Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters

Posted by: on April 24th, 2014 | 24 Comments

Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters


Sometimes it’s hard to see the possibilities of a long-neglected back deck. But with a little love and a few good deck decorating ideas, you can turn your outdoor space into a place with a serious wow factor.

Take for instance Jen Stagg’s complete deck makeover. She’s the creative mind behind the popular decor and DIY blog withHEART. And when we say complete deck makeover, we do mean complete. Jen’s deck went from being kind of sad to being an absolute showcase with a new pergola, outdoor lights, outdoor curtains and her DIY cement planters. 

She created her outdoor dining room for our Patio Style Challenge series– we send some of the best bloggers on the Internet a new patio furniture set to spark their creative patio decor ideas, which we get to share with you.

Take a look at the gorgeous photos of her new back deck. And check out her many DIY ideas that went into this wonderful deck makeover, including the video tutorial for her DIY cement planters.


You know those backyard living spaces that conjure dreams of summer nights, parties with friends, and relaxing over a beautiful outdoor meal? Yeah…. so I had opposite of that. It was an embarrassing, barren, boring back deck that we had put (very) far on the back burner while we focused on remodeling the inside of our home during the winter.

After the snow melted, we were left with this. Shield your eyes my friends, it ain’t pretty….

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How to Apply Weather-Stripping to Your Home

Posted by: on October 29th, 2013 | One Comment

Weather-stripping your doors and windows is a cost-effective way to reduce energy waste. Weather stripping come in a variety of materials including wood, foam, metal, rubber, and vinyl. In order to determine the type of weather stripping you will need to seal a particular area, your will want to consider several factors. These include the amount of friction the area will receive, exposure to weather, and any cosmetic issues you are worried about. It is an easy project that even an inexperienced DIY’er can do and this tutorial will show you how to apply weather-stripping to your home.

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Caulking Windows and Doors to Save Energy

Posted by: on October 17th, 2013 | 3 Comments

The  cracks and gaps that inevitably open in every homes are a big source for heat loss in the winter. We’ve shown you some easy ways to discover indoor air leaks. Here’s how to fill them. Caulking windows and doors is an easy DIY project that you can accomplish in an afternoon.

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How to Find Air Leaks in Your Home

Posted by: on October 15th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Checking for leaks and subsequently filling gaps around doors and windows can help your home become more energy efficient. These cracks can occur in homes with either new or old construction and are a major source of heat loss. This can account for up to a third of the overall heating costs of your home. This short video will show you exactly how to find air leaks in your home.

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Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Posted by: on October 10th, 2013 | One Comment

Many homes, regardless of their age, have cracks or openings around doors and windows. These gaps are a huge source of heat loss in winter and could be the culprit of nearly one-third of your energy bill. This video will show you how to help increase energy efficiency in your home.

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Home Maintenance: Cleaning and Storing Tools for the Winter

Posted by: on October 8th, 2013 | Make A Comment

All summer long you have fought weeds, mowed your lawn, tended your garden, and used your outdoor power tools. After a last large fall cleanup in your yard is finished, you can begin to prep all of these tools for winter storage. Keeping your hand tools and power tools in good working order is an important part of home maintenance.

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How To Clean Your Grill

Posted by: on October 3rd, 2013 | Make A Comment

All summer long you have enjoyed nights of cookouts, meats and veggies grilled to perfection, and perhaps even deviated from your old faithful recipes and experimented with your outdoor cooking this year. Either way, your grill now has a season’s worth of deliciously hard work to clean up. It’s important to know how to clean your grill. This video tutorial will help you get your grill clean, sparkly, and ready to store for the season. Remember, if you have a gas grill, you will have to remove some pieces of the grill in order to have access to the burners.

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Fall Home Maintenance: Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

Posted by: on September 30th, 2013 | Make A Comment

A great fall home maintenance project is cleaning your home’s exterior. The spring and summer months will have taken a toll on the outside of your home and deck. Oftentimes, the summer months can breed mold or mildew that need to be removed to keep your home protected and help prevent damage. You can easily accomplish this project in a day with a pressure washer.

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Augmented Reality In The Home Depot App

Posted by: on September 26th, 2013 | 4 Comments

Making the decision to update parts of your home is easy. Picking the products to update them with can be tougher. For instance, if you are interested in getting a new door to add some curb appeal to your home, it can be difficult to envision what that door will really look like once it is installed. That is where the Augmented Reality feature of  The Home Depot mobile app can help.

Now you can take out your smartphone, open the Home Depot app, and point it towards your front door and actually see what that new door will look like.

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Cleaning Gutters: A Quick How-To

Posted by: on September 24th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Cleaning gutters is a project that you should do twice a year, in the spring and fall. The fall cleaning is most important and should be done once leaves are finished dropping. Cleaning your gutters will help to ensure proper water drainage away from your home and its foundation.

You will most likely need an extension ladder to accomplish this project, depending on the height of your house. Always remember to take the proper safety precautions when using a ladder to reach your gutters. Ensure that your ladder is on level ground and as you begin to climb it, it does not move side to side. For added stability attach a stabilizer to the top of your ladder. As a bonus, a stabilizer works really well around a window.

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