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DIY tips to Improve your Deck and/or Patio

Thank you for your patience, as my husband and I just got back from an amazing vacation to Hawaii. We are sad and happy to be back!

PS. If you get the chance and/or opportunity to go, you need to GO!!!!

So I would like to share with you a few simple things you can do to your outdoor space to easily make it look like a whole new space! For example here is what we did:

Repairs

  • Replace floorboards that aren’t sturdy or are old/rotting out (2).

Repaint

  • Deck
  • Spray Painted Tiki + Poles
  • Spray painted Flower planters/Shepard hooks
  • Metal arbor

I purchased the: Craftsman “paint and primer in one” to metal at Kmart for $6 each

Scrub a Dub Dub

  • Simply used soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose to clean out spots on the area rug
  • Spot cleaned chair cushions with soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose

 

 

Added

 

  • New outdoor chair throw pillows ( from Homegoods)
  • Weather protected lantern ( from Homegoods)
  • A flower pot that perfectly adds with the new pillows ( from Marshalls)
  • Globe string lights ( click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor curtain rod (click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor water resistant curtain panels (click here to purchase)

Took away

  • Arbor Chandelier – One of the lights broke, and because the light has been dc’d we could not find a replacement. Instead we decided to add and weave string lights (that are attached) to the center of the arbor

Other things you can do as well

  • Add potted plants
  • Invest in patio furniture
  • Power wash patio
  • Eliminate weeds in patio cracks

Break down of the costs:

  • Behr Exterior flat paint- 1 gallon $28
  • Behr deck over paint- 1 gallon $35
  • Craftsman “paint and primer” to metal  spray paint – $6 each
  • Throw pillows (2 to a pack) -$20 each
  • Flower pot – $6
  • Tabletop Lantern – $15

This simple refresh sure made for a new look! A look that we both have been wanting for a bit now. After time, paint fades, style changes, and you just need to add a little to change the feel, and make for a new look! After the application of 1 coat of exterior black paint, it instantly showed off the arbor! Previously, the grey color was so faded, you really didn’t know what the color was supposed to be, that goes along with the tiki torches. To match the arbor, and also allow the flowers to pop, I spray painted the flower planters, and I surely don’t regret it! I was so excited to add the globe string lights, because they add so much to the space! Especially at night, when they twinkle and the lights gleam down and bring out the lush green ferns. We knew we wanted to “enclose” our arbor space a little for more privacy, and it took a bit of time to figure out exactly what we wanted to do… But we decided to add the weathered outdoor curtain panels, and we love them!!!!!! We love the pop the curtains add to the arbor, and how cozy it made the space instantly.

Side note: We decided to not put any curtains on the side(s) because of safety reasons with the tiki’s and the grill, as  well as some bushes being in the way. Not a problem at all, we love the main view where the curtains were placed.

While some of the top layering of wood was peeling, we decided to not worry about replacing until we completely redo the deck and add a patio down the road. Why spend $$$ now when we can just save it, and do it right when we want to add the patio? But honestly once the “deck over” was applied, because of the thickness it helped make it more settle and not be as apparent. It actually adds more of a rustic feel, which I don’t mind at all! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it!

 

 

Our sweet small porch filled with fall love!

Hello Friends!

I love decorating our front porch, and especially for fall! So I am excited to share this with you!

Pumpkins and lanterns were my big inspiration this year. Driving on back country roads, I loved how people incorporated different types of pumpkins, whether it was big or small, nudgy or smooth, white, green, or off-white, and stack-able! Some mums, cornstalks and straw bales were common. So after much drive-byes of porches filled with pumpkins, I was really excited to get started on our own front porch! I went neutral this year, I added some whites, and greens. You may recognize since the last blog, we have a new accent rug! This rug was purchased at Walmart for a whole $8! I chose this grey rug as it complements our light grey siding with graphite trim. Layered on top is the hello mat in which I find so cozy. I also purchased the beautiful gold lantern for less than $10. I don’t regret purchasing it, as I think it adds a great pop of color against the neutral stacked pumpkins, and I can use it all year round in many spaces. As for the black one, I already had it, so that was easily included in this space.

The warty, green gourd is my FAVORITE! It gives so much character to the space. This gourd was actually bought at a small roadside stand, which if I haven’t told you…. Those are my favorite! Not only do you get deals, but they have a lot of fun stuff and some rockin homemade desserts too! 😉 The mums and pumpkins were gotten at one of my favorite places, the Country Barn located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When you visit the area, or live in the area and haven’t checked them out, please do so, you won’t regret it! Right now they have endless different pumpkins to choose from, gourds, mums, corn stalks, dried corn, crates, baskets, and inside they have a great selection of scrumptious baked goods, jellies etc.

P.S. I am giving you the real-life picture here! I’m sorry for the “not so pretty” bricks, we plan to power wash them this upcoming spring! And let me tell ya… I cannot wait! There are so many projects I want to get done like: power washing, scrubbing the siding, getting new outdoor lights, repainting the front door and the list goes on…. But , I have to keep telling myself that it’s fine and that it will take time!

