Turn up the Glam
A glittering chandelier, dripping with crystals has long been the epitome of dining room elegance—but why not make the same statement outdoors? A chandelier is a perfect way to add a little sophistication to your backyard this summer and can be hard-wired into an existing gazebo, pergola or porch. If you're lacking a permanent shade structure, find out how to shade your deck with our handy pergola plans. The best part is, you don't even need electricity to enjoy this look. By outfitting a secondhand chandelier with stick candles, you can enjoy the ambiance in any location you like!
Plus: How to Build a Gazebo
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Go Low Voltage
If you're considering outdoor lighting but are new to the DIY scene, installing low-voltage lighting is a great place to start. Versatile and safe for beginners, low-voltage lights can illuminate walkways, gardens and dark spots in your yard as well as provide security. The soft glowing result is also a fantastic way to add ambiance to the best features of your yard. Here's how to install low-voltage outdoor lighting. Homeowners can also get a similar effect by harnessing the power of the sun and installing solar garden lights which are easy on the wallet.
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