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Updated on December 28, 2023

Pro Tips

Update Your Deck for Less Than $300

Find out how to give your deck or patio a fresh update for under $300! We’ve collected some easy and budget-friendly ideas to get you started, from adding an umbrella, string lights, or lattice to re-staining your deck.

Person applying stain to a wooden deck

A New Stain for a Quick and Easy Refresh

Staining is one of the best ways to give your deck a new look on a budget. You can choose from a variety of different shades, including honey gold, redwood, and cedar brown. A good stain will also help keep the wood from splintering, and outdoor stains are protective against inclement weather as well. Consult our guide to know how to repair and restore your wooden deck.

Pro Tip

For older decks, we recommend using an opaque or solid stain.
Outdoor stairs with deck lights

Illuminate the Stairs with Deck Lights

Lighting up your deck stairs comes with a number of benefits, including increasing the safety and visibility of your backyard. Step lights also increase the elegance of your deck and act as a modern design accent at the same time. Best of all, there are many eco-friendly and energy-saving options that can help you save on your energy bill in the long run!
Patio set with an orange umbrella beside a pool

Relax in the Shade Under an Umbrella This Summer

It only takes a few minutes to install a shady spot over your deck that your family and friends can enjoy over the summer. Umbrellas are a perfect choice for creating your cozy yet cool outdoor den. They provide protection from the rain, and they are available in many different sizes and colours, making them a functional and attractive option.
String lights hanging from a wooden pergola

Use Simple String Lights to Brighten Your Deck

Not only are string lights trendy, but they are an inexpensive way to enhance the sophistication of your outdoor area over the summer. Hang some from your patio set or deck railing to give the space a fantastic ambience and provide a soft glow to beautifully backdrop those late-night conversations.

Pro Tip

Why not create your own string light poles without spending much? Refer to our step-by-step guide.
Modern grey composite decking with back privacy panels

Increase Your Backyard Privacy with a Lattice

Lattice panels provide extra privacy and shelter while adding a personal touch to your outdoor decor at the same time. Choose from among the numerous colours, patterns, and materials for a lattice panel that will suit your deck design. Installing lattice panels along the bottom of your deck can also lend it a more polished appeal, especially on a budget. We recommend wood panels. You could also build your own privacy wall!

Pro Tip

Finish your project by painting the wood lattice panel in a matching colour to your deck.

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