A Summer Covered Patio Decorated With Upcycled Thrift Shop & Garage Sale Decor

June 28, 2021

Photo of a rustic wooden bench.
I have had this old bench for a few years now, and have used it on my covered patio in prior years.  I decided to give it a makeover.

See the bench makeover AND my summer covered patio decor below.

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Photo of a wooden bench painted black.
First, I brushed on a couple of coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Caviar.

Photo of a grain stencil on a black bench.
I pulled out a grain stencil from Maison de Stencils.  I pounced on the stencil using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop ClothI had to move the stencil around to fill the whole bench top.  I also added grain sheaves to the ends of the bench.

I used this stencil on a Goodwill breadbox HERE.

Photo of a stenciled bench.
The bench was sealed with two coats of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Spray in Satin.

Photo of a galvanized pitcher & globe.
I painted the base of this thrift shop globe with the Caviar paint as well, and waxed it with Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray WaxI even sprayed the globe with it!

Photo of a stenciled bench with a fern & globe.
I placed the bench on the garage side of my covered patio with the globe and a rabbit's foot fern on top.  My red gate was leaned up against the garage wall, behind the bench.

Photo of a galvanized container with books & a jar.

Books and a blue canning jar are inside the container.

Photo of a stenciled drawer shelf & stenciled books.
Above the gate and bench, is my pallet shelf (made by a friend) with books I painted and stenciled HERE.  

The Fresh Produce shelf project details can be found HERE.

Photo of DIY upcycled Decor, drawer, books, frames.
The framed hanging herb project (from Dollar General finds) was posted this spring HERE.

Photo of the corner of a decorated summer patio.
This is the garage side of the covered patio.

Photo of a birdcage stand upcycled/repurposed  with a fern in a bucket.
My Boston Fern is thriving here in the corner of my north facing covered patio.  The bucket and birdcage stand project can be found HERE.

Photo of a rooster print fabric on patio chairs.
I found this rooster (cotton duck) fabric at Hobby Lobby, and covered my Adirondack cushions with it.  

They are not sewn.  Just pinned with safety pins on the back!  

Photo of a decorated summer covered patio.
I have had my buffalo check indoor/outdoor rug for several seasons now.

Photo of a painted & stenciled typewriter table & toolbox.
Two more recent projects sit in front of my old wagon wheel.  

The stenciled garden toolbox was upcycled HERE, and the typewriter table received a French makeover HERE.

Photo of summer covered patio decor.
My covered patio is not that large.  It's basically a breezeway between the house and attached garage.

Photo of a barn wood framed garden decor transfer.
This frame was a thrift shop find that I transformed into a faux chalkboard with a piece of beadboard paneling (upside down), paint and a decor transfer.

See the full project details HERE.

Photo of upcycled folding chair, candleholder & bucket on the patio.
More DIY upcycled patio decor here with the rooster bucket tutorial HERE.  The candleholder fern stand behind it HERE.  AND the French style folding chair info HERE.

Photo of upcycled decor on the covered patio.
Most of my patio decor pieces were black and white this year with a French vibe.

Photo of a summer decorated covered patio.
You can find me here in the shade under the ceiling fan on hot summer days, and sometimes on rainy days too.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Looks so relaxing in your covered patio area. It all looks so nice together as well. That little pallet shelf looks adorable with all the rest around it. I think that’s my favorite spot!

    1. Thanks so much! It's a fun space to decorate AND relax in!

  2. Thanks for the tips on keeping the stencils looking good through the summer rains & heat.

    A question: I just pulled out a lidded picnic basket and found a black streak across the wooden lid that I can't remove...any suggestions? I could paint and stencil the lid, but I don't want to mess it up (a Longaberger basket that was a gift ages ago.) If I paint and stencil; how would you protect it...wax? spray? there are so many choices. Thanks! Mary

    1. I would probably paint and stencil it if I couldn’t get thee mark off. If you use chalk paint, you should wax or spray it with a clear sealer. Practice painting and stenciling on something else first before the basket!

  3. Thanks so much...YOU have all the stencil experience I need! I've never used chalk paint...is it your favorite for all stenciling regardless of the surface? Thanks again, Mary


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