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Even though we’re waist deep in springtime, it seems everywhere other than southern California still looks and feels like winter (What-what?). Still, this foul-weather forecast doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about preparing for sunnier days and all that comes with outdoor living.
That being said, this past weekend, I decided to perk up our patio space, a place still a work in progress, but an area in our backyard that we love to invite our friends to for happy hour hangouts and lounging under the trees. If you saw its before, you’d understand our love for our custom brick courtyard and the snugly furniture and gas fire pit that keeps it company.
Here now, are a few DIY solutions to cleaning, prepping, and de-winterizing your patio in time for spring…gophers are welcome to lend a hand.
Outdoor Furniture Cushion Cleaning
Thanks to Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean, I discovered a DIY solution to cleaning my dusty, dirty, bird-poopie outdoor furniture cushions…and it really, really works! Oh, by the way, throughout the winter, we used a tarp cover, but dust and twigs still managed to blow underneath and leave a lovely winter coat of yech!
• dish soap
- In a standard sized spray bottle (see above photo), start by filling it 3/4 full of warm water.Note: if you add the soap and borax first, it will bubble out of the bottle before you can fill it.
- Next, pour in 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon of borax, then gently fill remaining spray bottle with warm water. Shake to combine.
For springtime clean cushions…
Step #1: Brush off leaves, dust and debris on all your cushions.
Step #2: Spray on cleaning solution and let sit for approximately 15 minutes.
Step #3: Hose off using a strong spray and scrub brush for tough dirt.
Step #4: Placing them over their chairs, allow cushions to dry in the sun. Note: be sure to have the cushions dry off the ground so water can drip.
Step #5: Once dry, spray on Scotchgard Fabric Protector (available in most grocery stores) to protect your cushions and making cleaning much easier the next time around!
Easy-peasy…and don’t they look fabulous!?! So much so, that…well, I’m tempted to spray paint the chairs, because now, they’re looking a little bedraggled. I’ll keep y’all posted.
How to repurpose a broken and empty fountain…
The water pump on this hand-me-down fountain has long since stopped working, and, frankly, we just never got around to buying a new one. I do love its rustic, garden charm however, and have left this little angel to look over our work-in-progress outdoor space (hopin’ it’ll entice the DIY gods to inspire us to finish!). Our prayers were answered when I finally decided to fill it with succulents…my new best foliage friends.
• drill or nail (for poking holes)
• used or broken fountain
Step #1:Before adding the dirt, I had make a DIY filter so the drainage hold wouldn’t get clogged up. So, I cut a small disc out of a cottage cheese carton lid, then drilled holes in it (similar to what I did with my stacked planters).
Step #2: I placed the DIY filter over the drainage hole and carefully placed the soil around it to secure it in place.
Step #3: Finally, I placed my plants where I wanted, then filled the basin with dirt.
A fabulous way to revitalize winterized decking
Just in time to perk up our very weathered brick patio, I discovered another fabulous find from HomeRight called the “succulents“. I’m always game to try a new gadget, and this one is simply a brush you attach to a hose that allows you to sweep and wash at the same time. It was totally easy to assemble and it performed great. What’s nice about this, too, is that you can use it as a regular broom. I love multi-functional tools.
Step #1: Assemble the brush, then simply attach to your garden hose.
Step #2: Brush and wash at the same time. Note: there’s a toggle switch that allows you to shut off the water to brush the dirt into the grass or drains.
That was it! I was really impressed at how quickly I was able to clean our patio…now for the “afters”…!
Now It’s Your Turn!
Do you have any “patio perking-up” solutions? Share them with us!
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly