Revamp Your Outdoor Spaces!
If you’ve visited your local home and garden store in the last few weeks, you likely noticed that the seasonal aisle is stocked. Filled to the brim with BBQs, patio furniture and oh-so-fabulous backyard lounge chairs.
Tempting as it is to toss out the old stuff that’s been sitting in your garage all winter – or worse, taking a beating outdoors for the past few months – a few simple, budget-friendly tips and tricks will help to make everything old look new again.
I’m a big fan of using what you got and giving it new life. I know sometimes some things do need to be replaced. But, there are many ways you can get last year’s space looking new. Read on for seven ways to do just that!
1. Make old, new again.
There’s nothing worse than removing your patio furniture cushions from storage and realizing they’re all stained. Before you think about tossing them, give them a clean. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water and let the cushion covers soak for 1 to 6 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Wash as normal and your cushions should come out stain-free and looking brand new.
2. Win the weeding war.
Did you know that watering your weeds makes it easier to pull them out? If it hasn’t rained in a few days, water your weeds before yanking them. Fun fact: If the soil is moist, you are also less likely to disturb any plants nearby.
3. Save with a little scrubbing.
There’s a simple solution for removing dirt, grime and stains from patio furniture and even your deck. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water (following the instructions on the package) and apply the solution to almost anywhere. Let stand for a few minutes and scrub as needed. It will leave everything looking neat and clean again.
4. Wheel your way to wonderful.
Re-arranging rather than replacing is also a good way to give new life to your backyard. Consider moving planters and patio furniture to different spots within your space to give it a wonderful new look and feel. Remember, you’re not alone when moving heavy items like lounge chairs… there are wheels to help! Wheeling your furniture around doesn’t eliminate all the hard work but will put less strain on your back.
5. Touch-up paint.
You’ll be surprised to see how much of a difference a new coat of paint can do to your patio or deck. Or maybe there is an area in your backyard that will pop with just a little bit of colour.
6. Get an outdoor area rug.
It’s simple if you think about it. When you see the difference it makes, you’ll be wowed. A nice pattern or bright colour will make people think you’ve changed everything. Funny how our eyes can trick us!
7. Add lighting.
Globe string lighting can add elegance to your outdoor space and can revamp your dining area if placed above it. You can choose to line your yard or fence with LED lighting for a modern feel that ups safety too. Choosing spotlights can highlight the beautiful landscape, thus making your space look great!
After a weekend of weeding, wheeling and scrubbing with OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, your back, arms, legs – yes, your whole body – may be aching with pain. Make sure you leave yourself enough time on Sunday evening for a warm bath and a few hours curled up with a good book or movie.
Make Time for You!
Before going to bed, rub and soothe your sore muscles (all of them!) with Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream. The best things about this product is that it works fast. You can put it on before bed because it is non-greasy. Plus, it won’t stain your sheets!
Share your favourite budget-friendly tips for getting your outdoor space, garden party ready.
How do you revamp your outdoor spaces?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.