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5 DIY Ideas For Your Backyard Escape

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Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy some fresh air while relaxing with your loved ones outdoors. Backyard spaces make a great place to gather while still enjoying the serenity of your own home. If you are looking for some inspiration to spruce up your area without paying the professionals, we’ve got some simple DIY ideas for your backyard transformation!

1. DIY Pergola Kits

One of our favorite summer DIY projects is transforming mediocre backyards into serene sanctuaries that’ll keep you out of the heat. Adding a landscaping structure, such as a pergola, gives you the opportunity to enhance and add more depth to an already existing area. Pergolas offer space for you and your family to socialize and relax, while also doubling as natural shade from direct sunlight. Skip the expensive costs of paying a contractor to build an outdoor structure and purchase a pergola kit. Kits through Amish Country Gazebos are ready for installation as soon as they’re delivered. Not only will you have the perfect backyard setting, but you’ll save tons of time and money. Your family will thank you later!

2. Accessorize Already Existing Features

Accessories are an easy way for you to complement already existing features in your backyard. Add some mood-enhancing string lights to a gazebo or pergola, or find some fun potted plants to add some greenery near your patio furniture. Plants and flowers make great DIY ideas for your backyard because they can create a colorful focal point that not only look pretty, but also double as great conversation starters. During the summer months, canopies and shades can be purchased for the extra layer of coverage on your pergola setup. When winter rolls around, heating units can equip your space with added warmth so you can still enjoy your fixture as things cool down. Your backyard setup doesn’t always have to be brand new, small additions can create a big difference in your space.

3. Build A Fire Pit

If you are looking to add a relaxing ambiance to your outdoor space, fire pits are a great option. Setups do not have to be as extravagant and as fancy as you think. There are plenty of materials that are cost-effective and can be created and maintained on your own. Do you have a stack of leftover pavers from working in your garden? Grab those, along with a handful of circular retaining blocks from any home improvement retailer and you’ve got everything you need.  Your small fire pit will be ready for your upcoming weekend get together. 

4. Repurpose Patio Furniture

Repurposing your current patio furniture is a simple way to refresh your backyard while saving a large chunk of change. An easy way to switch things up would be to incorporate a new color scheme and purchase a new outdoor rug or some cute weather-proof pillows. This saves you from having to opt for a completely new furniture set. If you’re feeling crafty, you can give your furniture a makeover by swapping out the fabric on your chair cushions or re-stain any rattan wicker pieces. Adding similar elements from your indoor living space, like a throw blanket or votives, will create the same cozy effect to any outdoor seating area you may have. 

5. Antique Wet Bar

Now that you have the perfect outdoor setup for your family and friends to gather, you’ll still need some extra storage to fully entertain your guests. Repurposing an old piece of furniture into a wet bar would make a fun addition for throwing parties and summer get-togethers in your backyard. Not only will the bar area save you the hassle of running back and forth from your kitchen, but will simultaneously create the ambiance of your space. A fresh coat of paint or stain on an antique dresser or bookcase can make the piece last longer. Paint and stain will also help you match the desired color scheme of your patio. Installing extra shelving to hold drinkware and replacing original hardware with chic fixtures will make your wet bar come to life. Use your older furniture to your advantage and create an outdoor dining area you’ve always dreamed of. Imagine the money you can save by designing it yourself!

We hope you enjoyed our favorite DIY ideas for your backyard. Are you looking for the perfect Pergola or Gazebo to enhance your area? Check out our Amish Country Gazebos pergola kits to begin your project today!

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