of these chairs. A little color and a lot of ‘wow’.
17. These Rope-Wrapped Terra Cotta pots are a great way to add a little texture to the patio. I’ve got some pretty old pots that could use a little sprucing up.
18. This is another full backyard makeover. But it was done on a budget. Most of the projects are simple and inexpensive.
19. From disgusting concrete slab to nice family deck. I love the transformation.
20. I saved the easiest project for last. You can add a little paper bunting and change your patio up a bit. Nothing too difficult or expensive.
For more Backyard Ideas, check out my Pinterst Backyard Living Board.