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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!

 

 

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!

Autumn “making the most with what you have”

Have some ideas for fall decorating outside, but have a smaller space to work with? Well guess what, we relate!

I wanted to do something different this year with the space, something more DIY involved. Of course while loving the shabby-chic and rustic style, I combined the two!
In doing so, my husband and I came across a roadside stand one day while running errands…. And we fell in love with it!
There were bountiful amounts of pumpkin colors/sizes, gourds, corn stalks, and mums.

Here are the end results!

As you can see the space I had to work with is not significant, and that’s ok. There are many things you can do to create a space that is eye-catching and inviting at the same time. 

To tie in 2 different favorite styles of mine I added: A well used, rustic apple basket bought at a yard sale for $2! I did not stain or make any changes to it, because I really adore the old character. To add contrast I added a light colored apple basket, a beautiful blueish, green pumpkin that lies on top of 4 stems of greens. Incorporating some pop of color, I applied Sharpie Gold pen where I then wrote “Fall.”

Some things I already had sitting around that I used were, the wooden crate, and pumpkin & Spice sign.There are times when I am shopping and I find things I really want, but question what am I going to do with it, or where am I going to put it?? Well guess what, sometimes it’s just good to get what you really like and make use of it in times like these! Sometimes those items are the perfect fit when changing your decor.

Not quite sure how you would like to decorate your space (possibly a limited space) for the season? Contact me for a consultation and I’d love to help!  You can also follow my Instagram : bk_interiordecorating

Painting your interior door!

img_20161231_141209Do you want a fresh and brighter look inside your home?!

I have the solution… Apply a fresh coat of paint on your interior door! They have the potential to give your home a new life! It can serve as a great focus point in any room!

Doors are available in a variety of sizes, and shapes; they can be painted any color for fun, drama, and just plain simple rather than standing out. What I did here was repainted what used to be a drab, light tan colored door…. into a bright, freshly painted “gallery white” door! Doing this not only brightened up the space, but made the whole area surrounding it at present appear a lot fresher looking as well! As a result, I am in love with it!

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What’s your plan for your patio/deck/sun room decor?

 

Spring is here, and Summer is right around the corner!! Finally right?! It’s that time that we all start brainstorming ideas for our patio/deck/sun room decor and planting! There are endless opportunities to enhance your space with just those small simple tweaks.

Those may include:

  • Lay down a vibrant area rug under your table and chairs or wicker furniture
  • Apply some paint to your rugged wood furniture
  • Plant a mixture of flowers in vivid planters
  • Administer deck cover (stain/color)
  • Pitch those old musty pillows, and substitute with fun, eye catching full pillows
  • Set up some lanterns with little tealights, to set off that romantic, and cozy feel

Have some ideas, but can’t pull them together like your wanting. Contact me! I would love to help solve those stresses to create your dream patio, deck or sun room, whether that is an individual consultation or a full project!!