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Outdoor Spring Projects

by Debbie Correale
Deck furniture

As spring arrives and we head outside for fresh air, it is time to get outdoor projects underway. Sweep out the garage and clean rain gutters, windows, and outdoor furniture. Perhaps you have wanted to try creating a vegetable garden. Now is the time to get moving!

Clean Outdoor Furniture:  Assess, scrub, wash, repaint

The first step is to clean the furniture. Click here for tips on the best way to clean your outdoor furniture. Also, look at your pillows, cushions, and umbrella, as they may all need cleaning; click here for tips.

Be careful if you visit your local home store and see the many outdoor cleaning products for your deck and outdoor furniture. Do your homework beforehand, as many of these products use Bleach (Sodium hypochlorite) as the active ingredient, which will kill your plants. Look for nontoxic cleaners that are better for your health, kids, and pets. Products with sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate (OxiClean) break down and do not kill plants.

Keep it simple and make your own cleaner using equal parts of white vinegar and warm water. Use a scrub brush, and you will be amazed at how clean your furniture will look. If working with metal furniture, carefully remove all rust with a wire brush before cleaning. Repaint for a fresh look! Use Rustoleum paint and primer as they come in many colors and finishes and quickly finish the job. If you are painting a large amount of furniture to reduce hand fatigue, purchase a comfortable handgrip; you will be glad you did!

Create a Garden

Photo from Pixabay

If this is your first endeavor in gardening, keep it simple. Creating a raised bed will help control the soil components (what goes into your vegetables) and pests.

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Happy Spring! Enjoy your outdoor spring projects, share pictures of your completed work. I would love to see them! Are you struggling with a remodel or pulling a room together? Give me a call at 610-955-8202 for a consultation; I would love to help!

By Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Pinterest. Feature photo licensed from Shutterstock.

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