Weekend DIY Projects for the Porch or Patio

We’re sharing weekend DIY projects for the porch or patio today!

If you had a chance to read our post, Simple Ways to Elevate Your Mornings, you know how much we appreciate a morning routine that is peace-filled and relaxing.

There’s just something about taking in the sweet scent of fresh air while journaling and sipping on a hot cup of coffee that starts the day off right.

While we primarily use the front porch, I’m excited about the plans we have to refresh the back patio. It’s been a long time coming!

No matter if your outdoor plans are big or small, now is a great time to start thinking about entertaining on the front porch, back patio, or lanai.

Here are a few weekend DIY projects for the porch or patio ideas….

Paint Your Front Door

Truth be told, our front door has not been painted since 2015 when we painted it with Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

The color is Elegant and the paint has held up extraordinarily well.

Weekend DIY Project Ideas for Your Front Porch and Patio: Paint the Front Door-The Crowned Goat

Give Your Porch or Patio a Fresh Coat of Paint

Several years ago we painted the back patio in Valspar’s Ember.

It felt like such a small change at the time.

But it made a big difference and helped to bring a more finished look to the patio.

Create An Inviting Outdoor Dining Area

This farmhouse table was one of my all-time favorite weekend projects for the porch or patio.

We built it with a mix of new and reclaimed boards and it lasted over 10 years!

Ourtdoor Farmhouse Dining Table-The Crowned Goat

Make an Outdoor Serving Station From a Workbench

The minute I saw these old workbenches I knew we could upcycle them into a potting station and a serving station.

They were easy to paint and made serving food and drinks on the back patio easy peasy!

You can read all about how to create an outdoor serving station here.

It’s another of our favorite weekend DIY projects for the porch or patio.

Weekend DIY Projects For Your Porch and Patio-The Crowned Goat

Add Festive Outdoor Lighting

As you can see in the picture above, we used an old pocket door and added barn-style lights from Lowes to help give a little more lighting around the outdoor serving station.

We also have patio lights around the fire pit area which always makes it feel so cozy.

Especially, in the fall and winter seasons.

Coastal Inspired Tablescape and Back Patio-The Crowned Goat

Hang a Porch Swing

It doesn’t matter if we’re at the cabin or on our back patio, I still say the porch swing is one of the best spots to relax and unwind.

In my honest opinion, if you have the budget for one, they’re well worth the investment.

Weekend DIY Porch and Patio Projects: Hang a Porch Swing-The Crowned Goat

Paint Your Patio Furniture

Before we had the wooden rockers that are currently on our front porch, we had wicker settees and chairs.

They added such a beautiful cottage charm to the space and held up better than I thought they would.

One year I decided to paint them black!

And despite being incredibly hard to clean thanks to all our pine and oak pollen, they added an instant elegance to our front porch.

You can find out how to spray paint wicker furniture here.

Easy Container Garden and Weekend Porch Projects-The Crowned Goat

Paint an Outdoor Dining Table

I painted this metal outdoor dining table with chalk paint to sell and it’s one of those pieces I wish I would have kept.

While it took longer to paint than I expected, it was a fun weekend project with a sweet cottage vibe.

You can find out about using chalk paint on metal furniture here.

Painting a Metal Table With Chalk Paint-The Crowned Goat

Plant a Vegetable Garden

One of the weekend DIY projects for the porch or patio I’m most excited about this year is planting a vegetable garden.

While ours won’t be nearly this big, I loved the way the boxwoods in this community garden help act as a buffer for the vegetables.

Community Vegetable Garden Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Use a Baker’s Rack to Display and Grow Herbs

My Mom loves to use fresh herbs!

She used to have them in pots all over the lanai.

Well, one day she fell in love with this vintage baking rack and decided to make it an herb garden display.

Not only is it convenient for clipping herbs, but they’re also easier to water now too.

You can read about how this easy weekend DIY project for the porch or patio came together in this post, French Farmhouse Style Baker’s Rack Makeover here.

Using a Bakers Rack as an Herb Garden-The Crowned Goat

Plant a Succulent Garden in an Old Firepit

Several years ago, my aunt had an abundance of succulents.

So, she gave all her extras to us.

We were just about to trash our old firepit when we decided to use it as a base to plant a succulent garden.

It was another patio project that lasted a lot longer than we anticipated.

