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How to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space

10 Affordable Tips for Your Outdoor Living Space

paint1. The easiest way to spruce up your outdoor deck or patio is with splashes of color. Investing in a few accent pieces can make a bold statement and immediately brighten your outdoor living space. You don’t always have to buy new items. With a little effort and creativity you can make items look brand new.

2. Before you start, clear everything off of your deck or patio and give it a good pressure wash. If your deck needs staining, all the new furniture in the world won’t help. Just bite the bullet and give it a new coat of stain or paint. This is a terrific place to get started with colorful accents. Try painting your fence posts a bright, complementary color, or paint a pattern or border around the perimeter of your deck.

3. Decks are for socializing, so show that you are ready for company. Metal furniture is inexpensive and comes in a variety of wonderful colors. Position a colorful bar cart in the corner and load it up with bright acrylic glassware.

4. Give your old wicker furniture a face lift by painting it in a bright sunny color, or if you’re feeling adventuress, use a stencil and include flowers or other patterns. Just use acrylic paint, but seal it with varnish to protect your paint job.

5. Get a hold of a galvanized bucket or oblong container, paint it bright blue or orange and add a vine pattern on the exterior.  You will now have a fancy ice-bucket for all your coolers. Remember, unless you’re using a food-safe paint, the surface should not come in direct contact with food.

6. Use themes such as the seashore, by incorporating fish, sea shells and beach balls in your accents or stencils. A citrus theme works well by using pale greens, oranges and yellow as colors for chairs or bistro tables. Try painting a slatted table top with two or three different corresponding shades.

7. Garden sheds do not have to be brown and boring. Add colorful window boxes, gingerbread trim and some wild stripes on the walls.

8. Funky lighting goes a long way to jazz up a patio area. Colorful lanterns or strings of lights can be hung from overhanging trees or beams providing a fun, economical source of lighting.

9. What to do with the white vinyl furniture that’s still in great shape, but you hate to get rid of? Not to worry. With paint specially formulated for vinyl furniture, and some new cushions, you can make your old chairs look brand new.

10. Use color wisely by tying everything together with your accessories. Take four chairs each painted in a different primary color and add a cushion in a common color such as red or green, and place them around a neutral table top.

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2 responses to “How to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space”

  1. Michael Jones says:

    We painted our wicker chairs and table and added bright window boxes after reading this article. Great tips. We plan to do more.

  2. Beth Golden says:

    We used the seashore theme and added seashell stencils and painted a table with two corresponding shades. What a difference. Wow!

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