patio set makeover table shot

Last week, I shared the first part of my outdoor project called Inexpensive Outdoor Makeover. That was just the quick, cheap, and easy way to add an umbrella and make a stand for $35. Next up: The ratty chairs.

Here’s what I was left with after the first project was complete.


It definitely needs some more color and something to sit on.

FYI, we have three chairs. Again, the reason for this set and why I’m not buying a new one is in the previous post.

With less than $30, mom and I marched ourselves to WalMart. It’s a hidden gem, people. We simply put on our best pair of sweats, knot our hair on the top of our heads and remove all makeup. That’s how we roll. It’s the WalMart way, dear friends.



  • 3 travel pillows – $3 each
  • 3 travel pillow covers – $2.97 each
  • Camping pad – $7
  • Industrial strength velcro

The next steps are so freaking easy, it’s insane.

Cut the camping pad into squares that fit into your seats.You can even cut slits so the pad will fit snug on your chair.

Place the adhesive side of the velcro on the chair and the other adhesive side on your pillow. Pull the velcro apart and you’ve got a detachable pillow.

final-look-450x450Ta da!!!

I have to admit that I’m not too hot on the pads. It needs more.

I’ve considered buying regular pillows and placing them vertically in each chair. Of course, with some cute pillowcases. Have you looked at the price of pillowcases lately? They are freaking pricey! The ugly old man designs are inexpensive (well, duh) but the striped, chevron, bright or (insert cool design here) ones are around $9. I mean, really?

The chairs need more fluff and not something I’ll have to race outside and rescue when rain comes along.

So, while I wanted this to be an amazing “look at me, try this great idea” DIY project, I’m now looking to you.

What do you suggest?

patio set makeover table shot

tawsha connell

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