Fall planting season is your chance to renew the look of your home with new seasonal colors and textures. We asked Cassity of the Remodelaholic home improvement blog to show us how she planned her beautiful and very colorful fall garden. She has some great fall planting ideas, and some beautiful photos of her garden, too.
Express your style by creating a colorful painted rug. It’s an easy DIY project that will brighten up any outdoor space. Our step-by-step instructions will take you through how to make this DIY painted rug from a canvas drop cloth. You can also download the instructions and print them out.
We were inspired to round up a few creative ideas for building DIY outdoor furniture after stumbling across this gem of a makeover on the The Pennington Point blog. Lisa and her family created this entire outdoor living space out on their deck using “junk” from around their home and random building materials left over from previous projects. She even made her own cushions and pillows.
One of the many things we learned from the Penningtons is to hold on to every leftover scrap from a project. You never know when it might come in handy. Another thing we learned is that with the right tools, materials and a little patience, you can create the perfect spot to spend an afternoon or evening outdoors.
Here are a few more ideas for making outdoor furniture you can use in your own unique outdoor living area.
Turn crates and cinder blocks into seating benches. Seal and spray paint an old stump and you’ve got a glam side table. Bale logs in chicken wire for a table, or chainsaw them into a one-of-a-kind chaise lounger. Take a good look at these amazing projects and just imagine the outdoor furniture you could create.
Although it may seem like indoor spaces are the only areas that warrant art pieces, we loved the way our Style Challenge participants brought different kinds of “art” into their outdoor rooms to create focal points. Below are some of our favorite outdoor art ideas.
USE A MIRROR AS OUTDOOR ART
A number of our Style Challenge participants used round sunburst mirrors to make a big statement on a large expanse of wall. Whether it’s a bargain find or a DIY project, we love that it will reflect beautiful tree tops and sky from your surroundings, plus it just looks so chic!
In the photo above, Kristin of The Hunted Interiorbuilt a console table using cinder blocks for her outdoor room. To top it off, she included a large oil-rubbed bronze sunburst mirror. We love the large scale of the mirror in comparison to the DIY console table, and the way the round shape contrasts the square cinder blocks.
Warm summer nights should be enjoyed outdoors. But to do that, you’ll need to incorporate lighting into your outdoor space. During our Patio Style Challenge this spring, our bloggers incorporated lighting in several different ways. Here are a few of their outdoor lighting ideas.
HANG STRING LIGHTS
In the photo above, Whitney of The Curtis Casa added custom iron posts to her deck so that she could easily string bistro lights, giving her deck a warm and romantic feel. We love the way they look next to the potted Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree.
A fire pit is an easy way to make your outdoor space function for more than just sunny days. We love the welcoming vibe it gives to a backyard, plus you could indulge in s’mores anytime you’d like! Here are three fire pit ideas for building a warm seating area in your own space.
USE AN ANTIQUE OR SALVAGED FIRE PIT
In the courtyard of her urban home, Hannah of Maple & Shade incorporated a vintage fire pit that’s been in her family for years. The round, open shape of the pit and its large, circular handles are unusual but interesting, and the years of wear perfectly complement their 100-plus-year-old home.
Here’s a short video from Andouin Haven, design director for video at Martha Stewart Living. In it, she shares some of her secrets for creating outdoor rooms with all the style and comfort of being indoors. Using the same principles she employs when designing an interior space, Andouin will show you how to make your outdoor rooms a true reflection of your home’s interior style.
You’ll learn how to organize an outdoor kitchen with the convenience and functionality of cooking indoors. There are also expert tips on arranging and decorating an alfresco dining room with beautiful outdoor rugs and fresh flowers and plants. And you’ll see ways to use outdoor cushions and pillows to accessorize an outdoor living space to give it the comfort and feel of relaxing indoors.
Here’s a short video featuring popular DIY blogger Ana White and Home Depot associate Wendy that will show you how to build an outdoor coffee table for your patio, porch or wherever you need a place to put your feet up, or set things down.
The table is easy to build, as you will see in the video, but you will need to have a few basic tools and materials on hand. In addition to boards, wood screws and wood glue, you’ll also need a few power tools, including a circular saw, a drill, and perhaps a cordless nailer. Don’t worry if you don’t own some of the tools on this list. Your local Home Depot Tool Rental Center will be happy to let you use ours for a few hours.
Download the printable instructions for this outdoor coffee table when you’re ready to get started, and don’t be shy about emailing us photos of your awesome new outdoor coffee table when you’re done.
And if you’d like to brush up on your home improvement skills, The Home Depot offers free weekly workshops for DIYers of all ages and experience levels.
Adirondack chairs have been around for over a century. This iconic piece of patio furniture is perfect for lounging around on breezy warm days at the beach, by the pool, or out on the deck or patio. The original version was made from a solid piece of wood cut into 12 pieces. Today Adirondack chairs are available in a wide variety of materials, including plastic as well as many types of wood. You can purchase one of these chairs, as you would any other patio furniture, and relax very comfortably in your decision. Or, you could easily build your own and experience the singular pleasure that comes from creating something with your own hands.
The choice is yours, of course. And if you’re up for building your own Adirondack chair, here’s a video featuring popular DIY blogger Ana White and Home Depot associate Wendy to show you how. This project has been featured as one of our free monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops held at Home Depot stores across the country.