Transform your outdoors into an entertainment area
Spring is almost upon us and warmer days are not far away. If you have ideas for your outdoor spaces, now is the time to get cracking. Turn that boring outdoor area into a relaxing spot to laze away summer days or entertain on balmy evenings. All you need is a little imagination and a few accessories.
That small courtyard or open patio area can so easily be turned into an area where you can spend time outdoors enjoying our beautiful weather.
There are plenty of options to choose from if you need to re-cover or paint a concrete patio. Ceramic or slate tiles can be applied over a solid concrete base, or you can paint a floated concrete slab with Plascon Floor Paint.
For any outdoor area you are going to need a few pieces of furniture. On Home-Dzine you will find step-by-step instructions for making a  large farmhouse table if you love to entertain family and friends, and if you are lucky enough to find yourself some timber pallets, it won't cost you much to make a  garden table using reclaimed wood, or a  garden table with PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse.
If you are starting with nothing and need a garden table with bench combination, you will find step-by-step instructions for how to make a  table with a tiled top and slatted benches.
Invest in a few basic power tools; drill/driver, jigsaw and sander, and you will be able to make your own outdoor garden furniture at a fraction of what it would cost to buy in the store. With these three power tools and basic DIY skills you will be able to make furniture for both indoors and outdoors.
Start off with an entry-level Bosch model that you can afford and will still offer both quality and power to take on DIY projects. As you build up your skills and want to do more you can look at investing in a more advanced model.
You are only limited by your imagination when making your own furniture for outdoors. A small drinks cabinet made using laminated and PAR pine won't cost much but will create a homely touch to any outdoor space. You want to try to bring together indoor and outdoor spaces, so that outdoor areas become an extension of your living areas. Adding furniture and accessories is an easy way to achieve that seamless flow.
Plants are a wonderful way to add a soft touch to hard landscaping. A courtyard or concrete patio can be cold and sterile, but add a few potted plants and the the result is amazing. If you don't consider yourself a gardener and your thumb is anything but green, buy hardy plants that require very little maintenance and won't die as soon as you turn your back.
Alternatively, add colour and texture to your new entertainment area with colourful or patterned fabrics, an area rug, or a shade umbrella.