Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Completed cedar sandbox.

How To Build a Cedar Sandbox

Kids love a sandbox, and building a sandbox is an easy project even for novice DIYers. Read on to find out how to build this cedar sandbox in your yard.
Finished built-in bench corner seat on deck

How to Add Built-in Seating to a Deck

Decks are great for outdoor entertaining, but you need to have plenty of seating in place first. To make this deck more party friendly, we added built-in corner bench made from treated lumber. Watch this video to see how it's done.

Stay Toasty On-The-Go With Tiki’s Portable Fire Pit

Gather round a fire on any outing with Tiki's new portable fire pit. It's designed to fit in smaller spaces, plus it emits less smoke!
patio furniture

Nature’s Retreat Patio Furniture

The Nature’s Retreat collection of patio furniture from Thomasville is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified eucalyptus and all-weather wicker. Since eucalyptus is a fast growing tree, it’s more sustainable than many other woods, making it an eco-friendly choice.
Danny Lipford and Julie Day-Jones staining outdoor wood furniture.

Tips for Cleaning and Refinishing Outdoor Wood Furniture

Outdoor wood furniture needs to be cleaned and refinished from time to time to protect the wood and keep it looking good. Watch this video for tips on how to clean and stain wood that’s outside in the weather.

Patio Table Planter

Take an old angel food cake pan and cut it about an inch from the top of the center tube and rolled edges. Slip the umbrella pole of your patio table through the angel food cake pan. The container can then be filled with fresh plants.
Quikrete outdoor concrete countertop for backyard paradise contest winner

How to Build an Outdoor Countertop

If your outdoor space needs a countertop, look no further than concrete mix to make one that's stylish and will stand the test of time.
Bottle of NeverWet Outdoor Fabric Spray from Rust-Oleum.

Rust-Oleum NeverWet Outdoor Fabric Spray

NeverWet Outdoor Fabric Spray from Rust-Oleum is a one-step, water-repelling treatment barrier designed to keep outdoor fabrics dry. Watch this video to find out more.
Garden arbor over path in yard

How to Install a Garden Arbor Near Existing Plants

Rachael asks, “I'd like to install an arbor next to a rose bush. How far away should I put it to avoid injuring the plant?”

Before installing an arbor near your plants, you'll need to know the size of the root ball. Read on to find out more.