Easy Outdoor Upgrades Under $75
'Tis nearly the season for enjoying the great outdoors.
But could your yard or patio use some revamping?
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Spruce up your patch of green with affordable finds and quick-and-easy DIY projects.
The editors of This Old House share their best budget-friendly makeover ideas:
Paint and Swing
Hang a tree swing and paint it a fun color. Catching the breeze on this backyard classic will make you feel like a kid again.
Unfinished cedar adult-size rope swing, about $60; breezyswings.com
WeatherAll exterior semigloss in Hot Rod, about $12 per quart; truevalue.com for stores
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Make a Watery Garden
Turn a trough into a water garden. Fill a container you have on hand with water. Anchor each plant in its own pot of clay soil, topped with a ½-inch layer of pea gravel. Place on bricks so that the plants' crowns are above the water surface.
Grassy aquatic plants, about $9 each; lilypons.com
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Put in a Hammock
Create a relaxing—and romantic—destination in the yard by hanging a rope hammock fit for you and your sweetie.
Two-person fabric cotton outdoor wood-frame hammock, about $36; amazon.com
Light Up Your Deck
Run rope lights under your bottom deck rail for atmospheric night lighting.
American Lighting's indoor/outdoor 50-foot rope lighting kit with mounting clips, about $60; amazon.com
Repaint Outdoor Recliners
Paint Adirondack chairs a cheery color.
Impervex Latex High Gloss Metal & Wood paint, about $23 per quart; benjaminmoore.com for stores