Backyard Design Hacks

Is your backyard and patio area getting you down this Summer? Revamping your backyard space doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are tons of cost effective ways to spice up your backyard while keeping your wallet intact. Were going to show you five ways to add interest to your outdoor spaces by repurposing, and getting creative. (Get your old paint clothes out and handy)

Blank Wall Woes

Most of us can empathize with having a bland wall or surface in our backyard. Instead of letting that plain fence drag you down, get your paint brush ready and create something beautiful. Now we know that not everyone is very comfortable with free handing something like this so instead use a stencil and create a fun pattern that way. Whether you create a free handed master piece, or an expert stenciled design, your blank fence is sure to go from drab to fab.

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Give Life to your own Terrarium 

Wanna add some greenery to your space in a non-traditional way? Create this easy terrarium with 3 simple steps. First, choose a tall apothecary jar that will fit your space. Next, choose flowers or greenery of you choosing that compliment each other (For this particular DIY we recommend using faux flowers like we did) . Now, place some colored sand to the bottom of your vases. Lastly, add in your flowers and enjoy your unique terrarium!

Look how lovely they turned out!

 

Throw Some Paint on it

Wanna make an audacious change? Get you paint roller ready and get to town. Painting a bold color on your backdoor can really brighten up the entrance to your backyard and set the tone for your outdoor space. Don’t count your ceiling out, adding a pop of color to your back porch ceiling is a great way to add variety in a non-traditional way. Lastly, adding a fresh coat of paint to your floor is another fun solution that adds colorful interest, but don’t think you have to keep that color solid. Adding a stripe or different pattern will make a bold statement this Summer.

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Take a Seat

Feeling crafty? You don’t have to settle for basic patio chairs this Summer. Instead, you can create  one of a kind chairs using the frame from a simple folding lawn chair and reinforced yarn to create the seat and back of the chair. If you want to get really fancy with it, you can arrange the yarns so that it creates a cool pattern on the chair. This could also be used to create a stool if you took the base of a stool and used yarn to complete the top. If you aren’t feeling quite that crafty, you can take simple plastic patio chairs and dip their legs in a complimenting color to create a unique look to complete you backyard.

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No Table? No Problem.

I hope you’re feeling resourceful for this backyard hack. If you have any old tires lying around your garage then your half way to having a fun summer table. Take two old tires and spray paint them a color of you choice, then place them in the center of your seating area and top it off with a piece of glass to complete your new table. Or if you want a more rustic look, opt for a chunk of an old tree and it can easily be used a as a natural looking side table. (Seen in the photo above)

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‘Throw’ some paint on those pillows

Its no secret that throw pillows are a great way to add color and interest to your outdoor seating, but now you can make your pillows even unique to you. You can buy a plain pillow or just use the back of an existing pillow and paint away. Again if you don’t want to free hand, you can use a stencil like we did with our pineapple pillow. We used just basic fabric paint and a brush to create this fun summer pillow.

Look how fun this turned out

Paint Tips: Everything You Need To Know

For all of our do-it-yourself readers, this one is for you! Many people enjoy painting their own interiors instead of having someone else do it, so we’re here to make sure you do it the right way! Even though hiring a professional painter is typically the best idea, we know how costly that can be, so it’s ok to do it on your own! As long as you have the right steps and the right materials, you’ll have a professional paint job in no time.

Choose a paint color.

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Okay, this might be the most difficult step of them all. How much paint will you need? Look on the back of the can or ask the guy at the paint store. This amount can also vary with the color, type of paint and current wall-color.

Purchase your materials.

Your list of materials should include, paint, brushes, painters tape, drop clothes, newspaper, etc.

Have a snack.

Put on some nice music!

Cover everything.

If there’s furniture, put it all in the center and cover it and cover the floor. Home depot sells drop cloths.

Prepare the walls for paint.

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First, dust the walls with a duster that comes on a long stick. Clean the walls. The paint is going to adhere so much better to a clean wall. The easiest way to clean is to make a solution of 1 cup vinegar to two gallons of warm water in a big bucket. Get some old absorbent towel rags and dunk clean ones into the solution and ring out. Then put one over your sponge mop and work from top to bottom. When it begins to look a bit dirty, take it off and use a fresh one. If the water begins to look dirty, make a fresh batch. You can also use a solution of detergent and water, but if you do, you’ll have to rinse. Let that dry thoroughly. Fix small holes and imperfections with a good spackle. Let it dry and sand.

Use a primer.

Primer prepares the walls to accept the paint and provides a good surface, as well. However, Benjamin Moore makes a fantastic low VOC paint that has the primer in it already and it covers beautifully.

Sand lightly.

We know… it’s a pain, but well-worth it!

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Follow with a damp cloth, just to make sure you’ve removed all of the dust.

Use Painter’s Tape

Use painter’s blue tape to mask off areas not being painted.

Choose a dry day.

Water-based latex paints will dry so much faster on a day with low humidity.

Start with the ceiling (unless it doesn’t need painting).

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Use “cut-in” techniques.

There are zillions of tutorials on youtube. So, try googling them. For the ceiling and walls, you will want to use a roller. Again, there are painting tutorials available on youtube.

After the ceiling, let dry thoroughly.

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We suggest waiting several hours. Then if no crown moulding and/or the ceiling is a different color than the walls, tape the ceiling line. Then, paint the walls

Paint the trim.

Finally, paint the trim with your two-inch brush.

Determine how many coats you need.

Depending on the type of paint, you may only need one coat or as many as five if it’s a dark color for instance.

Clean your brushes

…and other materials. Don’t let them stay gunked in paint!

Take a shower, put on some clean clothes and take yourself out to dinner. You deserve it!

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