9 Creative Projects for Spring 2017

With spring in full swing and summer quickly approaching, it’s a great time to get outside and get your yard fixed up so you can be ready to enjoy it when summer arrives.While Preserva Wood has long been used to stain fences and decks, there are many other exterior wood projects that can be taken to the next level with a simple coat of stain. We’ve put together a list of fun projects, ranging from simple to complex so you can make the most of your yard.

Simple Projects  

Cedar Planter

If you’re looking to fix up your front porch, our favorite way is by adding some plants in beautiful wood planters. By building your own, you’re able to get the exact size and shape you’re looking for. As an added bonus, you can stain them so they match the theme of your house, porch, or yard. Cedar has been seeing a resurgence this spring and we love this cedar planter from The House of Wood.

Adirondack Chairs

There’s nothing better than relaxing in your yard on a warm summer night or weekend afternoon. Adirondack chairs are great to sit back and enjoy the evening with your family or with your favorite new book. Check out this quick tutorial from Popular Mechanics and you can have a set of these beautiful chairs in no time. Better yet, you can use Preserva Wood to make sure they match your deck, fence, and the rest of your yard.  

If you’re looking for a fun and simple way to enjoy a nice glass of wine while relaxing in your new adirondacks, check out this awesome wine caddy with space for 2 glasses and the bottle over on the Rogue Engineer.

Wood Pathway

There are many ways to make a beautiful pathway through your backyard. You can use stones, concrete and now… wood. We love this new take on a the traditional pathway through your garden, grassy, or other frequently traversed areas. Simply take several pieces of wood of equal size and properly treat them following the steps in our “Successful Exterior Wood Projects” post. Once the wood has been treated, dig a shallow path, place the wood pieces in the pattern you want, and pack them in with dirt so they won’t slip around.

For complete step-by-step directions, head on over to FunkyJunkInteriors.

Medium Projects

Wood Ice Chest

We all love having ice cold drinks at our backyard BBQ’s and parties but ice chests aren’t typically the very aesthetically pleasing. This is a great way to take an ordinary ice chest and not only improve the look of it, also make it easier for everyone to grab drinks because the frame raises the chest off the ground.

Interested in making this one? Head over to LumberJocks for full directions.

Wall Planter

Want to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers but don’t quite have the room in your yard? These amazing planters attach to your fence or home so you can save space and still enjoy the beauty of fresh plants in your yard. By making your own, you can choose to keep the stain consistent with the color of your fence and deck or change it up and add some contrast.

Looking to add some space saving planters to your yard? Head on over to the Rogue Engineer for full directions.

Table with built in ice tray

Picnic tables are a great place to sit down for a meal with your family and friends on a warm summer night. Unfortunately, the benches aren’t always the most convenient to get in and out of. Luckily, you can eliminate at least a few reasons to get up during the meal with a built in ice tray down the center.

Head on over to Today’s Homeowner and for their simple, easy to follow directions.


Complex Projects  


If you’re looking to make a major upgrade to your home or garden, a pergola is a great way to transform your backyard. Depending on your needs, you can attach curtains for shade, string lights if you love hosting backyard dinners, or simply use the pergola as a way to section off a portion of your yard for an outdoor kitchen or lounge.

We love this amazing Pergola with swings and a fire pit from Remodelaholic with a materials list and step-by-step directions but there’s hundreds of designs on Pinterest so you can find one that fits your needs.

Detached Deck

While many times we think of decks as an attached addition to our homes, sometimes space and terrain don’t allow for that. Recently, we’ve been seeing more and more versions of detached decks, sometimes surrounding trees, pools, or simply built as platforms in your yard. We love these easy to follow directions from The Family Handyman, but there are many different tutorials online that can help you build the deck you’ve always dreamed of.

She Shed

While the man cave has been around for years, there’s a new version that we’re seeing more and more often: The She Shed. This is a fun, feminine take on the traditional escape or hangout. She shed’s can be used as craft rooms, offices, or simple peaceful escapes to read a book or write in a journal. The best part is these sheds are detached so the interior can be anything you want and doesn’t necessarily have to fit the theme for your house. Head on over to The Family Handyman for easy to follow directions and get inspired by the amazing interior on Designer Rachel Roe’s she shed over on St. Louis Magazine.

Have you created anything fun with Preserva Wood lately? Upload some pictures in the comments below! Not sure what color would look best, how much to use, or have questions on application? Comment below, give us a call at 800-797-2537, or email us at info@preservawood.com and we’ll be sure to give you a personalized response.