February 01, 2011
48 HOURS TO A PERFECT PATIO
Ah Spring! A time of renewal with flowers and trees blooming, grass greening and warmer temperatures bringing us back to the outdoors. But before you can begin to truly enjoy the fresh air – there are many needed updates to your patio areas to help recover from the harsh effects of old man winter.
Luckily, with a few spring spruce-up projects, you can achieve a patio revival in only a weekend that’s simple… yet looks sensational.
Wash Away Winter
When we think spring – we think cleaning! No matter what type of patio you may have, pressure washing is a simple way to make it shine. It offers instant gratification as layers of dirt, dust and grime are quickly blasted away. Don’t have a pressure washer? No worries that you need to run out and buy one; most rental companies or home improvement centers offer reasonably priced daily rentals.Or it’s an opportunity to visit the neighbors who you haven’t seen during the cold months to borrow theirs!
Bring New Life to Old Furniture
Once your patio area is clean it’s time to bring out the seating. But have your table and chairs seen better days? The outdoor elements can wreak havoc on patio furniture. Fortunately, you can easily turn something ready for the trash into a new treasure by updating it with a coat of spray paint.
To start, lightly sand and clean the entire surface. Next, spray the entire piece of furniture with a new, updated paint color. For metal, wood or wicker surfaces, try Krylon’s Outdoor Spaces spray, or for plastic surfaces, try Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic spray paint. Both products are available in a wide selection of popular colors and finishes and offer superior protection to keep your patio furniture looking beautiful for years to come.
Petals and Pots with Pizzazz
Finally it’s time to liven up your patio area with beautiful and aromatic flowers. But just as important as choosing the pretty petals, is planting them in the perfect pot! Terra cotta pots are ideal since they come in a variety of sizes and are inexpensive. For added pizzazz, you can update these planters with a splash of color. You can choose one color for all of your pots or mix it up. This is a great project to experiment with all of the colors that you love but were hesitant to commit to inside your home. If you change your mind, all you need is a new can of spray paint.
To start, turn each pot upside down on newspaper and spray the pot with your favorite shade of Krylon Outdoor Spaces spray paint. Once dry, you may choose to spray your vibrant pot with a clear, Pearlescent or Glitter spray to achieve the dazzling finish you desire.
With just these few simple projects, your patio will be festive and fashionable with just a weekend’s worth of work. For more information on other products or products from Krylon, visit www.projectsinacan.com.