How to Create a Welcome Retreat in Your Own Backyard

How to Create a Welcome Retreat in Your Own Backyard - Greenwood HardwareSummer is here, and it is the time we wait for all winter! It is time to get outside and enjoy nature. Sometimes, your neighborhood can be a little busy, especially on the weekends. You may be prepared to kick back with a good book and your favorite drink only to find it is a little too busy for you to truly relax. You can help create a peaceful retreat in your backyard to give you that rest and relaxation you need. Our team at Greenwood Hardware would like to help you build your perfect retreat.

Build or Buy a Gazebo

A gazebo kit is a perfect way to create a space that is separate from your backyard. You can decorate with plants, flowers, lights and anything else that helps you get into that Zen mode. If you don’t want to buy a kit, there are plenty of free building plans to be found on the internet. You can build your own fairly easily.

Create a Foliage Wall

Plant thick shrubs in a square or just create a wall that will provide a bit of a sound barrier as well as some privacy. You can use climbing roses, morning glory plants or a row of sunflowers as well. Use a combination of shrubs and flowers to add color as well as create a defined space that will be your place to relax. Sometimes, it is just a little mind over matter. You need to feel as if you are separated from the chaos on the other side of your foliage wall, even if you can still hear it.

Pavers and Bricks

Adding pavers to create a path to your retreat is one way to help set it apart from the rest of your backyard. You can create a “wall” with decorative bricks around your retreat. Creating a patio in your retreat complete with your favorite chair and table is another idea. This designates that one area as a place for you to relax.

Hang Lights

If you plan on enjoying your retreat in the evening, you will want to have some light. Soft lighting is perfect for providing enough light for you to see, without being so bright it detracts from the natural beauty of a summer evening. Candles, lanterns and fun party lights hanging from your gazebo, pergola or strung between two trees is another way to add some character to the area.

Your backyard is your place to unwind and relax. Creating a space that promotes that is simple. This weekend, head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up everything you need to create your place of tranquility right in your backyard. Come on in, or contact us today.

Five Steps to Refinishing Your Deck

Five Steps to Refinishing Your Deck - Greenwood HardwareIf your deck looks tired and old, it is time to give it a face lift and make it a source of pride in your backyard. Decks get used and abused and are rarely giving the tender, loving care they need. It doesn’t take much to transform your deck from an unsightly, well-used addition to the home to one that looks new and loved. You can refinish your deck in a single weekend. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you get started on the task.

There are five steps to transforming your deck and making it look beautiful again.

  1. Preparation is the key to a great looking finished product. Don’t cut corners here! The quick and easy method is to clean the deck with a pressure washer. If you can’t get your hands on a pressure washer, you will want to scrub the deck with a wire bristle brush to remove as much dirt and grime as possible. You can use a chemical cleanser if you desire.
  2. Allow the deck to dry completely. While you are waiting, use a hammer to pound in any loose nails or a drill to tighten loose screws.
  3. Choose your stain. You can stick with what you know or brighten up the deck with a new vibrant exterior paint. Stains will typically last a couple of years. Invest in an excellent quality paint that will hold up to the rain that is prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.
  4. While you are picking up your finish, decide whether you want to brush on the paint or go with a roller. A roller is faster and easier, but certain types of paint will not work well with a roller. If you do use a roller, you can make the job a little easier on your knees by using an extension. This way you can stand and roll out the paint.
  5. Allow the paint to dry before adding a second coat.

Adding fresh stain and sealant to your deck isn’t just about making it look nice. You can protect the wood, extending the life of your deck with regular finishing. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up all the tools you will need to spruce up your deck as the summer barbecue season gets underway. Come on in, or contact us today.

Quick and Easy Garden Wall Planters for Your Seattle Home

Quick and Easy Garden Wall Planters for Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareDo you love the look of pretty window boxes with gorgeous flowers blooming throughout the summer? Maybe you want to take that look and spread it around your front and backyard without taking the time and energy to build flower boxes. You can! There is a quick and easy solution, and you will find it right at your local hardware store, Greenwood Hardware!

