Does your backyard lack pizzazz thanks to boring block fencing? There is a cure and it’s called paint; colorful, wonderful paint! For those of you who formerly received my Tukee Talk newsletter, we featured this idea last season but it’s worth repeating. If your fence isn’t already finished with stucco, just adding paint can make a big difference. On a ‘raw’ wall, start with a masonry block product to smooth and coat the porous texture. It’s about $70 for a five-gallon drum and can be tinted with your color choice to reduce the number of coats you have to apply in regular paint. Then, follow the filler with 1-2 coats of exterior paint. You can plan on covering 200 square feet with each $15-20 gallon. Using a paint sprayer provides even coverage and can make the project go faster than using a roller. You can pick up a hand sprayer at any home improvement store for about $100.
As you can see in our before and after pictures, a few coats of paint in a color choice to complement your yard can make a big difference. Just look at how the foliage accents the wall with the new color! Another way to add interest is to decorate your wall with fun art that fits your personality. Check out the friendly frog we found in Sedona. But you don’t have to travel far to find outdoor art. Last time I visited Razzmatazz in Chandler they had some neat pieces to choose from or try Cost Plus, just east of I-10 on Ray Rd.
Other accessories for the backyard include fire pits (the one pictured was at Target for $100) and colorful Mexican style-pots you can pick up at the authentic markets in Guadeloupe.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to transforming your outdoor spaces. Like anything else; it just takes a little creativity and planning!
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