Great tips on outdoor seating brought to you by our friend Stacy Risenmay:
Now that the weather is warming up in most areas we will be spending more time outside.
Whether you have a small balcony or a large yard, you will need to have a place to sit and relax. Here are some ideas of creative seating for your outdoor space!
Not only does a covered seating area protect you from the harsh sunlight, but it is instantly more cozy and intimate. If you do not have a covered patio or a pergola, here are a couple of options.
You could build a bench with posts and then add fabric as a cover. I love how sturdy and permanent this option is.
This option also uses fabric and seems so rustic and romantic. This could be applied for a permanent covering or as a temporary solution for a party.
If storage is something you need, benches are a good way to serve both your seating a storage needs. This is on my to do list this summer since I have four boys who have endless outdoor toys! There are so many options for every style.This white one has clean lines and is so fresh.
There are even easy DIY plans available if you want to build one yourself. You can add more of your own personal touch and be creative on the use of materials.
I love the look of a stone bench. And with added cushions and pillows it can be a comfortable place to hang out.
And if you want a DIY version, why not try using cinder blocks instead. It is kind of like building blocks for adults!
Another idea I have seen used a lot lately is to pour a cement bench. Some are large square seating areas and others are round. It is a modern take on outdoor seating.
I love using items that might get tossed out to make something new. So I thought these next ideas were really fun.
Old tires can be given a new life as a hanging bench. I think they would be cute as ottomans or side tables as well.
And while bathtub sofas may not be for everyone, they certainly would be a conversation starter! Look at the items you already have and think of new ways you could use them. You may have outdoor seating already and you didn't even know it.
Pallets have become a popular building material lately. And with wood becoming scare in some areas, it is good that we have this option. Pallet benches makes me want to curl up with a good book.
When you think of pallet furniture you may think of something rustic but they can be transformed into any style!
I love bringing things together that may not belong together and finding a way to unify them. Paint is a fabulous way to do that. I bought thrift store chairs and painted them all a different color. When painting wood chairs,make sure they are clean, sand them a little, prime, and then paint using a quality paint that will adhere. You may want to seal them as well with a weather proofing sealant.
This same idea is applied for metal chairs. If you are painting metal make sure you use a wire brush to remove all the lose paint and rust. Use a metal primer and then a paint meant for metal that will be outdoors.
There are so many choices for outdoor seating. Make sure and pick something that fits your own unique style. Add some sunshine, a cool drink, and you are ready to enjoy your outdoor space!
Commented on May 08, 2013
How did you hang the cloth over the long seat? When you built the deck, did you have the posts
left tall? We put up a deck last year, but all the posts are short. When I showed my husband the picture, he said it would be too hard to add the posts to stick up in the air to hand the cloth from. We used to have a lot of shade out front, but the city trimmed the trees recently....
Homemade laundry detergent is all the rage these days but do you ever wonder if it really works? I love the idea of homemade laundry detergent, that costs a fraction of the price but I
want to know that my clothes are actually getting clean, before I jump on the bandwagon!
The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Check out my full post to see how/why each of the ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent. Click here: http://askannamoseley.com/2013/05/the-best-h...
Edit: This detergent can be used in a front loading washing machine, there are instructions if you click on the link above. It is also safe to use if you have a septic system, I researched all of the individual ingredients and they are all safe to use. My sister has been using this for years on her septic system and she has never had any problems.
When I was making the liquid laundry soap, I figured it cost about two bucks and made a five
gallon pail. It was about a dollar for the fels naptha soap each time, and the first time you make the soap you have to buy the washing soda and borax. You only put about half a cup of these two in, so one could make many buckets of soap with them. I used the recipe from the Duggar web site.
when my grandmother was alive and had her rental property she would make certains from twin size bed sheets. I would love to do the same but I'm looking for something modern and chic
but I have to be careful as my husband is legally blind and any light hurts his eyes. does anyone have any ideas that would look nice but be "cute" or is this even still done anymore. please help... I am moving soon and really cant afford to buy new certains for our new place and want to do SOMETHING!!! thanks sooo much!!!
Commented on Apr 13, 2013
It is very possible to sew curtains from sheets...if you need the light blocked, I woujld
think a dark color in a high quality sheet should work...you might also check the sale tables at a fabric store, if the material is $3 a yard, the curtains are cheaper!
Plant matter is a resource we should be keeping out of the landfills. But what do you do if you don't have the space for a compost pile or you don't want to be constantly running outside
with your kitchen scraps? Vermicomposting is the answer and , even better,a worm bin is efficient when you're continually adding new material, unlike your outdoor compost pile. Composting at home in a worm tub is most suitable for smaller families and apartment dwellers, or can be used in combination with an outside composting method. A well-tended worm bin shouldn't smell, so some people will keep them in a kitchen cupboard if they're short on space or just want it handy for adding their kitchen waste. The garage or basement are also possible locations for your worm bin. (Note: do not add animal waste, bones, fats or meat to your bins or compost piles. That will make it smell and draw unwanted visitors!)
Follow the easy steps below to set up your own worm bin and begin vermicomposting at home. Set the finished lidded bin on a couple bricks on a tray to collect any drips. You will keep plant matter out of the landfill and have the benefits of compost and compost tea for your houseplants, worms for feeding birds and pet reptiles and going fishing, too!
See my blog post at http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-pro... for more composting information and worm sources.
I live in Wisconsin, where it is below zero in the winter. Can I leave the worm composter
outside all winter? I was going to put it on my side porch, right off the kitchen. If I put it in the basement, the stairs are going to be a problem for me. And our kitchen is pretty small, and I am not sure I want worms in my kitchen haha!
Does anyone know if this is a perennial or just a weed? It came up in a raised bed where I have thrown numerous flower seeds. I think it is a weed but before I hit it with a weed killer, I would like your opinions. Thanks, Teresa
Commented on Mar 26, 2013
It could be columbine....if it never produces pink flowers on a long stalk, it is a weed! And
don't spray in your garden beds, everything in there will die! Pull the weeds out, getting as much root as you can! God bless your garden!