How to decorate and de-boring an above-ground pool #The Great Offbeat Outdoors#backyard#before and after#hawaii#makeover#pool#summer Updated Jun 3 2020 (Posted Sep 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! We wall wanted the Sharkline Excursion, but ended up going for the Intex Ultra Frame Pool, which was more affordable. 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, above-ground pools just aren't especially attractive. Once we set it our pool, I fell in love it — hell, having ANY pool is freaking great — but man, is this above-ground pool BORING 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. Let's be honest: it looked like an enormous cooler. Not cute. So let's decorate it! Here's how we decorated the above-ground pool to make the outside as cool 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 decorate our above-ground pool by wrapping it in bamboo fencing. We laid the fencing against the pool, and secured it to the sides using zip ties, all around the Intex pool's frames. We trimmed the fencing to just sit under the rim of the pool, and boom: an above ground pool that looks as good as it feels! Now that it's decorated, the above-ground pool is the perfect compliment to the carbana. Which, if you recall, is my parent's carport-turned-outdoor lounge area. My family sure has a way of sprucing up boring stuff. That said, I'ves still got a short wishlist of things I want to add to decorate our above ground pool: These frangipani twinkly lights A few of these big leaves to give it a more organic feel Pineapple lights This bluetooth floating speaker & lightshow Um, a motorized innertube? HECK YEAH Well, and then I'd love to get this above-ground deck system… because then I could decorate THAT, too! I'm dreaming of this above-ground deck system! What would YOU add? Did I forget something? Related Post CARBANA: How to turn your carport into a private cabana You don't have to have a home in a tropical location to enjoy some relaxing island-style backyard action. If you happen to have a carport instead of a garage, you… Read More 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. Reply Bwahahaha! Between this and the comment about it looking like a cooler, I'm cracking up over here. 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. 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 😀 Reply It may be boring, but that's actually one of the least ugly above ground pools I've ever seen! Reply Wow! Im going to decorate my pool like this. Thank you. Reply It would look so cute with some tiki garland or something, too! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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.