Have you ever sat on your patio, wondering how you’ll ever transform it into a ‘Pinterest-worthy-space’? Yeah, me too. But exterior furniture (and basically everything else that goes outside) is pretty expensive. I wanted to make a change, but I just didn’t know how to pull it off. As I sat there pondering, I remembered there were some leftover curtains from IKEA in my linen closet that I could use as outdoor curtains to transform my backyard’s patio. I just had to figure out how to hang them.
This is what our back patio looked like before I started. I haven’t been able to do much to transform the space since a lot of our budget has gone to laying new hardwoods, our kitchen renovation, and fueling my obsession with throw pillows, but I had to do something.
I love our backyard – it’s just big enough for the kids to run around, but small enough that it isn’t too hard to manage. The porch is big, and having that much shade in Austin, TX really pays off in the summer. The open area between each post is almost 10 feet, so I knew any normal exterior curtain rod wouldn’t work for my little outdoor curtain IKEA DIY.
I checked in my local home improvement store’s electrical department, and found some 10 foot long galvanized conduit. Conduit is usually used to protect wires in applications when you can’t hide them, but can be used for many other purposes, too. It was perfect – sturdy and inexpensive. I also picked up some two sided fasteners to keep everything in place. The cost? $11.00 even. (Need specifics? Download my project guide below for all the exact specs you’ll need to do this project at your house!)
If you didn’t already have the curtains (like I did), you could pick them up from IKEA for cheap. Since they aren’t particularly supposed to be used outside, they do get ruined a little faster than I’d like. But for the price, I just pick up a new pair every spring. I’d rather do that than invest in super expensive curtains for exterior applications.
If you don’t have an IKEA near you and you don’t have outdoor curtains on hand, don’t worry…I’ve got you covered. These are my favorite.
Installing the conduit was a breeze. I think I had this whole outdoor curtain project done in about 20 minutes, which is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the more involved projects we’ve tackled in this house.
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The curtains are absolutely beautiful. I like them to stay in place, so I used some burlap string to tie them around the posts. With just a little tug on the fabric, I got them to bunch up around the string and look a little more gathered.
I love the way this inexpensive project transformed our backyard – I really enjoy being out here now, even in the summer. The kids love playing with the curtains, and the way they gently blow in the breeze is so relaxing. We’ve had them up for a few years at this point, and the conduit is holding strong!
Okay, guys. The wood floors are done, the crib is assembled, and the glider is here. Nursery accessories are next – taking this simple room all the way to fully ready for Baby B before she comes! I can’t wait to welcome her with open arms and give her a safe and well decorated space from day one.
One of my goals in this house is when we upgrade a light fixture, to upgrade it with an LED version. It’s more expensive in the beginning, but makes me feel better about our bills in the long run. When I was growing up, I remember always feeling terrible if I didn’t turn off the lights in a room, only to come back hours later with the lights still on. I wasted so much energy and caused our bills to be higher than necessary. Not that LEDS are energy-free, but they’re a lot better than their traditional counterparts. So far, we’ve upgraded our bedside table lamps, the ceiling fan in our office, the lights in our master bath and half bath, and the lights in the hallway and kitchen.