HELLO SUNSHINE

THE WEATHER’S JUST RIGHT FOR EN­TER­TAIN­ING OUT­SIDE SO NOW’S THE TIME TO GIVE SUR­FACES A LICK OF PAINT AND RE­VAMP YOUR OUT­DOOR FUR­NI­TURE

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Dur­ing win­ter it is easy to ne­glect our back­yards, but now sum­mer is on its way and bar­be­cues are on the radar, it’s time to pay some at­ten­tion to our out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas. Here are three sim­ple ways to spruce up this part of your home, so you can get ex­cited rather than em­bar­rassed about en­ter­tain­ing friends in the sunshine.

FRESHEN YOUR WALLS

Weather­board and tim­ber ex­te­rior sur­faces are vul­ner­a­ble to the el­e­ments, es­pe­cially in colder weather. You’ll need to pre­pare these sur­faces cor­rectly be­fore up­dat­ing them with a coat of paint. Peel­ing paint should be scraped and lightly sanded to give the right base for re-paint­ing. Try paint­ing a dark fea­ture wall, con­trasted with crisp white win­dow frames and trims. This cre­ates a dra­matic back­drop for your out­door liv­ing space.

RE­VAMP OUT­DOOR FUR­NI­TURE

Re­paint­ing your out­door fur­ni­ture is a great way to in­tro­duce colour into your out­door en­ter­tain­ing area. For a crisp sea­side feel, I love paint­ing out­door chairs in Taubmans El­e­gant Evening (teal) and the ta­ble in Taubmans Jan­uary Dawn (stone). Add striped cush­ions on the chairs to com­plete the look. An­other in­ex­pen­sive way to add a pop of colour to your out­door en­ter­tain­ing area is paint­ing your plant pots in bright colours. If you are feel­ing re­ally bold, paint your back door in a state­ment colour as an ad­di­tional fea­ture.

THE MAGIC THREE

When given some love, there are three el­e­ments of your out­door space that can make a big im­pact on the over­all style and fresh­ness of the area: your floor­ing, your back door and your win­dow frames/trims. An af­ford­able way to bring new life to sur­faces is with paint. Dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als will need dif­fer­ent spe­cialty prod­ucts. White Knight has an ex­cel­lent range of spe­cialty prod­ucts such as paving and tiling paint.

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