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A backyard makeover does not have to break the bank. By asking friends, searching the Internet, and using objects found in the yard, these California homeowners transformed a bleak backyard into a lush getaway.
An inexpensive outdoor area rug blooms thanks to an oversize floral stencil and some bright paint.
A ceiling medallion coated with exterior paint brightens a table and holds down a tablecloth on a windy day.
Graphic stencils and paint in happy hues give plain terra-cotta pots sunny dispositions.
A small rectangle of chalkboard paint on a ceramic pot is a perfect place to ID a fresh herb for a table garden.
A botanical motif stenciled on an outdoor pillow continues the nature-inspired decorating scheme.
Small glass jars decoupaged with tissue paper (and shellacked for maximum weather-worthiness) glow when tea lights flicker inside.
Solar-power paper orbs add colorful ambience overhead -- no electricity required.
Battery-power LED lights masquerade as water lilies in the pond.
Candles tucked into lanterns boost the coziness appeal.
Placing the pergola-topped deck as close to the hand-dug pond as possible gives this oasis a docklike feel. Bright bedsheets used as curtains add privacy. A vintage trunk becomes a movable ottoman/coffee table/storage bench with a fresh coat of paint, a set of casters, and a padded top wrapped in festive, weather-resistant vinyl.
Pretty patterned vinyl atop the DIY ottoman (see previous slide for full project) repels spills and moisture. A bright tray holds drinks and snacks.
Materials left over from a home addition provided the bones of this tucked away cottage. Old windows and doors, extra wood, and leftover roofing were used to create this charming bonus room.
A shelf outfitted with dollhouse fencing, both found at a crafts store and then painted orange, makes a delightful window box when planted with petunias and pinwheels.
This custom welcome mat project cost less than $25; crafts sticks and inexpensive house numbers from the home store act as masks for the spray paint.
Leftover building material also provided a new space for the family dog. A removable roof makes it easy to clean.
Chalkboard paint applied to a dog dish further customizes the pup's playground.