Backyard

Backyard

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Having a large backyard is a true perk in a rental, but because Janelle and Danny don’t want to put too much money into fixing it up, they haven’t been able to make it work. With a few small adjustments and affordable pieces, Megan transforms this backyard into the ideal place for entertaining day or night.

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- Hi, I'm Meghan Mitchell and I'm here to show renters how to transform their space without putting their security deposit in jeopardy. With a few creative tricks up my sleeve and some cost effective hacks, I'm going to help personalize their rentals from a place they live to a home they love. This is Safe Deposit. Today I'm meeting Janelle and Danny who have an outdoor space which is an added bonus when you're a renter. The question is what do you do with a backyard that needs a little work without spending a ton of money but you still want it to feel personal and inviting? Let's find out. Hello. - Hi! - I'm Meghan. - Janelle, nice to meet you. - Danny. - Nice to meet you guys. So tell me about your backyard, it's big. - It is big, yeah. - Yeah, it's pretty big. - For being one, in a city and two, renters, this is a pretty exciting thing to have. - It is. - Yeah. - It's big, it's just we never use it. - Can you tell me about these chairs? This is what my eye is drawn to immediately. - Yeah so our landlord just like dropped these chairs off and was like, "Here you go," and we're like, oh thanks. - They're very heavy. - They're so heavy, yeah. You can't even. - It's not like you can move them around or rearrange or anything like that. - [Janell And Danny] No. - Do you guys entertain back here, do you cook? I see a grill. - We cook but we don't entertain. Like nobody wants to come and hang in our backyard. - We love to barbecue and hang outside and like play cards and just like enjoy the weather. - Okay, so tell me about fire pit? Do you guys use it? - No. - No. - I think it was here when we moved in. - [Meghan] Would you wanna use a fire pit? - [Janelle] Yeah, we love a fire. - It's a little sad. - But it works. - [Meghan] I see you have a large lemon tree? - [Janelle] It's like in between a lemon and a lime. - I mean it's pretty. The thing about being a rental is you don't wanna plant a bunch of stuff 'cause then if you move out, you're like I just sunk thousands-- - Especially him, he's always like, you know. - Right. - We're renting, Janelle, we're renting. - But you want it to feel inviting and personal. - [Danny] Yes. - And this space needs to be used. Maybe we bring in some potted plants, some lights, something to entertain. I see this really cool chair over here. Are we in love with this? - There's a cigarette butt right there. - It looks like if I even sat on it, I would have immediately have 20 million splinters. - You would have to go to the hospital I think. - So some new chairs, some new furniture. These tables are pretty legit though, those are still good. - Yeah, not bad. - Yeah. - We could maybe incorporate those in. I think I got a feel of the space now that I've seen it so I'm gonna go shopping. And then I'm gonna come back and we're gonna do a DIY project together. - [Janelle] Very cool. - All right, I'll be back in a little while, I'll see you guys soon. - Okay bye. - Thank you. - I first moved here five years ago. It's a great space for a renter. We have a backyard, we have a big place, and a front yard and it's in a residential neighborhood. - The backyard is a big job to tackle. It would take us some months to clean up that backyard. - I had all the furniture picked out and we don't have time to buy everything and then redecorate and clean and I gave up. I gave up on the backyard. - When Meghan showed up, what I was hoping she was gonna do is make it like an outdoor, indoor living space. Somewhere we can host a couple people and then obviously barbecuing. - And lighting, obviously, you know. Once it gets dark, you can't hangout back there so I'd be nice to have some light. - [Meghan] To create an outdoor area fit for entertaining I'm gonna revamp Janelle and Danny's wooden furniture with a fresh coat of paint. I'm also going to reconfigure the pieces to create different sections like a bar and a cozy seating area by the fire pit. Because the wooden thrones aren't utilized, I'm gonna repurpose them into planter boxes so Janelle and Danny can display flowers and plants. Finally, I'm surprising Janelle and Danny with a picnic table, a canopy, and some outdoor string lights that will make this space perfect for entertaining day or night. Hello! - Hey, Meghan. - Do you guys mind that I just let myself in? - Not at all, come on it. - No problem. - This is so cute. - Thank you so much. - It's all Janelle. - Aw that's very sweet of you. I can understand why you want to do the backyard because it does not reflect how amazing the inside is. So I've been shopping and I got some stuff, got some paint, our first project, you guys ready? - Absolutely! - Let's do it. - Okay, so we have this table that was in your backyard but it's obviously a little dirty so we wanna clean it up. So what we need to do first is spray it, scrub it, and we're gonna go with the grain for the wood. - Oh wow. - That's just years of funk. So yeah, this is basically all you do. Go section by section and then you just wanna put it outside for a couple hours to dry before we prime it. I mean it's kind of incredible when you see all this come off. - I had no idea that that was underneath all that. - [Meghan] Janelle, you sure you don't wanna get into this? - [Danny] Yeah, you wanna get in here, honey?