DIY Outdoor Pallet Projects for the Summer

Warm weather is finally upon us, which means summer is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of the year. Why? Warm weather allows people to spend more time outside, so why not make your outdoor area as beautiful as the interior of your home? Whether you have a large outdoor area or a small outdoor area, there is always something you can do to make it amazing.

DIY projects are on trend and there are plenty of ideas out there that focus on helping make your patio pop. Rustic and shabby chic are very popular trends right now, and I don’t see them going out of style anytime soon.

So what can you use to get all these things in one and make it your own? Pallets!!! There are numerous things you can do with pallets, including making flooring out of them! I stumbled upon this website when I was on Pinterest. It is amazing, and has a lot of great project ideas! Click Here to see some different projects you can do yourself.  Here are some super simple ideas and look how beautiful they turn out! You can also make furniture out of them to go along with your new pallet flooring. I am in LOVE with this look! Even if you just wanted to make something as simple as a walkway, pallets make it easy and the look is stunning. I love working with these things and the endless  possibilities they have. Click Here to get step-by-step instructions on how to make your own lovely pallet walkway. I found it all on this amazing DIY website, by Donna. Let’s get to making those outdoor areas gorgeous again for the summer.

Outdoor Flooring Brings Beauty to Your Patio

Sunshine, warm weather, and beautiful sunsets brings us outdoors. We like to create the perfect space for relaxing and socializing by proving the most picturesque of patio views. First consider how you want to use your outdoor space. Will it be for family dinners, kids play area, couples evening or hosting large gatherings? Is there a pool or water feature to consider? The furniture, décor, and landscaping are all important features to every patio… however, an important piece that cannot be forgotten about is selecting the right type of outdoor flooring. Flooring must be able to withstand the elements of both Mother Nature and its usage. If you are re-doing or putting in a patio this year let us give you some tips on the best floors for your new charming patio. Keep in mind, that your outdoor décor style should complement and reflect your indoor design style.

Flagstone is one of the best materials for patios, mainly because its narrow packed joints that allow water to permeate instead of running off. Flagstone gives that natural look. It comes in earthy shades such as browns, reds, and grays. Flagstone is durable and will last for years. Flagstone comes in different patterns. For more organized looks go with the random rectangle pattern. If you are creating a more casual space try the irregular pattern or crazy paving. Flagstone is a little more costly than some outdoor alternatives ranging $15 to $30 per square foot.   You can’t deny how great it looks in either pattern!

rectangle flagstone
rectangle flagstone
crazy paving
crazy paving

Concrete is another popular outdoor flooring option. Concrete is not only visually appealing, but very functional. Concrete will last longer than wood decking. It is also less time consuming and costly than other flooring alternatives. A simple concrete design usually runs for $6 to $10 dollars per square foot, but with more elaborate designs ranging $12 and up. Stamped concrete is very popular because it can give you that imprint or texture into concrete to look like flagstone, slate, or cobblestone. This beautiful walkway/patio below is actually stamped concrete.

stamped concrete
stamped concrete

Brick is another timeless option for outdoor patios. Brick has been popular for years. Centuries ago people were using brick to build walkways and patios. Brick patios have an unmatched look. The color of brick never fades, there are hundreds of pattern options, and brick is easily repaired. Brick patios can be designed in any shape. Classic brick patterns are running bond or herringbone. Brick averages $2 to $3 dollars per square foot.

herringbone brick
herringbone brick

We love all 3 of these options for your patio. Which one do you prefer in your yard for the upcoming summer picnics, bonfires, and relaxing?