This patio cabana outdoor dining area turned out wonderfully. But Julia Konya, the blogger behind Cuckoo4Design, had more of a challenge than normal working on this Patio Style Challenge. It’s not easy designing and executing a deck makeover when the backyard is buried in snow!
As with the other Patio Style Challenge articles you see here on The Home Depot Blog, we sent Julia the patio furniture set, and Julia did the rest of the outdoor decorating.
She came through with some terrific patio decorating ideas for a lovely and very functional cabana-style place for outdoor dining. It even offers protection from the weather… warm, sunny weather, that is.
Black and White Patio Cabana
I’m truly in love with my brick patio, but it had become drab over the years and somewhat neglected. So I was beyond excited when I was offered the chance to participate in this year’s Patio Style Challenge for a chance to revamp our tired brick patio.
Unfortunately, you can’t see the brick in this before picture because it pretty much looked like this off and on in the weeks as I was working on this deck makeover. It’s been a tough winter here in the Lehigh Valley for sure.
Behind the brick patio is a large landscaped hill with very tall trees, which is the perfect privacy backdrop in the summertime. There is also a small road hidden within those trees. When there aren’t any leaves on the trees or when people go for a walk back there, they can gawk at our patio like we are on stage so I wanted to come up with a removable but stylish idea to address that issue, and I’m so excited to tell you guys how I fixed that problem.
The Home Depot was so generous to send me the Posada 7-Piece Patio Dining Set with upgraded blue, weather-resistant Sunbrella patio cushions. The blue happens to be the perfect shade, and I love it. It complements my existing blue cushions on the sun chairs very well.
I have also always been smitten with black and white striped cabanas that you can frequently see in stylish upscale hotel pool areas, and I was inspired to create something similar in our backyard.
So I purchased the Quik Shade Commercial C100 White Canopy from Home Depot and came up with the plan to transform it into something inspired by the above mentioned cabanas.
Unfortunately, the weather had other plans for me, and trying to figure out how to paint extensive stripes outdoors on waterproof fabric didn’t end up being an option. My backup plan ended up being good old duct tape. Duct tape has come to my rescue many times before while DIYing. I promise that you can make it look high end.
I had some trouble applying it in the cold because it sticks better when it is warmer, so I had to move it all inside where I only had a small area to work with. That is why I ended up going with a simple detailed black and white version of the cabana.
I simply outlined the pop-up tent with two rows of duct tape, but you could surely do a more extensive version of what I did. The benefit is also that it is all waterproof.
For the sides of the cabana canopy I used white 96 in. shower curtain liners with duct tape detail on both sides.
I painted some of my existing metal flower pots in black to match the black rubber self-watering planters. My secret weapon here has been electrical tape detail for a while now. You can see in the above before photo that I used it once already in the white stripes on the planter.
For the inner sides of the pop-up tent I used 10 in. x 50 ft. aluminum flashing that I cut to four strips measuring 10 ft. These needed to be primed and painted as I did with the flower pots. I also added some more black duct tape detail.
And there is no sophisticated DIY behind attaching the shower curtains and aluminum flashing to the pop-up tent either. If you guessed duct tape again, you guessed right! Bingo!
I first hung the shower curtains under the pop-up tent cover and then did duct tape loops like you do for simple craft projects around the inner metal structure. This only required me to stick the lightweight painted aluminum flashing to the sticky side of the duct tape. It’s so easy and you can quickly put it up!
I also sewed the blue and white pillows with black and white striped piping that I made. People who have followed my blog have seen the black and white dotted pillows already. I just needed to paint a couple more.
I like using regular throw pillows outside for when we have guests. And since this is all under a rain-proof cabana, now I don’t need to worry about the throw pillows possibly getting wet anyway.
Every space could use a Martha Stewart Living Sunburst Mirror. Why not hang one outside?
I was able to put up the tent by myself pretty quickly even though the instructions say that it is a job for two people. I’m looking forward to enjoying our new patio set-up and design when spring and summer finally arrives in our part of the country.
Thank you so much Home Depot for letting me participate in this year’s Patio Style Challenge. The weather and lingering winter made it a true challenge for me, but I’m so incredibly glad to have my gorgeous new outdoor space now and I hope you like what you saw.
Julia has posted more photos of her patio makeover on her blog, and she gives more behind the scenes detail of the patio cabana, including details on the lovely Japanese fish print pillows. Take a look.
Julia Konya grew up and studied in Germany, and worked in marketing in the U.S. She found working hands on with a room and furniture more fulfilling, though. Now Julia spends her time blogging about DIY projects, pets and family at Cuckoo4Design. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
For more outdoor decorating and patio cabana ideas, see other Patio Style Challenge articles as well as our Patio Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. Browse our Outdoor Living Department for everything you need to enhance your outdoor space, including all our patio furniture. Turning your patio into a cabana may require help from a professional. Let The Home Depot connect you with the best person to complete the job.