By Dena Davis
1. The easiest way to jazz up your outdoor deck or patio is by
using splashes of color. Sometimes it only means investing in a few
accent pieces that make a bold statement and your outdoor living
space perks right up. You don't always have to buy new – with a
little elbow grease and some creativity you can make second hand
items look brand new. Here are some ideas to help get you
2. Before you begin, clear everything off of your deck or patio and
give it a good pressure wash. If it needs staining, all the new
furniture in the world won't help – bite the bullet and give it a
new coat of stain or paint. This is actually a great place to get
started with colorful accents. Try painting your fence posts a
bright, coordinating color such as teal. Or paint a pattern or
border around the edge of your deck.
3. Decks are for socializing, so show that you are ready for
company. The addition of metal furniture is inexpensive and comes
in lots of great colors. Place a colorful bar cart in the corner
and load it up with bright acrylic glassware.
4. Give your old wicker furniture a facelift by painting it in
bright sunny colors, or if you're feeling adventuress, use a
stencil and add 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 outside. Voila,
now you 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 fishies, 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. Who says garden sheds have to be brown and boring. Add colorful
window boxes, gingerbread trim and some wild stripes on the
8. Funky lighting goes a long way to perking 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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