With fall just a few short months away, I’ll be spending even more time on my patio and I’m sure you will, too. There’s nothing quite like entertaining outdoors when the weather turns crisp and the leaves are falling. This week, we have the perfect DIY project to give your outdoor space ambiance and seasonal appeal.
How to Build an Outdoor Chandelier
Use a wood board, Mason jars and votive candles to create a rustic outdoor chandelier.
To create this chandelier, you’ll need these materials: wood board (any size), spray paint (any color), screw eye hooks, manila rope, Mason jars, seeds/beans and votive candles in glass holders.
First, paint the top, bottom and sides of the wood board and let dry completely. Then, screw eye hooks into each corner on the top of the board. Attach each Mason jar to the board with a hot glue gun, making sure they are equal distance apart. Begin filling each jar one-third full with seeds or beans, and then place the glass votive candles in the jars low enough to keep them in place.
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Once the jars are full, add your manila rope by threading it through the screw hooks and hanging it from your desired location on the porch. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>
Give this outdoor lighting project a try, and then tell us how it transforms your outdoor space!
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Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your outdoor room party-ready … and quick! Last week we spruced up the deck and turned it into a stylish, weather-resistant painted area “rug.” This week, we’re making entertaining even easier by turning an old dresser into an indoor/outdoor serving buffet. Nothing can ruin the mood like having to run inside every five minutes to grab napkins … then plates … then cups … forks. (Not to mention the air conditioning bill.) So, keep your outdoor entertaining essentials easily accessible and stylishly concealed by storing them in a repurposed dresser on your deck or patio.
And yes, this project gets even more awesome with the addition of casters on the bottom for mobility. So grab that old dresser that’s been collecting dust in your attic or garage, sand it down, give it a few coats of spray paint, attach casters and you’re officially ready for your holiday hosting gig. Check out the detailed shopping list and step-by-step instructions at HGTV.com for this easy-to-create outdoor serving buffet by designer/feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn. And of course, we want to see and hear about your finished project, too!
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This week at HGTV Design Happens, we’re gettin’ out the paintbrushes.
I don’t know about you, but I usually spend every moment of my weekends enjoying time outside. I want to take in all the sunshine and Vitamin D I possibly can in those two precious days. Plus, cool summer evenings are the perfect time for grilling and entertaining outdoors. So, why not reflect the energy and vibrancy of the season by updating your outdoor space with a chic painted area rug. This cool projects is from designer/feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn.
This low-maintenance DIY decorating idea is perfect for homes with messy little ones or for those who like to host frequent get-togethers. Clean up can be done in a snap; grab the broom, sweep off the crumbs and you’re done. And what makes this project even better is that it’s ideal for those of us who absolutely cannot paint or draw a straight line. Let the edges of the deck planks be your guide.
Don’t forget to share your finished project with us! Did you go with a lively orange? Or maybe something a little more neutral like chocolate brown? We’d love to see or hear about your creation.
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I’ve got spring fever – bad. Ever since Groundhog Day. Now that the sun is making a comeback and it’s not dark when I leave work, I’m ready to live on my patio. Unfortunately, my outdoor space currently consists of … well, nothing. And a naked patio is a boring patio. Do you have the same problem? Fortunately, with HGTV.com’s Fast Fix: Outdoors, I can give my patio some love, and so should you. This DIY outdoors design guide is packed with projects to match your skill level, schedule and style.
Lacking a green thumb? Well, in just a few hours you can turn into a natural-born gardener by creating your own mobile container garden out of galvanized metal trash cans and casters. Design Happens featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will give your outdoor space some green bling in no time.
Make the most out of your backyard or patio by turning it into a cozy retreat perfect for relaxing (and daydreaming).
The designers featured on Designers’ Portfolio provide plenty of eye candy and inspiration. I’ve selected my five favorite spaces to share with you:
A bold dining room from Shelly Reihl David
It may not be quite warm enough in many parts of the country, but I bet we’re all ready to head outside to enjoy the sunshine! Outdoor spaces are the perfect way to get your vitamin D fix and they can suit any design style. Enjoy outdoor living with these lovely finds:
Learn how to make your own paving stone patio here.
House of Turquoisegives us a sneak peak of Crate and Barrel’s 2010 outdoor collection.
A once-forgotten garden shed is turned into a cozy cottage retreat at Cottage Magpie.
Large-scale artwork and bright colors turn an overlooked outdoor space into an urban retreat.
Click here for more great outdoor living inspirations and ideas.