Being a homeowner is a big responsibility, and while there’s plenty to take care of inside you home, don’t forget about the outside, either. If you’ve ever looked into the cost of hiring a professional landscaper, you know they’re not cheap. Fortunately, there are a slew of inexpensive and affordable DIY landscaping ideas at your disposal, so long as you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty. From the front yard to the back, barbeque pits to bistro lights, here are 59 ways you can affordably improve your outdoor space. Continue Reading
Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.
- Grapevine wreath (we used one similar to this one from Amazon)
- Plastic snakes (available at Amazon)
- Hot glue gun
- 1 can of black spray paint (we used this paint in flat black)
How to make your DIY Halloween Wreath
Lay your plastic snakes out on the wreath, then glue them in place with hot glue. Continue Reading
My family moved into our current home last year and knew that come summer, the deck would need some attention. The whole surface was in rough shape. The latex deck coating had flaked off in large areas and in the places where the finish was still present, it was not well-adhered to the surface. This project was going to require more than a quick clean and re-coat, so I decided to find out which deck stripper would do the best job. Continue Reading
We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in.
My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Continue Reading
I've always loved the look of bistro lights in outdoor spaces, but our patio didn't have anywhere to attach the string lights. But now it does! Click through to find out how to hang outdoor lights without attaching them to your house or surrounding trees.
I was thrilled with the final result… they cast such a pretty glow over the patio once the sun has gone down.
Here's what you'll need:
- (2) buckets of Quikrete cement
- Wood stain and a rag
- Rubber gloves
- Nails (1 inch long)
- Measuring tape
- Wood glue
- Thompson's WaterSeal
- 6 cup hooks (1 inch)
- Large bag of smooth stones
- Bistro lights
- (3) 8' x 1″ x 2″ (or similar)
- (3) 9.25″ x 9.25″ x .75″
- (6) 9.25″ x 10″ x .75″
- (6) 7.75″ x 10″ x .75″
Begin by cutting and staining all of your wood. Continue Reading
It’s easy to find cool patio furniture – but it will usually cost you a pretty penny. And most of the affordable pieces are just plain ugly. But we were sure that there must be some chic and affordable dining sets out there, so we set out to find them. And now we’re sharing our findings with you!
1. Rex Turquoise Chair from CB2. $70
2. Vifah Tesera 4-Piece Dining Set from Wayfair. $490
Courtney had an awkward corner on her back deck (which happens to be in Australia). Instead of just sticking a table and a plant there and calling it a day, Courtney and her husband Tony pulled out the power tools and came up with a great solution for the space.
They filled the corner with an awesome daybed!
They built a platform and covered the sides in planks of reclaimed wood. Courtney made a mattress out of thrifted foam, batting and fabric. Continue Reading
Now that spring cleaning is over, it’s time to focus on the area that gets the most use over the summer months – the patioEvery year around this time, families, neighbors and friends begin making plans for summer parties. Grills are cleaned and lawn mowers are powered up, but what about the patio or deck? Here are some tips to spruce up the back of your house for summer entertaining. Mr. Handyman, a national home repair and maintenance franchise and the nation’s no. Continue Reading
Mary Leigh had enough of her ho-hum deck. Not only was it tired and worn, part of it overlooked a parking lot. Adding some weather-resistant fabrics and rug as well as traditionally indoor elements gave this overlooked area new life.
And as for the parking-lot view…Mary Leigh had a louvered blind made out of pressure-treated lumber to disguise it. Clever, huh? For more information and images of the project, visit My Home Ideas.
Photos: Southern Living
Good thing I clicked on TipNut.com before renting a power washer to clean our concrete patio and pool deck. There’s more than a year’s worth of mildew and/or algae buildup that has spread around the concrete surface. I remember that my grandmother’s front steps looked like this.
Tim Carter has a succint little video on TipNut.com over on the right side as the featured video that shows you exactly how to clean that up and have your patio looking as good as new for summer grillin’. Continue Reading