How to de-boring the outside of an above-ground pool #The Great Offbeat Outdoors#backyard#before and after#hawaii#makeover#pool#summer September 10 2013 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Remember my parent's house in Maui? This summer their home improvement project was to install an above-ground pool — which is AWESOME! Above-ground pools are so very much more cost-effective than below-ground pools, and just as refreshing. Though it may be just as refreshing, an above-ground pool is not just as attractive. Once we set it up, I fell in love with this Intex Ultra Frame Pool –hell having ANY pool is the shit — but man is it ug-o to look at once you're not in swimmy, water-y bliss. Where once a pretty patch of grass lived, there's now this big ol' boring wall of grey. So here's how we made the outside of this pool as pleasant as the inside… After putting up bamboo fencing to cover up the chainlink that surrounds the home, my parents found themselves with a bunch of extra rolls of the stuff. That's how we decided to cover the above-ground pool in bamboo fencing. Lay the fencing against the pool and secure it to the sides using zip ties around the Intex pool's frames. Trim the fencing to just under the rim of the pool, and boom! An above ground pool that looks as good as it feels! It's the perfect compliment to the carbana. Which, if you recall, is the carport-turned-lounge. My family sure has a way of sprucing up boring stuff. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS My son's Nintendo and Mario-themed bedroom NEXT What Makes a Baby and 5 other books that explain the different ways families are made Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] And look! The cable ties give the impression of built-in wall spikes!!! Bonus! Now you can relax in blissful, moist comfort while being sure that barbarian invaders are being impaled as they try to lay siege to your watery fortress! (Sorry, couldn't resist) LOVE the bamboo look, though. 14 agree Reply Bwahahaha! Between this and the comment about it looking like a cooler, I'm cracking up over here. 4 agree Reply That looks really neat. Also, that pool looks like a giant cooler in the before pictures, and I'm going to send my best friend the link to them because she needs this pool in her life. 1 agrees Reply Did I read that right that it's probably a 4 foot deep pool your parents have there? Perhaps pool ownership doesn't have to be such a pipe dream for me one day. That looks really awesome. Reply YES! It's totally four feet deep. It's like… a legit freaking pool! Reply It's wearing a hula skirt! I love it 😀 3 agree Reply It may be boring, but that's actually one of the least ugly above ground pools I've ever seen! 3 agree Reply Wow! Im going to decorate my pool like this. Thank you. 1 agrees Reply It would look so cute with some tiki garland or something, too! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.