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25 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces Before and After

Now that things are warming up are you getting the urge to move the party outdoors? It can feel daunting looking at an empty concrete patio or overgrown garden, but now is the time to take matters into your own hands and tackle it. Don’t be afraid to pull out those weeds and start researching the best flowers for each season. Before you start tearing up thinking about how much this is all going to cost, find out the many ways to give your garden a makeover on a low budget. Push yourself to try a new style and to think outside of the box. To get that creative adrenaline running take a peek at these 25 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces Before and After…


  • From Drab 1 of 50
    From Drab
    Filling an empty space can be daunting.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Fab 2 of 50
    To Fab
    But it is really not as hard as you may think.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Fire Pit Makeover 3 of 50
    Fire Pit Makeover
    Does this rundown fire pit look familiar?
    Find out more at Curbly.
  • On a Budget 4 of 50
    On a Budget
    You will love to know that it was turned into this for under $100.
    Find out more at Curbly.
  • From Disrepair 5 of 50
    From Disrepair
    This abandoned backyard looked almost beyond repair.
    Check it out at Design Sponge.
  • To Repair 6 of 50
    To Repair
    With a lot of time and effort they were able to turn it into this modern beauty.
    Find out more at Design Sponge.
  • The Possibilities… 7 of 50
    The Possibilities...
    It can be hard to look at a space like this and think outside of the box.
    Spotted at Design Sponge.
  • Are Endless 8 of 50
    Are Endless
    Check out the inspiration tips that helped the designer turn the backyard space into this.
    Find out more at Design Sponge.
  • Too Much Sun 9 of 50
    Too Much Sun
    These owners dreaded going outside because there was no escape from the sun.
    Spotted at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Natural Shade 10 of 50
    Natural Shade
    By adding some trees and a pergola they were able to get just the right amount of shade.
    Find out more at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • From Blank Patio 11 of 50
    From Blank Patio
    A concrete patio can definitely feel uninspiring.
    Check it out at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • To Adorable Dining Area 12 of 50
    To Adorable Dining Area
    Find out how easy it can be to achieve an outdoor dining nook like this.
    Find out more at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Take a Storage Container 13 of 50
    Take a Storage Container
    Give an old storage container a makeover.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • And Turn It Into a Bench 14 of 50
    And Turn It Into a Bench
    Make it extra seating.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Give Your Outdoor Furniture… 15 of 50
    Give Your Outdoor Furniture...
    Tired of your plain patio furniture?
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • A Color Kick 16 of 50
    A Color Kick
    Paint your chairs and table with bright colors.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • From Bleak 17 of 50
    From Bleak
    Don't get down about having a small space.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Chic 18 of 50
    To Chic
    Get creative and liven it up.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • From Once a Year 19 of 50
    From Once a Year
    This backyard was not getting the year round love it needed.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Year Round 20 of 50
    To Year Round
    The owner turned it into a comfy space for dinners and relaxing.
    Find out more at NAMEOFSITE.
  • Bye-Bye Winter 21 of 50
    Bye-Bye Winter
    Before tossing out an old bench find out a way you can reuse it.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • Hello, Spring 22 of 50
    Hello, Spring
    Paint it bright colors for a whole new look.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Find the Strengths in Your Space 23 of 50
    Find the Strengths in Your Space
    This backyard already had a lot of potential.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Create Something Beautiful 24 of 50
    To Create Something Beautiful
    And was turned into a space you'd want to use all the time.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • From Sad White Wall 25 of 50
    From Sad White Wall
    There is an easy way to fill a blank space...
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Lush and Green 26 of 50
    To Lush and Green
    Grow a Garden.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Overgrown Corner 27 of 50
    Overgrown Corner
    It's easy to lose track of a back corner of the yard.
    Check it out at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • To Burst of Color 28 of 50
    To Burst of Color
    Make it pop by turning it into a bright burst of color.
    Find out more at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • From Rundown Fence 29 of 50
    From Rundown Fence
    An old fence can make for a boring view.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Modern Backdrop 30 of 50
    To Modern Backdrop
    With one day of hard work you can build a modern fence that is pleasing to the eye.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Tiny Garden Space 31 of 50
    Tiny Garden Space
    There is no such thing as a space too small.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • Spacious Garden 32 of 50
    Spacious Garden
    Get creative and work with what you have to make your space appear and feel much bigger.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • From Old and Classic 33 of 50
    From Old and Classic
    This is already a cool look exterior but wait until you see it post makeover.
    Spotted at Design Sponge.
  • To Modern and New 34 of 50
    To Modern and New
    I want.
    Check it out at Design Sponge.
  • Empty Patio 35 of 50
    Empty Patio
    Instead of avoiding the empty backyard...
    Spotted at Design Sponge.
  • Casual Dining 36 of 50
    Casual Dining
    Bring the party outside.
    Find out more at Design Sponge.
  • Conserve Water… 37 of 50
    Conserve Water...
    This family found a way to conserve water while still making their front yard colorful and inviting.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • With a Xeriscaped Front Yard 38 of 50
    With a Xeriscaped Front Yard
    Bring in plants that need little water to achieve this look.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • No Grass? 39 of 50
    No Grass?
    Not all yards need grass to look beautiful.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • No Problem 40 of 50
    No Problem
    Rocks, stones and minimal plants can do the trick.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • From Adorable Bungalow 41 of 50
    From Adorable Bungalow
    This already adorable bungalow gets completely transformed.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • To Desert Getaway 42 of 50
    To Desert Getaway
    Sometimes you just need a whole new look.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Take Out the Turf 43 of 50
    Take Out the Turf
    This brown yard was not much to look at besides a high water bill.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • Bring In the Color 44 of 50
    Bring In the Color
    Until they brightened it up with water conserving plants.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • From Wide Open Space 45 of 50
    From Wide Open Space
    When this family moved into their home they didn't know where to begin with the backyard.
    Check it out at Jones Design Company.
  • To Cozy Nook 46 of 50
    To Cozy Nook
    After tackling bit by bit they turned it into this cozy nook for friends and family to join.
    Find out more at Jones Design Company.
  • Take Matters Into Your Own Hands 47 of 50
    Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
    This woman decided instead of hiring people she would re-do her backyard on her own.
    Spotted at Design Sponge.
  • To Create an Oasis 48 of 50
    To Create an Oasis
    Can you believe how beautiful it turned out?
    Find out more at Design Sponge.
  • Suburb Homes… 49 of 50
    Suburb Homes...
    Make your yard stand out from all the rest.
    Spotted at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Don’t Have to All Be the Same 50 of 50
    Don't Have to All Be the Same
    Bring in plants that will grow at different times of the year for a year round burst of color.
    Find out more at Better Homes and Gardens.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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