-- - Yeah I'm good, I'm good. - [Meghan] All right, let me give it one more sprits just so we can really see. I mean that's insane. - So I wanna show you the next step. I have another piece already ready for us so let's go check it out. - All right. - All right, so this is the table that we cleaned and brushed and then primed and I have some spray paint, some metallic spray paint. So spray at a distance, maybe like six to eight inches. And I like to go light at first and then go back over it 'cause you can always add, you can't take it away. - Oh it looks good already. - Cool. - [Meghan] It looks like wood but it has a metallic, pop! - Yeah. - [Meghan] Get a little closer, yeah. - You wanna try? - Okay. - Good job. - Look at you, babe. - All right, yeah, we'll be done in no time. - I'm gonna finish up and then I'm gonna finish putting the rest of the stuff in the backyard, some surprised for you guys. So go grab a bite, a drink, like go bowling, I don't know? - We actually met bowling. - We did meet bowling. - All right well go bowling and just relive the moment you met and then I'll call you and tell you when to get back. - All righty, let's go. - Sounds great. - I'm also gonna tag the side of your house so. - Uh, yes. - Don't do it. - [Meghan] Janelle and Danny have great style but their backyard on the other hand is in pretty rough shape. Their landlord dropped off some wooden thrones for outdoor seating, but they totally don't fit in the space. By repositioning the wooden thrones and turning them into planter boxes, they suddenly create more green space and privacy. Wood furniture can start to look weathered when it's been sitting out in the sun. With a little elbow grease and some paint and primer, most pieces can take on a second life. I really wanted to surprise the couple with a large outdoor canopy that will shield them from the sun during the day while at night cafe lights provide a beautiful soft ambiance for entertaining or relaxing. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. You can come a little further. - Okay. - Okay, so I'm gonna come behind you guys 'cause I'm gonna guide you. I've been working really hard. It looks amazing. How do you feel about neon green? - We love it. - Just kidding, I'm just kidding, I'm just kidding. Okay, so cover your eyes. - Okay. - And I'm gonna guide you back. All right, stay there, I'm gonna move over here. I'm gonna count you down. Cover your eyes, Janelle, don't you peak! - I'm not. - Janelle's a peeker. - She is a peeker! When I say one, you can open, all right? Ready? - Ready. - [Meghan] Three, two, one, open. Oh wow! This isn't our backyard. - Oh my god. - What do you think? - I think it's wonderful. - [Janelle] I'm in shock right now. - [Meghan] Your fire pit is now usable. - That looks really good. - Remember? So these were already in your backyard and then cleaned them up, painted 'em, it's like brand new. - Great colors, yeah. - Did you guys look up? - Yeah. - Yes, lighting. High-five babe. - We can see it off the grout. - And then you also have this sun shade so you can be out here during the day. But then you have these beautiful lights that just make it feel warm and cozy and inviting. - It's beautiful. - Are you not speaking? - I'm so excited! - Are you okay? All right, let's checkout your picnic table which now you can entertain and eat out here. - Oh my gosh! - It's beautiful, right? - And the chairs match that! - Yes! So we have those nice pop of blue here and there and you can have 10 people sit at this picnic table. - Yeah. - You can host now, you can barbecue. - Exactly. - Yeah. - And you still have these beautiful thrones. I couldn't get rid of 'em. - [Danny] No, you can't. I know, they're fantastic. - Now they've just been repurposed. - [Danny] Like worked into the tree kinda. - [Meghan] Looks like part of the tree, exactly. - [Janelle] Yeah, it does! - All right, let's check out this bar area we set up for you guys. So now you can put your food here, you have the entertaining, you have the light and you have the sun shade. Are you guys happy? - We're extremely happy. - I am so happy. - It's like a new backyard. - Meghan did an incredible job. - [Danny] Wow, it's just fantastic. - We're super impressed like, couldn't even believe that this is our backyard and we get to hangout here. - All right, give me hugs. - Thank you so much, Meghan. You did such a fantastic job. - Thank you so much. - I'm so happy you guys like it. - We love it. - Enjoy! Have a party. Let me know how it goes. - We're gonna send you pictures. - We'll invite you over one night. - [Meghan] Okay, thank you, see you guys. - See you, Meghan.

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