Are you tired of your boring deck? Does your deck need a makeover? One of the best ways to bring new life into old, boring decks without spending a lot of money is by decorating it with freshly painted furniture. It can be fun, inexpensive and quick to do. Fun, vibrant accents give your deck personality and life. In just a few hours, you can transform a plain deck into a welcoming outdoor oasis.
Here are a few tips for decorating your deck without breaking the bank. If you have patio furniture that needs new life it can be painted inexpensively and quickly with a new coat of paint in a bright color or even satin black.
Choose a color that compliments your home but still makes a statement. The season’s hottest colors are reds, yellows, oranges, and bright blues. If your patio furniture is made of wood, sand it down with a combination of an electric sander and good old elbow grease to remove the old finish. Prime it with a high quality primer and finish with two coats of paint. If you like the distressed look, give your furniture a few nicks and some more sanding on the edges and finish off with a glaze. For metal or plastic furniture, lightly sand the surface to help the paint adhere better and use two coats of high-quality spray paint. If you don’t have any furniture on your wooden deck, keep an eye out at thrift stores and junkyards for items that could easily be given new life with minor repair and a few coats of paint.
Another inexpensive idea you can kick around when thinking about decorating a deck is to make or purchase a few throw pillows for your outdoor furniture. Throw pillows make the deck seem warm and inviting, extending your living area outdoors. If you want to make your throw pillows, purchase fabric that is made for outdoor use. It will be more durable and resistant to sun and water damage. If you purchase the pillows, make sure they are made for outdoor use. Indoor throw pillows won’t last very long outside. a boring deck can be brought to life by adding a few plants or trees. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can purchase artificial plants. If you enjoy making things grow, do some gardening of your own. Decorating a boring deck with potted plants and trees can really look beautiful and make the atmosphere seem more peaceful.
Try to choose a variety of colors and textures. You may even want to plant a small herb garden on your deck so you can cook with fresh herbs all summer long. Finally, add color and shade to your deck at the same time by covering it with an umbrella, a gazebo, or an awning. Deck umbrellas usually come in a variety of colors, so find something that is bright and fun. If you like the idea of a gazebo, add curtains for a pop of color. Awnings often come in neutral colors, but you may be able to find one that is made with bright, textured, or patterned fabric that will really stand out.
You may have to shop around a little to find the covering that is right for you, but the end result will be worth it. You’ll have a deck that is shaded and full of personality. Decorating a deck doesn’t have to be hard and a boring deck can be made over easily and inexpensively by adding a few pops of color. To give your deck new life this summer, consider painting your furniture, adding throw pillows, decorating with plants, or purchasing a brightly-colored cover. Each of these simple projects can be done in a weekend for less than $100. To really go the extra mile, go crazy and do all these projects together! You’ll love having a colorful, inviting deck to show off to family and friends.
Decorating a boring deck doesn’t really take long, unless you just want to spend a lot of time looking for all the “right” things. But either way, be sure and have fun and you’ll turn that boring deck into a family gathering center.