Serve up the Perfect Summer Space without Breaking a Sweat

  Serve up the Perfect Summer Space without Breaking a Sweat

  Lowe’s offers tips for easy, budget-friendly outdoor entertaining projects
                                 this season

Business Wire

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- May 15, 2013

It’s true that the early bird gets the worm when it comes to outdoor home
improvement projects. Prep work done early in the season will help you breeze
through the dog days of summer and maximize outdoor enjoyment. By creating
spaces that are both inviting and functional, you’ll ensure your summer
gatherings are fun-filled and worry-free.

Deck out your deck

The deck is the foundation of any outdoor space, but it’s also subjected to
wet and dry cycles creating swelling and shrinking. Taking the time to restore
these outdoor living areas will transform your deck from dismal to dreamy.
Using a pressure washer will keep it looking new by quickly removing dirt,
mold and mildew. Keep your deck smooth by pressure washing parallel to the
grain of the wood to avoid splinters. Attaching a rotating surface cleaner to
your machine will help you work less by cleaning your patio four times faster,
leaving more time for enjoyment.

Wood left exposed to sun and moisture quickly begins to degrade. Drizzle water
onto the boards to see if it’s time to seal again. If the water beads, the
wood is still sealed and protected. If the water is absorbed, it’s time for a
treatment. Choose a stain color that matches or complements the siding on your
house, such as Rust-Oleum Restore, which is available in 60 color choices.

Picture-perfect patios

Outdoor spaces facilitate fun gatherings with the same quality and style of
the indoors. The outdoor room has continued to evolve and now functions as an
extension of the indoor space. Lowe’s allen + roth™ line of patio furniture
allows you to mix and match bold colors and patterns to create a personalized
look to suit any style. Add an outdoor area rug for a pop of color and added
comfort. Layer outdoor lighting, from chandeliers and lighted ceiling fans to
string and path lights, to create mood and drama as well as extend
entertaining hours well past sunset.

Fire pits can serve as the focal point of any outdoor space, providing added
style and functional appeal for entertaining guests during long summer
evenings. Design your outdoor room around a fire pit, arranging your patio
furniture to create natural areas for seating.

Nature-inspired projects

Outdoor entertaining is a great way to enjoy warm summer nights with both food
and fun. By paying attention to the details, you can make your outdoor space a
special place. Create a relaxing atmosphere for family and friends with these
functional, stylish and clever project ideas:

  *Decorative herb crate – Spice up your outdoor decor with a wooden tabletop
    crate that holds your favorite herbs for easy access when preparing meals
    on the grill.
  *Vertical planter bench – This multifunctional bench provides additional
    seating for guests as well as visual interest with flowers. The planters
    suspended above the bench keep the flowers away from curious critters and
    spruce up any wall.
  *Ornamental butterfly house – Invite nature’s guest to the party as well by
    creating a whimsical garden ornament that you can paint or finish to suit
    the color of your home.

For more outdoor entertainment ideas, followLowe’s on Facebook,Twitterand
Pinterest. Visit the Lowe’sHow-To Channelon YouTube for more tips on
enjoying all that summer has to offer.


With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a
FORTUNE^® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at
more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and
Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the
second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information,


Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Natalie Turner, 704-758-5966
Tara Gudger, 704-758-4152
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