Backyard Updates for Under $100

Backyard Updates for Under $100

You’ve definitely seen that amazing patterned tile popping up all over your Pinterest and Instagram feeds, but what if I told you that you could get that same look for a whole lot less? It’s true! With some inexpensive paver stones, a stencil, and some outdoor paint, you can customize your own “tiles” and create a luxe little patio for your own outdoor space.
Materials: Paver stones | Stencil | Paint tray + Roller | Paint tray + Roller

  1. Start by determining how many pavers you want to use in your space. You can place them touching each other for a more finished, solid look, or add some space in between each paver for a more modern look.
  2. Choose a stencil that fits the size of the pavers you’re using and tape it onto the paver with painter’s tape.
  3. Using a mini roller, paint gently over the stencil, being careful not to move it.
  4. Carefully remove the stencil, and allow the paint to completely dry before placing outside
  5. Spray over the dried paint pattern with Thompson’s Water Sealant to further preserve the design
  6. Assemble your pavers into the grid design you chose, and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy makeshift patio.

Tip: Using a paint roller to evenly disperse paint over the stencil gives you a clean, bold print every time!


You might be thinking, Monica, you’re crazy– gallery walls are meant for INDOORS. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can take that same look to your outdoor space with one simple method… waterproofing spray and sealer. It comes in sprays, pastes, gels, and in different varieties for wood, canvas and other fabric. Bringing the indoors out has never been easier!

When creating a gallery wall, indoors or out, you’ll want to gather everything you want to display. I say the more variety, the better and more interesting! Mixing thrifted artwork, created artwork, even textiles and placemats will make for great visual interest. If you’re a crafting wizard, check out two of the DIY artwork pieces below, DIY Succulent Frame and DIY Painted Wood Sign…

DIY Succulent Frame

Materials: Old Picture Frame | Command Outdoor Hooks | Chicken Wire | Staple Gun | Moss | Succulents

  1. Starting with an old picture frame, remove all backing and interior matting so you’re left with just the frame itself.
  2. Cut a piece of chicken wire roughly the size of your frame, and secure it to the back of the frame with a staple gun. Trim the excess chicken wire to fit the frame.
  3. Place a layer of moss on top of the chicken wire layer you just stapled onto the back of the frame.
  4. Cut another piece of chicken wire, also roughly the size of the frame, and secure it to the back of the frame over the layer of moss you just placed, so it’s sandwiched in between the layers of chicken wire.
  5. Flip the frame over, and start popping the succulents into the holes of the chicken wire, adding moss to cover empty spots as needed.
  6. To maintain the succulents, simply mist with some water every few days, or if you don’t want to water them, faux succulents work just as well!Source
    DIY Painted Wood SignMaterials: Wood Planked Sign | Command Outdoor Hooks | Acrylic Paints | Paint brushes | Pencil | Ruler | Thompson’s WaterSeal Spray

1. Tape off your design, a few sections at a time to get nice, crisp line

2. Chose a few colors, and start filling in your design. You’ll need a few coats of the lighter colors to cover the wood and get a solid color.

3. Once all paint is dry, hit the whole sign with a coat of Thompson’s WaterSeal Spray for wood to ensure it’s safe from rain and humidity.

Tip: Lay out the pieces you want to add to your gallery wall on the ground before you place them on the wall or fence so you don’t do double the work!


One of the trickiest parts of entertaining, indoor or out, is keeping the kiddos occupied– true story. I’ve got the perfect solution for you, and it’s, you guessed it, under $100 (and not to mention, super cute!)– a chalkboard!! Here’s what you need to make it:

Materials: HardieBacker Board | Chalkboard Paint | 2×4 boards | Nails + Screws | Paint Roller + Tray

  1. Start with your 36×60”HardieBacker Board. We used the whole sheet, but the back has pre-made grid lines so you can easily cut it down to a smaller chalkboard size.
  2. Using a small paint roller kit and some chalkboard paint, paint the non-gridded side of your backer board and let dry. Apply two coats for proper coverage.
  3. After the paint has dried, measure each side of the board to determine the size of your vertical and horizontal pieces. Forming a 90-degree angle with each board, frame out your backer board.
  4. Apply a few coats of outdoor paint or outdoor spray paint to each board, then allow time to dry.
  5. Once dry, start by screwing your backer board into the fence with some heavy-duty screws.
  6. Once your backer board is secured and level on your fence, screw the frame boards into place around the backer board tight against one another.


Got some pillows you’d love to put outside? Maybe even some plain ones that need a little makeover? This DIY is for you!

Materials: Fabric Paint | Pillows | Foam Brushes | Scotchgard Outdoor Fabric Spray

  1. Choose the pillows you want to makeover. Mixing and matching colors is a fun way to bring that inside outside and into your patio decor.
  2. Using a foam brush, load up the brush with plenty of paint to cover the fabric with whatever design you choose. We chose to paint a simple, modern dash pattern with colors to match our outdoor decor.
  3. Allow all fabric paint to dry, and you can even add a second coat if you want a more vibrant color.
  4. To protect your pillows from the outdoor elements, you’ll want to spray it a couple times with the Scotchgard Outdoor Fabric Spray, which will ensure your pillows will hold up through the rain and humidity!

Tip: Foam brushes are great and inexpensive brushes to get that handmade, mudcloth look that’s totally trending this year!


We can’t all be green thumbs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all be plant ladies (and dudes!) Good news is that there are lots of options for low-maintenance plants like cacti, aloe, snake plants, even palms. These types of plants require minimal watering, tolerate lots of sun, and can withstand humidity, so there’s no excuse not to fill your outdoor space with lots of greenery!

Tip: Plan a watering day once a week for all your plants to make sure they all get watered at the same time, but not too frequently!