DIY Corner Bench with Storage and Seating

Posted by: on April 9th, 2015 | 11 Comments

DIY Corner Bench with Storage and Seating

This corner bench is a custom-made feature in the amazing backyard makeover designed by Caitlin Ketcham, author of the blog Desert Domicile. Take a look at Caitlin’s low maintenance backyard to see how this built-in bench and fire pit lounge fits into the overall backyard design. 

The bench provides plenty of seating for enjoying the fire pit. Caitlin even included flower planters in each end of the L-shaped bench. 

The Home Depot helped her with building this corner bench, as well as some of the other larger projects in her backyard makeover, including the floating deck, a beautiful slatted outdoor privacy screen and artificial grass installation.  (Seriously. You should take a moment to see all the amazing features of this backyard.) 

Here’s Caitlin’s tutorial explaining how you can build an outdoor bench like this in your backyard.  

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How to Build a Floating Deck

Posted by: on April 8th, 2015 | Make A Comment

How to Build a Floating Deck

A floating deck, or freestanding deck, can add visual appeal to your backyard as well as increasing the space available for outdoor dining, entertaining or just relaxing outside. Caitlin Ketcham of the blog Desert Domicile included a beautiful floating deck in her amazing total backyard makeover, part of our Patio Style Challenge. Caitlin handled the backyard design, and The Home Depot helped with the bigger projects, including this floating deck.

As you’ll see, this is not a small DIY project, but it’s doable for anyone with moderate DIY skills who wants to tackle it. Caitlin describes all the steps involved below. 

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Low Maintenance Backyard Design Ideas

Posted by: on April 6th, 2015 | 13 Comments

Low Maintenance Backyard Design Ideas

We’re calling this a backyard makeover, but it’s really a lot more than that. It’s more of a backyard design extravaganza. And best of all, everything you see here is low maintenance, and uses very little water. That makes these backyard ideas particularly good for anyone who lives in the desert or is dealing with drought conditions… or who just wants to spend less time caring for the yard and more time enjoying it.

This low maintenance backyard is part of our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog, but we had something special in mind. We wanted to see what Caitlin Ketcham of Desert Domicile could do with an entire backyard, so we upped the stakes. We challenged Caitlin to create a dream backyard, and we’d make it happen. Her backyard design ideas and drought landscaping includes plenty of outdoor seating, an outdoor dining area, a grilling station,a floating deck and even a luxurious carpet of artificial grass.  

All we can say is wow! Caitlin’s backyard is full of terrific outdoor ideas that are practical and very stylish, and they require little upkeep. We got her to write up some tutorials, too, for the several DIY projects you see in her backyard.

But first, Caitlin’s amazing backyard makeover reveal…  

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Before and After: Covered Backyard Patio Design

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2015 | 7 Comments

Covered Backyard Patio Design

Good patio design makes the most of an outdoor space. Here we have a patio with a good deal of room, but in a long and fairly narrow layout. We love how it became two comfortable and lovely spaces: a covered outdoor seating area and a patio dining area. 

We asked Long time best friends Mallory and Savannah, who blog at Classy Clutter, to take part in our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Dept Blog. Mallory lives in Buffalo, New York which was still covered in snow when this project got underway. So the patio redo and the terrific patio design ideas here are from Savannah, who lives in the sunny state of Arizona.

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Outdoor Dining Set Only the Beginning of Deck Makeover

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2015 | 16 Comments

Outdoor Dining Set Only the Beginning of Deck Makeover

 

There’s no use having a deck on the back of your home if it’s not an inviting outdoor space. That was the case for Erin Marshall, who blogs at Live Pretty on a Penny. Her total deck makeover has changed all that, though. She sanded and stained her deck and added some nice decor touches, including the centerpiece of the deck redo– a beautiful 7-piece outdoor dining set. 

This deck makeover is part of The Home Depot Blog’s Patio Style Challenge series. We sent Erin an outdoor dining set to get her started, and she did the rest.

We love what she did to upgrade her outdoor space. Along with the deck makeover details and photos, she also shares a couple of DIY projects– a wooden cooler box and a mountable shelf for succulents.

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Small Patio Decorating Ideas for Renters (and Everyone Else)

Posted by: on April 1st, 2015 | 7 Comments

Small Patio Ideas for Renters (and Everyone Else)

Here are some great small patio ideas for a comfortable and attractive outdoor space that doesn’t include a lot of space. Most of these ideas will work great on an apartment balcony or the small patio of a condo. And take note if you rent your home: You can easily take all this patio decor to your next home. 

This is the contribution to The Home Depot Blog’s Patio Style Challenge series from Aileen Allen, who writes At Home in Love. We sent her a patio furniture set to get her started, and she did the rest. 

These small patio decorating ideas make the most of a small space in an apartment or condo, but you’re bound to get some good patio inspiration even if you’re working with something with room to spare. 

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DIY Curtain Rod Using Cabinet Knobs and a Dowel Rod

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DIY Curtain Rod Using Cabinet Knobs and a Dowel Rod

This tutorial will show you how to create a DIY curtain rod using cabinet knobs and a dowel rod. We chose a cabinet knob with a satin nickle finish, but you can choose knobs with a different look to fit your decor.

Just follow the step-by-step instructions to make your own DIY curtain rod.  

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DIY Curtain Rods Made From Rope

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DIY Curtain Rods Made From Rope

These DIY curtain rods are made from rope, with attractive wooden cabinet knobs used to attach the curtain rods to the wall. We customized the knobs with spray paint for a unique look. Of course, you can choose from practically any style of cabinet knob to create your own DIY curtain rods. 

Just follow our step-by-step tutorial. 

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Patio with Pergola Ideas and An Outdoor Sectional Set

Posted by: on March 31st, 2015 | 29 Comments

Patio Ideas Starting With a Gorgeous Outdoor Sectional Set

These patio ideas revolve around a lovely, muted patio sectional set that makes the outdoor space comfortable, versatile and easy to decorate. 

We sent the modular seating to designer Bethany DeVore of Dwellings by DeVore for our Patio Style Challenge series. We challenged Bethany and several other talented design bloggers to style attractive and functional outdoor spaces with a patio set from The Home Depot as a starting point. 

Bethany makes the most out the space under her pergola with colorful art, a cool Craigslist find, privacy curtains and an amazing DIY hanging succulent planter. There are so many terrific patio ideas here that would make any outdoor space something special.     

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Backyard Deck Ideas with Dining Set and Window Boxes

Posted by: on March 30th, 2015 | 12 Comments

Patio Dining Set Center of Stunning Deck Makeover

A bright, well-appointed backyard deck makes spending time outside so much more enjoyable. Mallory Fitzsimmons of the blog Charming in Charlotte used a Home Depot patio dining set as the starting point for her new backyard deck idea that’s full of bright and bold color and clever ways to ensure a little bit of privacy. 

This is Mallory’s contribution to our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Mallory the patio dining set, and let her take it from there. Read on for her gorgeous decorating ideas to inspire your own backyard deck makeover.

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