Have Fun with FurnitureIf you haven’t looked at outdoor furniture lately, you’ll be amazed by how far it has come. Gone are the days of painted metal, dark wood, and cushions that are not well-suited to weather.
These days, you’ll find furniture in a variety of materials — from wood to metal to wicker — that are designed to last even in the harsh sun and rain. And they have cushions made of real cloth that’s comfortable without being fragile.
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Save on AccessoriesYou’ll want to add a few accessories to make your outdoor space feel more like a room.
To create a serving cart, we picked up an inexpensive potting bench at the home center, and then painted it bright yellow to match the furniture’s accents. Cold drinks sit on ice in the soil tray, and the shelves offer ample serving space.
Behind one of the chairs, we wired together three inexpensive woven metal panels to hide the air conditioner. These panels look great and will weather well.
Add Pizzazz with PlantsFinally, we decorated the patio with plants in containers (find a complete plant list at WorkbenchSpecials.com). They add color and help tie the patio to the surrounding yard. At the same time, though, they help create “walls” that define this as its own unique space.
With all this in place on your new patio, you only need to add one thing: family and friends.