Bring on bright pops of color with potted plants.
Add vibrant summer color to your patio or wooden deck with seasonal blooms in fun and festive pots. Give plain terracotta pots a pretty makeover with this clever Dipped Pot craft from Better Homes and Gardens. Other ideas for transforming inexpensive terracotta include stencils, decoupage, chalk paint, or seashells. If you want to make your own unique, budget-friendly planters filled with brightly colored summer flowers, check out this DIY Concrete Planter from Garden Therapy. Creative up-cycling ideas for pots include vintage tins, galvanized buckets, old rubber tires, and even wood wine crates from your home bar! Here is a list of easy annual plants that grow all summer long, from DIY Network.
Show off your DIY skills in a simple yet spectacular way.
Speaking of prettying up your patio, if you’re dealing with a plain (and boring) concrete slab, why not consider adding stylish tile flooring to elevate your outdoor living space? The RTA Store offers a large selection of affordable, frost-resistant tile for outdoor applications. Click here to learn how to install tile over an existing concrete patio, and show off your DIY skills with this simple yet spectacular project. A pretty backyard patio adds value to your home and is the most important element in any outdoor living space.
Having a cookout is one of the best ways to enjoy your backyard in summer, so fire up the grill, and make sure you have plenty of summery outdoor seating! Shop summer sales for a nice patio set that offers a place to dine in the open air, or fix up a second-hand set with a little rust-resistant spray paint. Then, add a tablecloth and outdoor cushions for comfort and colorful, seasonal style. A big patio umbrella can offer shade from the hot summer sun and a place to hang string lights for dinner under the stars. Other summery seating options can include a hammock, these DIY Adirondack chairs from This Old House, or this DIY Porch Swing from Family Handyman.
Summer is in full swing and it’s time to check off those items on your home renovation list — starting with the backyard! With a little DIY inspiration, you and your family can enjoy summer in an amazing outdoor living space without breaking the bank.