Small Tweaks To Make Your Kitchen Feel New!

There are endless options out there to change the look of your kitchen! I would like to share with you some small tweaks we have made to our kitchen, and it made a world of a difference!

   1. Paint Cabinets- When your watching closely at the budget, replacing cabinets may not be an option. However a good coat of paint for the kitchen cabinets can make them look brand new. Sanding and filing in any holes with wood filler will instantly make them look new. I encourage you to go with a new color, a color that will lighten your space and speaks about you!

   2. Replacing hardware – Even the slightest change, like changing out the hardware can make a vast difference. Everything from drawer pulls to cabinet knobs, hinges etc. can brighten up the interior space of your kitchen. If you previously had a darker color, change it to a silver or bronzed. Combining this with a new coat of paint, and your guests will think you to your kitchen remolded! If you feel you don’t feel comfortable or have tools of doing this, contact friends or family, it’s not an overly complicated task.

*** This was the most recent that we did, and we are so happy we chose to change out the hardware! Such a small project to do, that made a significant difference!

    3. Adding a coat of paint – I think I have mentioned it a couple times already, a little paint goes a long way. I encourage you to go with a really well quality paint. I have always gone  with Behr paint, and don’t regret it! Although it may be a little more pricier, I think it’s  worth the outcome!

     4. Switching out a lighting fixture – New and upgraded lighting fixtures are a great focus point for many rooms. Once the new paint is applied to the walls, and cabinets and new hardware is placed, and changing out even one light fixture (you don’t have to change all) can ideally make the space look totally different. Ideally the light that sits above your table is a vast piece and catches most of the population. Not only does lighting serve as a functional use, it serves as a decorative touch.

       5. Switching out decor!

Let me know what you think! Or if you have any questions regarding your kitchen, please contact me!

A 15 min creation!

Want to fill a space in your home, but have little time to spare?

I have a small project for you, it doesn’t have to match exactly, but I hope that this can give you inspiration as to what you would like to create.

1. First here is what you will need:

  • Stud finder
  • Glue gun
  • Command strips (be sure to grab ones that are heavy enough to hold picture frames)
  • Pencil (to mark on wall)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure

2. Next, place your items on the floor to be sure you are content with how it will be placed on the wall. Sometimes when you’re making a collage, you will find you have many decisions, preferences, and ways in which you can lay out the items!

** In the meantime, I had a loose strand of dried Eucalyptus laying around. So I decided to use a hot glue gun and form it into a little wreath for inside an empty picture frame. I love how it turned out!  

Afterward, I used a fine-point sharpie pen and created an inspirational quote that I am very encouraged by. To make it pop I added some free handed leafy creation to add that more nature feel. 

I also used 3 different types of picture frames. I like how they intertwined each other with color and style.

3. Using the stud finder – you want to find a stud that will allow for a heavier object to hold on the wall (for my creation I did not use one because the frames were very light). Mark where there is a stud(s) so you know where to place the nail.

4. Measure Be sure to measure the marks you had put on the wall (in between) so they are even and balanced.

5. Place nail at the mark and use hammer to tap into the wall.

6. Place hangings on wall accordingly.

 

 

  7. Tadaaa!

Have any questions? Or wanting to fill an empty wall but can’t figure out just what you want contact me and we can have a consultation!

3 ways to utilize plaid in your kitchen!

Recently my eye has been on plaid, I have used plaid in various ways and I love how it looks! Thanks to the 90’s renaissance and the heritage fashionable movement, plaid is coming back! Plaid adds a touch of vintage warmth to your home. Here are some tips on how to incorporate plaid into your kitchen.

Have Fun with the Fabric

While your furniture (cabinets, dining room table) in the kitchen is a big focal point in your space, the small details and accents are what complete the all-inclusive look of the room.    You can add vivid colors with patterns and textures that add a special touch. Or you can also use simple and plain plaid and then utilize some decor that makes that space speak.  Imaging sleek white cabinets surrounding the dinner table, with a neutral plaid table runner, topped with 2 beautiful fresh cut hydrangeas. Simply ravishing!

 

 

 

Don’t forget the Details

Plaid dishcloths, kitchen towels, placemats, kitchen rug, plaid coffee mugs, chair cushions, plaid napkins, dishes, aprons, curtains/draperies, some even do wallpaper…. The possibilities are boundless when it comes to plaid in the kitchen!  Many people say plaid is good for the winter, in my opinion, I think it is great for all year round! Whether that may be using rich colors in winter, or neutrals with bright accents/ bright plaids with neutral decor in the summer So what are you waiting for? Let’s get decorating!

 

 

Any Questions?? 

Please contact Brittany Kay Interior Decorating, I would love to help answer any questions whether that is a quick phone call or a sit-down consultation.