A Bold Outdoor Room Makeover
Create this relaxing outdoor room in just one afternoon -- then enjoy it all summer.
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Before: Empty Patio
This patio was bland wasted space. With a few easy projects it was transformed quickly into a beautiful bohemian retreat.
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After: Tropical Oasis
Tie-dye and solid curtain panels define a soothing oasis beneath a second-story deck. Easy projects, such as embellished pillar candles, and a coffee table decorated with wood trivets lend flavor to this exotic, temporary getaway.
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Add color to inexpensive white cotton panels with fabric dye. Shirr the panels, interspersed with solid panels for contrast, on dowels and hang each dowel from two cup hooks.
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Embellish a coffee table with wood trivets, and then paint the whole thing a high-energy citron hue. The shelf provides storage for extra pillows.
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Use hot glue to attach lengths of ribbon to a round wire frame and embellish with strands of beads to make this lantern-like accent.
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Paint wood discs and rings (from a crafts store), drill two small holes in each, and thread on fishing line to make your own hanging accents, a bargain alternative to ready-made wood and capiz-shell strands.
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Slip stretchy bead bracelets (from an import store) around pillar candles. Be sure lit candles don't burn too close to the bracelets.