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7 Ways to Freshen Up Your Patio for July Fourth

Lucy Mercer
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July Fourth is the ultimate outdoor holiday, a time to gather with friends and family around the patio and the grill. Looking for ways to freshen up your patio and liven up the party? Give these ideas a gander:

1. Perk up your patio in patriotic style with red, white and blue flowers in containers, or one of the new vertical planters. Create combinations of petunias, geraniums and impatiens in shades of red, white and blue (or purple, in a pinch).

2. Make your patio set look new: Dust it off, spruce it up, and paint it if you want a new look. For $50, invest in some new pillows to freshen up the seating. 

3. Consider adding more seating or even a table to your patio. With a budget of $350, adding a sofa, loveseat or pair of chairs will increase the entertaining space.

4. If your price point is about $750, then consider a new grill, or a fire pit set like this Redwood Valley 5-piece fire pit set from Hampton Bay. Four chairs and a fire pit are fit for a party. Add marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars and it becomes your go-to summer entertaining spot.

Redwood Valley 5-piece fire pit set

5. Festive lighting livens up the outdoors. Use solar-powered tiki torches, placed in containers or flower beds. Or drape strings of outdoor lights across the patio. 

6. Keep uninvited pests away, particularly mosquitoes. Be sure to eliminate standing water and areas where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Besides personal pest control such as spray repellents and wristbands, use citronella-based candles and lanterns. Consider non-chemical solutions like the ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern for an evening on the patio. Pre-party, pick up a can of wasp and hornet spray and take care of any nests and stinging pests.

7. If you are bit by the DIY bug this season, embellish your patio with repurposed and refurbished items. Spray paint is still a miracle in a can, able to quickly transform items from frumpy to fresh. Americana Decor chalky paints, not to be confused with chalkboard paint, give a colorful shabby chic look to DIY projects. Use chalky paints to spiff up everything from thrift store furniture to terra cotta pots. 

Homemade s'mores kit. Photo by Lucy Mercer for The Home Depot

Chalkboard paint is another fresh look for summer. It’s practical and appealingly rustic. Use a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint to create a menu or message board for your patio. With the chalkboard paint, remember to use primer first and also to season the just-dried chalkboard paint with chalk, then wipe with a damp cloth and use with chalk or chalkboard markers.

For more summertime patio inspiration, check out The Home Depot’s Outdoor Living Pinterest board and the Apron Blog’s Patio Style Challenge.

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