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An Inviting First Impression
Have your tools at the ready and prepare to upgrade your outdoor "living room" using a few easy projects. Think: windowsill drop-down bar, a custom doormat, lush with greenery -- which would look best on your porch?
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Idle hours spent on the porch last well after dark. These holiday strands trace every slat of the overhead trellis, lighting up the entire porch; the bulbs are covered in shades made from chartreuse and turquoise vellum.
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Running in and out of the house makes for an accident waiting to happen. To avoid this, slip-proof the steps. It takes only five basic supplies, including a bag of fine sand and a can of plain paint.
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Too many houseplants and not enough floor space? This tiered basket allows you to display three of them in a single corner.
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Hosting a BBQ? Assemble a windowside shelf to serve as a self-serve bar.
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Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.
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If a swimming spot is steps away from your door, tracking sand and grit into the house is a seasonal struggle. A Shaker peg rail can double as an outdoor home for wet and sandy items.
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Your terra-cotta planters are too prettiy to sit on the ground. This project puts a twist on the traditional window box by prominently showcasing the blooms and their respective pots.
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If you don't have a big porch, situate this tiered herb garden in a sunny spot near the kitchen door for easy snipping. Our planter contains rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, and chives.
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An old camp cot is given new life as an elegant patio daybed, complete with throw pillows. Here, we covered a four-inch-thick foam cushion with striped fabric and trimmed the edges with piping. The cot slipcover is sewn from more of the same fabric; box pleats at the corners are tied with ribbon. To complete the look, we applied two coats of light-green exterior paint to the frame.
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This illuminating centerpiece uses two vases -- one placed inside the other -- to create the illusion that a lit candle sits underwater. It adds a warm touch on chilly nights.
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