Transform outdoor living space with paint

Home-decorating trends come and go, but one thing is certain: Americans have rediscovered the potential of outdoor spaces.

Last year alone, homeowners spent nearly $5 billion on outdoor furniture and accessories, sparing no expense to bring the indoors out and create high-end outdoor living spaces.

Don’t have the money to invest in new outdoor furniture or high-end accessories?

It’s easy to transform your backyard into a luxury outdoor environment on a “real-world” budget. All it takes is a little imagination and a few cans of spray paint. Here are some outdoor decorating ideas:

• Give your patio table and chairs a de-signer look. Designer patio sets can cost thousands of dollars. But with spray paints, it’s easy to give your old patio set a rich contemporary look that’s virtually indistinguishable from pricier counterparts.

Choose a rich multihued finish or try one of today’s trendiest colors to transform an ordinary patio table into café classico.

• Transform ordinary planters into sophisticated garden accents. Flowering plants in stylish planters can add color and interest to any outdoor space. And it’s easy to spray new life into old planters — or give inexpensive planters a touch of sophistication — with paint. The possibilities are endless.

Spray paint an old metal planter dark brown for a sophisticated upscale look.

Transform an inexpensive plastic planter with stone or terra-cotta spray paint and it will look just like its ex-pensive counterpart. Or spray paint a simple planter with a hot new hue to add a splash of color to your outdoor space.

• Give your barbecue grill a face-lift. Who said barbecue grills have to be black? Now, thanks to innovations such as high-heat spray paint, your old weathered grill can wear one of today’s hottest colors — such as brown or aged copper.

• Accent, accent, accent. Accent pieces make a house a home, so why not accent outdoor spaces, too? Turn an ordinary metal trellis into outdoor wall décor with spray paint. And don’t forget about simple lanterns or table accents painted in vibrant colors or nature’s hues to add drama or tranquility to your outdoor space.