Planting a Succulent Garden in an Old Firepit-The Crowned Goat

Plant a Container Garden in an Old Wheelbarrow

This rusty wheelbarrow has been on our back patio for almost 13 years! It’s so crusty I’m afraid the bottom is going to fall out at any moment.

But I love to look out at the back patio and see all the flowers blooming so I’m hoping to hold onto it as long as a I can.

You can see all our Wheelbarrow Container Garden Ideas here.

How to Plant a Container Garden in an Old Wheelbarrow-The Crowned Goat

Plant Container Gardens on the Front Porch

While life on this tiny little island is almost always pretty sweet, the sandy soil, salty marsh air, and coastal winds make it tough to have flower beds.

So, I’m careful to plant things on the front porch that will bloom throughout the entire season.

You can read all about our spring cottage-inspired front porch here and our most recent summer front porch here.

Cottage Inspired Flower Tour-The Crowned Goat

Finally, if you’re short on time, consider these weekend DIY projects for the porch and patio ideas as they can be completed in an afternoon…

DIY Dutch Tulip Crate

Several years ago we made this DIY Dutch Tulip Crate as a gift for my Mom and she loved it!

It’s one of those pieces you can use inside or out. Be sure to properly protect it from the elements if you choose to leave it outside though.

How to Make a Dutch Tulip Inspired Crate-The Crowned Goat

Adding Patina to Terracotta Pots with Chalk Paint

Another simple project that can be completed in an afternoon is adding patina to terracotta pots with chalk paint.

They’re another garden favorite that can easily be dressed up or down!

Find out How to Add Patina to Terracotta Pots With Chalk Paint here.

How to Age Terracotta Pots with Chalk Paint-The Crowned Goat

I hope these simple ideas have helped!

No matter if you’re making big changes or small ones to your outdoor spaces, now is a great time to try out new paint colors, move furniture around and declutter problem areas.

After all, front porches, back patios, and lanais are the perfect places to make fresh memories!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – you always have the very best ideas! Our porches need so much attention right now and we are itching to get busy. We can’t wait to take some much needed relaxation time, sitting outside, sipping some lemonade. Or, maybe we can just come and sit on your porch! Cheers to a great holiday weekend!

  2. Such an inviting space. Well done!

  3. Fabulous outdoor living space, Coco. And that cake looks darn yummy! Gotta go now, you just inspired me to paint my iron coffee table. It’s looking chippy, in a very unattractive way 🙂

  4. Great projects! Your patio is so welcoming. It looks like a great place to hang out with friends and family. Now is the time! The evenings are still beautiful but that won’t last too long. Enjoy!

  5. Thanks for sharing these ideas. My back patio is in need of some refreshing! I love the Baker’s Rack idea!

    1. You are so welcome, Susan. Even after all these years I’m amazed at what a little DIY can do. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Coco,
    Great post!! All such great ideas!! thanks so much for sharing!
    Hope you are having a great week!!

  7. Gosh your yard looks SO pretty, CoCo!!! All of these ideas are fabulous…what an amazing idea to plant succulents in an old fire pit!! Painting your patio looks so fun….now I want to paint the dirty concrete that is on my patio!! Thanks so much for all the fun ideas!!!

  8. So many great ideas. Bring on Summer, and yeah, summer projects. It’s my favorite time of the year. Hugs to you.

  9. Great ideas CoCo! I love the bakers rack. I remember that project.

    Hmm, maybe I can talk hubby into one. It would be easier to water herbs.

    This year with Peanut having issues we may not plant as much on our back deck. She’s the priority.

  10. Oh boy, did I ever need to see this! I have been procrastinating on sprucing up my lanai! Thanks for all the great ideas and for giving me the inspiration to go out there and get the job done!! Loved all the views you shared! Thanks again, Donna

  11. Lots of great ideas here CoCo, in fact I already have a few on my to do list for this summer. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Your outdoor living spaces are lovely Coco. Definitely makes me want to get outside and get some stuff done. Thanks for the inspo. XO- MaryJo

  13. So many great ideas! Pinning so I can refer back as I do some things around our home.

  14. These ideas are all so beautiful, CoCo. Such amazing spaces and so inspiring. I’ll be featuring this at Thursday Favorite Things today. 🙂

  15. Your outdoor spaces are so beautiful! A visit here always inspires me to work on my own home. 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  16. I think I now need a dutch tulip crate in my life. Truly. I did not know I was missing such a thing until I read your post. Also, I am now looking for a bakers rack to use in my garden – because- clearly, I need one of those too. Thank you for the garden inspiration!

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