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Summer Ready Pergolas

These quick pergola projects will let you relax in the shade all summer long

Summer-Ready Pergolas
Entertaining this summer? Imagine a pergola as your outdoor party central. Where better to catch up with friends, family, and neighbors for a picnic with the kids or for conversation as the long day fades to stars? Whether you have a tiny urban garden or expansive backyard, a pergola can be a welcome retreat for casual get-togethers or even the focal point for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. All you need to set the perfect summer-ready stage is one long weekend and your creative touch.

Showcase the bride
What lends more romance to a wedding than a pergola -- whether it shelters the happy couple as they exchange their vows, serves as a backdrop for bridal party portraits, or presents a table of bubbling champagne flutes for your guests? Channel your inner Cupid to create a dreamlike setting. Imagine how a fresh coat of Olympic stain in a solid Mystic White or Outside White, top to bottom, will complement floral arrangements from your garden. Or go with a stain that enriches the wood’s natural hue and allows the grain to show through. Add romance with curtains of flowing white organza.


Floral fantasies
Trellises full of blooming roses or clematis create a shady, aromatic haven when the summer sun is high. Your lush floral displays deserve a freshly stained pergola – and choosing the perfect stain colour has never been more fun. Colours like Bayberry or Harbor Green will create a deep-woodsy enchantment. Add cushions in a French country print and you’ll have a private spot to curl up with that novel.


Memories in the making
Imagine the fun and games of a young child’s birthday party set in a diminutive pergola. Enhance the fairy-like appeal with a basket of masks, capes, and wands that let the kids transform into forest nymphs. To get ready, stain your pergola in an inviting warm tone like Jefferson Tan or Olive Branch and add pots of blowsy ranunculus, anemones, or hydrangeas for colour. 

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