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Written by Colleen Kalil

Small Budget, Big Results

home painters, exterior paintingWarmer weather and longer days mean more time outdoors for most people. Whether you like to entertain family and friends or spend quiet time reading, your backyard can be transformed into a great outdoor living space. Upgrading the outdoor spaces around the home is a popular home renovation project, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get high-end results. Regardless of the size of your yard, you can create a relaxing oasis without breaking your bank.

Add A Water Feature

There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of moving water. Adding a fountain to your backyard is an inexpensive way to get an instant atmosphere boost. A fountain can be the focal point in your yard, or it can be part of the overall design. Whichever route you choose, a fountain can have a big impact.

Upcycle Materials

If you look around your home, it’s very likely you’ll find unused material that can be repurposed to create something for your backyard oasis. Old tires can be painted and be used as planters or garden borders, scrap lumber can become a beautiful wooden planter or a small raised garden. Ask family and friends what surplus materials they have as well. You’re only limited by your imagination.

Rock Garden

If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, add a rock garden to your yard. It’s easy maintenance and can be an inexpensive design element. Scout around your yard for rocks to use. Home centers sell a variety of rocks and crushed stone that are fairly inexpensive. Pick out our favorite stone mix and create your very own Zen garden.

Shed A Little Light

Adding even a few well-placed lights can add a sparkle to your yard for very little money. Check second-hand stores for strings of lights and use either clear or color bulbs. Paper lanterns are another inexpensive lighting option that will deliver a big impact. Pierced aluminum cans, glass mason jars, or solar lights offer more lighting choices.

University Painters can be a great resource for your backyard transformation plans. Contact us today for a free appointment at 800-390-4848 or visit our website at universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Quick Changes To Your Outdoor Spaces

exterior painter,, home paintersDo you love outdoor projects but don’t have a whole afternoon to devote to it? Consider one or two simple projects that require very little time but can change an unused corner of your yard into something special.

Vertical Gardens

If you don’t have the space, or the time, to invest in a large garden, you can still create a simple place to grow herbs or flowers that’s quick and easy. Repurpose indoor organizers such as canvas clothing or shoe organizers into unique planters for outdoor use.  Hang them in an area that gets plenty of sun. Use inexpensive clay pots to create a multilevel planter. Turn some pots upside down to create tiers and top them with potted plants.

Banish Pesky Mosquitoes

If you have a favorite relaxation spot in your yard, but are plagued by mosquitoes, there are quick, eco-friendly ways to drive them out of your space. Citronella candles, either store bought or homemade ones, keep these pests away, provide lighting, and create a calming glow.

Not only will eating garlic keep insects at a distance, but so will a simple garlic spray that you can mix up at home. Your yard may smell like a garlic festival for the first 24 hours, but after that, you won’t smell it but mosquitoes will and they’ll steer clear.

Faux Pergola

You don’t have to be an expert carpenter to create a fun little pergola-style canopy. A drop cloth and four poles are all you need. Paint the poles a color that complements your home’s exterior. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you could add a few yards of tulle fabric to each corner to create a curtain effect.

Mini Fire Pit

With a few simple tools and an unused grill you can create a place to roast marshmallows in the evening, for little or no money. Remove the legs from an unused circular grill, dig a hole the same size and shape as the grill, line the hole with stones, and voila, your own fire pit.

These quick and easy projects can improve your yard’s appearance and your enjoyment. University Painters is a great resource for your backyard transformation plans. Contact us today at 800-390-4848 for a free appointment or visit our website at universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

5 Ways To Add Color To Your Landscape

Colors that can make your boring outdoor space look extraordinary can come from many sources. Here are some simple ways you can add beautiful hues outside:

Grow Flowering Plants In Containers

A very easy way of adding color to the outdoors is to incorporate flowering plants in containers. The miniature gardens that you make can be easily moved. Hanging flower baskets can also add color outdoors.

Bring In Colorful Pots

You can create a more colorful garden by using plant containers in shades of magenta, blue, orange, purple and red. Pots offer you an opportunity to bring in striking color variations to your outdoor space. You can pair colorful containers with plants that are prized for their foliage such as succulents, hostas and herbs. Using colorful containers can also incorporate colors to shady areas where flowers do not usually grow.

Use Colorful Outdoor Furniture

Tables and sitting areas often serve as the focal point in the landscape, making them an ideal place to add color. One way to do this inexpensively is to trade in the tan and brown cushions for ones with eye-catching colors. You may also consider adding colorful pillows to your seat cushions.

Use Garden Art

Outdoor decors such as mosaic art, colorful stepping stones and Talavera pottery can handle weather extremes outside of your home while adding interest to your landscape. A mural can also brighten up a bare outdoor wall. You may also want to add some decorative tiles. Tiles come in different colors and designs so they make a great material for adding color to outdoor structures such as kitchen countertops, stairs and water features.

Paint A Wall With An Eye-Catching Color

Painting a wall is a fun way of infusing rich hues into your landscape. Some homeowners’ associations may not allow brightly colored walls on building exteriors but you can opt for painting parts of the landscape that are not visible from the road.

When selecting a paint color, go for one that complements the surrounding area, which includes the plants and the outdoor furniture. You can use a color wheel if you need help deciding between a complementary or analogous color.

An experienced painting service contractor can give your wall a new color with a smooth finish, as well as provide you with inputs when it comes to choosing the right hues for your landscape. University Painters will be happy to provide you with professional painting services. Contact us today to get a free estimate.