As the weather warms, we’ll be looking at our outdoor spaces to provide a welcome change of scenery. Whether you have a small slab of concrete in the city or a sprawling backyard in the suburbs, getting prepared for the sights and sounds of summer is an uplifting DIY project!
Imagine evenings gathered around the fire pit, grilling, and being surrounded by nature and our loved ones. After all, vacation is not a destination; it’s a state of mind.
All projects start with prep work -- and the outdoors are no exception. So before sprucing up the decor, it’s important to start with a solid foundation. The first priority on the to-do list is to give your deck or porch a good cleaning. Clear away any debris with a broom or blower, and then wash it down. Using a professional cleaning product will help prime the area for any staining or painting. C2’s Paint Deck Cleaner is a 3-in-1 revolutionary product that deeply penetrates pores and loosens contamination for easy cleaning on all wood types. It contains enhancers that remove unsightly wood discoloration while easily and safely removing mold and mildew stains. Because it contains no harsh chemicals, it’s safe for pets and family!
Using a quality product to protect the wood from the elements will keep it from rotting and wear over the years. C2 Guardabsorbs deeply into the wood, forming a flexible polymer barrier and becoming part of the wood’s cellular structure. This enhanced cellular structure resists water penetration, helping to prevent cracking, splitting, or warping, while at the same time reducing the effects of mold and mildew. (Note:using C2 Guard will protect the wood structure for up to 10 years. However, the surface might need re-stained before then because of general wear and tear like scuffing).
Here’s the fun part! Determine your decor vibe. Are you a funky modernist who covets bright colors or a naturalist looking to create a bohemian oasis? Two key decor elements include:
Nothing enhances the outdoors like beautiful greenery, florals, and even herbs. Do some research on what is right for your region and area (full sun vs. partial shade, etc.). Some people prefer more sculptured greenery a la Edward Scissorhands while others prefer more free-flowing plants like pampas grass that moves fluidly with the wind.
Alfresco dining, anyone? Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to add instant ambiance -- and looks especially inviting outdoors. Choose from a wide variety of lighting options to suit your needs and taste:
The outdoors are an important extension of our homes, so protecting the structure from the weather is priority number one. Once that task is complete, get creative with the design. Consider your own style and function, consider reusing or refurbishing old furniture, and then add lanterns or lighting to create an escape that's just steps away!
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