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Celebrate patio season with elegant and affordable outdoor updates

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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 1:00 am | Updated: 4:34 am, Fri Jul 4, 2014.

(BPT) - Patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don’t fret; outdoor events don’t have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you’ll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at all.

Sensational seating

Is your furniture looking a bit battered and worse for wear from too much exposure to the elements? Not to worry – spray paint with a built-in primer, such as Krylon Colormaster, can revive your wicker or wood seating for many summer seasons to come. It’s simple to create sensational seating; just be sure the surface is clean, dull and dry and then spray in one of the 100 colors and finishes that ColorMaster offers. The unique formulation offers quick and easy results – and dries in 10 minutes or less, so you will have more time to stage the rest of your patio arrangement.

Elegant ambiance

Once your seating is set, create eye-catching centerpieces to welcome your guests. No need to head to the store, as items around your home such as forgotten knick knacks or candlesticks holders can easily be spray painted in vibrant colors to complement your newly revitalized furniture. Finish up your tablescape for upcoming dinner parties with colorful place mats and cloth napkins to personalize place settings. Your guests will be in awe of your custom designs.

Let there be light

Set the mood at your soiree with interesting accent lighting. Tiki torches are an easy and inexpensive solution to provide excellent perimeter lighting. For a fun DIY project, purchase standard metal lanterns in various sizes at a local craft or hardware store – or even yard sales – and spray paint the exterior in various complementary colors. Finish by adding citronella candles to allow your creation to work double duty to keep pesky mosquitos at bay, ensuring your invited guests don’t bolt because of uninvited ones.

Time to party

Don’t settle for lackluster libations – take time to create a festive offering of refreshing seasonal concoctions. In addition to traditional margaritas and daiquiris, sweeten water with fresh fruits for an invigorating beverage that is perfect for the patio. And for the last detail – make sure you have music to get your guests grooving. Plug in a favorite playlist or use an app such as Pandora to keep everyone guessing what will come on next and enjoy a warm summer night.

You don’t have to spend much to create an elegant and impressive gathering. By paying attention to small, inexpensive details, you can easily transform a bland backyard, patio or deck into a stylish spot for entertaining that won’t leave you penniless at the end of the evening.

For more information on Krylon products or spray paint projects, visit krylon.com.

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