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  • We're going to show you some simple, low cost updates to suit your style & budget that can

  • take your backyard space from "drab to fab."

  • Everybody loves a deck. The smell of sizzling barbecue, glorious sunshine and summer breezes.

  • It's where families bond. But after a few brutal winters, baking summers and general

  • use, most decks and deck furniture can look a bit, well, beat up and not so inviting.

  • Here are four updates you can make to your deck and deck furniture that are simple, fast

  • and won't break the bank.

  • First up, flooring. I've seen worse, we can bring this back to life. We'll need to fix

  • a couple loose boards, power wash the surface and put on a new coat of sealer that will

  • protect this bad boy from the blistering heat, pounding rain and old man winter.

  • How about the furniture? This wrought Iron Bisto set is pretty solid and will last many

  • years, but Mother Nature hasn't been so kind to this group. With some sand paper, elbow

  • grease and a can of good exterior metal spay paint, they're back in the game. Pop on some

  • new colorful cushions, and voila, you now have a classy spot to ponder the Universe.

  • Now we need some of Mother Nature's bounty-- plants. Potted plants add beauty, color and

  • warmth to this outdoor room. Use large planters to grow evergreen trees for privacy and more

  • enclosure. Potted plants require little maintenance and are an excellent way to be one with nature.

  • When the sun goes down, turn up the fun on the deck. During the hot months, nighttime

  • on the deck is heaven. Deck lighting can be dramatic,

  • whimsical and practical.

  • If you don't want to deal with wires or electric, no worries, there is a huge selection of very

  • cool solar lights. There you go. You can do one, two or all four of these updates that

  • will make your deck the hot spot of the backyard.

We're going to show you some simple, low cost updates to suit your style & budget that can

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Outdoor Living Spaces: Easy Deck Ideas

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    nckuba posted on 2014/04/06
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