You can get the look of a rectangular flower box by using drywall mud pans. These are available in plastic (typically red) or metal pans. They come in a variety of sizes as well, which means you can create a pretty arrangement with different-sized pans or line them up a fence or the side of your house.

Once you have chosen the sizes of boxes you will use, head over to the paint department and pick up some pretty colors of spray paint. You can use stencils to create cool designs or go with a solid color. Have fun with this part. Let your personality and design preferences show through.

Next, pick up some potting soil and peat moss. The peat moss on the bottom of the planter is nice and light and will allow for adequate draining. You can choose a variety of pretty flowers or herbs to put in your planters.

Now, that you have what you need, the rest is easy. Make a couple of small holes in the bottom of your box planter. Paint your planter and allow it to dry. Attach the box to the side of the house or wall with a couple of screws. Add a layer of peat moss to the bottom and top with soil. Plant your seeds or plants, and you have just created an instant garden!

You will find all the supplies you need to make your quick and easy flower garden in a single afternoon at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today.

Create a DIY Backyard Water Park for Your Kids!

Create a DIY Backyard Water Park for Your Kids - Greenwood HardwareAre the kids hounding you to take them to the busy pool already this summer? There is a terrific DIY solution to your water fun needs! Our folks at Greenwood Hardware want you to be able to enjoy the summer from the comfort of your backyard while keeping the kids entertained and the lawn watered all in one!

A DIY water sprinkler and slip and slide is the perfect solution. It will only take you a couple of hours at most to build your kids this really fun watering system that will help keep them cool while providing hours of entertainment.

Supplies Needed

  • Handsaw
  • Drill with a 1/16 bit
  • Three 10-foot ¾ inch PVC pipe
  • Four ¾ PVC pipe elbows
  • 3/4″ slip x slip x FPT Tee
  • Two 1/2″ x 3/4″ male adapter MPT x slip
  • Two 3/4″ x 1/2″ side outlet elbows
  • 3/4″ x 1/2″ female garden hose-to-MIP adapter
  • PVC glue
  • File/Box cutting knife
  • Fishing line or string
  • Tape measure

Building the Sprinkler

  1. Cut one of the long PVC pipes in half, giving you two 60-inch long pieces. Use a file or knife to smooth out the cut ends. Cut another piece to 57 inches long and file the ends. Cut the last piece into four 30-inch long pieces and file the ends.
  2. Hold or tape the fishing line to one end of a 60-inch piece. Stretch the line the length of the pipe, keeping it nice and straight. Use a pencil or marker to draw a line on the pipe. Remove the line. Measure two inches in from the end and drill a hole every two inches or so down the length of the pipe, leaving two inches at the opposite end. Repeat this for the second pipe.
  3. Cut one of your 30-inch pieces in half. Then use PVC glue and the tee to rejoin the two pieces. Then attach the hose adapter to the tee. Remeasure the length of the conjoined pipes and cut off each end until it measures 30 inches across.
  4. Connect the piece you just worked to another 30-inch piece by creating a V. The two pieces will join together with 3/4 x 1/2 side elbows. Place a 90-degree elbow on the bottom of each of the 30-inch pipes.
  5. Attach the 60-inch pieces into the bottom elbows with the holes facing into the triangle you are creating. The 60-inch pieces will run parallel to each other along the ground. Place an elbow on each end of the pipe with holes.
  6. Place the 57-inch piece at the top of the upside-down V. Place the remaining two 30-inch pieces into the elbows at the opposite end. These pipes will connect to the side outlet elbow at the top. Your structure should resemble a tent with two upside-down Vs on each end.
  7. Connect a hose to the adapter and turn on the water. Water will spray out of the holes. You can put a tarp or sheet of plastic under the sprinkler to create a fun slip and slide or stand the structure on end for the kids to run through.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the supplies you need to build your inexpensive water toy that will keep the kids entertained for hours! Come on in, or contact us today.